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The Future of Nightlife with Absolut and Electrik London

Last night 1883 went down to The Bankside Vaults for something a tad bit special. Known as the super-club Pulse, the Bankside Vaults offers four interconnected brick arches offering an unparalleled experience for any diehard partygoer. However the party that took place yesterday, in collaboration with Absolut Vodka, went a step further. In fact it went straight into the future as we see it now with cyber and multi sensory experience taking the club experience onto a whole new terrain.

The event ‘Electrik London’ explored the future of nightlife and challenged what audiences expect from a night out. Curated alongside design studio Marshmallow Laser Feast and independent record label R&S Records, Absolut took guests on a 360° journey where physical space is transformed using virtual reality. Each room (aptly names Blue Room and the Silver room for example) offered a new “sensation”. We were particularly fond of The Silver room where hosts took us to a booth with digital visors transporting us into a world full of dots, seas and sounds. Across the club we were met with a wall of electrodes offering a kaleidoscope of colours weaving a visual representation of the sounds of the night.

We drank: Some electrik cocktails and Absolut shots. Our fav: Absolut Original, coconut water, lime juice and pineapple syrup.

The Tree House pops up at the Skylounge

For many of us, the festive season in the run-up to Christmas is the perfect opportunity to revisit our childhood, whether it’s the thrill of opening advent calendars or the excitement of giving and receiving gifts. Drawing on this magical side of the festive months, the London’s Skylounge has created a winter wonderland experience that should delight the inner child within us: the Tree House. Pair that with cocktails, and it makes for a fun winter’s evening.

High on the 12th floor of the DoubleTree Hilton, perched above the city, a real wooden tree house has been constructed on the roof terrace of the cocktail bar. The pop-up has commanding views over the lit up skyline of London, whilst the cozy warmth of the wooden construction offers a little haven to escape from the frantic buzz of London.

Organised in partnership with Lanson champagne and Chairman’s Reserve Rum, so guests of the Tree House can expect plenty of cocktails to get their cheeks glowing and spirits high – from a warming Hot & Cold Spiced Toddy to festive champagne cocktail. Meanwhile, when it comes to food, it’s all comfort through and through: Truffle Mac’n’cheese, hearty giant meatballs and hot dogs are all guaranteed to drive the cold out. And those who have got a sweet tooth, will definitely want to sink their teeth in the peanut butter ice-cream sandwich.

 If you want the stunning views, the festive atmosphere and a cozy winter vibe then the Tree House ticks all the right boxes.

Open from Wednesday until Saturday from 5pm, the Tree House pop-up will run until end of February 2016.

The Tree House can be found at the Skylounge, DoubleTree Hilton.

Iceberg Menswear taps James Long as new Creative Director

James Long has announced his appointment at the new Creative Director for Iceberg Menswear. Having made his runway debut for Autumn/Winter 2008, Long has fast become the cornerstone for the London Menswear scene. Long’s approach to menswear is astute, with wearable designs and innovative approach to knitwear making for a recognizable aesthetic we all love. Earlier this year River Island – one of the high street big guns collaborating with designers – invited James Long to create a capsule collection for the brand introducing a wide audience to his creativity.

It therefore makes perfect sense for Long to take the reigns for Iceberg Menswear. “[He is] the right creative director of Iceberg menswear collection, interpreting the DNA of the brand, made of handcrafting, research, knitwear, bold colours and playfulness; always respecting the Made in Italy” says Paolo Gerani, CEO of Gilmar Group.

James Long’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection for Iceberg menswear will be revealed during Milan Fashion Week in January 2016. James will continue to show his eponymous line at London Collections: Men.

WHP: The Ape 10th Birthday

When the Warehouse Project line-ups were announced earlier this year we couldn’t quite believe our luck with The Ape’s 10th Birthday. It stuck out by a mile, being studded with some of our favourite and most monumental names in music. Heading north on a gloomy Halloween Eve, we knew we would eventually be rewarded with eight hours of quality music.

Sheffield veteran Toddla T, well known for bringing energetic carnival vibes to his sets, did not disappoint on this occasion. Shortly after arriving we were filled to the brim with positive energy which would take us through the night, as he dropped a cocktail of happy tunes laced with a generous measure of bass.

After seeing Shy FX play at Outlook Festival in Croatia this September, which was arguably one of our favourite sets of the whole summer, we couldn’t wait for round 2. And unsurprisingly we were not let down as the the king of mixing managed to keep energy levels high, without a single lull, and caused ravers from all over the UK to screw face like nobody’s business, making the Store Street venue erupt.

Manchester’s finest DJ/MC collective Levelz used the stage as their playground, performing in their hometown and bouncing off each other. This cohesive group of talent are known for their diverse array of skills which compliment each other perfectly, and true to form they provided the crowd with an unforgettable set topped off nicely with new release ‘LVL 09′.

