Cavern Club joins Llan Eisteddfod to celebrate Fab Four’s history
THE Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has announced that The Cavern Club will host its first ever pop-up stage at this year’s festival.
The Liverpool-based music venue will join bands including the Kaiser Chiefs at the festival’s finale party, Llanfest, on Sunday, July 8, as the date also marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ animated film Yellow Submarine.
The legendary club has been the heart of Liverpool’s iconic music scene for over seven decades and will celebrate The Beatles pop history at the festival - hosting a myriad of music performances by world class singers from Liverpool.
The International Eisteddfod has been promoting peace and goodwill through music and performance for more than 70 years in Llangollen.
It even helped launch Luciano Pavarotti’s career (he was a member of a choir from Modena that sang at Llangollen in 1955) and attracts over 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors across the week.
Chairman of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Dr Rhys Davies said: “The International Eisteddfod was created to heal the wounds of war and bring communities from across the globe together through music and dance, in the spirit of international friendship and peace.
“The Beatles’ values and international renown will help spread this message even further. We are so proud to be working with The Cavern Club who will be helping bring even more contemporary music genres to the festival, while still remaining true to the festival’s traditional values.”
Director at The Cavern Club, Bill Heckle, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, both by hosting The Cavern’s pop-up stage at this year’s festival and commemorating the Yellow Submarine’s 50th anniversary, which has influenced music and popular culture for half a century.
“It is an incredibly exciting time for us, Liverpool and the music industry and to commemorate one of Liverpool’s biggest phenomenon at one of the largest international music festivals is amazing, we can’t wait for Llanfest!”
To celebrate their collaboration, international dancers from the festival (Sai Mayur) performed with The Cavern Club at the landmark Yellow submarine statute, outside Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Launched in 2011, Llanfest was introduced as the finale party of the International Eisteddfod, to reach out to new audiences.
The announcement of The Cavern Club and Kaiser Chiefs appearance follows the huge success of legendary Welsh band Manic Street Preachers, who raised the roof of the Royal International Pavilion at the festival finale last year.
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Cavern Club and the Sai Mayur dancers at Liverpool Airport to announce their appearance at Llanfes