Thursday, 26 March 2020



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

Writers, artists and bands can enter their songs at 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

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

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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 and

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:

Saturday, 8 February 2020



The John Lennon Songwriting Contest ( announces a special “Love Song” contest to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s a short window so go to the website and submit your original compositions before February 13 and the winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day. Prizes will include products from Audio Technica, Copperpeace, Focusrite, Genelec, K&M, Mackie, Neutrik, OWC, Reason Studios, Sonicbids, and Yamaha.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

All You Need Is Love - and Strawberry Field

Strawberry Field in Liverpool, made famous by John Lennon's song, is having a competition to spread the love!

Contact the charity to get a copy of the poster shown on the right to post at your home or business.  Encourage people to make a donation so they can write a message or love and peace on the poster.

The competition runs from Monday 10th until Sunday 16th Feb.
The winning poster will win a prize and all donations collect go to support the Steps to Work programme at Strawberry Field

Click here to email Lesley at Strawberry Field to get your poster. 

Monday, 3 February 2020

TV Alert - Simon Weitzman on the The One Show BBC 1

TV Alert!

Simon Weitzman from the Here There & Everywhere fan film will be on the The One Show BBC 1 this Thursday (it may be Wednesday but probably Thursday) discussing the restoration of lost Paperback Writer footage.