Virgin Records is to hold a free exhibition of rare photographs from the past 40 years since the label was established in 1973.
‘Virgin Records: 40 Years of Disruptions. The Exhibition!’ will open its doors at London’s Victoria House between October 24-29 with pictures from the past four decades including shots of artists signed to the label across the years such as Boy George, Sex Pistols, Daft Punk and the Spice Girls. In addition to the pictures there will be art installations made exclusively for the exhibition by Virgin artists including The Chemical Brothers and Massive Attack as well as a recreation of Virgin Records’ original Oxford Street shop in central London.
The label was founded by Richard Branson in 1973 and its roster over the years has included Genesis, Keith Richards, Janet Jackson, Culture Club, Lenny Kravitz, The Smashing Pumpkins, Mike Oldfield, Simple Minds and Spice Girls. Virgin Records is currently owned by Universal Music Group after its purchase of EMI in 2012.
A series of special, celebratory gigs to marking the 40th anniversary of Virgin Records began last week (October 3) when Laura Marling performed live at York Hall in London. Chvrches will also play as part of Virgin’s ‘live celebrations of 40 years of disruptions’ series, which runs until November 12 at various London venues. other acts confirmed to perform during the gig series include Public Image Ltd., Bastille, Boy George, Simple Minds, Emeli Sandé, Martyn Ware and Jazzie B.
The ‘Live celebrations of 40 years of disruptions’ gig series in full:
Chvrches (October 17, Shepherd’s Bush Empire)
Public Image Limited (21, Shepherd’s Bush Empire)
Jake Bugg (24, O2 Academy Brixton)
Emeli Sandé, Professor Green, Naughty Boy (November 4, KOKO)
Bastille, Josh Record (5, KOKO)
Simple Minds (7, KOKO)
Boy George (10, KOKO)
Martyn Ware Presents Heaven 17 + guests (11, KOKO)
Jazzie B Presents Soul II Soul (full live set) (12, KOKO)