Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club could close forever

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Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club could close forever, warns Mayor-  Joe Anderson says the venue has been losing £30,000 a week during the pandemic

Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club could close forever because of the coronavirus pandemic, the city’s Mayor has warned.

It has previously been reported that the club, which became famous after hosting The Beatles’ early gigs, is losing £30,000 a week while closed because of COVID-19.

The Beatles legend was speaking to Jarvis Cocker during a Q+A at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, the arts university he founded in 1996. Their audience was made up of approximately 450 students, but was live-streamed in full on Facebook.

The Cavern Club is currently preparing to reopen at 30% of its capacity, as socially distant audiences are allowed to return to indoor venues in the UK from today (August 15).

Mayor Joe Anderson told the Liverpool Echo: “The fact that the world-famous Cavern could close forever because of Covid-19 should bring home to the Government how much our hugely treasured music industry is in peril.

“This virus has caused unimaginable pain and grief but it’s proving to be an existential threat to our cultural scene.”

He added: “The prospect of losing a national jewel like The Cavern is a horrible scenario for all concerned, be they Beatles fans, music lovers and above all those whose livelihoods depend on it.

Paul most recently returned to Liverpool in June 2 years ago, when he filmed carpool karaoke with James Corden, ending in a secret gig at the Philharmonic pub.

Paul McCartney told students he will play a “secret” gig in Liverpool this week – as he answered questions about his life and career.

Cavern Club director Bill Heckle added: “We made a decision a few years ago to keep as much money in the bank as possible for a rainy day, not realising it was going to be a thunderstorm.

“So, we were sitting on £1.4 million in the bank that has now been halved. We went five months before unfortunately we had to make about 20 people redundant. We think we might have to make another 20 redundant in the next few weeks, so it’s heart-breaking you know these people are part of this team and this global family.”

Meanwhile, reminiscing about The Beatles’ earliest days, he said: “[We] had no idea what you did in a recording studio. Between 10 and 10:30 we got ready, tuned up and then at 10:30, the producer would come in and you’d start the session. And from there, you had one and half hours to finish that song completely. We never thought it was a pressure because we didn’t know anything else.”

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Heckle added that the future of the Cavern hinges on obtaining funds from the UK government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. “If the government grants allow us to open at 30% then we still lose money,” he said.

“I don’t want them to pay our profits. I wouldn’t expect them to pay our profits, but at least make sure we don’t lose money, because it’s costing us £30,000 a week at the moment to be closed.

“I would urge the Government to expedite this issue with the utmost urgency to ensure that when lockdown is over our music venues and cultural way of life is there for us to return to and enjoy. again.”1


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