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Circle Pizza Co opens on Hoxton Square

There’s a new pizza place in town! Last week Hoxton Square welcomed a new eating establishment, the Circle Pizza Co, into its fold.

Joined to the music venue the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, this new place brings a food dimension into the equation– perfect for those in need of a hassle-free night out.

 The Circle Pizza Co prides itself on its third generation sourdough yeast starter, which is used to make the dough. The menu is not extensive but focuses on a few key ingredients, Italian specialities such as the smoky caciocavallo cheese or Bresaola from Lombardy. The real star though is the homemade fennel sausage (if you’re into meat that is), which adds some subtle bursts of flavour to some of the pizzas.

Aside from the good old Margherita, none of the usual pizza classics are in sight, which makes a refreshing change. The usual Napoletanas and Quattro Formaggi’s make way for new flavour combinations such as the spicy Diavola and its scotch bonnet chillies. The Capo’s is for those in want of a meat feast, but there’s also a balanced quantity of veggie options including the ‘Dark Side of the ‘Shroom’, a cheesy mushroom medley.

Like the food menu, the drinks menu also focuses on a few key beers and wines, so you won’t be faced with the awful dilemma of what to choose.

With its select but balanced offering, the Circle Pizza Co is the place to go for a decent bit of pizza. It’s as simple as that.

Open every day 12pm – 10pm / 2 – 4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

Parklife Festival 2015

From The Smiths to Sankeys, Manchester’s rich musical heritage spans a myriad of different genres. However, the demise of Madchester and the subsequent downfall of venues like the Hacienda have left somewhat of a vacuum in recent times. The rise of Warehouse Project and Parklife as a subsection of the institution’s efforts has gone some way to filling this void. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a better location for a festival showcasing the elite in local and international talent.

Parklife 2015 differs somewhat to previous years in a decided focus on artist-curated stages; following from Warehouse Project’s successful return to Store Street. This is sure to facilitate a real sense of coherence across the weekend, while creating a genuine sense of community within the often-homogenized festival scene.

This festival season you’ll be sure to hear Parklife’s line up described as inherently ‘eclectic’, a buzzword that may actually occur with good reason. Balancing crowd pleasers like headliners Disclosure and Rudimental alongside more niche acts has continually been Parklife’s ambition. Such an approach has always produced dividends for the festival, so much so that the desperate scramble for tickets has enabled weekend tickets to sell out in record time this year.

Highlights across the weekend include festival mainstays Jamie XX and James Blake taking to the ‘Now Wave’ stage, illustrating the more ethereal and experimental acts on offer. While Wu Tang Clan’s inclusion and Nas’s performance of his masterpiece ‘Illmatic’ represent Parklife’s continued efforts to not simply consign hip-hop to the sidelines.

Indeed it would be easy to simply reiterate the sheer quantity of great artists performing in 2015, with Julio Bashmore, critically acclaimed Caribou, bass and techno heavyweights Joy Orbison B2B with George Fitzgerald playing to name just a few. After purveying the line-up a frankly unnatural amount of times, just about the greatest problem of this year’s Parklife is deciding which stage to go to, attendees have surely been left spoilt for choice. That the greatest grievance with Parklife is the lack of camping at Heaton Park says a lot. The fevered pilgrimage to Heaton Park will surely merit one of the highlights of the year; this one is going to be special.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Words by Ben Butler

ANNIE MAC PRESENTS: LOST & FOUND FESTIVAL 2015

When we first heard that household name and Radio 1 leading lady DJ Annie Mac was hosing a festival, and better still, one that was taking place underneath the golden rays of the magical little island of Malta, we could not believe our luck. Better still; it fell over the 4-day Easter Bank Holiday, and we could not think of a better way to kick start 2015’s festival season. So we packed our bags, leaving behind our chocolate Easter eggs and hot-cross buns and headed to the Mediterranean for three days of music, cocktails and inflatable pink flamingos. With a line-up encrusted with some of the most current and classic musical jewels on the scene, including David Rodigan, DJ EZ, My Nu Leng and Toddla T we knew something special was on the horizon for us.

