Lankykats play The Cavern


A WIGAN rock ‘n’ roll phenomenon will take to the stage at one of the most famous venues in music this weekend.

Lankykats, a promotional group founded by Bill Hart for musicians based at the Standish Unity Club, will play The Cavern Club in Liverpool, made famous by The Beatles playing gigs there in the 1960s, to raise money for a variety of good causes.

Six bands, including headliners Jammykats, The Bluenotes and Tex & The Hardcore Troubadours, will play the event, which will be held on Sunday afternoon from 2pm until 6pm.

The event will conclude with the Lankykats on stage singing one of The Beatles’ most famous hits, Hey Jude, and there may also be some surprise guests performing on the day.

The event will be something of a pilgrimage for the Lankykats performers, as The Cavern was one of the central venues that launched rock ‘n’ roll music on to the national and world stage back in the genre’s heyday.

Bill said: “This is possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many Lancastrian musicians to perform at the most famous rock ‘n’ roll venue in the world.

“Some of us played there back in the sixties before Mersey Sound became synonymous with the extraordinary beat being played by the many groups who played there at the time.

“But many musicians never got the chance. Only a relative handful walked down those famous steps and into the dark cellar and played to rapturous young audiences in those days.

“For other Lankykats, taking the show on the road down the East Lancashire Road in this way, means they will fulfil a life-long dream by playing their favourite songs and helping to raise funds for charity at the same time.”

The Cavern Club events organiser Jon Keats said: “We will always welcome special events of this kind at the Cavern.

“Lankykats deserve to be rewarded in some way which recognises all the hard, unpaid work which goes into their fund-raising events for charities.”

Entry into The Cavern Club lounge is £1, with free access to other areas of the venue, including the pub and souvenir shop.

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