Live: Sydney Stadium, Sydney

6.00pm, Thursday 18 June 1964 (49 years ago)

The Beatles had arrived in Sydney, Australia on 11 June 1964, but didn’t perform there until this day.

They arrived in the city by aeroplane at 11.40am. Around 1,200 fans greeted them at the airport, along with 300 police officers.

The Beatles were taken to their suite at the Chevron Hotel, and later gave a press conference for Australian reporters.

In the evening they gave the first of six shows over three days; each performance was seen by 12,000 people. As was now customary, The Beatles were subjected to a storm of jelly babies thrown by the fans, the result of an off-the-cuff interview comment made by George Harrison in 1963.

Wherever we’ve been since then – America, Europe and now Australia – that stupid story has gone ahead with the result that we get jelly babies chucked at us till we’re really fed up.
George Harrison

Paul McCartney was forced to twice stop the group’s performance to ask the audience not to throw sweets; both times he was ignored and a new candy hailstorm greeted the band.

18 June 1964 was McCartney’s 22nd birthday, and after the concert a party was held back at the Chevron. Also present were 17 girls who had won the Daily Mirror newspaper’s “Why I would like to be a guest at a Beatle’s birthday party” competition. Ringo passed out drunk at 3am the following morning.

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