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Midsommar Weekender

Nightlife pioneers Absolut and GFC partner to host the Midsommar Weekender, a brand new boutique festival in Åhus, Sweden

– Featuring performances by Floating Points, El Perro Del Mar, Flyte, Zebra Katz –

Think of the ultimate party, where the sun never sets and anything can happen; Absolut partners with Swedish festival pioneers GFC for the first ever Midsommar Weekender – a three day boutique festival that takes the traditions and rituals of midsommar and gives them a stylish twist to create the ultimate nightlife experience.

Taking place from 23rd – 25th June 2017, the intimate festival will bring contemporary music, food, mindfulness and lifestyle to Swedish and international festival guests on a unique journey through midsommar in the magical surroundings of Ovesholms Slott in Åhus, Sweden.

Midsommar Weekender takes the age-old Swedish tradition and fills it with new, exciting energy. Creating a modern progressive take on this important Swedish celebration of the longest day of the year, Midsommar Weekender opens the doors for people all over the world to come and experience the proudest and most unique Swedish holiday.

The music line up so far includes: Floating Points [UK], El Perro Del Mar [GB], Zebra Katz [US] and Flyte [UK]. To give the classic tradition of Midsommar a burst of new energy, choreographer Jerome Marchand will interpret the classic Midsommar maypole dance. Performance artist Angela Wand will guide festival visitors through a Midsommar lunch for 1,000 guests. In addition, the live music will be accompanied by activities such as flower crown making workshops, a drinks lab, tarot sessions and restorative yoga.

Artists ready for the Midsommar Weekender (more to come):

Floating Points [Solo Live, UK]

A neuroscientist by day, Dj/Producer/Composer by night, Floating Points knows no boundaries when it comes to creativity and expression. Classically trained from a young age and with a strong passion for Jazz, Floating Points has progressed into one of the world’s most exciting producers, as well as one of the club scenes leading Dj’s. At Midsommar Weekender Floating Points will perform his new solo live set. 

El Perro Del Mar [SE]

Last fall, El Perro Del Mar (a music project by Sarah Assbring) released albumKoKoro, her most ambitious and musically adventurous album to date, covering themes that speak to both big and small matters of the heart. With soundscapes that echo of Thailand, Sumatra, India, Ethiopia, and China, the orchestration of ‘KoKoro’ is unlike 

any of El Perro Del Mar’s previous releases. It features the Chinese string instrument Guzheng, the Japanese Shakuhachi flute, Asian flutes, Arabic strings, Dulcimer, and rhythms influenced by Ethiopian music.

Zebra Katz [US]

Zebra Katz is the alias of multifaceted artist Ojay Morgan. Inspired by Nina Simone, Andre 3000, Missy Elliot and Lauryn Hill, Zebra Katz has cultivated a signature and unique presence all his own. He has made waves with his music since the release of his highly acclaimed first single “Ima Read” and has shared the stage with everyone from Diplo to Scissor Sisters, audiences around the world flock to his concerts. Not to be missed!

Flyte [UK]

The band spent the first few months of 2017 in Australia, where they completed their debut album along with ‘Courtney Barnett’ producer Burke Reid. In recent years they have released indie anthems such ad “We Are The Rain”, “Closer Together” and “Light Me Up” and reached over one million Spotify streams. Last year the band Will Taylor (vocals) and Sam Berridge (keyboard) covered Joni Mitchells song River on Facebook. This heart-wrenching interpretation kicked off a Flyte-movement, leaving fans wanting more. Their debut album will be released this year.

More news:

A never ending feast of summer flavours hosted by Party-General Angela Wand

Foodies have just as much to look forward to as music fans. The traditional lunch is an important part of the midsommar celebration and therefore also of Midsommar Weekender. Together with your one thousand new friends you will enjoy a traditional smörgåsbord containing a selection of classic Swedish dishes, shared at a long communal table before continuing with the nights celebrations. The lunch will be hosted by the talented Angela Wand – actor, comedian, writer, circus artist, director – ensuring guests are well fed as well as entertained.

One of the coolest traditions you’ve never heard of

The Swedish midsommar celebration is sprung from pagan rituals of ancient times and is connected to the summer solstice and celebrates fertility. One of the traditions during this important holiday for Swedes is to dance around a maypole. Choreographer Jerome Marchand; a rock star in the ballet world, will be joined by a dance company to create a modern interpretation of the classic Midsommar dance when the maypole is raised, continuing into the night.

