The Beatles’ former club has a makeover ahead of its reopening

For more than 30 years, London’s The Cavern was the most important music venue in Britain, and home to the world’s greatest working band at the time — The Beatles. Over time, it became…

The Beatles’ former club has a makeover ahead of its reopening

For more than 30 years, London’s The Cavern was the most important music venue in Britain, and home to the world’s greatest working band at the time — The Beatles.

Over time, it became a miserable place. But now the historic building is scheduled to reopen in a revamped concept with a new identity on Oct. 27.

Dozens of what it calls emerging acts will perform on Oct. 27 in the 18,000-square-foot old Cavern Club, which will have largely stayed intact but become a venue for experimental, progressive dance music.

The changes to the venue coincide with a host of new owners and a restoration that began several years ago to revive a complex named for the renowned Liverpool music venue.

Located in the trendy Dalston area of the city, the venue fell into disrepair and then was targeted by graffiti vandals as the property sold from owner to owner.

The venue is now set to reopen as a space for experimentation and pure joy rather than a business that people had to be crazy to go to.

Once again, bands like The Beatles will appear on its outside stage — and have their records played on the new boom box system.

The club will feature independent, musical acts around the globe, including a DJ festival in December.

The club has hosted bands like Bob Dylan, Kylie Minogue, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley, Neil Young, Radiohead, Blur, The Black Keys, Cat Power, The White Stripes, Muse, Rage Against the Machine, The Cure, Elbow, The Pixies, Kings of Leon, Oasis, David Byrne, Massive Attack, Editors, Justice, Thurston Moore, New Order, Massive Attack, Kasabian, The Libertines, Public Enemy, Patti Smith, Grace Jones, Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Depeche Mode, Jake Bugg, Led Zeppelin, Florence + the Machine, The Cure, Oasis, Bob Dylan, Franz Ferdinand, Rufus Wainwright, The 1975, Muse, Foals, The Black Keys, Placebo, Mystery Jets, Foals, Built to Spill, The Subways, Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Scottish grime act EATXO and the Junior Copeland Super Band, Arcade Fire, Chase & Status, Young Fathers, Editors, The Streets, the Sounds, Arctic Monkeys, Editors, Joy Division, Alice in Chains, Brand New, Enter Shikari, Chicago, Savages, Wolf Alice, Friendly Fires, Franz Ferdinand, Mercury Rev, Placebo, Maximo Park, Blood Red Shoes, The Horrors, Ghostpoet, the Roots, Angie Hart and many more.

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