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Where’s Johnny?

He’s about to make an appearance at some of the coolest festivals this the summer (Lovebox and Love Supreme to name two), and if you’re one of the incredibly lucky few you’ve already met him at a wedding or birthday. If you haven’t had a chance to meet our new love, then fear not: Bubbledogs’ new mustard yellow vintage 1976 Peugeot J7 van – aptly named Johnny after his birthplace in Condòm, France – is hosting a one off tasting masterclass combining two of our favorite things: champagne and hotdogs.

On Tuesday 31st May, Bubbledogs are taking over Dynamic Vines in Bermondsey and recreating a mini festival, as it were, with live music, wine tastings and of course plenty of hot dogs served from Johnny himself. Some of the highlights from the evening include tastings by wine experts such as Sandia Chang (Co-founder and Sommelier at Bubbledogs and Kitchen Table) as well as Raphael Rodriguez – he of FERA fame. Alongside the delicious champagne, Johnny will be serving some of Bubbledog favourites such as the New Yorker – grilled sauerkraut, caramelized onions & the Sloppy Joe – beef chilli, cheddar cheese & chopped onions (vegetarian options are also accounted for).

Tickets are now on sale at £20; to include a glass of grower Champagne and entry to the tastings available to book between 7-9pm. Each complimentary masterclass holds up to 25 guests per session, it is advisable to pre-book into these sessions to be guaranteed entry to the tastings of your choice on the night, due to popular demand.

Tickets can be purchased at bubbledogs.tocktix.com. To reserve a complimentary ticket to the tasting sessions email johnny@bubbledogs.co.uk with your ticket reference number and preferred masterclass.

Love Saves The Day Reveal Party On The Moon Stage Line-up Hosted By Shy FX

The announcement lights have gone from red to green as Shy FX brings his ‘Party On The Moon’ event concept to Love Saves The Day for a second year, with full stage line-up now ready to announce.

As well as a headline set from the main man himself, the line-up for Shy’s Love Saves The Day stage will be blessed with big names including Katy B, who will be performing new material from her forthcoming album Honey, London grime star Giggs, and UK production duo Snakehips.

Arriving at Bristol’s Love Saves The Day festival on Sunday 29th May, Party On The Moon, a culmination of a lifelong obsession from Shy FX with extensive styles of music, will be sending the Love Saves The Day crowd into orbit.

Other artists set to grace the stage include American hip hop producer Just Blaze, London Grime MC CASisDEAD, BBC Radio 1 DJ Benji B, General Levy, Kiko Bun, Nadia Rose, Masterstepz, Shingai and Hutch.

For more information click here.

 

 

Lovebox 2016 Announces “After Dark” Parties

London’s own festival Lovebox returns this July for two days of music, mischief and mayhem. Featuring headlining sets from LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer, Lovebox boasts a thrilling musical billing that spans genres, eras and continents. Featuring the hottest new acts (Oh Wonder, GoldLink), music’s most relevant and exciting names (Run The Jewels, MØ), the biggest names in grime (Kano, Stormzy), and legends (George Clinton Mothership Reconnection, David Rodigan) it’s set to be the biggest year yet for the Tower Hamlets festival.

Now, Lovebox unveils this year’s series of After Dark nights, ensuring the party doesn’t have to end in the park. Spanning four of east London’s best club spaces, some of the world’s biggest DJs will be spinning at seven massive parties, including Ricardo Villalobos, George FitzGerald, Hannah Wants and Paul Woolford.

Kicking off the weekend on the Friday at Oval Space is the legendary Goldie. The drum & bass innovator will be joined by grime producer Preditah, Tottenham MC CASisDEAD, garage duo DJ Luck & MC Neat plus rising selectors Siobhan Bell, Larry Sun and Ramsay for a celebration of UK music, brought to you by experts in the underground Groove Control.

Meanwhile, at Village Underground, Krankbrother will host a selection of massive house DJs headlined by Leeds underground producer Paul Woolford, with support from Dutch legends Tom Trago, William Kouam Djoko and Cinnaman, plus a set from Krankbrother.

