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Rolling Stones Mini Festival on Sunday 15 September Celebrates 56th Anniversary of Birmingham Debut

ABOVE: The Rolling Stones photographed at the Royal Albert Hall on 15 September 1963 the day after they made their Birmingham debut at the Ritz Ballroom.

On Sunday 15 September King's Heath Walk of Fame will celebrate the 56th Anniversary  of The Rolling Stones first ever appearance in Birmingham at the now sadly burnt down Ritz Ballroom.

Our Mini Festival starts with an Afternoon Session featuring top local musicians at Fletchers Bar from 3p.m. to 6 p.m and ends with tribute band Get Stoned performing a two hour show at  7.45 p.m. at the Hare & Hounds next door to the old ballroom.

Formed in London in 1962 by Brian Jones after he met up with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards who had been childhood friends, the Rolling Stones started out as a blues group taking their name from the title of a song by Muddy Waters. For the whole of 1962 they played exclusively in the London area. But all that changed on 7 June 1963 after they released their first single a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On". Just a few months later on 14 September 1963 they played one of their first ever gigs outside London and their first ever in Birmingham at King's Heath's Ritz Ballroom. Joining Brian, Mick and Keith on the tiny stage were Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. The day after they returned to London to play at the Great Pop Prom at the Royal Albert Hall! When they next returned to Birmingham they played the much larger Town Hall and Hippodrome before going on to become the world's greatest Rock and Roll Band in the world selling over 200 million albums.

From 3 to 6 pm a fantastic line-up of great local musicians will perform their interpretations of classic Rolling Stones songs at Fletchers Bar & Eatery. including Acoustica, Matilda Pratt, Mr Apollo, Harmonica Bob & Oz and Tim Walkerdine with more to be announced.

At 7 pm doors will then open for an evening concert by the fantastic tribute band Get Stoned will bring to the stage at the  Hare & Hounds all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert in a brilliant tribute to their music in a sensational climax to the One Day Mini Festival

Their repertoire covers songs from all periods of the Rolling Stones career.

Don't miss this unique event to commemorate the World's greatest Rock and Roll Band Birmingham Debut

Tickets for the evening concert by Get Stoned cost £6 + Booking Fee  from www.skidddle.com/e/13574772

Tickets are also available for £6 cash from Kitchen Garden Cafe.

£7 on the door.

Tickets for the afternoon session at Fletchers cost £5 in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe,

£5 + Booking Fee from www.wegottickets.com

£6 on the door.

Advance Ticket sales close at 1 p.m on Sunday 15 Sept.

Don't leave it to the last moment and pay more on the door! You really don't want to miss out on this special celebration of the day in 1963 that King's Heath first Got Stoned!!!

Please note that there is seating at Fletchers but tickets guarantee admission not a seat so come early if you want to be seated.

The evening concert will take place in Venue 2 at The Hare & Hounds which is upstairs and has some limited seating.

 
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