Five Reasons to Visit Liverpool

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Tribute band the Mersey Beatles play on the stage of the famous Cavern Club on the 50th anniversary of the first time The Beatles played at the basement club on February 9, 2011 in Liverpool, England. Fans from around the world celebrated the occasion by watching tribute bands and taking in the atmosphere of the Mathew Street Cavern Quarter in the heart of Liverpool.

For Beatles aficionados, 2012 marks a special occasion: the 50th anniversary of the group's first performance with Ringo Starr, at the now legendary Cavern Club in the English city of Liverpool. To mark the momentous event, hordes of Fab Four fans, musicians and tribute bands have been gathering in the group's hometown for the International Beatle Week Festival (Aug. 22 to 28). Gigs, exhibitions, memorabilia auctions, guest speakers and the "world's biggest" Beatles convention have been making up the celebrations. If you're not able to join the fun, here are five ways to get a flavor for Liverpool and its attractions,...

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