The Laundry sees the unstoppable Hannah Wants head up proceedings. Two of the brightest names in UK dance, Riton and My Nu Leng, will support on the night presented by electronic promoters Magic and Medicine.

Last but certainly not least, fabric – who will be making their exclusive festival debut at Lovebox – will host Flava D’s fabriclive 88 CD launch, which unsurprisingly features a killer lineup of homegrown talent. Flava D will appear in Room 1 alongside Newham Generals’ D Double E, Butterz duo Elijah & Skilliam, bass stalwarts DJ Q and Holy Goof, and grime producer Royal-T. In Room 2, there’ll be a night of quality house from dirtybird co-founder Justin Martin, pioneering producer Matt Jam Lamont, rising beatmaker Billy Kenny and electronic duo Icarus.

Saturday’s parties are just as massive. Rounding off the weekend at Oval Space, in association with nomadic party crew Percolate, will be a set from George FitzGerald plus appearances from veteran techno producer Deetron, ascending producer Ghost Culture, Percolate residents Krywald & Farrer and NTS resident Fold.

There’s good vibes aplenty at cosmic tastemakers Spacestation’s party at Village Underground. Z Records boss Joey Negro headlines a funk-filled night supported by a DJ set from disco collective Crazy P, the boogie boat that is PBR Streetgang and a back-to-back set from scene veterans Bill Brewster and Ray Mang.

Finally, fabric will host a legendary lineup of techno. In Room 1, the inimitable Ricardo Villalobos will appear alongside the enigmatic Zip, improv duo Magic Mountain High and fabric resident Craig Richards. Meanwhile in Room 2, the always on form Jackmaster spins alongside rising house DJ Robert James and fabric resident Terry Francis.

Lovebox’s series of After Dark parties promise to cement 2016 as the festival’s biggest year yet.

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Field Day 2016 is Coming

What is there to say about Field Day that hasn’t already been said? It’s eclectic, and almost disconcertingly comprehensive line-up coupled with it’s incredible food selection and ideal location has arguably made the two-day event one of London’s finest music festivals. And, from The Avalanches unanticipated return to Youth Lagoon’s final-ever show, Field Day 2016 makes a play for being perhaps the most essential edition yet.

If relatively niche indie-bands aren’t your thing there are, of course, a multitude of cutting-edge techno and house DJ’s spread across the weekend. Big-room tastemakers Bicep perform one of their first live shows, delivering hammering house beats that will rattle round the tent like a pinball machine. Not forgetting Saturday’s other selections, which include the likes of Four Tet, Skepta, and The Black Madonna – once cult acts that now rightfully direct their respective scenes.

But, it’s also a chance to see burgeoning acts like Danny L Harle, Formation and Real Lies before they inevitably command a bigger stage. Basically, it’s a who’s who of cover stars from Crack magazine and Vice, handily located in the same vicinity.

Moving onto Sunday and there’s enough for a hipster dad to fill his Red Wing’s three times over. Headliner PJ Harvey, the utterly French Air, John Grant and The Thurston Moore Group are all incredible bookings. And, that’s not forgetting Parquet Courts, who’ll undoubtedly be doing their best Velvet Underground impression playing tracks from one of this year’s already-classic albums, ‘Human Performance’.

It’s all a bit daunting if you think about it too much. In a way it’s a recommended artists section in your local record store or streaming service, just with a bit more risk-taking. There really is some kind of genius to being able to walk in the sunshine from The Sleaford Mods to Yeasayer to James Blake to Dusky. And, this feat, this impressive amalgamation of music cultures and resonances is surely one that deserves to be applauded and ultimately, attended.

You can also catch: Beach House / Deerhunter / DIIV / Mount Kimbie / Optimo / Roots Manuva / Tale of Us / Wild Nothing

Words by Ben Butler

Jonathan Saunders is the new Chief Creative Officer at DVF

 

Since closing his own namesake label in December 2015, the question on everyone’s lips was “where and what will Jonathan Saunders do next”. And now we have the answer. Effective immediately, Saunders will take the position of Chief Creative Officer for Diane von Furstenberg.

