Sixties nostalgia hits the pubs, clubs and streets of Dublin this November with the launch of Beatlemania from November 7 to 10. John, Paul, Ringo and George look-a-likes will be popping up in various pubs and venues across the city – and no doubt carrying the odd classic tune too.
The four day celebration commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s legendary appearance in Dublin back in 1963. Then they wowed a crowd of more than 5,200 fans at the Adelphi Cinema on Abbey Street. And – if there’s anyone around who went to that initial gig then the organisers of The Gathering would love to hear from you. Who knows? You may even recognize some individuals from the original gig (Bob Geldof was there, aged 12) as there’ll be a turnout of those who were lucky enough to see the Beatles play live in Ireland.
Initial launch of Dublin’s Beatlemania
The Beatles event will kick off at Dublin’s Gresham Hotel on Thursday, November 7 at 6pm. Why here? Because this is where the foursome laid their heads when they came to perform in the city those five decades ago. The entertainment will consist of the cast from the hit show Bet Back – The Story of the Beatles playing the original songs the super group did at the original Adelphi Cinema gig. Vyvienne Long and Jon Ward will also perform a series of Beatles medleys. Turn up in fancy dress and be prepared to do a little boogying to a DJ set from Jacqui Carroll.
And the fun continues
Friday, November 8 is the first of two successive Beatlemania Grand Social events complete with two live stages and a venue for Beatles art and memorabilia. Again the proceedings on both nights will consist of a fancy dress element and DJ sets (from Jacqui Carroll and Rob Smith of Hot Press magazine). Check out bands such as The Beatelles, The Gandhis, John Lennon’s Quarrymen, Johnny & The Moondogs and The Louisiana 6.
Bit of a Beatles trivia geek? Then come along to the Workman’s Club on Sunday, November 10 and put your knowledge to the test with a quiz afternoon at 2.15pm. Entry is 40 Euro for a team of four.
Meanwhile the festival finale will also be held here at the Workman’s Club later that evening – 8.15pm to be precise. Bands on stage include Revolver and Johnny and the Moondogs.
Those who prefer the sounds of treading the boards to answering trivia questions would be better off heading to The Twisted Pepper on Middle Abbey Street on Saturday and Sunday where two plays – Lennon v McCartney and John Lennon’s Last Day – can be seen over lunchtimes (12.30pm) for 10 Euro.
To make sure there are still places for the events you particularly want to see it’s probably best to book in advance.