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Pete McKee: Thud, Crackle, Pop - Autumn Tour

RedHouse Originals Gallery, 15 Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate HG1 1DW

Date: 7 - 8th November 2014

Exhibition Artwork

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Pete McKee’s Thud, Crackle, Pop is a pop-up exhibition for vinyl lovers. And we are thrilled to be hosting the collection for the first time outside London.

Supported by Paul Smith and with contributions from music fans including Noel Gallagher, Paddy Considine and Mary Anne Hobbs, the London show was a huge success, seeing over 1000 visitors in just two days.

The inspiration behind the show was McKee’s love of music and from the culture surrounding vinyl- those who buy it, play it, sell it and create it.

McKee: “It's a celebration of all things vinyl. While music is audible, vinyl brings that physical quality to it. The whole process is a performance; flicking through the racks, carefully pulling the disc from the sleeve, flipping to your preferred side, placing it on the turntable and gently lowering the arm onto the spinning black disc. Hearing the 'thud', 'crackle' and 'pop' before the track begins to play, sitting back with the sleeve admiring the artwork and reading the lyrics. This is my homage to vinyl and the glory of the 12' sleeve.”



To mark the opening of Thud Crackle Pop Mckee has created a new large scale mural in the centre of Harrogate. "My Favourite Record Shop" is over 20m long and can be viewed on Station Bridge and Victoria Avenue in the towncentre and from all in and outbound trains from Leeds to Harrogate. The image features records specially selected by Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Sir Paul Smith, Mary Anne Hobbs, Vicky McClure, Paddy Considine and Irvine Welsh.

McKee said: “When I was offered the opportunity to produce a large scale piece of street art in Harrogate I jumped at the chance; I'm a great believer in making art for the people and one of the best ways of doing this is street art. "My Favourite Record Shop" is a celebration of music; another art form for the masses, and is also a fanfare for the independent retailer who puts his passion on the line and dares to try and make a living out of something they love.”

The “My Favourite Record Shop” mural is on display now at:
The Factory, Poliform North, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate HG1 1DX



The ‘Thud, Crackle, Pop’ will be a unique gallery experience; the entire ground floor at RedHouse will be transformed into a record shop with visitors invited to look through the new works as you would ‘dig’ through the racks, searching for that elusive LP. Amongst the racks will be rare, one-off McKee sketches and limited-edition signed prints available exclusively at the show.

McKee: "I’m so delighted to see ‘Thud, Crackle, Pop’ take to the road, visiting two fantastic venues before heading back to my home town. The guys at RedHouse gallery in Harrogate know as much about music as they do about art, so the exhibition will be well at home in their beautiful contemporary gallery."

The show has its own website,, with interviews, videos and news from the world of vinyl. The exhibition has already featured in the Guardian Guide, the London Evening Standard and Shortlist magazine, as well as online at the Creative Review, Paul Smith’s blog and website, and McKee also appeared on Radio 6 Music discussing the exhibition with Steve Lamacq on his drivetime show.

For further information please contact the gallery here.

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