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Żubrówka Vodka brings an Enchanted Woodland Rooftop Bar and Cinema to Peckham

Ever fancied getting away from the city, taking yourself off to a forest for a few hours? Well, of course now you can as Żubrówka Vodka takes over Peckham’s Bussey Building, bringing a small forest with them. Teaming up with Rooftop Film Club, the pair will be offering an array of ‘legendary’ film screenings throughout summer such as Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Grease, Run Lola Run, Amelie and more. On top of this (yes, it gets better) guests will be able to experience a delightful 360° view of London whilst perching in an ‘enchanted forest’.

Where does Żubrówka Vodka step in though? Whilst you enjoy the view and natural surroundings you can sip away on an Apple Zu cocktail found at the Żubrówka Vodka bar.

A high quality vodka frequently enjoyed throughout Poland, France and the UK, Żubrówka Vodka originates from the 14th century. Created using the Białowieża Forest, its unique taste is all thanks to the bison grass that lines the forest and of which wild bison feed from. Bison in Polish is “żubr”, hence the name Żubrówka.

On until 31st September, visit www.zubrowka.co.uk for more information or visit The Bussey Building itself at 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST.


Blessed with ridiculous heat, non-stop vibes and absolutely no shuffling, Farr Festival really hit the sweet spot this year. Highlights for us included Channel One’s dubby daytime skankers, an incredible live performance from Mount Kimbie and a huge platter of techno artists spread across the two nights. The roster boasted Daniel Avery, Scuba, Midland, and a personal favourite; South London Ordnance. SLO played the Badger Hole; a darkened clearing set within the woods neighboring the main festival site. His brand of rolling, relentless techno ripped up the forest and quite possibly summoned the thunderstorm that later led to the early closure of the woodland area.

The London and South East festival calendar has grown exponentially in recent years and with an increase in quantity often comes a loss in quality. As more and more are churned out it can become clear to see the money spinning behind them and the entire culture begins to lose its soul. Luckily there are still some events out there birthed from the single desire to throw a party; one of which is Farr Festival. We checked out Farr over the weekend to see how they’re doing things differently and in turn discovered one of our favourite festivals of 2014. We’ve compiled a list of the main reasons we’re already keen to get back to the turnip fields of Newnham.

5 Reasons Why We Loved Farr Festival…

The Line-Up
We could just list the entire line up here, but we won’t, you can go look. Combining bands, live electronic performances, and DJ sets, Farr managed to cover a spectrum many larger festivals struggle to achieve. By not pigeonholing the festival into a particular genre, one could experience indie, reggae and techno in a single lap of the field meaning a change of pace was never more than two minutes away.

The Woodland Stages
Don’t get us wrong, the main festival area was great; giant hay bales, epic sunset views and all stages had crystal clear sound quality. However it always felt like the real party was in the woods. It was a clear favourite with the punters and as night fell on the Saturday it seemed everyone wanted to get lost in the woods one last time. With massive sets from Detroit Swindle, Tom Trago and Andrew Weatherall, it was a fittingly heady send-off to the weekend’s proceedings. Ending with an emotional sunrise set from Robert Owens, the closing night solidified Farr’s forest wonderland as one of our favourite festival stages of the year.

The People
No shufflers, no jacked up muscle bros, no moody security. Farr succeeded in attracting all the right kinds of festivalgoers alongside some great staff to accommodate them. It was a crowd that was always up for it, even for the early sets, and didn’t end up overly wasted when the night drew in. Being a smaller festival, the limited capacity also meant that even headline performances didn’t collapse into the crush-fests often seen at bigger events.

The Food & Drink
The festival’s proximity to the street food hotbed of London paid off when it came to grabbing some pre-rave sustenance. Farr steered well clear of the health hazard food stalls often seen at festivals and instead conjured up some well-known names in quality street food, including Byron burgers and Voodoo Rays pizza. On top of this, the drinks prices were surprisingly easy on the pocket, with the organisers actually lowering drinks prices compared to last year’s event.

