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Gerry & the Pacemakers at the Museum of Liverpool

Gerry & the Pacemakers at the Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool presents a new photographic exhibition which captures the wit, warmth and energy of iconic Merseybeat group, Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Following the Beatles' huge success in 1963, Merseybeat exploded around the world catipulting local groups to national and even international fame. Gerry and the Pacemakers had six British top ten hits and were the first act to ever reach number one in the UK singles charts with their first three releases.

These photographs were taken by local photographers Graham Spencer and Peter Kaye, and explore the excitement of the period and the group’s enduring bond to Liverpool - images include the band performing to enthusiastic crowds in the Cavern Club and with locla pop singer, Cilla Black.

'Ferry Cross the Mersey', is one of nine original tracks Gerry wrote for the film of the same name. Manager Brian Epstein had been keen to capitalise on the band’s early success and the film is a fictionalised account of their remarkable story. The exhibition features a number of photographs taken on set during the film’s concert sequences at the Locarno Ballroom, Liverpool.

"To see these images takes me back to those incredible days... they give a glimpse of what an exciting time it was." Gerry Marsden

Find out more at Museum of Liverpool.

Free, open 

Museum of Liverpool Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 1DG

Pictures: Museum of Liverpool, Graham Spencer

True Faith at Manchester Art Gallery

True Faith at Manchester Art Gallery

Part of the Manchester International Festival (MIF), True Faith explores the ongoing significance and legacy of New Order and Joy Division through the wealth of visual art their music has inspired.

Curated by Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns, New York and author and film-maker Jon Savage with archivist Johan Kugelberg, True Faith is centred on four decades’ worth of extraordinary contemporary works from artists including Julian Schnabel, Jeremy Deller, Liam Gillick, Mark Leckey, Glenn Brown and Slater Bradley, all directly inspired by the two groups.

Also featuring Peter Saville's seminal cover designs, plus performance films, music videos, fashion and posters from John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Lawrence Weiner, Jonathan Demme, Robert Longo, Raf Simons and Kathryn Bigelow, True Faith provides a unique perspective on these two most iconic and influential Manchester bands. The exhibition will also present a selection of rarely seen personal materials, including original hand written lyrics.

In parallel to the exhibition, New Order will take over Stage 1 of Manchester’s iconic Old Granada Studios to play a series of intimate gigs as part of MIF. The shows are created in collaboration with Liam Gillick.

As well as the exhibition a number of special events will take place including exhibition tours, Joy Division walking tours of Manchester, the screening of Jon Savage and Grant Gee's Joy Division documentary, and panel discussions with Dave Haslam and Scott King.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery.

Read a review of the exhibition at The Guardian. Listen to Jarvis Cocker interviewing Peter Saville on his BBC 6 Music show.

Entrance free. Open Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm, including bank holiday Mondays. Late night opening on Thursday until 9pm. Find out more at Manchester Art Gallery.

Manchester Art Gallery,

Mosley Street,
Manchester M2 3JL.

Images: MIF, Peter Saville.

ABBA: Super Troupers at the Southbank Centre

ABBA: Super Troupers at the Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre and Entertainment Exhibitions International AB, in association with ABBA The Museum in Stockholm bring to life the world of chart-topping Swedish pop sensation ABBA in a brand new, immersive exhibition that charts their music, lyrics, creative process, and irrefutable influence as one of the most iconic pop bands of the modern age.

The guided exhibition transports audiences on a journey through previously unseen archive material including ABBA’s original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments, plus album artwork, photography and film by notable collaborators such as film director Lasse Hallström.

Going beyond the surface, the exhibition will examine the serious stories behind the unforgettable lyrics and tunes, the band’s innovative multi-layered sound, their pioneering approach to the music video and the influence of their unique styling on successive generations. 

ABBA’s Frida Lyngstad said, "We are thrilled to be supporting the new exhibition ABBA: Super Troupers in London, especially since ABBA have always been very appreciative of the love and support shown to us by our fans in the UK. We are so excited that the exhibition is taking place at the Southbank Centre, which is just a few short steps away from Waterloo - this connection brings to mind very happy memories of the song that started our great success in Britain!"

ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus said, "Since our songs, which were written in the 70s, are still being played today it’s particularly interesting that the Southbank Centre exhibition is placing them in the temporal context in which they were created. We recorded Mamma Mia in 1975. What happened that year in the UK and in the world? One thing is for certain – it seems unbelievably long ago!"

Jude Kelly CBE, Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, said, "ABBA’s music, image and personal stories have the remarkable ability to transcend time, place and generations, and still continue to reach millions of people worldwide. We're very pleased to take this opportunity to shed new light on these cultural icons, and explore why they remain so enduring in their appeal across the globe. We’re delighted to be joining forces with EEI in association with ABBA The Museum to bring unexplored archives to life, and to pay respect to ABBA and their extraordinary place in pop culture history."

