Live: Sundsta Läroverk, Karlstad, Sweden

On October 24th 1963, The Beatles travelled to Stockholm, Sweden for their first foreign tour; although they had previously played gigs in Hamburg, this was their first official tour outside of the UK.

The band weren't due to perform until the 25th, so on this day they took in some sights, held a press conference and also made a radio appearance where they sang several songs. Beatlemania had already pierced the small scandinavian country and even now it was fast becoming difficult for the band to get out and about without being swamped by fans. 

While in Stockholm The Beatles stayed at the Hotel Continental, as Ringo fondly recalls:

“The hotel was a lot of fun. There was a memorable day when Paul dressed up in disguise; he had a camera and ran around the restaurants going, ‘How do you do, Sweden?’ He’d say some crazy mouthful and take photos of everybody and no one would recognise him, which we thought was pretty hip. He was handing out strange business cards that other people had given him - it was one of the grooves of life.” - Ringo

The following day The Beatles played in the hall of Nya Aulan in Sundsta; a small school in the town of Karlstad. 600 fans watched each of their 25 minute performances. 

Set list

  1. Roll Over Beethoven
  2. Please Please Me
  3. I Saw Her Standing There
  4. From Me To You
  5. A Taste Of Honey
  6. Boys
  7. She Loves You
  8. Twist And Shout
  9. Long Tall Sally
 The Beatles at the Hotel Continental, October 24th 1963.

The Beatles at the Hotel Continental, October 24th 1963.

 The Beatles at the Hotel Continental, October 24th 1963.

The Beatles at the Hotel Continental, October 24th 1963.

 The Beatles at the Hotel Continental, October 24th 1963.

The Beatles at the Hotel Continental, October 24th 1963.

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