Adelaide • Friday, June 12, 1964

ConcertBy The Beatles • Part of the Spring / Summer 1964 World Tour
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Centennial Hall

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Picture the scene: It’s 11.57am on Friday 12th June 1964 in Adelaide, Australia, and a chartered Ansett ANA jet has just landed at Adelaide Airport a couple of hours after its departure from Sydney. The Beatles – well, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Jimmie Nicol, who was temporarily replacing a hospitalised Ringo Starr – disembark the plane, and climb into an open-top car that is waiting for them. They have a 10-mile journey to make from the airport to the city centre, and it proves anything but ordinary.

A reported 350,000 people – literally more than half the city’s population – line the streets for the entire length of their drive, greeting the most famous band in the world with waves and screams. “It was like a heroes’ welcome,” Paul would later say. As The Beatles reach their destination – the Town Hall, where they’re due to meet the mayor – 30,000 Adelaideans cram around to catch a glimpse of the visiting dignitaries.

The sheer scale of that frenzy made an impactful impression on The Beatles, who realised that the growing phenomenon that was Beatlemania was truly beginning to span the globe. “Wherever we go, anywhere in the world,” John Lennon said that day, “this reception which Adelaide has given us will stick in our memories.”

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Centennial Hall

This was the 1st concert played at Centennial Hall.

A total of 2 concerts have been played there • 1964Jun 12thJun 13th


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Grant Ashby 1 year ago

There were actually 2 concerts played on each of the two nights (12 & 13 June 1964) at Centennial Hall, Adelaide, South Australia. The Hall (now demolished) had a capacity of 3,000 seats, meaning only 12,000 got to see them in these four concerts, but many more claim to have been there. I was. 😁

The PaulMcCartney Project 1 year ago

Thanks Grant ! Nice memories of yours ! I will amend the page

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