Experience the Thrill of Pop Music's History; the National Centre for Popular Music

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The National Centre for Popular Music is the first interactive arts and education centre in the world that is dedicated to popular music - and you could be among its first visitors.

We have 15 family tickets plus 15 adult pairs of tickets up for grabs - these exclusive tickets will allow our winners to preview the Centre on February 27, before it officially opens.

Scheduled to open on March 1, the Centre will recognise popular music as an art-form, educating and informing visitors about its history, cross-cultural influences, global significance and impact on other art-forms. It will offer the visitor a totally unique experience.

Based in Sheffield, the unusual building has a fully-glazed ground-floor supporting four large stainless steel drums and is a major new landmark for the region and complements the wide range of music and arts organisations already based in Sheffield's Cultural Industries Quarter.

The main exhibition areas are housed in each of the four drums on the first floor of the Centre. On the ground floor (which is free to everyone) there will be a Temporary Exhibition Gallery, a licensed cafe bar, a fast food cafeteria and a shop.

The four main exhibition areas include: Perspectives - celebrating the diversity of popular music through a number of video presentations; Making Music - discover how popular music is created, recorded and distributed plus lots of opportunities to 'have-a-go'; Turning Points - celebrating the global impact of popular music with a changing programme of large-scale films and projections plus a unique 'world wall' where visitors can access sounds from around the world; Soundscapes - the first three dimensional surround-sound auditorium in the world, where a 360 degree sound system delivers music as it has never been heard before. …