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Sick Chirpse Presents Pulp @ The Book Club

Sick Chirpse begin their monthly residency at The Book Club this Thursday with a promise to deliver ‘Disco to Drake and everything in between.’ Thursdays are notoriously boozy around East London, and Sick Chirpse want to bring something easily accessible for anyone wanting to stay out that bit later than the pubs while keeping to a budget. Tickets are just £1 advance and Sick Chirpse DJs will be playing all night from 8PM – 2AM. You can purchase tickets by clicking here.


Secretsundaze Summer Opening Party 2016

Secretsundaze kicks off the 2016 summer season on Saturday 30th April, with Lil Louis, Steffi, Kornel Kovaks, Moxie, K15 and Esa at the stunning church, St John of Hackney. Today the details of the ater party are also revealed, taking place at The Brewhouse in London Fields.

The secretsundaze opening party is without doubt one of the highlights of the year and very much signals the beginning of summer. This year, for the first time in secretsundaze’s history, the opening party will take place on a Saturday at the magnificent venue that is St John of Hackney.

Headlining the party is Lil Louis. House music legend, pioneer and story teller, Louis has written and produced some of the most fantastic dance records ever, period. ‘French Kiss’, ‘The Conversation’, ‘Lonely People’ and ‘I Called’ to name a few. Another major player set to return is Ostgut Ton and Panorama Bar resident Steffi. Steffi has carved out a reputation as a formidable DJ that covers many bases within house and techno playing on both floors at Panorama Bar and Berghain and recently contributing to Resident Advisor’s 500th Podcast alongside Dixon, Ben UFO and Omar S – a huge accolade.

Making his secretsundaze debut is Kornel Kovaks. His playful, bouncy sound on the likes of has Studio Barnhaus and Numbers have won him a legion of new fans and his set is sure to be a crowd pleaser. NTS DJ, London’s very own Moxie also steps up, along with K15, Esa and of course founders and resident Secretsundaze.

The official after party will take place at The Brewhouse in London Fields, featuring a very special guest act to be revealed on the night, along with Jon Rust (Levels / NTS Radio),** Charlie Bones** (NTS Radio), Bi-Bop (ReviveHer) and of course secretsundaze.

For more information and tickets click here.

Lovebox 2016 Announces Second Wave of Artist Additions & Arena Line-Ups

London’s own festival Lovebox returns in 2016 with two explosive headliners in the form of LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer, and a thrilling musical billing that spans genres, eras and continents. Featuring the hottest new acts (Oh Wonder, GoldLink), music’s most relevant and exciting names (Run The Jewels, MØ), the biggest names in grime (Kano, Stormzy), and legends (George Clinton Mothership Reconnection, David Rodigan MBE) it’s set to be the biggest year yet for the Tower Hamlets festival.

Now, Lovebox unveils even more incredible names and forward-thinking stage partners, cementing its status as London’s most diverse and expansive music festival.

South London MC Giggs joins the bill, performing on the Noisey stage on Friday. Giggs has been an integral part of the grime scene for the past decade, and remains just as relevant today, lending scene-stealing verses to the likes of JME, Chase and Status, Dizzee Rascal and Waka Flocka Flame in recent times.

Also appearing on the Noisey stage will be British music legend Shy FX alongside Stamina MC. Shy FX’s sets are infamously incendiary, and his appearance at Lovebox is set to be no different.

Thump will be programming some of the finest names in electronic music on the Saturday. The likes of acclaimed producer/DJ George FitzGerald, Canadian duo Bob Moses and composer/musician Rival Consoles will be appearing alongside Kiasmos, Reza Athar, Gemini Brothers and Cici, plus a very special guest TBA.

Some of the freshest, most exciting new acts out there will also be appearing in the Park. Genre-hopping singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu will take to the Main Stage on the Friday. Elsewhere, hotly-tipped vocalist Jorja Smith joins Soundcrash on the Saturday.

Lovebox friend and favourite Heidi returns to the Park to headline Kopparberg Urban Forest hosted by promoters Krankbrother on the Friday, preceded by a selection of incendiary DJs including the internationally renowned Tom Trago, Dutch house legend William Kouam Djoko and Amsterdam nightlife staple Cinnaman, as well as Krankbrother and Jack C.

On the Saturday, the Urban Forest will be taken over by a diverse selection of up- and-coming talent, including rapper/singer/songwriter Tiggs Da Author, psyche-pop four piece Beaty Heart, soul singer Jodie Abacus, mysterious electro-soul newcomer Seramic and experimental artist Kojey Radical. There’ll also be appearances from Cosmic Strip and Supa Dupa Fly featuring Emily Rawson and Matchstick.