The festival itself was based around two main locations – the first being Café Del Mar which was the hub of the daytime parties and boasted an infinity pool with perfectly picturesque views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. This was the setting of Friday’s pool party, hosted by Toddla T, DRS, Jamz Supernova, North Base, and Mele, who served up hours of house, garage, drum & bass and grime, warming the crowd up nicely for the bass-fuelled long weekend that was still to come. Chapter two of Café Del Mar did not disappoint and Saturday began with a breakfast of cocktails & croissants. As we warmed up for reggae royalty David Rodigan’s pool party with a couple of rum cocktails, special guests DJ Barely Legal and Moschino-adorned crew Kurupt FM delivered all the old school classics, getting the crowds pulses racing at exactly 130 BPM. As the sun shone over a sea of bucket-hats, ‘Father Rodigan‘ served up his usual treat of upbeat bass-filled carnival vibes, and a tropical party was well underway by mid-afternoon.

The main site, which was the evening-time hotspot of the festival had a village-like feel to it, surrounded by trees and divided into four stages. Like many other of the festival-goers, the legendary DJ EZ‘s set which took place on the opening night was a highlight and true to form, he delivered a sterling set opening with UK Garage anthem: Sticky feat. Ms Dynamite‘s Booo! Already hyped from Saturday’s pool party, the day only got better as the sun began to set on the second day. DJ Barely Legal served up her second dose of grime & garage at the Factory stage, followed by an evening of pure musical ecstasy brought to the crowd by the likes of My Nu Leng, Toddla T, Skream & Jackmaster. Shy FX‘s bass-heavy set was the cherry on top of an incredible weekend with DJ Hazard‘s ‘Bricks Don’t Roll‘ going absolutely off. The festival wound up for us with an injection of classic feel-good tunes including ‘Ain’t No Mountain‘ played by Rich Reason at the Tropicana stage, which was beautifully adorned with neon cocktail glasses.

The staff were helpful, the locals were friendly and the country was beautiful. Malta was certainly the perfect place to host this incredibly well organised party, and we have no doubt that Lost & Found is going to grow into something even more amazing. We caught up festival organiser Oliver Hackett to find out more about what went into organising this 3 day tropical party…

Where did the idea of Lost & Found Festival come from?
After visiting the island of Malta the first time we just knew we had to do a party there. Over the next 12 months, and after many flights, the idea of Lost & Found came about. It really is a passion project for everyone involved.

What did you have in mind when you were curating the line-up?
Anyone who’s listened to Annie Mac’s radio shows will know what music she’s about, and I bet you everyone at Lost & Found will tell you they were very happy with the line-up she curated for the first year!

Did it turn out how you had hoped?
It was everything we’d hoped for! The reception has been great, from everyone who came out to Malta, the DJs, the locals, the team behind the scenes, and all the jealous people back home. Its the crowd who really make a festival, and the crowd out there was amazing.

What is your favourite European festival, and how do you think L & F will compare to all of the other European festivals taking place?
Thats a very tough question! Not sure i have a favourite. Everything from Hideout to Snowbombing to Melt to Sonar are all completely different experiences. Lost & Found works because of the time of year, the lineup, the attention to detail from Annie Mac, and the location too. The country is beautiful, it’s easy to get there and get around, and the Maltese people are so welcoming. They certainly know how to party too!

What is your favourite memory from the festival?
Personally i have three…
1) Skream & Artwork’s day party. Those two boys definitely know how to start a party.
2) Annie Mac & Eats Everything at the ‘pre-party’. It certainly wasn’t a pre-party, it turned out to be a full on rave with about 3,500 people!
3) DJ EZ. All i can say is find the video online. This man knows how to mix records.

What should we expect to see at L & F 2016?
We’re already planning for 2016 and have quite a few ideas… Not going to spoil the surprises for anyone, but its certainly going to be special.

This three day bass-filled musical extravaganza was the perfect way to welcome Summer 2015, and it’s safe to say we’ll be back for more next year. Huge thanks go out to Annie and her amazing team for making it such an incredible experience which we are sure, like us, our fellow 7,000 ravers will not be forgetting any time soon…

For highlights and more information about Lost & Found click here.

Words by Ama Samra.

