It was 50 years ago today that The Beatles hit Dublin for two shows in the Adelphi cinema and a series of events, gigs and talks will mark the occasion over the next few days in the capital.
From a visit to the very pub where John Lennon and Ringo Starr enjoyed a quick pre-show pint to a display of the suits worn by The Beatles during their promo tour for A Hard Day’s Night, to a Beatles walking tour of the city, The Dublin Beatles Festival will see the capital go absolutely Fab over the next three days.
On Friday (November 8) a Beatles-themed music, CD and record fair takes place at Filmbase in Temple Bar while Fab Friday sees an array of tribute bands, DJs gather to deliver a Beatles marathon with acts including Irish bands Beatles for Sale, The Newspaper Taxi Men, The Gandhis, The iKonics, and The Rockets and Revolver (Scotland) and The Beatelles (England).
On Saturday and Sunday, two Beatle plays - Lennon V McCartney and John Lennon’s Last Day - will be performed in the city while on Sunday The Ultimate Beatles Quiz will test even the most hardcore Fab fanatic.
There’s loads more. For full details of times, dates and venues check out www.dublinbeatlesfestival.com
Part of the shop window display of Beatles memorabilia which can be seen in Dublin over the next few days
The Fab Four touched down at Dublin Airport at noon on November 7 1963 and were greeted by a crowd of 300 fans. At the Adelphi shows, the pandemonium spilled out onto Middle Abbey Street, where several young men were arrested and taken away in squad cars.
Over 200 gardai on duty that night to battle the crazed concert crowds. Shirley Chance, a co-organiser of the Dublin Beatles Festival said “It’s hard for people to verbalise the chaos and the frenzy from the night. One man told us that the first audience was around 2,300 and they didn’t want to leave, and then the others for the second audience wanted to get in.”
“Even though the Beatles were only here for one day, there are a lot of stories from that day because the Beatles met a lot of people.”
The Dublin Beatles Festival takes place from Nov 7–10.