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Listen to “Beauty and the Beast” by John Legend and Ariana Grande

Here at 1883 we are celebrating the global release of live-action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, by listening to the exclusive soundtrack.

“Beauty and the Beast” soundtrack brings together two musical forces, John Legend and Ariana Grande, performing the track together in the ballroom of Beast’s castle, being joined by Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.

Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens is now in theatres.

Field Day Announce Act for 2017

Flying Lotus needs little introduction. Whilst his own unrivalled cosmic creations cement his place as one of the world’s leading producers, the Brainfeeder label boss has also released the likes of celebrated artists Thundercat, Kamasi Washington and DJ Paypal in the past year alone. Now preparing to grace Field Day this year expect an otherworldly showcase bringing brand new sounds. Meanwhile an exclusive London appearance from Berlin’s Moderat plus electronic mainstay Nicolas Jaar’s only live UK performance of the year, not to mention performances from revolutionary duo Death Grips and rising prodigy Mura Masa reinforce what’s fast becoming the most exciting edition of the festival yet.

Also joining Field Day 2017’s esteemed lineup are synth specialists S U R V I V E, catapulting to worldwide fame this year with their critically acclaimed score for Stranger Things. Field Day revellers will bear witness to world music’s legendary icon King Sunny Ade, a unique talent with artistry that never fails to inspire, plus the almighty return of shoegaze veterans SlowdiveWhitney, Methyl EthelKevin Morby,HAELOSKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Julia Jacklin, Áine Cahill, Imarhan and Flamingods will also be appearing to further provide a masterclass in diverse, far-ranging sounds.

Committed to placing boundary pushing music at the forefront, Field Day’s electronic line up flourishes once more with a list of names that include formidable pioneers Silver Apples, Moodymann, Gaika, Forest Swords, Fatima Yamaha (live), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Omar Souleyman and more. DJ sets come courtesy of lauded producer Jon Hopkins, whilst other highlights set to take to the decks at this year’s festival include Midland, Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, Lena Willikens, HuneeJon Jobse and more.

The announcement follows the incredible news that Aphex Twin will be headlining Field Day’s brand new second indoor main stage arena “The Barn” on Saturday night for a UK festival exclusive, playing an exclusive two hour set in a gigantic hanger-like construction with a state of the art high-powered sound system and one of the most technologically advanced lighting rigs around. Big enough to rival the main stage, “The Barn” will be an unmissable spectacle.

Now in it’s 11th year, Field Day has consistently proved itself to be one of the leading festivals the UK has to offer. Exceptional programming over the years have seen the best in upcoming and legendary acts such as PJ Harvey, Caribou, Skepta, Patti Smith and Pixies grace the Victoria Park stages and Field Day 2017 is set to surpass expectations once again, with many more artists to be announced.

For more information and tickets, click here.

 

DJ EZ announces Lovebox as only London Festival appearance

14th – 15th July 2017 // Victoria Park, London

This year’s chapter of Lovebox is set to be even more special than usual. East London’s favourite festival are celebrating their 15 year anniversary – 15 years of music, 15 years of good vibes and 15 years of love.

Now, Lovebox are delighted to announce the incredible DJ EZ will be joining the already impressive line-up on the Saturday as a London festival exclusive. The legendary selector returns to the Park following an all-conquering set in 2014, and 2017’s appearance looks set to be just as explosive.

EZ’s influence has spread over the UK music scene over the course of two decades behind the decks. Starting off as one of the DJs at the centre of the garage explosion in the nineties, he now stands on his own, famed for his all night-long EZ Uncut sets as much as his crowd-slaying performances on the Main Stages of some of the world’s biggest festivals. He’s as prolific as ever, touring the world and in 2016 embarking on a 24 hour set that went viral when it was streamed online.

EZ’s sets are the high point of any festival, and his appearance at Lovebox will see him build on his singular reputation, complete with unique stage production for a performance that is not to be missed.

This year headlined by Frank Ocean and Chase & Status, Lovebox plays host to an eclectic billing – spanning genres from grime to house and hip hop – featuring legends and the hottest new acts alike, not to mention plenty of mischief to make and hidden corners to explore.

DJ EZ joins Chase & Status, Jess Glynne, Annie Mac, Andy C, Kurupt FM, AJ Tracey, Mist, Raye, Jamie Jones, Ricardo Villalobos, Dixon and many more at Lovebox, Saturday 15th July 2017.

Tickets available at www.loveboxfestival.com.

