WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue December 7, 2004
Beatles Fest Comes To Louisville
Louisville, KY – As many as 20,000 Beatles fans are expected in Louisville Memorial Day weekend for the country's largest Beatles festival which is moving to Kentucky's largest city.
"Abbey Road On The River" has been held the past three years in Cleveland, Ohio but will move to Kentucky for the festival May 27th through the 29th. Many of the bands will perform on stages along the riverfront.
Mayor Jerry Abramson says tourism spending from the event is expected to pump about $3 million into the Louisville economy and the event is expected to draw national attention.
Abramson says the weekend will include a Beatles film festival, lectures on the group and the sale of memorabilia including paintings by well known artists.
Neither of the surviving Beatles is expected to attend.
About half of the more than 40 bands expected to appear will dress like the beatles and imitate their music.