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Mark Morris Dance Group, by Stephanie Berger

Liverpool presents Sgt Pepper at 50

Chris Horkan, Music Editor

It was 50 years ago this year that Sgt Pepper taught the band to play. And now, Liverpool is presenting a series of events to celebrate this landmark occasion.

From an action-packed day of raga at St George’s Hall that highlights Indian culture’s influence on the Beatles, via a UK-exclusive performance of Mark Morris Dance Group’s PepperLand – with a score inspired by their album – at the Royal Court Theatre, to a spectacular Sgt Pepper-inspired mural at Stanley Dock, plus brass band-led “kamikaze cabaret” in Liverpool Cathedrals, The Oratory and along Hope Street, Liverpool will come alive for two weeks of vibrant art, culture and more.

Mr Kite’s MUSICIRCUS!, meanwhile, invites thousands of Liverpudlians to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime afternoon of fairground sights and sounds at Aintree Racecourse.

All in all, the 13 specially commissioned events that make up the Sgt Pepper at 50 programme will commemorate and celebrate the 13 songs that make up the Beatles’ legendary record, marking the ‘Summer of Love’ in a way only Liverpool can.