OPENING CEREMONY AND AGOLDE LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE DENIM COLLECTION

Last month premium denim brand AGOLDE launched an exclusive collaboration with Opening Ceremony available in NY and LA, as well was openingceremony.com.

The two design teams come together after a union of minds and ethos, making for a seamless, natural collaboration celebrating diversity and creativity. AGOLDE has emerged as the denim destination with youth culture inspired, high-quality products, while Opening Ceremony has progressed as the leading resource for housing unique and innovative brands in addition to its namesake label.

Crafted entirely in downtown Los Angeles at AGOLDE’s factory and wash facilities, Opening Ceremony’s design team and AGOLDE’s Creative Director Karen Phelps collaborated to create an assortment of denim styles that lends true to both brand’s visions. The first capsule is comprised of two jeans styles graphically cut with straight legs and rainbow stitching.

The collection then expands into redesigns of The Carpenter Group comprising of four denim styles and colour blocked pocket details. The redesign of the Carpenter Group was approached with the idea to as compliment Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection.

The Opening Ceremony x AGOLDE collection will retail between $198 – $275 and will be available for purchase beginning February 28th, 2017 at Opening Ceremony NY and LA store locations and openingceremony.com.

London’s first and only festival dedicated solely to prosecco…

Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th May
Oval Space, London

Following a grand launch at the start of the year and weeks of speculation, the creators of Prosecco Springs finally reveal the first wave of producers who will be joining them for the inaugural festival in East London this May.

The ultimate festival for Prosecco drinkers and lovers, will bring together the leading Italian producers and the highest quality Proseccos under one roof for the first time ever in the capital. Meet the Producers…

BOTTEGA
Bottega has been producing some of the finest Italian Prosecco in the hills of Treviso for over 30 years. Bottega offers a beautiful range of premium Italian sparkling wines presented in distinctive, beautifully-designed packaging including the iconic Bottega Gold. Bottega is the ideal choice for aperitifs and parties, or as a prestigious gift for special occasions.

CASANOVA
Producing one of the finest Proseccos through their traditional Italian methods and grapes from Valdobbiadene, the birthplace of the Prosecco Superiore, Casanova have also invested significant time and creativity into ensuring that their bottle design matches the contents in terms of luxury and elegance.

CESTER CAMILLO
Cester Camillo’s boutique estate lies in the enchanting region of Nervesa Della Battaglia, Treviso, nestled between the banks of the Piave river and the beautiful Montello. Each year Cester Camillo Prosecco is crafted exclusively from the grapes harvested on this single vineyard.

OMBRA DI PANTERA
A super-premium Prosecco, crafted from a delicately cultivated vineyard in the DOCG heartland of Conegliano, Ombra Di Pantera has become the serve of choice for influencers across the world. Ombra Di Pantera is dedicated to celebrating the traditional heritage and craftsmanship of Italian viticulture to deliver an authentic, exclusive Prosecco experience which embodies the seductive elegance of Italian luxury.

VIGNA BELVEDERE
The Vigna Belvedere estate, with cool streams of water marking its boundaries, is set between the lagoon of Venice and the Carnic Alps in the Province of Pordenone. Vigna Belvedere is produced using the Charmat Method, and its whole production cycle is carefully followed from the vineyard to the bottle with great passion and in respect of nature, constantly trying to preserve the health of the vines balancing the yield, favouring quality over quantity.

ZONIN
The ancestral home of the Zonin family is in the village of Gambellara which lies within the famed Veneto region. Being “Vitners since 1821” the Zonin family have tended tp the lush green hills of this picturesque countryside for seven generations: their passion for the vineyards of the area runs deep and today this remains the home of their crisp and refreshing Prosecco.

In addition to tasting the best quality Proseccos on the market, you’ll be able to learn everything there is to know about the much-loved sparkling wine, through tastings and informative Masterclasses. Sample the delights of the Veneto region whilst listening to live jazz and enjoying Italian food, from Venetian Cicchetti to Pasta e Fagioli, antipasti and more. Stay tuned for more information on the music and food, coming very soon.

Click here for more information.

Converse unveil the Forever Chuck film – a celebration of Chuck Taylor

Rooted in youth culture, Chuck Taylor has been and will continue to be, an ever-lasting symbol — never a trend. Chuck is 100-years old, and still brand new. To bring the street style icon to today’s generation, the “Forever Chuck” campaign launched this past February as the first global initiative to serve the encapsulating spirit of youth. Taking over social media feeds, retail displays and digital commerce with engaging stylized images, the videos all told stories of Chuck’s rich history and bright future as a cultural mainstay.

