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Charity show kicks off Cavern Club anniversary

On stage at The Cavern Club Photo: Jim Cook, ITV Granada

A special show is being staged to start a year of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the world-famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.

The charity event, at the city's Philharmonic Hall, features 60s tribute band The Overtures and special guests.

Over the past six decades, The Cavern has played host some of the music industry's biggest names including Stevie Wonder, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Queen - as well as Liverpool's very own Cilla Black and The Beatles.

The most famous club in the world Credit: Jim Cook, ITV Granada

The club itself will be marking its milestone birthday exactly 60 years since it first threw its doors open to the music-hungry youngsters of Liverpool back on 16 January 1957.

Local artist Tony Booth was commissioned to design the 60th anniversary commemorative concert poster. The artist, who designed the now famous poster for The Cavern Club's opening night, died last week.

Tony Booth's anniversary poster

"The Cavern is, of course, synonymous with The Beatles since they performed here 292 times in their early career between 1961 and 1963. This show will include The Beatles, but will also pay homage to the plethora of other great artists to come out of The Cavern during its 60 years."

– Julia Baird, John Lennon's sister and a Director of The Cavern
Under wraps: Cilla's statue ahead of its unveiling Credit: Jim Cook, ITV Granada

Meanwhile, a new statue of Cilla Black will be unveiled on the spot of the original club entrance on Mathew Street as part of the anniversary events.

Her sons are gifting the statue to the city in her memory.

A documentary film, album and book are also being released to mark the club's birthday.

  • Granada Reports will be broadcasting live from The Cavern on Monday 16th January from 6pm.