Live: Rialto Ballroom, Liverpool

8.00pm, Thursday 6 September 1962 (51 years ago)

This was the first of two performances by The Beatles at the Rialto Ballroom, which stood on Upper Parliament Street in Toxteth, Liverpool.

The event was promoted by Sam Leach. The Rialto Ballroom, a venue owned by the Top Rank organisation, had played host to a handful of Quarrymen performances in the late 1950s.

The Beatles’ second and final performance at the Rialto Ballroom came on 11 October 1962. The venue later spent some time as a bingo hall and furniture store, but was burnt down during the 1981 riots in Toxteth.

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