TURN back the clocks to ten years ago when Liverpool became the European Capital of Culture and the iconic Echo Arena first opened its doors.

Or look back fifty years to when The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Both anniversaries are pretty spectacular for the city so to celebrate, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles have teamed up to bring back their production of 'It Was 10 Years Ago Today'.

Arriving on Saturday, January 13, 2018, this unique production is back bigger than ever and will start a year long, city-wide celebration of culture.

Back in 2008, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performed the first ever concert at the Echo Arena and so it is a perfect tribute that they will deliver this one off event 10 years to the day in the heart of this UNESCO City of Music.

The dramatic performance will also see the Bootleg Beatles play Sgt. Peppers with the 70-piece orchestra arranged by Nigel Osbourne. 

Hits such as Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane and All You Need is Love will ring out around the Arena as never-seen-before visuals take you on a trip of a lifetime.

Chief executive of Liverpool Philharmonic Michael Eakin said: “We’re delighted to reunite the Orchestra with our good friends the Bootleg Beatles and Roger McGough performing Nigel Osborne’s incredible arrangements of The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper album at the start of the arena’s tenth birthday year.

"Liverpool Philharmonic provided ‘the soundtrack to the year’ during 2008 so we’re proud to play our part in getting the Liverpool 2018 celebrations underway, as we did in January 2008, for the start of European Capital of Culture year and the opening of Echo Arena.”

Next year, Arriva buses will also be launching psychedelic double-decker buses inspired by John, Paul, George and Ringo to join with the celebrations.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “The winning combination of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bootleg Beatles has already proved to be a massive success this year and I’m delighted their reunion will be taking place in what is set to be a watershed year in the history of Liverpool.

“As we mark 10 years since our tenure as European Capital of Culture, it feels right that this concert takes place in Echo Arena – a venue which played such a pivotal role in staging our incredible opening ceremony and acting as the launch pad for 2008’s unforgettable year in the spotlight.”

Tickets are priced from £39 to £71.50 and will go on sale on Friday, September 22 at 9am.