 

 

 

 

Alice in Paperland

We wouldn’t survive Fashion Week if it weren’t for our trusty Moleskine. The striking colours [yellow being our fav for new season] along with the sturdy sheets allow scholar and fashionista alike to jot down those fantastic lines of witty prose – or whatever else trawls through your mind- in style.

The opening of their flagship in Covent Garden earlier last year set the team into mild hysteria (we love a good notebook here at the office), so you can only imagine the squeals of excitement when we heard about the new Alice in Wonderland inspired Moleskine.

As those who grew up with the original Lewis Carrol or Disney inspired tale are well aware, Alice embarks on an extraordinary journey sparked by her own curiosity. Taking its cue from this leap of faith, Moleskine wants others to imagine where they could go with only their thoughts and their notebook as company. Dutch papercut artist Rogier Wieland has shared his visions in a dreamlike short video clip that uses papercut art, optical illusions 2D and stop motion animation as well as a live rabbit. He invites viewers to open themselves up to a world where the real and the imagined collide for a creative journey like no other.

Created in partnership with the British Library, all notebooks feature quotes from Lewis Carroll‘s literary masterpiece and reproductions of original John Tenniel illustrations on the covers, a page of Carroll’s original handwritten manuscript reproduced on the flyleaves, illustrated paperband b-sides as well as Playing Cards stickers in the back pocket. A limited run of 5,000 numbered copies of a fifth design with clothbound cover is exclusively available on official Moleskine ecommerce sites and stores worldwide.

The Moleskine Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Limited Edition Collection is available from store.moleskine.com as well as Moleskine Stores

On the Bab opens in Covent Garden

Fans of Korean food will be familiar with the regular queue outside Old Street’s On the Bab. This dilemma could soon come to an end with the opening of a new branch in the heart of Covent Garden, where On the Bab will be serving up more of its delicious take on Korean street food.

In true Korean fashion, On the Bab serves up anju, dishes which customarily accompany alcohol. From crispy, crunchy Korean rice poppers to the Gyeran Bang egg muffin, something resembling a cheese toastie, there’s plenty to whet your appetite. Then you can move on to more substantial dishes such as On the Rool, a seaweed roll with barbecue meat, vegetables and kimchi.

For the full Korean anju experience you need to try chimek, the recent craze of fried chicken and beer. With the beer being served in an illuminated tower, it’s certainly not your average fried chicken. What’s more two extra types of fried chicken are amongst the new specialties being introduced in Covent Garden.

If beer isn’t your thing there are slushy cocktails and trays of soju shots to add some (childish) fun to your evening. Afterall, anju is part of the Korean drinking culture, so it wouldn’t seem right not to a drink or two.

On the Bab Covent Garden is larger than its sibling but it hasn’t lost any of the charisma that makes it so popular in Old Street: from some of the the old favourites (those steamed buns!) being included on the new menu, right down to the staff being dressed in striped sailor jerseys. Having already been fans of On the Bab, we’re only too happy to see a new sibling branch make an appearance.

On the Bab is now open at 36 Wellington St., WC2E 7BD, London.

Words by Ginger Clark

1883 Festival Previews // We speak to TEI SHI ahead of THE GREAT ESCAPE

It’s just under a month before music aficionados go and stroke themselves on stone beaches and in grubby venues. The Great Escape is the UK’s (better/grittier/triller) version of SXSW, with a line-up so minty your eyes will stream.

From Skepta, Alabama Shakes, Swim Deep, to DMA’s, Cash + David, Ibeyi, Formation and Kate Tempest – if you don’t find your cup of tea – there is a big cliff in Brighton, just saying. We thought it wise to catch up with one of the newer lambs on the bill to gage the scene. Brooklyn native mermaid girl Tei Shi obliged.

Are you a mermaid? Explain your “mermaid genre” music.

The term was something I kind of just threw online when I was first making a Facebook page and needed a ‘description’ for my music. It was kind of a joke, but came to be somewhat fitting I think, with the music being somewhat ethereal and siren-y. I love mermaids and underwater life, I wish I could be one in an alternate life :)

Can I be a mermaid with you?

Absolutely, we’re going to need a big group

Where should we listen to your music? (On a Caribbean beach at dusk?)

While lying inside a tent made of blankets

Your video for ‘Bassically’ features a lot of violence – but holds girl power at its core. Can you explain the concept?

