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Yoko Ono Lennon will unveil the brand new non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus for Europe in Liverpool on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Lennon Bus Europe will then be situated at Southbank Centre in London during this year’s Meltdown Festival which is curated by Yoko

“This is a project John Lennon would have loved.” Yoko Ono Lennon

2013 marks the unveiling of a new non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which was made possible by the generosity and support of Yoko Ono Lennon. The bus is dedicated to providing the young people of Europe with free hands-on opportunities to produce original music, video, photo, game app and broadcast projects within the bus’s mobile recording studios.  This revolutionary program is made possible by international companies such as Montblanc, Apple and Sony whose contributions of state of the art equipment and funding underscore a commitment to art, culture and education.

Yoko, along with special guests, will be in Liverpool for the European launch of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus on Wednesday 8th May at the Museum of Liverpool. The event will be streamed live for a global audience.

“The educational bus is a huge success in the USA. But John would have been extra thrilled that it is now launching in Europe, starting in Liverpool, his home town.” – Yoko Ono Lennon.

Attendees will be able to preview this extraordinary vehicle before it sets off on an exciting tour of the UK and Europe.  The bus will also be at the Yoko Ono curated Meltdown Festival on the South Bank in London this June, amongst other soon to be announced dates.

Yoko Ono Lennon adds; “I’m so thrilled that the Educational Tour Bus will be situated at Meltdown. All kids who are interested in making music and learning how to use instruments in the recording studio should come and make use of this freebie!”

Plans for Lennon Bus Europe have been evolving since the first US Lennon Bus hit the road 16 years ago. Yoko Ono Lennon developed the outreach project with Executive Director Brian Rothschild and legendary music manager, David Sonenberg to provide young people with access to state of the art studios as a way of inspiring them to create original projects reflective of their ideas, values, and creativity.  

Like its original sister bus in the US, Lennon Bus Europe is staffed by a crew of three producer/engineers, and will include stops at local schools, colleges and festivals; providing free tours and workshops in which young people produce original songs, audio recordings, broadcast quality music videos and livestream events using equipment from Apple, Sony, Avid, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone Litepanels, Roland, Genelec, Neutrik, Thomann, SSL, Audio-Technica, NewTek, Todocast by Globecomm, and more – all in one day!

The US Lennon Bus also has an illustrious history as a hit maker, with chart topping singles from The Black Eyed Peas and Fergie recorded on board. Continuing the tradition, the European edition will invite name recording artists to participate, mentor students, and utilise the facilities throughout its journey. The new larger facility boasts two studio environments, robotic video cameras, switchable glass doors that change from clear to opaque for privacy, green screen production capabilities from Reflecmedia, Manfrotto’s Sky Track system for suspending lights, cameras, and speakers, and the new upper level “Peace Deck” created for interviews, live music, DJs, and bands.   

Lennon Bus Europe is a unique one of a kind vehicle designed and built by the Ketterer Truck Company, with studio integration provided by Sony Professional Solutions Europe. Interiors were created by designer Tom Junglas.  Lennon Bus Chief Engineer, Jeff Sobel worked closely with all parties to produce the perfect environment for students and professionals alike. 

The UK & European tour schedule and interactive map can be found at, where visitors can also see all of the content created on board.  Plans are underway to further expand the project to China and Japan.

For further information and technical specifics on the Bus, please contact -

Erika Thomas

Cornerstone Agency

020 8962 1440

For press enquiries and requests regarding Yoko Ono, please contact

Murray Chalmers

Murray Chalmers PR

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. After 16 years of touring the U.S (taking in sites including SXSW, Coachella, CMJ and many more) the new Lennon Bus for Europe features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products.

The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. Go to for more information.

The Bus will travel across the U.K. and Europe year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences.

Lennon Bus Europe is supported by the generosity of sponsors including Apple, Montblanc, Sony, Avid, True Religion, Neutrik, Thomann, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone, Baker & McKenzie , Genelec, NewTek, TodoCast by Globecomm, Vox Amps, Mobile Roadie, Audio-Technica, Roland, JamHub, SSL, Sonicbids, Genelec, Litepanels, Manfrotto, Clear-Com, AJA, Anton/Bauer, Copperpeace, Applied Acoustics Systems, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, iZotope, Slingerland Drums, and Mad Mimi.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.




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