The bus aims to provide young people with free hands-on opportunities to produce original music, video, photo, game app and broadcast projects within its mobile recording studios.
Yoko, along with special guests, will be in Liverpool for the European launch of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus on Wednesday 8th May at the Museum of Liverpool. The event will be streamed live online.
The bus will also be at the Yoko Ono curated Meltdown Festival on the South Bank in London this June, amongst other soon to be announced dates.
The programme has been made possible by international companies such as Montblanc, Apple and Sony who have contributed equipment and funding.
The facility boasts two studio environments, robotic video cameras, switchable glass doors that change from clear to opaque for privacy, green screen production capabilities from Reflecmedia, Manfrotto’s Sky Track system for suspending lights, cameras, and speakers. An upper level “Peace Deck” has been created for interviews, live music, DJs, and bands.
“The educational bus is a huge success in the USA. But John would have been extra thrilled that it is now launching in Europe, starting in Liverpool, his home town,” said Yoko Ono Lennon.
Plans for Lennon Bus Europe have been evolving since the first US Lennon Bus hit the road 16 years ago. Yoko Ono Lennon developed the outreach project with Executive Director Brian Rothschild and legendary music manager, David Sonenberg to provide young people with access to state of the art studios as a way of inspiring them to ‘create original projects reflective of their ideas, values, and creativity’.
Like its original sister bus in the US, Lennon Bus Europe is staffed by a crew of three producer/engineers, and will include stops at local schools, colleges and festivals; providing free tours and workshops in which young people produce original songs, audio recordings, broadcast quality music videos and livestream events using equipment from Apple, Sony, Avid, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone Litepanels, Roland, Genelec, Neutrik, Thomann, SSL, Audio-Technica, NewTek, Todocast by Globecomm, and more.
The US Lennon Bus has history as a hit maker, with chart-topping singles from The Black Eyed Peas and Fergie recorded on board. The European edition will also invite name recording artists to participate, mentor students, and utilise the facilities throughout its journey.
Lennon Bus Europe was designed and built by the Ketterer Truck Company, with studio integration provided by Sony Professional Solutions Europe.
Interiors were created by designer Tom Junglas. Lennon Bus Chief Engineer, Jeff Sobel worked closely with all parties.
Plans are underway to further expand the project to China and Japan.