Hamburg Beat history


Playing the ‘pre-fab’ Beatles’ Hamburg rock ‘n’ roll sound


Early years


Initially called ‘The Word’ the band burst onto the scene as mere teenagers in 1981. The boys soon gained a strong following playing at many packed venues across the UK.


In the beginning, the group played a mixture of Hamburg/Cavern Club Beatles’ rock n roll favourites, interspersed with a few well known early Beatle hits and venues were soon rocking to The Word's authentic 60’s Beat Group sound.


Despite a highly successful and enjoyable time playing to enthusiastic audiences in the early 1980s, the boys decided to concentrate on writing and recording their own original music and over several years performed their own material (though always with a few 'Hamburg Beatle’ songs squeezed into their set lists).


Up to date


In 2012, the group reformed as ‘The Word – Hamburg Beat’ with three original members (Mark, Mac and Phil), who were joined on stage by Mark's son Alex, who impressively took over bass playing duties from original bass player Dave Wray. This time around, there were to be no compromises in their set list, with the group focused on faithfully reproducing the Hamburg sound of the early Beatles'.


The group’s first appearance since reforming, saw the three original band members retrace their steps from 30 years ago (when they topped the bill at the same venue), by performing to an enthusiastic audience at a Beatles themed event back at Lincoln’s premier venue, The Lincoln Drill Hall.


Now performing across the UK and overseas as ‘Hamburg Beat’, the group are again playing regularly to enthusiastic audiences, wanting to experience their authentic interpretation of a night at The Star Club, back in 1962.