Beatles Festival returns to Ives Concert Park in August

DANBURY, CONN. — On Aug. 3, 1963, a month after recording “She Loves You,” The Beatles performed at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club for the very last time. It was their 292nd appearance at the club and they received a fee of £300 for the gig.

Beginning at noon on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of this historic occasion, thousands of fans will “Come Together” for a day-long festival of Beatles music at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

The second annual “Danbury Fields Forever” music, arts and food festival, themed “Give Peace a Chance” in tribute to John Lennon’s iconic ode against violence, will feature 10 bands, each representing different eras or presentations of Beatles music. An entire-day “ticket to ride” admission starts at $20. Tickets are available at One hundred percent of the net proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Newtown Parks & Recreation’s Dickinson Memorial Playground Fund, with the first $2 from each ticket sold going to Hearst Corp.’s Newspapers in Education.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. There also will be music/memorabilia vendors and exhibits, plus family-friendly features such as face-painting and inflatables for kids. Featured acts will include several regional and national acts, with special tributes to John Lennon and George Harrison
Liverpool Productions, host of “Danbury Fields Forever,” has presented Beatles Expos in Connecticut and other areas since 1978. They also organize the annual “Magical History Tour,” which brings fans to Liverpool and London.

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