A weekend of celebration for 60 years of The Jacaranda
The Jacaranda Club / Jacaranda Records – Phase 1
24th, 25th, 26th August 2018
This August Bank Holiday weekend will be full of celebration as the legendary Slater Street club, The Jacaranda, turns 60 years old!
Coinciding with International BeatleWeek and The Jacaranda being the birth place of the Fab Four, celebrations across the city are set to be massive. Both the original venue, and its ground-breaking new Seel Street offshoot, Phase One, will collaborate to celebrate this impressive milestone with a programme of incredible live music and events.
The celebrations kick-off on Friday 24th August with a drinks reception in The Jacaranda. In keeping with the values of Allan Williams (original owner of The Jac and ‘the man who sold The Beatles’), the weekend will pay tribute to the history of the venue, and present a glimpse of future stars. The programme of events celebrates both the venues’ heritage whilst also highlighting how Phase Oneaims to embrace Williams’ original vision for the future of music.
Following the launch, 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. Expect to see artefacts and ephemera, a vast array of memorabilia including photos donated from original attendees, and images of the various Jac interiors and layouts over the years.
Over in Seel Street, Phase One presents an evening of live music from the best up and coming local bands, including False Advertising, Gen & The Degenerates andSwearwolves.
The festivities continue in The Jac on Saturday night with The Japanese Beatlesand their unique take on John, Paul, George & Ringo; a night you need to experience at least once in your life! For new music lovers, Phase One hosts‘Revolution 9’; a celebration of the city’s hottest new talent. Liverpool acts, including Nick Ellis and Edgar ‘Jones’ Jones, will each 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’sICON 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.
Graham Clarke (The Jac’s owner since the 80s) explains, “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”
Ending the weekend with a bang, the closing party happening on Sunday will wrap the weekend up and give a chance for locals, Beatles fans, and more widely, music aficionados, to fall in love with Phase One and share in its vision for the future. The history of The Jacaranda is worthy of enormous celebration, as is the phenomenal new music currently emanating from the city.