Delray Beach will transform into Beatlemania central this spring, when worshippers of John, Paul, George and Ringo descend on downtown for the International Beatles on the Beach Festival, April 25-28.
The inaugural four-day music festival will be headlined by ‘70s rockers the Edgar Winter Group (“Free Ride,” “Frankenstein”), topping a bill of local tribute bands and other Beatles-themed activities stretching from downtown Atlantic Avenue to the beach.
ere’s everything Fab Four fanatics should know about the International Beatles on the Beach Festival.
Who else is performing?
The festival website says “over 100 bands, artists and cool activities” will take part, although the full list of acts is yet to be announced. The music bill is topped by the Edgar Winter Group, whose frontman performed in Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band from 2006 to 2011. Also performing is the Palm Beach symphonic rock tribute band McCartney Mania with the Academy Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Servinsky, covering hits from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Abbey Road” and “The White Album.”
How much for tickets?
Single-day passes cost $29.50-$49.50 ($79.50 for VIP, which includes front-row seating) at Old School Square amphitheater (51 N. Swinton Ave.; 561-243-7922; OldSchoolSquare.org), for Edgar Winter Band at 7 p.m. April 26 and for McCartney Mania with the Academy Orchestra at 7 p.m. April 27. Meanwhile, a four-day pass costs$51.50-$135.50. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org and go to BeatlesontheBeach.com.
What else is there to do besides listen to tribute bands?
Short of an actual yellow submarine showing up along the Delray Beach coastline, the city will become a wonderland of ‘60s pop psychedelia for four days. Among the activities: a Beatles bikini contest, Magical Mystery Mini-Golf, Beatles yoga, a classic-rock car show, an Abbey Road replica, a Fab Four scavenger hunt and a Beatles Bar Crawl, featuring themed cocktails such as Me and My Monkey Margarita and Strawberry Fields Forever Frozen Daiquiri.
Participating venues include Boston’s on the Beach, Deck 84, Johnnie Browns, Dada, Mellow Mushroom, Death or Glory and Puttin’ Around Delray Beach. Also noteworthy is BeatleCon, a pop-culture convention where visitors can come costumed as Beatles, rock stars, superheroes and other characters; and symposiums featuring talks with former Apple Records CEO Tony Bramwell and Beatles hairstylist Leslie Cavendish.