The Live Show by Mount Kimbie
Although the weekend was filled with a number of highlights, Mount Kimbie took the top spot. After wanting to see their live performance for the past few years, they certainly didn’t disappoint. All clearly feeding off each other’s energy, the performance combined the precision of a set practiced a thousand times with the organic, improvisational flow of a jam session. We’re still reeling from it now.

After rising to prominence with releases on Scuba’s Hotflush, SLO has gone on to truly make his mark on the London sound. He has started his own label and run nights under his Aery Metals moniker, all whilst playing shows across the globe, dabbling in graphic design and getting a Law diploma. It’s a combination of talent and work ethic that has us excited to see what the future holds for SLO. We caught up with him before his Farr Festival appearance to discuss record labels, coffee paraphernalia and Metal Gear Solid.

You’ve been all over the place this year, from Italy to Canada and few trips to the White Isle, do you enjoy the travel?
Yeah, it’s profoundly exhausting but I love it. I’m incredibly lucky to get to travel so far to perform. I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Aery Metals has been putting out solid releases and even had its first night at Plan B recently. How did the event go?
Thanks! Yeah it was a good party – I’ve been playing Will & Ink’s stuff since they first began the project, so it was great to have them over to headline. 

Whats the vibe for the AM events? How do you want to set your events apart?
AM events are very simple – I just invite an act I like and we put them in a small dark room with some people and a big sound system, there’s not a lot more to it than that really! I hope our booking policy will set us apart, and the fact that it’s very no-frills business – we don’t shove it down people’s throats.

What do you hope to achieve with the label? Are you going for a particular ethos for the imprint?
I’m in no rush with the label – I usually know pretty instantly if I really dig a record and I want to sign it, and recently I’ve had some demos through that I like, but that aren’t quite there. I’m more than happy to wait on an artist to send through their best stuff – it’s how it’s always worked for me with labels and a bit of patience always pays off in the end. 

Why did you choose the artists you’ve released for? Are you looking for new artists for the label?
I’m always looking to be honest. I came to the guys I’ve worked with / am working with at the moment via the music – via demos and soundcloud. I’m not looking for artists I can change into something – if they fit, they fit, and unfortunately one just knows, it’s quite difficult to explain to be honest.

What releases do you have lined up for the rest of the year?
Personally, I’m just finishing up a new EP for Aery Metals, as well as a 12″ for a record store I used to work in, BM Soho. Otherwise, I’ve got a couple of 12″s I’m waiting on for ATM – you know who you are! 

Your releases always have on point artwork, is the branding something thats important to you?
Sure – I like things to look good. I’m a big fan of design and photography – I don’t see why you would spend so long on a record only to house it in something that was incongruent with your interests. The art and the music should really be reflective of one another, and come together to exist as one singular thing.

You recently talked about the importance of taking a considered approach to marketing your music, does social media play a part in that and whats your opinion on its place in music as a whole?
Sure, I said don’t be a mug and hassle people who run labels to listen to your music. If your stuff is good, people will listen – and if they’re not replying to your emails it probably means they don’t like your music – but they might in the future! So hold off for a bit and keep making tracks till you’ve got something more palatable for the person you’re trying to approach. It’s just common sense stuff really – but I say that like humility and basic manners aren’t worryingly scarce resources in 2014.

R.e. social media – just remember when you’re making untoward comments or sharing personal stuff, that the scene is very small and it’s the equivalent of standing on the corner of a street where all your industry mates are, and shouting these comments very loudly. That’s all really.

Whats your opinion on the growth of websites to stream DJ sets and the fact anyone can see your set for free online?
I really don’t mind to be honest. If you think there’s any similarity between sitting in your boxer shorts at home with a takeaway and watching your favorite DJ’s play via the web and actually going out and seeing them in the flesh, there’s probably something wrong with you anyway. I like doing stuff like Boiler Room – and I don’t mind it when, for example, RA do the streams of ENTER. or whatever – it just adds a different angle to the performance and people should be less afraid of change and embrace these new platforms.

When you’re not producing/DJing/Running a label, is there any room for any other side project/hobbies?
I spend a lot of time illustrating and doing graphic design stuff, painting etc - generally making mess. I’m working on a live project at the moment as well under a different alias – that’s taking up a lot of my time to be honest.

