Music fans across the world know Liverpool as the home of The Beatles, and the city proudly remembers its most famous sons with a range of museums, attractions and tours dedicated to the Fab Four. Visit the award-winning Beatles Story in the Albert Dock for a unique interactive tour through the lives and times of John, Paul, George and Ringo – from the early days to their solo careers. Its most recent addition is the piano John played during his final years in New York, and a previously unseen collection of photos taken by Bob Gruen from the same period. And throughout all this, there are interactive audio guides available in a range of languages, meaning it’s perfect for international visitors. The Beatles Story has another site at Pier Head, which is currently home to the special exhibition British Invasion: how 1960s beat groups conquered America. Cocurated by The GRAMMYs Museum in LA, it features artefacts from names such as The Supremes, Rolling Stones and James Brown and runs until 2016. Just outside the ferry terminal is a brand new statue of the fab four, striding along the Pier Head. This was commissioned in 2015, to mark the 50th anniversary of the final concert the Beatles played in their home city. The statue was commissioned by the venue where the band made its name; The Cavern Club on Mathew Street, where the Beatles played 292 times in the late 50s and early 60s. Today, it is home to regular live music as well as numerous photo opportunities. A highlight is the Saturday night Beatles show, which unerringly pays tribute to the fab four in front of a packed house.
Many visitors to Liverpool take a couple of hours to go on the Magical Mystery Tour, a circuit of the city which follows the band’s footsteps in their formative years. Starting from the city centre, visitors hop onto the psychedelic bus for engaging, expert commentary and photo stops at locations such as John and Paul’s childhood homes, Strawberry Field and Penny Lane, immortalised in song. While The Beatles’ influence can be felt across the city, it is far from the be-all and end-all. Producing more number 1 singles than any other city, the Guinness Book of Records labelled the city the ‘World Capital of Pop’ and there are a multitude of live venues, hosting everything from intimate acoustic gigs to global superstars. Beyonce, The Who, Katy Perry, Sir Elton John and Arctic Monkeys are just a selection of the artists to have played at Liverpool Echo Arena, on the city’s waterfront. The list of previous performances reads like a veritable A-Z of music superstardom, as performers appreciate the fervent reception from Liverpool audiences. As well as two cathedrals, Hope Street is also home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, led by multi-award winning Russian Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko. The critically-acclaimed orchestra performs in the magnificent Art Deco surroundings of the Royal Philharmonic Hall.
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