460 performers, 75 Beatles songs and horses dressed up as the Fab Four – it can only be Liverpool’s Sgt Pepper at 50 celebrations!
On Sunday 4 June from 2pm to 5.50pm, Aintree Racecourse will host a FREE event called Mr Kite’s MUSICIRCUS – an event inspired by the Sgt Pepper album track Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite and will see a huge group of people come together, to play or perform different Beatles songs simultaneously – creating an unforgettable cacophony of sound.
Taking part in the day are soloists, choirs, dancers, poets, bands, gymnasts, actors a hula hooper travelling up from London especially for the event and a musician coming all the way from America to be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Anyone going along to experience the event can expect to hear songs such as Back in the USSR, Blackbird, A Day in the Life, Eleanor Rigby, When I’m 64, Lady Madonna Let it Be, Penny Lane and Yesterday.
And if a visitor is inspired to get involved, there is a special ‘Orator Spot’ which they can stand on and read from a special lyric booklet featuring Beatles tracks that aren’t already being performed.
There will be a host of concessions available on the day along with even more entertainment for all the family, including face painting, kite making workshops and circus skills workshops courtesy of the Black-E Youth Circus.
Liverpool’s Director of Culture, Claire McColgan, said: “This is unlike any event we’ve ever staged before – it’s a must-see, unmissable opportunity not only for Beatles fans, but for all music fans.
“Our Sgt Pepper at 50 programme is all about bringing something that could be considered high art and avant-garde into the mainstream, and making it accessible for families across the region.
“Very few people will have heard of a musicircus before, and it will be incredible be part of what we hope will be the biggest Musicircus ever to have taken place.”
Musicircus is the brainchild of legendary American music experimentalist John Cage, and this event is produced in partnership with The John Cage Trust.
There is no public parking at Aintree Racecourse. The easiest way to reach Aintree is by train as Aintree Station is directly opposite the racecourse. For more information visit www.merseyrail.org
Aintree can also be reached by bus on services: 300, 310 and 345 both to and from Liverpool. For further information on bus routes, contact Merseytravel on 0151 236 7676 or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk/journeyplanner
Mr Kite’s MUSICIRCUS forms part of Sgt Pepper at 50 which will see each track on the iconic Beatles album inspire 13 brand new events. The world premiere commissions are a mixture of large and intimate events covering the worlds of art, dance, music, poetry and theatre.
Until 16 June there will be performances, installations, live spectacle and moments of surprise across the city, as the spotlight will fall on Liverpool to celebrate their most famous sons in a way befitting of a record which broke the mould and changed music forever.