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SW4 Is Coming: See You On The Common

It’s that time again. We are 14 years deep into raving on the common. When the suburbs become home to Electronic Music Enthusiasts for a weekender of non-stop, feel-good, finely-tuned immenseness!

SW4 like no other London fest, has always been the hottest ticket in town, and continues to grow even stronger, with 2017 promising to be the loudest SW4 yet! Increased sound levels, London’s most upbeat bill of the season and the bank holiday vow to deliver a weekend to remember.

Here are our Top 8 artists we are on countdown to see:

PENDULUM
Pendulum are reforming in 2017. You heard it here. Closing the show on Saturday, Pendulum will be headlining and coming back with their first show for six years. This can only be monumental. Having been lucky enough to catch Pendulum a few times the first time around, they never failed to disappoint with their unbelievable energy and ability to get the crowd hyped.

SAM FELDT
We heard rumours that Sam Feldt will be gracing the stage with his full band and we cannot wait! A non-traditional move for SW4, the Capital FM Arena boasts this fresh faced international superstar, who since his mix of ‘Show Me Love’ has been ultimately unstoppable.

TOM ZANETTI
Ok then, watch what we say then… if you like Tom Zanetti, Saturday’s your day then. With his northern charm taking the season by storm, Zanetti is tipped to be our absolute crowd pleaser, geezer at SW4. Someone get us a plastic Champagne Flute of bubbles immediately.

ERIC PRYDZ
Having graced London recently, we cannot get enough of Eric Prydz. Prydz will be storming SW4 and gracing the usually suburban Clapham Common with anthem after anthem and we literally can’t wait to throw our hands up and all of our caution to the wind.

JAX JONES
Jax Jones can do no wrong. Perfecting that feel-good, I can do anything tune, we are ready to rave with our friends and strangers united. Come and find us in the crowd and we’ll cut our best Clapham shapes with you – guaranteed.

DISCIPLES
UK, South London based collective, Disciples have been giving us feels for some time now and we are stoked to see them right in their own stomping ground.

LAIDBACK LUKE
Make sure you don’t miss DJ and Producer Laidback Luke. If you are anywhere, make sure that you’re in The Ministry of Sound Arena on Sunday for this genius to take over your soul.

OXIDE & NEUTRINO
Because they are an absolute institution. Taking it back to the old skool, Oxide and Neutrino are a sure thing. Unmistakable beats taking over London again. They never, ever left really.

SW4 takes place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2017 and both dates are absolutely unmissable. Visit www.southwestfour.com for tickets and info.

Let the Electronic take over. See you on the Common.

Words by Simran Samra.

The Warehouse Project 2017 Opening Weekend Revealed

Following the sold out LCD Soundsystem launch weekend, The Warehouse Project are excited to reveal the second installment of the WHP17 opening sequence.

Taking place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September at their spiritual home of Store Street, The WHP17 opening weekend showcases some of the most exciting and respected names in house and techno.

Friday 23rd September welcomes DJ duo The Martinez Brothers, who’ll take over Room 1 of the underground car park, joined on the night by the likes of Eats Everything, Solardo, Josh Butler, Jacky, De La Swing, Latmun, Elliot Adamson and a special B2B set from Patrick Topping and Richy Ahmed.

Saturday 24th September sees an eleven hour dance-floor marathon, starring Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Ben Klock, Bicep, Ben UFO, Midland, Raresh, Job Jobse, Tom Trago, Peggy Gou, Mall Grab, OR:LA, Saoirse plus many more.

For those who have registered for the pre-sale, tickets are available from 9am on Wednesday 5th July. General sale tickets will be available from 9am this Thursday 6th July, via The Warehouse Project website: www.thewarehouseproject.com

FULL OPENING WEEKEND LINE-UP:

Friday 22nd September: Welcome to the Warehouse Part 1
THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS / EATS EVERYTHING / PATRICK TOPPING B2B RICHY AHMED / SOLARDO / JOSH BUTLER / JACKY / DE LA SWING / LATMUN / ELLIOT ADAMSON / NEVERDOGS / JESSE CALOSSO / PIRATE COPY / SIAN BENNETT / OLLI RYDER & LUKE WELSH / AJ CHRISTOU / MVSON COLLECTIVE / BRODYR

Saturday 23rd September: Welcome to the Warehouse Part 2
RICARDO VILLALOBOS / SETH TROXLER / BEN KLOCK / BICEP / BEN UFO / MIDLAND / RARESH / JOB JOBSE / TOM TRAGO / PEGGY GOU / MALL GRAB / OR:LA / SAOIRSE / RIKKI HUMPHREY / KRYSKO / GREG LORD / ZUTEKH DJS

Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone at the Royal Albert Hall

The excitement was palpable for the Harry Potter Heads amongst us. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as we took our seats, the lights dipped and we were introduced to the orchestra and the composer.

