Live: Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead

The Beatles’ second live show of the day was an evening performance at the Majestic Ballrom, Birkenhead.

This was the group’s first engagement at the venue in 1963, and their 14th overall. Tickets sold out in advance of the show, and 500 hopeful fans had to be turned away on the night.

In March 2015 the Tracks website put a fan-written setlist on sale. It detailed most of the songs played at the Majestic Ballroom show, along with the lead singer.

Beatles setlist, Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead, 17 January 1963

  1. Shimmy Like Kate – John
  2. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – George
  3. ‘PS I Love You’Paul
  4. H
  5. ‘Chains’ – George
  6. ‘A Taste Of Honey’ – Paul
  7. ‘Please Please Me’
  8. ‘Three Cool Cats’ – George
  9. Anna – John
  10. Hey Good Looking – George
  11. Hippy Hippy Shake – Paul
  12. Talking ‘Bout You – John
  13. ‘Devil In Her Heart’ – George
  14. ‘Some Other Guy’ – John
  15. ‘Ask Me Why’ – John
  16. ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ – George
  17. ‘Love Me Do’

The Majestic Ballroom was owned by Top Rank, Britain’s largest entertainment organisation at the time, which ran ballrooms, cinemas, theatres and bingo halls around the country. The Beatles played at 12 of the company’s 28 ballrooms.

Their other performances at the venue took place on 28 June; 5, 12, 19 and 28 July; 17 and 24 August; 8 and 22 September; 15 October; 22 and 29 November; and 15 December 1962; 31 January; 21 February; and 10 April 1963.

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