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Pringles // V Festival

Last weekend, we were lucky enough to be invited to V Festival with Pringles for their summer party tour.

Pringles kitted 1883 out with everything we could ask for at a festival. From a Pringles tent, to ponchos and crisps, naturally, we were ready for an epic weekend at V.

On the first day, Tom Odell caressed our ears with “Another Love” and brought some tranquility to the Essex fields. We then headed over to the MTV stage and caught the greats The Wailers, and dreamed of Bob Marley. We stayed for Blondie, and the crowds bellowed at the top of their lungs to cherished iconic tracks such as “Call Me” and “Heart of Glass”.

We headed to the main stage to catch new British crooner Ed Sheeran as the sun was setting. Sheeran’s new sound was a perfect introduction to the star that was to emerge in the evening: the master JT.

We refuelled and headed back to camp before lift off, and were impressed by the new Pringles Speakers which were perfect for campsite parties. Designed to fit into the Pringles infamous tube, each speaker can be cleverly attached to another, allowing you to build sound, layer upon layer.

After drinking up, we headed to catch headliner Justin Timberlake. What a performer, what a show. We agreed that Justin was Michael Jackson’s prodigy. I would go as far as saying it was one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. From new material “Suit and Tie” to the old classics “Señorita“, and a beautiful acoustic version of “What Goes Around”. I think a few people fainted when the intro of “Cry Me A River” seeped in. After the show we saw a helicopter overhead, and knew that was Justin making his grand farewell ( we wouldn’t expect any less).

The next day, we bathed in the sun to Chic Ft Nile Rodgers. We wondered if this was what heaven looked like. Nile, the man, the legend, tickled our tastebuds with “Get Lucky” and we danced at the alter of the late 70s to classic “Le Freak”. When “Good Times” hit, everybody clamoured on stage; probably the first time I’ve ever seen the stage full of normal folks having a boogie. We stayed at the main stage for Rudimental, who lit summer on fire with “Feel the Love”.

Nothing could prepare us for the beauty that was about to be upon us though. Adonis, Demi-God, the chosen one, or you could call him Paolo.

Paolo Nutini’s “Caustic Love” has turned the nation into hot, sweaty, teen fan monsters. I am going to go as far as saying that Iron Sky is the most transcendent, beautiful, pure, raw song I’ve heard in years. The very thought of Paolo performing this gospel on stage made me buckle over. The girls gazed at the monitors, I saw dribble; the guys gazed at the monitors, I saw dribble.

Paolo is a star that kindly landed on earth to make us believe in, well, love. The gritty, chilling, painful essence that creeps out of every word he sings, is what beauty must sound like. Flames rose on the stage, as the torture and passion of Iron Sky serenaded the spectators. Divinity.

Once our heads settled on a lower cloud, the 15-year old in me still present, we were greeted by a sparkly pink blazer and a lightning bolt mic stand. This could only be Brandon Flowers’ doing. The Killers take us all back to watching the O.C, it might have been Essex, but a girl can dream.

Farmers would have heard yells of, “I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier” fleeting in the distance. We had to wait almost two hours for the classic two, the beasts, the anthems, but when “We Were Young” and “Mr Brightside” finally came, bliss.

Thank you Pringles.

#pringlespartytour

@elspethmerry

BoomTown Fair 2014

 As a BoomTown virgin, I knew I was in for a treat but what hit me was more dazzling than I could ever have imagined. The four day extravaganza was a trippy whirlwind of supersonic sound systems and a blizzard of bassline, which left me paralysed with a utopian feeling of happiness, accomplishment and of course, inevitable exhaustion.

Matterley Estate in Winchester was transformed into a fantastical pop-up wonderland, complete with nine eccentric and ornate districts. From TrenchTown to OldTown, and Mayfair to the WildWest, the planning and production of the setting was overflowing with overwhelming creativity, vast attention to detail and an abundance of unexpected surprises. Walking to purchase a breakfast of coffee and churros one morning, I was greeted by three ladies in a shop window shaking their nipple-tasseled cupcakes at me.

The festival was home to a mammouth 38,000 residents this year, but the organisers managed to somehow bypass the feeling of crowdedness and congestion. Whether you are more of an uptown girl, or a downtown roller, there was a huge variety of camping spots depending on your preference. Residents were able to float between the stages and tents for the vast majority of the festival, we only had to queue for about ten minutes one night to see a bone-shaking set from Dub Phizix & Strategy.

