The Musical History Experience

The Musical History Experience show is a brand new and exciting multimedia theatre production that incorporates the latest in technology crossed with authentic instruments to recreate the sights and sounds of the 1960s. Over two hours of musical history from this ground breaking period in time.

Never seen before show that includes HD cameras streaming realtime footage of the show from the musicians to the audience on two large projection screens, along with authentic footage and news reports and information from the price of a loaf of bread in 1960 to the cost of house in 1969, who was the Prime Minister to who was in the news in this wonderful and timeless era.

Full scale stage props includes a Police Box Time Machine that opens the show with the musicians appearing from, scenery walls acting as amplifier screens and full light show and crafted digital sound using state of the art desks.

In this Edition the ‘Rock ’N’ Roll Edition’ it features two iconic sixties groups, The Swinging Blue Jeans & The Tornados, so it really is Liverpool Mersey beat versus the sounds of sixties swinging London.

The Swinging Blue Jeans
Formed in Liverpool in 1961 as The Bluegenes, the band soon changed their name to The Swinging Blue Jeans. They followed virtually the same path to success as many of their Merseybeat contemporaries during the early 1960s. After playing a succession of local dance halls and club engagements, they travelled to Germany and appeared at the legendary Star Club, Hamburg. The band became resident at The Cavern Club and had their own ‘Tuesday Guest Night’. One of the first bands they invited as their guests were The Beatles.

The Swinging Blue Jeans were originally founded by Ray Ennis and Les Braid. In 1962, they were signed to a recording contract by HMV Records and their debut single It's Too Late Now in 1963 just crept into the British charts at Number 30. Their next single Hippy Hippy Shake crashed into the Hit Parade and just fell short of the Number 1 slot. Their follow-up release, Good Golly Miss Molly followed suit and their next single You're No Good reached Number 3 in Britain. They famously engaged in a punch up with the Rolling Stones at the BBC studios during recording of the first show of Top of the Pops as a result of an argument over a ball point pen for signing autographs.

One of Britain’s good-time bands, The Swinging Blue Jeans had their last big hit in 1966 with ‘Don’t Make me Over’. Despite several line-up changes The Swinging Blue Jeans are still going strong today! The band still featured original member Ray Ennis until his retirement from the group in May 2010. 

The Tornados
The Tornados® featuring 1960s Tornados organist Dave Watts were signed to the infamous independent record producer Joe Meek at his home recording studio at 304 Holloway Road Islington. Dave joined the Tornados in 1964 recording and touring for Joe Meek, during 1965 Meek sacked all the personnel with the exception of Dave Watts, thus creating a brand new line-up and briefly calling themselves the New Tornados.

Winter of 1966 Dave Watts and Joe Meek, under pressure from the infamous Kray twins decided to book a series of concerts abroad, February the 3rd Joe Meek shot dead his landlady Violet Shenton and then himself. Today Dave Watts employs some of the best UK musicians to carry the legend forward and creating a beat stomping show that does not disappoint.


Friday 10th June 2022 - 19:30
Princess Theatre
13 The Green
PE36 5AH