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Liverpool’s legendary “The Cavern Club” fights for its “survival”

London / The owners of the legendary “The Cavern Club” in Liverpool, the music venue where The Beatles began their career, are fighting for their “survival” in the face of the coronavirus crisis and are demanding public aid to stay afloat.

The place, which has become one of the main tourist attractions in the English city, usually receives about 800,000 visitors a year.

The small stage of “The Cavern” saw the Beatles play for the first time in 1961, although the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and Adele, among others, have also passed through its tables.

When the United Kingdom took measures to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus, at the end of March, “The Cavern” began to lose about 30,000 pounds a week (33,110 euros), Bill Heckie, one of the directors of the premises, told the BBC.

“It took five months before we had to lay off, unfortunately, about 20 people. We believe we may have to lay off another 20 in the coming weeks, “Heckie warned.

“Some years ago we made the decision to keep as much money in the bank as possible in case of rainy days and we did not realize that what was coming was a storm. So we had 1.4 million pounds in the bank (1.8 million dollars), which has now been cut in half, ”he described.

Live music concerts indoors have been banned in the UK until last Saturday, although venues must now respect safety and social distance measures, reducing their capacity and their ability to generate income.

Public funds to get out of the “pothole”

The director of “The Cavern” stressed that they will need public funds to get out of the pothole: “I do not want them to pay so that we have benefits”, but “at least make sure that we do not lose money.”

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said that “the prospect of losing a national gem like The Cavern is a horrible scenario.”

“Liverpool City Council is doing all it can to help our locals, but we cannot reach everywhere due to the pressure we are under, helping those most vulnerable in our communities,” he added.

A spokesman for the consistory explained to the BBC that the music venue must try to get state funds dedicated to the recovery of the cultural industry. (August 22, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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Principalmente el texto habla...  
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del primer concierto que dieron The Beatles en Reino Unido.
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de las pérdidas que está teniendo un emblemático local musical.
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de las medidas que ha tomado el Gobierno británico para hacer frente a la pandemia del COVID-19.
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En el texto se dice que...  
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no solo The Beatles sino también The Rolling Stones actuaron en el The Cavern Club.
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los propietarios de The Cavern Club desmienten que estén teniendo importantes pérdidas a causa de la crisis del COVID-19.
C
The Cavern Club se encuentra en la capital de Reino Unido.
Question 3
Leyendo el texto entendemos que...  
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la industria de la música está cada vez mejor desde que comenzó la pandemia.
B
aún no se puede celebrar ningún concierto o evento en ningún local de Reino Unido.
C
la pandemia del COVID-19 está afectando de forma negativa a la industria de la música.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que...  
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los propietarios de The Cavern Club han gastado gran parte del dinero que tenían ahorrado para cuado vinieran tiempos difíciles.
B
ya no es necesario que se reduzca el aforo de los locales de música en Reino Unido para evitar contagios.
C
uno de los directores de The Cavern Club descarta por completo que vayan a necesitar fondos públicos para poder seguir con el local.
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Al alcalde de Liverpool no le gustaría que el local The Cavern Club cerrara.    
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No es cierto.
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Así es.
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¡Imposible saberlo!
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En el vídeo se dice que...  
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este año tampoco se permite que se utilicen pantallas de gran tamaño en los festivales.
B
se celebran festivales de música muy reconocidos en Edimburgo.
C
no se suele celebrar ningún festival de música en Edimburgo.
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