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Apple has chosen to host the world-first event in Liverpool as a gift to the city who gave the world the Beatles

Fans of The Beatles will be able to experience to Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as it has never been heard before this Christmas.

Tech giant Apple has chosen Liverpool to launch its new immersive sound experience in a world-first event centred around the band.

Dubbed the “ultimate Beatles listening experience”, the new event will see the ground-breaking album played through Dolby Atmos – a new generation of intelligent surround sound speakers – that will feel as if the band is performing live in the space.

A large number of speakers are placed all around the listeners creating a 3D soundscape, transporting them to Abbey Road Studios, where Sgt Pepper was recorded.
For the event, the album has been remixed from the original recordings by Giles Martin, son of the legendary Beatles producer George Martin and a Grammy Award winning producer in his own right.

Speaking about the event, he said: “”This new Dolby Atmos mix allows us to fall into the record and to totally immerse ourselves in the fantastical world that was so beautifully created at Abbey Road Studios over 50 years ago.”

The event is a collaboration between Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool and Apple Corps Ltd.

Helen Legg, Tate Liverpool director, said: “At the time they made Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles were at the epicentre of pop and performance art of 60s London which strongly influenced this tremendous record.
“Listening to this special mix is like hearing something faSgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Immersive Experience will be presented at National Museums Liverpool’s Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building at the Royal Albert Dock from Thursday December 19, 2019 to Thursday January 9, 2020 – except December 24-26 and December 31 to January 1.ry element which just underscores how wildly inventive it was.”
Tickets are available now for a variety of timed slots.  Tickets are free but advanced booking is essential and restricted to two per person. They can be booked via the National Museums Liverpool’s website .

Eagle-eyed fans will also be able to see artwork from the Godfather of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, one of the creators of the iconic Sgt Pepper’s album cover, which will be displayed on the walls and maritime flags in the Tate Liverpool cafe as well as on Liverpool’s Dazzle Ferry.


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Join us for the ultimate Beatles listening experience.

This Christmas, as a gift to the city that gave us The Beatles, Tate Liverpool and National Museums Liverpool invite you experience Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as you’ve never heard it before.
Listen to a special mix of this iconic Beatles album, presented in an immersive sound experience. Sit back, close your eyes and feel as though the band are performing all around you as you are transported to Abbey Road in this unique show.
Giles Martin, son of the legendary Beatles producer George Martin and a Grammy Award winning producer in his own right, has remixed the album from the original recordings.
The astonishing clarity of the mix will reveal the imagination and innovation that the Fab Four brought to the album in 1967.

The Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Immersive Experience will be held at the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.

This experience is recommended for ages 12+
Tickets are free. Advanced booking is essential.
Tickets were available to book from Monday 2 December at 10am via our bookings page.
There is a limit of 2 tickets per booking.
Running time 45 minutes.
Time slots: 10-10.45am, 11.30am-12.15pm, 1-1.45pm, 2.30-3.15pm, 4-4.45pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before the show starts.
Christmas and New Year closures: 24, 25, 26 and 31 December and 1 January.



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The Beatles’ Abbey Road returns to number 1 in albums charts, setting new record
The Beatles’ classic album Abbey Road has returned to number one in the UK album charts.

The release – containing one of their signature songs, Come Together – is celebrating its 50-year anniversary, with a special edition release.

What’s more, the fab four’s eleventh album’s return to the chart summit sets a record in British music.

It is now the album with the longest time between reaching number one on the Official Chart, at – take a deep breath – 49 years and 252 days!
The first 17-week run at the top ended 31 January 1970.
Reacting to the news, Paul McCartney commented: ‘It’s hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds up after all these years. But then again it’s a bloody cool album.’

Abbey Road is also this week’s best-selling album on vinyl. It shifted just under 9,000 copies in this format.
The new release includes previously-unheard material from recording sessions.
The Beatles previously held the record for longest gap between number one with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which had a gap of 49 years and 125 days between topping the chart.








