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
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
- STRANGE FACE: ADVENTURES WITH A LOST NICK DRAKE RECORDING - Friday 30 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
London, SW7 2AP
Images: Royal Albert Hall
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 Kris, Mr Cenz, Philth 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
Houses of the Holy at WWW Gallery
Artist Danny Pockets has created some iconic images of some of our most loved music venues. Many are on display at the WWW Gallery in Queen's Park, London until 25 March 2017.
Pocket's is one of the country's best established urban landscape painters and this series covers the capital's venues and dance halls - otherwise known as the cathedrals for music fans. Prints of these iconic images are available for sale.
Comes highly recommended by Music Heritage UK! Well worth a visit if you're in the area.
WWW Gallery Space
81 Salusbury Road
Image: Danny Pockets
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
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 Smiths, Paul 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.
Entrance: free (closed on Mondays)
30/31 Market Place,
Images: Stockport Museum
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
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.
Coventry Music Museum,
80 Walsgrave Road,
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.
The Victoria and Albert Museum,
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.
The Beatles Story
Liverpool, L3 4AD
Images: Beatles Story, Bob Gruen
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!)
600 E Grand Ave,
IL 60611, USA
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.