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Everything You Need to Know About International Beatleweek 2018

It’s time to come together for a week of serious Beatle-appreciation. That’s right, from 22 to 28 August, International Beatleweek is returning to Liverpool to celebrate everything John, Paul George and Ringo in the city where it all began…

Throughout the week you’ll be able to go here, there and everywhere to enjoy Beatlemania, catching acts from around the globe paying tribute to the city’s Fab Four. Here’s all you need to know about International Beatleweek 2018 (and our pick of non-affiliated events happening around the city)…


There’s no denying that Beatlemania is the lifeblood of Liverpool, so it only makes sense that an eclectic mix of venues across the city will be hosting Beatle-inspired events throughout the week. From the legendary Cavern Club to the exotic Grande Central Hall, there’s a whole host of venues taking part this year.

Alongside the Cavern on Mathew Street (arguably the home of The Beatles), you’ll also be able to catch events at the historic Adelphi Hotel, which hosted the Fab Four on numerous occasions back in the day and at Alma de Cuba, where they’ll be putting on a party in memory of George Harrison (he would have been 75 years old this year).

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Source: www.liverpoolgrandcentral.co.uk

The bohemian Grand Central Hall on Renshaw Street will be hosting tribute acts for Scouschella, a new 2018 event. You can also catch some action at the themed Hard Days Night Hotel and the Philharmonic Hall, which is putting on two Beatles-based nights. Finally, the ‘away day’ for the week will be at The Olympia on West Derby Road, an old haunt of The Beatles who performed there on Valentine’s Day in 1963.

Packages and Tickets

Fans of The Beatles looking to have a full experience and access to all events throughout International Beatleweek should consider investing in one of the festival’s packages.

Prices start at £195 for the Yellow Sub package (includes two nights stay and entry to five events, plus free entry to The Cavern)  and head right up to £414 for the Gold Anthology package (full access to all events, four nights stay and free entry into The Cavern Club).

For more information, visit The International Beatleweek Festival Website. You can also buy individual tickets to some events on the website.

The Full Schedule

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Struggling to decide where you want to head to? Here’s the full schedule of the week:

Wednesday 22 August

10:30am onwards | Wednesday at The Cavern (The Cavern Club & Live Lounge)

Rock ‘n’ roll all day long with live music on three stages between the Cavern Club and the Cavern Pub.

Thursday 23 August

10:30am onwards | Thursday at The Cavern (The Cavern Club & Live Lounge)

Rock ‘n’ roll all day long with live music on three stages between the Cavern Club and the Cavern Pub.

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The Funkles playing Alma de Cuba last year. Source: International Beatleweek Facebook Page

Friday 24 August

12:00pm-06:00pm | It’s George’s Birthday (Alma de Cuba)

Only available as part of a bought package from internationalbeatleweek.com. George would have been 75 this year and to celebrate each band will play a tribute to him, cumulating in a special finale. Music all day outside on the patio stage as well.

08:00pm | The Analogues Present “The White Album” (Philharmonic Hall)

Only available as part of a bought package from internationalbeatleweek.com. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The White Album, Holland’s premier Beatles band, The Analogues, will play the album in its entirety in a special performance in Liverpool’s iconic Philharmonic Hall.

11:30pm-05:00am | Friday Adelphi Party (Adelphi Hotel)

Four stages of live music until the early hours  for the first of International Beatleweek’s late night parties.

Saturday 25 August

12:00pm – 06:00pm| Early Days at The Locarno (The Olympia)

Only available as part of a bought package from internationalbeatleweek.com. Head to Liverpool Olympia (formally the Locarno Ballroom) to celebrate The Beatles’ early days when they played the venue on Valentine’s day in 1963.

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The Philharmonic Hall. Source: International Beatleweek Facebook Page | Stuart Homer

08:00pm | The Lennon & McCartney Songbook (Philharmonic Hall)

Only available as part of a bought package from internationalbeatleweek.com. Featuring legendary Beatleweek artists and special guests, take a whirlwind trip through the 60 years of the song-writing genius of Lennon and McCartney celebrating their Beatles’ years as well as their solo outputs.

11:30pm – 05:00am | Saturday Adelphi Party (Adelphi Hotel)

The second late night party at the Adelphi celebrating everything Fab Four on four stages throughout the night.