Lovebox are delighted to welcome back Dalston basement club Visions on board to host their own stage. Visions has garnered a reputation for being one of London’s most exciting night spots. Their parties are legendary and special guests are guaranteed…a few may just appear at their stage on the Friday alongside Visions residents Darq E Freaker, Star.One, Snips and many more.
Radio station NTS – broadcasting from Dalston, across the globe – will be hosting the cream of hip hop and electronic talent. There will be appearances from Soulection producer Sango, rising US rapper Denzel Curry, London beatmaker Lil Silva, plus Hannah Faith, CKtrl, Motive and Tim & Barry.

Corona Sunsets will be bringing the sound of the Balearics to Victoria Park with their stunning mandala structure. The Friday sees sets from Warp act Nightmares On Wax’s Soundsystem, remix master The Reflex, innovative R&B/soul singer-producer Andrew Ashong as well as Thris Tian, Desert Sound Colony, Kasra V and Wild Fantasy.

Meanwhile, the Saturday will feature the inimitable Norman Jay MBE, disco group Crazy P Soundsystem, the boogie boat that is PBR Streetgang and disco duo Unabombers plus Pete Herbert, Ray Mang & Bill Brewster, Mo Kolours, Bobby Pleasure and Tayo & Tope.

There’s so much to explore in the Park – from fabric bringing their world class soundsystem to a field for the very first time, to Elrow’s Brazilian confetti-coated party to the carnival spirit of The Tropiskarnival Bandstand and What Hannah Wants’ specially curated arena; plus i-D presents VIP: Ocean Drive, inspired by the hedonistic lifestyle and intriguing charm of Miami Beach – there’s plenty of pockets of live music and world class DJ sets to discover in incredible settings

Elsewhere, there’s plenty more to experience onsite. London’s best restaurateurs will be serving up delicious street food, revellers can browse fashion and beauty boutiques from the city’s finest creatives, or spin around at the Bump Roller Disco, and discover spoken word at The Voicebox presented by Apples and Snakes and Roundhouse…plus much, much more.

2016 looks set to be a definitive and unmissable year for Lovebox Festival – a two day celebration of music, food, fashion and creativity that looks certain to be the musical moment of the summer.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

T’aint by Ashish

Whether it’s sending skateboarding models down the catwalk or creating sequin bags inspired by supermarket carriers, fashion designer Ashish has always known how to surprise and delight and for his latest project he’s taking it to a whole new level. Straying away from his usual sequin-filled designs, the London-based designer is launching a new T-shirt line…but let’s get things straight: we’re not taking about your average white T.

The T-shirts feature playful designs whereby dot-to-dot drawing cleverly conceals pornographic imagery, all whilst being suggestive enough to let the imagination run wild. The designer explained: “I wanted to combine my two favourite things; sex and fashion”. The black and white designs are embellished with a touch of embroidery, to add a splash of colour and highlight mischievous details such as a jockstrap or a tongue.

Although possibly not for the more conservative, this cheeky new line is nonetheless a refreshing new twist on the tee in a world overpopulated by inane slogan T-shirts. And the good news is that the new T’aint line is not just a one off; Ashish plans to unveil three to four collections each year.

T’aint is available at V Files in New York and KM20 in Moscow.

Victoria Beckham set to launch Make Up Line

Victoria Beckham is set to launch her own make up line in collaboration with Estée Lauder, out later this year. Beckham has previously worked with Nail Inc in 2014, but this is her first foray into a full comprehensive beauty line bearing her name. Since 2008 the Victoria Beckham the fashion brand has developed a distinctive modern language and clothing, and the new make up collaboration is set to instill this further.

Speaking of the collection, Victoria Beckham said, “I am thrilled to be launching a limited edition make up collection with Estée Lauder. The whole process has been both inspiring and eye opening. […] I have long admired Estée Lauder the woman, and the powerful brand she created’.

And what to expect? Everything is under wraps at the moment ahead of the launch in September 2016, but we can expect some muted hues, highlighters and some seriously understated by elaborate smoky eyes, a la Beckham’s signature.

The collection will launch in September 2016 at selected retailers around the world. Victoria Beckham Stores and on esteelauder.co.uk and victoriabeckham.com.

Denim Loving

Master trans-seasonal dressing with our SS16 denim guide. Style up, style down, these trews, jackets and stand out denim pieces will take you through the best and worst of spring weather.

