The King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll has finally made it to London. Elvis Presley famously never made a visit to the UK—bar a brief flight stopover in Scotland, when he was returning from national service in Germany—but The O2 Arena is now playing host to the next best thing.
Elvis At The O2 (to August) is billed as the biggest Elvis exhibition ever staged in Europe, and gathers together more than 300 artifacts from the Presley family’s Graceland Archive.
Some of the items showcased for the first time outside of Memphis, USA, include his American Eagle jumpsuit from the legendary concert Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii, a 1960 MG Roadster car from the hit movie Blue Hawaii, his pink Cadillac, his personal keys to Graceland and even his wallet, containing photographs of a young Lisa Marie, his daughter. Iconic outfits such as his black leather suit from the 1968 TV show Comeback Special will also be on display.
The exhibition takes a chronological look at the man who transformed the entertainment industry, from his humble beginnings in Mississippi to the height of his fame as the most successful singer on the planet. Audio-visual presentations bring his story to life and those legendary songs such as All Shook Up and Jailhouse Rock play around the series of rooms, which are themed on different areas of his life and career.
Many of the artifacts have been loaned from Graceland, the house Elvis made his home from the late 1950s to his untimely death in 1977. 'What we’ll be presenting is as much of Graceland as can fit into The 02,' says exhibition co-ordinator Nic Wastell. 'For people who can’t get to Graceland, Graceland is coming to them!'