The Cavern Club has become one of the most famous music venues in Britain The club which launched The Beatles is celebrating its 50th anniversary today. The much-loved Liverpool nightspot – which was apparently inspired by Paris’s Jazz district – has become a legendary venue over the last few decades and has hosted acts such as the Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Elton John and The Who. We take a look at some facts about the club and some of its most memorable moments since opening its doors. :: The Cavern Club opened in a basement cellar in Mathew Street, Liverpool, on January 16, 1957 and was named after the Paris jazz club Le Caveau. :: The Quarrymen Skiffle Group, featuring late Beatle John Lennon, made their first appearance at the Cavern in August 1957. :: The Beatles made their first appearance at the club during a lunchtime session in February 1961. The special sessions had been introduced to cope with demand from audiences. The group went down well with the music-loving crowd and started to draw larger audiences. They played there almost 300 times between 1961 and 1963. :: Brian Epstein became the band’s manager after watching them perform at the Cavern and he went on to secure them a record deal in May 1962. :: Towards the end of 1965 the club went bankrupt and it was closed down for two months. Fans were desperate to get the club re-opened and an appeal fund was set up. Some supporters also presented Prime Minister Harold Wilson (who was also a local MP) with a petition to re-open the club. It was later bought privately and Wilson officially re-launched the Cavern on July 23, 1966. :: The original club was knocked down in 1982 but more than 15,000 bricks from the building were saved and used to rebuild the premises using the same plans. The Cavern re-opened in 1984.
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