ABBA: Super Troupers opens to the public on Thursday 14 December 2017. Find out more at the Southbank website.

Spirit Level at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall For ages 7+. Not suitable for younger children (including toddlers and babes in arms). Tickets £15 to £25.

Images: Wikipedia, Southbank Centre

Swinging 60s Bus tours & concerts - Spring/Summer 2017

Swinging 60s Bus tours & concerts - Spring/Summer 2017

The Swinging 60s Bus has announced details of their tours and concerts for 2017... featuring a new tour which starts and finishes at the Royal Albert Hall and a series of great gigs at the site of the old Crawdaddy Club at One Kew Road, Richmond.

The company now offers two tours:

  • Their original three hour tour of the "Cradle of British Blues and Rock" which starts at the Hard Rock Cafe and goes to Richmond, via the Kings Road in Chelsea.
  • A two hour "London's Swinging 60s" tour which starts with a one hour behind the scenes look at the Royal Albert Hall, before a one hour tour via the Kings Road in Chelsea and the V&A

Furthermore, they've announced details of their gigs at 1 Kew Road, the former site of the Crawdaddy Club - which is where the Rolling Stones were discovered by their future manager, Andrew Loog Oldham. They'll be kicking it all of with a special concert by sixites pop icon, Mike Berry.

For full details of the tours and events, and to buy tickets, please visit the Swinging 60s websiteemail info@60sBus.London or phone 020 8940 1040.

Images: Swinging 60s Tours and Events

Black Sound at Black Cultural Archives

Black Sound at Black Cultural Archives

Black Sound tells the history of 100 years of black music in the UK and how over that time the music has moved from the margins to the mainstream. Running until November 2017 in Brixton, London at the Black Cultural Archives.

The exhibition celebrats the pioneers who helped to make it happen - "the players, promoters, producers and punters that changed Britain's cultural history", and includes sound, moving imge and archive material to present a dynamic storytelling of black british music through three phases of the musical journey: original imports, DIY culture and re-mastering the mainstream. 

Drawing extensively on Black Cultural Archive material, the exhibition inlcudes ephemera, photographs, vinyl, cassettes, and music tracks to showcase the musical heritage of Black people across the UK and is curated by Lloyd Bradlet, author of critically acclaimed anthology of British Black Music, Black Britain.

Admission is free with audio-guided tours costing £3. 
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00am – 6.00pm; last entry 5.30pm.

Black Sound, Black Cultual Archives (BCA), Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2 1EF.

Images: Black Cultural Archives

Summer of Love : Revisited at the Royal Albert Hall

Summer of Love : Revisited at the Royal Albert Hall

A special series of talks, screenings and performances to celebrate 50 years since the Summe of Love at The Royal Albert Hall

The events will celebrate the role that the Hall played in pushing popular culture to its limits in the Hall's Elgar Room.

Expect more events to be announced soon. 

  • UNDER THE COUNTER - Monday 6 March 2017
  • SCREENING: TONITE LET'S ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON + post-film discussion - Monday 1 May 2017 
  • SCREENING: PINK FLOYD: LONDON '66-'67 + talks from Joe Boyd, Jenny Spires + more - Tuesday 2 May 2017 
  • SCREENING: WHOLLY COMMUNION featuring Michael Horovitz - Sunday 7 May 2017 
  • PETER WHITEHEAD'S ICONS OF THE HALL featuring a live performance from Julie Felix - Saturday 27 May 2017 
  • LATE NIGHT JAZZ - JUMOKÉ FASHOLA: PROTEST! Divas, Words & Revolution - Thursday 22 June 2017 
  • LATE NIGHT JAZZ - SOFT MACHINE - Thursday 29 June 2017 
  • THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN - Sunday 2 July 2017 
  • SCREENING: JIMI HENDRIX (1973) with post-film Q&A - Monday 3 July 2017 

Find out more at the Royal Albert Hall's website.

Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP

Images: Royal Albert Hall

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at the Jewish Museum

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at the Jewish Museum

Discover the woman behind the music and beyond the hype in this intimate and moving exhibition about a much loved sister. The exhibition returns to the Jewish Museum after a successful stint in 2013 and will be accompanied by a new Amy Winehouse themed street-art trail around Camden Town.

As in the first exhibiton, visitors will be able to get to know the real Amy Winehouse through her personal belongings, including family photographs and her clothers. Returning following an international tour, Amy Winehouse: Family Portrait was co-curated with Winehouse's brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva.

