Sites and Scenes

image showing a dj with arms raised in front of a very large gathering on people in a very large tent
Creamfields 06 UK © Cream

“Walking onto that dancefloor - you could almost smell it - something’s different here. And then a tune kicked in and the place went into one. "Christ, what is this?" I thought. Airhorns, cheers, huge grins and people going absolutely mental - I drew breath and then was straight into it - hooked and loving every minute.”
Quadrant Park blog post by Left Side, 2005

Certain names and places have entered music folklore, both for the impact they had on those who experienced them and the legacy they have left. The Sites and Scenes section of The Beat Goes On exhibition looked at some of them and their influence on both the Liverpool and international music scenes.

Clubs like The Cavern, Eric's and Cream are famous the world over, and were hubs for musicians and fans alike. In the Merseybeat section of the exhibition we looked at the many beat venues across the city as well as the host of bands who came out of the Merseybeat scene including, of course, The Beatles.

Then we moved onto the short-lived but much-missed Eric's, with its fashions, punk and new wave sounds, musical legacy and impact on the local scene.

“We’d dye our clothes black in an old tin bath on the stove with varying successes!”

Margaret Roberts, Cavern regular

Pink poster for a place called Erics
Poster advertising The Stranglers, Runaways, Sex Pistols, The Count Bishops and the Racing Cars.

Cream is now a global brand. We looked at Liverpool's distinctive dance scene from the early 1990s onwards including images from key venues such as Quadrant Park and Nation. We even had an immersive space where you could see footage from key local club nights.

Also on display was the very stage that Paul McCartney and John Lennon met beside when John's band, The Quarrymen, played at St. Peter's Church Hall in Woolton in 1957 - a must-see for all Beatles fans.

“That day was the day that I met Paul. The day it all started moving”
John Lennon