PROMISING to take audiences on a Magical History Tour of the original Fab Four and their remarkable rise to fame, The Upbeat Beatles came to York looking to replicate the music that shaped a generation.

Founded in 1997,Tthe Upbeat Beatles have earned a reputation as one of best Beatles tribute acts in the world and have performed in venues across the globe.

Coming on to massive applause, their show kicked off by recreating The Beatles’ early days at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and the mass hysteria of Beatlemania that followed, playing hits such as She Loves You, I Wanna Hold Your Hand and A Hard Day’s Night.

Roger Channing, Simon Blight, Colin Yates and James ‘Jimbo’ Jordan all played their assigned parts with exceptional skill and the excited audience were quickly on their feet and dancing, revelling in the electric retro-pop atmosphere. The sheer volume of songs was staggering and the quick pace carried the show forward at almost breakneck speed.

The show also served as something of a primer on The Beatles’ history, using archive clips and interviews to build a visual scrapbook of the legendary band’s incredible story.

The second leg of the night focused more on The Beatles’ studio years, giving the tribute band a chance to really show off what they could do with songs such as Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and I Am The Walrus, complete with psychedelic outfits and stick-on moustaches.

For a grand finale, the band played Get Back, to enormous cheers, and for their encore,  Hey Jude ended the concert on a more sombre tone.

The Upbeat Beatles delivered an incredible show with tons of personality and a truly awesome catalogue of music, a fitting testament to a band that managed to make such an impact with only a decade-long run.