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Epiphone 150th Anniversary - Launch Night

Wednesday 27 September 2023 - from 7pm


Join us for the launch of our new temporary exhibition in partnership with Gibson, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Epiphone.


Epiphone 150th Anniversary: Featuring the Guitars of Noel Gallagher charts the history of this iconic instrument brand through the guitars of one of its most loyal artists, Noel Gallagher. The exhibition runs from 27 September 2023 to 14 January 2024.


To mark 150 years of Epiphone, Noel has kindly loaned four of his private guitar collection for this exhibition, including his Epiphone Riviera with Bigsby from the Definitely Maybe album cover and his Epiphone Frontier FT110 used on the (What's the Story) Morning Glory recording.


To launch the exhibition on the evening of Wednesday 27 September, BME and Gibson are giving away 150 free tickets. 


Not only will ticket holders be the first to see the exhibition, but the event will feature live acoustic music from Midlands’ artist Ruby J and Warrington’s finest – The K’s.


Midlands’ singer/songwriter Ruby J fuses multiple genres with her own unique style - in 2020 Paloma Faith said "Ruby J is that unique voice".  2022 saw Ruby J make her major UK festival debut at The Isle of Wight Festival and Manchester's Neighbourhood and in March 2023 toured with The Lathums. In addition to this she has secured support slots with indie darlings The K's, Red Rum Club and has shared the stage with Liverpudlian folk rock legend Jamie Webster.  Her unique tone has led to early bold comparisons to Amy Winehouse, Macy Gray & Tina Turner amongst others, with her influences ranging from Billie Holiday to Paolo Nutini.


In the last 12 months, The K’s have sold out a UK Tour and the Manchester Albert Hall, opened the main stage at Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival, the Isle of Wight Festival, Leeds and Reading and Kendal Calling. They have played before Liam Gallagher in Greece as well as supporting Mancunian stalwarts James in Spain and Blondie in the UK and their streams are comfortably in the millions - not bad for a band from Warrington’s sunny Earlestown. However, their pulsing live reputation shouldn’t overlook the sophistication that gives The K’s their immediately identifiable blueprint. Their debut single Sarajevo notched up over 4 million streams and their recent 2023 release Hoping Maybe reached No.2 on the iTunes chart.


Tickets are first come first served and can only be booked online from 10am on Wednesday 13 September.

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