Pop Mecca on the Mersey

Pop Mecca on the Mersey

When it comes to pop culture and pop history, Liverpool is a city of legends. Everyone knows about the Beatles. And many visitors make the pilgrimage to the historic Cavern club. Aficionados get a buzz from walking the streets where Merseybeat emerged in the 1960s. Drawing on American influences like skiffle and rhythm and blues, hundreds of bands played tiny clubs and halls here. Gerry and the Pacemakers were the first to get a number one hit. Another Scouse star was Cilla Black, long before her TV presenting days. So, whether you’re a pop anorak or just a curious music lover, why not visit and soak up the atmosphere?

The Fab Four and so much more

There are countless attractions for Beatles fans to visit. The childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney are now looked after by the National Trust. You can go to the actual Strawberry Field that inspired the song. And of course the Beatles Story museum is a must-see. But there’s more to musical Merseyside than the mop tops. Especially in the 1980s and 90s. Think Echo and the Bunnymen, the La’s, the Lightning Seeds, The Teardrop Explodes, Elvis Costello… Er, Sonia. Visitors to the city can learn from expert guides who know it all first-hand. The Liverpool Music Icons Tour is led by members of Frankie Goes to Hollywood and The Farm. They’ll tell their own stories and those of the many stars they rubbed shoulders with. And they’ll lead you through the places where it all happened.

Music knows no boundaries, though. So Merseyside’s musical heritage extends beyond Liverpool’s city limits. To the unassuming suburb of Meols in Wirral, for example. This was home to one of the most influential bands in 1980s synth pop. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, or OMD. People come from all over the world just to look at ‘the OMD phone box’. The band used the red phone box to book all their early gigs. And it even inspired the song ‘Red Frame White Light’. So, fans have to make the trip to Greenwood Road.

Hollywood Comes to Frankie!

Both Liverpool and Wirral have a rich film heritage too. You might not even know it, but you’ve probably seen the city on screen. The Harry Potter and Fast & Furious franchises both feature car chases filmed in the Queensway Tunnel. Captain America, Batman and Sherlock Holmes have all walked the streets of Liverpool. So why not follow in their footsteps on a film tour of the city?


Whether you’re coming to Liverpool to pay homage to your musical idols or just to learn a bit more, there’s loads to see. So why not make a proper city break of it? Guestz have a variety of places to stay in and around the city. So, give us a call and we’ll find the perfect accommodation for your Merseyside trip.