Cheap Monday

One of our favorites any time of the year, Cheap Monday unveils their new Snapback: a new denim fabric concept to deliver premium stretch and hold. If you’re looking for the ultimate in skinnies, well look no further. Each silhouette (Flare Snap, Mid rise and High Snap) offers the perfect hug while also retaining its shape – a near godsend for any figure. Also of note: the new Faustine Steinmetz collab delivering high end on the high street; think unraveled denim with cutting edge shapes.

Snapback jeans will be available in Cheap Monday stores, at selected retailers and online at www.cheapmonday.com from £70 | Faustine Steinmetz collab available online and Carnaby Street from £90



Go to for the fashion team, ASOS have an unbeatable line up of SS16 denim pieces. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate denim jacket or a must have embroidered piece, they have you covered. Here are some of our favorites.

 www.asos.com | ASOS Denim Girlfriend with Badges £50 | ASOS Denim Flowered Jeans £55


For some 90s nostalgia and statement denim jackets, EVISU will provide the ultimate in street cred. Our fav is the Daicock Denim Jacket: Part Bomber, denim and baseball shape. Comes in Womens and Mens – take your pick.

www.evisu.com RRP £315


RE/DONE breathes new life into preloved vintage Levi’s Denim, reconstructing them into new creations with new stories. We particularly love these pair available on StyleBop featuring carefully placed Mexican fabric for the ultimate in cool.

http://www.stylebop.com for £375

Frame Denim

Tailored, culottes and indigo, these Frame Denim jeans have everything going for SS16. Style with some simple and smart kicks and get ready for a day in the city.

http://www.matchesfashion.com for £250

AG Jeans

Looking for the ultimate lightweight denim? The Carly Studio from AG Jeans provides the perfect fit with wide legs to take you through SS16. We particularly love the versatility of the faded blue wash in chambray.

http://www.agjeans.com RRP £249.31

Nudie Jeans

 Crisp white ecru denim from Nudie Jeans paves the way for a perfect satorial summer. Our fav “Skinny Lin” fit is unisex in shape in the brand signature organic cotton denim with forgiving stretch potential.

www.nudiejeans.com RRP £110 – Nudie Jean provides free repair service

*All prices are correct at time of publishing

BoomTown Fair 2016: Official Trailer

Chapter 8: Thursday 11TH – Sunday 14TH August 2016

All 9 districts announced with over 500 artists plus Chapter 8 trailer released!
Madness / Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley / Leftfield / Fat Freddy’s Drop / Parov Stelar / Levellers / Afro Celt Soundsystem / Asian Dub Foundation / Fun Lovin’ Criminals / Mad Caddies  Morgan Heritage / Tanya Stephens / Foreign Beggars / Roni Size & Krust / So Solid Crew / Critical Music / Derrick May / Skream Jackmaster / Derrick / Carter Angerfist  / Bong-Ra / Gaudi / GMS / Neelix
+ many more!

Over the past six weeks BoomTown Fair has unleashed a stream of line-up announcements for the nine themed districts that make up the festival’s vast immersive world. As one, it’s a boundless kaleidoscope of music that trawls the far reaches of the sonic spectrum, from ska, folk, bluegrass and punk, to reggae, world and gypsy, via disco, electro-swing, hardcore, hip-hop, jungle, house, techno and much, much more! World-beating headliners Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Parov Stelar and Fun Lovin’ Criminals share stages with UK legendsMadness, Bad Manners, Leftfield and Levellers, whilst international cult favourites such as Mad Caddies and Ojos De Brujo feature amongst home-grown heroes like So Solid Crew, Beardyman and Seth Lakeman.

With 500+ artists performing on 100+ stages, and 50,000 citizens from all over the world, BoomTown’s mind-blowing creative landscape is as diverse, eclectic and inspiring as it is wild, weird and downright entertaining! Take a trip into the wonderland that awaits you at Chapter 8, with the just-released 2016 official trailer.

For for information visit www.boomtownfair.co.uk

The Hydra: Dekmantel – An interview Dolan Bergin

In a time where much of London’s electronic music nightlife can feel increasingly homogenised, the team at The Hydra set out to do something different. In doing so they have set a standard few can match; taking lesser-trodden spaces, fitting only expertly engineered sound systems and curating with some of the best labels and collectives from across the world. Their 2015 season included massive showcase events from Ostgut Ton, Bugged Out and Numbers.

