The Statue 4 Eppy Concert Announced To Raise Funds For Brian Epstein Statue. Also Official Launch of Campaign Single ‘Our Friend’.
A star-studded concert on Saturday 28 February 2015 at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre is the latest fundraiser in the high profile Statue 4 Eppy campaign.
This is latest move by organisers to both continue to raise the profile of the campaign and boost funds to create a statue in honour of legendary Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein in his hometown of Liverpool.
Brian Epstein took four Liverpool young performers and shaped their careers into the biggest pop band in the world, the rest they say is history.
Now a group of Liverpool campaigners are working tirelessly to raise £70,000 to have Brian’s amazing efforts formally recognised with a permanent statue in Liverpool. It will be created by acclaimed sculptor Tom Murphy, who also created a statue of John Lennon, which stands proud in Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The Statue 4 Eppy Concert will take place on Saturday 28 February 2015 at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Billy Butler– It’s a fitting venue as the theatre is named after the legendary Beatles Manager.
The show will celebrate the life and career of ‘Fifth Beatle’ Brian Epstein through an evening of music. The first names on the bill to be announced are iconic Liverpool artists Ian Prowse, Ian McNabb and Billy Kinsley & Tony Crane. More names will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets are priced at £20 and are on sale now from the Epstein Theatre box office.
The date of the concert is one of particular significance as it also marks the official release of the recently recorded single, Our Friend, official song of the campaign.
The song has been written by Statue 4 Eppy campaigner, Bob Pitt, and includes the voices of acclaimed Liverpool artistes Ian McNabb, Andy McCluskey, Beryl Marsden and Ian Prowse, who are joined by guest celebrities including Tricia Penrose, psychic Derek Acorah, and actors Paul Barber and John McArdle. The song also features Billy J Kramer, who was managed by Brian at the height of the Merseybeat era.
Brian Epstein was very influential within the thriving music industry of the 1960s in both Liverpool and London. But it was that lunchtime concert in the Cavern Club featuring four young Liverpool men that would change their lives, Brian’s life, and musical history forever. He spotted a special talent, nurtured it, and it was a career which would take Brian and The Beatles onto a global stage and brought with it worldwide fame.
This year has seen a lot of recognition for Epstein. The music genius was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after a campaign from fans; a commemorative Blue Plaque was 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 in London’s West End. Brian would have also celebrated his 80th birthday in September.
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.”
The official campaign website is www.statue4eppy.com
The Statue 4 Eppy Concert
Epstein Theatre, Liverpool
Saturday, 28 February, 2015
The Epstein Theatre
85 Hanover Street
To book tickets please call 0844 888 4411, go online at www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk or in person at The Epstein Theatre Box Office from 2pm - 6pm on Monday - Thursday and 12pm - 6pm Friday - Saturday. (booking fees may apply)
NOTES TO EDITORS
About The Epstein Theatre
The Epstein Theatre (formerly known as The Neptune) was originally opened as Crane’s Music Hall in 1911, and was a popular location for recitals and performances. It was renamed Crane Theatre in 1938. In 1967 the theatre was purchased from the Cranes by Liverpool Corporation, who decided that the theatre should be run by local people for local people and was named The Neptune Theatre. The Neptune also became a comedy club and after many years of uncertainty about the future of the theatre, it eventually closed in 2005. In July 2011, a £1million refurbishment of the theatre was completed which saw the Hanover Street venue brought up to 21st century standards and renamed ‘The Epstein Theatre’ in honour of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who guided the Fab Four from popular cellar act to global superstardom. The management contract was up for tender and was won by the well-established team behind Liverpool’s annual Sound City Music Festival. The Theatre was officially opened on Wed 9th May 2012. Now an independent company Epstein Theatre Ltd, the venue has grown to become of the key venues for arts and live entertainment in the city with a strong programme of comedy, plays, live music and children’s productions. The venue can also be hired out for private functions, weddings and conferences.