Beatlemania returned to The Roses in Tewkesbury as the audience were transported by to the infamous setting of the Cavern in the 1960s.
There was a real sense of excitement and anticipation in the crowd as we waited for The Upbeat Beatles to take their places on stage.
I was a little bit prepared for disappointment as in truth, I was expecting something of a karaoke evening. But as John, Paul, George and Ringo took to the stage and the crowd erupted as they broke into Please Please Me, I was realised I was to be pleasantly surprised.
These guys were fab! The vocals were spot on, they made playing their instruments look simply effortless and they performed two hours of straight hit after hit.
Too many to mention them all but they started with the early Beatles classic including I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Ticket to Ride. I couldn't help but sing along.
Everyone knows the words right? The first half closed with the rock ‘n’ roll classic Twist and Shout by which point many of the audience were up singing and dancing.
The second hand bought us into Sgt Pepper era and the Upbeat Beatles were suitably attired in the iconic colourful suits.This time we were treaded to Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band, Penny Lane and Magical Mystery tour to name but a few. Again the audience loved it. This really was a great authentic Beatles tribute act.
Particular highlights were from Paul McCartney with Yesterday and George Harrisons’ beautiful renditions of Here Comes the Sun and Something. Just stunning. Aand the guitar solos were incredible.
Later songs were performed such as Get Back and Come Together. We returned to the early 60s rock n roll era for the finale with Roll over Beethoven. There were a couple of individuals in the crowd who performed with some incredibly enthusiastic dancing. The Upbeat Beatles had a standing ovation at the end, with chants of more. They gave us more with an encore of the much-loved Hey Jude, which had everyone singing along.
Great entertainment by a talented tribute act.