Plan Your Event
The British Music Experience is located in the historic and iconic Cunard Building, one of Liverpool’s famous Three Graces, utilising the space that was once the first-class passenger lounge of the world-famous Cunard Line. It is a Grade II listed building that first opened in 1916, full of beautiful marble columns and ornate ceilings.
If you are looking for a venue with unique appeal and an amazing guest experience which will leave a lasting impression, then the BME should be your venue of choice. Where else could your delegates “Dance The Decades” in the surrounds of stunning Italian Renaissance architecture?
The BME has all the right ingredients to make your event stand out in the crowd, giving your guests an experience to remember, whether you are with us for a sit down dinner or a board meeting.
At the BME we have a dedicated, experienced and professional in-house event’s team who work alongside experienced technical and catering contractors to make every event a success, working with clients to plan all areas of their event against this creative and exciting backdrop.
As with many quirky event spaces, we believe it is best to work with our clients from concept stage, ensuring we offer bespoke packages which maximise the potential of both the BME Galleries and the heritage of the Cunard Building and Pier Head. Access to the BME Galleries is offered to clients to include in their event package and proves to be a very popular addition.
If you are looking for a unique and dramatic space in which to hold:
- A conference social programme activity
- Breakfast event
- Drinks Reception
- Intimate and unique dinner
- Film screening
- Fashion Show
- Product Launches
- Corporate Team Building sessions
then contact our Events Team at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel : 0151 519 0915
Please note that due to the bespoke nature of the events prices are on request.
Please note that as The BME is open to the public during the day larger events can only be accommodated in the early mornings or evenings outside of opening hours. We will however consider buy-out options for the entire space. Requests of this nature are subject to approval by the BME Trust.
The BME Experience
The British Music Experience (BME) is the national museum of British popular music and a brand new permanent tourist attraction for the city of Liverpool.
The BME tells the story of British music from 1945 right through to the present day through over 600 amazing artefacts and lots of added digital information and interactive displays. It is a state of the art experience with many highlights and surprises for the visitor. If you choose to include the galleries as part of your event your guests will wander through the eras in chronological order starting with skiffle and trad-jazz and finishing with the BRIT Awards and X Factor. Along the way, they will see beautiful stage outfits and iconic instruments that are instantly recognisable. There is additional content in each era which pulls out interviews and performances from that time, along with a digital timeline that pinpoints key moments in music history.
As your guests move through the musical timeline our friendly and knowledgeable crew can tell them the stories behind the artefacts and answer any questions about the different musical eras.
By the end of the journey through the ages your guests will be inspired to ‘Dance the Decades’ – an interactive booth where visitors learn the dances from the last 70 years –and try their hand as a band member in the Gibson Interactive Studio featuring a number of guitars, drum-kits and keyboards, and screens that teach our guests how to play, from beginners level right up to expert.
The Cunard Building
The BME is located with the Cunard Building, a Grade II listed building and one of the Three Graces which forms one of the most iconic waterfronts in the world.
Stunning features exist within the building to this day and the BME designers have cleverly used these to form the unique backdrop for the exhibition and events spaces.
Location and Transport
Situated on the Liverpool Waterfront at Pier Head, The Historic Cunard building is located less than 10miles from John Lennon Airport and less than 40 miles from Manchester Airport with great transport links to both.
AV and Lighting
The BME is equipped with multi-functional audio, visual and lighting facilities which can be adapted to your event requirements. We also work with local AV contractors who can provide additional technical requirements on request.
The building is supplied with complimentary unsecured WiFi accessible for all guests.
The Event Spaces:
Permanent reception desks within the foyer space can be used in the evening for event registration purposes.
The Main Space
The maximum capacity if using all event spaces within BME would be 300 pax. Event planners should be mindful that some events will require the use of the Discovery zone as a catering preparation space.
200 standing (concert)
150 (drinks reception with poseur tables)
100 Theatre Style
50 Dinner (using 6ft rounds)
30 Cabaret Style (using 6ft rounds)
The Discovery Zone
60 standing (drinks reception with poseur tables)
40 Theatre Style
30 Boardroom Style
25 Cabaret Style
As a café seats 35
60 standing (drinks reception with poser tables)
Studies and Testimonials
Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce Secret Breakfast
The BME were delighted to welcome the Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce as the first of our clients to hold an event at The BME.
The BME’s main space, situated at the heart of the exhibition, was the venue of choice for the Chamber's bi-monthly ‘Secret Breakfast’ event.
Over 80 members enjoyed a breakfast with a difference when they attended the networking event on the 14th March. After the networking session complete with freshly made bacon and sausage ciabattas and fruit platters, guests had an opportunity to have a glimpse of the new exhibition which spans the history of British Music from 1946 to present day.
Explaining why the BME was the venue of choice for this event Anelise Siddle, Events and Business Support Manager with the Chamber, said “ When planning our ‘Secret Breakfast’ events we seek out unique and unusual Liverpool venues to showcase. When we found out that the BME were opening in March we felt it would be the perfect backdrop. Our event was fantastic, the team were so helpful and it was a pleasure working with them. We are delighted that there’s such a great addition to the events offering in the City. “
Sgt Pepper 50th anniversary, press and media launch
50 years after the release of the Sgt Pepper album, Liverpool City Council hosted a press and media launch at the BME to present their plans for the forthcoming anniversary Sgt Pepper celebration programme
The British Music Experience, Liverpool’s newest addition to its already strong musical cultural offering , was chosen as the venue, not just because of the links to musical heritage, but also due to its prestigious location within the Cunard Building and the flexible and technical capability of the space.
The main space was set-up in a theatre style format for an audience of over 120, made up of music industry professionals and international journalists.
Jen Falding, Development & Corporate Project Manager for Culture Liverpool, who organised the event said “We had a very tight turnaround in terms of the technical set-up but the team at the BME were incredible and worked with us to ensure everything ran smoothly and without a hitch. The venue looked amazing and was the perfect setting for the launch of this unique festival which pays homage to the 50th anniversary of what is widely regarded as the best rock and roll album of all time. There was no better place than the BME to embark on the never-seen-before celebration.”