LIVERPOOL’S Cavern Quarter will host a free Mathew Street Tribute festival.

The festival is set to take place over the August bank holiday weekend and will showcase live music sites in and around the Cavern Quarter.

There will be 45 live bands playing over the weekend across venues including Sgt. Peppers, Reminisce, Revolver, McCooleys, Scruffy Murphy’s, The Grapes, Hardy’s, White Star, O’Briens, Rubber Soul, Eric’s, King John, Kaiserkeller, Heaven, The White Star, Flanagan’s Apple, Kabannas Liverpool, Legends and, Wall of Fame.

And it’s not just venues based in the Cavern Quarter, as surrounding area venues such as Abbey Road Bar & Kitchen on Harrington Street will also be involved.

Jimmy Boland Operations Manager at Pub Invest Group said: “Since we originally announced our plans to have a Mathew Street Tribute event, to mirror the hugely popular past festival which was mainstay of the city’s summer calendar, the response from our friends and neighbours on Mathew Street has been both enthusiastic and exceptional.

“Everyone in the city and visiting guests who used to visit the area to attend the original festival still talk to us about their fond memories of such enjoyable moments. While it is still a busy operating time for us as a group, we know that a dedicated Beatles-themed tribute celebration has been much-missed, right in the heart of a place which is synonymous with their memory.

“We are delighted that more tremendous venues will be ready to give our tribute attendees a weekend to remember alongside us. I also think it says something about the culture of this fantastic area, with businesses stepping up together.

“The whole Cavern Quarter is an iconic musical and cultural attraction, and this is a time to really underline that heritage. From our stance, we will also be about providing events which are free at point-of-entry, are family friendly, where all demographics can enjoy live music, fantastic value food and drinks, and a chance to make new memories.”