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Goodbye Pop Art, Hello Rock Art: The Rolling Stones Debuting Major Exhibition(ism) In London

Where: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, London, United Kingdom, SW3 4RY
July 7, 2015 at 12:25 PM | by | ()

You can’t always get what you want… unless what you wanted was a ginormous exhibition, called Exhibitionism, dedicated to one of the most iconic rock bands of all time: The Rolling Stones.

If that's the case, you're in luck.

Opening on April 6, 2016 at the iconic Saatchi Gallery in London, Exhibitionism will be on display until September 2016. The Rolling Stones-centric exhibition (get it?) is the culmination of three years' worth of work, conducted with full support from the Stones’ Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood. Each member has been heavily involved with the curation of the project, which will take over the entire two floors of Saatchi Gallery and include nine distinct galleries, each with their own theme, spanning over 1,750 square meters (almost 19,000 square feet).

Don’t worry: they aren’t planning to paint it all black. Exhibitionism will bring together more than 500 original artifacts, including dressing room and backstage paraphernalia, rare instruments played by the Stones, original stage designs, recognizable clothing, personal diaries, poster and album artwork and rare audio tracks and videos.

What we’re most excited for? That would be the “unique wraparound cinematic experiences that celebrate every aspect” of the band’s career. We aren’t sure what that even means, but we’re envisioning a giant timeline that creatively wraps the walls of Saatchi Gallery with interactive elements along the way. (Don't, like, quote us on that.)

Exhibitionism promises to be the most in-depth, immersive peek inside life with The Rolling Stones to date. While this project is ultimately something that will bring greatest satisfaction (#reference) to fans of the Stones, it looks like it will be an entertaining and informative look at the music industry in general and what makes it all work.

After the initial showing at Saatchi Gallery next year, the Stones plan to take Exhibitionism to 11 other cities around the world over a four-year period. It will become the largest touring experience of this kind to be staged by a band or musical artist. You can purchase tickets for Exhibitionism at www.stonesexhibitionism.com beginning this Friday, July 10.

Wild horses couldn't drag us away.

[Mick Jagger photo via Flickr]

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The Dude From Iron Maiden Is Relaunching This African Airline

Where: Djibouti
May 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

Okay, so there's no such thing as Iron Maiden Airways — at least, not yet. (But this band-branded, big bad Boeing? It's for real.) However, it seems that the heavy metal group's front-man is taking his love for aviation to the next level by helping an African country develop a national airline. Yes, really.

The Guardian has the full scoop on what’s going on, but basically singer Bruce Dickinson has signed up to revive Air Djibouti, the nation's now-defunct airline. The details sound a bit above our pay grade, but it appears that Dickinson is lending his assistance via Cardiff Aviation, his aircraft maintenance business. Cardiff Aviation will help Air Djibouti raise cash, get certificates, and acquire some airplanes.

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And the Winning Country of Eurovision 2015 Is....

Where: Austria
May 26, 2015 at 10:08 AM | by | ()

While Americans were celebrating our Armed Forces over Memorial Day weekend, across the pond all of Europe was abuzz with the annual song contest Eurovision. Celebrating its 60th year, the competition showcases some of the best in songwriting and performing from each European country. (Think of it as the Olympics of music.) As is tradition, the preceding year's winning country plays host to the live concert, which drives a large number of music tourists to one city. This year that host city was Vienna, thanks to last year's win by Conchita Wurst.

This year was also a special one because the contest saw a new country competing. No, a new European country wasn't created minutes before the deadline for entries — rather, Australia traveled halfway around the world to show Europe its talent. You see, the Aussies are pretty big fans of the show and this year they were invited to compete. Alas, they came in 5th place — so we won't be watching Eurovision live from Sydney Opera House in 2016.

So which country took home the win? Where will all of Europe's music masterminds be headed in 2016?

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Jaunted’s Cultural Tune-Up: Music to Travel to for May 2015

May 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | ()

Jaunted’s Cultural Tune-Up is a monthly playlist-based guide for today’s music loving traveler. Each installment spotlights songs you need to hear, by artists you need to know, from places you need to visit. Spanning pop to hip-hop, up-and-comers to chart toppers, and small towns to major cities, Cultural Tune-Up explores the world through one of our most underutilized travel tools: the sense of sound.

