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The Mersey Beatles return to the Hare & Hounds on Sunday 10 June after last year's sold out show

ABOVE: The Mersey Beatles at last year's sold out Sgt Pepper 50th Anniversary Show


King's Heath Walk Of Fame are delighted to present the return of The Mersey Beatles to the Hare & Hounds after last year's sold out Sgt Pepper 50th Anniversary show. This year's show will celebrate "50 Years of Revolution" with highlights from The Beatles White Album and also the 55th Anniversary of The Beatles final appearance in 1963 at the now burnt down Ritz Ballroom next door to the Hare & Hounds on York Road.

The Mersey Beatles appearance will come shortly after they have completed a major 12 date U.S.A. tour.

Described by the British Beatles Fan Cub as 'the Best Beatles tribute band', The Mersey Beatles were all born and grew up in Liverpool. They were the resident band at the legendary Cavern Club for over 10 years and now regularly tour throughout Europe and the U.S.A.

John Lennon's sister Julia Baird comparing them to other Beatles tribute bands said 'The Mersey Beatles are the most authentic I've heard ... and I've heard them all'.

A British Beatles Fan Club review said 'The quality of the music was superb with each song reproduced in the original key with spot-on harmonies and perfect guitar solos that had the audience marvelling at the sheer quality of the talent on view'.

Joe Flannery, Brian Epstein's assistant, said 'When I saw them in The Cavern they perfectly recreated the atmosphere that the original Beatles produced. It was like listening to The Beatles again'.

Tonight's concert will include sections to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the White Album and the songs The Beatles would have played in 1963 when they made their final appearance at the Ritz Ballroom plus a great selection of their greatest hits.

Doors open 7 pm

On Stage 7.45 pm

Please note that the Hare & Hounds is an upstairs standing venue just like the old Ritz Ballroom where you can stand just a few feet from the stage

First 30 Advance tickets cost £12 + BF and then £15 + BF from

www.skiddle.com/e/13143730

Advance Tickets are also available for £15 cash from Kitchen Garden Cafe.


 
Ex Kinks members return to headline KinKs Heath Fest on Sunday 20 May for Unique Double Anniversary Celebration

Above from left to right: Dave Clarke, Ian Gibbons, John "Nobby" Dalton and Mick Avory who both played at The Kinks 1966 Birmingham debut at the old Ritz Ballroom

A rare chance to hear ex-Kinks members perform all their greatest hits in the intimate atmosphere of the Hare & Hounds will happen on Sunday 20 May to commemorate the 52nd Anniversary of The Kinks' Birmingham Debut.

The Kinks were one of the greatest and most influential groups of all time scoring hit after hit from the 1960's onwards until they split up in 1996.

Expect to hear all The Kinks' hits including “You Really Got Me”, “Dedicated Follower of Fashion”, “Sunny Afternoon”, “Lola”, “Waterloo Sunset”, “Victoria”, “Apeman”, “Days” and “Come Dancing”.

The evening concert will conclude a one day KINKS HEATH FEST that will jointly celebrate the 52nd Anniversary of The Kinks performing next door to the Hare & Hounds at the now sadly burnt down Ritz Ballroom and the debut there on bass guitar of John “Nobby” Dalton who will be returning to King's Heath as a member of The Kast Off Kinks.

From 3 pm to 6pm a Kinda Kinks Session will take place at Fletchers Bar on York Road with many fine local musicians including Alex Vann & Andy Thomas, Robert Lane, Jack Cattell, Dave Disley-Jones, Mr Apollo and Layla Tutt  playing their favourite Kinks songs.

From 7 pm the doors will then open across the road at the Hare & Hounds for an evening concert by The Kast Off Kinks.

The Kast Off Kinks are not a tribute band but a great line-up of ex-Kinks members:-

Mick Avory on drums and vocals who also played at the 1966 Ritz gig

John Dalton on bass guitar and vocals

Ian Gibbons on keyboards and vocals plus

Dave Clarke on lead guitar and vocals who previously worked with The Beach Boys.

Formed by Mick Avory to keep the music of The Kinks alive, the Kast Off Kinks regularly perform at major venues throughout Europe.

"All of the Kast Off Kinks have a long association with one of the most successful British bands ever and set about the seemingly bottomless goldmine of classic pop songs with ... unbridled glee"

(Bournemouth Echo)

“A full house, and a standing ovation. To anyone wondering about going, do not hesitate”

(The Stables, Milton Keynes)

“ A great night's entertainment … made up of both classic hits and album tracks”

(Sussex Express)

This should really prove to be a great night commemorating a key event in King's Heath's musical heritage.

Tickets for the afternoon Walk Of Fame (Kinda Kinks) session at Fletchers cost £4 in advance or £4.40 from

www.wegottickets.com/event/430632

Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the door

First 50 Advance Tickets for the evening concert by The Kast Off Kinks cost just £12 +BF and then £15 + BF from

https://www.skiddle.com/e/13131785

Tickets are also available for £15 cash fom Kitchen Garden Cafe

Please note the Hare & Hounds is an upstairs standing and dancing venue just like the old Ritz Ballroom.

Click below to watch The Kast Off Kinks perform Sunny Afternoon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5232251Wjak

Click below to watch The Kast Off Kinks perform Lola
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvukzUIkF0E



 
Girls On Top at Fletchers on Sunday 15 April

ABOVE: Dusty Springfield performed at the Ritz Ballroom on 9 January 1966 .

Girl singers were frequently on top of the 1960's pop charts.

Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black, Lulu and Helen Shapiro all had a string of hit singles and several of them appeared at King's Heath's old Ritz Ballroom.

When The Beatles first played the Ritz Ballroom they did so by taking a break from The Helen Shapiro Tour where they were only fourth on the bill!

Starting at 3 p.m. come and spend a great Lazy Sunday Afternoon at Fletchers listening to some top class female performers celebrate  the hits of the traiblazing women of the 1960's.

Advance Tickets cost £4 cash from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or

£4.40 from www.wegottickets.com/event/422150

Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the door.

 
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