The festival offered a spectacular spectrum of genres from an immersive and touching performance by reggae legends, The Wailers held in the monumental Lion’s Den, all the way to a glitteringly grimey set from Swindle & Royal T, which had the Circo Bale tent vibrating with more bass than you could shake a stick at.  We found ourselves magnetically drawn to the ‘Bassline Circus’ and spent a substantial portion of our nights raving under the scintillating strobes, enjoying sets from the likes of Benton, DJ Champion, My Nu Leng, with unforgettable highlights coming from Chimpo and Amy Becker.

On Saturday night I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the Mayor of BoomTown, Burrita Jose. I kissed her hand as I introduced myself as a humble citizen of BoomTown, and together we raved to a set from Garage and Grime Princess, DJ Barely Legal, who filled the BoomTown Town Hall with a crowd of UK music lovers. Her set followed Manchester DJ and producer Chimpo’s, who played his second set of the festival in the Town Hall, getting the crowed hyped for the biggest Saturday night of the summer.

Despite the rumours, the watery ‘washout’ didn’t transform the festival into the Atlantic Ocean, and arrived just as we pulled out of the BoomTown car park, thanks to the festival weather gods who must’ve had mercy on our already slightly damp souls. The weather held out for the most part, and whilst the rain did come, it wasn’t enough to wash away our constantly increasing excitement and enthusiasm.

Suffice to say, we most certainly will be attending the festival next summer, albeit equipped with slightly more sequins and novelty headwear. And of course, a monumental thank you goes out to absolutely everybody involved in organising BoomTown Fair and making it without a doubt the best festival I have attended this summer. To see more images from the best weekend of 2014, head over to the BoomTown website and remember to keep your peepers open to bagsy your tickets for next years event by clicking here.

Crystal Head Vodka ‘Use Your Head’ Project Interview with Collaborating Artists

Following on from our previous chat with Nick Gentry regarding his involvement with Crystal Head Vodka’s latest project ‘Use Your Head’, we sat down with the three other collaborating artists The London Police, Eduardo Guelfibian and Lita Cabellut.

What will you be looking to in terms of inspiration to customise the 3L jeroboam?

The London Police: We will watch Ghostbusters, drink all the vodka and then see what magic has happened when we come out of an alcoholic coma in the morning.

Eduardo Guelfibian: Inspired  by  the  Mexican tradition that celebrates the Day of the Dead I will make the skull bottle multi coloured, applying my thick acrylic technique, much like the offerings of sugar skulls made by the candy makers.

Lita Cabellut: The influence that this spirit/drink has in the world

The London Police

As this is a one-of-a-kind collector’s item will you be creating the piece using materials your familiar with or will you be trying something new?

TLP:  The bottle shape makes it difficult to paint with our usual style so we will make the piece more colourful with spray and maybe human blood before we add some of our signature black and white style iconic characters

EG: The piece will be unique, just like my technique is unique.

LC: I will use both. Of course, I want to make something special and beautiful, so I will use the materials that I use very well and have directly to do with my technique. And the other element that I will bring together is something to support the crystal head.

The skull shape is quite unique, have you ever worked with something on this scale or structure before?

TLP: Personally, I have never drawn on a skull shape before although I have drawn on some weird and awkward things that would rival the difficulty of such a shape. Bob on the other hand went through a weird stage in his teens where he murdered a few homeless people in Norwich, extracted their skulls and indeed painted them. Quite a coincidence actually and to be honest one we don’t talk about any more so shhhhh!…Mum’s the word!

EG: I have painted on 3D surfaces before- a violin, the word ‘ART’ in 3D. The skull bottle is a challenge.

LC: Never. I took more than one week to contemplate the skull; I find it a beautiful object, in a way I find it barbarian to do something to this beauty. So I had to debate between the possibilities of putting gold fishes inside, stairs or just drink it with my friends while contemplating it in my studio.

Eduardo Guelfibian

Is there a particular theme or message that you would like your customised skull to project?

TLP: Yes. We’d like people to spend more time helping dogs in poorer countries.

EG: The title of the skull bottle is: ‘Life of Dreams’ and the happy colours should project a life lived well and the hope of a divinely beautiful after-life.

LC: Yes, the way that I present my object, which I have entitled ‘Spiritus Sanctus’. Sometimes for many, many people, the substance in this bottle becomes the new God of Illusion.