It’s a joy to see a film which has been enjoyed repeatedly throughout the years, disembodied to bring forward the craft and art which makes the movie so spectacular.

There were times when I lost myself in the the film, forgetting the full scale Orchestra was right before my eyes, and other times I was absorbed completely by the orchestra losing sight of the movie and the subtitles allowing the magic of the music to lose me in its magnitude.

The harpist took over the audiences hearts and stood out spectacularly as she plucked her way through the score. A noteworthy moment was the scene in which ‘Fluffy the three headed dog’ was being soothed to sleep by the harp and suddenly the harp stopped- the absence of play was truly striking.

Watching it all unfold at the Royal Albert hall was a breathtaking venue and allowed everyone in the round to have a great view from anywhere in the theatre, however I can’t help but feel that the closer you are to the stage, the greater the dramatic impact of the orchestra would be.

Dress up in your Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin regalia and lose yourself amongst other Harry Potter fans and allow yourself to be engrossed into the magnitude of the music.

In the words of Albus Dumbledore – “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”

Words by Simran Samra.

For more information click here.

 

Floating Points – ‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’ at The Barbican, London

Floating Point’s first short film proves that the arid desert landscape is anything but sparse by marrying space, sound, art and science.

‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’ finds Sam Shepherd and the Floating Points band in a thrilling sonic exploration of the environment under an endless desert sky. The project itself is positioned as spontaneous exploration – a ‘field recording’. Sam explains that the band had headed to a small solar powered shack in the middle of the Californian desert to rehearse new material between tour dates. Upon discovering the unique sound of the desert breeze crashing through rocky peaks, the echos of crows and coyotes, Sam was inspired to take a whole new direction.

He called upon Anna Diaz Ortuño who had previously directed the incredible video for Silhouettes (see below). Between just a handful of under-equipped people, the bipolar weather and kilos of sand, a 30 minute short film was born.

In the most challenging of locations, the combination of Sheperd’s sonic experimentation and the visual direction of Diaz really comes into its own. The audience follows the recording equipment as it is placed at different distances from the sounds source. We see clearly how Sam uses space to modulate this sound. Next he skips and dances around the rocky outcrops with a parabolic microphone, technology more associated with vintage spy movies. His movements reveal a rich tapestry of reverb as synths bounce against the organic structures and dust-filled winds; the variation in sound only matched by the striking biodiversity showcased by the camerawork.

The tracks we hear laid over this desert hiss are pieces that the band had been working on and were rehearsing during their time in the solar powered shack. The compositions are as expansive as their surroundings. What is most noticeable, in the tumbling breakdowns of first track “Silaurian Blue”, is its prog-rock/post-rock afflictions. Having a “band” format has clearly had it’s influence on Shepherd’s sounds, something he admits to in later questioning, referencing Krautrock pioneers Harmonia and their “Live 1974” record.

In the post screening Q&A, the crowd question Shepherd on his intentions and ideas for this project, which in itself is missing the point. This project celebrates discovery at its finest; unplanned, organic and imperfect. In its mission to make the behaviour of sound visible, it has wholeheartedly succeeded.

With talks of follow up projects, including modulating sounds through the movements of a dancer, we wait with anticipation for the next steps from this softly spoken genius. It’s thanks again to the Barbican for continuing to showcase some of the most forward thinking programming in the capital. Here are our picks for the coming months:

Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason: Music for Sólaris / 29 July ’17
Transcender 2017 featuring Midori Takada / 28 September ’17
Wolfgang Voigt aka GAS / 8 October ’17
Dasha Rush + LCC / 18 October ’17
Nils Frahm – All Melody / February ’18

Words by David March.

Find out more and buy tickets here.

Buy Reflections – Mojave Desert (Digital, Vinyl, CD, DVD) here.

1883 Fashion Guide: Mains by Skepta

Make some space in your wardrobe people, because Skepta has graced us with Mains – a compilation of easy-to-wear pieces to style out the unpredictable ‘summer’ weather. Putting a contemporary spin on the British staple, Skepta’s creative direction takes the original tracksuit and brings it into the 21st century with a unisex cut and a range of trending colors. Inspired by his own wardrobe, Mains will no doubt be on the backs of all the jet setting youth this summer.