The street-art trail culminates with a new piece, 'Love is a Losing Game' created by renowned street artist Pegasus for the Museum. He first gained recognition for his work 'Fallen Angel' honouring Winehouse shortly after her death. The trail also includes soon to be iconic work by Captain KrisMr CenzPhilth and Amara Por Dios and has been created in collaboration with Global Street Art.

Find out more about the exhibiton and the street art trail at the Jewish Museum's website.

Jewish Museum London
Raymond Burton House
129-131 Albert Street
London NW1 7NB

Images: 'Fallen Angel' by Pegasus and Jewish Museum

The Isle of Wight Festivals at the Portsmouth Music Experience

The Isle of Wight Festivals at the Portsmouth Music Experience

The Portsmouth Music Experience presents a major exhibition on the Isle of Wight Festivals, brought to you in partnership with festival founder Ray Foulk.

The exhibition presents the stories behind the historic festivals on the Island which took place in 1968, 69 and 1970 and shares photographs, music, memories, posters, images and ephemera from the events.

To accompany the exhibition, Portsmouth Music Experience curator Nigel Grundy has co-authored with Ray Foulk a special 56 page illustrated book available at the exhibition, The 1968, 1969 and 1970 Isle of Wight Festival Experience.

Tickets are £3.00 on the door. More information on their website.

Portsmouth Music Experience
Portsmouth Guidhall

Images: PME

Strawberry Studios: I Am in Love

Strawberry Studios: I Am in Love

This year long exhibition at Stockport Museum celebrates the iconic studios which welcomed The Stone Roses, Joy Division, The SmithsPaul McCartney and The Buzzcocks.

"Founded in 1967, Strawberry Studios became one of the finest professional recording studios outside London.

Home to pop group 10cc, the studios offered technical opulence never seen before in the North. By day Strawberry entertained a diverse array of artists – from local brass bands to international headliners. But by night the Studios were transformed into a rich playground of experimental sound, paving the way for a new generation of post-punk Manchester music."

The exhibition includes memorabilia, musical instruments, pieces of the recording equipment, and a mural to the artists who recorded on site.

Find out more at the Museum of Stockport website. See pictures at BBC Manchester.

Entrance: free (closed on Mondays)
Stockport Museum
30/31 Market Place,
SK1 1ES.

Images: Stockport Museum

Hull: UK City of Culture 2017

Hull: UK City of Culture 2017

Kingston-Upon-Hull is 2017's City of Culture... as you'd expect there's a host of music related exhibitions, concerts, festivals and events. 

Check out their website for a ful low-down of what's on, however, we have selected some current musical highlights below, we'll update this periodically but do make sure you check their website for up-to-date information.

  • Independent Venue Week (24th January for a week at the New Adelphi)
  • Gruff Rhys and Guests - Set Fire to the Stars at Middleton Hall (31 Jan)
  • Back to Ours Festvial featuring Pigeon Detectives at various venues (25 Feb)
  • Black Kes perform Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars at New Adelphi (24 March)
  • Sensational 60's Experience featuring Herman’s Hermits, Chris Farlowe, New Amen Corner, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Fortunes, The Ivy League, Alan Mosca from Freddie and The Dreamers at Hull City Hall (7 April)
  • Tribute shows by What the Floyd (6 March) and T-Rextasy (13 April)
  • John Grant's North Atlantic Flux (28 April to 1 May)
  • Polish rockers Lady Pank at Hull City Hall (7 May)
  • Tribute acts and disco at The Smiths & Morrissey Festival at Tiger's Lair (19 to 20 May)
  • Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott with support from The Divine Comedy and Billy Bragg at the Lightstream Stadium (on 3 June)
  • Beverley Folk Festival at Beverley Racecourse (16 to 18 June)
  • Jeff Lynne's ELO at KCOM Stadium (1 July)
  • Hull Folk and Maritime Festival (20 to 23 July at various venues)
  • Jools Holland at Hull City Hall (23 July)
  • Hair Metal Heaven featuring Smashed Gladys and Leatherwolf at Hull City Hall (25 to 27 August)
  • Jerry Dammers - A Journey into Vintage Reggae at the New Walton Club (4 Nov)
We'll Live & Die: A Celebration of the Enemy at the Coventry Music Museum

We'll Live & Die: A Celebration of the Enemy at the Coventry Music Museum

The Coventry Music Museum highlights the work and impact of local indie rock band The Enemy throughout 2017.

The exhibition entitled 'Live & Die: A Celebration of the Enemy' celebrates the band who made a name for themselves in the noughties and who remain the only act from Coventry to have a number one album.

