The Bootleg Beatles are a Beatles tribute band. They have performed over 4,000 times since their establishment in March 1980. Their first performance was at a small student gathering in Tiverton, Devon, England.
This proved more popular, and as each year went by so crowds grew, the tours expanded, and the venues got larger. Finally, a gig in Southampton caught the attention of Oasis, leading to the Bootleg Beatles supporting the Britpop band at Earls Court. This gave the band a contemporary audience and increased their credibility, launching them onto the premier European festival circuit and shared stages with Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, The Corrs, Manic Street Preachers and Iggy Pop.
The Bootleg Beatles continue to prove a popular attraction in the 21st century. Recent achievements have included playing at Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Party at Buckingham Palace in 2002.