Lost Beatles photos to be revealed at Woodbridge’s music and arts festival
Monday, July 27, 2015
Organisers of a major creative event in Woodbridge have announced this summer’s line-up – and an expansion of the festival.
As well as music and art, this year’s event will include a literary strand, featuring books about music, with the preview of a new work about The Beatles, featuring never seen before photos from the first years of Beatlemania.
The Woodbridge Art and Music Festival takes place over the weekend of August 8 and 9 with acts ranging from festival headliners to cult club DJs, pioneering electronic acts from the 1960s, inspirational hip hop artists, visual artists, disco dons, guitar icons, psychedelic rockers, and talks by authors.
Ben Osborne, event organiser and founder of music and art collective Noise of Art, said: “The festival will be holding its debut literary strand on the Sunday of this year’s festival weekend.
“The literary strand will feature books about music, including a yet-to-be-released special edition book of new Beatles photographs, and the biographies of Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks by Zoe Howe, and Peter Gabriel by Daryl Easlea, plus a book at bedtime session for younger festival-goers between 4.30pm and 6pm.
“Taken between 1962 and 1964, the Beatles photographs are part of a never-seen-before collection that was originally shot for the Beatles Monthly magazine.
“The photos, which are published for the first time in a limited edition cased hardback book, capture the Beatles in their private moments.
“The book called Looking Through You is edited by Chris Charlesworth, a friend of John Lennon’s, who will give a talk on how the photographs were discovered, as well as recalling his own experiences with John and Yoko.”
Chris Charlesworth, John Lennon and Yoko
Music sessions will take place from 2pm to 8pm in Elmhurst Park and at various venues around the town.
The line-up includes Phil Hartnoll of Orbital, Matt Black of Coldcut, a rare appearance by 1960s pioneering electronic band White Noise, The Woodentops, Adam Double, Arms, Mirror Signal, Love Nor Money, Fish Claw, Swallow and The Wolf, Aartwork, Jan Pulsford, Peter Hepworth, Charlie Law, Aldeburgh Music Open Space presenting Run Time, Spatial Awareness, Non Such DJs, David Freeland, Robert Castillani and more.
There will be three art exhibitions.
Students at University Campus, Suffolk, wil be displaying their visions of what future Woodbridge Art and Music Festival posters, flyers, leaflets, T-shirts and bags might look like at The Old Mariner, New Street, while the Fire Station cafe in The Thoroughfare will be hosting an exhibition by screen print specialists Planet Patrol.
Woodbridge Art Club, Tide Mill Way, will be holding its summer exhibition plus a “Creating Art” event with potters, painters and lace makers working in its studio.
Full details of all events, times and tickets can be viewed on www.woodbridgeartandmusic.weebly.com while limited discount advance tickets are currently on sale from The Riverside box office or online from the event website.
This unique and original photographic record preserves many important moments within The Beatles’ career, providing a historically important glimpse into the world’s greatest ever entertainment phenomenon. All these images are taken from the forthcoming book 'Looking Through You' published by Omnibus Press.
Looking Through You presents a selection of over 300 images from the precious Beatles Book photo archive, many unpublished or unseen in their original form from the original negatives, as well as the story behind the success of the regular Beatle bulletin.
With each new issue, Beatle fans worldwide would voraciously devour the contents from cover-to-cover, discovering the Fab Four’s latest news and activities and most of all, savouring the exclusive B&W photographs, captured by in-house photographer, Leslie Bryce.
During the magazine’s six-year run only a small fraction of these photographs were printed – and then often altered in some way.
The Beatles Book Monthly captured the Beatles’ development from British provincial theatres – through foreign tours including their ground-breaking first American visit - and onwards to the band’s withdrawal into the recording studio