The final instalment of the Converse Forever Chuck Scenes dives deep into Chucks and Fashion and the Chuck Taylor’s iconic influence on the global fashion industry. Hosted by international model Winnie Harlow and directed by award-winning filmmaker Huu Do, the video explores the latest trends in high-low styling that pairs corner thrift shop finds with the latest in haute couture. Speaking with ground-breaking leaders within the underground nightlife scene, Harlow brings viewers into the forefront of trend-driving fashion movements in London and Paris.

The Forever Chuck Scenes explore the three core cultural movements that made the Chuck Taylor iconic: films, LA Hip Hop and fashion. Each film uniquely captures the confident and daring spirit of youth that has symbolized Chuck Taylor loyalists in the past, present and future.

Forever Chuck Cast (in alphabetical order):
Olly Alexander, Keith Ape, Millie Bobby Brown, Jordan Clarkson, Gucci Gang, Winnie Harlow, Lukas Ionesco, Last Night in Paris, Salem Mitchell, Sean Pablo, Marissa Seraphin, Yara Shahidi, Rejjie Snow, Vince Staples & Maisie Williams

http://www.converse.com/uk

Filippa K launch Soft Sport for Spring Summer 17

 Scandinavian brand, Filippa K are best known for their tasteful and artfully pared back designs for casual and easy-to-wear wares. And now for SS17 the brand have gone a step further and launched Filippa K Soft Sport, extending the scope with an increased focus on training and exclusive leisure wear.

To celebrate the launch for SS17, Filippa K have also released a video to show the collection in motion, inspired by movement looking at dance and streetwear where layering and proportions are key. The In Motion campaign captures the dancers of Stockholm 59 North rehearsing at the Royal Swedish Ballet School, a moving meditation of peaceful power, embodying the Filippa K Soft Sport state of mind.

Filippa K Soft Sport from Filippa K on Vimeo.

The New Filippa K Soft Sport is a collection of fashionable garments for training, traveling and time off with a distinct sensual, soft and feminine approach. Casual pieces easily integrated into the day to day look. The key is function and fashion, pieces that are both easy to combine and comfortable to wear, embracing individuality as well as exibility in style.

 The colour palette of Soft Sport exudes calm and the colours are mute and neutral. Almond beige, grey melange, midnight blue, mulberry red and powder pink are essential with Zesty Lemon yellow as the accent colour of the season.

The Collection is available to buy now from www.filippa-k.com

Notorious B.I.G. Lands in London

The sounds of New York in the 90s, the untimely death, the legacy and the rivalry, Notorious B.I.G. was one of the most influential rappers of the century. His tunes such as “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money Mo Problems” from Life After Death with their tight beats and guttural sounds cemented Biggie as the Rapper of All Time. Its unsurprising then that 20 years after his death he is still as influential as ever.

 (Photo by Chi Modu/diverseimages)

To mark the anniversary of his passing, the Notorious B.I.G Hypnotize label are bringing a little of Brooklyn street-fare to Camden with an exclusive pop up shop on Friday March 10th – Sunday 12th March celebrating and lambasting the best of the best from Biggies short tenure as an artist with music supplied by London’s Hip Hop crew, Livin’ Proof.

Also available at the space is a limited edition t-shirt collab with London brand of the moment Homage tees as well as Instagrammable moments dotted throughout the space for a true Biggie experience.

The Notorious B.I.G. Pop Up Address: Camden Market Provender, Stables Yard Entrance Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH

I Attended a Hologram Popstar Show – Still Be Here: Hatsune Miku at the Barbican


Photo credit: Mark Allan

Imagine a world where the next big pop star is no longer found through talent shows, they are made to order. Imagine a completely synthetic pop character, perfectly crafted for mass appeal that can play over 100,000 different songs. The only rider they require is a power source and a laptop. This is not “Ex Machina 2: The X Factor Years”. This isn’t even science fiction. It is in fact, a “Vocaloid” by the name of Hatsune Miku. Celebrating 10 years of stardom, Miku regularly performs in hologram form to packed stadiums in her homeland of Japan.

Birthed in 2007, Hatsune Miku is the personification of a voice synthesiser originally produced by Yamaha and developed by Crypton Future Media. By licencing Miku with Creative Commons, the character became a fluid entity that anyone can programme to perform. As an avatar fixed only by only a handful of prerequisites, she is infinitely customisable, a projection of the collective fantasies of her own worldwide fan base. As her popularity exploded, she became something much greater than her creators ever imagined. When we heard that Miku would be in town as part of an unofficial hybrid art performance piece called “Still Be Here” at the Barbican, we had to go see what the vocaloid was all about.

