John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird is warning music fans to get ready to dance when The Mersey Beatles hit the stage at Lytham Festival.
Fifty years after The Beatles released their ground-breaking 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Mersey Beatles will perform a special anniversary show at the Festival’s Pavilion Stage at Lowther Pavilion on Wednesday August 2.
This stunning two-part show will see the nation’s favourite all-Liverpool born Beatles tribute band perform the Sgt Pepper album in its entirety. A sensational second half will take the audience on a journey through the Fab Four’s legendary hit-packed back catalogue – from the songs of Beatlemania to Abbey Road.
Julia, who first saw brother John and an early incarnation of The Beatles perform live in her kitchen back home in Liverpool in 1957 when the band was known as The Quarrymen, said: “It’s going to be a wonderful show at Lytham Festival. The Mersey Beatles are a fantastic band who absolutely nail the sound of The Beatles in a true and authentic way.
“The crowd will have a great time, The Mersey Beatles do a brilliant Sgt Pepper set, and the atmosphere will be fantastic.
“The minute they start the Beatlemania part of the show, everyone will be up on their feet dancing. I’m sure the good people of Lytham and the Fylde coast will not be constrained by their seats!”
The Mersey Beatles were the resident Beatles tribute band at Liverpool’s Cavern Club for 10 years, between 2002-2012. They have played more than 600 shows at the world-famous venue – twice as many as John, Paul, George and Ringo themselves!
After leaving The Cavern to tour the world, The Mersey Beatles – who are Steven Howard, David Howard, Mark Bloor and Brian Ambrose – have wowed audiences around the globe including headline shows this year in America, Germany and Norway.
And when it comes to stage performance, they brilliantly exude the inner and outer spirit of the original Fab Four, from the costumes, the instruments and, of course, that unmistakable Fab Four live sound.
Julia, who is a director of The Cavern Club, added: “I saw John and The Beatles play everywhere in Liverpool from 1957 onwards. I’ve known The Mersey Beatles for the best part of 20 years and they recreate the real thing brilliantly.
“They have such a massive fan base in Liverpool and all over the world. They were The Cavern’s original resident band for 10 years. The only reason they stopped doing that was because promoters would come to The Cavern and ask them to play all over the world so they just went for it.
“I’ve been to the USA with them seven times and people absolutely love them over there. You only have to imagine how many Beatles tribute bands there are in the States but The Mersey Beatles are authentic and have that pure Liverpool sound.”
As for Mark Bloor, who brilliantly takes on the role of Julia’s brother John, she said: “Mark is extremely professional in his approach and he wants to make it as much like John as possible.
“He’s a wonderfully talented and accomplished musician, but does not try and do anything the real John Lennon wouldn’t do so he gives the fans what they want – an authentic sounding John.
“The harmonies with Steven, who plays Paul, are spot on and all the boys give the audience a true Beatles experience.
“They have that brilliant ability to get people out of their seats to dance. John would have loved that!”
The Mersey Beatles join a mega line-up for Lytham Festival 2017 which includes headline performances by Olly Murs, Haçienda Classical, 80s and 90s stars The Human League, Midge Ure, and Dodgy, Ska legends Madness and a host of West End stars over five nights in the Lytham Green Main Arena.
Tickets for The Mersey Beatles special Sgt Pepper 50th Anniversary Show are available, priced £17, from lythamfestival.com and lowtherpavilion.co.uk or by calling the Pavilion’s box office on 01253 794221.