Liverpool to host Sgt Pepper at 50 festival

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band

Liverpool is to host a festival to mark the 50th anniversary since the release of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Sgt Pepper at 50: Heading for Home will use all 13 album tracks as a ‘creative springboard’ for an event series beginning in May.

A number of world renowned artists have been lined up to take part including GroupeF, New York’s Mark Morris Dance Group, Judy Chicago, John Cage and Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller.

Highlights include, She’s Leaving Home, performed in people’s living rooms in Toxteth using local artists, taking over Aintree racecourse for a music performance with a cast of thousands, a live performance involving 64 choirs simultaneously, Indian ragas and a 300 member brass band.

Events are planned across the city, including Liverpool’s Royal Court, Hope Street, Tate Liverpool, St George’s Hall and both cathedrals.

Artistic director Sean Doran, said: ‘These 13 commissions invite artists not only to respond to the genius of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album but crucially to work with and take inspiration from the city of Liverpool as a world stage and an unrivalled creative community. We are honoured to have been asked to work with the city in this way.’

Funding for the project has come through a National Lottery investment of £750,000 from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence scheme.

The album was originally released on 1 June 1967.

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