Live Music Venues

It’s easy to see why Liverpool is known as one of the world's great music cities and there’s always somewhere to see live music. There is a fantastic variety of venues to fit all musical tastes. There is the great 11,000-seater Echo Arena where world famous acts perform such as Coldplay, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. We have the mid-size O2 Academy and smaller venues where you can see new and exciting musical acts. For those that prefer something more traditional, we have the Philharmonic Hall which is home to the oldest professional symphony orchestra in the UK.

The Cavern Club and Mathew Street

Mathew Street is the birthplace of the Beatles and the most famous street in Liverpool. It’s full of popular pubs and bars, some of which the Fab 4 used to drink in. You can see their influence on the area by walking down the street and seeing the statues and sculptures. The Cavern Club opened in 1961 and has been an iconic music venue ever since. The Beatles performed 292 shows here and over the years the venue has hosted some of the world’s most successful singers including The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Queen, The Who, Oasis, Adele and Jessie J.


There are many musical themed attractions to see to celebrate and learn about music in Liverpool. New for this year is the British Music Experience dedicated to the history of music in the UK. Fans of the Beatles can have the full Fab 4 experience by visiting the Beatles Story Museum, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of the Beatles. You can also take a specialised taxi or bus tour around the city to see the childhood homes and significant Beatles tourist attractions.


The Liverpool music calendar continues to grow every year and has something for everybody. The biggest date in that calendar is the Liverpool International Music Festival which is held every August. There is also Liverpool Music Week which has been voted as the ‘UK’s Best Metropolitan Festival’ and Sound City which hosts bands from around the world. If dance music is your favourite style then we have the ‘UK’s Best Major Festival’ Creamfields and we even have the UK’s largest celebration of African culture with the Africa Oye festival.