Special charity concerts to mark the 60th anniversary of Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club will take place in January next year.
The shows will see ‘60s tribute act The Overtures and special guests take to the stage at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to kickstart a year-long programme of commemorative events.
The band will perform on two dates as part of the ‘History of The Cavern: Celebrating 60 Years of the Greatest Club in the World’ programme – Sunday 15 January and Monday 16 January – with the latter gig marking exactly 60 years since The Cavern Club first opened its doors in 1957.
All proceeds will be donated to the Cash For Kids and Children In Need charities and the gigs will take the audience on a musical journey across the last six decades.
Jon Keats, director at The Cavern, says: “The challenge will be to give music from each decade the respect it deserves. Performing songs by huge artists from the likes of The Beatles, Cilla Black, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Queen and Bo Diddley to Arctic Monkeys, Adele and Elbow – all of whom are very different. If anyone can do it The Overtures can.”
Local artist Tony Booth, who designed the poster for The Cavern Club’s launch night in 1957, has been commissioned to produce a new poster for The Overtures gigs.
The Cavern Club played host to some of the world’s biggest artists during its heyday, including The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Queen.
A commemorative book, feature-length documentary and a three-CD compilation album dedicated to The Cavern Club will be released in 2017 to mark the anniversary and other special events are expected to be announced soon.