Relaxed-fit cotton-jersey T-shirts RRP £50

Track cotton-drill jogging bottoms RRP £210

Track cotton-drill top £190

Track cotton-drill jogging bottoms RRP £210

Track cotton-drill top £190

All pieces available from Selfridges

Words by Kerri Stolerman

ASOS X MTV Pimp My Tracksuit

MTV: All 90s’ kids’ go to place for the hottest tunes, the hottest celebs, and now it seems – the hottest tracksuit. Designed by the most in-the-know and ever-evolving one stop shop for fashion, ASOS, and narrated by the cheeky and hilarious King of Music Tim Westwood, a dream collaboration was born: ASOS x MTV. Prepare yourself to be transported back to your childhood with this funky collection that will certainly pimp your wardrobe. Here are our front runners:

RRP £38 available at ASOS X MTV

 

RRP £35 available at ASOS x MTV

 

RRP £40 available at ASOS x MTV

 

RRP £32 available at ASOS x MTV

 

RRP £20 available at ASOS x MTV

 

RRP £48 available at ASOS x MTV

 

RRP £5 available at ASOS x MTV

 

All pieces from the musically inspired collection available on ASOS

Words by Kerri Stolerman

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House 2017

10th – 23rd August

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House brings the best of cinema to one of the most spectacular settings in London. The annual festival presents a two-week programme – handpicked by Film4 and Somerset House – of contemporary, cult and classic films, plus premieres of forthcoming releases, from around the world. The state-of-the-art projection onto London’s largest outdoor screen and surround sound ensure that every line and every look of every film can be fully appreciated by audiences.

The 2017 festival will open with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the stirring sequel to the Oscar®-winning 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which follows the former Vice President Al Gore as he continues his fight against climate change. Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House is thrilled to welcome Al Gore to present the premiere and participate in a special on-stage Q&A.

The festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Blow-Up, an iconic and stylish portrait of ‘60s swinging London from legendary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni.

Double-bills make for exciting, extended Saturday nights at Somerset House. This year’s first double-bill pairs Donnie Darko with The Omen, two eerie tales about creepy kids directed by dark forces. The following Saturday brings together two white-knuckle thrillers – Jaws and Deliverance.

August 10 OPENING NIGHT: UK PREMIERE – AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER
August 11: VICTORIA
August 12: DONNIE DARKO + THE OMEN
August 13: THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
August 14: MOONLIGHT
August 15: ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
August 16 CENTREPIECE: UK PREMIERE – THE SQUARE
August 17: BHAJI ON THE BEACH
August 18: IN BRUGES
August 19: JAWS + DELIVERANCE
August 20: MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO
August 21: CRUEL INTENTIONS
August 22: BLOW-UP
August 23 CLOSING NIGHT: UK PREMIERE – PATTI CAKE$

For more information and tickets, click here.

 

 

 

1883’s Shopping Guide: The Customisable Edit

This week, invest in your own creative freedom by creating something bespoke and personal to you with a gem or two from 1883’s customisable edit, where we’ve selected the best pieces in fashion where you can indulge your creativity and enhance your uniqueness.

ANYA HINDMARCH

Start with a simple bucket bag and choose your own base colour, strap color, and extra accessories. A collaboration made in heaven, Anya Hindmarch x YOU.

RRP starts at £895 available at Anya Hindmarch

GUCCI

Alessandro Michele hands the designer role to the customer with Gucci’s DIY service. Add your personal flair into Gucci classics such as the Ace Sneaker, leather jackets and bombers.

RRP £2,500 available at Gucci

SOLELY ORIGINAL

Always wanted to be a footwear designer? Start at home by creating your own pair of shoes from scratch with London based company Solely Original. From the choice of type of shoe to toe shape and trims, create a pair of shoes that are as unique as you are.

RRP £169 available at Solely Original

CATH KIDSTON

Diversify your style with Cath Kidson’s #loveyourhandles collection. Complete with 10 quirky and interchangeable straps to switch up your look, let your strap reflect your creative freedom and mix and match as you please!

RRP starts at £7.50 available at Cath Kidston

HB LONDON

Make your most handy accessory as distinctive as you are with HB London’s chic phone cases. Choose from a range of skins to font placements to make yourself stand out from the crowd of Iphones. Also useful if you misplace your phone a lot.

