55 years ago in February 1963, The Beatles brought their Cavern Club show to King’s Heath’s old Ritz Ballroom next to the Hare and Hounds. Now history will repeat itself when current resident band Made In Liverpool bring their Cavern Club show to the Hare & Hounds on Sunday 11th February as part of King’s Heath Walk Of Fame’s unique day-long celebration of this historic event.
The Ritz Ballroom was one of four venues run by Irish Couple Ma and Pa Regan in the 1960’s. Originally scheduled to appear in January, The Beatles had been prevented by blizzard-like conditions from getting to the Ritz Ballroom from another of the Regans’ venues – the Plaza at Old Hill. When they did eventually make it on 15 February, they had just reached No. 1 in the charts with ‘Please, Please Me’ and had to enter the rear of the venue from Milford Place by a ladder!
On Sunday 11th Feb from 3 pm to 6 pm a great selection of local musicians will perform some of their favourite Beatles songs in a special pre-Valentine’s Day ‘All You Need Is Love’ session at Fletchers Bar. Expect songs in a range of musical styles from the jazz soul of Blue Silk, the folk-rock of Mr Apollo, the Ukulele Theatre, Peters plays Lennon and the notorious Eggmen plus more fantastic local musicians still to be announced.
Then at 7 pm, doors will then open at the award-winning Hare and Hounds for the evening concert by the top tribute band Made In Liverpool to conclude Beatles Fest 2018.
Born and bred in Liverpool, the band perform at venues worldwide with recent performances being as far afield as Russia, USA, Australia, Switzerland, Europe and the Far East! Originally named The Fab Four they were the first Beatles tribute band to play the Cavern when it re-opened and are mentioned in music writer and Merseybeat historian Spencer Leigh’s book ‘The Cavern, The Most Famous Club in the World’. To this day they still continue to play at the Cavern on a regular basis.
Their performance as The Beatles has been described as unique, uncontrived, exciting and mind-blowing! All the members of the band are accomplished musicians and several have appeared in musical productions about The Beatles at the legendary Liverpool Everyman Theatre and throughout the UK. The audience can expect to hear nearly two hours of The Beatles Greatest Hits.