The Cavern Club, the venue which (on a different site) which welcomed The Beatles and saw them lay the foundations for their upcoming musical dominance, could close down forever following the impact of Covid-19.
The club, which moved to its new site in 1973, is in danger of permanently closing down following the restrictions of social distancing, despite a relaxing of the laws in recent days.
Speaking with Liverpool Echo, Joe Anderson, the city’s mayor, warned that the Cavern “could close forever” is they cannot secure some of the proposed Government Cultural Recovery Fund.
“The fact that the world-famous Cavern could close forever because of Covid-19 should bring home to the Government how much our hugely treasured music industry is in peril,” said Anderson. “This virus has caused unimaginable pain and grief but it’s proving to be an existential threat to our cultural scene,” Anderson told the newspaper.
“The prospect of losing a national jewel like the Cavern is a horrible scenario for all concerned, be they Beatles fans, music lovers and above all those whose livelihoods depend on it.”
One of the club’s owners, Bill Heckle, told the Echo that the venue has been losing an astonishing £30,000 ($39,000) a week since the beginning of the pandemic. Sadly, that’s meant a lot of staff redundancies “We made a decision a few years ago to keep as much money in the bank as possible for a rainy day, not realising it was going to be a thunderstorm,” Heckle said.
“It’s a very vibrant part of the Liverpool economy, which is why we’re reaching out at the end of August and reopening the Cavern for a week, virtually and bands from all around the world have sent messages and recorded sets,” Heckle continued.
“We know we’re not going to make money, it’s about really reminding people we’re here and the sole aim is to get out the other side. I’m sure we will, but it is about survival.”
The Cavern Club is one of the countless venues across the world which is struggling to survive in trying times.