Legendary Liverpool club Eric’s to re-open its doors

After 31 years legendary music venue Eric’s is set re-open its doors to the Liverpool public. The club, instrumental in launching the careers of bands such as Echo & the Bunnymen and OMD, will re-launch later this year

ON October 1, 1976 a new music club opened its doors on Mathew Street in Liverpool. The iconic club was called Eric’s and with the backing of Roger Eagle, Ken Testi and Pete Fulwell, it would become synonymous with the punk-rock era.

But despite closing its doors after only four years its influence on the music scene was legendary. With early gigs from Blondie, Buzzcocks, The Clash, Elvis Costello, The Jam, Joy Division, The Police, The Sex Pistols, The Stranglers and U2.

“Eric’s is part of Liverpool’s musical heritage and we want to return it to its former glory. It’s being recreated in the image of the original venue but we’ll have to bring certain things up to date, the venue will have air conditioning and they’ll be showers for the dressing rooms. Just like the old Eric’s we too want to provide a stage for talented local bands so Eric’s can become part of their musical history,” JOHN LYNCH – Owner

It was with the local bands that the club would have its greatest impact as it helped launch the careers of Echo and the Bunnymen, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Pete Burns, Pete Wylie and Teardrop Explodes. While band members from Big in Japan would later be linked with Frankie goes to Hollywood, the KLF, The Lightning Seeds and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

After 31 years the music venue will re-open its doors later this year. Owner and managing director John Lynch, along with musical director Ethan Allen and promoter Lee Butler are hard at work researching every detail of the original club.

“Eric’s was so special because it played music you just couldn’t hear anywhere else. It wasn’t just about the punk rock, there was jazz, reggae and folk music. They had performance art and poetry. Craig Charles got his first break there by reading poetry between the acts. We want to make Eric’s special again.” ETHAN ALLEN – Musical Director

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