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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 one of Europe's leading tribute bands The Stones taking to the stage 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, Acoustic Sunset, Dog Walker, Matilda Pratt, Mr Apollo, Harmonica Bob & Oz, The Guest List and Tim Walkerdine with more to be announced.

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

£5 + Booking Fee from www.wegottickets.com/event/476536

£6 on the door.

At 7 pm doors will then open for an evening concert by top tribute band The Stones starting at 7.45 pm who 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. The band regularly perform at festivals and major venues throughout Europe and have often been described as more of a reincarnation than a tribute band.

"The Rolling Stones recreated to absolute perfection" (Winding Wheel Theatre, Chesterfield)

"History repeating itself" (Playhouse, Whitley Bay)

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

First 30 Tickets for the evening show by The Stones cost £6 + Booking Fee then £8 + Booking Fee from

https://www.skiddle.com/e/13574772

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 so again come early if you want a seat.
 
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