The immersive Rolling Stones exhibition will open in Marseille in June


An immersive exhibition on the Rolling Stones will open at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille in June.

The exhibition, which has been shown around the world, features rare items including costumes, photos and video footage retracing the 55-year history of the British rock band.

Members of the group are expected to announce the opening of the exhibition in a virtual press conference that will be broadcast from the Stade Vélodrome at 11:00 a.m. on April 15.

The announcement of an event of such magnitude is seen as a promising sign of the imminent reopening of cultural venues in France.

Museums have been closed since October 2020, and nightclubs and concert halls have yet to reopen since the first lockdown in March 2020.

Exhibition an “ immersive ” experience

The Rolling Stones exhibition, called Exhibitionism, opened in London in 2016 and has toured the world ever since.

It contains 500 personal items belonging to the band members, including musical instruments, diaries, a recreation of the band’s first shared apartment, and more.

And it was designed to be an immersive experience.

In 2016, Mick Jagger says about the exhibition: “It won’t be like walking into a museum. It will be an event, an experience. We want people to go away and talk about it. “

Union asks Macron to approve test concerts

News of the exhibition opening comes as a union for live events urged President Macron to let two “test concerts” take place in France.

Both concerts would test the effectiveness of health protections such as the wearing of masks for audiences attending live performances.

Similar trials took place in Barcelona and Amsterdam, but in France, two concerts planned in Paris and Marseille are postponed.

Read more: France uses “ test concerts ” to study the Covid risk in public places

Union Prodiss tweeted an open letter to President Macron by saying: “We have worked with [Paris hospital group] AP-HP for weeks on the Ambition Live Again project, but for the test concert to take place, the protocol must be validated very soon.

He called on the President, as “valuing culture”, to help advance the project to help workers and companies in the live event industry, and to give the French “something to look forward to”.

If the test concert takes place in Paris, the Indochine group will perform at the AccorHotels Arena in Bercy.

Lead singer Nicola Sirkis mentionned: “We want to do it to help the whole profession and show that going to a concert with a mask is not risky.

“We are ready – we are just waiting for the approval of the authorities.”

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