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Anniversary of former Beatles venue marked with free concert
A free music event is to take place in Tamworth Castle Grounds next month to celebrate 130 years of one of the town's most iconic buildings. Tamworth Assembly Rooms is currently nearing the end of a major refurbishment scheme which will also involve the theatre being significantly extended. The milestone anniversary is being commemorated by inviting audiences on a musical trip down memory lane. Music Under the Stars, which takes place on Saturday 6 July at Tamworth Castle Grounds, will pay tribute to some of the amazing acts which have graced the stage at Tamworth Assembly Rooms throughout the decades, including music from The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The special concert, which is free to attend, gets underway at 7pm with the evening's music performed by local musicians Sonic Harmony, Liam Rhodes and Daniel Hatton.

Music Under the Stars, Tamworth Castle
Music Under the Stars takes place in Tamworth Castle Grounds' bandstand

Against the splendid backdrop of medieval Tamworth Castle, the musicians will take to the Victorian bandstand within the castle grounds for an evening of great live music. No alcohol can be taken on site, but a licensed bar will be available, while street vendors will also provide quality food. Tamworth Assembly Rooms was first proposed as a fitting monument to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. It was officially opened to the public in October 1889 and therefore celebrates its 130th birthday this year. The ambitious project to bring the theatre into the 21st century includes a complete change of the internal layout, apart from the main auditorium, to create an impressive, versatile building, with more space that can be used for a variety of purposes. It is being extended to the side and rear to add a new multi-use space, extra toilet facilities and an extended backstage area. As wa ell as much-needed extra room, this will also provide opportunities for the theatre to be used for a wider range of events.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms
How the refurbished Tamworth Assembly Rooms will look

Acts are now being booked for the opening season of events, which launches in November in impressive style with a spectacular ballet production of The Wizard of Oz, performed by the critically-acclaimed Ballet Theatre UK. To see the full opening line up so far, visit
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Why? A free concert to commemorate iconic theatre's milestone birthday
When: July 6
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA
Cost: Free
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