With the city having already celebrated the 50th anniversary of the seminal Beatles’ album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, earlier this year, the INTERNATIONAL BEATLE WEEK descends upon Liverpool. With over 70 bands from 20 different countries performing across the city over the week, it is set to be a magical celebration for casual fans and die hard lovers of the Fab Four alike.
As well as a special multi-event package covering gigs a conference and other Beatles treats, the legendary Jacaranda, a local haunt for Lennon and McCartney during the 50s and early 60s, are putting on a series of acoustic performances from up and coming Liverpool talent. Here is our selection of things to check out for this International Beatleweek.
Mythew St Pop Monterey Festival
Thursday 24th August
50 years ago, the Monterey Pop Festival took place in California in 1967, setting the template for festivals such as Woodstock to follow. Beset with problems throughout its run, false rumours, cancellations (sounds very poignant!) and no shows from artists ranged from the Beach Boys, the Kinks and Bob Dylan, to The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Ultimately, the festival still had a stellar line-up, featuring the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, The Who and Jimi Hendrix. Featuring various tribute acts, THE MYTHEW ST MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL, meanwhile, will stage the gig that could have been– if they all had turned up! Glorious.
Jacaranda Record Store Acoustic Sessions
Thursday 24th August
As part of International Beatle Week, The Jacaranda are putting on a series of special events celebrating up and coming local artists. Presenting RECORD STORE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS, Thom Morecroft presents the Ground Floor sessions, featuring acoustic sets in an intimate setting. Meanwhile, Flynn and Tonics will play crowd pleasers and rock anthems, getting the crowd dancing into the early hours.
Ratha Hatre Chariot Festival
Saturday 26th August
LIVERPOOL RATHA YATRA CHARIOT FESTIVAL is a chance to delve into the Hare Krishna culture beloved by George Harrison and his band mates. Ratha-yatra means “chariot festival”, with the celebration being held annually over the centuries at Jagannatha Puri, in Orissa, India. There, three huge chariots, carrying the Deity forms of Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra, are pulled by hand through the city streets amid loud musical performances. Rathayatra has since gained further significance around the world with the advent of the Hare Krishna movement in the 20th century. Expect free food, music, dancing and more at this vast street festival!
John and Paul: “It Was Fete”
Saturday 26th August
On July 6th, 1957, at the Woolton Garden Fete at St Peter’s Church, John Lennon performed with The Quarrymen and met Paul McCartney for the first time. Taking place in the same field, and with full support of the church, JOHN AND PAUL: “IT WAS FETE” will see the whole event replicated 60 years on. The day will see interactions with the Quarrymen, John Lennon’s half-sister Julia Baird and other luminaries who were there on the day, all the while raising funds and the profile of the local area.
Here, There and Everywhere – Pierhead
Monday 28th August
During the August Bank Holiday weekend, there will be a range of international bands performing on the outdoor stage at HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE. Located at the Pier Head Village, this mini-festival also features the Liverpool Art Fair, the Artisan Village and a Farmer’s Market.
An Evening with Daniel Saleh
Tuesday 29th August
Continuing their run of intimate performances by local artists, The Jacaranda presents AN EVENING WITH DANIEL SALEH. Daniel Saleh is a talented performer, whose acoustic sets are known to contain intricate guitar work that taps into the heart of any audience. His ability to take any song and turn it into a delicate acoustic number is always satisfying.
International Beatleweek runs from August 23rd to the 29th. Tickets for International Beatleweek are available at internationalbeatleweek.com .
Information about the events at The Jacaranda can be found here