The Beatles festival kicks off in Cavern Club despite coronavirus pandemic

Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where The Beatles learnt their trade, has hosted its first gig since it was forced to close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“It’s just great to be back,” said Peter Naylor, a superfan of the Fab Four, as the city centre venue reopened its doors on Thursday.

“Such an iconic club, such great music. We missed it, missed coming down here,” he told AFP.

Billed as “the most famous club in the world” and the “cradle of British pop music”, the Cavern shut its doors in late March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in Britain.

Its reopening coincided with the first day of the seven-day annual International Beatleweek festival, which celebrates the music of the biggest pop band in history.

Most events have been cancelled this year due to restrictions on audience numbers, but the cramped underground venue is hosting gigs and live-streaming them to fans across the globe.

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