Still Be Here is a collaborative effort between artists, musicians and choreographers to dive into the Miku phenomenon, featuring song performances, interviews and plenty of visual cheesecake. It is by no means a run of the mill concert. The diehard J-Pop/anime/vocaloid fans expecting back-to-back Hitsune hits will have left disappointed. But when Hatsune does sing, her sweet-yet-haunting voice dances over growling basslines and deep mechanical clatters courtesy of the brilliant Laurel Halo. We later learnt that the lyrics she performed were sourced form a randomised “word soup” of previous Miku works, folk songs, corporate slogans and fan mail. At times they are oddly poetic – “My heart and entire body are mirages.”

As the show progressed it explored the personification of the immaterial; the unsettling concepts of obsession, adoration and idolisation of such a fictional character. It’s uncomfortable but fascinating. At times, Hatsune turns to watch the big screens along with the audience as her creators discuss with apathy her own vacuous existence as a “character product… suppressed of life… akin to a sex worker” . They describe her as the mindless, doll-like product of the male-centric consumerist world. You start to feel sad for her.


Photo credit: Mark Allan

This introspection into Planet Miku seems to peer deeply into our own futures. With A.I. edging slowly closer and the line between organic and digital blurring, do we need to consider how humans find and direct their emotions in the electronic world? On the other hand, the Miku phenomenon does hold some light to human kind. While her pixels and soundwaves lack the soul of a living creature, she has something much more fascinating; an entirely crowdsourced spirit, protected and preserved by thousands; a cumulative projection of a million different imaginations, taking a piece of the users soul as her own every time.

Words by David March.

Still Be Here is a hybrid performance piece featuring Hatsune Miku, collaboratively created by five artists from various disciplines: sound artist Mari Matsutoya, composer Laurel Halo, digital artists Martin Sulzer and LaTurbo Avedon, and choreographer Darren Johnston.

Read more about Hatsune Miku here.

We look forward to many more boundary-pushing performances within the historic chambers of the Barbican Centre in 2017, here are our picks for the coming months…

Max Richter: Sleep – 6 May 2017
Max Richter brings his highly regarded “Sleep” experience to London. Drift off to sleep at the Old Billingsgate while your subconscious mind absorbs eight hours of ambient electronic music, soundtracking your thoughts and dreams. Click for info.

Jeff Mills: From Here to There – 8, 9, 10 & 12 June 2017
The godfather of techno brings a run of shows pairing live music, film and dance like no one else can. Click for info.

Wax Wings – On the Opening of London’s Printworks and more…


Photo credit: Alexandre Paganelli

We made our first voyage into London’s newest music venue, the 5,000 capacity Printworks, and spoke with rising talent Wax Wings about combing music, art and fashion.

After months of anticipation, our first trip into the cavernous depths of London’s new music super-space was everything we wanted it to be. It seems after a year of doom and gloom around London’s clubbing landscape, Printworks is quite literally a bright light at the end of a very very long dark tunnel.


Photo credit: Danny North

Every step of the Printworks experience is memorable; from strolling up to the Surrey Quays location at the crack of noon, to entering its steel-clad labyrinth, to the first time you witness the main halls amorphous, shapeshifting lighting rig. The rugged beauty of the space is contrasted only by the brilliant level of organisation that the London Warehouse Events (LWE) team provides; well stocked bars, lots of great seating for pit stops and street food for essential pre-dance carb-loading. You can tell this isn’t their first rodeo.

Our maiden voyage saw Maya Jane Coles bringing together an A-team of techno heavyweights, whilst also showcasing some exciting new talent. Our pick from the latter is upcoming DJ and producer Wax Wings. We met Wax Wings just after having our first taste of the venue. It was hard to stay focussed on discussion as we heard rave classics like Autechre – Nine and Orbital – Belfast rumble through the artists’ area. What we discovered underneath his monochromatic uniform was a multi-faceted creative in love with a world just outside of comfortable.

You just played the first set in the massive main room, The Press Hall, how is it sounding?
I am loving the space, loving the sound. It’s got a real Berlin feel to it. Someone said to Will (who runs LWE) “you’ve out-Berlined Berlin here” and he’s very much enjoying that quote. Printworks is the sort of place we need to compete with cities like Berlin and Amsterdam. When Fabric closed, it really seemed that for a while London was clutching at straws for places that had that industrial, raw feel that resonates so well with electronic music; even more so with the gritty mechanical sounds of techno.


