The Fest Shop
The Fest Shop is where the largest online Beatles store in the world comes to life. Beatles apparel, books, DVDs, CDs, Vinyl, books, bags, calendars, posters, kitchen-ware, bedding, towels, blankets, toys, puzzles, ornaments, magnets, stationery, pens, collectables, accessories, and Every other Little Thing you can think of. Plus, all of the latest licensed items. A vast majority of the items in our webstore will be featured again on the 9th Floor with windows overlooking lower Manhattan. This floor is also where the Apple Jam Stage will be.
Giant Beatles Marketplace
The Giant Beatles Marketplace is filled with vendors from as far away as England and all across America, full of an astonishing array of Beatles merchandise. If there’s a Beatles item you’re searching for – no matter how rare – odds are that it’s here. For sale will be collectibles, recordings, videos, vinyl, books, photos, posters, art, & more. The Marketplace is located on the 9th Floor, next to the FEST Store, just past the Apple Jam Stage.
Liverpool and Musical Guests In Concert
The Fest's house band since they were wee lads, Liverpool - featuring Drew Hill, John Merjave, Glen Burtnik, and Chris Camilleri- will thrill FEST-goers with their note-for-note renditions of Beatles hits and deeper Beatles cuts.
Liverpool performs all three nights of each Fest, playing the Dance Party on Friday - featuring our optional 60s Dress-Up and Beatles lookalike contests - and the Saturday and Sunday night concerts will be highlighted by the performance of many tracks from The White Album, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this historic 2 record, 30 song classic.
Our musical guests will be joining Liverpool on stage for part of Saturday and Sunday's concerts.
Battle of the Beatles Bands
The Battle of the Beatles Bands is always one of the highlights of the weekend! Taking place on Sunday late afternoon, the contest is open to all bands consisting of FEST attendees. Each group will play one or two Beatles or solo Beatles songs in the main ballroom, with the audience serving as the judge for this exciting and fun contest.
Participating bands only need to bring guitars, cords for their instruments, drumsticks and their FEST tickets. All other equipment is provided by the FEST. To enter, you must sign up either by phone (1-866-THE FEST), email (email@example.com) or by mail when ordering your tickets. Deadline is Feb 16, 2018. The Winning Band gets to play a set on the Apple Jam Stage in 2019.
Beatles Sound-Alike Contest
The Beatles Sound-Alike contest is held on Saturday, with tryouts in the early afternoon and the finals in the Grand Ballroom in the evening. where our MC Ken Dashow hostss the finals. All FEST attendees who are performing as solos or duos are permitted to enter (trios must enter the Battle of the Beatles Bands). A piano/keyboard and acoustic guitar will be provided, but you're free to bring your own instrument(s) if you wish. Sign-up for the contest is done on the spot on Saturday afternoon, just in advance of the tryouts.
Beatles Museum and Art Contest
Over 54 years of Beatles History is traced here through pictures, articles and some memorabilia. We have done our own version of remastering (and updating) the Museum. Our popular Kids Art Korner is back - it's a place where youngsters can create Beatles art on site, and have it displayed as well! Crayons, papers, and markers are provided. The annual Beatles Art Contest is where you can show off your creativity in an environment that your Beatles artwork can be most appreciated - by other Beatles fans! Don't be shy, bring your artwork this year, or create a new piece just for the contest. You can check in your Art work with Deco, when you arrive. Prizes are awarded in three categories: Professional, Amateur, & 16 years or younger. Ribbons are given to all who enter.
Beatles 60s Dance Party, Look-Alike And Dress-Up Contests
The Annual Friday Night Dance Party to the sounds of a Liverpool concert always gets the weekend off to a high flying start! Do that hippie hippie shake, it’s a great way to meet new Beatle people and let your inhibitions out the (bathroom) window. The Party is an optional 60s Dress-Up Night. Find something you haven't worn for decades - or perhaps something you scoop up at a vintage shop or costume store - and get into the era. Prizes awarded for the Best Outfits. We also have a Lookalike Contest as well as lots of Door Prizes.
Live Beatles Trivia Game Shows & Name that Tune
Tom Frangione and Al Sussman are the hots for the Live Trivia Game Shows and Name That Tune Competitions each day. Questions range from very easy to quite difficult and it's how quick you recall the answers that makes the difference. Brush up on your trivia, as all contestants are picked from the audience. There will also be some competitions for the younger fans in attendance.
For the Little Child
As more second generation Beatles fans are having children, we are expanding our show to include more activities geared to the 12 and under crowd. Here are the events in headline form. The fuller descriptions are found in the activity details.
