British Fright Night

Posted: December 13, 2010 in Blogs, News Stories

As all hallows eve dawns, so do we all look to be entertained again by the terrorizing nocturnal paranormal of both witches and wicked ghouls.

The British Music Experience at The O2 Arena in London, on the 30th October, has refashioned this frightful night into a ‘Thriller’ style British metal music horror.

This year is the 40th anniversary of Black Sabbath’s self-titled first metal album, a work that, arguably, did a significant amount to cement this revolutionary new approach to sound.

The unusual event, tied into the October half-term week, is dedicated to the metal and thrash culture that isn’t often touched upon in museums. A chance to recognise the significance of a genre of music, engaging people everywhere with Great British artists.

British Music Experience curator, Paul Liley said: “We have ‘Bleed from Within’ and ‘As She Sleeps’ coming over on the 30th October ‘Fright Night’. We put the public events and programs on to not only complement the museum, but to enhance and explore other genres that we haven’t explored in the museum so far.”

Mr Liley added: “I think it is important, we should be very proud and we should celebrate Britain’s heritage. Perhaps if people appreciate it they will become better listeners and support the industry, helping fly the British music flag.”

It can be said that the term ‘pop music’ lends itself widely from such sectors as typography, sleeve and LP design to recording techniques and playback techniques, all of which being sectors in the music industry covered within the exhibition.

The itinerary in an average week for the exhibition encompasses masterclasses with professionals such as producers, artists and rock photographers. Seemingly quite unique events that clearly aid the museum in their music education push.

The British Music Experience, occupying many visitors in it’s educational teaching of British popular music, also takes a cross-curricular approach to education at the exhibition. People seem to be engaged in viewing music in relation to citizenship, the effects of immigration and cultural fusion.

“This doesn’t happen often, I have been into my heavy metal since my college days. The music is perfect for halloween, I remember my darkly dressed days. I might get to relive them now, no-one will give me a second look.” said Fright Night ticket holder, Freja Andersson, (25), from Stockholm in Sweden.

If you should dare to visit London on ‘Fright Night’, other topic relative activities comprise of The London Ghost Festival, PhoboPhobia at London Bridge and Halloween super gig Linx Halloween All Nighter, those amongst many more. A celebration of true musical mayhem.


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