British Music Experience
Wednesday, 3rd Aug 2011
Nestled in London's O2 'Bubble' lies The British Music Experience; an exhibition and celebration of the nations music history with a difference - it's almost entirely interactive. On entering the experience you are given a ticket specially designed to capture notes from the many different points of information, ranging from video displays to virtual 'dinner parties' featuring key members of musical movements throughout the decades.
Another highlight is the exhibition's own music studio, equipped with everything from Gibson guitars to a full drum kit. Visitors are invited to come and try any instrument they like, and can use their ticket to access a recording of their session from the BME's website once home. Dance fans can learn new moves in a specially designed booth, with virtual instructors teaching everything from Madness' moves in One Step Beyond to the Macarena. When you're finished dancing you can watch a hologram of yourself perform on screen, and swipe your ticket to allow you to access a video recording of your moves from your personal computer.
Not least is the experience's impressive collection of musical memorabilia and artifacts, much of which has been donated personally by the artists. Roger Daltrey's iconic white fringed stage costume from his performance with The Who at Woodstock is on display, alongside original artwork and instruments inside specially curated displays from each decade. The Spice Girls may be miffed to hear that the exhibition's smallest costume belongs to David Bowie, whose tiny outfit is rumored to fit a 12 year old child!
The British Music Experience is a registered not-for-profit charity, whose aim is to advance the education and appreciation of the art, history and science of music in Britain. For further information including opening times and directions, please visit: http://www.britishmusicexperience.com/