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It's going to be A Hard Days Night - All over again

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Liverpool -- May 6th 2009 -- MerseyCats, the Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Children's Charity, is collaborating with the world famous Hard Days Night Hotel to provide live bands from the 60s at the hotel on a regular basis bringing back the famous Mersey Sound to Mathew Street after a gap of some 48 years. In what is probably the final opportunity for fans worldwide to experience the Liverpool beat as it really was with the original bands from the era, the first show is booked for the 31st May and a marathon eight hour show is planned for the weekend of the Mathew Street Festival on the 30th August.

This will follow on from a special celebration at the world famous Casbah club on August 29th to mark the 50th anniversary of the venue where the Beatles launched their career. Wally Shepard Chairman of Merseycats commented 'This is going to be the busiest weekend for Mersey Sound groups since Liverpool bands held eight of the top ten positions in the hit parade in 1964.'

The shows will feature many of the original stars of the Mersey Sound including Ex Beatle Pete Best's Band, The Undertakers, Earl Preston and TTs, Lee Curtis and the All-stars, The Cryin Shames, and The Clayton Squares.

The management of the Hard Days Night hotel have allocated the Zygmant Suite (named after the world renowned photographer- Bill Zygmant) together with the famous Hari's Bar for the sessions and a special stage is being designed to recreate the backdrop of some of the famous Liverpool clubs of the era.

Jonathan Davies Managing Director of the Hard Days Night Hotel commented, "The Hotel design has been inspired by the Beatles and their achievements but we want our customers to experience the whole of the Mersey sound beyond the Beatles, a unique time that we thought could never be repeated until we discovered that many of the bands are still performing at MerseyCats."

Wally Shepard Chairman of MerseyCats said, "This is great news for the disadvantaged kids we try and support and this exciting new venue at The Hard Days Night Hotel, one the worlds greatest hotels, will surely add to our ability to support worthwhile children's causes."

Formed in 1989 MerseyCats consists of musicians, ex-promoters, and roadies etc who organise shows with the original Mersey Sound era bands to raise funds for sick, underprivileged and needy children throughout Europe. Merseycats is growing across Europe and now has sister organisations in Germany (Cologne Cats) and Italy (Rome Cats). Since inception MerseyCats has raised over £500,000 in funds for needy children. For a taste of the fabulous Mersey sound visit

The Hard Days Night Hotel is situated in the heart of Liverpool adjacent to the world famous Cavern Club. The hotel opened on the 1st February 2008 with worldwide media coverage. A luxurious 4 star hotel in a classic, Grade II listed city centre building, it has 110 bedrooms including the John Lennon Suite complete with white piano against a white backdrop and stunning views of the city centre.

Many original features of the Grade II listed building have been restored, whilst still creating a modern and contemporary environment. Luxury rooms have their own individual design, contemporary decor and are stylishly appointed with an interactive LCD TV and complimentary WI-FI as well as en-suite facilities that include a monsoon shower. Some of the rooms are situated in the rooftop extension and offer views of the Liverpool skyline from†their very own balcony.

Published May 6, 2009

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