June 2015: Beatlemania hits Belfast

The June document of the month features a selection of previously unreleased photographs from a concert the Beatles played in the King’s Hall on 2 November 1964.

Image: Beatlemania hits Kings Hall,Belfast 2 November 1964
Hot on the heels of hit singles such as ‘She Loves You’ and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, the Fab Four played to a packed house of adoring fans on their second and final visit to the island.

PRONI’s Iain Fleming said

“The photographs grabbed my attention because they show the Beatles playing the King’s Hall, and I am sure there are people out there who attended the concert and would love to see the images. They are part of a private collection by Canadian photographer Nick Newbery. Nick deposited this collection in PRONI just last month and we are hugely grateful to him for sharing these unique images.

With the psychedelic classic Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' having just been added to the GCSE Music syllabus, pictures like these can bring home to students here the local connection with this global popular band, who continue to resonate throughout popular art and culture.

I am sure taking these pictures with 16,000 screaming, fainting teenagers standing just behind him must have been quite an experience for Nick. The photographs speak for themselves and show the band as Beatlemania gripped the minds of teenagers across the globe.

While the Beatles had such an astonishing affect on the teenagers, not so the photographer! Nick told me, 'I wasn’t particularly fond of the rock group but they were famous and I had a front row seat."

Digital copies of these photographs can be viewed online at PRONI’s Flickr photo stream.

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