The Mad Day Out anniversary brings the Beatles back to Old Street

It was fifty years ago when the Beatles went on the Mad Day Out, strolling around London. One of the places they visited was the Old Street roundabout – and The Magic Roundabout, a venue located right in the centre of the island today, invites the fans to celebrate the memorable moment with a day dedicated to the Fab Four.

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Their team on the 28th July 1968 – right in the middle of White Album recording sessions – got many of the famous photographers involved; among them were Don McCullin, Ronald Fitzgibbon, Stephen Goldblatt, Tony Bramwell and Mal Evans with Gary Evans. Tom Murray, the royal photographer who also assisted the band, took over a hundred photos of the group when they climbed the concrete plinth in the middle of the roundabout. They used the location as a backdrop for the photos, much to the surprise of the taxi drivers entertained by a free show, that would soon become iconic. Both Yoko Ono and Francie Schwartz accompanied their boyfriends John and Paul through the day.

“We reached Old Street roundabout and I just asked them to get up on it. Once they were on the roundabout they obviously thought they might as well do something and performed completely spontaneously for me. You can’t direct people like that. The choreography was theirs,” reminisced McCullin.

Fifty years later, Murray returns to Old Street roundabout just before its redevelopment with his book – a collection of photos from the day. Inspired by one of the pictures, Andrew Edwards created a sculpture maquette of the Fab Four. You’ll be able to take pictures with the full-size replicas of his Liverpool sculptures of the band.

The event will take place this Saturday, the 28th of July 2018 between 1 and 3pm. Book your free entry on The Magic Roundabout’s website.

Kasia Kwasniewska

Editor in Chief

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