Grime and garage princess DJ Barely Legal got room 2 going with a pick ‘n’ mix of sweet mixing in the early hours of Halloween morning. Known for often pulling unexpected tunes out of the bag, she kept the crowd on their toes, throwing in some nostalgic bangers by the likes of Katy B and DJ Luck & MC Neat.

We ended our night in room 2 with an intense hour and fifteen minutes brought to us by Manchester’s Dub Phizix & Strategy. The unparalleled duo brought the night to a climactic end as the sweaty ravers poured out of the venue in hoards, still shaken by the unique and acute musical experience that only WHP can provide.

For those who have never been to Warehouse Project, it’s time to make the pilgrimage to The North. WHP is without a doubt one of the most significant events on the musical calendar, which is why we return year after year. After trying out several different venues in it’s lifetime, the event is now back at Store Street making it more unmissable than ever.

For more information about Warehouse Project click here.

Jeremy Scott for Longchamp 10 year anniversary

It’s been ten sweet years since Longchamp collaborated with Jeremy Scott, and to celebrate the pair released their limited edition anniversary bag.

As of today the exclusive and psychedelic design will be available to buy from www.Longchamp.com for £185. Since the first collaboration in 2006, Scott has created a new design for the Le Pliage bag in the shape of a travel bag taking inspiration from his own ready-to-wear collection. Past designs have included cosmic poodles, zodiac symbols and bling bling money honey designs, each one adding some zany and neon twists shaking up the label.

The 10th anniversary design takes inspiration from the city of angels named ‘Greetings from Hollywood”. The bag itself has Scott’s distinctive hand with loud and brash iconography and tongue in cheek humour, adding some much needed pizazz as you whisk yourself out of grey and rainy London.


In Manchester, techno is teflon. The music-genre equivalent of an assassination-surviving Ronald Reagan, able to circumvent the fates of other genres – as dictated by the mores of pass through trends, cultural hipsters and music-marketing gurus – by proxy of its own close association with the city’s post-industrial warehouses that, in more halcyon times, housed techno parties in abundance.

Particularly in Manchester, techno, steeped in its own oft-cited semi-mythical history, is evergreen, powerful and present.

Therefore it was prescient that Bugged Out curated a Warehouse Project night that twanged the heartstrings of a populace who love the techno stuff.

That the recent advent of longer, darker, colder nights coincided with Bugged Out’s Warehouse Project provided an apt pathetic fallacy for the coming-again of the darker, industrial sounds of the techno-centric winter party.

With a festival-esque line-up offered, individual DJs span sets whose galvanised bass ripples snarled around the sweat-dripping atriums of Store St’s brick-wrought underground much to the delight of the ravers within.

And whilst individual DJs – Skream, Artwork, Carl Craig and Avery of more famous note – played highly-skilled sets within the techno genre, they were the overly-talented cogs in the rave-curating behemoth that is The Warehouse Project.

In a city which boasts rich footballing and band-forming traditions, the idea of individual talents acting as foundations for a much-more-beloved whole is entirely palatable.

Indeed when superstar, music-cannon and music-savvy DJs are chosen – as they were last Saturday – as harmonious constituents of a whole, it is the curator that should be lauded.

Even the DJs that played recognised the exponentially-rising skill with which WHP are designing their line-ups with Daniel Avery tweeting that this was his “Best @WHP_Mcr yet. Loved it.”

WHP have smartly forged a name that outshines that of the stars they hire to play within. Their refined and nuanced understanding of line-up curation is a not insignificant part of this – as is their understanding of techno.

Words by Dan Cave

Innervisions Presents: Dixon & Âme All Day Long at Fabric

Innervisions turned 10 this year, a monumental achievement for any label in this generation’s transient electronic music environment. With their stream of huge releases and remixes they have gone on to define the sound of house music as we know it today. Alongside the music they have organised some of the most unique and ambitious events around. Shunning the homogenous clubland setting in favour of pushing the boundaries of music experience, their Lost In A Moment brand has put on shows in everything from Parisian Chateaus to remote islands.

The man behind the movement is Steffen Berkhahn, but to the rest us he is Dixon. Combining tireless work ethic, an effortless DJ style and ambitious vision, his trailblazing efforts have earned him the accolade of Resident Advisor Number 1 DJ two years running (not to be mistaken for DJ Mags top 100). This weekend at Fabric, Dixon will be joined by label co-founders Frank Wiedemann and Kristian Beyer, otherwise known as the omnipresent Âme. I haven’t been to a festival in the past two years that the duo wasn’t DJing, performing live or being played by another DJ. Their sleek, moody yet soulful compositions that thrive in the big room setting have made them a crowd favourite from Rio to Berlin. It’s no surprise then that they lead just behind Dixon in the RA’s 2014 poll. Not that these polls should ever be taken as gospel or even reliable, but they undoubtedly signify the die-hard following Innervisions has amassed.

