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Beatles 1963

The Beatles by year 

The Beatles 1963 – Where It All Began & The Start Of Beatlemania


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1966

The Beatles by year 

The Beatles In 1966 – As It Happened


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The Beatles by year 

The Beatles – 1961


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Beatles 1964

The Beatles by year 

The Beatles in 1964


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List of the best early Beatles songs

Best of The Beatles 

List of the Best Early Beatles Songs


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The Beatles by year 

The Beatles 1965 – A Detailed Guide


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The Bealtes and Eric Clapton

The Beatles and Other People 

The Beatles and Eric Clapton – the What, Why, Where & When


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Why were the Beatles so influential

Beatles Q&A 

Why Were The Beatles So Influential?


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The genre of the Beatles which is it

Beatles Q&A 

The Genre Of The Beatles – Which Is It?


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Where are the Beatles now

Beatles Q&A 

Where Are The Beatles Now?


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The Beatles original members

Beatles Q&A 

The Beatles Original Members? They’re Not Who You May Think


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The Beatles original name

Beatles Q&A 

The Beatles original name


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Why did Paul Mccartney write Let it Be

Beatles Q&A 

Why did Paul McCartney Write Let It Be?


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Why did John Lennon write Imagine

Beatles Q&A 

So Why Did John Lennon Write Imagine?


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What is the song Yesterday about

Beatles Q&A 

What is the song Yesterday about?


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Who sang Yesterday

Beatles Q&A 

Who sang Yesterday?


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Did John Lennon have kids

Beatles Q&A 

Did John Lennon Have Kids?


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Yoko Ono and the Beatles

Yoko Ono 

Yoko Ono and The Beatles


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Beatles Q&A 

Did The Beatles Sleep With Fans?


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Were the Beatles hippies

Beatles Q&A 

Were the Beatles Hippies?


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Can Paul Mccartney read music

Beatles Q&A 

Can Paul McCartney Read Music?


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Did the Beatles go to Johns funeral

Beatles Q&A 

Did The Beatles Go To John’s Funeral?


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Could the Beatles read music

Beatles Q&A 

Could The Beatles Read Music


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Beatles Q&A 

Where did the Beatles first perform?


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Were the Beatles a boy band 1

Beatles Q&A 

Were The Beatles a Boy Band?


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Were the Beatles on drugs

Beatles Q&A 

Were The Beatles on Drugs?


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Did the Beatles smoke weed

Beatles Q&A 

Did the Beatles Smoke Weed?


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Which Beatles are still alive

Beatles Q&A 

Which Beatles are Alive?


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Which Beatles are dead

Beatles Q&A 

Which Beatles are Dead?


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The Beatles heights

Beatles Q&A 

The Beatles Heights


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International Beatleweek Festival 2018

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International Beatleweek Festival 2018


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Mathew Street Financial Investment

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Liverpool City Council To Improve Mathew Street


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The Grapes on Mathew Street Closed

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Legendary Mathew Street Pub The Grapes Has Closed


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The Cavern Club being demolished

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Cavern Club Demolition


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The Cavern Club Mathew Street & The Beatles

Is the Cavern Club in Liverpool the original One?

No. The original club was demolished in 1973 but more than 15,000 of the original bricks were saved and re-used to rebuild the premises slightly further up the street and using the same plans in 1982.

The new club still occupies about 75% of the first original club but has been excavated deeper than the original. This creates an extra flight of stairs to descend for visitors. 

When did the Beatles play in the Cavern?

The Beatles first played the Cavern Club 21st February 1961. At the time The Cavern was a Jazz club and only allowed rock ‘n roll at a lunchtime as most people would leave once rock ‘n roll started to play.

The Beatles began a long series of resident nights later that year beginning 2nd August 1961 after they returned from their first session in Hamburg.

When did the Cavern open?

The Cavern opened in January 1957 by Alan Sytner who modelled the club on a Parisian cellar jazz club that he had been to some time earlier. 

What was the Cavern before it was a club?

It was a fruit cellar for storing commercial trade in. Mathew Street was once a busy thorough fare for goods leaving the port once they had left the ships. Cellars and warehouses where built along the route to store these wares in, the Cavern Club was one such place.

Why was the Cavern demolished?

In 1973 British Rail began building a new underground railway which enforced closure of the club so they could build a ventilation shaft and a car-park above it. The warehouses above were demolished and the cellar itself was filled with rubble (but not destroyed) until it was excavated and re-opened in April 1984. The underground train ventilation shaft itself was never built.

Mathew Street FAQ

Why is Mathew Street spelt with one T?

Mathew Street (as opposed to Matthew Street) is so called after former agricultural landowner Mathew Pluckington.

Mathew Pluckington owned a dirt track that linked North John Street and Stanley Street when Liverpool was a major shipping centre in the 1700’s.

This alley was a very valuable thoroughfare for commercial transport of fruit and other imports. 

Rows of warehouses were built along the route to house these goods. The street was at first called “Pluckington Alley” and later was renamed to “Mathew Street” after it’s owner. 

What is the Liverpool Wall of Fame?

The Liverpool Wall of Fame is a tribute wall opposite the Cavern Club. It contains discs engraved with the names of acts from Liverpool who have had a number 1 hit. The wall was unveiled on 14th March 2001.

Is the Mathew Street festival still running?

No it has evolved to cope with the high numbers of people who flock to the city each year. The Liverpool International Music Festival is held in Sefton Park and features music from modern acts such as Basement Jaxx, Trevor Nelson, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Tim Westwood.

There is also the International Beatleweek  Festival which is more in keeping with the original Mathew Street Festival and features music from the Beatles, videos, talks and a convention. The International Beatleweek Festival is spread throughout the city and is held late in August.