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Opera Holland Park

Ilchester Place


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Last summer we presented our first Word In The Park. It went so well we're doing it again, with an important difference.

The date is Saturday June 18th 2022, and because they say it's also his birthday we'll be celebrating all things Paul McCartney.

In the tented splendour of the covered auditorium of Opera Holland Park David Hepworth and Mark Ellen will present a unique afternoon of fun, reminiscence and fresh thinking about Britain’s most loved musician.

Featuring guest speakers with brilliant theories, scintillating tales, overlooked masterpieces and personal memories. Plus the ukulele soundclash - all your favourite McCartney classics played on four strings.

All this takes place in the delightful surroundings of Opera Holland Park’s covered and socially-distanced auditorium with well-stocked bars conveniently adjacent.

If you were there last year - and you were such a lovely audience - you'll want to meet all your old friends, make new ones and enjoy this landmark day in the sunshine. If you weren't there then, what are you waiting for this time?

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.


We're delighted to announce that our first two guests will be broadcaster/podcaster Geoff Lloyd and author/podcaster Andy Miller.

You may know Geoff from his award-winning work on Virgin and Absolute Radio. You may know him from presenting Beatles Brunch on Absolute Radio 60s, fronting a show on the Beatles Channel on SiriusXM and another one called Beatlejuice on Union Jack Radio. You may have come across his podcasts, Adrift with Geoff Lloyd and Annabel Port and Reasons To Be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd. Geoff's one of our favourite people and living proof of the fact that the people who know most about Paul McCartney are the people who weren't born until after the Beatles split up.

You may know Andy Miller from his book The Year of Reading Dangerously or from his work on the much-admired books podcast Backlisted. You may have read his book about The Village Green Preservation Society. You may even have come across him as the lead singer of the occasional group Shabby Road, who take an idiosyncratic approach to an all-Beatles repertoire. You will certainly have heard him on Word In Your Ear and you may have cast an envious glance in the direction of his Magical Mystery Tour tank top. Andy is a firecracker of chat and his name in the running order for the afternoon is a guarantee that you'll leave with a few new thoughts about McCartney, as well as the feeling you have been uniquely entertained.

We also couldn't be happier to announce that two brilliant podcasters and talkers, Danny Baker and Julia Raeside, are coming along to help us celebrate.

Best-selling author, broadcaster, podcaster, bon viveur and long-time friend of the pod Danny Baker will be joining us, in addition to Andy Miller and Geoff Lloyd, to share his thoughts on what makes us fortunate to have shared the planet with Paul McCartney for as long as we have. Expect fireworks.

You may know radio presenter, podcaster and journalist Julia Raeside from her writing about TV for The Sunday Times and the Guardian, her regular broadcasting on Radio Four and Radio Two or for her podcast Box Of Delights, which celebrates our nostalgic memories of TV shows past.

Graham Gouldman will be coming along too to help us celebrate.

Graham's an old friend of the podcast, a cornerstone of 10cc and the man behind big chart hits in the mid-'60s for the Hollies (Look Through Any Window, Bus Stop), the Yardbirds (For Your Love), Herman's Hermits (No Milk Today) and many others. No-one's better qualified to shed light on what the craft of songwriting required at the time and why McCartney's gift was so exceptional.



Mark Ellen and David Hepworth have been talking about and writing about music together and individually for a collective eighty years in magazines like Smash Hits, Mojo and The Word, on radio and TV programmes like "Rock On", "Whistle Test" and VH-1 and in best-selling books.

Over thirteen years ago, when working on the late lamented magazine The Word, they began producing podcasts, when most people didn't know what a podcast was. When the magazine closed in 2012 they kept the spirit of those podcasts alive in regular Word In Your Ear evenings in which they spoke to musicians and authors in front of an audience.

Over the years they've produced many hundreds of hours of material. Since the Unpleasantness of 2020, they've produced yet further hundreds of hours more with a little help from guests kind enough to digitally show them around their record collections, guests such as Danny Baker, Andy Partridge, Sir Tim Rice, Stewart Lee, Clare Grogan, Viv Groskop, Bob Geldof and Mark Lewisohn.

GQ described Word In Your Ear as "the best music podcast on the internet".

To get an idea of the scope of our world, visit wiyelondon.com.

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