Hamburg celebrates 60 years of The Beatles with Stream & Shout

14 August, 2020

BIMM Hamburg is proud to sponsor and support Stream & Shout, the grand celebration of The Beatles’ first-ever public appearance, here in the magical city of Hamburg. The Beatles anniversary show will be live-streamed on August 17th for fans around the world to tune in and enjoy.

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 would spend more time on stage than anywhere else in the world.

The Beatles Hamburg performance

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”.

The grand anniversary show will be hosted by Stefanie Hempel, Hamburg’s very own Beatles expert, who will be joined by celebrity guests and musicians. Together, they will be presenting a unique rock’n’roll programme, including the original Beatles set from August 1960 recreated especially for this occasion, as well as some of The Beatles’ greatest hits and legendary songs. US journalist and television presenter David Patrician will be leading.

The Beatles sat on roof Hamburg

There will be classic pieces and new interpretations alongside entertaining stories and anecdotes from the young Beatles’ wild years in Hamburg. You can look forward to a musical discovery tour through Hamburg’s legendary St Pauli district and a big reunion of contemporary witnesses, former companions, and fans and friends of The Beatles. Among them will be the Cavern Club in Liverpool, the US band Bambi Kino, Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn, and a number of surprise guests.

Hamburg’s landmark, the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, will also be joining in on the anniversary celebrations: there will be a live stream from the Grand Hall prior to the Stream & Shout show. Starting at 8 pm (CET), a premiere honouring The Beatles, arranged by jazz pianist Julia Hülsmann, will be streamed especially for the occasion. She will be accompanied by Nils Wogram (trombone) and Christopher Dell (vibraphone).

To mark the occasion, Anna Lina Hirschgänger, our student studying Vocals at BIMM Institute Hamburg, made this brilliant tribute video.

Make sure to mark 17th August 9 pm (CET) in your calendar and don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to take a trip down memory lane and witness magic in the making. To tune into the live stream or find out more, please visit the Stream and Shout website.

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