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Seven great places to watch live music in Liverpool

Published date: 10 December 2012 |
Published by: Reporter
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If you’re looking for a great live music venue, you may want to consider a visit to the city of Liverpool. With a good variety of shopping options and hotel accommodation to suit all budgets, the northern city has a long held reputation as one of the best nights out in the UK.
 
Being home to iconic band The Beatles, Liverpool has become synonymous with music and is a great city to visit if you love hearing live music across a range of genres from both local and international acts.
 
The city benefits from a number of intimate venues and larger performance spaces that have their foundations in the arts and draw people from near and far in the hopes of a great night of entertainment and the chance to see the next big name in music. Here's a look at seven of the best venues in town.
 
The Cavern Club and Pub            
 
Situated on Mathew Street, The Cavern Club is a venue firmly embedded in music history as the place where it all began for The Beatles. The current venue is a reconstruction of the original, which had to be demolished, but the owners have ensured the reconstruction resembles the original venue as much as possible.
 
Owing to the venue's past, you can often see Beatles tribute acts perform and Saturday evenings are usually reserved for tribute bands for artists such as Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd. This venue also has local bands playing mostly rock and indie during the day and forms a key part of the annual street festival held in August. Expect an electric atmosphere with loud music, crowds and plenty of fun.
 
Heebie Jeebies
 
This Seel Street bar is a great venue to visit if you want to get out of the city centre and is especially good during the summer months. Featuring a small courtyard with stage, it's one of the few places you can go to hear live music outdoors that doesn't require a tent and wellies.
 
Downstairs features a number of underground archways, which each house a stage. Expect any type of music including rock, jazz, pop and indie and a young vibrant atmosphere that's ideal for relaxing and leaving the day behind.
 
The Shipping Forecast
 
A short walk from Heebie Jeebies will lead you to this relatively new bar on Slater Street. The Shipping Forecast has made a big impression on the local live music scene and prides itself on giving local acts the chance to shine at the weekend. Gigs tend to be free and the venue doubles as a club when the bands are finished.
 
Expect indie, punk, motown and post-rock vibes from this uber cool venue that also offers an eclectic range of beers and traditional pub grub.
 
O'Neills
 
Hosting live music seven nights a week, O'Neills on Hanover Street is an Irish pub serving traditional fayre and showcasing local talent of any genre including Cajun, indie, big band, tribute acts and traditional Irish music.
 
The pub is a popular starting point for stag and hen nights, so it is always busy and full of lively characters that ensure the atmosphere is always light-hearted. O'Neills is a great venue for those who like a party atmosphere and are open to hearing any type of music.
 
Zanzibar Club
This Seel Street bar has an excellent reputation for putting on live music and although it's relatively small, holding around 300 people, the venue has had several well-known performers grace its stage, including Noel Gallagher, Davey Graham and Brendan Benson.
 
Serving authentic Jamaican beer and holding regular showcase nights such as the monthly 'The Songbook Sessions,' patrons can expect everything from rock'n'roll to reggae in this captivating venue.
 
The Picket Warehouse
 
Located on new Bird Street, The Picket Warehouse is an unassuming independent venue that draws great established artists such as Joss Stone and Elvis Costello and the cream of local talent alike.
 
The venue has a basic, industrial feel and focuses solely on music, with many of the organised gig nights promoting awareness of social campaigns. Depending on when you go, you can expect to hear anything from hip hop and electro to Beatles tribute acts and Americana.
 
The Magnet
 
Although this venue doesn't host live music every week, they really know how to do it well when they do. It's worth scoping out the gig listings in advance of visiting this Hardman Street bar, but if you can plan your visit to coincide with a gig night, you won't be disappointed.
 

Stylish and chic, the venue offers a wide range of quality spirits and cocktails and focuses mainly on hip hop, funk, soul and dub.

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