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2014 Fest for Beatles Fans: unique and memorable way to spend 50th anniversary

This year's Fest honors the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival and includes a trip to JFK Airport among many other activities
This year's Fest honors the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival and includes a trip to JFK Airport among many other activities
Fest for Beatles Fans

If you are planning on attending New York City to attend the Fest for Beatles Fans 50th anniversary celebration, today January 17, 2014 is the last day to buy discounted “first tier” tickets. Through today, the package price for all three days is $195; tomorrow that price goes up to $225. (click here to purchase.) You can also purchase a one-day pass.

The Fest is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year as well as the Beatles’ 50th, and as we mentioned before, it is being held in New York for the first time in many years. This change in venue is to capture every bit of nuance of nostalgia for the city the four lads first stepped foot on. In fact, one of the unique activities announced on the Fest’s site this year is a bus that will take you to JFK Airport on Friday, February 7, to see where the boys stepped off that Pan Am flight at 1:20 p.m. to thousands of screaming fans. Fans will get to re-live the exact moments they went to Central Park, and performed on the Ed Sullivan Show. They are also recreating a Cavern stage to look just like the real one in Liverpool.

As usual there is a full slate of activities including Battle of the Bands, trivia contests, panel discussions by Beatles experts, Beatles market and auctions, art exhibits featuring Eric Cash, and photo exhibits by notable Lennon photographers Bob Gruen and Allan Tannenbaum.

Many authors will be on hand to greet fans, including Mark Lewisohn, discussing his landmark volume just published, (“Tune In: Beatles All These Years”), Judith Kristen (“Once Upon a Time in Liverpool”), Jude Southerland Kessler (“She Loves You”), Al Sussman (“Changin’ Times”), Larry Kane (“When They Were Boys”), David Bedford (“The Fab 104”), Robert Rodriguez (“John, Paul, George and Ringo, Solo in the ‘70s”) and many more.

Women Historians and Scholars Panel line-up announced

Susan Ratisher Ryan, (Proprietor Fab 4 NYC Walking Tours, publisher & editor-in-chief, Rooftop Sessions Webzine) will once again head up the Women Historians and Scholars panel, and the line up will include Susan, Sara Schmidt, who runs a popular Beatles blog called “Meet the Beatles…for Real”, Allison Johnelle Boron (rock writer, interviewer for Goldmine,, Judith Kristen, author of “A Date With a Beatle”, Candy Leonard, author of “Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World.” Candy has a PhD in Sociology, Karen Duchaj (linguistics PhD and University teacher who explored the Beatles’ jargon and manner of speaking), and Shelley Germeaux, National John Lennon Examiner. We will be discussing, among other things, the Beatles’ legacy: Past, Present and Future. Now that we are at the 50th anniversary of their invasion of America, what does the future hold?

(Note from author: The women’s panel that I will take part in, is scheduled tentatively for Saturday evening at 7:30. The time is subject to change, so stay tuned.)

A very special tribute to Sid Bernstein, legendary promoter of the Beatles during that fateful year 50 years ago, will also be held. Early morning Walking Tours by Susan Ratisher Ryan are also being scheduled, where fans can get on the subway with her and go to the Imagine Mosaic in Strawberry Fields in Central Park and the Dakota Apartments, the Ed Sullivan Theater and the Plaza Hotel. If you have good walking feet, you might want to get an early start, grab a coffee and go on this tour.

(click here for more info.)

Headlining guests include Donovan, Peter Asher, Chad and Jeremy, Freda Kelly (“Good Ol’ Freda”) and Billy J. Kramer.


As we also reported this week, there are many other events going on in New York that same weekend to honor the 50th anniversary, including a star-studded gala concert called “America Celebrates the Beatles” February 8, hosted by the NYCFab50 committee.

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