Dublin Beatles Festival

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Country and Region IrelandDublin
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Email: dublinbeatlesfestival@gmail.com

Festival Description

The Dublin Beatles Festival is a new Festival for Dublin that will take place in 2013, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Dublin performances of the world’s most iconic rock group.

The Beatles played Dublin’s Adelphi Cinema on Middle Abbey Street (now Arnott’s car park) on Thursday 7th November 1963, in two electrifying performances that no doubt helped to kick-start a new youth culture in 1960s Ireland. These shows also sparked riots in the city centre that evening, with cars overturned as the Gardaí battled to maintain control of the ecstatic fans who struggled for a glimpse of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Exactly 50 years later, the Dublin Beatles Festival intends to reignite Beatlemania in Dublin - minus the riots - through an exciting four day programme of music and arts events in a number of popular city centre venues. Three of the band, John, Paul and George, were especially proud of their Irish roots. Just this week in Dublin, Yoko Ono again referred to John Lennon’s love of Ireland and said that he ‘sometimes considered himself 100% Irish’.

Many of the best international and Irish musicians feature on this Festival line-up that will appeal to devoted Beatle fans and to all music lovers and ‘happenin’ hipsters’. These performers, and many other cross-disciplinary events designed to enthrall and entertain, are guaranteed to light up November 2013. Visit the web site and Facebook pages at http://www.dublinbeatlesfestival.com and http://www.facebook.com/dublinbeatlesfestival.

Festival Dates November 7 - 10, 2013
Festival Links

http://dublinbeatlesfestival.com/

Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • Included among Festival highlights are
    • John Lennon’s Original Quarrymen who feature on Saturday 9 November in two events: an afternoon public interview and Q&A; in the Gresham Hotel with Tony Clayton-Lea, Irish Times Music Critic; and a performance that evening in the Grand Social. Each of the band was a member of John Lennon’s first group, The Quarrymen, which Paul McCartney joined in July 1957 and George Harrison in early 1958. John Lennon’s Original Quarrymen excite audiences world-wide with their authentic performances of the music which influenced the birth of the Beatles; the skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll of the mid-1950s.
  • International tribute bands on the Festival line-up include
    • Revolver from Dundee, who previously had two sold-out gigs in Dublin. Acclaimed Beatle tribute bands performing for the first time in Ireland in November include The Beatelles, an all-female Beatle tribute group from the heart of Liverpool; Johnny and the Moondogs, hit of International Beatle Week 2012, from Middlesbrough; and The Choking Smokers, a high-energy trio from France. Irish tribute bands performing include the cast of the hit show Get Back – The Story of The Beatles; The Newspaper Taxi Men; Beatles for Sale; and The Rockets. A number of contemporary bands and performers will interpret some of their favourite Beatle songs, including Vyvienne Long, O Emperor and The Gandhis.
Artist features 2013:
  • John Lennon’s Original Quarrymen
    • John Lennon’s Original Quarrymen - the band who were on stage with John Lennon on Saturday, July 6th, 1957 (the day that Lennon first met Paul McCartney) - reformed in 1997 in order to celebrate that most momentous meeting. They are Colin Hanton, Len Garry, Rod Davis and John Duff Lowe. Hanton played drums with The Quarrymen from 1956 until 1959, appearing many times with John, Paul and George. Garry played tea-chest bass from 1956 until 1958, and Davis played banjo from 1956 until mid-1957, when he was replaced in the band by Paul McCartney. Duff Lowe was a long time friend of Paul McCartney. They first met at a chorister audition at Liverpool Cathedral in 1953. He joined The Quarrymen in February 1958, and his piano playing can be heard on the first song The Beatles ever recorded – In Spite of All the Danger (1958). Hanton played drums on that recording too. The song can be heard on The Beatles’ Anthology 1 released in 1995.
  • The Choking Smokers, Revolver
    • Formed in 2007, The Choking Smokers have played all over Europe in Beatle events including Beatles Day in Mons (Belgium), Scottish Beatles Weekend in Dundee (Scotland) and Beatle Week in Liverpool (England), and will be the first French tribute band to play at the Abbey Road on the River festival in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, in May 2013. The Choking Smokers are Xavier Mattei (drums, vocals), Pierrick Butty (bass, vocals) and Florent Bossu (guitar, vocals).
  • The Gandhis
    • Dublin based four piece band The Gandhis met as history students in Maynooth College. They are Aidan McKelvey (guitar, vocals), Conor Deasy (lead guitar, vocals), Niall Cullen (bass, vocals), and Barry O’Reilly (drums, vocals). To date, the band have released two critically acclaimed albums on 1969 Records – You Are My Friend (2009) and After Autumn (2012). They have performed sell-out gigs across Ireland and the UK, and have appeared at festivals including the Electric Picnic and Indiependence.
  • Revolver
    • Since forming in 2008, Revolver have built up an impressive live reputation, touring the UK and Europe, and they have also performed twice at Abbey Road on the River in the USA. A four piece from Dundee, members Iain Muir (guitar, vocals), Ross Nicoll (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Nick Forbes (bass, vocals) and Michael Benbow (drums, vocals) pride themselves on performing authentic representations of a wide range of classic songs from The Beatles. In 2011, they recreated the iconic Beatles 1969 Savile Row Apple Headquarters rooftop gig in Dundee as part of the first Scottish Beatles Weekend, and are consistently one of the most popular bands at International Beatle Week in Liverpool.

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