Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casin-oh?
To celebrate their new tour, photographer Zackery Michael created an exhibition to run during the week the band were in London and the week they were in Sheffield. The exhibition promised to feature unseen photographs of the band during the making of TBHC and that was enough to get me there.
I went to the Sheffield exhibition the day before I went to see them in the FlyDSA Arena so it proved to be a great warm up to the gig itself. I don’t really know what I was expecting from the exhibition but it was so different to what I thought it would be but considering it was free entry… I cant really complain.
As soon as you walk in, the Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casino Model, made by Alex Turner himself for the album cover, stood in the middle of the room. I assumed that the model was made with camera tricks or some modern technology that I don’t understand so being able to actually see it was pretty cool.
I’m currently trying to make my own mini version (yet another attempt to be like Mr Turner himself) which you can find the instructions for here; https://www.nme.com/news/music/want-make-tranquility-base-hotel-casino-model-heres-2369990.
The photographs on the wall featured some behind the scenes shots of the making of the Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casino music video and the album.
My favourite picture had to be of Alex Turner cutting his infamous long hair off to the grade one we all see today.
Across one wall was all of the gig posters they had been selling for their international gigs including Berlin, Paris and Milan. Although they did posters for their UK tour, I preferred the designs of the gigs I didn’t go to, which accurately describes my life.
Although they were all available to buy in a frame with the proceeds going to charity; 1) I’m a student and they would have taken up half of my loan and 2) It would be a constant reminder that I didn’t get to go to all of those gigs too.
At the end of the exhibition was a short clip showing the making of the album. I loved seeing the behind the scenes footage of my favourite band creating one of my favourite albums. The clip also highlighted how amazingly weird Alex Turner is and well, I didn’t think it was possible but I now love him even more.
They also had a small store at the exhibitions selling a variety of different prints which you can find over on their website too. I managed to take pictures of most of the exhibition, even though I was told not to, so you’re welcome.