After what seems like months – oh, it has been months – we’re well on the way to creating the AIRFIX LOUNGE – opening as part of the largest arts festival in England – the BRIGHTON FRINGE – in May.
For the Exhibition, delving deeper and deeper into the Airfix Archives we’ve found some real gems, some of which I thought I’d lost, some I’d completely forgotten about and many I happily re-discovered.
For the Talks I’ve remembered some very cool stories about working with ‘legendary’ musicians, been reminded of many stories I tried to forget and others that will be a joy to share with you. I’m now really looking forward to it all and I’m sure the Exhibition and the Talks will inspire music fans and designers alike
– so BE THERE.
Details and dates of free Exhibition and ticketed Talks below.
Check out special DEF LEPPARD & METALLICA weekends.
Book tickets NOW from BRIGHTON FRINGE as limited numbers are available
(May 6th-25th 10-6 daily. Closed Mondays)
The free exhibition will feature iconic Airfix designs, unpublished work, original art, roughs, typography & logo designs and will evolve and expand over the three weeks. Also available will be signed LIMITED EDITION PRINTS (including 2 NEW Metallica editions), vintage Airfix t-shirts and original gift items for Rock’n'Rollers.
(All talks at 7.30 pm except Sunday talks at 3.00pm)
MUSIC DESIGN 1 – ‘Early Days. Just Do It!’
Starting out • 80’s graphics • Destroying cars with PETE BURNS • BOWIE and the BLITZ KIDS • Customs meltdown with THOMPSON TWINS • Logos and Type • Pre-computer design techniques • Who really painted the ‘Bostin’ Steve Austin’ album sleeve? • New directions • MORE • Q&A’s
MUSIC DESIGN 2 – ‘Latter Days. Expanding Horizons’
Double catastrophe at opening night of ROLLING STONES tour • Invaluable lessons from PAUL McCARTNEY • Photography • The ZEPPELIN challenge • Airfix tackles World Tours – AC/DC, GUNS’N’ROSES, PAGE & PLANT • Computers • A Royal Commission • MORE • Q&A’s
DEF LEPPARD – ‘Breaking the Rock’n’Rules’
A daunting brief for ‘Pyromania’ • Searching for diamonds in Dublin • 4 years (!) creating the ‘Hysteria’ sleeve • Stadium Rock comes of age • Why did the original idea for ‘Hysteria’ have to change after 3 years work? • ‘Pyromanis & 9/11 • Introducing computer graphics • MORE • Q&A’s
METALLICA – ‘Getting the Shit to the Fans.’
The Black Album Tour • ‘Live Shit – Binge and Purge’ • Radical new design direction for the band • Designer’s worst nightmare • Tour shocker at Madison Square Gardens • Fans are everything • VICTOR’s story • ‘Garage Days’, San Francisco • ‘S&M’, Berlin • MORE • Q&A’s
That’s all for now but check frequently for more info, special events and …
TWO NEW METALLICA Limited Edition Prints
– exclusive to the AIRFIX LOUNGE