Lita Cabellut

Jean David Malat, Director of Opera Gallery also added: “I am very pleased to be part of this project and to have got involved four of our contemporary artists. “Use your head” is the perfect subject to get creative and working with such a beautiful bottle is very inspiring. It did not take me long to convince the artists to join in the project!”

For more information about this project visit: www.crystalheadvodka.com

Sankeys Reveals First Wave of Shows

Tribal Sessions Returns Each Friday and Celebrates 14th Birthday Weekender

Sankeys are announcing some very special parties as they open their doors for the autumn/winter season; as they continue celebrating their 20th year as a club, they are unveiling a whole host of special line-ups to commemorate the occasion, with Tribal Sessions, ViVA Warriors and CUFF all playing host to the world’s best DJs from the realms of underground house and techno.

Sankeys remains one of the most celebrated clubs in the UK, a true bastion of underground dance music’s culture, with a weekly roster of outstanding parties from the very best DJs coming from all over the world to play in the famed basement of Manchester. One of those parties is the legendary Tribal Sessions, one of the true mainstays of Sankeys over the years. Tribal has long been synonymous with proper underground raving, starting back with the illegal rave scene of the 90’s before moving its foundations into clubs. And now Tribal Sessions is returning every Friday to Sankeys, reigniting one of the UK’s most iconic residencies in a new era of dance music decadence.

Maintaining the focus firmly on the underground and keeping a no-frills party feel running through the nights, Tribal returns with some epic parties. Darius Syrossian will be the resident of every night, alongside Sankeys’ mainstay and fellow resident Jozef K, and they both kick off the first series of events with Tribal favourites The Martinez Brothers on Friday 12th Sep. Also playing at the weekly Friday parties through September will be the legendary Sasha, techno pioneer Shlomi Aber, the revered DJ and producer Axel Boman and German favourite Sidney Charles, amongst a host of other underground names. Jozef K unites with his production partner Winter Son on the 26th September, and special guests will feature throughout the Tribal Sessions programming.

ViVA Warriors picks things up from Tribal with an equally massive lineup, featuring eclectic selector Cassy, deep techno heavyweight Nick Curly and of course, label boss and the highly prolific Steve Lawler. Then Sankeys Ibiza debutants Magna Carter take over on Sat 20th September; their first season on the White Isle has already been heralded as a huge success, now bringing their dark house sound to Manchester. Finishing off September’s run of parties in style will be night CUFF, Amine Edge & DANCE’s imprint. It’ll be an all French affair on the 27th in an explosive night of house, with the French duo welcoming native companions Sirus Hood, STUFF and Sion to the party.

At the beginning of October Sankeys celebrates a momentous 14 years of Tribal with a massive Tribal Sessions Weekend, which will undoubtedly be one of the biggest parties of the year in the UK. Over the course of 2 nights – Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th – some of the finest selectors in the industry are coming to Manchester for a weekend epitomised by up-front, groove-heavy underground house and techno. Friday will feature Tribal residents and regulars – house aficionado and Chicago legend DJ Sneak will be in fine company alongside the original Tribal resident, the legend Greg Vickers, who’ll be playing back to back with Just Be aka Bushwacka! fresh off the back of their Essential Mix for Radio 1 in Sankeys Ibiza, Greg’s 3rd amazing Essential Mix to date. Hector Couto also joins the party, along with Darius and Jozef K. They will be joined by a very special unannounced guest as Sankeys has yet more surprises up its sleeve.

Headlining the Saturday night will be one of the biggest DJ groups of the past few years: Apollonia. With an album due for release very soon, the French trio of Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia and Shonky have built a reputation for unrelenting energy in their DJ sets, commanding the decks all over the world. They’ll be playing along with the multi-faceted craftsman Guti, whose live sets have earned him a name as one of the most creative DJs on the circuit, and Chappel also performs. There’ll be also be a big unannounced guest taking to the decks on the Saturday, making both weekend parties extra special.

These parties are just a taste of what is to come over the coming months. Keep an eye out on the next announcement, as Sankeys continues its 20th anniversary year at the heart of Manchester’s underground scene, with lots more action to be revealed.

For more info including line-ups and to buy tickets click here.

Wilderness Festival

by Sebastian Barros

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure for a big surprise. Stumble across a teddy bear’s picnic – no, but you’ll find the mad hatter’s tea party; Wilderness.

Wilderness Festival, set in a verdant estate in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, is the meeting place for the free spirited, wild, and earthlings most in touch with nature.

by Samantha Milligan

Picture this: an idyllic lake as a sanctuary for the people to bathe, and the assorted music realms, each a different stream of consciousness, allowing you to escape to a higher height.

