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Hamburg celebrates the Beatles

The Beatles from Liverpool thrilled their fans like no other band and sold out concerts all over the world. However, they laid the foundation of their success in Hamburg. After their first concerts at the Indra and the Kaiserkeller on the Grosse Freiheit in the 1960s, their career took off. They took the world's biggest stages by storm and became the most successful band in music history. Even today, they inspire a large number of people, which is why anniversaries and members' birthdays are celebrated in a big fashion.

George Harrison's 80th birthday: Watch the concert here!

After the big Paul McCartney 80th birthday celebration last year, there was now reason to celebrate again on the occasion of George Harrison's 80th birthday. Right in Hamburg: where the Beatles' story began. On 25 February, the former Beatles guitarist would have turned 80. On 9 April, there was a big celebration at the Fabrik in Hamburg. The livestream of the party with Hamburg's Beatles expert Stefanie Hempel and her band, countless well-known artists and many surprises can be watched here:

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Hamburg celebrates 60 years of the Beatles

It was sixty years ago, on 17 August 1960, that five young lads from Liverpool had their very first public appearance as "The Beatles" – live on stage at the Indra in Hamburg. In the following two years, they would lay the foundations for their global career in the live clubs of St Pauli, Hamburg’s famous entertainment district. In Hamburg the Beatles spent more time on stage than anywhere else in the world. With months of uninterrupted engagements and endless nights in the clubs of St Pauli, the Beatles swiftly turned into a professional live band. Hamburg is also the place where the Beatles met Ringo Starr, where they shaped their unique style and where they acquired their iconic haircut. Or, as John Lennon aptly put it, the lads "grew up in Hamburg, not Liverpool".

On the occasion of the Beatles’ 60th anniversary, Hamburg invited Beatles fans from around the world to enjoy the grand anniversary show "Stream & Shout" from the original venue via livestream. The full show is available as video on demand directly here, on the Facebook page of Hamburg Ahoi and on YouTube.

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The grand anniversary show was hosted by TV-journalist David Patrician and Hamburg's Beatles expert Stefanie Hempel. Joined by friends from the music scene, contemporary witnesses as well as celebrity guests, they was presenting a unique rock'n'roll programme, including the recreated original Beatles set from August 1960 as well as some of the Beatles’ greatest hits and legendary songs.  An evening full of classic pieces and new interpretations alongside entertaining stories and anecdotes from the young Beatles’ wild years in Hamburg and a musical discovery tour through Hamburg’s legendary St. Pauli district.

For more information on Come Together - The Hamburg Beatles Experience as well as the 60th anniversary merchandise please visit www.cometogether-experience.com

The Elbphilharmonie also celebrated the Beatles anniversary and was streaming live from the Recital Hall: Julia Hülsmann (piano), Nils Wogram (trombone) and Christopher Dell (vibraphone) played their Beatles programme "Come Together".

HAMBURG – CITY OF MUSIC Discover the birthplace of the Beatles

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A Milestone in Pop Music The Beatles in Hamburg

In the matter of two years, five young lads from Liverpool transformed into the most famous pop band of the 1960s: the Beatles! It was in the live music clubs of St Pauli that the Beatles developed their distinctive style and laid the foundations for their world career

The Beatles in Hamburg
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On the trail of the Fab Four Hempel’s Beatles Tour

Would you like to experience the history of music up close? In St Pauli, that’s an easy ride – with Stefanie Hempel’s dedicated Beatles Tour. Together with the Hamburg-based musician, Beatles enthusiasts and fans of early rock music can go on a local discovery tour, following in the footsteps of the legendary lads from Liverpool.

Hempel’s Beatles Tour

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