RRP £34 available at HB London

Words by Kerri Stolerman

1883 Magazine’s Weekend Shopping guide: The best trainer edit

There has been a heatwave, it’s hot, gonna rain over the weekend; woebetide us, we are definitely using all three excuses for a good shop over the weekend. This week we are focusing on cool kicks for 1883’s ultimate trainer edit, where we’ve selected the creme de la creme of trainers for your convenience. You can thank us later.

1.YEEZY BOOST 350 V2

Drop everything – Kanye West and Adidas have announced the long awaited return of YEEZY BOOST 350 V2. Available in White, Core Black and Red, the drop of the distinctly designed shoe will most likely sell out fast – so run to an Adidas store and grab a pair while you can!

Already sold out! Sign up here for updates: Adidas

2. KEEN UNEEK#UNEEKPERSPECTIVES

This week, open-air footwear pros KEEN UNEEK have revealed their #UNEEKPERSPECTIVES global campaign. Modeled by a selection of London Creatives, KEEN UNEEK’s coveted new collection embodies urban life using modern performance technology and provides a way for their customer to access the street wear trend in the height of a heatwave.

RRP £62.51 available at Keen Footwear

3.Alyx Studio x Vans

Across the pond in Russia, an Alyx Studio x Vans collaboration has been released. Adding their own flair to Vans’s classic design, this shoe will slip easily into your everyday life.

RRP £93.77 available from Opening Ceremony

4.Fila’s Disruptor 2 OG White

Looking for a trainer for Summer with support? Treat yourself to Fila’s Disruptor 2 OG White with soles that will make you never want to take them off. With their crisp white design, unimposing but recognizable branding and jagged soles, you can’t go wrong with an O.G.

RRP £50.79 available from Fila

5. Balenciaga’s Speed Runners

Red is the colour of the moment. Why not embrace it with Balenciaga’s Speed Runners in mesmerizing Red? A simple and incredibly contemporary design makes up a shoe that is the cherry on top of any outfit. Slip on, slip off, enjoy.

RRP £435 from Balenciaga

6. Nike’s Air Max 95s

After their incredible success with Nike’s Air Max 95s, trainer legends Nike are giving the people what they want with their new colourway, Cobblestone. Light and perfect for the work to bar situation. Smart athleisure wear that works for the modern person.

RRP £125 from Offspring

 

7. Commes des Garcons Novesta trainers 

CDG is the gift that keeps on giving. Arriving on Friday 2nd June in the Good Design Shop, the Commes des Garcons Novesta trainers are everything you’d want in a summer trainer: light colour, hot branding, comfort and emitting a general coolness. Expect heads to turn.

RRP £175 available from Ssense

8. adidas Original Campus 

Adidas are the king of reinventing classic styles by adding a new, modern twist. Check out the new adidas Original Campus shoe for a mixture of throwback and futuristic vibes with vibrant colours such as deep navy blue.

RRP £69.95 available from Adidas

Words by Kerri Stolerman

1883 x One off DUBSTEP Mix from Spooky B x Outlook Festival

Recognised as the leading ambassador of bass celebrations and soundsystem culture across the world, Outlook Festival marks an incredible ten years of existence this summer. For this mammoth bill there’s no holding back, as Outlook announce Ghostface Killah, David Rodigan, Roots Manuva, Mad Professor, Shy FX, Loyle Carner, Rockwell, Chronixx & Zinc Fence Redemption Band, Congo Natty, Amy Becker, Alix Perez, Jammz and more all making the pilgrimage to Croatia to join Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Goldie, LEVELZ, Jonwayne and more. Priding themselves on championing both legends of the game and the leaders of tomorrow, Outlook Festival will unite the biggest, baddest and best names from dubstep, jungle, dub, drum and bass, hip-hop, grime and everything in between at their fortress home across the 6th-10th September, and with tier three tickets moving fast, party people wanting to join the celebrations should act now to secure a spot at Outlook Festival 2017.

For more information and tickets click here.

We chatted to Spooky B who’s recorded a one off dubstep remix for 1883.

What tune should we be listening to this summer?
I’m gonna pick one that’s in this mix – ‘Spiritual Warfare’ by Distant Roots & Creep n00m.

What are you most excited about for Outlook 2017?
The boat parties are gonna be seriously wavey.

What items are on your essential packing list for Outlook?
A portable charger. Shades. A hand towel. Deodorant. Don’t need more than that really.

What’s your favourite Outlook Festival memory?
Doing ‘The Void’ stage for Just Jam. Crazy.

Describe Outlook in 3 words.
Mental. Magical. Mad.