The headliners wowed with the tunes we knew, Metronomy dressed in white, matchy matchy, with their catchy catchy calculated beats, and carefully crafted dance routines. Sam Smith’s voice stole the sun, and London Grammar stole the landscape. Curl back the commercial even further, and Connan Mockasin creeped the creeper, while Hozier took everyone to church.

by Sebastian Barros

In each crevasse of the land there was a tasty music territory to uncover. I found my way by the Busking Stage aka Friends of the Earth, and exactly like an old beloved friend it welcomed me with bear hugging arms. We danced by bales of hay, at night, to the gyspy sounds of The Turbans, who made us all become earth people, with their six piece enchanted chaos. By day, Flyte chased heaven, yelping, “We are the Rain” and adorned our indie ears. While Jack Savoretti crooned so hard we all soared. But it was a tender moment with a young child that brought us back down to mother earth. Savoretti laughed at the young boy, as he danced alone to the acoustic beauty. “This generation of kids are fearless rock stars,” he said, as the child commanded the crowd and danced in the purest form – unconscious of human judgment.

by Andrew Whitton

Over the hill and we became marooned on “The Dirty South” island. A wooden shack with the mystic and charm of New Orleans brought the blues and soul. James Brown and Jackie Wilson became marooned with us, until club land could be seen in the distance, so we jumped off and set sail. The Pandemonium valley was an echoing basin. Crowds gathered in the coliseum, with performance trapeze artists and fire-eaters. Was this Rome all those years ago?

by Danny North

But to speak of Wilderness as just a music celebration would be blasphemy. If you were walking around asking where is my mind, you might be able to find the key here. The NOW Live Events sought to rid us of modern-day distractions that stop us from embracing the fullness of the present moment. A mindfulness session with Ed Haliwell could help you find your anchor, and a Love Letter workshop with Crystal Kershaw could help you find love, in yourself.

by Justine Trickett

When attention turned to grub, I looked no further than a Kanye Western Mac n Cheese (hot dogs, caramelised onions and BBQ sauce over an American dream). Then the rain got caught in a constant battle with the sun. But you couldn’t call it a festival without the fickle British weather affecting the mood.

by Sebastian Barros

Wilderness is exactly, that; you’ll find the wilderness in your mind, the wilderness in the music, and be free, in the wilder.

Words by Elspeth Merry

@elspethmerry

Notting Hill Carnival: Hot Wuk Truck Party

 Warm up for Notting Hill Carnival with the biggest, baddest raving crew, The Heatwave, on August bank holiday weekend. The Hot Wuk Truck is back, alongside the sexiest soca and wildest wining from The Heatwave DJs, plus raucous regular Zi Zi Scandal, and dance crews CDML Crew, Element Dance and Hot It Up.

Currently guest starring on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Thursday evenings from 10pm, The Heatwave can also be seen this Summer performing at Tramlines (Sheffield) on Saturday 26 July, Boomtown Fair on Saturday 9 August and Rototom in Spain from 18-21 August.

Formidable dancehall-force The Heatwave have been providing the UK’s bashment soundtrack for the past 10 years. The Heatwave sound ties together music from Jamaica and the UK. Their powerful, energetic and exciting compilations and mixes aim to show how dancehall can be found at the root of jungle, garage, grime, dubstep and funky music.

The Heatwave launched ‘Hot Wuk’ as a regular club night in 2009, and their weekly bashment party at The Social in Central London followed in 2011. Early London success saw Hot Wuk roll out country-wide in 2012, hitting Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester and Brighton.

As part of their evolution The Heatwave’s parties have now become a self contained live spectacle of dancehall culture; stageshows, carnival trucks, dance crews, MC’s and DJs… here’s to the next ten years!

“Heatwave: the most exciting new luminaries of London’s dancehall scene” Time Out 

“Their collisions of dancehall, soca, one-drop reggae, grime and UK funky are always future-minded but with a firm understanding of heritage.” Fact 

“One of the UK’s best dancehall outfits” Independent 

23 August 2014 / 10pm-3am
Koko, 1a Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE
Tickets : £10-18 in advance / £20 on the door

To purchase tickets, click here

PRESS: the new Juice Bar

We may not have the glorious sunshine, the beautiful beaches and the palm-tree lined avenues of LA, but a little bit of the Californian city is coming to London. Taking inspiration from the LA lifestyle, PRESS, the brainchild of Georgie Reames and Ed Foy, is bringing the healthy juice trend over to the UK in the form of a juice bar.