The song for me just kind of holds power at its core, and it’s also a fun song. I wanted that to come through in the video. A really strong and also fun way of representing that message was with this sort of girl troop concept. I wanted the video to have that powerful energy while not taking itself too seriously. So you know, the violence is more silly and quirky than anything, and those kind of fun and light elements to it only came together in post production with Nick Pesce, who directed it and is one of my close friends. We were both on the same page…the girl power message is one way of channeling that energy that the song holds.

How important is it for you to be a female role model?

It’s very important to me. Not to say that I’m some kind of squeaky clean, exemplary person that I think females should use as a reference, or that I aim to represent some idealistic female persona…but it’s important for me to be someone who represents hard work and passion, respect and integrity of other women around me. To be an example of a female voice that is strong and individual, that in itself I think is what being a good female role model would be these days. To look around you and see a lot of strong female presence and power in areas that are notoriously tricky for women, like music. And I see a lot of that around me these days!

What emotion does music most evoke in you?

All sorts of different emotions, there is such a huge range of what music cause trigger in you…that’s what’s so awesome about it. I think good music most often evokes surprise in me…an element of something unexpected. That’s what really makes a mark on me musically.

Its almost festival season, what does the UK festival scene look like to you?

I actually have no idea…I’ve never experienced it before and have no idea what to expect. Although I do foresee a lot of drinking, and a lot of great accents, a lot of rain and a lot of fun.

Is the Great Escape your first UK festival?

Yes indeed, my first time playing in the UK ever

Who on the line up would you like to invite on stage with you?

Tops…love those guys!

Who on the line up do you want to party with?

Shamir

Will you be sunning on the Brighton beach? Or rocking in the gloomy venues?

Well, I was totally unaware that there is a beach to be sunning at…I suppose I would definitely want to take advantage of that although I am expecting a lot of gloom and rain in general, and not a ton of sun…from what I hear.

Can you draw what your mermaid paradise looks like?

See Tei Shi’s drawing on www.imagineonetribe.com

For the full Great Escape line-up and last remaining tickets visit: http://greatescapefestival.com/. The festival runs from May 14th to May 16th.

@elspethmerry

1883 FESTIVAL PREVIEWS // ALLAH LAS come to FIELD DAY

Since its inception in 2007, Field Day festival has garnered a reputation for the collision of the coolest of electronic and indie music. Having seen artists such as Mumford and Sons, Foals, James Blake and Disclosure all play to crowds at Victoria Park, the festival bookers are not messing around this year. From Caribou and Patti Smith to Mac DeMarco, Twigs, Hudson Mohawke and Kindness, Field Day has combined the very best of classic and new. We caught up with LA sunshine surf psych mavericks Allah-Las ahead of this years shenanigans.

Are you sun worshippers?

Freebasing freemasons

What would you say to the statement “shit weather makes you more creative” 

(Might explain British music)? Definitely true, which is why we have no idea what we’re doing

Where should we listen to your music? (On a Hawaiian beach sipping a piña Colada?)

On a bog

What does the UK festival scene look like to you?

Absolutely loco

You played Liverpool Psych Fest last year; sum up the experience in three words.

Stoned and dethroned

How do you think Field Day will differentiate?

Less fog machines

Who else on the line up are you looking forward to seeing play?

Nannette Nunanacci, Mac Demackerel

Who on the line up do you want to get fucked up with?

Otis King, Orville Sash

What does your tour bus look like on the inside and out?

On the inside it looks like a 15 passenger van and on the outside it looks like the inside

Who would you invite on board your bus to play chess?

Rick Moranis

Is music maddening?

Yis

American dream or British nightmare?

Atlantic purgatory

You have a backdrop during some of your performances of a never-ending road.  Is the road your home?

Sometimes

Draw where your road leads..

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This years Field Day takes place on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th. For full line up and tickets visit: http://fielddayfestivals.com/

Words by @elspethmerry

Bunsmiths @ Sebright Arms

In need of some proper heartwarming comfort food? Then look no further than the Sebright Arms.

