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The Mersey beats on

This year marks 50 years since The Beatles released legendary album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Here's what’s been happening on the Merseyside music scene since.

Ask anyone to name one thing they associate with Liverpool and they’ll likely all say The Beatles. While there’s no doubt the Fab Four put the city's music scene on the map, there’s a lot more to it than just one band. The city has been humming with talent for decades, even before The Beatles and other Merseybeat musicians made it big in the 60s. After The Beatles split up in 1970, Merseyside’s music scene could have followed suit, but instead it went on to produce the likes of Echo and The Bunnymen and Frankie Goes to Hollywood in the 80s and The La’s in the 90s, while local bands The Wombats, The Coral and The Zutons all saw success in the noughties.

Today, it’s still going strong, revived by artists like Bill Ryder-Jones (formerly of The Coral) and Circa Waves, plus a host of up-and-coming bands bringing new flair to the city's sound.

“It’s a city that has a really proud musical history and I think that’s one of the reasons it still produces great music. It’s always been a very creative place,” says Sam Rourke, Circa Waves’ bassist.
“There’s still great stuff coming out all the time. This morning I found a new singer/songwriter called Zuzu.  She’s only got two tunes out at the moment but they sound really cool so I want to hear more.”

The city's wealth of venues serves as a platform for emerging artists to get their sound heard. While older sites like The Cavern are still significant, new ones are constantly appearing. The Baltic Triangle, in particular, has gained popular venues like 24 Kitchen Street and Camp & Furnace, in the dockside area’s regeneration. All that remains to be seen (or heard) is what will come out of them.