Saturday, 25 July 2020

DISCOVERY UK IS LOOKING FOR BEATLES COLLECTORS

Are you a Beatles memorabilia collector? Was John one of your favourites?  Discovery UK is creating an exciting new series about collecting and sharing memories, and want to hear your stories. We'd love to hear from men... but also, are there any women collectors out there?  If this sounds like you, please don't hesitate to get in touch to find out more.

Contact: Caroline - carolinebacle@gmail.com

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Opportunity for Artists and Animators

Call out to artists and animators to submit works for Here There & Everywhere, The Beatles fan film

As some of you may know there has been a huge social project going on over the past 4 years culminating in a documentary called Here There & Everywhere, which is the ultimate love letter from Beatles fans to the band. Directed by Simon Weitzman and edited by fellow fan, Andy Lee, the Fan Film project will finally be released in 2021.

However, this is a call to arms from the makers of the film to all artists and animators in The Beatles fan family. They want you to get in touch with them to submit your artwork of the FAB4, both as a band and individually throughout their careers to be included in the film. All used submissions will be credited.

They are also looking for animator fans who want to showcase their work and submit anything from 5 to 15 seconds of animation, again to be credited and used in the final film. With individual artworks they need to be submitted at high resolution via www.wetransfer.com to simon@badhalo.com and Simon will acknowledge receipt. The production will be working with The British Beatles Fan Club to work with artists on specific briefs via updates. Submissions can start now and will be accepted until the end of November 2020.

Fans can learn more about the film at https://www.facebook.com/HTAEBEATLESFANFILM and through regular updates here, so keep a look out.

Your Own Personal Beatles - New Podcast

Let us introduce to you…

A brand new podcast about THE BEATLES hosted by veteran podcaster JACK PELLING and musician and comedian, ROBIN ALLENDER.

YOUR OWN PERSONAL BEATLES explores our personal relationship with the greatest band of all time. How were they so good? Why are they still so important half a century on? And did they even really exist?

In the first series, Jack and Robin will talk to guests including comedian, ELIS JAMES, one of the UK’s most successful song writers and producers GUY CHAMBERS, epidemiologist and author of Say Why to Drugs, DR SUZI GAGE, Liam Gallagher’s keyboard player, CHRISTIAN MADDEN, and Welsh multi-instrumentalist and former member of Simple Minds, CATHERINE ANNE DAVIES aka THE ANCHORESS.
JACK PELLING works in television and has produced a number of podcasts over the last 10 years, including the film show CELLULOID HEROES. He has reviewed films on BBC RADIO LONDON and has been Beatles-obsessed for over three decades.

ROBIN ALLENDER is a musician and comedian. He has collaborated with numerous artists and has also released music under his own name. He has toured with YANN TIERSON and played with bands including GRAVENHURST, FELIX and THE REVIVAL HOUR, and as a stand-up comedian, recently supported JOHN ROBINS on tour, including a date at the Hammersmith Apollo.

YOUR OWN PERSONAL BEATLES is available on all podcasting platforms soon, with new episodes released every week. They are also on social media @PersonalBeatles on Twitter and Instagram.

YOUR OWN PERSONAL BEATLES is a Homespun Sounds production and is produced by Jack Pelling with artwork by Morgan Ritchie.

People get fiercely protective about their personal Beatles. How can we keep hearing our own secrets in these songs? How can they be the worlds most passionately beloved band, yet still weirdly underrated? And how is there so much life in the music? Oh, unTimely life.

Rob Sheffield

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Watch your in box for an announcement and a survey

Hello British Beatles Fan Club members!

As this social distancing continues to limit travel and attractions, the fan club committee have been exploring ideas to help our members get more value for their membership.

For those of you who were members of our Yahoo group, you will have noticed that the "improvements" from Yahoo are were not helpful and it is no longer a viable platform for interacting with each other. 

Today we are sending out an email to all the members for whom we have an email address.  It explains our ideas and has a link to quick survey to get your thoughts and ideas.

Please respond to help us understand what you would like or not like.

If you don't get the email and would like to get it, go to our contact page on the website and send an email to the webmaster and provide a current email address and we will resend to you.