Was Big Boss Theme a reference to Metal Gear or Bruce Lee?
Metal Gear!

What’s the one piece of equipment you can’t live without

To find out more about Farr Festival www.farrfestival.co.uk

To hear more South London Ordnance, check out his latest RA mix by clicking here

Words by David March

Brighton & Hove Pride 2014

Pride Brighton & Hove returns this year louder and prouder than ever. A local treasure, acclaimed nationally and campaigning on global LGBT issues, Pride is a celebration of all that is fabulous about Brighton and Hove.

Join 160,000 expected participants and spectators as 2014′s LGBT community Pride Parade The World’s A Disco celebrates the music, dance and colour from around the globe from the diversity of disco to the sauciness of salsa. Dancing under the campaigning theme Freedom To Live the parade will also highlight the plight of those global LGBT communities whose basic right to party and live freely is denied.

The Pride festival in Preston Park promises to exceed last years success with thousands of people dancing, partying and celebrating LGBT Pride.

With extended opening times from 12 midday until 10pm, the return of the acclaimed main stage filled with live acts, special guests plus eight entertainment areas featuring dance tents, cabaret, performance, funfair, market and community area, the Pride festival will deliver a Brighton day out like no other. This unique fundraising event brings out the very best of the city of Brighton and Hove diverse, colourful and absolutely LGBT fabulous.

To purchase the final release of tickets visit www.brighton-pride.org

Worldwide Festival 2014

Right. Ok. Where to begin? What made Worldwide the best foreign festival I’ve ever attended? Was it the picturesque surroundings Sète proved? The breadth of genres repped, from Footwork to Jungle and Free Jazz, even within the first 2 days? The tiered Amphitheatre stage overlooking a spotlit Med? Or the attendees, from jazzcats to ravers, all intent on having the best time at no one else’s expense? Contributory factors all but, as with so many things, the whole was much more than the sum of its parts…

The bravery with which Gilles Peterson curates the festival is truly the standout feature of my 7 days in the South of France, and I’m completely sold on only having one stage open at one time. That there was no other place for us festival goers to be promoted a real sense of oneness and discussion that I haven’t known during the standard festival season. I saw DJs and bands I had never heard of prior to researching the lineup, and thoroughly enjoyed every single set. Having the first stage of the day open to the public, and reserving the evening performances for paying ticket holders meant that locals, young and old, came out of the woodwork in the afternoon which gave a real sense of unity between inhabitants and visitors.

With the weather we were blessed, with very little rain to speak of, the vibe was second to none; the Beach stage became a sandy Shangri-La around which our battered, rave-scarred bodies could coalesce in the early afternoon under the blazing Gaulish sun. The clear warm nights following a swift wash and glass or two of grog (keeping it coastal guys) were a midnight-blue blur of beats and sea-breeze at St Christ’s stage.

Highlights are difficult to pick out, as everyone was top draw stuff, but Theo Parrish breaking his decade long hiatus from performing with a live band was an obvious gem. Zara Mcfarlane’s deep soulful performance had me transfixed in my amphitheatre seat, and Seth Troxler, keeping it Detroit with a jump up house set graced us with his wonky wisdom and eloquence which is always fun. Swindle was in his element, conducting his live band members and revelling in the level-teasing before each jazzy drop (I’d like to apologise to anyone I hugged/screamed in the ear of when Mood Swings dropped. I was overcome with emotion). To mention the standout surprise performances of the week, Karol Conka’s rhythmic trappy business had me flipping my lid and throwing out dangerous levels of elbows and shoulders on the Sunday night, and I can’t recommend her highly enough as a result. Mala gave me the warm and fuzzies, as he always does, and topped his set off playing Bob Marley on acetate which had the entire crowd swaying, hugging, and singing. But as I said before, everything musical was indescribably perfect.

Next year is Worldwide’s 10th Anniversary, and I’d be there for Gilles’ stellar bi-lingual patter alone, but the palpable excitement of the impending milestone means that it promises to be a truly special occasion. I know I’ll be there even if I have to swim the distance. I hope you can join me mes amis.

