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Maovember raises over 18000RMB for the library project

As of Sunday night, the idea born of inebriation known as Maovember handed just over RMB 18,000 to The Library Project for the Zhen Hua Migrant School in Changping County, with a bit more money still to come in, said Maovember co-founder and the Beijinger contributor Jim Boyce.

“Maovember started as an idea to make RMB 1,000-2,000 with one shop and ended up involving a dozen venues in Sanlitun, Lido, Shuangjing and Gulou. We had no major organizational meetings, people came from nowhere to offer help and a good deal of event planning was done on the fly, so the mission, like our mustaches, was a bit unruly at times. But in the end we will be able to furnish a library for the school,” Boyce said via email.

Inspired by the annual Movember mustache-growing event, the mao in Maovember comes from the one mao notes and coins most people see as useless. The idea is that anyone can get involved and that small change, even a one-mao bill, can be used for big change.

Key events included the charity corn toss tournament at Irish Volunteer and Hockey Bar, the mustache bash at The Brick, and the MoDown at Two Guys and a Pie, Cheers and Tavalin Bagels. “Personally, the mulled wine at Cheers and The Beijing Beatles at Two Guys and a Pie last night put a nice finish on a very cold event,” Boyce said.

China Daily: Lennon remembered in tribute night

Picture yourself on a boat on a river / With tangerine trees and marmalade skies / Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly / A girl with kaleidoscope eyes.”

Thirty-three years after John Lennon was gunned down by a deranged fan outside his New York City apartment, there is still wonder in the words he turned into music.

Lennon’s Beatles were not the first modern Western musicians to break through in China. “The Carpenters and John Denver fared much better in the early days,” says Australian musician Troy Reilly, whose Beijing Beatles band will join in a Lennon tribute concert on Dec 7. In the days of the “cultural revolution” (1966-76), Western music was considered a poisonous weed of the bourgeoise, Reilly says, but eventually pirated cassettes and later the Internet brought a late wave of Beatlemania to China.

Lennon remembered in tribute night

The anniversary tribute concert for Lennon at Mao Live House will feature four bands that will all perform Beatles songs, even though the majority of these bands’ own original music is little influenced by the Fab Four.

The Beijing Beatles, made up of members from Britain and Australia, have established themselves on the local scene with their ’60s sounds, signature mop-top haircuts and Beatlesque attire. They recently hammed it up in appearances with visiting London Mayor Boris Johnson, who obliged them by taking a seat behind the drums for a short set.

Other bands joining in the tribute concert, an annual event at Mao Live House for several years, include Zakka with its mixture of pop rock and British rock, Era Rebel (heralded as Delta blues from China) and the punk-revival outfit Next Door Band.

Mao Livehouse
111 Gulou Dong Da Jie
8PM Dec 07th
Phone 6402 5080


Beijing Beatles “Drive My Bullet Train”

This weekend The Beijing Beatles will be travelling at 300+kmh on the bullet train to the coastal town of Qingdao. The performance will mark the 10th year anniversary of Qingdao’s largest media group “Redstar”, established by our very own lead singer Don Lemmon (Ian Burns)!

High-speed rail (HSR) in China may refer to any commercial train service in China with average speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) or higher. By that measure, China has the world’s longest HSR network with about 9,300 km (5,800 mi) of routes in service!


Boris and The Beatles

Boris gets his moment as a “rockstar”

Boris gets his moment as a ‘rockstar’

Boris Johnson has previously joked about his desire to be the “lead singer of an international rock group”, and today he got a chance to show off his skill on the drums. He played alongside businessman Lord Sassoon, as he toured the Great British Brands festival at China’s largest shopping mall. The Mayor was in Beijing on a mission to drum up trade for London.


John, Paul, George and Boris!

This month The Beijing Beatles caught up with the Lord Mayor Of London, Boris Johnson, at The Great British Brand’s Festival in Beijing. Boris toured a large shopping mall in the west of Beijing stacked with British brands as the afternoon concluded with a performance by Beijing’s fab four. The BBC were also in town to cover the event which made headlines on primetime news in England.


New Suits At British Brand’s Festival Beijing

This weekend The Beijing Beatles ventured across to the far west of Beijing to perform in new grey collarless suits in front of curious shoppers. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, will be touring the festival this Sunday.


Beijing Beatles book studio to rehearse new dance set of music

Next week we will be hitting the studio in Beijing to rehearse new songs from albums Beatles for Sale; Rubber Soul; Let It Be; a Chuck Berry cover and even a rare BBC live version of song written by a 17 year old Italian rocker by the name of Little Tony.

Songs include: Eight Days A Week; Run For Your Life; One After 909; Roll Over Beethoven and Hippy Hippy Shake

brit brand festival

Beijing Beatles welcome Lord Mayor of London to Beijing!

Beijing Beatles will be providing entertainment for The Great British Brand’s Festival this weekend at the Zhuozhan Shopping Centre in Haidian district Beijing.
Sat 12th Oct: Opening day (shopping hours 10am – 10pm)

11am- 12pm Opening ceremony, it will include speeches from CBBC, BritCham, UKTI, Mofcom Trade Development Bureau and Beijing Bureau of Commerce. It will be attended by a number of Chinese media
17:00 – 17:30   The band ‘Beijing Beatles’ will play.
Sun 13th Oct:
4.45pm – 5.45pm Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London will attend the Festival. During his visit he will give a speech and media interview as well as do a tour of the Festival. The Mayor of London will be accompanied by a small delegation of British businesses and media outlets
Late afternoon  The band ‘Beijing Beatles’ will play.


Beijing Beatles Rock In Front Of Three Gorges Dam!

China’s Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydroelectric dam based on generating capacity.  It is 1.3 miles wide, over 600 feet in height, and has a reservoir that stretches 405 square miles.  The reservoir helps control flooding on the Yangtze River basin and allows 10,000-ton ocean freighters to sail into the interior of China six months out of the year.  The dam’s 32 main turbines are capable of generating as much electricity as 18 nuclear power stations and it is built to withstand a magnitude 7.0 earthquake.  The dam cost $59 billion and 15 years to construct.  It is the largest project in China’s history since the Great Wall. The Beijing Beatles were granted special access to perform on a stage built directly in front of the dam and rocked along side of a group of Chinese pop stars at this month’s music festival. Totally surreal!


Happy 3rd Year Birthday Beijing Beatles!

They say it’s your birthday – happy birthday to ya!

Beijing Beatles look back on the last three years since the band was formed having performed throughout 15 cities in Mainland China and Hong Kong .  We look forward to another interesting performance schedule this month with shows booked around Beijing and Guangzhou on June 15th.