The Beatles fan festival Abbey Road on the River and the city of Jeffersonville, Indiana announced a three-year partnership March 22 that will see the long-running Beatles festival relocate to that city beginning on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-29, 2017. The new location is just across the Ohio River from its current home in Louisville, Kentucky. “The good news is we’re not moving across the universe, just across the river,” said festival producer Gary Jacob. “The long and winding road to find a new home for Abbey Road on the River led us to this brand new spectacular venue right at our back door, which means we don’t have to say goodbye to our many local fans who have made Abbey Road on the River the best known and most loved Beatles music festival in the USA.” The 2017 Beatles fest will be held on the city’s River Stage, a nearby marina and the Big Four Station Park area.
“It’s an exciting time to be in Jeffersonville, and we are ecstatic to be a welcome wagon for Abbey Road on the River fans,” Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said in a statement. “This festival will create community excitement, and also provide a huge economic boost for our restaurants, hotels, retailers, attractions, and tourism industry.”
Abbey Road on the River also announced it will expand its event into several new locations in the coming year. An offshoot of the festival has already been announced for Dallas, Texas on May 7, 2016. Abbey Road on the Square will be held at Annette Strauss Square in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Plans are also in the works to bring a satellite version of the festival back to Cleveland, its original hometown, in summer 2017. And the festival said it has formed an alliance with StarVista Cruises, a division of Time Life Books and Music, to be a marketing partner and talent consultant and programmer for multiple music-themed cruises in 2016 and 2017.
The 2016 festival, which will mark the 12th and final year the event has been held in Louisville, will be presented at the Belvedere Festival Park and supporting venues May 26-30. Headliners will include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and the Zombies. A highlight of the event will be a live performance of The Beatles LOVE album, which will be performed note-for-note and dedicated to the late Sir George Martin.
“Even though we must say goodbye to downtown Louisville, we don’t say goodbye to the many loyal fans who gave us so much love,” said Jacob. “Because in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make, and Louisville gave us a lot of LOVE. We sincerely thank everyone who has made it possible all these years.”