The Beatles live: Grafton Rooms, Liverpool

The Beatles’ fourth and final show at Liverpool’s Grafton Rooms took place on 2 August 1963. They had first performed at the venue almost a year to the day earlier, on 3 August 1962.

The Beatles topped a bill which also featured The Undertakers, Sonny Webb & The Cascades, The Coasters, and The Dennisons. Advance tickets cost 7’6, and the Grafton Rooms opened from 7.30pm to 12.30am.

The Beatles’ fee of £100 for this show was agreed between promoter Albert Kinder and Brian Epstein on 14 January 1963. By the time it took place, however, the group was able to command much higher fees.

They honoured the booking regardless, although a contractual clause preventing them from playing elsewhere in Liverpool in the run-up to the show led to their final booking at the Cavern Club on the following night.

The Beatles' summer 1963 itinerary

Last updated: 25 January 2024
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