Sgt Pepper at 50: Heading for Home
Thursday 25 May to Friday 16 June
Internationally-renowned artists are working together for a city-wide celebration of an iconic album. Dance, music, art, theatre and spectacle are all on the menu as Liverpool hosts 13 unique events (one for each track) over three weeks between 25th May and 16th June.
As the website says:
"The Summer of Love of 1967 was a time to break free, to celebrate creativity, to revel in a counter-culture, to – as Timothy Leary famously suggested – "turn on, tune in, drop out". In America, Scott Mackenzie implored his listeners to "be sure to wear flowers in your hair", while in London Pink Floyd headlined the 14 Hour Technicolor Dream at Alexandra Palace. And on June 1, 1967 the Beatles added their own voice to the musical mix with the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The album was unlike anything that had gone before – and its power and impact transcended that one heady period of time so that 50 years on, it is widely regarded as the most important rock and roll album ever made.
To mark this special anniversary, Liverpool has commissioned 13 never-before-seen events, influenced by each track on the album."
Australian cabaret star Meow Meow will lead a dancing procession of brass bands and traffic wardens through the streets of Liverpool, US feminist artist Judy Chicago will create her biggest painting, a giant mural for Stanley Dock, and the Turner prize winner Jeremy Deller, the New York choreographer Mark Morris will also take part, while a 24 hour celebration of Indian music (which so fascinated George Harrison), will see St George's Hall transformed into a festival village with henna painting, yoga lessons, Indian food and a series of recitals.
The John Cage Trust, heirs to the art of the conceptual US composer whose works include 4’33” - four minutes and 33 seconds of silence - will take 'Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite' as a springboard for a performance at Aintree racecourse that will incorporate circus skills, hundreds of local musicians, poets, dancers … and horses.
Finally, a Liverpool-based Hurricane Films will be making a film across the city on the anniversary day, and then editing it in time for a world premiere on 16 June.
Find out more about each individual event on the dedicated event website.