“Help! I need somebody...” said James Corden…

A once in a lifetime event recently took place at The Philharmonic in Liverpool, which saw Sir Paul McCartney perform an hour long exclusive set to 50 lucky guests as part of his appearance on ‘Carpool Karaoke’ for The Late Late Show.

The gig was “top secret” with confidentiality agreements in place, which included a temporary bar and stage being installed in the Grand Lounge, where the filming took place.

50 lucky guests were selected by ballot in conjunction with the Liverpool Echo to attend the gig — they were completely unaware of what was about to happen until they entered our pub! At midday only six people were outside The Philharmonic, but thanks to the power of social media — which spread rumours of Sir Paul McCartney being in Liverpool — we saw hundreds of people outside by the time he left.

The barmaid filmed on the show is Lisa Tyrer, one of our fantastic team members from The Philharmonic, who was also unaware of what was happening until James Corden appeared to help her serve the beer! Even guests such as John Bishop were invited to share the surprise with no idea of what was happening.


The private gig ensued and Sir Paul McCartney wowed us with hits such as; Back In The USSR, Jet, Lady Madonna, A Hard Day’s Night, and he ended his set with a duet with James Corden — singing a hair-raising version of Hey Jude! The selected fans and The Philharmonic team were also lucky enough to hear two brand new songs — what an exclusive!!

It was an amazing and unforgettable experience for The Philharmonic and Nicholson’s, and is one which will not be forgotten. Before he left, Sir Paul McCartney even went behind the bar to have his picture taken with Annette Mooney, Terry Edwards, Coelina Chapman (GM), and Phillippa Hulse.

This episode of Carpool Karaoke was aired on Friday 22nd June on The Late Late Show, Sky One, and seen by millions. If you fancy taking a look, you can find it on Catch-up TV, Sky, or on YouTube, where it had a massive six million views after just one day!! With any luck, The Philharmonic will be part of history in the making as this episode is expected to surpass the Carpool Karaoke’s current record featuring Adele, which saw 180 million streams.