Liverpool’s Fab Four festival gets under way this week

Who isn’t a sucker for a huge party?  I mean really.  There are many Beatle events and places that I salivate over the thought of seeing and attending.  I have to say, Liverpool’s own grand-daddy-of-’em-all Beatle festivals is near the top of my list.

If you are going to attend a Beatle celebration why not A.)see one of the world’s largest.  -and- B.) Celebrate all things Beatles’ by attending a festival like this in their hometown of Liverpool.  It looks like attending would be a no-brainer.  I just wish that traveling there wasn’t such a huge issue.  Oh, to live in the U.K. albeit temporarily.    It promises to be a week-long Beatle blowout.

Here’s what we’ve read.

The sounds of the Beatles will take centre stage for a week of celebrations in Liverpool.

The city’s annual International Beatles Week will see thousands of people descend on the world famous Cavern Club in Mathew Street.

The festivities gear up to the Bank Holiday weekend when scores of live bands will play at venues across the city.

This year’s festival has been dogged with problems caused partly by a £73m roadworks scheme under way in Liverpool city centre.

It has meant that all the outdoor events, including three live music stages, have had to be cancelled for health and safety reasons.

Many of the bands, which have travelled from as far afield as Russia and Australia, will now be performing to smaller audiences at around 40 indoor venues.

The launch of International Beatles Week will kick start with a special concert to launch the Cavern album marking the 50th anniversary of the club where the Beatles found stardom.

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

Now in its 15th year, the festival began at The Cavern with the other clubs and pubs in Mathew Street.

Professor Drummond Bone, chairman of Liverpool Culture Company, said: “By moving the acts indoors, people will still be able to enjoy the fantastic entertainment that the Mathew Street Festival is famous for in safety.”

Source: Liverpool Daily Post

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