When it comes to music venues, there’s more to Liverpool than the Cavern Club. And while that famous Mathew Street basement hangout of the Beatles has a firm place in pop music’s history (albeit in its reconstructed form these days), it’s the city’s cafes, bars, concert halls, warehouses and even churches that are driving Liverpool’s music scene towards the future. Discover the hottest spots below.
Here are our picks
The Invisible Wind Factory, Carlton Street, Liverpool, Merseyside - Visit now
When the Kazimier on Wolstenholme Square closed its doors at the end of 2015, it was seen as a dark day for the city’s music (and experimental theatre) scene. But the team behind it have quickly followed up with the Invisible Wind Factory, a larger and arguably more ambitious venue near the Kingsway Tunnel, off the North Liverpool docks. The flexible former warehouse space hosts regular live music including Liverpool’s celebration of the freakscene, WRONG Festival, as well as headline shows by the likes of Car Seat Headrest, Asian Dub Foundation and Wooden Shjips.
Camp and Furnace, 67 Greenland Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0BY - Visit now
Home to one of Liverpool’s truly international events, the annual Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia, Camp and Furnace would be the envy of most cities. The cavernous three-room complex in the Baltic Triangle is part bar-restaurant (boasting its own beer) and part flexible event space – meaning it can host a film shoot one day and the likes of Mogwai, Martha Wainwright, Optimo or John Cooper Clarke the next.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hope Street , Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BP - Visit now
Liverpool’s popular concert hall is situated in a 1930s Grade II-listed building on Hope Street, to the east of the city centre. The art deco-style hall seats over 1700 people and hosts both its resident Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as visiting ensembles and artists. The venue’s expansive contemporary programme, meanwhile, features familiar names such as The Waterboys, Echo & The Bunnymen and Jools Holland.
LEAF on Bold Street, 65-67 Bold Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4EZ - Visit now
Above Leaf’s popular ground floor café, its event space boasts mirror balls galore. Musically, expect to hear things at the more folk end of the spectrum – with Bristol band This Is The Kit, Californian singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers and Canadian country outfit The Deep Dark Woods among recent highlights. Leaf’s ground floor hosts regular acoustic and DJ nights too – many of which are free entry.
The Shipping Forecast, 15 Slater Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4BW - Visit now
The vaguely nautically themed Shipping Forecast is a great place to catch new bands on the up. Its basement club, “the hold”, is a sweaty rock ‘n’ roll mainstay for the city – offering gig-goers the chance to catch the likes of Russian shoegaze band Pinkshinyultrablast or South African duo Early Years for as little as £6.