Kingsway Club, Southport,22nd January.The first of 9 gigs
Not a gig, but important - Decca Studios. Broadhurst Gdns.,
London, where they auditioned & were sadly (for Decca !) turned
down on Jan 1st 1962.
Thistle Cafe, West Kirby, Cheshire. Just one gig here on Feb
The Oasis Club, Manchester - famous more for Manchester groups,
they played here 4 times from 2nd Feb to 22nd Feb 1963. The club
no longer exists. It started off as The 2 J's club, and more
research is needed for any old pix of the club. The above left
is where it used to be *Google maps
Technical College, Birkenhead, they played here 3 weeks on
the trot - 9th,16th & 23rd Feb.
St Paul's Presbyterian Church Youth Club, North Road,
Birkenhead where they played twice on 10th Feb & 10th March. It
has been demolished, the pic showing it's whereabouts. My thanks
go to Nick Kern of St Josephs for the info.
Floral Hall, Southport. A big venue by their standards at the
time, 20th Feb. They played it 4 times, the last being 25th Oct
24 Feb, they played the YMCA, Hoylake only once, and is now a
Heswall Jazz Club (really Barnston Women's Institute !) 24th
March, 30th June &25th September.
89 Bold St. Liverpool, The Odd Spot Club, 29th March & 11th
Subscription Rooms, Stroud. 2 gigs here on 31st March & 1st
Sept, booked through the Cana Variety Agency of London.
Possibly the Pavillion Theatre, Lodge Lane, Liverpool.Just 1
gig here on 2nd April.
.....AND BACK TO GERMANY....
Memorial Hall, Northwich, Cheshire, 6 gigs between 23rd June
1962 & 14th Sept 1963.
5 gigs here at The Plaza Ballroom, St Helens between 25th
June 1962and 4th March 1963, which, incidentally, was their
first 100.00 booking.
Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead, 28th June 1962. 17 appearances
here, the last one being 10th April 1963. This was their first
appearance for Top Rank - sold Dec 5th 2017
Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight.7th July, 18th August, 6th October
& 27th October. A fascinating 'town within a town'
Just one appearance here, at The Regent Dansette, Rhyll, on
McIlroys Ballroms, Swindon 17th July
Hall, Warrington 20th July
1 appearance at the Cabaret Club, Liverpool on 25th July.
Cambridge Hall, Southport. Only played here once on 26th July
1962, with Joe Brown & The Bruvvers.
Grafton Rooms, Liverpool. The first time The Beatles played
here was 3rd August, but they played here as The Quarrymen in
the late 50's. They played here 3 more times, 10th Jan,12th June
& 2nd Aug 1963.
Victoria Hall, Higher Bebington, Cheshire.They paled here
just once on 4th August.
Again, just 1 gig here on 8th August, at The Co-0p Ballroom,
Played here twice, The Majestic Ballroom, Crewe, on 13th and
They had just sacked Pete Best, who did not appear at The
Riverpark Ballroom, Chester (left) on 16th August. He was
replaced by Johnny Hutchinson of The Big Three.They played here
on 23 & 30th August & 13th Sept. The building closed in
1963 & is now the site of a banks office.
18th August saw Ringo's debut at Hulme Hall (see above)
25th August saw them play The Marine Hall, Fleetwood, their
one & only appearance here.
Floral Hall, Morecambe, they appeared on 29th Aug & 18th Jan
31st August saw 1 appearance at The Town Hall, Lydney,
Queens Hall, Widnes, they first played here 3rd. Sept |&
another 4 times, the last being 18th Feb 1963.
6th Sept saw them for their 1st of 2 appearances at The
Rialto Ballroom, Liverpool, which was burnt down during the
Toxteth riots of 1981. The INCLUDE centre now stands there.
(poster is dud)
A quaint little venue, Newton Dance School, Irby, Wirral, on
1 appearance here, at the YMCA, Birkenhead, on 8th Sept.
La Scala, Runcorn, they played here twice on 16th Oct & 11th
Majestic Ballroom (left), Hull, they played here twice, on
20th October & 13th Feb 1963. It was built in 1912, named the
Holderness Hall Cinema,the the Gaumont in 1950, then the
Majestic in 1959.It was demolished in 2004.
Public Hall, Preston - played here on 26th Oct & 13th Sept
1963 - poster is made-up (for now !)
Back to The Star Club, Hamburg for 2 weeks Nov 1st - 14th.
Matrix Hall, Coventry is now demolished, and is now a Tool
Hire firm. They played here on 17th November.
19th Nov saw a night gig at Smethwick Baths Ballroom.
The Adelphi Ballroom was burnt down in 1971, where they
played on 19th Nov, the same night as Smethwick.
Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, just 1 gig here on 24th Nov.
Lewis' Department Store, Liverpool, they played here for a
staff party, on the top floor, named the 527 Club on 28 th Nov.
1 appearance here at Newton le Willows Town Hall on 30th Nov
Embassy Cinema, Peterborough. This was a disaster for them on
The Frank Ifield Show - didn't go down well at all, on 2nd Dec.
They returned on 17th March 1963.
Known as Club Django, they played here at the Queens Hotel,
Southport once on 6th Dec
Again, just 1 appearance here at the Bedford Corn Exchange on
13th Dec, replacing the advertised Joe Brown.
The Music Hall, Shrewsbury. They played here twice on 14th
Dec & 26th April 64.
18th to 31st
Dec saw them return to The Star Club, Hamburg,their final trip
Interesting one, this one ! Mark Lewisohn claims they
never played Nuneaton Co op Hall on 5th October but many references say they
did (press,members of the public, poster etc.) - who do you believe ! - yet
again I have tried to address this with him, but guess what.......
On 5th Feb they played the Cavern at lunch
and Kingsway above , with Ringo as Pete was ill - remember that he joined in
Oasis is on right
Pic R courtesy of George Shepherd, father of Angie who posted it on FB
26th March the Apollo Roller Rink - more details at: