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Barbican Centre Hosts Nils Frahm, Carl Craig and More in Spring 2018

We have not been shy to sing our praises of the contemporary music programming offered by the Barbican. Deep in the centre of the City, the Barbican is a concrete fortress of culture, welcoming burgeoning sounds and innovative communities to a high-brow platform. 2018 is no exception with a calendar showcasing neo-classical composers alongside grime MCs and techno royalty. Here are our hot tickets for the coming months.

Nils Frahm – All Melody – Wednesday 21st, Friday 23rd & 24th February

The long awaited return of Nils Frahm is almost upon us. Frahm’s gift for fusing modern classical styles with contemporary electronic sounds has earned him prodigal status in the eyes of his fans. After a year-long hiatus, the pianist, composer and producer has finally returned, blessing his followers with a new album – All Melody – and an accompanying tour. The album introduces new elements into Fahm’s palette; vocals, horns and other instruments accompany his piano. Seeing how this new material translates to a live show will be unmissable.

Just Jam Reloaded – 17th March

If any event could truly show Barbican’s support of London’s culture, it’s the return of Just Jam. Just Jam is the brainchild of Tim & Barry, two photographers who rose to fame nearly 15 years ago recording UK MC freestyles on the streets of London. Their work, predating YouTube channels like SB.TV, would become the holy archive of grime music’s early years. They went on to begin the Just Jam live streaming shows, featuring their signature psychedelic “broken N64” visuals. Fast forward to today and they are launching their second event at the Barbican centre; an evening showcasing a new generation of music from the streets. The roster includes jazz keyboardist Kamaal Williams (previously of Yusseff Kamaal), afrobeats trio Belly Squad, and grime DJ, Grandmixxer. Joining them will be a number of up and coming MCs; Mex, Naira Marley and the YGG gang.

Simian Mobile Disco with Deep Throat Choir – 4th April

British dance music veterans Simian Mobile Disco have taken a whole new angle on house and techno, collaborating with Hackney’s all-female Deep Throat Choir for a collaborative album called “Murmurations”. Together, they will perform the material for the first time in the Barbican Hall. Don’t miss support from the very talented Fatima Al Qadiri, who uses the medium of experimental club music to explore urgent themes of systemic oppression, gender and racism.

Carl Craig presents Synthesizer Ensemble – 6th April

Carl Craig is one of the true demigods of Detroit techno, working to build the foundations that dance music stands on whilst many of today’s ravers were still in strollers. His back catalogue has provided revellers with two decades of transcending dancefloor moments. In the next step of his unrelenting experimentation and futurism, Craig has reimagined his finest works into an electronic symphony. He will share the stage with a team of keyboardists and an arsenal of synthesizers, samplers and drum machines as they take “four-to-the-floor” music to new orchestral depths.

Sounds and Visions: Max Richter Performs Infra – 11th May

Max Richter has composed for every medium imaginable, TV, film and stage. He even composed an eight hour long piece and played it live to listeners as they slept. Featuring a string ensemble, this piece will showcase enveloping ambient textures that Richter does so well, along with familiar sounds of the unremarkable; everyday human chatter, the whistles of radio static. It’s a haunting and melancholic exploration of the everyday. The evening will welcome some equally exciting warm up acts with sets from footwork music’s latest hero, Jlin, and modular magic from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

Find the full Autumn/Winter calendar of contemporary music at the Barbican here.

Tickets for our selections can be found at the links below.

Nils Frahm – All Melody
Wednesday 21 Friday 23 & *Saturday 24 February 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30, *15:00 & 20:00
SOLD OUT returns only
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Just Jam Reloaded with Belly Squad, Kamaal Williams, Nídia, Skengdo x AM, Kenny Allstar, Murlo and Headie One
Saturday 17 March 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £15 plus booking fee
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Simian Mobile Disco with Deep Throat Choir + Fatima Al Qadiri presents Ja7eem
Wednesday 4 April 2018 / Barbican Hall / 20:00
Tickets £17.50 – 22.50 plus booking fee
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Carl Craig presents Synthesizer Ensemble
Friday 6 April 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 25 plus booking fee
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Sounds and Visions – curated by Max Richter and Yulia Mahr
Friday 11 – Sunday 13 May 2018 / Barbican Hall & foyer, Barbican Cinemas 1 & 2, LSO St Luke’s, Milton Court Concert Hall, St Giles’ Cripplegate
Tickets £10 – 35, plus free events
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Liberty London Collaborates with 3 Designers from London College of Fashion, UAL.

