Step up as rock star at Dublin’s newest attraction

Published on : Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dublin’s newest attractionThe innovative attraction takes visitors on a tour of a real working music complex, the famous Temple Lane Recording Studios and Button Factory performance venue.


This is where Ireland’s top bands including U2, Thin Lizzy, Sinead O’Connor, Shane MacGowan and Christie Moore, as well as numerous international stars such as Rihanna, Will.I.Am and Kanye West have made memorable music.


The Irish Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum tour features a fascinating and unique journey.


It rolls through the world of Irish rock music beginning with the genre’s roots and influences in Ireland’s rich literary and traditional music heritage, and continues on to an exploration of the remarkable artists who have shaped and developed one of the world’s most renowned popular music scenes.


The museum presents artefacts, photographs, films, musical instruments and vintage recording machines on which some of rock music’s most seminal and iconic albums were made.


Personal artefacts and memorabilia from music legends such as Michael Jackson, Rory Gallagher and The Script are on display and there are special exhibitions devoted to U2, and to Thin Lizzy and the band’s charismatic leader, Phil Lynott.


Exhibitions include the stars’ instruments, clothing and a diversity of rare and personal objects donated by the artists, their families and private collectors.


During the guided tour, through what is Europe’s largest recording and rehearsal complex, visitors form a band, rehearse, perform on stage and make a music video that can be taken home.


Signing up for the Rock ’n’ Roll Museum’s newsletter earns 50% off the admission ticket.


The museum also has a schedule of additional exhibitions and also presents a series of lectures and seminars hosted by prominent producers, managers, journalists, academics, curators and other figures from the Irish and international music industry.


While rock ‘n’ roll is a fixture of the Dublin music scene throughout the year, it spills onto the streets in August when the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon takes place.


The race, which begins in Dublin’s Docklands area, offers a scenic tour of the historic city centre, passing many famous landmarks including Ha’Penny Bridge, Christ Church Cathedral, Brazen Head Pub (Ireland’s oldest pub), James Joyce Museum and the Guinness Brewery. Fanfare and live entertainment are guaranteed along the way.


The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon concludes in Phoenix Park with a finish line festival and headline concert. Registration is now open.


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