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Rolling Stones Fest on Satuday 14 September will celebrate 50th Anniversary of their Ritz Ballroom Concert

A new documentary and nearly 4 hours of live music will make up a special Rolling Stones Festival to be held in King's Heath on Saturday 14 September to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their legendary performance at the former Ritz Ballroom on YorK Road.

Formed in London in 1962 when Brian Jones met up with childhood friends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones started out playing blues music 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 began to change on 7 June 1963 with the release of 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 gigs outside London and their first ever in Birmingham at the Ritz Ballroom. Joining them on the tiny stage were Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. Later the same night they went on to perform at The Plaza in Old Hill another of Ma and Pa Regan's clubs. The next evening they had to return to London to play at The Great Pop Prom in London at the Royal Albert Hall!

Centred around top local musicians performing their favourite Rolling Stones songs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m at Fletchers Bar on York Road directly opposite the former balllroom, the Festival will also include the screening at 1 p.m of a new documentary about the early days of the group plus recorded music and many specially invited guests.

Advance tickets costing only £4.00 are now on sale and can be purchased from the Kitchen Garden Cafe on York Road or £4.40  from www.wegotickets.com/event/237421

Space is limited for this historic event so it is really advisable to book in advance. Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the day.

Local residents Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker who are organising the event said "The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time and it is amazing to think that they once played in King's Heath. We are determined to keep the spirit of The Ritz alive despite the fire that destoyed the building in March. We have already held some great events this year to celebrate performances by The Beatles, The Kinks and Dusty Springfield but want as many Stones fans as possible to come to King's Heath on 14 Sept to make this the biggest and best so far".

An impressive line up of musicians has aleady been drawn up but any others interested in performing on Saturday 14 September should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

To read Birmingham Mail reporter Mike Lockley's background article click below:-


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