Merci beaucoup Worldwide, you’re a dreamboat.

Head over to www.worldwidefestival.com for more information & photos of this years amazing event

Words by Sam Jones


Christopher Shannon x CAT footwear

If the warm weather today is willing you on to dabble with SS15 trends, as well as deigning to dress in some of the fantastic menswear displayed throughout SS15 LCM, then look no further then the Christopher Shannon partnership with bookmaker extraordinaire Cat footwear.

This season was one of Shannon’s strongest to date, having impressed the judges on the panel of the inaugural BFC/GQ Designer Menswear fund as well as offering up a fresh new take on menswear for the future with a sport-fest of exceptional looks. The collaboration with Cat, first spotted on the runway at Topman Show Space, gives us a glimpse into Shannon’s interpretation of the iconic Colorado Boot, which transformed the rugged boot market 23 years ago to bring us toughness, durability and maneuverability inherent to Cat footwear.

The Shannon collaboration comes in two colours – black and white – with simplicity in footwear standing on equal footing with the bold and brash colour scheme of Shannon’s clothing. Keep an eye out for these exceptional boots when they hit the stores next year.

Words by Sofia Khan

Summer Pick: Brixton Jamm

DJ Luck & MC Neat, Slimzee & MC Creed, Plastician (UKG Set), Newjack & Samba, DJ Offkey & Sloely

When: Friday 18th July
Music: Garage/Hip-hop/R’n’B/Bashment
Time: 10pm-6am
Tickets: £6/£8/£10/£12 Advance £15 OTD

Jamm Sessions is back for a bumper summer special on Friday 18th July. With old favourites and all round garage legends, DJ Luck & MC Neat topping the bill, alongside Rinse FM’s Slimzee who will be performing with microphone champion and god-father MC Creed. Another Rinse FM cohort Plastician will also be in attendance laying down an exclusive UKG set. All this with our usual host of residents providing the hip-hop, r&b & bashment in room 2, once again this is not one to miss…

The Line up:


Room 2: Hip-Hop / R’n’B / Bashment


For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.brixtonjamm.org

Alan Taylor SS15

We may still be in the grips of 2014’s warmest months, but it’s worth taking a look forward to 2015’s summer, if only to check out Alan Taylor’s SS15 collection.

The young menswear designer puts together a clever, and curious, juxtaposition of references: harking back to the indie scene of the noughties, he also draws on the works of artist Jenny Saville. From the first he takes the raw spirit, from the second he borrows the sensitive tones and texture.

The collection becomes sculptural in form with a mixture of boxy shapes and curved lines, whilst red becomes the only colour to counteract the sober scheme of blacks, whites and cream. And, as usual, tailoring is given the Taylor treatment, as traditional pieces of menswear are revisited and deconstructed. Jackets, shirts and highwaisted trousers are paired with ripped jeans, bomber jackets and polo shirts in reference to bands such as the Arctic Monkeys and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Finally, you can’t talk about Alan Taylor without mentioning wool, which is always the starting point for his collections: it becomes light and summery for Spring-Summer, with lightly woven fabrics.

In short Alan Taylor’s offering for SS15 is skillfully put together, seamlessly blending disparate elements into a cohesive collection.

SUPRA UK Residency Closing Party

Anyone who has the slightest inkling about skateboarding will probably be familiar with the names of Chad Muska, Braydon Szafranski or Jim Greco who all skate for the Supra team, one of the skateboarding world’s many footwear brands.

Last week the team’s month-long residency in the UK, the longest one to date, come to an end with a demo in Hackney Wick in collaboration with Slam City Skates. Before the team go on to pastures new, they took to the seventh floor of the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch for a closing party where 1883 joined them for the evening.

The event also marked the Ace Hotel’s first ever rooftop party and it certainly proved to be a decent christening. Guests included Radio 1’s DJ Nick Grimshaw, models Jimmy Q and Ricki Hall, and quite inevitably skateboarders galore. Impressive views across London were combined with music by Funkineven and Martelo, as well as Patron Tequila cocktails aplenty. What can we say? Those can only be the right ingredients for a successful send-off party.

