Merseybeat Liverpool

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Step back into the early 1960s to uncover the emerging Liverpool music scene, Merseybeat. Visit the clubs, venues, and shops that became important meeting places for ideas and music to be shared and where bands formed. Some of these spaces are long gone, while others continue to play a part in Liverpool’s long musical heritage.

In 2021 the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project digitised three radio documentary series made by Music Journalist and Broadcaster Spencer Leigh for BBC Radio Merseyside. These documentaries form part of a larger collection of Spencer Leigh's work held at Liverpool Record Office. 'Let's Go Down The Cavern' was a weekly series of twelve episodes, first broadcast in 1981. ‘Soup & Sweat & Rock & Roll' was an 8-part series made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cavern club in Mathew Street, Liverpool, broadcast in 2007. Audio from these two collections have been used for the Merseybeat Liverpool sound walk. Many thanks to Spencer Leigh and the BBC for permission. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Accessibility note - This walk will take participants across Liverpool city centre, along roads and pedestrianised areas. The route is mostly flat with a slight gradient down from the first few stops. After the Radio Merseyside stop on Hanover Street participants will need to plan their route to the NEMS stop on Whitechapel. Please be aware that there are steps at the end of College Lane before the junction with Paradise Street. An alternative, sloping route is available via Manesty’s Lane.


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