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Liverpool to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' Album with Arts Festival

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Music Editor
Updated: 22 March 2017
Liverpool is marking the 50th birthday of The Beatles‘ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album with an arts festival.

The band’s hometown will be putting on a series of events in May and June to celebrate the LP’s release in 1967.

Thirteen artists have been commissioned to create works based on the album’s 13 tracks. Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller has created two artworks focused on the themes of friendship and self-sacrifice, and inspired by the track ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’.

The album came out in 1967 | © Parlophone
The album came out in 1967 | © Parlophone

Choreographer Mark Morris has created a dance tribute based on the title song, while US artist Judy Chicago made a mural for ‘Fixing a Hole’.

Cabaret performer Meow Meow will lead a procession featuring a 300-strong brass band inspired by ‘Lovely Rita’.

There will also be a singalong, featuring 64 choirs, of ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’.

The festival is split into two halves to represent side A and B of the LP.

Morris’ dance show is the first event, and will run from May 25 to May 27, while the rest of the side A events take place from June 1–5.

Side B will be happening from June to 8–11.

The final event, which is based on the closing track ‘A Day in the Life’, will take place on June 16.

Liverpool’s mayor Joe Anderson said: ‘Sgt. Pepper pushed creative boundaries and we want to do exactly the same. This is a festival which brings high-end art into the mainstream and gives it a Liverpool twist which is thought-provoking, sometimes cheeky and always entertaining.’

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was The Beatles‘ eighth album, and won four Grammy Awards in 1968.