Famous as a variety playhouse theatre and music hall venue, and now a bingo hall, in 1963 the contribution of The Hippodrome (in Middle Street) to Brighton's rock music history was to stage the first appearance of The Beatles, along with Roy Orbison. The show was a total sell-out within minutes of its announcement and led to a scene of near riots outside the theatre on the night of the show. The Beatles made their escape in a Post Office van!
The Beatles returned again in 1964 to even greater acclaim.
Other shows starred Gerry & the Pacemakers alongside Ben E. King and the Fourmost. Further shows in 1964 featured American rock piano and singing legend Jerry Lee Lewis supported by the Yardbirds and a November show by the Rolling Stones.