Party and relax in the beautiful Swedish countryside

Absolut has been crafted with passion in Åhus in the south of Sweden since 1879. In this small region, Local Countess, Alexandra Hamilton, has offered the beautiful Castle of Ovesholm with its boundless fields, medieval barns, and stone buildings as the setting for Midsommar Weekender, creating a unique backdrop for a festival, rooted in the same history as Absolut. The Yoga Festival at Midsommar Weekender will be a chill zone and a place for recovery. A simple but physically demanding yoga session to evocative music that requires full presence in the moment will give participants a chance to look inward and recharge, setting them up perfectly to take in the festival to the fullest.

Flower crown workshop and tarot session

Midsommar Weekender brings a touch of funky street style inspired by Scandinavian minimalism in crisp summer white. The dress code is simple – trade your usual garb for a full-on white get up, topped off with a crown of flowers on your hair. A florist will be on hand, hosting flower crown making workshops with tips and advice for creating a stunning Midsommar wreath to complete your attire. For extra tips and advice, look no further than tarot card reader Linda Spåman who will be on hand to add to the magic that surrounds Midsommar Eve.

Summer cocktails

It isn’t an Absolut experience without amazing drinks. Midsommar Weekender cocktails are all about refreshing serves that are perfect for the night of the year when the sun never sets. In addition to classics like the Elderflower Collins, guests will also be able to learn to how to mix their own personal concoctions at the Absolut Drinks Lab.

More info about the festival:

Organizer: Grandin Flying Circus + Partners

Capacity: 1000 visitors

Location: Ovesholm Castle and its surroundings

Activities: Concerts and club, workshops and talks, yoga, run club, etc.

Tickets: Sold in the form of various packages. The packages include entry, breakfast on both mornings, the great common Midsommar lunch and accommodation at the festival glamping area – from £354 per person to £760 per person depending on comfort level.

Find out more and purchase tickets at midsommarweekender.com

Exclusive Acne Studios online Pop-up from Tomorrow

Ever wanted to own a piece of archive-Acne? Missed it the first time round and still thinking about it? Well you’re just in luck – Acne Studios will be launching its AcneArchive.com 48 hour online pop up shop on the 3rd May to 5th May exclusively to the UK

Offering a handpicked selection of Acne Studios classics, show pieces and exclusive items from previous collections up to 75% discount.

Customers can sign up via the link here – http://bit.ly/AcneArchiveUK


Salvatore Ferragamo debut capsule collection using “Orange Fiber”

Faithful to their motto, “Responsible Passion”, Salvatore Ferragamo is the first brand to use the exclusive Orange Fiber fabric. A twill that looks and feels like silk, the capsule collection is made from a patented Orange Fiber fabric, the first fabric in the world made with citrus fruits. It all started with the idea to create sustainable fabrics for fashion by taking the remains of citrus fruits after squeezing them for juice, which amounts to more than 700,000 tons of by-product in Italy.

This green-fashion project combines fashion and design with a virtuous production cycle, using solely sustainable fabrics of natural origins whilst reflecting those ethical values linked to research on sustainability and renewable sources

The Capsule Collection comprises of 17 RTW pieces including dresses, blouses and trousers, as well as 3 signature scarves; all pieces are enhanced by exclusive prints by the Florentine fashion house.


Boomtown announce brand new Mega stage: Bang Hai Towers

Never ones to shy away from an innovative set build Boomtowns Chapter 9: Behind the Mask, will welcome a new mega stage for all in attendance. After dropping the bombshell of the demise of Bang Hai Palace at the end of last year’s event, the ever ambitious festival have just released news of the freshly rebuilt , Bang Hai Towers. A completely remodelled and redesigned centrepiece for the Downtown area of the festival, which has been mysteriously ‘donated’ to the city by the prolific corporation, Bang Hai Industries, this all new communications complex is a fitting substitute for the once beloved Palace, with soundsystems stacked to the sky ready to host world leaders in bass, garage, grime and drum & bass. Watch the full line up video here.

Kicking off proceedings on the Friday evening, London label and grime pioneers Butterz present a massive takeover with; Elijah & Skilliam whose bassline inspired grime is mixed to perfection; Swindle will be bringing his signature slow burning build ups resulting in the most devastating drops. One grime’s most recognisable collectives, Heartless Crew will be shelling out classics from start to finish and DJ Luck & MC Neat will be bringing old school garage to the stage.

