Lost footage of the Fab Four and other icons to be show at British Music Experience

Liverpool’s British Music Experience (BME) is set to screen astonishing missing-believed-wiped tapes from television performances from The Beatles and other legendary acts.


On Saturday 24 August, the Cunard Building venue will showcase what has been hailed as the ‘Holy Grail’ of lost tapes which contains footage of the only ever live appearance of The Beatles on Top of the Pops on 6 June 1966.  

The screening has been made possible thanks to a partnership with the Kaleidoscope Archive which specialises in recovering video and TV shows.

Footage of Elton John, Dusty Springfield and more also being show.

Coinciding with International Beatles Week, this will be the first showing in the city for more than 50 years, after the footage was recently unearthed and restored.

It was believed only an 11-second, silent clip existed which was discovered in April this year by a collector in Mexico.

However, another collector and music enthusiast, David Chandler, contacted Kaleidoscope, and handed over a series of 8mm film reels.

The footage, which includes a 92-second performance by The Beatles playing Paperback Writer, lasts nine minutes in total and also shows Dusty Springfield singing Goin’ Back, Tom Jones singing Green, Green Grass of Home, The Hollies performing Bus Stop, and other performances by The Spencer Davis Group, Ike and Tina Turner, and Cliff Richard and the Shadows.

The BME will screen two sessions on 24 August which are included with a general admission ticket:

Session one – 11am to midday

This screening will feature a highlights package of material found by Kaleidoscope and will be followed by the Top of the Pops footage.

Session two – 3pm to 4pm

This screening will show performances by acts such as Elton John, T-Rex, Pan’s People and The Sweet and will once again culminate with the recently discovered footage.

Kevin McManus, Liverpool’s Head of UNESCO City of Music, said: “The legacy of The Beatles should never be underestimated and the fact this showcase will take place during International Beatles Week is bound to make the sessions hugely popular. It’s a real coup for BME and we’d like to thank Kaleidoscope and SMPRC for choosing Liverpool to host this must-experience event for Beatles fans.”

For more information or to buy tickets, visit the BME website here.


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