While the musical legend himself is on another sell out UK tour, the British Music Experience is marking his long career by marking 22nd of February as Morrissey Day.
We will have on display part of the collection of Moz superfan Matt Jacobson, author of ‘Pieces of Morrissey: Adventures of the Moz Army’. This collection includes the shirt worn by Morrissey at his Liverpool Empire gig which was thrown into the audience and caught by Matt. We also have the T shirt that was worn by Morrissey in the Every Day is Just Like Sunday video, signed by the man himself. All this sits alongside our permanent exhibition celebrating the influence of Manchester music which features Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and New Order exhibits amongst others.
Talking of T shirts if you come to BME on the 22nd wearing a Morrissey or Smiths T shirt you can get 20% of the admission price.
All this and a Morrissey playlist featured throughout the day in our café, which will be vegetarian/vegan just for the day. Our brilliant BME House Band may pop up with a surprise Morrissey/Smiths tune or two throughout the day as well.
Adults £7.50 / Concessions/Res Pass £6.50
We are finishing our special Morrissey day with a unique, one off Mozarmy night.
The night will feature a screening of the 2012 BBC Inside Out NW film on the Mozarmy and a Q and A with Producer/Director Sally Williams who made the film about the almost religious fervour directed at Morrissey by his legions of fans. Author Matt Jacobson featured in this documentary and together with Matt and Sally we will look at what inspires such devotion amongst the Mozarmy.
We will have live Smiths/Morrissey music from: Live Morrissey/Smiths music from:
The Lazy Sunbathers, Conor Mcloughlin and Mike Garvey (from The Boogs)
Our exhibition of Morrissey memorabilia provided by Matt Jacobson will also be on display.
Then carry on the night with the official after show over the road at the brilliant Ma Boyles.
"Morrissey is extremely important to me, he changed my life, he is my hero . Morrissey brought poetry and beauty to the everyday. His voice, lyrics, image and the live experience all form and create the most perfect pop star. And for over 25 years, I've watched him around the world. After gigs, you usually come away with the ticket stub and maybe a T shirt or a poster. But on this occasion at the Liverpool Empire, I brought home Morrissey's shirt. It is my treasured piece of Morrissey. It will be very difficult saying 'goodbye' to it, but I know many fans can now say 'hello' to it when visiting this wonderful exhibition. "
Matt Jacobson, author of Pieces of Morrissey