Speaking of the new role, von Furstenberg said, Jonathan’s extraordinary passion for colors and prints, his effortless designs, and his desire to make women feel beautiful make him the perfect creative force to lead DVF into the future.” The pairing seems to be a matchmade in heaven, since von Furstenberg’s designs have paved the way for women to turn confidence and glamour into style equations. Saunders will follow in the wake of von Furstenberg’s previous male collaborators including Michael Herz, Yvan Mispeleare, and Nathan Jenden, but will the first in line to have such broad responsibilities over the label.

Speaking of the new role, “The spirit with which this brand was founded is incredibly relevant today. I am thrilled to be part of its next chapter,” said Saunders. “Diane has a unique ability to deeply connect with women and I am excited to be working with Paolo on the future of the brand.”

For now there’s only two things to say: congratulations on the new role and keep your eyes peeled for new season a la Saunders.

The Hydra: Dekmantel 2016 – Review and Playlist

Our first experience of Dekmantel was entirely accidental. We chanced upon day tickets to the very first venture of the festival when looking for some music in the city on a hazy summer trip to `Dam in 2013. Hours later we were in the thick of Amsterdam Bos, sun splashing through the trees and smoke, as Antal & Rahaan played endless disco jiggers, including Blake Baxter’s “Our Luv” and the 80’s classic “Womack & Womack – Teardrops”. Nothing would ever be the same. Our eyes were opened to the world of disco and Dekmantel went on to become a globally respected music label and one of the most anticipated festivals in Europe.

Fast forward to 2016 and the Dekmantel brand are coming to the UK for their second bout at Studio Spaces for their collaboration with London’s best party starters, The Hydra. With the expertly fitted Funktion one sound system providing the clarity and weight we had hoped for, we entered the main warehouse to the sounds of Aphex Twin’s “Ptolemy” in its full glory; such a leftfield track is a promising beginning to any evening. Then there are the little things; entry is smooth and relaxed, toilets are far from the usually stressful cattle market situation and water is self-service and always accessible.

Marcellus Pittman never fails to supply the uplifting energy to get even the most solemn music-head smiling with hands-in-the-air rapture. Rough and animated in his mixing style, he brings Detroit soul in spades, spinning endless disco edits and classic house jams. After seeing JuJu & Jordash bring their brilliant live performance to Bloc alongside Move D in March, we keenly scrummed to the front to catch some more of their improvisational space-wonk, which they delivered to a now packed out room. Joy Orbison took things a shade darker as peak time crept in; offering up a proper heads-down two-stepping session. Rolling techno tracks tinged with notes of old UKG and UK Funky vibes brought a taste of London to the Dutch showcase. Dawn arrived as Kyle Hall stepped up. He stood almost motionless over the mixer in a state of meditation that infected the crowd as his set progressed. Kyle played a perfect warm-down set, soothing but weighty enough to keep the people moving till closing time. Check out the YouTube playlist below for a full rundown of the sounds of the night.

All in all, the night showcased the perfect blend of eclectic, forward-thinking vibes that define the Dekmantel sound. We can’t wait to see what else The Hydra has in store for its 2016 season. For now we can look forward to the team hosting their first London festival stage at the Junction 2 in Boston Manor Park. The new one-day event sees a heavyweight roster of techno and house DJs gather in London, with The Hydra bringing along, Dixon, Âme, Mano Le Tough, Move D and Mr G for the action.

Words by David March

Meet the analog camera for a digital generation with Impossible Project

Impossible Project started of eight years ago with one mission: to save the forever loved Polaorid camera and instant film from extinction. Since then – and after saving and refurbishing over 200 million instant cameras in the original Polaroid factory in Enschede, Holland and developing their own instant film lab to make fresh instant film for original format Polaroid camera – the Impossible Project have slowly increased their reach as well as remit. Now, the brand have finally moved on from mere refurbishment and finally designed – and launched – their first camera, I-1. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is your average instant camera. No – the I-1 is bringing the analog to a digital generation.

Although the outer shell and design pays homage to the iconic silhouette of the Polaroid camera, the inner workings of the camera is where things start getting a tad bit exciting. Teaming with Teenage Engineering founder Jesper Kouthood – a Stockholm based company designing synthesizers – the new I-1 connects remotely through an iOS app allowing the user to experiment freely with creative tools, such as double exposure, remote triggering and light painting.  A one-of-a-kind ring flash also provides diffused light with soft shadows, allowing for perfect shots and beautifully lit portraits.