Together, the two performed one of the most memorable sets of Fabric’s 15th birthday celebrations. Smashing out 5 hours of energetic house and techno that brought the floor to its knees, it’s clear the DJ super group flourishes on the lengthy B2B chemistry. So as part of Fabric’s rather extended 16th birthday celebrations (seriously, even the queens keeps it to 2 days), the two will be returning for an extended ten hour marathon session. To get a feel of what’s in store, check out their 4 hour ADE set from 2012, showcasing their deep and at times diverse (Frank Ocean?!) soundscapes.

This mix is old and their sound is constantly evolving but it has never lost sight of their foundations; drawing you in with the melody and vocal hooks that make them so accessible before sending you into tailspin in moments of vast depth that have the real heads reeling. These transcendent and sometimes almost bewildering moments are what make dance music so special. It is by understanding and embracing the importance of these moments that the Innervisions figureheads have earned their legendary status behind the decks. Thanks to Fabric we can spend this Sunday afternoon filled with the mind bending flashbulb memories we long for. And you can still be in work on Monday for a functional day (note: this is a lie). See you in front of the cage.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Words by David March 

UK Music Video Awards 2015

The UK’s Music Video Awards take place next week on November 5 at the Roundhouse, celebrating the creative and technical excellence in music video making around the world. Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Naughty Boy, Royal Blood, The Chemical Brothers, alt-j, FKA twigs and Years & Years are among the British acts who pick up multiple nominations in this year’s UK Music Video Awards.

Warp’s visionary artist Flying Lotus leads the charge as the most nominated act, picking up a total of 5 nominations including a nod in the new Best Artist category. He will go head-to-head for the award – designed to recognise an artist for an outstanding body of music videos over the past year – with alt-j, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar and Years & Years.

The most nominated videos at this year’s UKMVAs include U2’s ‘Every Breaking Wave’, an epic love story set in the Troubles in Northern Ireland during the 1970s, directed by Aoife McArdle; The Chemical Brothers’ ‘Sometimes I Feel So Deserted’, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller directed by Ninian Doff; Royal Blood’s ‘Out Of The Black’, a comic gorefest of live action and animation, directed by David Wilson and Christy Karacas; and Naughty Boy ft Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin for ‘Runnin’ (Lose It All)’, an undersea love story, shot near Tahiti, directed by Charlie Robins.

Creativity and invention abound in the shortlist which sees Ed Sheeran transformed into a ballroom dancer in ‘Thinking Out Loud’, OK Go choreographing hundreds of Japanese schoolkids in ‘I Won’t Let You Down’, Darwin Deez transformed into a character in a video game in ‘Kill Your Attitude’, Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson appearing as a disembodied CG head in ‘Head and Shoulders’, and perennial music video naysayer Noel Gallagher even making the list for a hilariously downbeat performance in ‘Ballad of the Mighty I’.

Some exciting new artists also make headway in this year’s nominations with Years & Years, Gabrielle Aplin, The Coronas, George The Poet and Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers all picking up their first nods at the Awards this year. In addition to Flying Lotus, other international artists with multiple nominations include Kendrick Lamar, Run The Jewels and Tiga.

The UK Music Video Awards editorial director, David Knight, says, “Since 2008, the UK Music Video Awards has celebrated music videos as a form of creative expression, as entertainment, as an effective way to bring music to the world. We’re honouring the creativity and technical skill of the people who make them – from directors to editors, artists to animators. This year the quality of entries across over 30 categories has been so strong that the task of coming up with the list of nominations has been more difficult than ever.

“But ultimately the nominations reflect the extraordinary extent of talent and craft that’s been applied to the making of music videos in Britain and around the world. And of course, when the UKMVAs 2015 comes to the Roundhouse on the 5th November, there will be fireworks.”

For the full list of nominations visit: http://www.ukmva.com/

WHP Bugged Out! Halloween // 31st October

Halloween evening sees Bugged Out! return to The Warehouse Project.

Bugged Out!‘s three-decade career includes hosting Field Day’s dance tent, distributing compilations from renown artists Erol Alkan, Miss. Kittin and Damian Lazarus and holding their own festival: Bugged Out! Weekender.

Entrusted with curating a Halloween line-up that sends shivers down the spine for all the right reasons, the UK club night stalwarts have come ghoulishly good.

Headliner Carl Craig, a Tiga live-show and Skream’s DJ-showmanship and fabled hedonistic antics are the star-attractions on a packed line-up.

Support comes from electronic-music auter Arthur Smith – playing under his party-starting Artwork moniker* – progressive techno’s prodigious talent Daniel Avery and the musically uncompromising Leon Vynehall.

Not enough? Paul Woolford’s turntables will shudder with techno-tremors in a B2B set with Gerd Janson whilst radio-starlet Moxie will bring her shimmering take on the DJ’s remit, amongst others.

It promises to be a Halloween night of sensual pleasure, full of vice and lacking in fright.

*Though we love ‘The Famous DJ Artwork’, bring back Grain please, Arthur!

For more information and to purchase tickets click here

Words by Dan Cave