Liverpool: the ‘World Capital City of Pop’

Liverpool: the ‘World Capital City of Pop’

In just over a month, the Annual EAIE Conference will be kicking off. We’re sure you know by now that this year we are headed to the magical, musical city of Liverpool, UK. But did you also know that it has been named the ‘World Capital City of Pop’ by the Guinness Book of Records? Yes, there is such a title! The city is a hub for musicians and it’s keen to keep hold of its title – and why wouldn’t it be?

With a history of producing world-renowned legends including The Beatles, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and, more recently, The Zutons and The Wombats, millions of British pounds have been invested in higher education to shape the stars of the future. In order to continue this lengthy tradition, all four Liverpool universities – University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Edge Hill University and Liverpool Hope University – are committed to keeping the music alive by offering an array of highly tuned courses.

‘Fame’ in two senses of the word

The talented Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney, too, is educating future stars in his hometown. In 1996, he co-founded the The Liverpool Institute of Preforming Arts (LIPA) – in a building which in fact once housed the musician’s own old school. This state-of-the-art ‘fame school’ that has collaborated with Liverpool John Moores University, one of our 2016 University Partners, offers an array of degree courses including Drama, Dance, Music Theatre and Entertainment Management, Music, Sound Technology and much more.

Waiting to take you away

If you have a spare few hours and love everything Beatles, then make sure to step aboard the Magical Mystery Tour. Take a step back to the 50’s and 60’s and see the Beatles’ childhood homes, schools and colleges and get up close to the places that inspired some of their most memorable songs – Penny Lane and Strawberry Field  –  and the oh-so-famous Cavern Club, the ‘birthplace’ of The Beatles. Known as the venue where the band had almost 300 appearances before being discovered, it is a must-see for music aficionados and Beatles fans alike. If you fancy rubbing shoulders with fellow higher education professionals while twisting and shouting, join us on conference Tuesday and Wednesday for an authentic Scouse night out in this historic venue.

Cue the music

Do you think you could give the Beatles or Cilla Black a run for their money? Show us what you’re made of and join in on the EAIE Choir! You’ll have a chance to perform at the Closing Plenary on Friday 16 September.
Make sure to check out the Discover Liverpool page, where you’ll find many more tips and interesting things to do in the city. We look forward to enjoying this musical city with you in September. If you have not done so already, be sure to register by 24 August to take part in Europe’s largest international higher education event – and we hope that you’ll enjoy the show!