Zone 1: 1945-62 – Witness first-hand how British music began to thrive, our nation’s jazz scene blossomed during the post war years. Heavily influenced by American rag-time jazz, Traditional or ‘Trad’ jazz, became Britain’s first authentic music scene to cause a buzz after 6 years of conflict. The 50s observed Skiffle take a DIY approach while paving the way to Rock n Roll. From Acker Bilk’s attire, to Marty Wilde’s trusted guitar, gallery 1 documents where it all began for our nation.
Zone 2: 1962-66 – Merseybeat champions The Beatles lead the onslaught known as ‘the British Invasion’ to the American masses. Along with The Animals and Rolling Stones to name a few, British bands gave the repackaged American Blues back to a whole new generation of fans. From the first piece of Beatle memorabilia, to piece of history from their last live performance. Gallery 2 charts the journey of the best of British.
Zone 3: 1966-70 - Pop culture began to creatively express and experiment with new ideas, political agendas and psychedelic drugs. Guitar music became more flamboyant thanks to Jimi Hendrix. While rock became more progressive, turning the charts a whiter shade of pale. From psychedelic posters to the Moody Blues sitar, see how the days of future passed. Gallery 3 shows how the summer of love shined bright for all involved.
Zone 4: 1970 – 75 – Out with the flam-boyant, in the with the glam. The artists of this period dared to challenge the cultural stereotypes. David Bowie was a rebel rebel in this field. Excitement and personal escapism was the driving factor behind this movement. From notable Bowie outfits to Marc Bolan’s guitar. Androgynous in appearance, extravagant in performance, Gallery 4 birthed the children of the revolution.
Zone 5: 1975 – 85 – Never mind the theatrics, here’s the punk section. The socio-economic unfairness became more apparent in this particular period of British history. The youth of the time rejected the mainstream artists, opting for a more aggressive form of DIY music. Politically charged and more outspoken than ever, Punk battled New Romantics while Ska danced on. Gallery 5 seems far from pretty vacant when it comes to important artefacts of this era.
Zone 6: 1985 – 93 – British metal at this time was driven fast by Motorhead. The scene lead a fierce (Iron) Maiden voyage into the charts just like their predecessors Black Sabbath. Manchester went mad and the nation came together for a good cause with Live Aid. Not just a Blue Monday but colourful always, Gallery 6 will really twist your melon man.
Zone 7: 1993 – 04 – Here they come, the beautiful ones. According to Blur, modern life was rubbish at this time, but Britain still became cool regardless. A certain girl group spiced up your life while Pulp was in a different class altogether. Guitar music came back with a bang and pop caused 60s hysteria once again. Gallery 7 needs to be itself, it can’t be no one else.
Zone 8: 2004 – Present – A little show known as the X – Factor became very prominent during this era. The public now had as much power as the music industry itself and more ‘selective’ pop stars were born due to this process. Does Gallery 8 win? You decide.