Thank you,
The BBFC Committee

See the Mersey Beatles in your car - July 26 in Liverpool










THE MERSEY BEATLES JOIN LIVE NATION’S
‘UTILITA LIVE FROM THE DRIVE-IN’ SERIES
FOR UNMISSABLE LIVERPOOL SHOW
The legendary music of The Beatles will be celebrated in the band’s home city with a major open-air concert on the banks of the River Mersey.
It is today confirmed world renowned Liverpool-born tribute band The Mersey Beatles will play a special drive-in show at Liverpool’s Central Docks as part of Live Nation’s Utilita Live From The Drive-In series.
And this unmissable concert – on Sunday July 26 – is set to be this summer’s biggest live music tribute to the Fab Four in the UK.
Tickets go on sale on Monday June 29 at 10am via
www.livenation.co.uk
Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company, is reimagining the live music experience during a time of social distancing by allowing fans to enjoy concerts in a one-of-a-kind drive-in setting.
Designed to comply with all official guidelines, Utilita Live From The Drive-In will see some of the biggest names in UK music perform live on stage backed by a full concert production. Audiences at 12 sites across the UK will enjoy shows from the comfort of their own private viewing zones next to their cars – with each zone appropriately distanced from one another. 
Tony Hadley, The Streets, Cream Classical Ibiza, Gary Numan, Embrace, KT Tunstall, Tom Grennan, Lightning Seeds, The Zutons and Beverley Knight are among the headliners already confirmed for the Liverpool series.
And music fans are in for a hit-packed treat as The Mersey Beatles bring their famed live show – which takes audiences on a magical trip through the iconic music of the greatest band of all time – to the Mersey’s world-famous docklands on July 26 (21:00 BST).
Formed in Liverpool in 1999, The Mersey Beatles – Mark Bloor (John), Steven Howard (Paul), Craig McGown (George), Brian Ambrose (Ringo) and Tony Cook (keys/percussion) – were the resident Beatles’ band at the legendary Cavern Club between 2002-2012 – clocking up more than 600 gigs.
Since leaving The Cavern, the band has toured the world many times over – winning legions of fans for their faithful recreation of The Beatles’ unmistakable Liverpool-born sound.
Steven said: “We cannot wait for July 26 – it’s going to be an incredibly special night on the banks of the River Mersey here in our home city.
“Like all bands we saw all our touring plans for 2020 – which included shows across Europe, America and Australia – halted by the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Utilita Live From The Drive In’ is a brilliant concept by Live Nation and we are thrilled to be part of it.
“It’s going to be so great to get out there on a stage again and play for an audience. This show is going to be a hit-packed celebration of the greatest band of all-time – and played where it all began right here in Liverpool. It’s going to be amazing!”
For more information about Utilita Live From The Drive-In, including performance schedules, locations and full terms and conditions, go to  www.LiveNation.co.uk/utilitalivefromthedrivein

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Important Information for Paid Members about Issue 73

Important Notice to all BBFC Members:

Due to continued lock-down in the UK, we are still unable to get our printed copies of Issue 73 to send to our members.

Today we have decided to email all members a PDF version of the magazine as a stopgap. You will eventually get your printed copy, but at least the PDF will give you something fun to read now.

 
If you don't receive an email by Monday 18 May, 2020 it means we either don't have an email for you or we have an old email for you.  Please email us at bbfcpublishing@gmail.com to let us know you didn't get your copy and provide us with an updated email.

This is for paid members only.


                                                                      Issue 73 (March 2020) includes:
  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Coming Up-Forthcoming Events
  • Liverpool BeatleWeek 2019, Round-Up
  • Media Watch
  • Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend Report
  • The Beatles Not For Sale 
  • The Beatles and their Apple Artists
  • There Are Places I Remember
  • The Beatles Withdrawn Sessions Album
  • Beatle Boots
  • Paperback Writer
  • Beatle Fan Dan and Juniors Farm
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • This Girl, The Cynthia Lennon Story- Review
  • Offers and Discounts
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photos of the Month

Monday, 13 April 2020

THE MERSEY BEATLES GET ‘A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS’ AROUND THE WORLD

THE MERSEY BEATLES GET ‘A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS’ AROUND THE WORLD AS THEY RECORD SPECIAL LOCKDOWN VIDEO 


Liverpool’s very own The Mersey Beatles brought music fans from around the world together to take part in a special music video.

The Beatles tribute band asked their followers, currently in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to help recreate the Fab Four classic ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ – and fittingly on the 53rd anniversary of the song’s original recording.

