Singer-songwriter Roxanne de Bastion will be performing The Beatles’ iconic Revolver album together with some of Liverpool’s best musicians and songwriters to celebrate its 50th birthday.
Special guests confirmed so far include She Drew The Gun fresh from winning Glastonbury’s 2016 Emerging Talent Competition, popular singer-songwriter Thom Morecroft, respected international musician Richard de Bastion, avant-garde Baroque-pop songwriter FABIA, and Eleanor Nelly LIMF Academy 2016’s ‘Most Ready’. Also added to the lineup are Liverpool Acoustic’s Derek King who’ll be collaborating with The Southbound Attic Band on the album’s most challenging song, popular local band Joe Symes & the Loving Kind, and singer-songwriter Only Child (Alan O’Hare).
The event is taking place at Liverpool’s Leaf on Bold Street on Friday 5th August 2016 – 50 years to the day since Revolver was first issued.
Berlin-born Roxanne says:- “Music was my first love. When I discovered The Beatles at the unlikely age of four (or perhaps not so unlikely – George Harrison once said in an interview “every four year old watches Yellow Submarine” and I was like…”really?”), I fell in love irrevocably and unconditionally with harmony, with songwriting, with words, with beats, with sitars, french horns, with strings, with backwards guitar licks, with rock n roll and ballads. I can measure my life against Beatles songs, they are the pencil markings on the door frame, showing my height as a six year old, a ten year old, a 13 year old. They are the soundtrack to life and I know I’m not alone. Revolver is my favourite album of all time and this year, on August 5th, which just so happens to be a Friday, it turns 50. I can’t help but celebrate! As an homage to what is undoubtedly one of the most influential albums of our time, I’m going to perform the album live in Liverpool, with a little help from my friends. Won’t you join us?”
On the night, de Bastion and her fellow artists will be interpreting the songs and performing them in a way that is authentic to them. The second half of the evening will consist of original music – songs inspired by The Beatles – by some of Liverpool’s finest singer-songwriters.
The proceeds from 50 Years of Revolver are being donated to In Place Of War, a charity that supports artists and creative communities living in sites of war, revolution, conflict, human rights abuse and marginalisation across the world. You can find out more about In Place Of War and the groundbreaking, life affirming work they do at inplaceofwar.net
We’re so excited about this event that we’ve giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. All you have to do to be in with a chance is to answer the fiendishly difficult question (correctly, of course!) and hope that it’s your name that’s drawn out of the hat.
QUESTION: Revolver contained 14 tracks when it was released in the UK. How many tracks did the US version have?
UPDATE – the competition is now closed. The answer was 11 tracks. Congratulations to Kimberley Lynne, our lucky winner!
50 Years of Revolver – Friday 5th August 2016
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