It's musical history on our doorstep, not too far away from Woodside Ferry Village in Conway Street - The Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead.
Many people will probably know the Majestic more recently as a Chinese 'All you Can
Eat' Buffet in Conway Street but this building has fantastic musical history. in January 1963, following a lunchtime show at the Cavern in Liverpool, The Beatles popped over the water and played two shows at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead.
Due to massive demand for tickets, The
Beatles performed shows at both 8pm and 11pm, usually two shows in a night was standard practice in theatres and cinemas at the time, it was unheard of in ballrooms. The venue was then owned by Top Rank, Britain’s largest entertainment organisation at the time, which ran ballrooms, cinemas, theatres and bingo halls around the country. The Beatles played at 12 of the company’s 28 ballrooms.
Additionally The Beatles played at the Majestic Ballroom on 17 occasions with other shows taking place on 28 June; 5, 12, 19 and 28 July; 17 and 24 August; 8 and 22 September; 15 October; 22 and 29 November; and 15 December 1962; and 17 January; 21 February; and 10 April 1963.