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Unseen Beatles photographs, a rare copy of the mysterious White Album, signed broken drumsticks, an autographed tour book creepy and more could fetch £326,000 at auction.

Musical memorabilia from The Fab Four will go under the hammer with Heritage Auctions on March 16, in Dallas, , and online.

Among the collection is a mysterious copy of ‘The Beatles‘, later known as ‘The White Album‘ due to its plain white cover, could fetch more than $100,000 (£77,000).

Among the rare musical memorabilia currently on auction with Heritage Auctions is this 28-page concert programme neatly signed with blue ink by the members of the band along with four broken drumsticks that once belonged to Ringo Starr. The programme coincided with the Beatles‘ first US tour. Ringo Starr has also added the words ‘To Corker, / Best Wishes‘ at the top of the book which could sell for $20,000 (£15,000)

A mysterious copy of The Beatles, which later became known as ‘The White Album‘ due to its white cover, is also among the rare items on auction on March 16, in Dallas, Texas, and online. When it was first released, the album, went to number 1 in the UK and US charts

In the UK, each mono copy of the ‘The White Album‘ was numbered from one to 3,000,000. This rare double-album LP currently on auction is marked ‘No.01‘ and believed to be one of four in existence

The mysterious copy of The White Album due to its plain white cover, is a double-album LP and could fetch more than $100,000 (£77,000)

This Beatles and Muhammad Ali Signed black and white photograph was taken in 1964 and is currently on auction for more than $1,000. The photograph was signed in felt tip pen by Ringo Starr and may also have been signed by the boxing legend himself in blue felt tip pen

The rare double-album LP, which topped the charts all around the world, is marked ‘No.01‘ and believed to be one of four in existence.

The Beatles started numbering the records with that album and over three million copies were produced, the majority bearing six digits apart from this one and a small handful of others.

A concert programme neatly signed by the band along with four broken Ringo drumsticks could sell for $20,000 (£15,000) and is inscribed, ‘To Corker, Best Wishes‘.

Beatles superfan Dennis Dailey, started selling the impressive horde with Heritage Auctions last year and the auction is expected to conclude by the end of 2019.

Also predicted to fetch more than $1,000 at the auction is this Beatles black and white photo featuring Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The photo was taken in late September of 1962 by Les Chadwick in Liverpool

Also up for grabs are vintage Halloween costumes and masks of the four band members Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, selling for $2,400 (£1,800)

Those wishing to make a purchase may also try to grab hold of these Beatles replica mannequins that are currently on auction with Heritage auctions. The life sized mannequin replicas, that a seen wearing grey suits and black shoes, also come with a drum kit and is currently on auction for $10,000 (£7,700)

Along the four full sized mannequins, auctioneers can purchase a replica version of Ringo‘s 1964 Ludwig drum set. The drum kits comes complete with a rack tom, floor tom and snare drum

There are over 221 Beatles-related items up for grabs in this auction, their combined is believed to bring in $420,000 (£326,000) based on their lowest estimates.

Described as one of ‘the biggest Beatles memorabilia collection in the world,‘ it took 18 days to pack-up with six to eight people working each day and 53 semi-trucks.

Garry Shrum, director of music memorabilia, said: ‘With it being the 50th Anniversary The White Album is a very special piece.

‘Especially rereleasing it just before Christmas, you can guess what was in the charts, even after 50 years they still got to pull that off and I love it.

‘Several runs of early numbers are detailed in books, but nobody really knows for sure, but there are very few made with only double numbers.

Among the rare Beatles memorabilia is this Beatles Complete Set of 13‘ Inflatable Dolls currently on auction for more than $1,500. The inflatable dolls appear shows the band members as cartoon caricatures. Also on offer with the dolls is an empty box of Nestle Quick

Among the rare Beatles memorabilia are these never-before-seen photographs of the iconic band during their first world tour in Los Angeles

The unseen negatives shows the band being adorned by crowds of fans as security try and control them in 1964. The negatives are currently on auction for $10,000

The collection of negatives, the majority of which were taken at a press conference at LAX Airport, show the British band during their first world tour and were take by Robert Curtis Moore – a photographer for the South Bay Daily Breeze newspaper in California

‘Most we have come across have six and more zeros, but this only has one.

