Reflections on Liverpool Beatleweek 2018

Just back from Beatleweek 2018 in Liverpool. I’ve been going to Liverpool for the annual Beatles Convention since they started at the Adelphi Hotel in 1981. I’ve only missed 5 since. This year was great as usual, and it is wonderful to share it with my wife Irina and 10 year old daughter, Lilia.

We started off our week at a great talk by Jenny Boyd at the Beatles Story, about her experiences with the Beatles in India in 1968. Jenny was very open, and very charming and willingly posed for a great photo with us afterwards.

With Jenny Boyd at the Beatles Story

Friday, for me, was the musical highlight for me, with an incredible concert by the Analogues, who performed the ‘White Album’ in its entirety. They are an amazing band, who played and sang with great clarity and warmth. They also had great animated films for each song, which really added to the occasion. It was one of the best ‘tribute’ concerts I’ve ever been too – and I’ve been to a lot! In fact, the standard of live music throughout the whole week was incredibly good. Another highlight for my was the ‘Lennon and McCartney Songbook gig, with Jimmy Coburn playing John Lennon solo songs, followed by brother Tony playing Paul’s.

The Sunday convention had its usual mix of live music, guest speakers, dealers and films. We spent a lot of time in the smaller speaker’s room, listening to great talks by David Bedford and Ken Womak, about their new books. We also enjoyed ‘Ringo Bingo’ but unfortunately didn’t win!

With Ken Womak at the Beatles Convention

Monday saw great titles ‘Scousechella’ concert – which a re-creation of the Coachella ‘Desert Trip’ festival, with tribute acts doing, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, The Who, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney sets. All were really good, but for me the best was ‘Eclipse’ who did an amazing rendition of Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ album.

All in all, it was another great Beatleweek, and great to meet up with lots of old friends.

Here’s top Beatleweek 2019!

 

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