The pub is known for its extensive list of all things beers and ale, as well as being a firm fixture on the music scene, but the pub just off Hackney Road is on our radar for a whole different reason. The Sebright Arms has just welcomed Bunsmiths into its fold, a new venture which will undoubtedly appease the appetite of music and food lovers alike.

 If you’re wondering what Bunsmiths is all about, you’ll find the clue in the name. The menu consists of slow-cooked goodness served…in a bun. There’s the Pulled Pork bun, made of 12-hour apple wood smoked pork and then there’s the Beef Brisket bun, which got a 10-hour treatment. The meat is piled high in a brioche bun, along with liberal amounts of tasty chipotle mayo and BBQ sauce. There’s also chicken and, for non meat-eaters, a veggie option. So whilst the menu may not be the largest, there should certainly be enough to keep everyone happy.

And yes, there is a burger on the menu, but with all the slow-cooked options available, Bunsmiths make a refreshing change from your usual ‘burger & chips’ pub fare. We certainly recommend you step out of the burger box on this one.

It’s a decent price – £12 will get you a bun and a side. And the sides are good, particularly the rather fine onion rings. In short, it is the place to go for a no-fuss meal, accompanied by a pint or two, of course…we’re talking the Sebright Arms here after all.

Words by Ginger Clark

LCF to open exhibition on McQueen Make Up

There’s no denying Savage Beauty as one of the most anticipated exhibition of the year. And with tickets selling out faster than hot pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, 1883 are offering a rare chance for one lucky winner to receive two tickets to the show thanks to our McQueen competition – just head over here.

And that’s not all by way of Fun centered on the mystical world of McQueen. London College of Fashion are opening an exhibition later this month exploring McQueen’s catwalk make-up called Warpaint: Alexander Mcqueen and Make Up. Coinciding with the V&A’s major retrospective Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, this satellite exhibition aims to unravel the process and inspirations behind the collections by examining key beauty looks developed by McQueen’s most trusted make-up artists.

The retrospective, opening at the LCF Fashion Space Gallery, will give an insight into the device and techniques used by close collaborators of McQueen – Val GarlandPeter Philips, Topolino and Sharon Dowsett – and the ways in which they brought his high conceptual world to reality.

McQueen’s shows were renowned for using ground-breaking technology, and in an homage to this, the exhibition will also explore make-up digitally. Central to the exhibition space will be a studio environment hosting an extensive programme of masterclasses as well as letting visitors see themselves in select McQueen make-up looks, through Holition’s specially created app, ‘FACE’

We suggest the V&A follows by the LCF for a full day immersed in the World of McQueen.

Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-Up is curated by Polona Dolzan, Curatorial and Project Assistant, Fashion Space Gallery, and commissioned by Ligaya Salazar, Director, Fashion Space Gallery.

Entrance Free – London College of Fashion 20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0BJ

Photos by Anthea Simms

London’s Best New Eats // Bourne and Hollingsworth // The Joint

Our pick of the best brunch and dinner menus this week. 

We all need an oasis in the concrete jungle. We found that escape. Nestled in London’s design capital Clerkenwell, B&H Buildings Bourne and Hollingsworth offers a new brunch menu that delicately combines timeless beauty and the new.

Picture this: Louisiana in the deep South – beautiful fans and wicker chairs. Quintessential British conservatory – floral design and sprawling greenery. Not only can you bask in the setting, but the menu of Eggs Royale alongside Drop Scones, Bubble & Squeak, crumpets and a Huevos Rancheros special, is sure to cure any Saturday hangover. But not as much as the bottomless B&H special Bellini for £15. Where else in London offers this delightful cure?

For more information and bookings visit: bandhbuildings.com

 

Staying in the deep South, new BBQ restaurant The Joint has settled in Marylebone (not quite the South)to give Londoners a meaty feast. Some of the best beef brisket and ribs I’ve ever had (and I’ve tried them all in Atlanta Georgia) The Joint brings kitsch to BBQ. Picture succulent chicken wings wrapped in cutie brown paper, that you will devour in no time, then empty the waste into a bin that acts as the table centre. It might sound weird, but The Joint have simply made the mess of eating BBQ cool.


For more information on The Joint and bookings visit: the-joint.co

If you would like your new London eat to be featured please email elspeth.merry@1883magazine.com