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RumFest ends London Cocktail Week

It’s in 8th year, RumFest is a two-day event founded by Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell. Seen as the ‘go-to’ event for the spirit in Europe, RumFest creates an experience, enabling both consumers and professionals to enjoy the world’s most established, smallest, biggest and up and coming brands.

Part of London’s Cocktail Week celebrations, it is held at London’s ILEC Centre in Earls Court today and tomorrow. Those who attend are able to participate in seminars held by several brands including Mount Gay, Diplomatico and Havana Club alongside workshops and master classes run across the weekend. These will present a history of rum discovery and the journey which it has taken whilst ambassadors Richard Seale of Foursquare Rum and Michael Delevante (considered one of the world’s best distillers) will be sharing their knowledge on the spirit. Rum, chocolate and marshmallow pairings as well as live cooking and cocktail demonstrations from the Global Rum Ambassador will too be available to enjoy. A special charity auction will also be held by Christies, supporting WaterAid.

RumFest’s newest addition are Golden Tot Tokens, which are £5 each and allow further access tastings of premium brands on offer, retailing between £80-£2000 a bottle. Obviously, stocks won’t be lingering so you are urged to get in there early. These Gold Tot Tokens also allow for one token to be exchanged for rum which retails between £80-£100 whilst additional tokens can get you the more expensive stuff.

To really make it a festival, though, live bands and souk dancers will take you into the night, performing in a finale party hour tonight and tomorrow.

For tickets and access to all areas of the two-day event along with single measure tastings, visit here.

Rebel Bingo Returns to London at Electric Brixton and The Forum

Rebel Bingo has sold out parties in 30 cities within 5 countries. From London to LA, the idea stays the same- it’s two games of bingo but on a much grander scale. Yes, there are callers, yes, there are prizes but a bit more than a bottle of wine. Think more trips to New York or juke boxes. The hosts are accompanied by glittery cannons, dancers, DJs and large cuddly pandas (not entirely sure how this fits into bingo).

Usually consisting of a select few in the middle of the day, bingo doesn’t normally find itself at the Secret Garden Party or The Masked Ball but Rebel Bingo does, drawing in crowds of thousands all poised ready to scream ‘house’. It’s fair to say then, that tickets do not linger and will often be snatched up within a matter of minutes. But you never know, with dates confirmed for London, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham for November and December you might get lucky.

With that in mind, you can get (or at least try) your tickets at here and remember, “Play hard. Win Big. And don’t bring your Grandma”.

SUMMER HIGHLIGHT: OUTLOOK FESTIVAL 2014

As the sun begins to set earlier and the temperature drops, it’s been an amazing one but it is well and truly time to kiss Summer 2014 goodbye. We reflect upon what was the best week of our summer break which was a trip not to be forgotten: Outlook Festival.

What makes Outlook different from other festivals? Is it the crystal clear waters that sparkle along the coast of Pula? Is it the mind blowing national heritage site in which the festival is held? Or is it the atmosphere-splitting sound-systems that play out amazing music for the best part of a week? We headed to Europe’s leading bass festival for the fourth year in a row and by the end of it, we had every intention of returning next year…

We had the pleasure and honour of meeting two of Outlook’s founding fathers; the name behind the stage, Noah Ball and lead vocalist of Gentleman’s Dub Club, Jonathan Scratchley. The pair told me that what makes Outlook so special is all of the above, plus the significant addition of the fact that people travel from all over the world, making the long (and at times, not so straight forward) journey to Pula. And of course not forgetting the incredible climate we were blessed with this year. Outlook festival is very much the people’s festival, with each and every attendee, organiser and member of staff being an indispensable individual, making the week long party unique and unforgettable every summer.

From it’s humble beginnings in 2008, Outlook has grown and developed into one of the most respected bass music festivals in the world, and each year draws a crowd of around 10,000 people ready for one of the most monumental weeks of their lives. The organisers of Outlook pride themselves upon their booking policy, which has remained the same since the festivals inception and supports the celebration of sound-system culture. The music of Outlook, which if you delve right into the history of bass culture, derives from strong roots in Jamaica and commemorates music of all genres. From reggae to dub, and dancehall to hip-hop, this one of a kind Croatian festival really has it all.

