Seven reasons why you should visit the British Music Experience
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The British Music Experience moved to Liverpool in 2017.
You can step into the immersive world of music at the British Music Experience, located inside the iconic Cunard Building, Liverpool.
This vibrant and interactive museum is a must-visit destination for music enthusiasts and anyone looking to delve into the rich musical history and culture of Britain. With its extensive collection of memorabilia, interactive exhibits, and engaging displays, the British Music Experience (BME) offers an unforgettable journey through the nation’s musical heritage.
From The Beatles to Adele, David Bowie to The Rolling Stones, visitors can discover the stories, sounds, and iconic outfits that shaped the British music scene.
Try your hand at playing various instruments, test your DJ skills, or step into a recording booth to create your own music. With hands-on activities the BME ensures an engaging visit for all ages.
Take a look here at these seven reasons why you need to pay it a visit:
Sam Ryder’s Eurovision Suit
You can marvel at the iconic Eurovision suit worn by Sam Ryder. The suit pays tribute to Ryder’s sensational performance at the renowned Eurovision Song Contest. Embellished with intricate details, the suit serves as a testament to Sam’s achievement at the 2022 Final of Eurovision.
Gibson Interactive Studio
Seize the opportunity to learn and play an array of incredible instruments in this fully interactive section.
Gibson and Epiphone guitars have had a huge influence on British pop music, helping to shape the sound of a nation. Here you’ll find electric, acoustic and bass guitars, including Les Pauls, SGs and 335s as well as Roland drums, synthesisers and keyboards.
Regardless of your age or ability, the Gibson App allows you to learn songs through video lessons.
The Star Cafe is located in the foyer and offers a delicious selection of Coffee, speciality teas, cold drinks and snacks. It’s the perfect way to recharge after (or during) all the fun you will be having at the BME.
The Merch Store is open daily and sells a range of band t-shirts, books, vinyl and memorabilia, with items from all their temporary exhibitions past and present, including Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Bands FC, Dorothy, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and The Charlatans.
The BME offers educational workshops and bespoke tours for school children, and a range of public events including master classes hosted by industry experts, film screenings, Q&As, book launches and live gigs.
Workshops like Euro Pop Culture – after Liverpool’s spectacular hosting of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest the BME is continuing the legacy with their Europe-focused workshop. You will learn about how social and political changes have been reflected in the world’s most fabulous, most inclusive and most watched live music event.
Outfits and memorabilia
They’ve got outfits worn by artists from David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Dusty Springfield, to Adam Ant and The Spice Girls and musical instruments played by some of the world’s most renowned artists from Noel Gallagher to the Sex Pistols.
They even have hand written song lyrics from Adele, the original statues from the Brits and the Apple Corp front door from Saville Row.
They’re an independent
The BME is an independent museum and a registered not-for-profit charity with the purpose of advancing the education and appreciation of the art, history and science of music in Britain.
The BME was initially spearheaded by renowned music promoter, Harvey Goldsmith, CBE, best known for the ground breaking Live Aid concert of 1985 which raised over £140m to fight world poverty. Harvey Goldsmith and the Trustees recognised a void in the music and cultural sector and wanted to give people the opportunity to both learn and celebrate the history of British popular music.
Did you know that the BME has the only collection in the world to chart the rise of British Popular Music from its roots in Jazz to the present day? Well if that’s not worth trip we don’t know what is!