Wednesday 4 July 2012

New Festival Announced for 50th Anniversary of The Beatles in Dublin

A new Festival for Dublin in 2013 has just been announced. 

The Dublin Beatles Festival will take place from Thursday 7th November to Sunday 10th November 2013, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Dublin performances of the world's most iconic rock group.

The Beatles played Dublin's Adelphi Cinema on Middle Abbey Street (now Arnott's car park) on Thursday 7th November 1963, in two electrifying performances that no doubt helped to kick-start a new youth culture in 1960s Ireland. These shows also sparked riots in the city centre that evening, with cars overturned as the Garda­ battled to maintain control of the ecstatic fans who struggled for a glimpse of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

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 of the band, John, Paul and George, were especially proud of their Irish roots. Just this week in Dublin, Yoko Ono again referred to John Lennon's love of Ireland and said that he sometimes considered himself 100% Irish.

Many of the best international and Irish musicians feature on this Festival line-up that will appeal to devoted Beatle fans and to all music lovers and 'happenin' hipsters'. These performers, and many other cross-disciplinary events designed to enthrall and entertain, are guaranteed to light up November 2013.

A selection of Dublin Beatles Festival 2013 highlights will be released in November 2012 on and

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