Fifty years ago, The Beatles took to the roof of their offices in Savile Row, London to perform a concert that would become one of the defining moments of the 1960s... 2019 sees Hip Hop Pioneers The Sugarhill Gang taking inspiration from the Fab Four as they celebrate four decades of Rappers Delight!
Recorded for their film 'Let It Be', The Beatles iconic rooftop show marked the band's final public performance, and for some, the moment the forty-two minute set ended, the swinging sixties were effectively over too. The world was changing, but The Beatles had made an irrevocable impact on popular culture.
2019 sees Hip Hop pioneers The Sugarhill Gang celebrate an equally important anniversary; Rappers Delight, the record credited with taking Rap music to a worldwide audience, was released forty years ago!
To mark the occasion, Saturday June 15th sees The Sugarhill Gang taking inspiration from fellow legends The Beatles by performing their genre-defining hits on the rooftop of Liverpool's Shankly Hotel.
Sister cities, Liverpool and New York enjoy a longstanding love affair. Vibrant and culturally progressive, they first bonded through shipping, cementing their link through a shared passion for creativity and multiculturalism. Strawberry Fields, an iconic liverppol landmark is also a three-acre plot of land in Central Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. The Beatle chose his home in the nearby Dakota building because the view reminded him of looking out over the parks in his native Liverpool, and with good reason, the design for New York's iconic Central Park was inspired by Birkenhead Park.
The Beatles' rooftop performance, which has been re-created by the likes of U2, David Letterman and The Simpsons, marks an incredibly meaningful show for The Sugarhill Gang and a chance to reflect on how far they've come. The first voice of Hip Hop, Wonder Mike says "When I was seven, I saw the Beatles’ film, A Hard Day’s Night, with all the screaming girls. When Rapper’s Delight hit, there was a lot of hysteria. We were in a record shop and the manager had to ferry us out through the back. I remember thinking: “Man, this is just like A Hard Day’s Night.”
The Sugarhill Gang featuring Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio of The Furious Five perform at The Shankly Hotel's Eden Rooftop on June 15th 2019. Tickets are available on this link: skiddle.com/e/13462989
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