Live: Imperial Ballroom, Nelson

The Beatles returned to Liverpool from their respective holidays on 9 May 1963, and two days later performed their first concert since 27 April.

They performed at the Imperial Ballroom on Carr Road in Nelson, a town in east Lancashire. Around 2,000 teenagers saw The Beatles play, with the more enthusiastic fans held back by bouncers at the foot of the stage.

The Beatles appeared at The Imp, as the venue was known, on one other occasion, on 31 July 1963. Other acts to perform at the ballroom, which burnt down in 1976, included Otis Redding, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Tom Jones.

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