The Beatles live in Rhyl, 1962

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Last updated: 01 September 2009

Regent Dansette Ballroom, Rhyl
Saturday 14 July 1962

The Beatles' first performance in Wales took place at the Regent Dansette Ballroom in Rhyl. Admission cost just five shillings, and the night lasted from 8pm to 11.30pm.

Also on the bill were a fellow Merseybeat group called The Strangers. The audience included a mix of tourists and locals, and were most likely primarily there to dance rather than listen to the group.

At the time The Beatles still had Pete Best on drums, although he was sacked just one month later, on 16 August.

The ballroom at Rhyl was situated on the High Street above a branch of Burton's tailors. Prior to the concert The Beatles spent a few hours exploring Rhyl, including the local funfair.

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Local historian Harry Thomas discusses The Beatles' appearance in Rhyl, 1962.

From the BBC Wales programme The Slate, February 1996.


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