 PRESS is located just behind Ham Yard, tucked away from the buzz of Picadilly. Upon entering inside, you’ll be met by a colourful wall of juices to choose from.

The guys behind PRESS spent many an hour creating and testing their recipes. Juices are cold-pressed so that none of the goodness gets lost in the process… From hardcore healthy, greens-only juices to a sweet almond leche, there’s a juice bound to please everyone. Dairy-free, the juice bar offers a whole host of alternatives. You can pick your selection of protein balls from avocado and mint, to raw carrot cake (the latter, in particular, will have you going back for more). If you’re after something a little more indulgent, there are shakes, Superfood ice cream as well as sorbets. And for those who want to up the ante when it comes to being healthy, PRESS is going to be offering juice cleanse plans…

Having tried and tested what’s on offer, it’s safe to say that the lifestyle PRESS is advocating is certainly not about depriving yourself: it may be healthy, but that doesn’t stop it from being a total and utter treat.

adidas originals by Rita Ora Teaser Trailer

Rita Ora and adidas Originals: a match made in heaven.

If there was one likely collaborator with the sportswear brand its Rita – with her louder then life personality and head turning and unstoppable music speaking to the same audience likely to be seen sporting the new wears coming out later this month.

The debut AW14 adidas Originals by Rita Ora collaboration sees the brand given a sexy makeover, packing in a punch with floral motifs and supple leathers with glow-in-the-dark tooling. Flashes of Rita’s signature yellow brings out the details against glow-in-the-dark reptile prints on micro-knifed 3-D scaled uppers across reimagined adidas Originals sneaker classics, infusing feet with wild eclecticism.

The first drop of five capsule collaboration will be hitting select adidas originals stores on 21st August.

Words by Sofia Khan

Number 90 Presents Phonica Records with Derrick Carter

Not so long ago, we informed you of a little place tucked away in Hackney. Well, now we’re reminding you again as it provides a little fun over this month’s bank holiday weekend.

Number 90, a canal-side terrace known for its three-day long events involving music, art and scrumptious food is entertaining once again by inviting back Phonica Records. A label which has been a frequent guest at Number 90, they are often sold out with Soho and Simon Rigg as their resident DJs.

Set to officially start on the 23rd August at 4pm, Friday will be a warm up with a little bit of funk and soul provided DJs Chris Sussex and Josh Rawl, who will keep playing into the early hours of Saturday morning.

An ongoing theme, Saturday will also be a day to night party (ending at 6 a.m), with Chicago’s European underground club scene DJ Derrick Carter. Starting to mix at the age of 9, he usually offers many genres including disco, nu-jazz, soul, old-school and techno. Not alone, Carter will play alongside Phonica’s Lord of the Isles and DJs Soho, Nick Williams&Juan.

Monday will provide a wind-down for the weekend, being named the ‘Lazy Monday’ it is free entry and will entertain you even further with ‘festivities’, playing more soul, funk and of course, disco. House DJs on this day will include Dean Jackson, Nicola Cima and Martin Peech, Will Viper and Georgio Oniani. Again, Monday’s no exception to ending early.

Costing as little at £5 on the door before 8pm and £12 afterwards on, you can find more information about Number 90’s bank holiday weekend at facebook.com/Number90MainYard or find them on twitter at twitter.com/number90_bar.

 

Herman ze German Celebrates Summer with The Bockwurst Hawaii

Everybody’s always looking for the ultimate summer sausage but alas, these are often burnt on the BBQ. Luckily Herman ze German, the best sausage proprietors in London, are staying put on Old Compton Street and Villiers Street so you can finally find it.

Currently ‘vibing’ from our heatwave, a ‘guest wurst’ has been born. Dubbed ‘The Bockwurst Hawaii’, this culinary delight forges together ham and pineapple, placing pieces of pineapple in with the meat and adding a further dusting on top of it to ensure a tantalizing, tropical taste. Admittedly, it’s easy to envisage relaxing in a hammock with a sunset in view at the thought of eating one of these.

With a name such as Herman ze German, it won’t do to source from a country that isn’t Germany and, with this in mind; all meat is sourced from their family butcher and local farm over in the Black Forest. Yes, it’s actually from Deutschland and hey, its gluten free.

Sounds to be good to be true, right? But it is and for even more wondorous wursts you can see their menu at www.hermanzegerman.com