The opening night of The Beatles’ only British tour of 1964 took place at the Gaumont Cinema, Bradford.
The group performed two shows on each day throughout the tour, for which they earned £850. Their repertoire was Twist And Shout, Money (That’s What I Want), Can’t Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.
The support acts on the tour were The Rustiks, Sounds Incorporated, Michael Haslam, The Remo Four, Tommy Quickly and Mary Wells, and the compère was Bob Bain.
The Beatles were delayed by heavy traffic on the A1 on their way from London to Bradford, and were flagged down by police who requested autographs. They arrived in Bradford two hours behind schedule, but it didn’t affect the performance times. The first concert began at 6.15pm, and the second at 8.40pm.
9 October 1964 was also John Lennon‘s 24th birthday.