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.
Here are our picks
It’s the sort of culture clash that this city embraces as it can only lead to great things – so expect nothing less when Neoclassical comes up close and personal to traditional and modern Asia.
Change the way you feel about traffic wardens forever. Join over 300 brass musicans and parking attendants kicking off a weekend of riotous street performance and events by international performer Meow Meow. Experience the song Lovely Rita through new eyes as part of Liverpool’s Sgt Pepper at 50 celebrations.