Zen Sai Bar

Zen Sai unveils it’s new zesty summer season menus featuring new signature cocktails, dishes and small plates menus.

The summer season’s additions feature new signature long and short drinks that bring fresh, classic twists using premium spirits, homemade Zen Sai syrups, sherbets, bitters and the finest daily fresh fruits and vegetables, all intended to be intoxicating and refreshing on a hot summer day and all created to harmonise with the new summer food menus which fuse together all the delicious favours and smells of the east in the form of light and spicy small plates, great for snacking or sharing with friends, with extensive food and drinks menus, Zen Sai has something on offer for everyone.

Situated over an attractive split level conversion building with tranquil dining area and a downstairs laid back hip low lit bar on Camden’s lively Inverness Street, just a stones throw from all the eclectic Camden nightlife action, Zen Sai marries three main loves, Malaysian and Indian food, classic cocktails done well and supreme funk music.

‘A big thumbs up’ – The Guardian Guide

‘Seriously good cocktails and the food is full of fresh and inventive flavours’ – World’s Best Bars


Wireless Festival 2014 Day One: Birmingham

Though Wireless Festival is still in it’s infancy, mushrooming popularity in London has prompted the organizers to expand their horizons. Between 4th -6th July, Wireless are running a simultaneous festival leg in Perry Park, Birmingham.

The continued crossover commercial success of ‘urban’ and ‘bass’ music, has prompted organizers to curate a lineup that brings together both talented rookies and global stalwarts from the worlds of grime, hip-hop and dance music.

As such, a premier lineup of superstars crested the weekend billings. Acts included Outkast, Drake, Labrinth, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Wiz Khalifa, ensuring that those who made the journey to Birmingham’s inner city, were in for a delectable variety of musical treats.

Unfortunately the weekend celebrations were dulled prematurely, with Friday headliner Drake withdrawing 24 hours before the main event, citing illness.

Drake’s absence wasn’t lost on the sharpness of Birmingham fans, with many tweeting their ire, noting that historically Drake had a tendency to not materialize at Wireless festival – pulling out of London celebrations in both 2010 and 2012 .

With Rudimental shoehorned into filling Drake’s headlining shoes on Friday’s mainstage and the British weather reliably proving to be unreliable, crowds were notably sparse.  Though Wireless were apologising to festival-goers with a £20 voucher redeemable for food and drink within the festival.

Unaffected, A$AP Ferg, part of A$AP Rocky’s musical entourage, kicked off Friday’s musical offerings with bouts of rowdy hip-hop swagger – drawing the crowds towards the mainstage in time to see big hit ‘Shabba’.

On the Futures stage, Lizzo was ensnaring new fans with her immutable sass and dextrous wordplay, hypnotising the crowd with relentless swathes of neon-backed and tiger print clad dance-routines, until not one person was standing still as she ended with her breakout hit ‘Batches and Cookies.’

However it was rapper Earl Sweatshirt, a counterculture icon for millions of teenagers worldwide, and the all-dancing, singing and rapping Chicagoan artist, Chance the Rapper, who were the musical highlights amongst the late afternoon sets.

Although his latest album was more somber and introspective, Earl proved that with enough,goading and skillful back and forth with the audience, he can still rouse a crowd into a frenzy worthy of OFWGKTA’s early contumacious energy. Whilst Chance’s ‘Social Experiment’ stage show was a refreshing retort to the swathe of less talented rappers who resort to computer generated bass at their live performances to makeup for any shortcomings in showmanship.

On the Mainstage, Azelia Banks fought off rain clouds with crowd pleasers such as ‘212’ with Labrinth’s mature performance following, highlighting that he has much more to offer outside of the chart topping‘Earthquake’. Meanwhile, Pretty Lights and Knife Party provided bass-heavy, dubstep infused sets in the Dance Tent that offered frenetic relief to any rain dampened spirits outside.

Though Rudimental were never going to fill the emotional void left by Drake, fans were quick to forgive and many were left more than fulfilled by a band who played a seamless headlining set – and since 2012, have become the must-see festival band.

Words & photos by Daniel Cave