Live: Floral Hall, Southport

This was The Beatles’ first performance at the Floral Hall on the Promenade in Southport, Lancashire.

It was perhaps the group’s biggest show since Brian Epstein became their manager. The hall was a theatre with tiered seats and gold lamé curtains.

The event was billed as a “Rock ‘n’ Trad Spectacular. In addition to The Beatles, the bill included Gerry and the Pacemakers, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, and the Chris Hamilton Jazzmen.

The Beatles played at the Floral Hall on four occasions. The other dates were 20 November 1962; and 23 April and 15 October 1963.

The Floral Hall was built in the 1930s and became part of the Southport Theatre when the latter was added in 1973. It is still in use today.

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