While heads across the UK wait to see what they have in store for autumn 2016, the team are whetting appetites with a night in collaboration with Amsterdam’s finest; Dekmantel, on April 29th. The line-up includes Detroit heroes Kyle Hall and Marcellus Pittman, Dutch psych-house duo Juju & Jordash, and the UK club anthem factory that is Joy Orbison.

You can still buy tickets for Friday’s event here.

In anticipation of the event next week, we spoke to one of The Hydra’s founders and all round nice guy, Dolan Bergin. The man behind Electric Minds and more gives us his thoughts on airport hangers, Theo Parrish and setting up a rave on a private island in Essex.

For the uninitiated, what is your mission statement with The Hydra?
Our full mission statement and values is a bit of a mouthful but in short our priority is to “Maintain the safety of our customers and staff while delivering quality in every aspect of our bookings, events and business.”

And how did it all begin? You’ve been in the business for a many years, right?
I started The Hydra with Ajay but we had both been working in music and events in some capacity for quite a few years before this. I was producing the electric minds events and before that working for various record labels, while Ajay was formerly the head of bookings at The End and Cable from there. Ajay and I met when I produced an Ostgut Ton show at Cable and things kind of snowballed from there.  At the time we didn’t see anyone presenting a diverse series of electronic music in London so we set out to try and change that and the first Hydra series was born.

In a time where a number of UK promoters are getting a bad rap, be it for their approach to events or their outspoken opinions, yourself and Ajay have a reputation for being some of the nicest guys in the business. How do you maintain your sanity and keep such a cool head?
That’s nice of you to say but I think our collective cool head is Alex who manages the Hydra with us. Alex maintains calm in chaotic situations so we have her to thank for that. When things have gone wrong in the past though I think a survival mode kicks in, you can either let it get the better of you or just do something to turn things around. Losing venues on a day of an event is a good test of character, but not one you want to repeat too often!

You have used some brilliant spaces over the years and always focused on quality sound systems. Were there any experiences of your own that inspired the way you build events now?
For me going to early warehouse parties in airport hangers outside of London will always stay with me as some of the most exciting events I’ve been to. I remember walking back from one and even several miles away you could still hear the bass rolling across the fields. Perhaps it was those early memories which engrained the need for good sound but for us it’s a priority at every event. I just don’t understand the point in going out to hear music unless you can hear and feel it properly.

A little closer in time early trips to Plastic People to see Francois Kevorkian and Theo Parrish’s Sunday sessions also provided a lot of insight into different forms of dance music, and how it should be heard on a good system.

You did a banging night with Dekmantel back in December and the line-up for the next event at the end of this month is brilliant yet again. When did you know you wanted to work with the label?
We have been in touch with Dekmantel for the last 3 years or so. I believe the first introduction came from Nic Baird at RA who suggested we work together in London so the conversations started there. Their label had been releasing music from artists we booked for some time so I think it was a natural progression that our paths would cross. It took a while before we got into the first event but I think that was the right decision as the anticipation was high when it finally arrived.

You have worked with labels like Ostgut Ton for a long time. Are there any other labels you really like working with or would like to work with in future?
We are lucky to work with a lot of labels that we’re really fond of. Ostgut Ton, Innervisions, Ninja Tunes, Blueprint are great examples of labels who have a vision and know what they want from their events. We have maintained these relationships for a number of years and while at time their requests can be challenging, it shows they care about the finer details and end experience. We always look forward to working with these labels and all of our partners for these reasons.

Dekmantel is just one part of the amazing Dutch scene and Amsterdam has some of the best clubs in Europe. I can’t wait to get over there and see the new De School venue. What do you think sets the Dam scene apart from London?
I think London and Amsterdam are quite similar as they both have a healthy night life scene, plenty of options every weekend. I think the main difference is the Dutch seem to be a bit more forward thinking with their night time policies and attitudes to drugs. England is still very much conservative on these issues, our current government does nothing to address its drug policy which desperately needs reform.

Are there any other cities you admire for their music and club scene?
Berlin is obviously a great place to visit if you are into electronic music for the many reasons you’ve probably already heard about. I’ve had some really great moments though in some unexpected places, Sugar Club in Adelaide springs to mind as I had such a great time when I went. So I think it’s those unexpected moments which make you realise that every city has its own scene, even if they are smaller.

