The first of six consecutive dates in the north Wales seaside resort Llandudno took place on 12 August 1963. The Beatles played two houses on each night.
Also on the bill for the week were Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, the Lana Sisters, Sons of Piltdown Men, Tommy Wallis and Beryl, and Tommy Quickly. The compère was Billy Baxter.
The shows began at 6.30pm and 8.50pm, and tickets were priced at 4/6d, 6/6d, and 8/6d. During The Beatles’ six nights in Llandudno one of the audience members was Mary Hopkin, then just 13 years old, who would later be mentored by Paul McCartney and signed to Apple Records.
The Odeon Cinema later became known as the Astra. It closed in 1986 and was demolished and replaced with a housing complex called Ormeside Grange.
Apart from the six-night Llandudno residency, The Beatles’ other performances in Wales were in Rhyl on 14 July 1962 and 19–20 July 1963; Prestatyn on 24 November 1962; Mold on 24 January 1963; Abergavenny on 22 June 1963; and Cardiff on 27 May 1963, 7 November 1964, and 12 December 1965.
Also on this day...
- 2014: Paul McCartney live: US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
- 2013: Paul McCartney live: Investors Group Field, Winnipeg, Canada
- 2010: Paul McCartney live: Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
- 1969: Mixing: Oh! Darling, Because, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
- 1968: Recording, mixing: Not Guilty
- 1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono attend an Ossie Clark fashion show
- 1966: Live: International Amphitheatre, Chicago
- 1966: Press conference: Astor Tower Hotel, Chicago
- 1964: Radio: The Teen Scene
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
- 1960: Pete Best auditions for The Beatles
- 1960: Paul McCartney offers audition to mystery drummer
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