The upcoming 2014 Fest for Beatles Fans in New York City will be a special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in the U.S., Mark Lapidos, president and founder of the event announced Oct. 30.
The Fest will take place on February 7-9, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The three days are the same dates the Fab Four landed at New York's JFK Airport, and made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964. Forty-five percent of the population – the largest numbers of viewers in history – watched the Sullivan show on that Feb. 9, 1964. It's a record that still stands today.
The 2014 Fest will also celebrate the 40th year Lapidos has been producing the Fest for Beatles Fans, previously called Beatlefest. Lapidos says John Lennon approved of the idea of a Beatles convention for fans when Lapidos met with him in 1974. "I'm all for it. I'm a Beatles Fan, too," Lennon told him.
More details on the 2014 event will be released soon, but a pre-release announcement said it will feature live concerts by British Invasion artists, newsreel and fan films of the Beatles, meet-and-greet opportunities, a fashion show, Q&A panels, dance parties and performances by emerging indie bands. A newly designed website for The Fest For Beatles Fans is also slated to be unveiled in early November.