Saturday will see a first time ever, world exclusive three hour set, courtesy of beat heavy Bristol duo My Nu Leng playing alongside TQD made up of three of the most exciting DJ’s on the scene right now: Royal-T x DJ Q x Flava D. An inspiring set for dubstep fans everywhere comes in the form of the legendary Rusko in a rare UK appearance. Dance heavy bass music is in supply from festival favourite Redlight and funky house courtesy of Murder He Wrote playing B2B with Roska. Sunday goes back to the roots with a massive drum & bass takeover from Exit Records, one of the most forward thinking labels in the genre, with devastating sets from D-Bridge, Skeptical, Alix Perez, Fracture and SP:MC.

After three solid months of stage releases, over 500 acts announced across nearly 30 stages and nine districts, a huge spectrum of musical genres and workshops have been revealed. The next announcement to watch out for from this totally unique festival will be about where the storyline will take it’s adventurous festival attendees in Chapter 9: Behind The Mask! Watch this space…

For more information and to buy tickets click here.


The O2 announces that after ten incredible years of presenting some of the world’s biggest acts and live events, it will play host to a series of unique shows to celebrate its 10th birthday. Jamiroquai will be gracing the stage on 24th June, with their biggest UK headline gig since 2011. Further acts are set to be revealed imminently.

These unique shows are a chance for fans to witness their favourite acts at one of the most iconic entertainment venues of the decade. The O2 has become one of the most successful, and recognisable music and entertainment venues in the world and has played host to unforgettable live experiences for over 60 million fans of music, sport, exhibitions, award shows and more. Sir Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and The Spice Girls are just some of the global acts who have performed over the past ten years. The O2 has also presented some of the most prolific one-off sporting and entertainment events of the decade including The Olympics, The ATP Tennis finals, The Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball and The BRIT Awards.

One of the most influential British bands of the past twenty-five years, Jamiroquai have seen each one of their seven album catalogues reach the UK Top 10, with three reaching the top spot. They have a combined total of over 26 million record sales worldwide and are currently holding the Guinness World Record for best-selling funk album of all time. Their new album, ‘Automaton’ was released in March, so fans attending this exclusive show at The O2 will no doubt be treated to new material as well as some classics.


MADE IN CAMDEN: Dr Martens To Launch Experiential Camden Store

Dr. Martens will be launching their 30th store this April in Camden, London.

Situated in the Camden Stables area, this will be Dr. Martens latest UK flagship store which will trade across 2 floors. The store is a grade two star listed 19th Century building and has many of its original features.

Throughout the store there will also be a number of special areas including; one off art pieces, a free gif booth, plus a designated area for artists and fans to personalise their favourite DM’s old and new. The store will carry the full Dr. Martens range across men’s, women’s, kids and will also present an extensive range of industrial product which sits at the heart of the brand. Consumer will also get the opportunity to view limited edition exclusive designs that can only be bought in this new Camden store. These exclusive designs have been all been inspired by generations of individuals that have expressed themselves through their love of customisation of their DM’s.

There will also be a Virtual Reality experience powered by Oculus, which will allow fans to take a personal tour of the brand’s original UK factory. Through the use of VR, customers will be able to see how a pair of DM’s are made like no other shoe on earth from start to finish.


Missoni’s creative director Angela Missoni joined forces with the unconventional Stephane Ashpool of the cult brand Pigalle to create a menswear capsule collection that will be unveiled this April exclusively in Colette in Paris, Dover Street Market in Ginza and the Pigalle Stores.

Missoni’s heritage in crafting inspired and original luxury knitwear and their eclectic and nonchalant put-together style exquisitely compliment Ashpool’s creative utopian vision which melds an organic and imaginative approach with the 90s-era hiphop culture of his youth, all filtered and refined through the Parisian eye.

Missoni revisited the past using archive fabrics, dating back from 1985 to 2010, which have been artfully reworked into triangular patchwork fabrics and used for a selection of Pigalle’s most iconic pieces; rendering Missoni’s timelessness both contemporary and urban. Created in two color variants, a beige-yellow and a blue-purple, this versatile collection is comprised of pieces that fluidly adapt to the personal style of any man.

Junction 2 Returns for 2017

12pm – 10.30pm | Saturday 10th June 2017 | Boston Manor Park | TW8

Following an electrifying debut, cutting-edge festival – Junction 2 – announce the first details for their second edition, uniting the dream-team of electronic music luminaries with areas hosted by Drumcode and The Hydra, the custom-built LWE Warehouse plus new outdoor stage on Saturday 10th June 2017.