Joseph Stands, Pascal and Fotini Handra – three talented budding designers from London College of Fashion, UAL. collaborate with Liberty London to create a  directional and contemporary collection for Spring\Summer 18 named, ‘Alpine Symphony’.

The designers had exclusive access to Liberty London’s famous studio where brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Loewe, Paul Smith and Richard Quinn worked in the past.

This collection features the luxurious Tana Lawn Cotton, carefully crafted architectural structures, combining floral patterns with geometrics and pleats ALL aiming to project a playful and charming effect.

Daniel Pascal, Tanner Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, “I’ve used the dynamic geometric prints from the Fair Isle range and juxtaposed this with the charismatic and sweet floral print of Heidi. I’ve combined the prints together, before pleating them to give the floral a more graphic edge.”

Joseph Standish, Fashion Design and Development, “The collection consists of a traditional denim jacket five-pocket jean using re-purposed garments fused with the Liberty Tan Lawn Meadow Melody Print to create (the first of its kind, I Think!) all-over statement denim pieces. This is paired with an oversized puffer jacket perfect to keep you protected in the harsh mountain peaks.”

Words by Sarah Grace

Annie Mac Presents AMP Sounds 2018

Britain’s premier music tastemaker Annie Mac announces the first instalment of AMP SOUNDS for February 2018.

Coming home to where AMP started out, AMP SOUNDS will be taking over the place where it hosted so many happy years of parties, London’s Camden. Celebrating all of the music that Annie Mac loves, AMP SOUNDS will encompass nine shows over the course of one month in three venues: The Jazz Café, The Roundhouse and Koko.

Showcasing all sides of the renowned AMP live brand (from the Annie Mac Presents club nights to the AMP Collected gigs), AMP SOUNDS will bring a broad range of the hottest artists and DJs of the moment, both established and upcoming.

“All aspects of our AMP Live events will be represented” says Annie. “Our raves with the finest DJs, our showcase events with the most exciting new acts and our big closing party with the best of AMP past and present.”

AMP SOUNDS at Koko will see four very special raves held over four consecutive weekends, headlined by Annie herself alongside some very special guest DJs.

AMP SOUNDS at The Jazz Café will continue the theme of the more recently established AMP Collected nights, showcasing some of the best live acts of the moment in one of London’s most renowned and intimate venues. Running each Thursday across the month it will feature four hand-picked, eclectic line-ups including the likes of Tom Misch, Billie Eilsh, Jessie Ware and Superorganism (to name but a few).

AMP SOUNDS will culminate in a HUGE closing party at The Roundhouse. Everyone attending a show at the Jazz Cafe or Koko across the month will gain pre-sale access to this spectacular finale. The secret bill will see Annie take to the stage once again alongside THE BEST artists from AMP past, present and future, making it THE most special party Annie has ever hosted.

Celebrating great music in one of the UK’s most renowned cultural hubs for the month of February, AMP SOUNDS will be THE music event of the year for 2018.

For more information & tickets click here.


Victor&Rolf reimagines sustainable fashion for Zalando

Viktor & Rolf collaborate with Zalando with a limited 17-piece capsule collection for Spring/Summer 18 using recycled materials – creating something very unique and unexpectedly twisted. RE:CYCLE entails pieces from T-shirts, Skirts, Dresses, Trousers, Jeans and more all ranging from £50 to £250.

A short film has been created especially to capture the two creatives’ journey of designing and transforming the recycled and overstocked materials of Zalando into something extraordinay and memoriable.

Viktor&Rolf says, “For us, Haute Couture has always been a laboratory for experimental. With our past Haute Couture collections, we have explored creative recycling methods: new, artistic ways to re-use elements from the past to create something new. For instance, fabrics from our own archive of 20 years were woven and patch-worked into new materials and volumes; and fragments of existing cocktail and evening wear from the 20th century were surrealistically reassembled to create new, unexpected shapes. With our upcoming collaboration with Zalando, we are excited to bring fourth this spirit of sustainable fashion in a bold accessible way by breathing new life into forgotten garments.”

To give this an unexpected twist, Zalando also teamed up with London-based talent development platform Mastered, to engage its community of emerging creatives to re-interpret the thread of transformation which underlines the collaboration with Viktor&Rolf, re-imagined from their individual perspectives.

Five photographers and their respective teams of creatives received a unique T-shirt from Viktor&Rolf’s atelier, a sneak peak into the collab and were tasked with shooting an editorial. The result is five diverse editorials by emerging creatives around Europe, as well as a short film that explains the collaboration and interviews Viktor&Rolf on their partnership with Zalando.

The limited-edition V&R collection collaboration with Zalando will be available to purchase on February 1st on Zalando.com

Words by Sarah Grace

Alexa Chung ‘Fantastic’ Collection Launch Party

On 30th January 2018 in city of London, designer Alexa Chung held a launch party at Moth Club in celebration of her third  collection – ALEXACHUNG. Her family and friend came together to support and take a glimpse of her ‘one of a kind’ collection, dance on the light-up disco floor, lay on the Union Jack bed photo booth and to take a few sips of pints. In attendance?  Lucy Boynton, Amber Anderson, Tallulah Harlech, Pixie Geldof, Henry Holland, Charlie Barker, among others.


Chung’s idea was to celebrate the ‘explosive’ 90s music, the Britpop movement, rebellion and well-known heros which all had a massive impact on her life and others. The best of the best music of all time played at the party; being dj’d by a bunch of people – Dom Chung, Rhys Webb from The Horrors and Lou Hayter.

To celebrate the new collection, the brand released a new film for the ALEXACHUNG Fantastic collection

ALEXA CHUNG “FANTASTIC” from Jesse John Jenkins on Vimeo.

A celebration of the Brit Pop inspired collection titled ‘Fantastic’, the film transports you from a misty seaside town to a world of wonder. Directed by Jesse Jenkins with creative direction by ALEXACHUNG, the film presents one’s journey in search of belonging, contending loneliness through clothes, and the long road one travels in coming of age.

Words by Sarah Grace

Outlook Festival Announce First Line-Up for 2018

Fresh from an almighty tenth edition that united thousands of bass lovers in it’s fortress home, Outlook Festival reveals the first set of artists joining for 2018. Continuing its mission to champion the next gen of talent whilst celebrating revered heritage acts, this outing is as diverse and dynamic as ever with J Hus, Stefflon Don, Kojey Radical, Wiley, Mist, Madam X, Children of Zeus, AJ Tracey, David Rodigan, Channel One, Bonobo, Andy C, Noisia, Digital Mystikz and more descending on Fort Punta Christo. Prepare for bass, dub, DnB, grime, UK afrobeats, hip-hop, jungle, dubstep and beyond, between 6th – 10th September 2018, all to be heard on the world’s heaviest sound systems. Tickets are available from £100, so act now to secure a place at Outlook Festival 2018.

6th September – 10th September 2018 || Fort Punta Christo

Tickets from £100: www.outlookfestival.com

Gap redefines the rules: ‘Logo Remix’ Campaign

BTS: Gap Logo Remix With Sir John & Naomi Watanabe from Blue Flame on Vimeo.

To mark the evolution of Gap, the brand collaborated with a cast of nine well-known young influencers from around the world who are helping to reconstruct (or should we say, remix) society’s creative culture through acting, singing, comedy, activism and being a self-expressive voice – SZA, Metro Boomin, Sabrina Claudio, Bria Vinaite, Miles Heizer, Awkwafina, Maya Jama, Naomi Watanable and Connor Franta.

Bringing together some of the world’s leading culture remix creators such Director Tabitha Denholm, who directed music videos for Florence and the Machine, Haim and Jessie J as well as performance and movement director Tanisha Scott. They both had an important role – to create an uplifting video through music and movement with a modern yet remixed twist. The collection itself reuses Gap’s signature styles and logo throughout the decades which includes tees, patched sweatshirts, rugby shirts and tracksuit bottoms all reflecting a youthful and fresh style.

Craig Brommers, Chief Marketing Officer for Gap – “Gap is always one to celebrate and bring culture to the mainstream and what better way to do this and highlight this group of global individuals”

Words by Sarah Grace

All female design team re-imagines Two of Nike’s Cult Classic Silhouettes

Nike unveil a new collection created by 14 of the most diverse, talented and strong-minded women, Re-imagining, Re-working and Re-creating two of the most iconic silhouettes of Nike – the Nike Air Force 1 and the Air Jordan 1. The two staple shoes took the basketball world by storm, used by players of all backgrounds on the court for high endurance, power and style.

The 14 women make up a team filled with diverse skillets: colourists, materialists and footwear designers. All come together to create one of the best, minimalistic and sophisticated shoe collection for 2018.

The collection entails 10 unique footwear pieces all in white, AF1 SAGE XX, AJ1 SAGE XX, AF1 REBEL XX, AJ1 REBEL XX, AF1 JESTER XX, AJ1 JESTER XX, AF1 EXPLORER XX, AF1 LOVER XX AND AJ1 LOVER XX; which includes slips ons, lace ups, zip ups, straps, mesh and cutouts.

Words by Sarah Grace

Missguided – Keep On Being You Campaign

Missguided champion female empowerment and embracing the within, regardless of your look, height and ethnicity.

 Continuing on from the ‘Keep On Being You’ Campaign (), Missguided’s latest ambassadors Chiara Bordi and Shelby Lynch, a young model and a beauty and lifestyle blogger,speak out about their take on the campaign and how the decide to embody the power of individuality and being confident in your own skin.

Chiara Bordi (@chiarabordi_) says, “I used my disability and turned it into a positive purpose and now I have proven to myself that I can conquer the same goals as someone who didn’t go through the same incident as me, including sports and modelling. I think it’s really important to promote my body because it’s an issue I have to live with for the rest of my life and there’s nothing more important than loving ourselves. I believe you can’t live well if you don’t love yourself and your body before anything else.”

Shelby Lynch (@shelbykinsxo), “#KEEPONBEINGYOU means to be confident in your own skin, and not letting anyone in life tell you that you can’t do anything. It’s important for the fashion industry to have diversity, because everyone needs someone that represents them… if everyone looked the same it would be boring!”

Go check out the full interviews with the girls here: https://blog.missguided.co.uk/babezine/keeponbeingyou-shelby/

Words by Sarah Grace

1883 Lust List: Look on the bright side of life

Spring is almost here, HORAAY HORAAAH! First off, who loves a bit of colour? We know we do. Flourescent pinks, blues, yellows… Well you’re in for a treat because SS18 is all about spicing up your relationship with colour. Okay, so let’s take a how you can add abit of jazz to your new season wardrobe to welcome the sunny dayyyzzz. Out with the old and in with the new.


What a way to start this post aye? We love mini bags! Yellow Palazzo Empire leather bag with a Medusa Head at front and a contrasted shoulder strap. Going all out for this season. Perfect.

Versace, Palazzo Empire Shoulder Bag in Yellow RRP £1,080.00 www.versace.com

Acne Studios

Sticking to accessories, here we have a lilac Carliy Twill AS baseball cap. Very sporty and another must have for Spring/Summer. You can never go wrong with pastels, right?

Acne Studios, Carliy Twill in Lilac RRP £75 www.acnestudios.com


Street X Barbie vibes coming your way with a pink printed oversized hoodie sweater. Why does this make us think of the mean girls movie? ‘On Wednesdays, we wear PINK’ Oh yes.

Balenciaga, New York Hoodie Sweater in Pink RRP £635 www.balenciaga.com

Acne Studios

Another one from Acne studios with this pale pink Clea Bomber. Honestly, one of our favourite bomber jackets right now. Such a simple yet eye-catching statement this season.

Acne Studios, Clea Bomber in Pale Pink RRP £510 www.acnestudios.com


This purple hooded jersey dress with Jacquard stripe sleeves from Gucci is the one for us. As you can tell we love sportswear right now, so this was a top pick. The perfect retro dress if you’re planning to rock up at a gig or party. Wear with thigh high boots or maybe even plain sneakers.

Gucci, Hooded Jersey Dress in Purple RRP £1,400 www.gucci.com


To all the male readers out there… of course we had to hook you up with some of our top picks for you too! First off, this Moschino Blue Spongebob cotton long sleeve jumper. Such a great piece to have if you’re a fan of this guy. Literally going to be setting the streets on fire with this one.

Moschino, Long Sleeve Jumper in Blue RRP £373 www.moschino.com

Off White

This oversized puffer jacket from the off-white ‘temperature’ collection is the way to slowly ease out of the cold into the warmer weather. It’s long sleeved, quilted down-filled jacket in a ‘reflective’ blue colour.

Off-White Puffer Down Jacket in Cobalt Blue RRP £1,172 www.off—white.com

Paul Smith

A casual sporty long-sleeved jersey t-shirt for the days when you want to walk out the house feeling comfy but stylish. We’re sure this is something you wouldn’t want to get out of and probably use all the time.

Paul Smith, Long-Sleeved T-Shirt with Colour Panels in Green RRP £75.00 www.paulsmith.com


You can never get enough of leather jackets, right? Very Grease-esque and rock ‘n’ roll.

This Givenchy contrasted leather bomber jacket with bright yellow insets on the sleeves and pockets certainly gives you that.

Givenchy, Contrasted Leather bomber jacket RRP $3.525.OO www.givenchy.com


Now I know you guys love your sneakers… So we saved the best till last. These red suede Valentino Garavani ‘Flycrew’ sneakers will definitely up your shoe game this season boys.

Valentino, Flycrew Sneaker in Red RRP £445.00 www.valentino.com

 Words by Sarah Grace