Last week I was able to take a group of fans around Manchester in the footsteps of The Beatles and the sixties music scene. A dream of mine for several years it allowed me to champion our claim to be a city of major significance in the Beatle story and retrace the roots of the local Beat groups who would rival the fab four by the mid sixties. The tour with Inspiral Carpets's Craig Gill and Manchester Music Tours aims to celebrate the landmarks that played host to what is an amazing part of British pop culture. Illustrating how important Manchester was in the evolution of The Beatles is paramount as its often documented in the history books but never pieced together collectively until now.
It makes an interesting and fascinating tour unearthing new facts and stories behind
many live appearances, twelve of which were pre fame including the groups only performance in a tent! The fact is Manchester provided more opportunities than their hometown of Liverpool. Not only were there more venues to reach a wider audience but it was a gateway to the nation through the media of radio and television. The Beatles making several trips down the East Lancs as early as 1958 in search of stardom entering TV talent contests and auditions in Ardwick, Didsbury and Hulme. Billed either as the The Quarrymen, Johnny and the Moondogs or as The Beatles - the story behind these and the sites revisited are important stop offs on the tour. Non more so than Granada where The Beatles produced more television minutes including their debut plus the only film of The Beatles at the Cavern. The details of which with producer Johnnie Hamp includes an exclusive to the tour with the discovery and footage of a 'Lost Beatle Tape'. The three hour tour will take in the Oasis Club on Lloyd Street known also as the 'Birthplace of The Hollies' and where The Beatles performed most in Manchester. Also we travel to Urmston where The Beatles appearance at an agricultural show inspired a young Peter Noone to form Hermans Hermits. The icing on the cake is a return to the Playhouse Theatre in Hulme where The Beatles with Pete Best on drums made their BBC radio audition and debut in 1962. Standing on the very stage listening to their historic debut of 8/3/62 was a hit as the tour is set to roll from 27 March 2016 with other dates to follow. Details at PAUL WILDE

TOUR GUIDE Paul Wilde with Granada TV legend Johnnie Hamp
with the Lost Beatle Tape - the story behind revealed on the tour!



Manchester Music Tours run by Inspiral Carpets Craig Gill