Showcasing leading lights of electronic music at London’s most unique festival site, Junction 2’s debut in June was hailed as one of the biggest success stories of the season, setting a new precedence for urban festival production and firmly making their mark on the city’s party calendar.

Organisers, LWE, promise the same exceptional sound and production values, bespoke stages, attention to detail, hidden forest enclaves and delicious food and drinks in this amazing setting.

Tickets released to 2016 attendees have already sold out with early bird tickets released in the coming weeks. For tickets and information go to www.junction2.london.

Junction 2 have released a film of their 2016 debut with BAFTA award-winning composer and sound designer, Alexander Parsons. Alexander fuses ‘found sound’ recorded from this year’s festival and merges it with 4 tracks: 1. Sam Paganini – Satellite (Intro), 2. Enrico Sanguiliano – Dutch Kiss (Straight Mix), 3. Enrico Sanguiliano – Dutch Kiss (Inner Mix), 4. Enrico Sanguiliano – Ghetto Blaster.

Enraptured by the unique surrounding, Alexander was inspired to ‘capture the divide between the real world and this enclosed capsule, in the shadow of the M4′



Hackney Walk are back with another year of stellar workshops

Grace Wales Bonner, Susie Bubble and Christopher Raeburn are amongst the stellar line up of London creatives and designers offering free fashion masterclasses and workshops at luxury outlet district, Hackney Walk from March 25. These exclusive opportunities will allow attendees to try out their skills under the guidance of London’s most prevalent and exciting designers and creatives all for free!

Created by Hackney Walk as an important part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programme, the Stitch Academy aims to inspire Londoners to find out more about the fashion industry. Last year’s line up included designer Henry Holland, Sharmadean Reid from WAH Nails and designer Holly Fulton.

The Stitch Academy concept was launched in 2013 by Hackney Walk to ensure that the local fashion industry, local community and businesses benefit from the growth of Hackney Walk.

Hackney Walk and The Stitch Academy also continue to support important initiatives such as the Hackney Shop and providing free studio space for young designers, giving local designers the best possible start in their business careers.

To register and book one of the free workshops, head over to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/hackney-walk-13139776059


Saturday 25 March
Mimi wade – Fashion Drawing and Dressing with Mimi Wade

Sunday 26 March
Caitlyn Price – Contemporary Womenswear Design Class

Saturday 1 April
Fyodor Golan – Textile Design Workshop

Saturday 8 April
Ashley Williams – Fashion Print Design Workshop

Sunday 9 April
Piers Atkinson – Signature Style Headwear Design Workshop

Saturday 29 April
Christopher Raeburn – Tote-tastic: Design and Make Your Own Unique Bag

Sunday 30 April
Susie Bubble – Blogging 101

i-D – Magazine Editorial / Writing Workshop

Grace Wales Bonner – Concept & Research Workshop

Stitch Academy, Unit 2 at Hackney Walk, Morning Lane, London, E9

Boomtown Announce Sector 6 Line-Up

After Sector 6’s inaugural year at the 2016 event, this full scale Nuclear facility stands at a whopping 30 metres tall and quickly became home to not just the fictional ‘Revolutionaries’ but 10s of 1000s of Boomtown’s most enthusiastic music lovers.

Headlines for the stage include, the triumphant return after two years of Shy FX, whose drum & bass knowledge solidifies his legendary status, last playing at Boomtown to a 20,000 strong crowd in a set that’s gone down as one of the best sets in Boomtown history. BBC Radio 1Xtra resident Toddla T will no doubt bring the freshest riddims for a full set of the best in dancehall, jungle and grime and first appearance as new collective, Killbox, Ed Rush and Audio will be shelling out body slamming bass. Critical Sound bad boys Mefjus and Emperor will be playing B2B after dominating Bang Hai last year, and true to takeover tradition, Shogun Audio will have the whole stage to themselves for Friction, Icicle live, Spectrasoul, Rockwell, Technimatic, Joe Ford, Fourward to blow the mind of all in attendance with pure unadulterated drum and bass. Festival favourites and Wonka-Vision head honchos Wonka & Syn will be mashing up the dance with a big bad selection of weighty bassy bangers.

Kicking off the first ever Thursday opening party for part of the festival, will be Edinburgh’s Elektrical Sound System, armed with a 50 KW hand-built sound system specialising in all things Bass with a strong selection of DJs including Jamie Bostron, Jacky Murda, AAA Badboy, plus a Boom Sound Takeover (Asbo Disco, Fat Stash, Jinx In Dub & Kreed Hosted by Gardna).

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.