On Sunday 28 February, a star-studded concert is to take place at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre, a fund-raising event for the high profile Statue 4 Eppy campaign.
The concert, which is expected to raise the profile and funds of the already popular campaign, has been put together by campaigners in the aims of producing a statue in honour of the legendary Beatles‘ manager Brian Epstein in his hometown of Liverpool.
The manager who died in 1967 is widely credited with being the driving force behind the fab four, taking four young scousers playing in the city in the early 1960s and turning them into the biggest pop band in the world.
Now, a group of Liverpool campaigners are working tirelessly to raise £70,000 to have Epstein’s work recognised with a permanent statue in the city. It will be created by acclaimed sculptor Tom Murphy, the man behind the statue of John Lennon that stands proud in Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The Statue 4 Eppy concert is to take place on Sunday 28 February at the Epstein Theatre, hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Billy Butler.
The concert will celebrate the life and career of the ‘fifth Beatle’ Brian Epstein through an evening of music. Iconic Liverpool artists performing include Cy Tucker of Cy and the Cimmerons, Faron of Faron’s Flamingos, Beryl Marsden, Ray Ennis of the Swinging Blue Jeans, Karl Terry of Karl Terry and the Cruisers, Billy Kinsley and Tony Crane of The Merseybeats, Ian Prowse of Amsterdam and Ian McNabb.
The song was written by Statue 4 Eppy campaigner Bob Pitt, and includes the voices of Liverpool artists Ian McNabb, Andy McCluskey, Beryl Marsden and Ian Prowse, as well as guest celebs Tricia Penrose, Derek Acorah, Paul Barber and John McArdle. Also featuring on the track is Billy J Kramer, who is notable for having been managed by Epstein himself during the Merseybeat era.
2014 saw a great deal of recognition for Brian Epstein on what would’ve been his 80th year, after a fan campaign led to his posthumous induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A commemorative Blue Plaque was also unveiled at the London offices of Epstein’s company NEMS, and the play Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles ran for six weeks at Leicester Square Theatre on the West End.
Statue 4 Eppy’s Fiona Williams said: “Brian Epstein remains one of the most influential people in the history of modern music. He was a complete visionary who achieved so much during his short life. It is incredible that he still has not been officially honoured or recognised by the city or the people of Liverpool.
“Our campaign to create a permanent statue, with the expert help of sculptor Tom Murphy, is our opportunity to say thank you to Brian. The single, Our Friend, will be released on the same day as our Concert 4 Eppy, the proceeds of both will go towards the statue fund. We’d encourage music enthusiasts who have ever enjoyed a Beatles or Merseybeat song to support us.”
Tickets are £20 and can be bought at the Epstein Theatre box office.