New photos released of Beatles concert in Belfast

The Beatles playing at the King's Hall in Belfast in November 1964
The Beatles playing at the King's Hall in Belfast in November 1964

PHOTOGRAPHS of a Beatles concert in Belfast more than 50 years ago have been released for the first time.

The Fab Four played to a packed crowd at the King's Hall on November 2 1964.

The concert, which was The Beatles' second and final trip to Ireland, came after the band had already released hits including She Loves You and Cant Buy Me Love.

The photographs are part of a private collection by Canadian photographer Nick Newbery.

Mr Newbery gave the collection to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) last month.

PRONIs Iain Fleming said people who attended the famous concert will be excited to see the images.

With the psychedelic classic Beatles album 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band' having just been added to the GCSE Music syllabus, pictures like these can bring home to students here the local connection with this global popular band, who continue to resonate throughout popular art and culture," he said.

I am sure taking these pictures with 16,000 screaming, fainting teenagers standing just behind him must have been quite an experience for Nick. The photographs speak for themselves and show the band as Beatlemania gripped the minds of teenagers across the globe."

But despite the popularity of the group, Mr Newbery was not a fan.

Mr Fleming said Mr Newbery told him "I wasnt particularly fond of the rock group but they were famous and I had a front row seat".