Following on from the hugely successful two day event celebrating the 1963 appearance of The Beatles in south Manchester’s Urmston, this time the organiser’s sights are set on another 1963 appearance; that of The Rolling Stones. Performing at the then Urmston Baths in November 1963 this was one of their North West appearances before 1964 saw them starting to trouble the charts in a more persistent manner. Sadly the local baths are long gone but the same people who staged the Beatles anniversary gig have not let this stop them and have merely decamped to the building opposite, the old Curzon cinema and now home to Flixton Academy of Performing Arts. As luck would have it this year sees the date – 29 November – fall exactly on the Friday as the 1963 performance alongside the organisers being able to secure top UK Stones tribute act, The Stones who tour not only nationally but globally to great acclaim. Two support acts of The Vincents, a pure rock’n’roll band and local solo performer Tara O’Neil make up the event which celebrates 50 years since Urmston played host to Mr Jagger and friends. A pure night of pop nostalgia beckons to coax even the most jaded pre-Christmas party goer back to life.
Tickets are available locally from The Nag’s Head Pub, Urmston Men’s Club and of course Flixton Academy of Performing Arts themselves. For those unable to get to any of the outlets they can be bought over the telephone on 0161 749-9084 for the bargain price of £16.50 for an event of this size. With venue capacity considerably smaller than the park The Beatles event was held in buying in advance is essential if you want to dress up and party like it’s 1963! As an antidote to the Christmas countdown it beats checking fairy lights and buying socks.
This article first appeared in The Manchester Gazette