FROM: Vilnius, Lithuania
FEATURED TUNE: “Nobody Around”

We need to first talk about GJan’s eyes. Do you see them? Wow. Moving on.

GJan is a Lithuanian singer with a semi-Amy Winehouse, semi-Bebe Rexha vibe to her voice – but a bit smoother. The featured track is nothing short of powerhouse pop perfection and after one listen you’ll probably find yourself putting it in regular rotation. With such a unique and infectious sound, you have to wonder how she was molded.

The answer? Vilnius. Carrying a heavy history of Jewish influence, Vilnius has often been described as the “Jerusalem of Lithuania.” It’s not a small city either – as the capital of Lithuania, well over half a million residents live there. Today, it’s a total hodgepodge of culture – so much so that it was once deemed the “European Capital of Culture” and many of its neighborhoods have names derived from other languages due to the variety of ethnic groups.

For a taste of older Vilnius, the city boasts an extraordinary range of monuments, cathedrals and other historic sites. Try out the Gate of Dawn, which is one of the city’s most important religious and historical monuments. It is the only city gate still standing and also features Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, a painting depicting the Virgin Mary that is an icon in the city and said to hold miraculous powers. After your trip back in time, say hello to the new millennium of Vilnius by splashing around Vichy Water Park. Not even ten years old, this exotic water park has a very Polynesian flair and would fit right in with the other themed aqua parks in the Wisconsin Dells. Except this one is even cooler because it’s not at Wisconsin Dells.

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Awaiting His Hologram, Elvis Opens a New Show and Exhibition in Vegas

April 29, 2015 at 12:45 PM | by | ()

Things are constantly evolving in Las Vegas, but there are some that will never change: The gambling, the debauchery, the dancing, the drinking, and the city's obsession with Elvis Presley.

Last summer, it was announced that the King could be coming back to Vegas... in the form of a hologram. That has yet to materialize (although it is apparently still in the works), but in the meantime, a new Elvis initative has just launched in hopes of holding everyone over: Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience.

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Why Visiting Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road is Something Every Beatles Fan Should Do

April 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM | by | ()

This week's Jaunted Field Trip will be coming from London and Liverpool. Got a question about either of these cities? Let us know and we'll answer it for you. Don't forget to check HotelChatter's latest news from London and Liverpool too.

Liverpool is known all over the world as the birthplace of The Beatles. (And #scousebrow. Look it up.) Obviously, a large portion of the city's visitors are there to see what The Beatles saw in their formative days.

And there's a lot left to see, although most of it has been prettied up, such as the Albert Docks, which houses a Beatles visitor center, and The Cavern Club, where the band played in its early years. (The Cavern Club actually had to close down in the 1980s, but it was rebuilt using a lot of the original bricks.)

Of course, Beatles-themed tours are plentiful, ranging from the Magical Mystery Tour (a two-hour sightseeing bus tour) to the The Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tour (a private taxi tour.) But only one tour can get you inside the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

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One Love, Two Bob Marley Museum Experiences in Jamaica

April 15, 2015 at 2:38 PM | by | ()

Something you’ll undoubtedly notice while in Jamaica is that Bob Marley is gone but not forgotten – he is everywhere. His music, his likeness, his lyrics decorating random buildings.

There are also two distinctly different museums where fans can pay their respects: Nine Mile, Marley’s childhood home in St. Ann and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston (where President Obama recently took a pit stop while in Jamaica on official business).

Here’s a closer look at both stops:

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Jaunted's Cultural Tune-Up: Music to Travel to for April 2015

April 8, 2015 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

Introducing Jaunted’s Cultural Tune-Up, a monthly playlist-based guide for today’s music loving traveler. Each installment spotlights songs you need to hear, by artists you need to know, from places you need to visit. Spanning pop to hip-hop, up-and-comers to chart toppers, and small towns to major cities, Cultural Tune-Up explores the world through one of our most underutilized travel tools: the sense of sound.

ARTIST: Tkay Maidza
FROM: Adelaide, South Australia

Adelaide might be the capital city of South Australia and the fifth largest city on the whole continent, but it’s a city travelers don’t think of as much as some of Australia’s other popular tourist destinations like Sydney and Melbourne. Just as underrated is Adelaide-raised singer and rapper Tkay Maidza (I’m offering a digital high five to the first person who can tell me how to properly pronounce her name).

