The Return

The Return: The Ultimate Beatles Experience
Contact: Jennifer Gaskins

Wingate, N.C. – In 1964, the Beatles landed in the U.S. taking the country by storm and creating a pop culture sensation. Today, The Return: The Ultimate Beatles Experience brings back the energy of Beatlemania to the The Batte Fine Arts Center on the Wingate University campus. The band’s performance will be Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

The Return has performed all over the world including the Cavern in Liverpool, Abbey Road Studios in London and headlining the 40th anniversary celebration of the Beatles visit to Tokyo. Their "Sgt. Peppers & Beyond" show debuted in front of over 10,000 fans in Hermosillo, Mexico.

In the U.S., they were the official tour band for the Hard Rock Café’s 30th Anniversary Celebration in which they traveled the east coast with the Beatles’ original Magical Mystery Tour bus. They also performed a live show on air for XM Radio commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Beatles “invasion” of America. Recently they were named the Atlanta Braves “Band of the Year.”

The Return are faithful to the Beatles live concert formats which contained a mixture of the #1 hits: (I Want To Hold Your Hand, A Hard Day's Night, Daytripper), rock and roll cover tunes (Long Tall Sally, Rock And Roll Music, Twist And Shout), as well as a few B-sides and lesser known album cuts.

Tickets are $25 and on sale via the Batte Center box office, Batte Center website and the CarolinaTix phone room and website. Visit for a complete schedule of events, ticket prices, as well as subscriber and membership information or call 704-233-8316 or 704-233-8300.

Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short, 5 minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just two blocks off of Highway 74 and 30 miles east of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a comprehensive university with more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. The university offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years.