The long-awaited, first international exhibition of the Rolling Stones is finally here – and we were lucky enough to pay it a visit on the very first night.
Making history, the band has unlocked their vast archive and private collections to create EXHIBITIONISM – a gathering of over 500 original Rolling Stones items in an immersive, multi-sensory experience of their incredible career.
The collection showcases iconic costumes, stage and tour design, backstage paraphernalia, rare guitars and instruments, private diaries and lyric books, original poster and album artwork, the rare and unseen, and highlights their ground-breaking concert tours and live performances.
In short, it’s an incredible experience for even the most jaded of Stones fans. Here we round up just a quick look at some of the best bits from the opening night – where we even got to party with the boys themselves!
The amazing costumes
The exhibition is packed with the best Rolling Stones artefacts in the world, including unbelievable costumes from their touring careers – take a sneak peek at some of the looks on show:
They’re just like us really
The Rolling Stones were a messy bunch, and the recreation of their Kings Road flat takes you back into their world at the very beginning, before fame and fortune beckoned. It’s a bit like your old kitchen at Uni – you’ll love it!
Stories from across the years
Seeing the Rolling Stones in person was incredible, and listening to bassist Bill Wyman tell stories about where it all began in London – from the Rolling Stones’ rise in the early ‘60s as a blues band to becoming the inspirational cultural icons we recognise today – was phenomenal.
EXHIBITIONISM is crammed full of amazing tales like this – so even when the Stones aren’t there in person for you to hear it in the flesh, you’ll be gripped throughout as you experience the life and rich history of the band.
So what are you waiting for?
The Rolling Stones: EXHIBITIONISM is on until 4 September 2016 at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Get your tickets here.