Experience Music NOW! A multi-sensory guide to music through the decades for blind teenagers
Fun Stuff To Do
Invite friends to a party with a difference. Everyone has to come dressed as their favourite pop star and with a list of their top five tracks of the moment. You’ll probably get a really eclectic mix of music and may hear a band or artist you’ve never listened to before. To make it even more interesting, you can theme the food around your favourite bands or tunes.
Give world-class producers a run for their money by mixing and recording your own songs with GarageBand. Available on the Apple Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, this awesome app is like a fully equipped music creation studio you can take wherever you go. It’s packed full of instruments and presets that will allow you to create your very own tunes that you can share across the room, with your best mates, or around the world – with just a few taps.
Great Places To Visit
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Set in the birthplace of 2-Tone Records, The Coventry Music Museum covers the entire history of music in Britain stretching back to the time of the Romans right up to the best new and undiscovered artists.
Look for your local independent record shop. It’s so easy and convenient to download tracks from iTunes or listen on Spotify but nothing beats the atmosphere of an independent, vinyl-selling, record shop. Rough Trade in London is the most famous but there are growing numbers of them around the UK. As well as being perfect for browsing for rare or unusual discs they might also run gigs and music events so are worth seeking out. Check out The Telegraph’s list of top record stores to visit in the UK on World Record Day (22nd April). These stores mark the day by selling exclusive limited-edition releases you can’t get on any other day!
Everyone has heard of festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading, Bestival and T in the Park but there are dozens of less well-known festivals taking place each year; whatever type of music you’re into there will be a festival, big or small, near you. If you do go to one of the mega festivals then remember to check out the more intimate stages away from the main arenas – this is where you’ll hear the most original and cutting-edge music.
To ensure you never miss your favourite festivals, visit efestivals, sign up to their newsletter or download the app for all the info on every festival happening throughout the UK and around the world. The website also has reviews so you can be sure you’re getting your money’s-worth.