After their now-legendary North American debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, The Beatles transfixed the U.S. and the tremors were felt worldwide, transforming music and pop culture forever with their records and television appearances.
The Beatles’ extraordinary musicianship and charisma also made them one of the greatest live bands of all time. In The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) explores the history of The Beatles through the lens of the group’s concert performances, from their early days playing small clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg to their unprecedented world tours in packed stadiums around the globe from New York to Melbourne to Tokyo.
The first feature-length documentary authorized by The Beatles since the band’s breakup in 1970, Eight Days a Week features rare and never-before-seen archival footage of shows and interviews, plus new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and numerous prominent observers. The film captures the exhilaration of The Beatles’ phenomenal rise to fame as well as the toll it eventually took on the band members, prompting them to stop touring altogether in August 1966 and devote their prodigious musical energy to the series of ground-breaking studio recordings for which they are best known today.
This month, the World Premiere of the film takes place here at FACT, and you could attend this exclusive event on Thursday 15 September.
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The Beatlemania vibes continue with a raft of activities happening within Liverpool on the day of the World Premiere, with more giveaways from the award-winning Beatles Story and Liverpool TIC (Tourist Information Centre).
In addition to this, there will be live music from the world famous Cavern and a chance to visit the iconic balcony of Liverpool Town Hall, where The Beatles greeted the city from when they returned from America in 1964.
And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, then maybe you might want to tickle the ivories of the Yellow Submarine piano at Liverpool ONE? Or watch one of the all day screenings of Liverpool’s influence on The Beatles at the Museum of Liverpool? Or maybe you just want to sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home, listening to Roger Phillips’ BBC Radio Merseyside phone-in with Peter Hooton and an invited audience discussing the impact of The Beatles on the city?
So, we urge both visitors and residents of the city to Come Together on a day to really Twist and Shout about!
Apply for tickets for the premiere now! Tickets will be distributed by ballot.