1. Mr. Ray's Beatles 4Kids Concert - Saturday
2. Beatles Parade – Saturday afternoon
3. Kids Korner Art – All weekend in the Art Museum
4. Kids Trivia Contest
5. Kids Name That Tune
6. Kids Beatles Yoga
Marc Rubinstein – Pig Light Show
For those old enough to remember the Fillmore East, an important part of the shows was the Joshua Light Show. Marc Rubinstein was mentored by Joshua and progressed to the Pig Light Show. Marc will be adding visual spice to Liverpool’s concerts as well as for The Weeklings. This is Marc's 9th year with us.
Celebrity Art with Neal Glaser
Neal Glaser of Celebrity Art started with us 21 years ago as a traveling John Lennon art show and now is the exclusive distributor for Paul McCartney's artwork and the publisher of Ringo Starr's Computer Art. Showing at The Fest, this is the only exhibit that features the signed artwork of John, Paul and Ringo all together. This is an incredible showcase of The Beatles' multiple talents. Come see this one-of-a-kind exhibit and maybe walk away with a hand-signed Beatles masterpiece.
Guest Author Discussions & A/V Presentations
Over the past 43 years of the FEST (nationally), we’ve been piecing together the story of the Beatles guest by guest - those that knew The Beatles and those that have written about them. That will continue this year, as our Beatles authors and experts discuss the Fab Four and the lasting impact they’ve made on society. We have a very impressive line up of Beatles experts as moderators over the weekend. They are Tom Frangione, Al Sussman, Darren DeVivo, Ken Michael, Fab4Free4All, Susan Ryan & Wally Podrazik.
How has The Beatles' message and spiritual teachings transcended to today, more than 50 years later? Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream to find your inner light in The Fest's Beatles Ashram. Learn about the Transcendental Meditation technique, the spiritual avenue popularized by The Beatles on their well-known trip to India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Throughout the weekend, the room will feature today's yoga and mindfulness innovators as they share their practices of yoga, sound healing, poetry and words of wisdom.
Beatles Video & A/V Presentations
There are so many exciting activities going on at any one time at The FEST that sometimes fans need to stop by our Video Room to sit back, relax, and float downstream with a wide variety of Beatles and solo Beatles material, running for most of the weekend. Most of the footage is from the Steve Shorten Collection. Alternating with rare footage will be Audio/Visual Presentations from many of our Guest Authors.
Hey Beatles geniuses, put on your Fab coats! The FABoratory made its debut three years ago, and invites you to dissect songs, play Beatles games, invent the future of being a Beatles fan, and use your imagination. Stop by any time to play, to leave your Magical Mystery theories and Mad Fab scientist notes on the wall. Limited space in each session.
Beatles Animation Art Exhibition
Jon Blosdale’s DenniLu Company is an Apple Corps Ltd licensee since 2004. Jon Blosdale is the owner/artist-designer behind the animation recreations from the Beatles Saturday Morning cartoons to Yellow Submarine to a little Magical Mystery Tour. His large limited editions of 36 Beatles 45RPM picture sleeves in both framed and unframed formats have proven to be quite popular.jJon set up his amazing exhibit in Chicago this past summer and this is his first time exhibiting at our NY Metro FEST.
Cellophane Flowers In Concert
Featuring Jeff Lubin, Cellophane Flowers is a reinterpretation of Beatles songs arranged for string quartet and voice. They made their FEST debut in 2015 in New York, thrilling the audience on two of our stages, and returned in 2016.
The group will be performing on both the Main Stage and the Apple Jam Stage.
Scott Erickson Plays Wilburys and Deeper Beatles Cuts
With the addition of the APPLE JAM STAGE in 2015, long time Fest attendee Scott Erickson became a staple of our music lineup. Since then, he has consistently surprised us by playing group and solo songs we all-but-forgot about, as well as entire albums. This year, Scott's got some new surprises for us in two different sets. He's got the "Deep Cuts" we've come to expect. Plus, he's also planned a special set paying tribute to past musical guests, and on Saturday evening, he'll be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Traveling Wilburys' "Volume 1" by playing the album in its entirety.
Jenn DeSantis is a 23 year old Rock pianist, songwriter, producer and singer from Danville, PA. Her theatric big piano chords mixed with classical elements along with her powerful Evanescence-like voice has brought the attention of many. At 2 years old, she could play the piano learning just by ear, singing at age 6, and writing her own songs starting at age 10. She got this gift to play by ear from her grandfather and great grandfather who played for silent films. There was one day in particular when she knew she wanted to pursue music seriously. It was when she played and sang John Lennon's "Imagine" at her elementary school talent show. It made her realize how much she truly loved performing.
