This Bob Marley show is only in London for 10 weeks

This Bob Marley show is only in London for 10 weeks

This Bob Marley show is only in London for 10 weeks
Marley and his Wailers bandmates loved playing football in Battersea Park. Photo: Adrian Boot.

The legacy of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley is celebrated at an exhibition debuting in London in February.

Bob Marley – One Love Experience opens at Saatchi Gallery on February 2 – exploring the genius of the late Jamaican musician through his music, memorabilia, fan art and unprecedented photos.

bob marley in a denim shirt looks serious
London was another home for Marley, who lived and recorded here in the mid-1970s. Photo: Adrian Boot.

As with previous Saatchi Gallery shows, like 2016’s Rolling Stones’ ‘Exhibitionism’, ‘multisensory’ experiences are the name of the game, with a ‘Soul Shakedown Studio’ where you put on headphones and groove to Marley’s music with a silent disco; ‘Concrete Jungle Street Art Expo’, which takes you ‘backstage’ to a concert before revealing fan art; and ‘One Love Forest’, as we are told, evokes scents and sounds from a Jamaican forest.

Photo: Peter Murphy.

Londoners will be interested in learning more about Marley’s strong connections to this city: he fled here in 1976 after an attempt at his life and lived for a time at 42 Oakley Street in Chelsea with his band the Wailers (address is only 15 minutes from which the exhibition is held.) It is in this house that they recorded the album Exodus, with the tracks Jamming, Three Little Birds and One Love.

a blue plaque on the front of the Chelsea townhouse where Marley lived and recorded in 1977
Bob Marley lived and recorded down the road from which the exhibition is held. Photo: English Heritage.

The singer-songwriter could also often be seen playing football in Battersea Park with his bandmates before going into the studio to record late into the night.

The show debuts at the Saatchi Gallery and is in town for just 10 weeks before touring elsewhere.

Bob Marley – One Love Experience, Saatchi Gallery, tickets from £ 19.80, 2 February-18. April 2022

Last updated January 10, 2022


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