Eastbourne Bandstand’s Beatles tribute

The Fab Four bring the swinging sounds of the sixties to Eastbourne this warm Saturday evening - writes John McLean

They adopt the original Beatles look from the start of their career. Each member of the group can be identified and the boys play their characters well. Paul and John lead on vocals. John wears a Greek fisherman’s cap and looks like Lennon in his face- it’s not hard to imagine. Costumes are simple but effective, wearing all black with matching Pendleton jackets. George’s coiffure hairdo is impressive. Ringo’s hair shakes to the beat.

The set contains a lot of early material- ‘Please Please Me’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Do You Want to Know a Secret’ and their first hit ‘Love Me Do’. Swapping and joining vocals in the style of the Beatles is done with casual, laid-back accuracy. Despite the running gag that Ringo songs are not as good as the others, Ringo is the Starr of the show. ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ are highlights and his drumming is spot on throughout.

John is slightly over the top with his accent at times but in terms of sounding like the Beatles the band cannot be criticised. The show comes across as very natural. Popular hits ‘Day Tripper’ and ‘Ticket to Ride’ go down well. ‘Hey Jude’ is a mass sing-along.

No fancy lighting or big backdrops tonight, just rock and roll and groovy vibes.