The Dublin Beatles Festival announced Wednesday that John Lennon’s Original Quarrymen are one of the four bands confirmed to perform at next year’s event, which is being held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles performances in Ireland.
The festival, to be held from Nov. 7-10, 2013, will also feature The Choking Smokers, Revolver and The Gandhis. Over 20 bands will be performing during the event, a spokesman said.
John Lennon’s Original Quarrymen, who include three founding members of the group, perform a mix of skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll of the 1950s as they did back in the days when Lennon was a member.
Making their first Irish appearance, The Choking Smokers from France have performed at Beatles Week in Liverpool and Beatles Day in Belgium. They are also set to perform at the next Abbey Road on the River Beatles festival in the United States.
Revolver, a four-piece band from Dundee in Scotland, feature Beatles classic album tracks recorded from 1965 onwards.
The festival has also invited a number of established and rising contemporary Irish acts to perform a selection of their favorite Beatle songs. Among these are The Gandhis, whose second album, “After Autumn,” was released earlier this year.
The event also wants to hear from fans who saw the Beatles at the Adelphi Cinema on Nov. 7, 1963, particularly if they kept their tickets, or have photos or stories to share. They’re being asked to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The festival will open Nov. 7, 2013, at The Gresham Hotel where The Beatles stayed on Nov. 7, 1963. Festival events will also be held at the Grand Social on Lower Liffey Street and the Workman’s Club on Wellington Quay, while a Beatles Film Festival will run at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar.
The event will offer panel discussions, art exhibitions, fashion displays, memorabilia fairs and street art in city venues and on the streets of Dublin.
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