Beatles Fest Tenbury: Before Abbey Road there was Teme Street

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A graphic for the beatles fest showing the 4 men in a black and white photo surrounded by a red background with black and white writing

The Regal is proud to lead on a weekend festival celebrating 60 years since the Beatles played in Tenbury Wells.

60 years ago, on Monday 15 April 1963, fresh from releasing their third hit single ‘From Me To You’ the previous Thursday, the Fab Four arrived in Tenbury Wells to play the Riverside Dancing Club at the Bridge Inn. This epic concert went straight into local legend the moment that last chord was played.

The Regal, Tenbury Wells are working together with local partners including Tenbury Town Council, Malvern Hills District Council and The Bridge public house to present Beatles Fest Tenbury on 14, 15 and 16 April 2023. 

The mersy beatles
The Mersey Beatles

Liverpool Poet Roger McGough headlines the festival on Friday 14 April with his show ‘Alive and Gigging’, the ‘world best-loved Liverpool-born Beatles tribute The Mersey Beatles headline Saturday 15 April with two shows: playing at 4pm and a sold-out evening performance at 7.30pm and George Harrison’s favourite guitarist Robin Nolan headlines Sunday 16 April with his show Robin Nolan Presents: The Music of George Harrison.

Roger McGough
Roger McGough

The festival will be joined for a talk by the world’s leading authority on the Beatles, the writer Mark Lewisohn titled ‘A Twist & Shout In Tenbury Wells’ on Friday 14 April and Tenbury Wells born writer Andrew Lowe on Saturday 15 April to talk about his new book ‘Before Abbey Road there was Teme Street’. There will be performances by the Regal Community Theatre and the students of the Regal School of Creative Arts in the Regal auditorium on the Saturday also.

A man playing the acoustic guitar
Robin Nolan

The Regal will be screening three of the iconic Beatles movies A Hard Days Night (U), Help! (U) and Yellow Submarine (U) in the Regal Studio with free entry and hosting an ‘I was there’ Party as a chance for the original gig goers to reminisce all on the Sunday 16 April.

The Bridge will be hosting live sets by Steve Roberts and as well as a 60s and 70s disco (with optional fancy dress) on the Saturday 15 April and open mic night on Sunday 16 April.

This town wide festival will see involvement from many other businesses within Tenbury Wells, and more events will be added to the line-up throughout the build-up.

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