Northern Ireland

The Beatles in Belfast: New photos released from 1964 King's Hall concert

The Beatles onstage at the King's Hall in 1964 Image copyright Nick Newbery
Image caption The Beatles onstage at the King's Hall in 1964

A selection of previously unreleased photographs from a concert the Beatles played in Belfast can be viewed for the first time.

The Fab Four performed two shows at the King's Hall, on 2 November 1964, in front of more than 16,000 screaming fans.

The pictures were taken by Surrey-born Nick Newbery, who was a first-year student at Queen's University at the time.

He was sent to cover a story on "a band coming to town called The Beatles", for student magazine The Gown, because the original photographer "wasn't interested".

The five pictures have been released by the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).

PRONI's Iain Fleming said: "I'm sure there are people out there who attended the concert and who would love to see the images.

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Media captionThe pictures were taken by photographer Nick Newbery

"With the classic Beatles album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band having just been added to the GCSE music syllabus, pictures like these illustrate to students the local connection with the band.

"We are very grateful to Nick for donating the photographs."

During each of the two King's Hall concerts, the group performed 10 songs: Twist And Shout, Money (That's What I Want), Can't Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, I'm Happy Just To Dance With You, I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day's Night and Long Tall Sally.

After working as a freelance news photographer in England, Nick Newbery moved to Canada in 1970 and became a teacher.

He continued taking photographs, most notably of the Arctic region and the Inuit people and culture.

The 1964 concerts were The Beatles' second and final visit to Northern Ireland. They had previously performed at Belfast's Ritz cinema on 8 November 1963.

Digital copies of the photographs can be viewed in the PRONI reading room and on Flickr.

Image copyright Nick Newbery
Image caption Paul McCartney onstage in Belfast in 1964
Image copyright Nick Newbery
Image caption John Lennon onstage at the King's Hall in 1964