Not that we’re ones to blow our own trumpet but we’ve picked up some super sound bites from Artists
and rave reviews from the Press
that we'd like to share.
"I'm flabbergasted at how good it is...it's got the most amazing array of outfits, guitars and paraphernalia from every era of British music... Absolutely brilliant" Mani (Stone Roses, Primal Scream)
“Everybody should come and check it out” Fergal Sharkey (The Undertones)
“I think The (Millennium) Dome was a bit of a white elephant and is now becoming the ultimate performance space and so, if ever there was a place to have a British music exhibition it’s probably here.”
Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
“…The British Music Experience is refreshingly entertaining….it’s rather brilliant” Dylan Jones, The Independent
'' Best Rock 'n' Roll museum ever" The Sun
“With everything from Humphrey Littleton’s VE Day trumpet to an Amy Winehouse vintage dress, this place is a treat for music fans of all eras” Bradford Telegraph and Argus
“…not just artifacts behind glass cases, thanks to the RFID chip in this ticket it’s one of the most interactive and high tech exhibit you’ll ever see, also some of the coolest touch sensitive tech I’ve ever seen in an exhibition” . Ruth Owen, Stuff TV
''Anyone who likes music will love the British Music Experience'' Heat
“...a sort of comprehensive, conceptually flamboyant Wikipedia history of British pop music in shape-shifting multi-dimensional interactive form”. Paul Morley, Observer Music Monthly
“The “web locker” is the BME’s hidden wow factor, its great USP. One day, I expect, all museums will probably offer this kind of take-away service. For now, though, it is apparently unique to the BME.” Robert Sandall, The Times
“The BME works because it appeals on so many levels and to so many different types of people.” Paul Williams, Editor, Music Week
“If you are into British music in anyway at all then you MUST visit the British Music Experience at the O2.” Closer
“Happily, the reality is that this place really does make British music feel of huge significance. By the time I reached the final holographic show to strobes, screaming and the sound of Freddie Mercury singing We Are the Champions, I hadn’t noticed that anything had been missed out.” David Smyth, The Evening Standard
“…the ‘live concert’ at the end is effective – surrounded on three sides by screens beaming footage from epic stadium gigs, you feel as if you are on stage with the greats.” The London Paper
“There is so much more to explore here the best way to find out is to visit it yourself. It’s a blast.” The Wharf
"The exhibition is amazing - my class were buzzing about it all the way home. Big thank you also to all the staff especially Francis who did our talk and the ladies in the box office who sorted out the tickets. Will definitely recommend to colleagues!" Debby McCutcheon, Stanwell Fields School
"We went to the BME (British Music Experirnce.) And it was so cool. There were places where you could listen to music through the ages and what people did about listening to music sice the end of World War II. There was also this Britain vs America and you just tapped little buttons and it gave you information about how Britain and America had swapped trends throughout the ages and you could also play tug of war and tennis...Everybody agreed it was one of the best days of their life!"
Matthew B, St Albans Catholic Primary School
"Loved it. I only planned to stay for about 2 hours in order to go onto something else but ended up staying there for nearly 6 hours. So much interesting stuff going on. Smart ticket is a fab idea. Looked forward to checking it all out when I got home. Interactive stuff especially the dance studio was a ball." Lucille Chambers, UK
"it is a brilliant exhibition and the drumming lesson I took in the Gibson room was something I have always wanted to do!" Wendy Bush, UK
"A fantastic journey of Music through time. I spent 4 hours at the exhibition playing instruments and delving deep into your rich archives whilst enjoying some memorabilia of costumes and artefacts. However I did avoid the Daddy dance routine to save the family embarrassment if it should find its way to You Tube. Well worthwhile and to be recommended."
Martin Lord, UK
"From the welcome we recieved when having our tickets checked, to the retail staff on the way out, we had THE best time!!!!
educational, gobsmacking and full of memories - we strolled thru the exhibition, gawping like kids in a sweet shop!
being that close to history, and noticing at least one piece i own, we were full of pride and excited that there was so much info collected and relevant to not just us but anyone with the interest in our great musical heritage.
Thank you to all the staff - the "3D dance experience" was so enjoyable and made our day(not to mention the ballet shoes from Kate Bush's "Red Shoes" cover!!!!FAB!!) and a great retail outlet where we purchased fantastic t-shirts and the ever needed travel card holder!!!
We will return!!!! Thanks once again!!!
This aint rock'n'roll.......this is........BME!!!!!!!!"
Tom & Iain, South London
“…a fantastic way to spend our last day in England - and excellent value for money.” Jan Fehribach, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, USA
“BME was suberb, a great day out and very interactive.” David Evans, France
“I went on one of the press days and again at a later date and loved the whole thing! My friends and I especially liked the dancing pod! The overall experience was great, but where were Muse?!
However it's such an amazing exhibition and you've obviously gone all-out to make a fantastic attraction and it doesn't disappoint. Many thanks for 2 great days!"
Charlotte Richardson, UK
"Just wanted to say what a great time I had at the BME. I went at the beginning of July with my Mum and Sister.
We spent about 4.5 hours looking at all the memrobilia and scrolling through the news events of the different decades.
M favourite part was the instruments, I played electric and bass guitar plus the drums in the O2 arena!! well not quite! But all the staff we're helpful, my machine broke down and a girl was trying to reset it for me but the key kept getting stuck in the door, so I said hey no worries i'll come back a bit later and she was like no! I will not be defeated by this key and she persevered and got the machien up and running again for me.
We had a great time and will definitely come back again."
Ryan Saffery from Broadstairs, Kent
And the best for last...
“I was recently at the British Music Experience in mid-March with a group of college students from America as their group leader (I’m 53). It was a fantastic experience and I don’t even know how to play an instrument! But I have always been fascinated by music, radio…still have my old 45 records and albums from the 60’s. I really enjoyed the dancing booth but my favorite exhibit was the music sound booth where I felt like I was in a recording studio. It was my favorite experience in my one week trip to London as a matter of fact (I have been to London about 8 times now though and there are many wonderful memories of course). I sang along to one of my favorites, Dusty Springfield and “You Don’t Have to say You Love Me” (very cool seeing a poster of Dusty in high heels standing on thick books just to reach the microphone back in the day!).
The first time I did it I sang pretty softly and meekly but I went back again and really belted it out in a way that I thought Dusty would be proud of. I did not know how to adjust any of the knobs on the panel in front of me and so when I got home I could not really hear myself too well at all online…it was mostly Dusty singing. Not sure what I should have done differently to only hear me singing which is what I was hoping for on the recording. Can you let me know because I will be back one day…you can count on that! But I had a blast anyway….what an awesome afternoon! I could have been there for many hours if I had taken the time to listen to all the singers, etc…oh, well…maybe next time I’m there. I’m going to recommend this experience next year for our college students as we have different groups going to London every year, especially in March. By the way, the college students from our group (Arcadia University) really seemed to enjoy the interactive exhibits where they played the instruments…I saw some students spending lots of time there.
I hope that as you expand in the years to come that you will have special appearances by British cover bands like they have here in America…we have several Beatles clones who are wonderful…not only in appearance but in their singing abilities also. You probably have even better ones in England I’m sure. I would enjoy seeing something like that at the BME. Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City even converted a small space into a simulated Liverpool cavern similar to ones that the Beatles used to sing in before they were well known and a Beatles tribute band sang there night after night….people really enjoyed it, very popular. (I’ve seen a great Rolling Stones tribute band recently also…not trying to just favor the Beatles) Just giving you ideas for the future!
I’m now going to spread the word that the British Music Experience is the place to go!”
Maureen Kelly, Arcadia University, USA