Celebrating 50 Years of Sgt. Pepper in Liverpool

Do you want to know a secret? I’ve never been to Liverpool.

There is no reason for *not* going, it’s just I’ve never had a work or personal reason to visit. I’m not a football fan so I haven’t taken the pilgrimage to Anfield or Goodison Park. Two of my favourite bands are from Liverpool – OMD and The Beatles so it makes sense that I should pay more attention to the city.

This summer Liverpool will celebrate 50 years since the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band which gives me an overwhelming reason to visit.

Sgt. Pepper at 50
Taking place between 25th May and 16th June 2017, the city will play host to 13 different events – one for each track on the album.

“Sgt Pepper at 50: Heading for Home will use each track on the iconic Beatles album as the creative springboard for 13 brand new events. The world premiere commissions reimagine the original track, which will evolve into a mixture of large and intimate events covering the worlds of art, dance, music, poetry and theatre.

For more than two weeks, there will be performances, installations, live spectacle and moments of surprise across the city, as the spotlight will fall on Liverpool to celebrate their most famous sons in a way befitting of a record which broke the mould and changed music forever.” (official site)

The events range in diversity with each taking their inspiration from a song. For ‘Getting Better‘ DJ Spoony will present a question in the context of today’s environment. Is it really getting better? A little better all the time?

She’s Leaving Home will be brought to life in a series of intimate performances inside real Liverpool homes.

Mr Kite's MusiCircus

Mr Kite’s MUSICIRCUS! looks great fun. “An audacious 220-minute fairground ride of sights and sounds, together creating an immersive sensory spectacular.” The event looks to break the barriers between audience and performer welcoming spectating families and performing musicians alike.

George Harrison’s ‘Within You Without You’ will be reimagined by Milapfest with a Beatles Ragafest & Indian Festival Village. Featuring some of India’s best known artists, this event will allow visitors to experience the best of Indian Music, enjoy some Indian food and even try a bit of Yoga!

There is no word, yet as to whether the remaining Beatles – Paul & Ringo will be attending the celebrations. In his recent Desert Trip concerts, Paul included Pepper tracks Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! & A Day in the Life.

Most of the events are free but booking early is encouraged to secure your seat in a potentially ‘once in a lifetime’ event!


We can expect to see many more tributes to this wonderful album throughout the year. UK’s Mojo Magazine are publishing a tribute edition including an exclusive interview with Sir Paul, which you can read here.

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Jamie Neil

Jamie is the creator of Wine Travel and Song. You can find him on a plane, listening to music whilst playing with the latest gadget,

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