And fans from around the globe – including those in the USA, South America and across Europe – sent in videos of them singing the song. The Mersey Beatles then collated the clips to produce a heart-warming collaboration.

Since posting the video on the band’s Facebook page -
facebook.com/themerseybeatles/ - the video has received thousands of views.

Brian Ambrose,
who plays Ringo in The Mersey Beatles, said: “We should be on tour at the moment, but like everyone else, due to the global pandemic we are at home. 

“We thought it would be really nice to involve those who normally come and see us at shows in a special video. We came up with the idea of recreating 'A Little Help From My Friends' on March 30 – the anniversary of its original recording back in 1967.

“The message of the song, about getting through things with the help of loved ones, seemed to be perfect for these worrying times.

“It’s fair to say we’ve been blown away by the response. We received videos from around the world – from across Europe, South America and the USA – and as you can see everyone really threw themselves into it.

“The response since we posted the video last night (MONDAY) on our social media channels has been incredible. We’ve received so many kind messages from people saying how much the video brightened their day, and that is what we were aiming for.”

Formed in Liverpool in 1999, The Mersey Beatles – Mark Bloor (John), Steven Howard (Paul), Craig McGown (George) and Brian Ambrose (Ringo) – were the resident Beatles’ band at the legendary Cavern Club between 2002-2012 – clocking up more than 600 gigs.

Since leaving The Cavern, The Mersey Beatles have toured the world many times over and they will play a huge homecoming show in Liverpool on Saturday November 7th at The M&S Bank Arena’s Auditorium.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

STUCK AT HOME? ENTER THE JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST


NEW WEEKLY GIVEAWAYS OF HOME STUDIO GEAR

Over its 23 year history, The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) has recognized the talent of entries from several people who have risen to stardom – Meghan Trainor, American Authors, MAGIC!, Gaby Moreno and more. Now, in response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Lennon Contest has created weekly ‘Stuck At Home’ opportunities for songwriters to win studio gear to improve your songwriting experiences at home. The first deadline for entries is Sunday, March 29 at midnight EST with the winner announced on Monday, March 30.

Brian Rothschild, who co-founded the Contest along with Yoko Ono Lennon and legendary music manager, David Sonenberg, said, “During this time, we wanted to provide an outlet for songwriters that are anxious, alone, feeling blue or maybe together with loved ones who are driving them crazy! Now’s the time to write something new or polish up an idea from the past.” Rothschild went on to say, “Hit songwriter Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors will be randomly selecting this week’s winner. He has already written his own “Quarantine song!” View the video for the song at www.jlsc.com

Writers, artists and bands can enter their songs at www.JLSC.com and one entry from that week will be picked at random on Mondays to receive a prize pack filled with state-of-the-art gear and instruments from Yamaha, Audio-Technica, Focusrite, Genelec, K&M, Mackie, Neutrik, OWC, Reason Studios, and Sonicbids. In addition, all entries will be automatically entered into Session 1 of the annual Lennon Contest with over $300,000 in cash awards and prizes with the writer of the “Song of the Year” receiving $20,000 in cash.

The Contest helps to fund the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus which brings music and digital media production to students in schools across the country, free of charge. Enter the Contest at jlsc.com.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Issue 73 Coming soon! Delays possible due to pandemic impacts

Important Notice:  the UK is in official lock down and the printers have notified us that the printed magazines are ready but cannot be delivered to us to dispatch them to our members.  Rest assured you will get your magazine as soon as it is possible for us to receive delivery and post them to you.  We appreciate your patience in these unprecedented times. 

Coming soon - the March 2020 BBFC Magazine Issue 73 is at the printers and will be posted soon to subscribers.

We promise once it reaches you, it will help to keep you entertained while you are stuck at home social distancing!

Remember that membership in the British Beatles Fan Club makes a wonderful gift that keeps on giving all year long with four quarterly issues of the magazine included in membership. Click here for membership details.

Non-members can order a copy of the magazine from our website here.