Do you have any artists you are always excited to get back to play? Are there any that have been with you from the start?
We’re always excited to have Theo Parrish play. A friend introduced me to him quite a few years ago and we’ve been big fans since. As a producer and DJ I just don’t think many operate at his level. Move D, Dixon, Kristian (Âme) have played for us for quite a few years now and always stand out at being highly skilled at what they do.

Have there been any Hydra nights that really stand out for you as great moments in producing events?
The Lost in a Moment event on Osea Island at the end of last summer was a real highlight for us. It was over a year in the making and for the first use of an unknown space it went really well. After non-stop rain while we set up the day before, sunshine poured in as we opened on Saturday morning so everything came together to create a really special day. We were able to operate without any sound limits outside, which is almost unheard of in the U.K. That really made it.

How are you feeling about the 2016 season? Anything new on the agenda for this year?
We’re excited to get started, as ever it’s been a long time planning so it’s great to see things falling into place.  There are going to be some changes this year with the Hydra season so look forward to seeing what people make of those. In the immediate future we’re excited to be working with LWE on the Junction 2 Festival which takes place in June. It’s the first time we’ll use the outdoor space at Boston Park and be able to tailor the stage and production for the programming we have in place.

Finally, what are you listening to right now?
I’ve just been listening to a record I just bought on discogs. It’s by Joe Coleman and called “Get It Off The Ground”

Words by David March.

See You On The Sands: Outlook Festival 2016

I have an embarrassing confession to make: I’m a virgin. A noobie. An unknowing – chaste in the ways of Outlook, and I can’t wait to pop my cherry…

Chances are you’re a veteran of the Croatian coast and look down on me for my scandalous weakness, a shocking failure on my part for which I can only apologise. But if, like me, you’ve been coquettish with the Croatian corker let me give you the 411: Outlook is one of the true originators – a bastion of bass, whose lineups can arouse a husband bulge in even the most seasoned of festival-goers. And bastion is right; with the fortified crenellations of the ancient Roman setting, and the towering peaks of recently wrought sound systems, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were defenders in a rave army. But there is no enemy here.

Revellers jump and sway in equal measure to the pulse of dub, the whip-crack of drum and bass, the gwarn of dancehall, and the grit of grime. You wake up caked in dust and joyous sweat of your last night’s self, only to rinse off in the Adriatic, and return to normality while basking in the sun. You climb about the good ship HMS Bass and Bass (oh please let that be one of the boats’ names) to head out to international waters with world-class DJs at the helm, and make rash decisions based on excitement and love.

Speaking of artists, they’ve got the best going. Whatever you favour in your bag of bass, they’ve got you covered: from Damian Marley to Goldie, Slum Village to Mala, Kano, Iration Steppas, Rodigan, Little Simz, Channel One, Kahn and Neek, I could go on and on. Ping on over to the line-up.

A lot festivals try, but Outlook do it effortlessly. Nearly 10 years in the game, and their sandy shores are still a rite of passage for countless thousands. You don’t reach legendary status without the clout to back up the hype. It’s what makes them a household name, and keeps people coming back for more.

Outlook, I’ve been anticipating this for years. You needn’t be gentle with me, I’m new to you but this ain’t my first rodeo. Riddle me with bass and leave me weak at the knee.

See you on the sands.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Words by Sam Jones.


Häagen-Dazs launch two new flavours at Liberty London

Liberty London is home to one of the most iconic flower stalls in London. Nestled in the hallway of the stores main entrance, the flower stall gives off whiffs of fresh roses, fresias, and abdundant bouquets come rain or shine. The experience is particularly pleasant during the spring and summer months when the London air has a hope of promise and freshness to let the floral smells drift.

It come as no surprise then that Häagen-Dazs launch their two new floral based flavours at exlusive retailer Liberty London. Celebrating this new partnership, the iconic window displays in Liberty boast a full floral display for a match made in heaven.

The two new flavours combine the creaminess expected from a scoop of Häagen-Dazs while also offering a refreshing zing from floral layers. Häagen-Dazs Lychee Raspberry Rose is a fragrant delight that is a perfect balance of aromatic rose, sweet lychee and intense raspberry, whilst Apricot Lavender is a delightful combination of fruit and aroma, blended to refresh and relax.

If the new flavours were not already enticing enough, the tubs have also been lovingly designed by Jardins de Babylone, a team of botanical artists from Paris, meaning the products fit seamlessly into Liberty’s luxurious shop floor.

The Häagen-Dazs Little Gardens range is available exclusively at Liberty London (Regent Street, W1B 5AH) at an RRP of £5.95. They are available from April 11th for a limited period, while stocks las