Students get dream chance to play at iconic former home of The Beatles

South Tyneside College students, and lecturer Tony Pottinger, back row, right, rehearse ahead of their performance at Liverpool's Cavern Club.
South Tyneside College students, and lecturer Tony Pottinger, back row, right, rehearse ahead of their performance at Liverpool's Cavern Club.

A student band is all set to twist and shout their way into the footsteps of The Beatles.

The South Tyneside College students will play at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, which was the home of the world-famous band in their heyday.

The Cavern Club is the former home of the Beatles.

The Cavern Club is the former home of the Beatles.

The performance next month will include several definitive Beatles tracks, and others by Sir Paul McCartney.

The two-gig mini tour will take place on May 3 and May 4, with the 10 students also to perform at the Cavern Pub, located next to its more famous neighbour in Matthew Street.

Tony Pottinger, a lecturer at South Tyneside College, said: “The Cavern Club is an iconic music venue, and to play there will be a great experience.

“Everyone knows the tremendous history of the club and the role it played in the early success of The Beatles.

The Cavern Club is an incredibly cool and prestigious venue, and it’s a dream to play there

Denny Owens

“A feature of the college’s music courses is that they allow students to perform live at external venues, which gives them added and essential experience.

“Their visit to the Cavern Club is very much in that tradition and will be something they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Students on the college’s Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND music courses were given the chance to play at the Cavern through study options.

Student and guitarist Denny Owens, 21, from South Shields, said: “The Cavern Club is an incredibly cool and prestigious venue, and it’s a dream to play there.

“As a musician, there are few more famous places to play – we all know that when we go on that stage, we will have big shoes to fill.

“Although I am more interested in the technical and production side of music rather than live playing, it’s great that my course is giving me this wonderful opportunity.”

Singer Kennedy Bell, 20, from Marsden, South Shields, added: “I’m a fan of the Beatles, and that’s how I know about the Cavern Club.

“Not many people get the chance to play there – I’m really looking forward to the experience.

“It will look great on my CV and it is also a huge personal thrill.”

According to the college, over 80% of those who pass their course go on to make their living as working musicians or within the music industry.

Students are given hands-on experience of gigging and studio techniques, and opportunities to perform and learn within purpose-built 39-seat venue Studio 5, at the college.