London - Most music fans have a better chance of scooping a lottery jackpot than sharing a stage with their musical idol. But a new 12 000m2 museum in north London will offer tourists the chance to make sweet sounds with some of the biggest icons in music. Well, almost.
The Music Hall of Fame in Camden’s Stables market – to open in 18 months – will have a new 4D attraction that lets you pick up a guitar and jam with Jimi Hendrix or holler into the microphone with Freddie Mercury during the 1985 Live Aid concert.
How does it work? Using hologram technology and an “old Victorian parlour trick” known as Pepper’s Ghost.
Essentially, high-definition video images will be beamed into a mirrored glass box to create a “3D space” and give the appearance of a real person.
It’s not the first time the technology has been used. At California’s Coachella Festival last year, the audience was wowed by the apparent reincarnation of rapper Tupac Shakur, who appeared on stage with Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Zilla) and Dr Dre.
Music entrepreneur Lee Bennett, who’s 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. I was at Coachella watching Tupac and it blew people’s minds.”
Bennett told the Camden Review interactivity was key to the museum: “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 will be transporting back to moments in music. It will also serve as a UK Hall of Fame and there will be a Hard Rock Cafe-style restaurant.”
“You can go and perform with your favourite bands – you can be up there with Nirvana or Morrissey on stage,” said Camden mayor Jonathan Simpson.
Fans can also take home a DVD of their experience. – Daily Mail