                                                                      Issue 73 (March 2020) includes:
  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Coming Up-Forthcoming Events
  • Liverpool BeatleWeek 2019, Round-Up
  • Media Watch
  • Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend Report
  • The Beatles Not For Sale 
  • The Beatles and their Apple Artists
  • There Are Places I Remember
  • The Beatles Withdrawn Sessions Album
  • Beatle Boots
  • Paperback Writer
  • Beatle Fan Dan and Juniors Farm
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • This Girl, The Cynthia Lennon Story- Review
  • Offers and Discounts
  • As I Write This Letter
  • Crap Photos of the Month

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Get to Rhyl Wales Friday - Charity Event with the Mersey Beatles!

UPDATE! The shop will open February 28th!

Location: 50 High Street, Rhyl, Wales

And The Mersey Beatles will be performing - read more here and below

On Saturday July 14, 1962 The Beatles played their first ever performance in north Wales at the Rhyl Regent Dansette. Pete Best was the drummer at the time. (Ringo would replace him in August.)

They played mostly cover versions of songs like Some Other Guy, Sweet Little Sixteen and Money. A set list has not been seen but the set would be similar to those played at the Cavern in Liverpool during this period.

So why are we telling you today about this event 58 years ago? Well Sense charity, the national charity for children and Adults who are Deaf /blind and or have complex communication needs, is opening shops around Wales whose proceeds will benefit the charity and one of those shops happens to be in that very building where the Beatles performed in July 1962.

The charity is planning a Beatles themed opening for the shop at the end of February.  The shop will be filled with Beatles products that have been donated to their 100+ charity shops.

The charity has reached out to us to share this with our fan club members and the Beatles community.  Please show your support if you are near Rhyl on 28 February.  You can learn more about the charity and their shops at their website.

Beat-Meat 2020 April 11 - Holland


Thursday, 20 February 2020

Tickets on Sale Now! 7th Annual Beatles 1 Day - May 24

1DayEVENTS is proud to bring you their annual BEATLES Event, which celebrates the music of the most famous band the world has ever known, The BEATLES. 
This is truly a special event with bands performing live music from all over the country! 
Special guests. A charity raffle. And an open mic session. Be the lead singer of the band! If you’ve never been before, you need to make this May's event your first to see what the day is all about!


Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Four New Plays About the Beatles at Liverpool Fringe Festival in June 2020



NEWS RELEASE
TTW/3/20                                                                                                 11/02/2020
PLAY CONTEST SHOWS GLOBAL APPEAL OF THE BEATLES


Four new plays about the Beatles being staged in June as part of the Liverpool Fringe Festival show the continuing global appeal of The Fab Four.

The thirty-minute plays chosen in a competition have come from a field of entries which includes Israel, New Zealand and the USA.

“We are delighted so many people responded from overseas,” says Sharon Colpman, Executive Producer of Liverpool-based Make it Write Productions.

Make it Write has teamed up with Ticket to Write to resurrect the competition which was held in Liverpool for five years.

USA writer Tracy Neis is the overseas entry with “Something Inside that was Always Denied”, a delightfully quirky look at what might have happened if John Lennon had not gone to Spain with Brian Epstein and The Beatles were still waiting for their big break four years later.

Tracy fell in love with The Beatles when she was 12 writes Beatles-themed stories under the pseudonym “CremeTangerine” on archiveofourown.org and fanfiction.net

While Make it Write stalwart Ste Mc’s “Imagine” offers a fictitious account of John Lennon’s final hours when he meets a man, he has been awaiting for 14 years.

Since joining Make it Write, Ste has had several plays produced including “Death and All His Friends” at The Hope Street Theatre.

Merseyside writer Irene Stuart takes a little poetic licence to highlight dangers of living on the streets with her poignant look at Paul McCartney’s “Our Baby’s Gone”.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen as one of the four writers in the newly resurrected Ticket to Write for two main reasons: My first attempt at playwriting was voted in second place in the first Ticket to Write in 2012 and secondly I love writing Beatles inspired drama,” says Irene.

The fourth writer is Paul Daley, of Liverpool’s Lantern Writers, with a frothy comedy “The Ringo Kid”, a Fairy tale about Ringo meeting an old school-friend based on an event told him by his mum.

“It's the silliness of life that does it for me once you tune in to the absurdity of the everyday, your never short of material,” says Paul. His recent works include “Debt Cemetery” being featured at Boss New Plays at the Royal Court Studio in April.


Ticket to Write is being performed at Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool, from 12th -13th June, 2020 at 7.30pm. Suitable for people 16 and over.

Tickets can be bought by phone 0344 561 0622, or online at: https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/ticket-to-write