For those who had attended the festival in previous years, changes were definitely evident. Everything was clearer, easier and far more organised making the festival even more impressive. From the production, to the decoration, to the staff, Outlook seemed to have grown up that little bit extra making it a festival we want to come back to again and again.

When asked who they were most excited to see playing this year, Noah and Jonathan were spoilt for choice and ended up reeling off a huge list including Chronixx, Action Bronson, DJ Premier, Moodyman, Jah Shakah and Barrington Levy… to name a select few. This came as absolutely no surprise, given the fact that every single year the line-up is adorned with a list of impressive names, from headliners to boat party performers, and is always put together with assiduous consideration and careful curation.

Following from last years roaring success, Pula Arena, the ancient amphitheatre situated in Pula’s centre, played host to this year’s opening concert. Submotion Orchestra were first to take the stage, bathing the audience in a sea of iridescent lights and soul-consuming bass, playing some of their best pieces including their signature track ‘finest hour’. Front lady Ruby Wood dazzled the crowd with her angelic voice and glittering dress, warming them up for the incredible night of music that was to follow. After the heavens had opened a little, showering the crowd with a sprinkle of rain, the audience were treated to a moving cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love’ performed oh so soothingly by South London’s Soul singer-songwriter Andrew Ashong. Finally, to end the night, music ledgend Ms Lauyn Hill graced the stage and performed a catalogue of her most well known songs, each with their own unique and fresh twist.

As the sun began to set each and every night of the festival, the air was filled with energy and excitement for music lovers from around the globe, who were united by music that exuded bass. Outlook has the perfect mix of music, people and of course, sound-systems, making Pula our number one destination every September.

1883: “Can you describe Outlook in one work?” Noah: “Sound” Jonathan: “Systems”

Talks of Outlook’s possible collaboration with Ninja Tunes, who will celebrate their 25th birthday next year, are underway. For more information and to find out about tickets for Outlook 2015, click here and visit the official website

Smith & Sinclair Unveil the World’s First Alcoholic Pastille

I don’t think it would be too far-fetched to say that most of us have dreamed about it. We’ve hoped, wished even for the day when we could finally enjoy a cocktail without having to dress up, let alone leave the house. And on Friday, 3rd October, it happened. It was the first time that a food product was placed on the alcohol shelf, ready to be sold.

Founded by Melanie Goldsmith and renowned chef Emile Bernard, Smith & Sinclair has successfully launched their Cocktail Pastilles across the UK, currently selling at Harvey Nichols and online at NotOnTheHighStreet.com from mid October.  With a strong background in marketing and business accompanied by ten years of clearly successful experimentations, Smith & Sinclair’s pastilles will set you back less than £10 for a box of six (RRP £8.95). 

Now, we hear you say, “yes but will it really taste like the real thing?” and some of you may be asking, “is it enough to get me a little tipsy?” and the answer is the same for both questions: yes! Each and every pastille withholds the real deal, with 2.6 alcohol units over all six, meaning that if you really did want a liquid lunch and ate the whole box, you would be past the recommended driving limit.

They’re also gluten, diary and preservative free with six cocktails flavours incorporating rum, gin and whisky. These are the classics but with a sweeter twist; Gin & Tonic (violet infused gin and a lemon sherbet coating), Mixed Berry Daiquiri (with summer berries, dark rum and a pink peppercorn infused coating) and Whisky Sour (with a sour grapefruit coating). Whilst the taste is that of quality, its only fitting that the making is too. Each flavour has been carefully established, ensuring little alcohol is burnt off and leading for a powerful impact or “a bit of a kick”.

We have little to fear though as Smith & Sinclair’s pastilles have been appreciated at Secret Cinema, Feast and Taste of London.

And so, you can find out more about these intriguing confectioners by visiting their website.

Natural Selection – The London Series

Monday saw the launch of Natural Selection’s brand new e commerce site boasting the best pickings of their debut AW 2014 ready to wear collection. And to celebrate the launch, the brand unearthed their roots to showcase a diverse mix of 10 London based guys who embrace the raw spirit of the label.

