Taking it all back to the early 60s, the Upbeat Beatles are promising the nearest you will get to the real thing when they come to Stevenage this month.

The night at The Gordon Craig Theatre is a recreation of a Kilburn State Ballroom gig in 1963 billed as “Helen Shapiro, Chris Montez, Bobby Vee and new band The Beatles – playing a heady mix of Blues, Motown and Rock”.

John Wilson, playing Paul McCartney, said: “The Upbeat Beatles recreate this sound – raw powerhouse vocals, pumped out with a driving backbeat. No gadgets – just three amps and drums!”

John, who joined Average White Band as lead singer in 1986, has a personal link to the Fab Four having acted alongside Ringo Starr, as well Bill Wyman, Keith Moon, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood in the 1985 film Willie and the Poor Boys.

Tickets for the show on Friday September 16 are �17 from the box office on 01438 363200.

But you can get back to the era on the edge of Beatlemania for free, because Venue has got three pairs of tickets available. Just answer the following question for your chance to win and email it to editorial@thecomet.net with ‘Upbeat’ in the subject field.

Which album did The Beatles release in 1963?

a. Please Please Me

b. With The Beatles

c. A Hard Day’s Night

d. Help!