Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is currently home to the Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, a complete assault to your audial and visual senses. From now until 1 October 2017, you can experience this unique exhibition, which was curated to commemorate the band’s 50 years since they released their first single.

The V&A states:

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains experience will be a spectacular and unparalleled audio-visual journey through Pink Floyd’s unique and extraordinary worlds; chronicling the music, design, and staging of the band, from their debut in the 1960s through to the present day.”

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I had the immense pleasure of visiting Their Mortal Remains on 31 May, and it was well worth it. I practically threw myself down the rabbit hole and Interstellar Overdrive was the song of choice. Headphones are a necessary part of this experience as they play Pink Floyd music while you’re walking through rooms, and they even sense when screens are showing interviews.

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Letter from Syd Barrett to his girlfriend, Jenny Spires.

From one room to another, I was continuously met with psychedelic concert props, album artwork, instruments band members used, and overall, the remnants that make up the history of Pink Floyd. It felt as if for just a moment I took an eerie journey through time and through music, and came out completely reborn. That’s how powerful this exhibition is. I could also be biased because I’m a huge Pink Floyd fan.

There is even an interactive portion where visitors can play with sound mixing to “Money.” You can rid yourself of vocals, emphasise the bass, or the guitar, or whatever your musical heart desires.

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When all is laid out in front of you: letters, lyrics, musings, etc. you are privy to the utter genius that is Pink Floyd. The last room is a virtual concert where you take your headphones off, and just sit back and watch the High Hopes music video and a live version of Comfortably Numb.

And so the exhibition entails what its title suggests: the remains of a great band’s past, experiences etched in memory through numerous interviews, and the artistry of the music itself. I was left wanting more by the time I exited the exhibition and that’s the way it should end. So if you are visiting London this summer, please do yourself a favour and buy a ticket to Their Mortal Remains here.

For Potterheads Only – Hogwarts in the Snow

From 19 November 2016 to 29 January 2017, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is currently decked out for the holidays. I had the pleasure of visiting the studio, located north of London in Leavesden, in November. While I was able to schedule a tour through my university, those based in London can take a tour bus directly to the studio or you can head to Watford Junction and book a shuttle bus. You can book from Trip AdvisorGolden Tours, or through Visit London. Please be aware of any pick-up and/or drop-off points.

The first question I am asked when people I found out I visited the studio is “Was it worth it?” I have to say, as a huge Harry Potter fan, yes! Yes, it was worth it. I literally spent HOURS walking around the lot and saw original sets, original costumes, molds from the creatures which made Harry Potter magical, and I even took a few interactive photos. Imagine sitting on a broom in front of a green screen, because that’s exactly what happened. The sets and props that are outdoors are the Knight Bus (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Lily and James Potter’s home in Godric’s Hollow, Hogwarts Bridge, Mr. Arthur Weasley’s Ford Anglia, and of course, Number 4 Privet Drive (prop). While there are two different food courts (at the beginning and the back lot), they only serve one version of Butterbeer, and unlike the Wizarding Worlds in Hollywood and Orlando, there is no Fire Whiskey.

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