The Bootleg Beatles announce more 2011 and 2012 dates - tickets available Friday 9th September
Some 'tribute bands' are little more than a clever pun, touring the pub and club circuit. Others somehow transcend their 'tribute' status to become successful bands in their own right, despite usually having never written or recorded any original material. Like Abba tribute Björn Again, or The Bootleg Beatles.
Treading a careful path between impersonation and musicianship is the biggest challenge facing tribute acts. The best, like The Bootleg Beatles, tend to focus on the music and vocal similarities with just a nod to physical likeness.
The Bootleg Beatles have been performing the hits of Lennon and McCartney to audiences around the world since 1980, and have now been together more than twice as long as the Fab Four they worship. Neil Harrison, Andre Barreau and David Catlin-Birch were cast members in the West End show 'Beatlemania' when they decided to take things a step further. 'John', 'George' and 'Paul' soon recruited Rick Rock as Bootleg Ringo and started playing a few gigs.
Thirty or more years since breaking out of the West End, The Bootleg Beatles are still going strong. Nonetheless, it was something of a shock earlier in the year when 'Bootleg John' and mainstay Neil Harrison signalled his departure from the band. It was announced in July that his replacement would be Adam Hastings.
Luckily for Adam, he probably already knew most if not all of the songs that make up a typical Bootleg set. Not that they scrimp on material. Not at all. Each show is a chronological musical journey from Beatlemania in 1963, through 'Sgt Pepper' to 'Let It Be' and the band's legendary rooftop finale.
With a new John, The Bootleg Beatles have announced a series new dates continuing the current tour. In December, in addition to Newcastle City Hall, Hammersmith Apollo and the NIA in Birmingham, The Bootleg Beatles will also now be playing Brighton on 4th December, followed by shows in Cardiff, Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh and two nights in Glasgow.
The tour resumes in March 2012 in Croydon, taking in Crawley, Sunderland, York, Oxford and loads more before the last date of the current run in Basingstoke on 30th March 2012.
We will have tickets for all of the new dates when they go on sale at 9AM on Friday 9th September, priced around £25. We also have tickets available now for the previously announced December shows.
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- Fri 2nd Nov 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesGreat Hall (Exeter University) (Exeter)Buy Tickets
- Sun 4th Nov 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesDe La Warr Pavilion (Sussex)Buy Tickets
- Wed 5th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesBath Forum (Bath)Buy Tickets
- Thu 6th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesTheatre Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham)Buy Tickets
- Fri 7th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesThe Bridgewater Hall (Manchester)Buy Tickets
- Sat 8th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesDe Montfort Hall and Gardens (Leicester)Buy Tickets
- Sun 9th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesThe Philharmonic Hall (Liverpool)Buy Tickets
- Tue 11th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesSymphony Hall (Birmingham)Buy Tickets
- Wed 12th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesCity Hall/ Memorial Hall/ Ballroom (Sheffield)Buy Tickets
- Fri 14th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesCity Hall (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)Buy Tickets
- Sat 15th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesUsher Hall (Edinburgh)Buy Tickets
- Sun 16th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesRoyal Hall (Harrogate)Buy Tickets
- Mon 17th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesSt David's Hall (Cardiff)Buy Tickets
- Tue 18th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesRoyal Concert Hall/ Strathclyde Suite (Glasgow)Buy Tickets
- Thu 20th Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesMiddlesbrough Town Hall/ The Crypt (Middlesbrough)Buy Tickets
- Fri 21st Dec 2018 The Bootleg BeatlesBrighton Centre (Brighton)Buy Tickets
- Fri 22nd Mar 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesAlban Arena (St. Albans)Buy Tickets
- Sat 23rd Mar 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesAlban Arena (St. Albans)Buy Tickets
- Sun 24th Mar 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesRegent Theatre (Ipswich)Buy Tickets
- Tue 26th Mar 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesCliffs Pavilion (Southend)Buy Tickets
- Wed 27th Mar 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesThe Central Theatre (Chatham)Buy Tickets
- Fri 29th Mar 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesThe Hexagon (Reading)Buy Tickets
- Sat 30th Mar 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesG-Live (Guildford)Buy Tickets
- Sun 31st Mar 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesThe Corn Exchange (Cambridge)Buy Tickets
- Mon 1st Apr 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesPavilion Theatre (Bournemouth)Buy Tickets
- Tue 2nd Apr 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesVenue Cymru - Theatre/ Arena/ Conference Centre (Llandudno)Buy Tickets
- Thu 4th Apr 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesOpera House (Buxton)Buy Tickets
- Fri 5th Apr 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesBarbican Centre (York)Buy Tickets
- Sat 6th Apr 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesVictoria Theatre (Halifax)Buy Tickets
- Sun 7th Apr 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesThe Empire Theatre (Sunderland)Buy Tickets
- Mon 8th Apr 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesBaths Hall (Scunthorpe)Buy Tickets
- Thu 11th Apr 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesGrand Theatre (Swansea)Buy Tickets
- Sat 13th Apr 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesThe Royal and Derngate Theatre (Northampton)Buy Tickets
- Sun 14th Apr 2019 The Bootleg BeatlesNew Theatre (Oxford)Buy Tickets