Chloe Lewis

The Jacaranda at 60: A weekend of celebrations

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Iconic Slater Street venue The Jacaranda turns 60 this week, and what better way to celebrate than with a busy weekend of music-y events this bank holiday weekend?

Both The Jac and its brand-new sister venue, Seel Street’s Phase One have all kinds of exciting celebrations taking place, kicking off this evening, Friday 24th August, with a drinks reception at The Jacaranda followed by Q&A with legendary DJ and author Dave Haslam, who will also be signing copies of his new book Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor, alongside previous book Life After Dark, an exploration of British clubs and music venues including The Jac. In the basement, live music will be taking place all night with a Beatles-inspired line-up of musicians helping to coincide with International BeatleWeek also taking place this week!

Down the road at Phase One, an evening of live music from Liverpool’s most talked about up-and-coming bands is in store, featuring Swearwolves, False Advertising and Gen and the Degenerates, amongst others.

Saturday celebrates The Jac’s association with and birthplace of The Beatles- on Saturday night it plays host to The Japanese Beatles, a unique take on The Fab Four, while over at Phase One Revolution 9 takes place, a showcase of all the city’s hottest new talent including Gazelle, Nick Ellis and Edgar ‘Jones’ Jones playing a short set of original material alongside their very own homage to John, Paul, George and Ringo. This party continues late into the night with the venue’s very own ICON club night hosting a Beatles special.

On Sunday, the focus is turned to The Jac’s original incarnation as a coffee shop, hosting poets, artists and even steel bands. Sunday night at The Jac is dedicated to storytellers, poets, The Royal Carribean Steel Band and more, while Phase One hosts a closing party to bring the weekend’s festivities to an end. There’s also an exhibition on all things Jacaranda open to the public all weekend, curated by photographer and writer Marlie Centawer and featuring all kinds of memorabilia from over the years.

The Jacaranda is one of Liverpool’s most important and iconic music venues, having provided the city with incredible live music for 60 great years, and, by helping to create The Beatles, changed the music industry altogether. All events over the weekend are free, so why not head along and check out some of the city’s newest talent while simultaneously paying homage to the venue that started it all?

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