John Lennon Festival in Liverpool
No-one can forget the sound of The Beatles, as their music is still enjoyed today. The iconic band was established by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, who played a vital role in the band enjoying number one chart success on twenty-seven of their singles. When the band eventually announced their break up in 1970, John Lennon embarked on a solo career, which is fondly remembered for songs such as ‘Imagine’ and ‘Give Peace a Chance’. It is for his memorable contributions to the music industry that Liverpool will be hosting the John Lennon Festival to celebrate this well known artist.
John Lennon was born in Liverpool on 9 October 1940. His songwriting abilities while with The Beatles assisted the band in reaching fame and fortune. In later years he became better known as a peace activist, promoting his message through his songs. On 9 December 1980 the entire world stood still as news of his assassination the night before spread across the globe. It was a tragic moment for the music industry and for thousands of adoring fans. The John Lennon Festival will mark his 70th birthday, as well as thirty years of his passing, being hosted from the 9th of October to the 9th of December.
The Echo Arena in Liverpool will host the main event, which is a tribute concert that has been named Lennon Remembered. The arena can seat eleven thousand people, and if music lovers cannot make it to the concert they can enjoy a birthday celebration in the club were The Beatles got their major break: the Cavern Club. The two month celebration will also feature exhibitions that follow his life story and musical achievements, as well as art displays, live music performances, films and various other fascinating festival features. Mike Storey, the mayor of Liverpool, had this to say about the festival and about John Lennon: “His enduring message of peace is as important now as ever and continues to be an inspiration to many. The John Lennon Tribute Season will allow us to remember him as a man, celebrate his music, and his overall contribution to our city.”