Photo credit: Luke O’Brien

I know you have a penchant for the darker, heaver hitting sounds as well so you probably loved a chance to crank it up in there.
Yeah, just wait for the room 2 set later. I’m looking forward to getting intimate and weird right there.

Joseph’s second set didn’t disappoint. By the time we arrived in room 2, he already had the place packed out and locked in, dropping a slew of wonky and thumping tracks that would be just as at home on the terrace as in the dungeon.

How do you prepare for a set like this when it’s a daytime event? A round of shots seems a bit too strong for 10am. Do you have any rituals?
For me it’s a much longer process than just the hours before. My ritual spans the month prior to a set like this one with a hunt and search for tracks. I don’t pre-plan my sets but I like to come with a concept of how I want the set to flow. I want it to speak in a certain tone so I have to really get to know the tracks beforehand.

How did your association with Maya Jane Coles come about?
I met Maya when she did the Mixmag Live event at Village Underground in summer 2013. I met her through my manager, Steven Braines. You know how it is when you meet a manager; I wanted to know if he was legit. So he said “well come and see Maya then”… and that was proof enough for me, I’ve been a part of the team ever since!

Joseph is a managed by The Weird & The Wonderful who are a management company and record label, releasing his first two EP’s, “System” and “The Love Inside Me” in 2016. They refer to themselves as a more of a family than a business and alongside Wax Wings have also put out records from fellow signee Chelou, as well as managing Maya Jane Coles, Justin Martin, KDA and Catz ’N Dogz whilst previous clients include Tricky, Tale Of Us & Magda.


Photo credit – Justine Trickett

So you also went to Japan with Maya and you got to do some shows there, I hear you have a soft spot for the country?
Yes it began at an early age, drawing manga, being into anime and it kind of snowballed from there. For the past year and a half I’ve even been teaching myself Japanese. I got booked to DJ there in 2014 at Tokyo’s best gay party, FancyHIM and of course Maya is half-Japanese so everything just fell together nicely. Taking the family out there and doing a tour was just a dream and did I mention we’re back again in April for round 2! 楽しいい!

And sushi?
Love it, unagi has to be my top choice.

So you have talents in a huge range of arts; illustration, painting, photography, fashion. Do you like to combine those skills into one output?
I’m definitely a control freak. I think all artists should experiment with other medias because they all are interchangeable . The techniques you use in music are exactly the same as in other forms of art. You’re just layering a different medium. Layering sounds, like you’re layering paints, like you’re layering clothes… they all follow a similar equation. I think the time has passed where it’s just okay to coast by on one skill, by having more strings to your bow, you never know which thing might take you on an unexpected journey towards your goals. It’s more exciting that way in my opinion.

Have you ever considered combining everything into one experience?
It’s on its way. I want to combine the music, the art, the fashion all into one package. I do a lot of caricatures and I’m moving into animations soon so I can bring all my characters and drawings to life and let them speak for themselves.

Tell us more about these caricatures. I’ve seen a few on your Instagram (@josephicaro).
Some of them are of my friends, some are of me; they’re exaggerations of particular aspects of these people I meet. Some are fusions, you see a crazy person in town and that just totally inspires me to be like “maybe I combine this person with someone I know.”

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One that really stuck with me was a crazy head with a crown of candles?

Ah yes, that’s my party, Spin Cycle, which I do with DJ Anna Wall and Coco Cole. We do it bi-monthly at Dalston Superstore. That’s where I get to test out these characters in real life. So each event we book a host and I do the artwork to coordinate. The birthday candles figure was the host, Lewis Burton. He’s a drag performer, a crazy character. I made the birthday candle headdress, fully functioning; we lit them on the night!

What’s in the pipeline for Wax Wings in the rest of 2017?
There’s a couple of EPs which are being released which follow on from one to another. With every release I take a different tangent but they all come together as a package; a natural progression that builds up to the album, which is also forthcoming.

What can we expect from the EPs?
The next release is my Gracedace EP, a front to back techno collage, inspired by a lot of the clubs I have been playing in recently. Then the following EP resonates more with the album.

Finally, I saw you have an Abe’s Odyssey T-Shirt, where on earth did you get that?!
Speaking of, is this venue not just Rupture Farms?!

Words by David March.

Listen to Wax Wings on Soundcloud.
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See the full calendar for Printworks 2017 and buy tickets here.