So put down your phone, grab one of these and fall in love with the original instant.

The I-1 instant camera retails for £229 and will be available exclusively at the MoMA Design Store,

colette, Paul Smith and Selfridges in the UK, as well as on www.impossible-project.com beginning May 10th.

Vivienne Westwood’s Unisex Collection for AW16

 

Men in dresses. Women in trousers. Dame Vivienne Westwood has revealed her latest statement collection through her AW16 Gold Label (now known as Kronthaler for Westwood), allowing women and men to wear her designs in equal harmony. Known for her strong controversial mindset, Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler, unviel a collaborative collection that continues to question fashion norms.

The new AW16 pieces are true in their genderless guise, centered around the folds of togas – worn layered or in their singularity – for a neutral ground that allows unlimited creativity. Only four of the togas featured in Kronthaler for Westwood AW16 are rumoured to have been put into production, undoubtedbly causing anticipated frenzy once they hit the store.

Unisex,androgyny and gender neutral designs have gained traction these past few years. Add in Westwood’s political statements on and off catwalk and we have a figurehead to remind us: fashion is genderless and ageless, and certainly more about creativity, beauty in all its guises and strength.

Staying true to the brand, Westwood and Kronthaler approached a variety of creatives to showcase her work with names from Eleanor Hardwick and Luke Clayton Thompson to craft the imagery of her original and innovative collection.

 

& Other Stories co-lab with Zana Bayne

 

1883 have followed the rise of Zana Bayne since her Garbage Dress days. Set against the backdrop of New York City, magazine editorials and fashion parties, Zana created a collection of leather accessories taking inspiration of corsets and bondage, finally opening her namesake label in 2010. Her designs are Beyoncé approved – the singer is a big fan – and now her conceptions are coming to a store near you, thanks to her new collaboration with & Other Stories.

The new co-lab will take inspiration from Zana’s own range of designs while also staying true to & Other Stories values by curating a range of leather goods and accessories that are strong yet feminine –  take it as a cue for getting the best of both worlds and introducing a new way to wear leather. “We set out to create a leather collection for modern women, juxtaposing the hard and soft throughout; taking pieces such as the leather harness out of its connotations and making it an elegant accessory for layering over any wardrobe in all types of occasions,” says Zana Bayne.

The new collection is true to the virtue of a collaboration, with Zana working closely alongside her Co Creative Director, Todd Pendu instead of taking the route of offering just her name. As a team they have worked together creatively from concept to sketch until the designs are fully realised.

But what can we expect? With an anticipated 30 pieces, the range will offer everything from a leather bustiers to leather chokars.

The Zana Bayne co-lab collection will be available in selected  & Other Stories stores and www.stories.com autumn 2016. There no official release date as of yet, so keep your eyes peeled

adidas Originals by Pharrell Williams

Rare clear London skies only calls for more holiday dreaming, and what better way to celebrate than the new adidas Originals = Pharrell Williams collab?

The two mega brands have joined forces before (who can forget the shades from the Supercolor pack??) and now from May 12th a new collection will continue the “Pink Beach” story with a whole range of new silhouettes.

The idea behind the new collection is simple: take same bright and bold prints, mix alongside sportswear basics such as an impeccable jacket and add some playful illustrations.

For women the collection offers some beautiful printed bikinis that pack a punch, a delicate chiffon track top and a stunning poncho, perfect for the summer run of music festivals. For men, vibrancy is the key with printed shirts and shorts and a playful take on the iconic varisty jacket bringing to mind holidays in Hawaii.

As one would expect from Pharrell, the footwear is something a bit special offering chic and comfortable styles such as The Elastic Slip on and Lace Up in bold and birght sky blue (as well as sand grey for those preferring a muted tone).

The adidas Originals = PHARRELL WILLIAMS ‘Pink Beach’ collection is available at adidas Originals and Billionaire Boys Club Flagship Stores, online and select retailers globally from May 12th

www.adidas.com/PHARRELL