Live: Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London

6.00pm, Saturday 11 December 1965 (48 years ago)

The Beatles’ final two London concerts took place before hugely enthusiastic audiences.

This is one of the most incredible shows we’ve done. Not just because of the audience, but because they’re Londoners. This is the funny thing. It’s always been the other way round – fantastic in the North but just that little bit cool in London. It’s incredible. It seems like the Beatlemania thing is happening all over again.

Eleven songs were played, the same as on the other dates of the concert: I Feel Fine, She’s A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Act Naturally, Nowhere Man, Baby’s In Black, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, Day Tripper and I’m Down.

5 Responses to “Live: Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London”

  1. John Greenhill

    I was at that concert. Girls screaming standing on seats. I’m sitting down waiting for music. I remember it well.Except the music.

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    • Roger Stedman

      I was 14 and I was there as a Christmas/Birthday treat. My abiding memory is that the first half closed with the Moody Blues and after the interval with the Red Velvet curtains still drawn the compere came onto the apron of the stage and spent about 10 minutes posing with an air guitar in the familar positions of John, George, and Paul pausing each time to milk the screams from each ones fans eventually he announced to a frenzied crowd “The Beatles” and from behind the still drawn curtain the beginings of Day Tripper rang out the crowd went crazy only to be greeted as the curtains opened by The Moody Blues again they quickly escaped with their lives stage left as the Beatles entered from the right It was a brilliant bit of fun and the concert was fantastic as George later testified himself

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  2. chris moeser

    i was at this concert with my friend lesley,we were 15 yrs old then,we was lucky to be near speakers on the balcony so we could hear ok,the screeming was deafening,we was in the second performance of the night as we got of the train and toward the astoria there was girls crying and screeming will never forget this day as long as i live,i can say i saw the beatles !!!

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    • mrsmrw

      I was also at that concert, I was 13 years old, me and my friends queued for hours to get the tickets. We were at the first performance, the moment the Beatles stepped onto the stage the audience rose en masse and surged down the aisles towards the stage, I was stuck in the middle of absolute pandemonium, girls who had fainted were being passed over our heads to get them out of there. I’m very proud to say that I saw the Beatles live they are so legendary (particularly Paul McCartney, that man is pure genius!! I’ve been lucky enough to meet him twice.) I am now 61 and still remain a dedicated Beatles / McCartney fan. Their music has and always will be a major influence in my life although, as mentioned above it was difficult to hear the music that night because of all us screaming girls!!. .

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