Our own Beatles festival

WE LOVE them, yeah, yeah, yeah and next year the whole region will celebrate the world’s best known band with the inaugural The Beatles Festival in Port Macquarie.

Appropriately, planning for the festival, which will take place on March 1, 2 and 3, has begun 50 years after the release of Love Me Do, the song credited with launching the fab four’s career.

The idea for the festival began with former Port Macquarie-Hastings administrator Neil Porter, after conversations he had with committee organisers of the annual Parkes Elvis Festival. 

It is envisaged the three day festival will become an annual event to rival the Parkes homage to the King.

Committee member Janette Hyde said it is hoped The Beatles Festival will gain a reputation like Tastings on Hastings and bring people to the area.

“It’s going to be a fun weekend of nostalgia with lots of local bands and entertainment, street parades, rock ‘n’ roll dancing, markets and more,” Mrs Hyde said. 

On Friday, March 1, Laurieton will host the first events including a show by acclaimed The Beatles tribute band The Beatnix at Laurieton United Services Club.

Saturday will see a vintage car display at Westport Park and The Beatnix will play at Port Macquarie Panthers.

A street parade up Horton Street on Sunday will end at the Town Green where a jumping castle and other kids activities, market stalls and a stage will rock on throughout the day.

“The local bands will play music from the ‘60s and ‘70s and rock ‘n’ roll dancers will encourage everyone to get up and dance the afternoon away,” Mrs Hyde said. Mr Porter, Mrs Hyde and the rest of the committee met last night to sign off on some more of the details which the Port News will reveal in the coming weeks as the idea gathers momentum.

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