‘This could be the third or fourth in existence, we don‘t know, but the odd numbering system is different to the others we have seen

‘Here‘s Ringo‘s used drumsticks and a brilliantly autographed tour book, you can tell it was an important autograph.

‘You can tell the Beatles meaningfully signed it for someone close to them due to the quality and placement of the autographs.

‘They definitely didn‘t sign this in a hurry, on the wall or someone‘s back, as sometimes there are sloppy autographs, these definitely are not.

‘You would think drumsticks turn up more recently, but people never thought to pick them up at the time and they were often thrown away.‘

This rare promotional Parlophone Records poster titled ‘Enjoy the Beatles!‘ was printed from 1963-1964 and could sell for more than $4,000 (£3,000k)

Never-before-seen photographs of the Beatles during their first world tour in Los Angeles before shooting to US fame, could fetch over $10,000(£7,7000).

Mr Shrum said: ‘You can imagine here Beatlemania hits America and at first no one took them seriously.

‘Then after the Ed Sullivan show every photographer was trying to get exclusive interviews and photographs, that a lot of them disappeared and were thrown away.

‘It wasn‘t believed the Beatles would stick around, they didn‘t know they would be the creative influence they would become.

‘How every musician in the world would be watching what the Beatles would do next and how they still influence to this day.‘

Mannequin replicas with a drum set for $10,000 (£7,7000) and John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s ultra-rare record promotional display could sell for $6,000 (£4,6000).

A rare ‘Enjoy the Beatles!‘ promo poster from 1963-1964, the first of its kind, could fetch more than $4,000 (£3,000).

These accompany other unusual pieces including vintage Halloween costumes of the four with masks selling for $2,400 (£1,8000), inflatable Beatles dolls could fetch $1,500 (£1,1000) and more.

Mr Shrum said: ‘It‘s unusual to have all of the costumes and masks at the same time in such great condition and in the original boxes.

‘At the time people would buy their favourite Beatle, not all four.

‘Enjoy the Beatles‘ is the first one of that, it was printed just in the UK so has never seen light of day in the US, it‘s a really early on poster.‘

Mr Shrum is excited to see the results of the auction, more so for having run a Beatles specialty store for over 30 years in San Diego, North Hollywood and Arkansas.

In his years, in which he has spoken at over 600 conventions worldwide, he had not owned 75 per cent of the memorabilia this one seller had in his possession.

Also inside the rare concert programme signed by the band is a publicity photograph of the Beatles and the Bill Black Combo taken during the 1964 tour

Garry Shrum, director of music memorabilia, said he is excited to see the results of the auction, more so for having run a Beatles specialty store for over 30 years in San Diego, North Hollywood and Arkansas

The Beatles mega-fan had a 2,000 square foot extension built onto his home to house his valuable items.

Mr Shrum said: ‘What we have in progress is the biggest Beatles Memorabilia collection in the world, we started offering it last year and will be through this mountain of stuff by the end of the year.

‘It took us 53 semi-trucks to bring it in, there‘s everything from gold awards to promotional items from Apple Records, to all these weird toys and trinkets.

‘In the collection there were 36 glass cases that were six-foot-high, all full of memorabilia, so packed-in that you couldn‘t see it all.

‘Then at the end of the room he recreated The Cavern Club with a really nice set of mannequins of the Beatles in replica suits and a drumkit with The Beatles logo.

‘You would look down these cabinets and see them on stage at the other end, it was hard to believe I thought, ‘Am I really seeing this?‘‘

They will all be sold as part of Heritage‘s March 16 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction.

Garry added: ‘Ringo and Paul are still on tour, look at how many seats they sell it‘s phenomenal and for the amount of money per seat too.

‘Back in 1964, seats in the nosebleeds would cost £250-350, but close-up would cost $5.50 because nobody knew the Beatles.‘