The Beatles live in Cardiff, 1964

Fans outside the Capitol Theatre, Cardiff

Last updated: 01 September 2009

Capitol Theatre, Cardiff
Saturday 7 November 1964

More than a year passed between The Beatles' brief 1963 residency in Llandudno and their next concert in Wales. But in November 1964, as part of their four-week tour of Britain, they returned to the Welsh capital for a second time.

Predictably, the event sold out almost immediately. The Capitol Theatre had the most demand for tickets in its history, and had to return thousands of pounds sent by optimistic fans.

Tickets cost between 8/6d and 15 shillings. Also on the bill were, in order of appearance: The Rustiks, Michael Haslam, Sounds Incorporated, Mary Wells, The Remo Four and Tommy Quickly. The compère was Bob Bain.

The Beatles travelled to St Mellons in Brian Epstein's chauffeur-driven limousine. They then boarded a Black Maria police van, in which they were taken to the venue.

2,500 fans saw each of the day's two shows. The Beatles performed 10 songs: Twist And Shout, Money (That's What I Want), Can't Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, I'm Happy Just To Dance With You, I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day's Night and Long Tall Sally.

The group could barely be heard above the fans' screams. A shower of jelly babies, meanwhile rained down on the group for much of the set, following an off-the-cuff remark by George Harrison in an interview that they were his favourite sweets.

The Beatles played two 'houses' on this night, and afterwards were driven back to Liverpool for a homecoming show the following night.

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Silent footage of The Beatles and fans from their concert at the Capitol, Cardiff, in 1964.

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