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From 25 May to 16 June 2017, Liverpool, the catalyst that ignited a musical revolution, celebrates The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the most influential album ever made – on the 50thanniversary of its release on 1 June 1967 during the ‘Summer of Love’.
Sgt. Pepper at 50: Heading for Home is an extraordinary response by some of the most exciting artists of today working from the city and across the globe, to the creative genius of the Beatles and this groundbreaking album. With performances, installations, live spectacle and moments of surprise across the city this summer, the spotlight will fall on Liverpool.
The programme features 13 major commissions from artists in all media working with Liverpool based cultural organisations to respond to the 13 legendary tracks on the album.
From Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral to Aintree Racecourse, Woolton Village to Tate Liverpool and St George’s Hall to Liverpool’s Royal Court, across clubs, parks, streets and docklands, Sgt. Pepper at 50 will reach out to every part of the city.
The programme is curated by Artistic Directors, Sean Doran and Liam Browne, and presented by the City of Liverpool, in collaboration with Liverpool’s leading cultural organisations, with the support of Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund.
The commissions respond to each track on the album: Side 1, over the first weekend (1-5 June), and Side 2 over the second weekend (8-11 June), preceded by the Overture (25-27 May), and concluded by the Coda (16 June, Bloomsday).