Liverpool’s legendary Slater Street club The Jacaranda is celebrating its 60th birthday with a massive party. Being the birthplace of the Fab Four, the huge celebrations will also coincide with International Beatle Week.
Both the original club and its new Seel Street venue, Phase One, will collaborate to for the milestone with a programme of incredible live music and events. Graham Clarke, The Jac’s owner since the 80s, said: “We’re delighted to be spending the weekend drawing together and celebrating values and visions that are so close to our hearts. “We are just as excited to welcome back familiar faces as we are to embrace those whose journeys with us are just beginning.”
The celebrations will kick-off on Friday, August 24 with a drinks reception in The Jacaranda and will carry on until Sunday, August 26. Following the drinks reception, upstairs at the Jacaranda will be a Q&A with legendary DJ, author and speaker Dave Haslam who wrote about The Jacaranda in his book Life After Dark. Haslam will be signing copies of this book alongside his latest release Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor. There will also be live music in the basement with a Beatles-inspired line-up to keep everyone dancing through the night.
An exhibition of all things Jacaranda will remain open to the public all weekend, curated by Liverpool-based writer and photographer Marlie Centawer. Over in Seel Street Phase One , there will be an evening of live music from the best up and coming local bands, including False Advertising, Gen & The Degenerates and Swearwolves. The festivities continue in The Jac on Saturday night with The Japanese Beatles and their unique take on John, Paul, George & Ringo. Liverpool acts, include Nick Ellis and Edgar ‘Jones’ Jones, will also play a short set of original music and also pay homage to the city’s musical legacy with a Beatles cover. The party will continue late into the night with the next instalment of the venue’s ICON club night, with The Beatles taking the spotlight, naturally.
Of course The Jacaranda isn’t just known for its association with The Beatles – the original incarnation was a coffee shop that hosted beat poets, artists and even steel bands.
On Sunday night, the coffee shop days are remembered with a day of storytellers, poets, The Royal Caribbean Steel Band, beat poetry and more.