SURPRISE! ZOO STATION: A U2:UV EXPERIENCE IN VEGAS
Headed to Las Vegas for the U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere shows beginning next month?
We are delighted to announce Zoo Station: A U2:UV Experience, a fan portal comprised of more than 12,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space across two floors of The Venetian© (the only resort with direct access to Sphere).
The exhibit will include a retrospective of Anton Corbijn's photography and videos, a pop up shop with exclusive merch, and a Zoo TV Cinema—an intimate theater where films curated by The Edge, including rare and unreleased concert footage, will screen daily.
Zoo Station, which opens to the public on September 28, is a cutting-edge, multimedia interactive love letter to fans developed in collaboration with Gavin Friday, U2's longtime Creative Director. It is intended to serve as a central destination and hub for fans, where they can congregate, celebrate, indulge in a little retail therapy, view exclusive U2 content, and immerse themselves in the band's musical and creative history.
Admission to Zoo Station is free, except for special film screenings in the Zoo TV Cinema. (More information on that below.)
The exhibit borrows its name from 'Zoo Station', the opening track of U2's groundbreaking album, 'Achtung Baby', and the nickname of the Zoologischer Garten—the actual train station in Berlin's city center located not far from the legendary Hansa Studios where the band recorded much of their seminal 1991 album.
Zoo Station, which will be open daily Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., allows fans to experience the origins of and inspirations behind Achtung Baby and its accompanying industry-defining Zoo TV Tour with its vision of a technologically-charged future. From the historic train station entrance, a life-sized subway car, and a vintage Trabant (the East German automobiles that symbolized for U2 the epic changes that were happening in early-1990s Europe) to state-of-the-art sound design and an interactive Satellite of Love media station, the exhibit displays viscerally conjure the iconic magic of the band's Zoo era.
The industrial train station aesthetic of Zoo Station's ground floor gives way to a more modern, futuristic environment on the second floor that pays homage to shows at Sphere at the band's propulsive technological, stagecraft, and sonic innovations in live music.
Highlights of Zoo Station include:
- Anton Corbijn Gallery: A retrospective exhibit of the famed Dutch photographer, featuring rotating photos and videos from throughout Corbijn's five decades as a close collaborator with the band. Corbijn has personally curated the exhibit space.
- U2 Pop Up Shop: This unique retail location will feature new, exclusive band merchandise, and a variety of musical titles. A capsule collection of limited-edition products made exclusively for this experience will be available throughout the run of the U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere shows.
- Zoo TV Cinema: Curated by The Edge, the theater will screen five films daily, including rare and unreleased concert footage from U2 shows around the world, as well as new short films 'Beyond the Tour', 'A Day in the Life of The Edge', and more. Tickets for the screenings are $15. Information about ticket purchasing and the screening schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
- Fans also can visit the Fly Bar for drinks and more interactive art.
The entrance to Zoo Station will be located in The Venetian Resort's Waterfall Atrium, steps away from The Palazzo Casino floor.
A limited number of complimentary tickets for each Zoo TV Cinema screening will be reserved for Vibee VIP package purchasers.
Additionally, Vibee VIP pass holders and Zoo Cinema ticket holders will receive priority access to the second floor of Zoo Station. A fan portal will be open exclusively to Vibee VIP passholders from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on performance days.
A limited number of Vibee VIP packages and upgrades are available HERE.