Each subject – from the likes of David Nicholls (Design Editor, The Telegraph Magazine), Brad Pickett (UFC fighter), Karlmond Tang (Blogger, Mr Boy) and Jonathan Daniel Pryce (Photographer, GarconJon) – have styled themselves in pieces from the AW14 collection and shot in an environment of their choice, bringing a unique and interpretive look at the brands sensibility to transcend boundaries.

 View the full looks at: http://naturalselectionlondon.com/lookbook/aw14/

Photos by: Mike Drummond

Words by Sofia Khan

The Festive Town of Winterville Comes to East London

From 2nd-31st December, London’s Victoria Park will harbour a little town called Winterville. Here to celebrate the festivities in every sense, Winterville will bring Christmas celebrations mixed with East London cultures.

A family affair, the town delights with horse drawn carriages through Victoria park’s lake and pagoda, fairground rides (including a large ferris wheel), a ‘wall of death’ with vintage motorcycles and arts and crafts workshops running the span of the month. For children, though, it just gets better as Winterville presents a ‘reimagined’ Santa’s Grotto and positioned in the ‘Kid’s Quarter’ is the travelling circus House Of Fairy Tales established by Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk.

With a back drop of London’s prettiest park, music throughout the month will come from Field Day, Bugged Out, Sink the Pink and BUMP Rollerdisco. Magnificent Bastard Productions also brings to the table Sh*t-faced Shakespeare, which will be held in the Spiegeltent. Also providing entertainment for the festive season, the Spiegeltent invites us to an hour long pantomime involving Robin Hood, cabaret, comedy, live music along with taking over every Sunday with Summer Rites- the Fairy Grotto. On offer as well is The Gay Bingo Christmas Show (Jonny Woo, John Sizzle and Ma Butcher), Horse Meat Disco, Bears On Ice, an all male Supreme Fabulettes Christmas Show with Tranny Shack DJs and a Christmas extravaganza held by Sink The Pink.

A festive town isn’t ever really, truly festive without food or hot drinks though. A street food market will therefore warm your bellies. Providing food from around the world, Voodoo Ray, Anna Mae, Dorshi’s dumplings will appear alongside vegetarian options and healthier choices at Mei Mei’s Street Cart. The perfect accompaniment to this food- a chilly December night- are hot cocktails found from a range of bespoke bars or instead try craft beers which will be available to purchase in Winterville’s own pub. Whilst this can all be enjoyed within a heated indoor space, if you’d rather be more comfortable indulging yourself in your home, you can choose your food from Winterville’s produce market, with goods locally sourced.

And so, Winterville will end a month’s worth of festivities with a New Year’s Eve ‘extravaganza’. So if you’re eager to go, you can obtain your tickets to several of Winterville’s attractions or find out further information by visiting the Winterville website. Entry into the town is free.

Studio 338 Into the Forest

Studio 338 is considered to be one of the largest and most intriguing three-floor-spaces within London. It has been the building which has been discussed the most throughout the year, holding many, many electronic music events. This summer alone, Studio 338 has seen the likes of Unleash, Krankbrother and Art of Dark make an appearance. Therefore, this autumn will be no exception.

To kick off the autumn events, Studio 338 will hold a Together at the Threshold night with a live and rare set played by The Field and with a further two incredible acts to be announced soon. Sankey’s Tribal Sessions will also partake in the seasonal celebrations alongside a Forest Rave and a party thrown by Coyu’s Suara Records who have seen a successful season in Ibiza.

The 4th October will introduce us to ‘into the forest’, the first clubbing forest. An enchanted forest, it will be similar to their urban forest held in Dalston but focusing on electronic music. Complete with a living wall, video mapping, 100s of metres of ivy, graffiti artwork and lanterns, Studio 338 has teamed up with Koppaberg so there will also be several new flavours to try. With artists Groove Chronicles and Sunship, live performances will take place from Favorite Robot, A1 Bassline, West Norwood Casette, Ste Roberts and special guest. Doors will open from 20.00 and entry is £5 on the door.

For more information of Studio 338’s autumn events line-up or to purchase your tickets, visit here.