Her dad showed her his love for Classic Rock as a little kid. DeSantis would listen to her dad's collection of albums from The Beatles, Elton John, to ELO and Queen while dancing around in the attic. As a gift, her dad gave her a 4 track recorder that she would use to produce songs for hours after school. A couple years later, he knew she should have an eight track recorder because she always wished to record more than four tracks. In eighth grade, she sold her first eleven track album "This Is Me" to fundraise for the Child Advocacy Center which raised about five hundred dollars. In high school, she sold her second CD to fundraise for Show Hope, an orphanage in China.
More accomplishments started happening in college at SUNY Oneonta where she majored in Music Industry with a minor in Audio Production. She had been PR, Vice President, and President of the Songwriting Club at SUNY Oneonta. During all four years, she organized multiple open mics on and off campus, was in a rock, experimental, and jam band, learned how to scratch in a Beat production class, a pianist for the SUNY Oneonta gospel choir, and was a "go to" person for keys, vocals, and lyric advice. Her professors have complimented her creativity and advanced songwriting skills. Mark Wind, a well-known composer from Denmark said “You have a unique blend of different genres that work so incredibly well, I could pick you out of thousands of artists and that is a wonderful accomplishment." As a sophomore and junior, she interned at SubCat Studios, a nationally known music studio in the city of Syracuse. During the summer of junior year, she also became a venue manager at Funk N Waffles in Syracuse. Lastly, she finished her third album, "Surreality" with recording engineer Fred Rigollaud at the main recording studio at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to her album, she was also making a music video for her single "Someone Else" which raises awareness of the difficulties which interracial LGBT couples encounter. “Someone Else” is out on all streaming sites.
DeSantis is an artist who is also a strong advocate for feminism, human rights, and LGBT rights which is portrayed in most of her music. "Create music to awaken the masses" is her motto to give inspiration to other musicians around the globe.
Lennon of Youth Be Told
Performing on the Apple Jam Stage!
17-year-old Lennon is a prodigious guitarist, pianist, and songwriter. His band, Youth Be Told, has captivated audiences with their live shows of original rock music and classic rock covers.
Youth Be Told had the honor of working and recording with Grammy-winning producer Jack Douglas, who produced the Double Fantasy album with John Lennon, and we're thrilled to be welcoming two of their members to the Fest!
Members of this band have been attendees for a long time and have led many a late night session. They also encourage singing along with them. Performing on the Apple Jam Stage.
One of the very special aspects of THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS is the access to our special Guests - a chance to say hello, get an autograph, maybe take a photo with them, or purchase a CD or Photo from them and have them signed as well. We announce the signing times a week before the FEST so you may plan out your weekend (or day/days) with us.
Throughout the weekend many Door Prizes are handed out at random to FEST attendees from the Hudson Ballroom Stage. Items such as T-Shirts, Books, CDs, DVDs, Posters, Cirque du Soleil merchandise, promotional material, etc.
There will also be a number of Charity Raffles at the FEST, with the money raised going to causes such as Spirit Foundations and The Coalition To Stop Gun Violence. Since we began, in 1974, we have raised over $600,000.00 for various charities.
Our Beatles Auction will be held on Saturday afternoon. Anyone is welcome to bring their rare items to enter on the day of the show. We cannot guarantee everything gets in but we will try our best to accommodate. The auction is where some great bargains can be found. If you have any unique items for the auction, please let us know when ordering your tickets.
Eric Cash Exhibit - Beatles Fine Artist
Internationally acclaimed artist Eric Cash is back again this year at the FEST displaying and selling his traditional style oil paintings. He continues to be one of the most well known Beatles artists going. He will be featuring new works along with his children's book, Once Upon A Time in Liverpool, that he illustrated and co-produced with Beatles author Judith Kristen.
This online weekly Beatles Discussion Group is always very enlightening, and includes special guests as well. Mitch Axelrod, Rob Leonard and Tony Traguardo will all be joining this year.
rock CAN roll
You CAN HELP Out While You Rock Out! Please Bring some HEALTHY nonperishables (for people & PETS) to The Fest For Beatles Fans 2018! A list of most needed foods CAN be found at www.rockCANroll.org
The Theatre Within
This is The Theatre Within's fifth year with us. Their 37th annual Salute to John Lennon, with the Patti Smith headlining, takes place Friday,Dec. 1 at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th street. Tickets are all sold out but some may become available closer to the event. Get tickets HERE!