Curated by Pete Chambers BEM of the Coventry Music Museum, the exhibition forms part of the permanent exhibit and features stage equipment, rarities including their first ever demo which can be listened to (when they were then known as Bridges), personal items and treasures and video interviews of the band members.

Find out more at the Coventry Music Museum or on their facebook page. 

Coventry Music Museum,
80 Walsgrave Road,

Images: CMM

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is the first international retrospective of one of the world’s most iconic and influential bands. Presented by the V&A, Pink Floyd and Iconic Entertainment Studios.

The V&A is staging an unprecedented, innovative and multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd's extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the iconic British band, from their debut in the 60s through to the present day. The immersive theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world will chronicle the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band - from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day - illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary. 

Aubrey Powell curates alongside Paula Stainton for Pink Floyd and, for the V&A, a team lead by Senior Curator Victoria Broackes. The curators have worked in close consultation with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason on the content of the exhibition, which will feature over 350 artefacts spanning the band's five decades, alongside material from the V&A’s outstanding collections of art, design, architecture and performance.

Tickets on sale now, advance booking is necessary.

Find out more about the exhibition at their website or at #TheirMortalRemains

The Victoria and Albert Museum,
Cromwell Road,
SW7 2RL.

Images: V&A

John Lennon: The New York Years 1971-80

John Lennon: The New York Years 1971-80

A new exhibiton at the Beatles Story explores John Lennon's time in New York City, where he spent the last years of his life. This exhibition runs until the end of 2018.

The photos on display by neighbour, friend and famous rock photographer Bob Gruen document John's life with Yoko, the early years of Sean Lennon and his alcohol fuelled binges. The display offers a candid, behind the scenes, look at John Lennon's final years in NYC.

The images are on display at the Beatles Story in Liverpool for the next three years and also accompanies the showing of John Lennon's last piano. The piano, which was previously based in the US, was used by Lennon to write solo songs sich as 'Walls and Bridges' and 'Double Fantasy'. He even used it to compose 'Fame' with David Bowie, and 'Whatever Gets You Thru the Night' with Elton John. The paino has also been used by other musical legends including Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Don McLean and Aerosmith.

Guests of the Beatles Story can view the exhibition and the piano with a standard ticket.

Find out more about the photos here, and the piano here.

The Beatles Story
Britannia Vaults,
Albert Dock,
Liverpool, L3 4AD

Images: Beatles Story, Bob Gruen

Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism

Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism

Following its successful stint at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the first major exhibition to feature the life and times of the Rolling Stones goes on tour and will hit New York City, Chicago and Sydney over the coming years.

Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism is the only officially endorsed exhibition of the Stones. Following the sold out successes at the Gallery in the heart of Chelsea - the former London stomping ground of the band and at Industria in the West Village, New York City, the exhibition will travel to Chicago in April 2017. The event is currently scheduled to travel to Sydney, Australia in 2018.

The exhibition is an interactive tour through the Rolling Stones vast artistic oeuvre, including original stage designs, dressing room and backstage paraphernalia; rare guitars and instruments, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and unseen video clips; personal diaries and correspondence; original poster and album cover artwork, and unique cinematic presentations.

Read our review of the London leg of Exhibitionism over on our blog.

Find out more at the website.

Tickets are currently on sale for the Chicago leg (and you can sign up for the Sydney waiting list online too!)

Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave,
IL 60611, USA

David Bowie Is - on tour

David Bowie Is - on tour

David Bowie's V&A extravaganza, 'Is' continues its world tour in Bologna, Italy, with further dates scheduled for Japan in 2017.

The exhibition is adapted to local markets.  For example, curators at the Melbourne leg explored his links to the Australian continent - the video for 'Let's Dance', Bowie's biggest selling record focused on the plight of Indigenous Australians and included images referencing slavery, a lost generation and the British nuclear testing in the 1950s.

Over 300,000 attended the show on its record breaking run at the V&A Museum in London and it has since gone on tour to museums in Canada, Brazil, Germany, the USA, France, and Australia.

  • Art Gallery Ontario, Toronto, Canada, from 25 September to 19 November 2013
  • Museu da Imagem e do Som, Sao Paulo, Brasil, from 31 January to 20 April 2014
  • Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, from 20 May to 24 August 2014
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA, from 23 September 2014 to 4 January 2015
  • Cité de la Musique, Paris, France from 2 March to 31 May 2015
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne, Australia from 16 July to 1 November 2015
  • Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands from 15 December 2015 to 13 March 2016
  • Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna, Italy from 14th July to 13 November 2016
  • Warehouse TERRADA G1 Building, Tokyo, Japan from 8 January to 9 April 2017
  • Museu del Disseny de Barcelona (Barcelona Design Museum) from 25 May 2017
  • New York, USA - dates TBC.