Sunday 26 August

10:00am onwards | Annual Beatles Convention (Adelphi Hotel)

A must-visit for anyone who calls themselves a Beatles fan. Live music, films, guest speakers, Ringo Bingo and a huge flea market filled with Beatles memorabilia are all included in this annual convention. Speakers  include Pattie Boyd, Freda Kelly, Tony Bramwell and Joey Molland.

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The Beatles Marketplace Source: International Beatleweek Facebook Page | Stuart Homer

11:59pm – 05:00am | Sunday Adelphi Party (Adelphi Hotel)

At midnight on Sunday, the third Beatles party kicks off until the early hours.

Monday 27 August

12:00pm – 06:00pm | Scousechella (Grand Central Hall)

New for 2018, Beatles fans can enjoy a tribute to Sir Paul McCartney’s 2016 Coachella festival performance alongside music legends Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young.

Head to this special concert in Grand Central Hall to see six of the best tribute artists pay homage to the incredible 2016 line-up in International Beatleweek’s very own Scousechella.

06:00pm | Fab Four Finale (Hard Days Night Hotel)

Only available as part of a bought package from internationalbeatleweek.com. Join in the fun as International Beatleweek takes over the fab-four inspired Hard Days Night Hotel with live music across four stages.

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Source: Ian Hanson | International Beatleweek Facebook Page

11:30pm – 05:00am | Monday Adelphi Party (Adelphi Hotel)

Enjoy a finale Late Night Party with three stages of live music including the “Apple Jam” stage where you’ll have a chance to sing or play a song of  your choice alongside the musicians who have been involved all week.

Tuesday 28 August

10:30am | Tuesday at the Cavern (Cavern Club & Live Lounge)

The final day of International Beatleweek draws to a close with a return to the legendary Mathew Street, celebrating the finale with live music across three stages.

Other Beatles-based events…

If you don’t want to buy a package to International Beatleweek, there are plenty of other Beatle-based events happening across Liverpool not affiliated with the Cavern Club festival. Here’s our pick of the best…

Little Rock Stars Beatles Boogie

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When: 19 August

Where: Camp and Furnace

Get your tots tuned into The Beatles with this family day out. Alongside plenty of Fab Four songs, little ones can enjoy an arts and crafts table, face painting, soft play, a dance-floor parachute, bubbles, balloons and a whole lot more.

Plus, for the parents there’s a fully licensed bar as well as tea, coffee and other refreshments.

For more information, and to buy tickets, visit skiddle.com

Beatles Tribute Cruises

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Source: Mersey Ferries

When: 25 August

Where: Mersey Ferries

Enjoy a fantastic performance by local Beatles cover bands as you cruise around Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront. With a licensed bar and hot and cold food available it’s set to be a magical mystery tour of the Mersey. Fingers crossed you won’t be singing here comes the sun in hope of a chance of sunshine on this 2 ½ hour cruise!

Although currently sold out, we recommend you keep an eye on the Facebook page in case last minute tickets become available. 

Q&A: Beatles In India with Jenny Boyd

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Source: The Beatles Story

When: 08:00pm – 10:00pm, 23 August

Where: The Beatles Story, Albert Dock

Listen to Jenny Boyd as she narrates her time spent with The Beatles in India, discussing their song writing, their interest in mediation and its impact on their work and some of the controversies around the visit. Liverpool-based singer Thomas McConnell will provide musical demonstration throughout the night.

Tickets cost £10 and are available from The Beatles Story website.

The Beatles Revolution

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Source: Wiki Commons

When: 09:00pm, 25 August

Where: Peaky Blinders Bar, Liverpool

Head down to Cains Brewery Village for a night of Beatles songs from a band of experienced musicians.

Free event.

BeatleBox: Unique Musical Entertainment

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Source: The Beatles Story

When: 04:00pm – 06:00pm, 26 August

Where: The Beatles Story

Hosted by Liverpool musician Thomas McConnell, enjoy a night of jukebox style musical entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to request their favourite Beatles hits and test Thomas’ knowledge!

Free event.


If you’re heading to Liverpool for International Beatles Week, why not check out our guide to the best tours in the city? Alongside some alternative Beatles-based walkarounds, there’s historical tours, football-based tours and even cycling tours.

International Beatles Week falls on the August Bank Holiday this year: celebrate a work-free Monday with our guide to all the bars, clubs and late Sunday nights in Liverpool.

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