In recent years the city has had somewhat of a
rebirth when it comes to music venues/night clubs. With new venues
popping up each week its sometimes hard to keep track of the best
(and the worst). Liverpool itself is currently undergoing a bit of
a musical transformation. After years of only having '4-peice' rock
& roll acts to pick from, the city has somewhat moved on to fresher
With the emergence of new musical genres and cultures
the city has seen its musical wealth flourish. This has resulted
in whole new musical scenes being created and to support these -
excellent new venues.
L2, Hotham Street
One of the newest an arguably the best venue,
L2 plays the newest live music by only the best live bands. Here you
can see the likes of Space, The Charlatons, Travis, Shed Seven etc.
The venue also hosts various club nights (some with live music) where
you can choose what type of music you would like to listen to by choosing
one of its three floors. There's always a decent atmosphere here and
you don't have to look like David Beckham to get in. Check out the
indie night on a Thursday - Classic
THE PICKET, Hardman Street, City Centre
Another good venue though smaller, is the Flying
Picket on Hardman Street. Here you'll hear the best (and the worst)
of Liverpool's current up and coming talent. i.e. "The She"
one of the city's best bands ever! Space and Cast were past regular
performers at this venue, which says a lot for its pedigree. There's
also a dodgy little boozer downstairs to get you in the mood, hic!
THE ROYAL COURT, Roe Street, City Centre
The other and, at the moment the largest Liverpool
music venue (Liverpool desperately needs a small arena type venue
for bigger acts), the Royal Court has over the years seen 1000's of
bands pass through its doors, from Iron Maiden to the Orb. Its supposedly
being renovated soon, but to tell the truth they would be better off
pulling the whole thing down and starting again!
LIFE CAFE BAR, Bold Street, City Centre
Usually downstairs at Life (check dates at club),
you'll find some damn decent acts, as well as some very different
acts. This comes as quite a shock when you witness the size of the
place - tiny. Acts who have played this tiny venue include Lisa Stansfield
and Echo & the Bunnymen. Cosy...
THE KRAZYHOUSE - K2, Wood Street
A great rock and indie venue which hosts both
gigs and club nights, the latter being quite scary at times. That
is if you don't like heavy metal and people in leather!
THE CAVERN, Mathew Street
It had to be listed, didn't it? For lovers of
the Beatles and 60's music alike their is no comparison to Liverpool
in the world! If this is you're thing then you should head off down
to Matthew Street where you will be confronted by a mass of 60's style
pubs and clubs playing music all day long. You'll probably bump into
a club called the Cavern too. Well though its not the 'real' Beatles
one it has still been temporary home to many other bands. Though,
the Cavern is mostly a nightclub these days, if you keep your eyes
open you do get the odd decent band playing there.
ZANZIBAR, Seel Street, City Centre
This is the for the funkier of us. The Zanzibar
located probably in the coolest part of the city, is well, cool. The
venue hosts some of the best contemporary Jazz bands you'll find anywhere,
as well as funk, soul and every other black based musical genre you
can shake a stick at. Take a partner one weekend they might like it!
HEEBIEJEEBEES, Seel Street, City Centre
Not too far from the above club, this place is
quite similar, but probably more Jazz orientated. I particularly like
this one due to its somewhat unusual mix of people, young and old
enjoying themselves together. The place also has a great atmosphere
where you can dance the night away to the sound of some of the city's
best Jazz artists.