Studio 338, 338 Boord Street, Greenwich, London SE10 0PF

Canal Mills Launch Party and Brewers Market

From the 26th September-31st October, Canal Mills will be opening up its doors to a pretty eventful autumn. A disused textile mill in Leeds until 2012, it has found itself considered to be one of the North’s ‘most pioneering cultural spaces’. Musicians and creative thinkers have flocked, leading to performances by Disclosure, Ten Walls, Scuba, Waze & Odyssey, Feel My Bicep, Bonobo and Hudson Mohawke. Its had it’s a commission too by Sheffield-based street artist Phlegm. Autumn holds no limits to this impressive list, presenting a handful of events including coverage of music, artist, film, food and drink.

So, who’s going to start us off? The 27th September sees Duke Dumont, Disclosure, Karma Kid, B-Traits, Friend Within, GotSome and Wayward entertain at the launch party. Then from the 3rd-6th October there is a three-day beer and food festival named The Brewers Market to look forward to. Feast your eyes on 24 different beers from a number of the ‘finest craft beer brewers’ throughout the UK including Siren from Wokingham, Brewers Weird Beard, Burning Sky and East London’s Red Church. Food on the other hand, will be dispensed from Trestle alongside offering Indian street food from Bundobust. All the while you can enjoy live art over the course of the weekend from Assembly House Studios.

 In between launch parties and brewers markets though, Canal Mills can be found to entertain us with a host of activities. Theatre, art, film and soundsystem culture- it’s an eventful calendar which caters for all. Reggae Roast will bring their soundsystem on Friday 10th October whereas there’s also The Brandon Street Night Market to come. The latter will offer street food, drink, specialist film screenings and art installations along with ‘Getting it’ productions from EDGES. Finally, the last little event to tickle your taste buds will be Nero’s live show and remember that Metropolis will also hold parties in the mill.

Canal Mills events start at just £5 beginning on Friday September 26th, for more information visit Canal Mills.

Canal Mills, Brandon St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS12 2EB

Herman ze German Opens Third Shop on Charlotte Street

Six years from beginning its Deutschland journey from Brighton, Herman ze German will now be opening its third shop right in the midst of London on Charlotte Street. 2008 first saw this delicious sausage make an appearance in Herman ze German’s creators Florian and Azadeh’s local pub. Shortly after Herman ze German began its tour around some of the most popular music festivals within the UK, soon discovering its home on London’s Villiers Street in 2010. Three years later, seemingly we still couldn’t get enough of the ‘best wurst in town’ and a second shop opened on Old Compton Street in August 2013.

But what is it about the wurst that’s making us so happy at the idea of a third opening on 9th October (apart from it helping us to celebrate Oktoberfest)? Well their free-range meat, which takes shape in three different types of sausages: the Bratwurst, Chilli Beef and Bockwurst are lactose and gluten free. Hell, it’s even rumoured that a Vegan Wurst is in the pipeline.

All sourced directly from Germany in the heart of the Black Forest, the choice of freshly prepared toppings and side dishes such as sauerkraut or air-fried chips will leave you salivating. Try an Schni-Po-Salad created with traditional Schnitzel-Pommes-Salad or instead purchase rare or increasingly popular German beer (on tap or bottled) to accompany your saucy sausage too.

To choose which venue you’d like to get your sausage from or to deliberate which one you’d like (we recommend the Curry Wurst) visit the website and Facebook page. Just remember folks, “Wherever you see a Herman, you know it is a proper German”.

Transgressive Records Celebrates 10 Years of Greatness

TRANSGRESSIVE MUSIC COMPANY CONTINUES TO CELEBRATE ITS 10TH BIRTHDAY

Next Tuesday September 30th, Transgressive Records will host its huge 10th Anniversary show at the Barbican Centre. With performances from Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit, Mystery Jets and Marika Hackman, compered by Huw Stephens, the showcase is set to be a stomper.

To lead up to the event, we thought we’d post a few of our favourite Transgressive triumphs. Enjoy.

Mystery Jets 

Foals

Two Door Cinema Club

Dry The River

The Shins

Alvvays

You can purchase tickets for the show here

Visit Transgressive Records here