The Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool will celebrate the Beatles’ 50 anniversary events highlighting their music and their history with the city all through the year. The celebration was launched last week simultaneously with announcements at the Cavern Club and at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Here’s a chronlogical summary of the events:
On June 22-23, the Liverpool Phiharmonic will feature “The Two of Us: The Lennon and McCartney Songbook” with John Wilson conducting the orchestra in the Beatles songs including “All You Need Is Love,” “Yesterday” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Performers will include singer Joe Stilgoe, jazz singer Claire Martin and Liverpool actor and vocalist Mark McGann.
Probably the biggest event with be the 20th Mathew Street Music Festival and Fringe in August. Stages will feature acts influenced by the Beatles and tribute bands.
At the Cavern Club each weekend, “Saturday with The Beatles” will feature special performances in the venue’s Live Lounge.
On Aug. 18, Ringo Starr’s debut with the band will be celegbrated at Hulme hall in Port Sunlight.
On Aug. 19, the Cavern will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first gig at the Cavern Club.
The annual International Beatles Week will take place Aug. 22-28 with music from bands all over the world. On Aug. 25, the Port Sunlight Summer Festival will also feature Beatles tribute bands.
A special “Love Me Do” weekend will take place at the Beatles Story at the Albert Dock Oct. 5-7.
A new play celebrating the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will open in the newly refurbished Epstein Theatre Nov. 15 and continue through Dec. 1. “Epstein” is a one-man play with live music, written by Andrew Sherlock and directed by Jen Heyes.
Liverpool Philharmonic Beatles Weekend will be featured at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Dec. 7-9.
Also, Dec. 7, the Beatles tribute band the Bootleg Beatles will perform their two-hour multi-media stage tribute featuring Beatles songs from throughout their career augmented by a brass and string ensemble.
On Dec. 8, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will present “The John Lennon Songbook, again featuring Joe Stilgoe, Claire Martin and Mark McGann. Songs will include “Imagine,” “Woman” and “Ticket to Ride.”
On Dec. 9, Mark McGann will star in “In My Life,” a John Lennon tribure show featuring the Liverpool Philharmonic. The show includes both Beatles and solo Lennon songs.
The annual John Lennon Peace Vigil will take place Dec. 9 at the European Peace Monument.
More events are expected to be announced.