Next year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ only Dublin performances - and a festival is being planned to commemorate the event.

The Beatles played two shows at the Adelphi Cinema on Middle Abbey Street (now Arnott’s car park) on 7th November 1963, and The Dublin Beatles Festival will take place from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th November 2013.

Those shows sparked riots in the city centre, with cars overturned as the Gardaí battled to maintain control of the ecstatic fans who struggled for a glimpse of the Fab Four.

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 members of the band – John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison - were proud of their Irish roots. Just this week in Dublin, Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono made reference to John Lennon’s love of Ireland and said that he ‘sometimes considered himself 100% Irish’.

A selection of Dublin Beatles Festival 2013 highlights will be released next November at www.dublinbeatlesfestival.com and www.facebook.com/dublinbeatlesfestival.