Red Rum Club, the alt-indie rock sensation from Sefton, will enjoy a prestigious honour as they are to be immortalised in the hallowed Cavern Wall of Fame in Liverpool. Photo by Visit Liverpool

Red Rum Club, the alt-indie rock sensation from Sefton, will enjoy a prestigious honour as they are to be immortalised in the hallowed Cavern Wall of Fame in Liverpool.

This recognition comes as the band celebrates not only their roots but also their recent chart success with their latest album, Western Approaches, which debuted at an impressive number 8 on the UK official album chart in February.  

Last week music legend Elton John praised the inspirational band in his Rocket Hour podcast.

Red Rum Club’s induction into the Cavern Wall of Fame holds special significance for the band as they have long been intertwined with the historic venue. 

It was within the walls of the Cavern Pub that Red Rum Club honed their craft, utilising the club’s original live music open mic nights to refine their unique ‘Mariachi Merseybeat’ sound.  

This momentous occasion comes just ahead of Red Rum Club’s highly anticipated homecoming gig on Friday 5th April at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, marking yet another milestone in the band’s rise in the music industry.  

Red Rum Club said: 

 “For many years we walked past the Cavern ‘Wall of Fame’ on our way to playing in the many bars and pubs along the cobble-stoned street that gave the world The Beatles, staring in awe at this inscripted mosaic of music icons. 

“We could only dream that one day our band too would be cemented alongside those greats. Now we know – dreams can come true.”

The Cavern Wall of Fame was unveiled in 1997 as part of the world-famous club’s 40th birthday celebrations. It contains named bricks of bands who have played at the cellar club through the decades. Now Red Rum Club will be joining the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Adele, Arctic Monkeys and Oasis to name but a few.  

Cavern Director Jon Keats said: 

“We have been following and supporting Red Rum Club pretty much from the beginning. They are one of the hardest working bands around and deserve every bit of success that comes their way. It is our pleasure to induct the boys into our Wall of Fame.” 

In celebration of this landmark achievement, Red Rum Club will be presented with their brick in the Cavern Wall of Fame, located on Mathew Street, on Wednesday, 3rd April 2024, at 6pm. Fans and supporters are invited to join in commemorating this special moment in the band’s history.  

Red Rum Club are made up of Fran Doran (lead vocals, guitar), Tom Williams (guitar, backing vocals), Michael McDermott (guitar, backing vocals), Simon Hepworth (bass), Neil Lawson (drums), and Joe “The Blow” Corby (trumpet). 

All members of the band were born around the areas of Waterloo, Crosby and Thornton and grew up within two miles of each other. 

They were recently celebrated with a huge mural, painted by local street artist Paul Curtis and commissioned by Sefton Council, at the Salt & Tar events space in Bootle. 

Michael and Simon met in Year 2 primary school and then met Joe during a Battle of the Bands competition in Crosby Civic Hall when they were 14 and would go on to form a band together. Francis and Neil met while attending Holy Family Catholic High School in Thornton although they attended different year groups. 

Francis and Tom are cousins and both started to learn how to play guitar after seeing their cousin Jake play. Neil would later meet Michael in South Sefton College and be asked to join his current band The Lazy Guns with Simon as their drummer had just left.


  • For more information about the band, visit Red Rum Club’s official website at   


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