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Rip It Up reviews

Press and visitor reactions to the Rip It Up! Exhibition.


‘Like Scottish pop itself, this exhibition keeps on giving.’
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Times

‘…no stones have been left unturned, no sounds dismissed, and anyone with an interest in music – regardless where the physical and cultural borders lie around it – is thoroughly advised to see this show.’
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The List

‘…impressively comprehensive celebration of Scotland’s diverse musical heritage… a major cultural event.’
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Scotsman

‘…it’s impossible to exit without marvelling at the nation’s music-making history.’
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Mail on Sunday

‘…a rich trove from an eclectic mix of artists.’
The Independent

‘… there’s a genuine pop thrill to seeing iconic costumes, guitars and stage props in the flesh... The joy of pop fandom resounds.’

Visitors’ views at the exhibition...

'Superb - brings back great memories.’

‘This exhibition was so good that I didn't want to leave!’

‘As a culture and music enthusiast this was just amazing! Learned so many things.’

‘Most fun we have ever had in a museum!’

‘Absolutely amazing! I danced all the way through it.’

...and online

‘Cracking couple of hours at #RipItUp exhibition at National Museum. Now home, head filled with music past and present.’
– Ian Rankin @beathhigh

‘Rip It Up you smashed it tonight.’
– Davie Miller @finitribe

‘My preposterous ’89 J-P Gaultier @hueandcry jacket is in the #ripitup Scots pop exhibition at @NtlMuseumsScot. But preposterous exuberance is the point. Here’s a Scotland that’s been exploding with passion & ideas, for 60 odd years.’
– Pat Kane @theplayethic

‘I went to see Rip It Up a history of Scottish Pop at @NtlMuseumsScot in Edinburgh. I think they've done a great job and it's a very fun exhibition. I'm very pleased BMX Bandits are part of it. Go see it.'
– Duglas T Stewart @DuglasTStewart

‘We’re really proud to be part of this, it’s an amazing show. We made our part if it around our first album, Up For A Bit With The Pastels. If you’re in Edinburgh over the summer go and see it.’
– The Pastels @pastels_the

‘It's a very odd sensation finding one's self is now a museum piece... The exhibition is great; highly recommended.’
– Optimo (Espacio)‏ @JDTwitch

‘Finally made it through to the #RipItUp exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. Just a wee bitty chuffed, showing my kids their dad's a museum piece...’
– James Yorkston @jamesyorkston

‘You must go see the fabulous 'Rip It Up' exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, including our old Amek Einstein Super E console... A fantastic tribute to the outstanding music that Scotland has produced since the 60's. #RipItUp’
– Chem19 Studios @Chem19Studios

‘…it's a must see show - the music, style, costume, energy that makes up Scotland's story. Congratulations all!’
– Fiona Hyslop @FionaHyslop

‘Big night out for the Grogan sisters @NtlMuseumsScot #RipItUp We loved the exhibition so much we're going back to do it all again!’
– Clare Grogan @claregrogan2

‘Really enjoyed the brilliant #RipItUp exhibition at @NtlMuseumsScot today! I highly recommend going to see it.’
– Gus Harrower @gushmusic

‘I can’t recommend the exhibition RIP IT UP highly enough. An engaging and glitzy wander through the history of Pop in Scotland via folk, skiffle, R&B beat, rock, punk, glam, indie, dance, hip hop and more! LOVED The Rezillos bit!’
– Phill Jupitus @phillipjupitus5276

‘Chuffed to find ourselves in such good company at the excellent @nationalmuseumsscotland Rip It Up exhibition!’
– Ian Turnbull @ianbrokenrecords

‘Best exhibition ever.’
– Garry Scobie @gscobie

‘The best £10 you can spend in Edinburgh right now!’
– James O’Malley @Jamesie

‘The difficult thing is trying not to sing along!’
– Ivar Struthers @chinapenguin

‘A glorious way to spend an afternoon. So many memories’
– Nicky Marr @NickyMarr

‘The #RipItUp exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland was amazing- a perfect (and cool!) way to spend this scorcher of a day!’
– Elastic Creative @weareelastic

‘An added wee bonus (big bonus!) to #edfringe is the excellent #RipItUp exhibition @NtlMuseumsScot. Actually felt quite emotional. Evoked strong feelings of carefree, youthful, joie de vivre. Not specific reminisces, just a joyous, hope-filled state of mind.’
– Aileen Walker @AileenWalkerUK

'Never has an exhibition felt so much like a party round mine.'
– Linda Ross @linda83ross

'I’ve been to see that exhibition four times...'
– Ian Rankin @beathhigh

'Surprised at how emotional I got showing Elle around Rip It Up. I even teared up at a picture of the Sub Club! It was a really special day to spend with my baby!'
– Clare Grogan @claregroan2


Header image © Neil Hanna.

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