How often have you watched footage of a event that’s gone down in folklore and wished you could have been there? Maybe it’s a legendary concert-Queen at Live Aid, Nirvana at Reading Festival-or perhaps it’s one of those sporting events like the Istanbul Champions League Final of 2005 or the historic 1974 ‘Rumble In The Jungle’ boxing match.
Now, you might just be able to experience what it was like to attend one of these events, with a brand new offering from Rematch, who specialise in recreating sporting events – and this time have an immersive edition of that famous Muhammad Ali and George Foreman fight in 1974.
The Rumble In The Jungle Rematch take place just shy of 50 years after one of the all-time great boxing matches, which has often been dubbed the greatest sporting event of the 20th century, and gives anyone a chance to witness a recreation of the fight that saw over a billion people – a quarter of the world’s population at the time – tune in to watch.
Using the music, culture and fashion that surrounded the Rumble In The Jungle fight, Seymour Hall will act as your time machine to 1974 Kinshasa to place you in a front-row seat, witnessing Ali fight for a heavyweight title that had been stripped from him in 1966 when he refused the Vietnam draft.
Sport and theatre can see the fight that made him the second dethroned champion in history, as well as exploring the buildup to the match and the cultural ripple effects that were felt after, making it a milestone event in the history of sport.
In this multi-sensory affair, attendees can check out plenty of interactive elements to the Rematch experience; from live actors and archive footage to memorabilia. Rumble In The Jungle Rematch will be soundtracked by music from the Zaire 74 music festival accompanying the fight.
It’s the second Rematch immersive experience, following the successful Wimbledon 1980 final recreation, and tickets for Rumble In The Jungle Rematch, starting in February 2023, are on sale now.
Richard Ayers, Founder of Rematch, said: “Sport has the power to inspire and unite people from all over the world and from different cultural backgrounds.
“Rumble in the Jungle and Muhammad Ali transcend national and cultural boundaries which is why, following the success of Wimbledon Rematch 1980, we are thrilled to be reimagining one of the greatest moments in sporting history. From Ali’s trash-talking to his pre match speech to the music and mood of Zaire in 1974, Rumble in the Jungle Rematch will offer London a completely new unique immersive experience.”
Rumble In The Jungle rematch takes place at the Seymour Centre in February – April 2023. Get your tickets here!