Born in Zimbabwe, this talented youngster is rambunctious and crafting a sound all her own after being heavily influenced by the mash up of cultures in Adelaide. She’s a promising newcomer in her home country but also quickly picking up attention worldwide, recently performing at SXSW in the Austin, TX and embarking on a European trip soon as well.

To find out more about Maidza’s hometown of Adelaide, a stop at the Migration Museum is worth your while. Here, visitors can learn more about the preservation of South Australia’s diverse cultures through storytelling, historical artifacts, and a constant stream of new workshops and other opportunities to dig into the area’s rich past.

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10 Awesome Music Festivals Under $150 That Are Just as Good as Coachella

April 2, 2015 at 6:37 PM | by | ()

Northside Festival

SXSW ended just the other week, Coachella begins next weekend, and Bonnaroo/Lolla/whatever-trendy-forest-gathering continue to sell-out almost as fast as their websites load. Ah, yes, it’s music festival season.

Unfortunately, though, spending nearly $300 to sweat with 20-somethings on molly just to see a drunken Steven Tyler undulate to “Dream On” exceeds most reasonable budgets. What if we told you that you can find the same crazy-ass festivals, most featuring the same musicians, for half-price. Would you go now?

We decided to compile ten crazy-cool music festivals—whether it be rock, jazz, country, electronic, or “stoner”—for $150 or less.

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Lollapalooza and Coachella Officially Ban Selfie Sticks

March 30, 2015 at 5:03 PM | by | ()

While theme parks continue to debate whether or not there's a place for selfie sticks inside their walls, music festivals are putting their foot down.

This week, two of our country's most well-known festivals, Coachella and Lollapalooza, have officially banned selfie sticks. The festivals said that in addition to being an "audience-wide nuisance," the sticks are viewed as "encouraging the unauthorized recording of the festival’s performances."

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This Website Will Help You Big Time at South By Southwest Next Year

March 23, 2015 at 1:40 PM | by | ()

There are hundreds of shows and parties happening each night at South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, and figuring out how to get into them is half the battle. Popping in and out of venues hosting open parties is a strategy many festival-goers take up in order to remain fluid and avoid waiting in the long lines that can haunt many shows.

But many of the free events still require that you sign up in advance to get on the list, meaning that some planning is required.

Keeping track of all your options can become a challenge, especially if you are with a big group and eyeing a variety of different shows. One nice solution we found was a website/service called RSVPster, which, for $30, automatically RSVPs you for all the free events, parties, and shows that require registration. It then sends those registration details (aka a bar code/ticket) to an Eventbrite app on your mobile phone.

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Jaunted's Cultural Tune-Up: Music to Travel to for March 2015

March 2, 2015 at 5:05 PM | by | ()

Introducing Jaunted’s Cultural Tune-Up, a monthly playlist-based guide for today’s music loving traveler. Each installment spotlights songs you need to hear, by artists you need to know, from places you need to visit. Spanning pop to hip-hop, up-and-comers to chart toppers, and small towns to major cities, Cultural Tune-Up explores the world through one of our most underutilized travel tools: the sense of sound.

ARTIST: Christopher
FROM: Copenhagen, Denmark

Practically the Justin Bieber of Denmark, Christopher has made a massive impression on the music industry in his native land. We picture listening to his hit “CPH Girls” (an homage to the females he aspires to court in his hometown) while dancing around the aptly named Christiansborg Castle – certainly some quality content for your Vine account. It’s an impressive property that has been around for centuries and currently houses parliament and the prime minister’s office. When inside, guests are asked to wear slippers so the floor doesn’t get scratched up, which would inevitably happen if you were getting down to some of Christopher’s music.

Other hot spots in Copenhagen include: Tivoli, the city’s best-known attraction and essentially a glorified amusement park; Arbejdermuseet, a museum that tells the story of Copenhagen’s working class from 1870 to the present times with evocative exhibits; and the enigmatic Warehouse 9, an infamous but underground Danish performance art venue offering a gender-bending perspective for Copenhagen’s queer community.

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