Aug 10 2021
World-famous London studios Abbey Road are holding an open house until Sunday August 15 as part of their 90th anniversary celebrations.
“Abbey Road: Open House” gives visitors the opportunity to explore the three original recording rooms made famous by artists such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Oasis, Kanye West, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Frank Ocean. See ticket availability here.
Beyond the studios, visitors will be able to access the control rooms and the famous Studio Two Echo Chamber, which have been in existence since 1931.
The open house also exhibits legendary recording consoles, equipment and instruments. According to a press document, this includes: “The illustrious EMI TG MK3 recording console, widely used on records since the late 1960s; the iconic ‘Mrs Mills’ piano used by artists throughout the history of the studios and made famous in the 1960s by artists such as The Zombies, Russ Conway and The Beatles; the iconic REDD.17 mixer, as well as gems like the recently acquired BTR3 and Mellotron tape recorder.
The above equipment is still used for recording sessions today.
Abbey Road: The open house has started today!
For just one week, we open our doors to the public and offer a rare glimpse inside the legendary studios.
Will you join us? There is a very limited number of tickets left: https://t.co/CARjyVx0ME pic.twitter.com/G9lwgiD2L2
– Abbey Road Studios (@AbbeyRoad) August 9, 2021
In addition, visitors will be able to learn about the studios’ rich history in film music. Demonstrations will highlight how music has been recorded for blockbusters ranging from The Lord of the Rings trilogy at The Raiders of the Lost Ark, some Harry potter franchise films and Oscar-winning music for Gravity and The shape of water.
Isabel Garvey, General Manager of Abbey Road Studios, said: “Celebrating 90 years of Abbey Road by inviting the public past no-entry signs is a truly exciting way for us to share the magic of building. Abbey Road: Open House is a rare and fascinating opportunity to discover the stories behind some of the greatest music that has been the soundtrack of our lives, in the very rooms where it was created.
Jack Franklin, Events Manager at Abbey Road Studios, added: “As a working studio the doors to Abbey Road are normally closed, so being able to share a rare glimpse inside our very special building is something. that excites us all. . With a project like this, the major challenge is selecting which parts of the story to tell – there’s so much history here that reducing it to a 90-minute experience is part of the fun of the job. I still remember the magic of entering the building for the first time, so we want to give our customers the same experience this summer. “
In related news, photographer and filmmaker Mary McCartney and daughter of Paul McCartney are set to make a new documentary about the famous studios.