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Gearing up for the Beatles Week!

Published: Fri August 17, 2007  News Feed

Liverpool is the proud birthplace of The Beatles, and every year the Mathew Street Festival and the International Beatle Week celebrate the Fab Four's music.

This year the Mathew Street Festival is going back to its pub and club roots, with performances spreading over 40 city centre venues around town, this August Bank Holiday, and The International Beatle Week starts oficially on the 22nd of August, lasting until the 28th. With other Beatles-related events also happening at the same time, there's even more to see and do this year!

Rare Photographs

Copyright © University of Dundee

John Lennon - Now These Days Are Gone

Beatles fans in Liverpool can start getting excited even sooner, because an exhibition of Beatles photographs that have never been seen in Liverpool will go on display at the National Conservation Centre from 18 August until 2 March 2008.

Now These Days Are Gone features photographs by Michael Peto, all of which were taken during the filming of the Beatles film Help in 1965. The collection of intimate black and white photographs show the Beatles in a variety of settings - at home, in the studio, relaxing between takes and joking on set.

Fiona Philpott, Director of Exhibition at National Museums Liverpool says, 'We are delighted at having this opportunity to bring some rarely seen images of the Beatles to Liverpool. For fans of the fab four there is the chance to see the stars in a relaxed and informal setting while those interested in photography can admire the work of Michael Peto, one of the great photo-journalists of the 60s'.  Michael Peto left 130,000 photographs to the University of Dundee when he died in 1970. They were then archived and lay forgotten until their rediscovery in 2004.

For more info on the exhibition, click here.

Now These Days Are Gone @ National Conservation Centre Whitechapel, Liverpool
Admission FREE
Open10am-5pm every day
Information 0151 478 4999


Bagism was a concept created by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969. The concept of Bagism might be summed up in this way: By removing the obstacle of prejudging someone according to the length of their hair or the color of their skin, certain people might be more inclined to take the words and ideas of others more seriously. Hence, "total communication" as John Lennon put it.

On Wednesday 22nd, the opening day of Beatles Week, some local musicians, poets and artists are staging what they call "the art-happening of the Summer" with artists performing inside bags, like John and Yoko did in the 60s.

It'll take place at the View Two Gallery on Mathew St., from 8pm. Admission FREE.

Even though the concept of bagism was co-created by John Lennon, this will be the first time ever that such event will be happening in Liverpool, and the organizers promise an evening of  experimental art-noise, poetry, rock'n'roll and psychedelic projections. One not to be missed! Info here

International Beatle Week 2007

What is Beatle Week? It’s very hard to describe unless you have actually experienced it, but in a nut shell it is the biggest celebration of the music of The Beatles anywhere in the world, and fittingly it is hosted in the City where it all began – LIVERPOOL. Seven days and nights of madness and mayhem during EVERY waking hour. Organised by Cavern City Tours (Regional Tour Operator of the Year on six occasions), it features over two hundred bands from twenty countries and attended by fans from over forty countries.

Truly an International Festival combining live music, exhibitions, guests, a convention, flea market, video shows, tours, etc., etc. If you are a Beatle fan then this is for you. If you are a general music fan then this is also for you, as the weekend features bands covering other icons, such as Elvis, The Who, The Stones, Queen etc. It also highlights newer, more contemporary music throughout the Mathew Street Festival area on the Monday. The whole weekend kicks off in style at the Cavern Pub on Wednesday 22nd and who better to host it than Merseyside’s very own Lennon’s Magic Elbow, a free gig at The Cavern Pub during the evening!

For more details and programme, visit the Cavern Club Website.

Mathew Street Music Festival 2007

Despite some recent upheavals, The Mathew Street Festival is still going strong, and, this time, going back to its roots - with acts being staged at venues across the city centre this August Bank Holiday.

- 40 city centre venues offering to stage acts
- A further 20 are being approached
- Of the acts scheduled to play, many already have an alternative venue
- All 10 Streetwaves acts will play at The Barfly on Bank Holiday Monday

Key venues with a large capacity that have expressed interest, include: The Krazy House, Mood, Walkabout, Rat and Parrott, University of Liverpool's Mountford Hall.

Lots of family entertainment will also be provided within the city centre as the two-day event aims to cater for people of all ages.

There will also be a full programme of activities for families visiting the city centre on the 26th and 27th August which will lead into the city's 800th birthday celebrations on Tuesday 28th August.

The annual Liverpool International Beatles Week, organised by Cavern City Tours, will also run from August 22-26, kick starting with a special concert to launch the Cavern album marking the 50th anniversary of the world famous club.

There will also be a programme of guest talks, concerts and Beatles-related auctions.

Look out for updates on the Visitliverpool website.

If all this Beatles activity got you inspired, find out which gear the Beatles used on our How To Sound Like The Beatles article!


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