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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

Sgt Pepper at 50: Heading for Home

Sgt Pepper at 50: Heading for Home

Internationally-renowned artists are working together for a city-wide celebration of an iconic album. Dance, music, art, theatre and spectacle are all on the menu as Liverpool hosts 13 unique events (one for each track) over three weeks between 25th May and 16th June.

As the website says:

"The Summer of Love of 1967 was a time to break free, to celebrate creativity, to revel in a counter-culture, to – as Timothy Leary famously suggested – "turn on, tune in, drop out". In America, Scott Mackenzie implored his listeners to "be sure to wear flowers in your hair", while in London Pink Floyd headlined the 14 Hour Technicolor Dream at Alexandra Palace. And on June 1, 1967 the Beatles added their own voice to the musical mix with the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The album was unlike anything that had gone before – and its power and impact transcended that one heady period of time so that 50 years on, it is widely regarded as the most important rock and roll album ever made.

To mark this special anniversary, Liverpool has commissioned 13 never-before-seen events, influenced by each track on the album."

Australian cabaret star Meow Meow will lead a dancing procession of brass bands and traffic wardens through the streets of Liverpool, US feminist artist Judy Chicago will create her biggest painting, a giant mural for Stanley Dock, and the Turner prize winner Jeremy Deller, the New York choreographer Mark Morris will also take part, while a 24 hour celebration of Indian music (which so fascinated George Harrison), will see St George's Hall transformed into a festival village with henna painting, yoga lessons, Indian food and a series of recitals.

The John Cage Trust, heirs to the art of the conceptual US composer whose works include 4’33” - four minutes and 33 seconds of silence - will take 'Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite' as a springboard for a performance at Aintree racecourse that will incorporate circus skills, hundreds of local musicians, poets, dancers … and horses.

Finally, a Liverpool-based Hurricane Films will be making a film across the city on the anniversary day, and then editing it in time for a world premiere on 16 June.

Find out more about each individual event on the dedicated event website.

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.