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John Lennon’s sister says: Put on your dancing shoes The Mersey Beatles are coming!

ByDave Stopher

Oct 8, 2018

John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird is warning music fans to ‘get ready to dance’ when The Mersey Beatles hit theatres across the UK.

After sold out shows in the USA, Asia and Europe, the world renowned Liverpool-born tribute band are retracing The Beatles’ footsteps on their ‘Get Back UK Tour’ which visits the very same towns, cities and original venues the Fab Four rocked in the 1960s.

Fewer than 80 of the 200-plus historic UK dance halls, theatres and cinemas The Beatles played between 1957 and 1966 remain today.

But in a unique bid to celebrate both The Beatles’ music and the towns that helped shape that world-changing Rock ‘n’ Roll sound, The Mersey Beatles play many of the remaining venues as part of their 17-date UK tour. 

The brilliant two-hour show will not only see The Mersey Beatles play the very same songs John, Paul, George and Ringo did in the 1960s but they will chart the Fab Four’s full career through the hits from Love Me Do to Let It Be.

And music fans are already being warned to put on their dancing shoes ahead of the not-to-be-missed show.

Julia Baird, who first saw older brother John Lennon and his band perform for her in her kitchen at home in the 1950s and is now a director of Liverpool’s world famous Cavern Club, said:  “It’s going to be a brilliant tour. The Mersey Beatles are a fantastic band who nail the sound of The Beatles. I’ve known them for the best part of 20 years and they recreate The Beatles atmosphere wonderfully.

“The audience will have a great time and I’m sure they will not be constrained by their seats on the night as The Mersey Beatles have that brilliant ability to get people up on their feet dancing. John would have loved that!”

OCT 31             PORT SUNLIGHT – Hulme Hall
NOV 6              STOCKPORT – Plaza
NOV 8              WHITCHURCH – Civic Centre
NOV 9              BLACKBURN – King George’s Hall (Windsor Suite)
NOV 10             RHYL – Pavilion
NOV 13             ALDERSHOT – Princes Hall
NOV 14             BEDFORD – Corn Exchange
NOV 15             NORWICH – Epic Studios
NOV 16             STOKE – Kings Hall
NOV 17             COVENTRY – Albany Theatre
NOV 21            LYDNEY – Town Hall
NOV 22             WALTHAMSTOW – Maud @ Mirth, Marvel and Maud
NOV 23             MARGATE – Winter Gardens
NOV 24             SALISBURY – City Hall
NOV 28             ALLOA – Town Hall
NOV 29             ABERDEEN – The Beach Ballroom
NOV 30             NEWCASTLE – O2 Academy

Formed in 1999, The Mersey Beatles – Mark Bloor (John), Steven Howard (Paul), Craig McGown (George) and Brian Ambrose (Ringo) –  were the resident Beatles’ tribute band at The Cavern for more than a decade and have now toured the world many times over.

The band brilliantly exude the inner and outer spirit of the real thing from the costumes, the instruments and, of course, that unmistakable and legendary Liverpool-born sound.

Steven said: “This tour is going to be amazing! We are, of course, all Beatles fans and, as Liverpool lads we’ve been obsessed with the band since we were in school. It’s going to be great to follow in the Fab Four’s footsteps and truly recreate those special shows.”

Mark added: “We pride ourselves on bringing a true Beatles experience, covering all the eras from the days of The Cavern Club, through Beatlemania to Sgt Pepper and the band’s final gig on the rooftop of the Apple offices. We cannot wait to Get Back to where it all began for the greatest band of all time.”

Julia, who speaks at music conventions all over the world and released her book ‘Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon’ in 2007, added: “The Beatles popularity continues unabated and for me the reason is the songs. There is something within them for everyone, beautiful melodies, wonderful lyrics and they continue to resonate with generation after generation – these songs are truly engrained into our psyche.”

Tickets are on sale now from the venue box offices or via ticketmaster.co.uk

Julia Baird’s book ‘Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon’ by Hodder Paperbacks is available via www.juliabaird.eu