Live: ABC Cinema, Wigan

6.00pm, Tuesday 13 October 1964 (49 years ago)

This was The Beatles’ only visit to Wigan, a town in the north of England. It was the fourth date of their 1964 British tour.

The group performed two concerts on this evening, for which they were paid £850. Their set contained 10 songs: 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 evening’s two shows began at 6.20pm and 8.35pm.

The Odeon had opened in March 1938 as the Ritz, but was renamed in 1963. It closed in April 1997 and was demolished in 2002.

One Response to “Live: ABC Cinema, Wigan”

  1. Andy Price

    I was there. I was 6 years old at the time and my mates big sister took us to the 6.20 show. All I can remember are figures on the stage in blue suits and you couldn’t hear anything over the screaming. The had to stop the show for a short while because someone had published in a magazine that Paul like Dolly Mixture sweets and girls were throwing them at him and he got one in his eye.

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