The Beatles club celebrates 50th anniversary

Special birthday bash to be held at legendary venue

The Cavern Club, which staged early gigs by The Beatles, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special birthday bash today (January 16).

More than 30 bands will perform throughout at the venue which saw the Fab Four play hundreds of gigs between 1961 to 1963.

A host of bands who have played the club over the last 50 years will be putting in appearances for the special celebration.

A public art exhibition showing the site of the doorway to the original club will also be unveiled as part of the birthday bash, reports BBC News.

Cavern spokesman Dave Jones said: “The Merseysippi Jazz Band, who played the first night of the club in 1957, are kicking off the gig and then we have around 30 bands performing.

“We also have more contemporary bands to reflect the history of the club over the years.

“It is a celebration of the club as a live music venue from the 1950s through to today.”

The Beatles played at the club over 270 times between 1961 and 1963.

The club was eventually demolished in 1973, but was reopened 10 years later, using reclaimed bricks from the original venue.