April 1963

John Lennon and Brian Epstein holiday in Barcelona, Spain

On this day Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr went on holiday to Santa Cruz, Tenerife, for a 12-day holiday. At the same time John Lennon accepted an offer from Brian Epstein to accompany him to Barcelona, for a trip also lasting 12 days.

Live: Memorial Hall, Northwich

This was the fourth of The Beatles’ six concert appearances at this venue in Northwich, Cheshire. The support acts were Denny Curtis and the Renegades, and The Cruisers with Karl Terry.

Live: Music Hall, Shrewsbury

This was The Beatles’ second and final performance at the Music Hall in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. As with their 14 December 1962 show, it was promoted by Lewis Buckley.

Live: Mersey Beat Showcase, Croydon

The fourth Mersey Beat Showcase event, starring artists from Brian Epstein‘s management stable, took place on this evening at the Fairfield Hall ballroom in Croydon, Surrey.

Live: Pigalle Club, London

The Beatles performed at this London night club and restaurant on just this one occasion, following their first appearance at the New Musical Express Poll-Winners’ All-Star Concert in Wembley.

Live: NME Poll-Winners’ All-Star Concert

The Beatles were second on the bill for the New Musical Express 1962-63 Annual Poll-Winners’ All-Star Concert, held at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London. Topping the 14-act bill were Cliff Richard and The Shadows.

Live: Mersey View Pleasure Grounds, Frodsham

This was The Beatles’ only concert appearance in Frodsham, a market town in the county of Cheshire. They played at the ballroom at the Mersey View Pleasure Grounds, a popular destination for touring bands in the 1960s.

Live: Majestic Ballroom, Luton

This was The Beatles’ first concert in Luton, Bedfordshire. They returned to the town on two subsequent occasions, but never to the Majestic Ballroom.

Television: Scene At 6.30

The Beatles mimed to From Me To You on the live television programme Scene At 6.30, broadcast in the north of England.

Live: Bridge Hotel, Tenbury Wells

This was The Beatles only performance in the small market town of Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire. The concert took place at the Riverside Dancing Club in the Bridge Hotel.

Television: Thank Your Lucky Stars

This was The Beatles’ third appearance on the ABC Television show Thank Your Lucky Stars. It was shown in most areas covered by the ITV network on Saturday 20 April 1963 from 5.50pm.

Live: Co-operative Hall, Middleton

This was The Beatles’ only concert in Middleton, Lancashire. It took place on the day their third EMI single, From Me To You was released in the UK.