The new 40,000 sq.ft museum in north London, which is set to open in 18 months time, will offer tourists the chance to perform with some of music’s biggest ever icons.
Located in Camden’s Stables market, the new Music Hall of Fame will have a 4D attraction where music fans can pick up a guitar and perform with Jimi Hendrix, or with Freddie Mercury in the Live Aid concert of 1985. Following the performance with their idols, fans can take away a DVD of their experience.
The programme will use hologram technology and an ‘old Victorian parlour trick’ known as Pepper’s Ghost, a technique that involves beaming high definition video images into a mirrored glass box to create a ‘3D space’ and give the appearance of a real person. The technique was used in California’s Coachella Festival in 2012, when the audience was treated to a hologram of dead rapper, Tupac Shakur, during a live performance by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.
Music entrepreneur, Lee Bennett, the driving force behind the museum, said: ‘You could be transported back to a specific moment of music or play with artists who are no longer alive, even playing back-to-back with a hologram.’ He added: ‘I was at Coachella watching Tupac and it blew people’s minds.’
Interactivity is key to the museum, and Mr Bennett reportedly told the Camden Review: ‘We’ll have a working studio where people can learn to play instruments. The museum will be educational, there will be some memorabilia but the key thing will be transporting back to moments in music and playing with different artists. It will also serve as a UK Hall of Fame and there will also be a Hard Rock Cafe-style restaurant.’
The mayor of Camden, Jonathan Simpson, said: ‘You can go and perform with your favourite bands – you can be up there with Nirvana, you can be up there with Morrissey on stage.’