Joe Astley: Wigan musician enjoys life as resident at Liverpool Cavern Club
Joe Astley performs twice a week in this venue, made famous by the Beatles in the 1960s.
The singer-songwriter says the Fab Four and the Cavern have been a part of his life since he was a child.
He said, âThis is the best place on earth, I love it. It’s sacred ground in our house, I was raised in the Beatles.
âPlaying there was always the end goal for me because growing up I went all the time and met the artists.
âIt happened quite early in my life, for some people it can take a lot longer, so I’m really grateful that I can be there.
“It’s really special and something I’ve dreamed of for so long.”
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While the opportunity has been hanging around for some time, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced Astley to wait a little longer to make his first appearance.
âI was in contact with them for the first time at the end of 2019.
âThey offered me a try, but it was pretty much a cancellation because everything was closed.
âWhen I finally had an audition, I gave it my all, and they said ‘if you can handle this crowd, you can do anything.’
âIt was definitely worth the wait, I was over the moon and it didn’t disappoint.
âEveryone there is so solid, you don’t feel like you’re working for a boss. They are the best people in the world, and I love Liverpool, it’s my favorite city.
The musician currently plays an afternoon slot every Wednesday and from 9 p.m. to midnight on Sunday.
âWe still have a very good audience, these are real prime time slots. It’s like living the dream.
âPeople come from all over, and when more tourists can come back, it will be really good. Making my first international Beatleweek meant the world, with artists coming from absolutely everywhere.
âIt’s a real privilege to be part of it.
Astley also recently released his latest single with the Wallgate Band.
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He said: âIt’s a story about my hometown and the best record I’ve ever made.
âIt’s as honest and true to myself and the streets I’m from as it could be. It’s really original and it feels like it’s a long time coming after the last few years.
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