The Holly Johnson Story


Enjoy code: 451028
Food and drink
Target groups
Elderly, Adult, Youth
External information

Available tickets

14/09 2024 12:30pm
Museum of Liverpool Pier Head Liverpool Waterfront LIVERPOOL
Provided by The List


The 80’s is synonymous with the music of Holly Johnson and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. As the band were storming the charts, Britain was going through a cultural revolution. On the 40th anniversary of the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome, 1984, this exhibition will chart the life and career of Liverpool lad Holly Johnson and his meteoric ascension to fame, where he become one of the first openly gay and openly HIV+ high profile artists in history. 

Delivered in partnership with Homotopia and Duovision, this exhibition will tell the story of Holly’s very public experience with homophobia and HIV+ stigma. It will reflect the polarising emotions of glamour, fun and sexual liberation, as well as fear and loss, encapsulating the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community at the time, an important moment in our history, and its legacy today.