Line-up for the Beatles event

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Top Beatles tribute acts are on their way to Scarborough to perform at a special two-day music festival at the Spa this Autumn.

Organisers have lined up an eclectic mix of acts to mark the 50-year anniversary since The Beatles released their first single, Love Me Do.

Performers who are due to appear include an all-female tribute band as well as one of the leading impersonators of Paul McCartney – and The Mersey Beatles, who have been resident at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club for a decade.

The two-day festival will be staged in September at the Spa, just down the road from the Futurist Theatre where the original band played the two dates at the height of Beatlemania.

The Beatles played the Futurist in December 1963 as part of a nationwide tour before they returned the following summer for an one-off concert in August 1964.

Organiser Steve Foley admitted that he was inspired by John, Paul, George and Ringo to embark on his own musical career in the late 1960s when he toured with aseries of bands.

He also set up his own recording studio in Manchester and recorded albums for several hundred acts, including The Alarm and the lead singer of The Buzzcocks, Pete Shelley.

Mr Foley said: “The Beatles have been such a huge part of people’s lives throughout the years and the music is still an inspiration today.

“We’d love to think that some of the people who will be coming were there at those gigs at the Futurist.

“But we want to see the younger fans come along as well, as the music is as relevant as ever.

“You only need to look at what happened during the 1990s with Britpop and bands like Oasis and Blur to realise that.”

A total of nine acts have already been confirmed, but it is hoped that up to another three performers will be appearing at the Beatles Festival on September 15 and 16.

Mr Foley said: “Everybody will want to hear the old favourites like Hey Jude, but the back catalogue of The Beatles is so huge that there is always the chance you could go through the whole weekend without actually hearing the same song twice.”

The festival will also feature stalls selling memorabilia.

Tickets for the two-day festival are available from the Spa’s box office.