From Guardian columnist, author and – according to Fox News “braying jackal’ – Owen Jones, and outspoken children’s laureate Malorie Blackman, to a night retelling Chaucer and letters from the writer of Call the Midwife, this year’s Birmingham Literature Festival has something for all.
Starting on National Poetry Day this Thursday October 2, the festival runs until 11 October with much of the literary fun taking place at the Library of Birmingham.
Events in the first full week of the Festival will include questions with the aforementioned Jones with his ‘Urban Sermon’ at Birmingham Cathedral (8th October) and Malorie Blackman (9th October), as well as sessions with the family of Call the Midwife writer Jennifer Worth (4th October), talking through her history in unpublished letters and photos. Stephen Knight (6th October), writer of Bafta-nominated Peaky Blinders, which starts its second series this week, will also be there to talk more about his compelling drama.
There’s even some time dedicated to the UK’s fascination with Danish Noir such as The Killing. To satiate those taste buds Danish novelists will be on hand to answer questions on all things murderous and Scandinavian (7th October). And for the lovers of a murder mystery with a twist of Belgian moustache, the writer of the new Hercule Poirot novel ‘The Monogram Murders’, Sophie Hannah (11th October), will be answering questions later on.
And finally, to close this hectic, literary hurricane comedian and actor Meera Syal will be in conversation with journalist and writer Sathnam Sanghera (11 October).
Throughout the entire festival, installed in the Library of Birmingham, writer and radio broadcaster Rachel New will be inviting visitors to help her publish 10 short stories throughout the event – one written for each day of the festival.
Keep an eye out for pop up events at the Library, flashmobs and plenty of literary fun.
Tickets and the full line up – as well as surrounding events – are now available to buy here.
Birmingham Literature Festival
Birmingham Library (Mostly)
0121 245 4455
Free – £10 (Varies per event)
02.10.2014 – 11.10.2014
Words: Ian Stanley
Simple Things returns to Bristol for 2014, bringing 60 acts together for 17 hours of innovative music across 12 stages.
The festival will be kicking of with a very special opening party at Motion, Bristol on Friday 24th October, featuring a full live show from Caribou, with the main support for the show from acclaimed Hyperdub artist Jessy Lanza.
The main event will take place the following Saturday 25th October, set over a cross section of existing city centre venues and brand new intriguing creative spaces demonstrating the very best Bristol has to offer. Saturday will be headlined by the reformed angular dance floor punk duo Death From Above 1979, also headlining will be Glaswegian post-rock titans Mogwai, known for their quiet/loud dynamic, defined bass riffs, and an eminent ambient sound, sometimes dark and sometimes grand. Joining Death From Above 1979 and Mogwai on the Saturday, will be the ever cool and authentic DJ Harvey. Harvey’s long-awaited return to these shores last year saw the disco edit aficionado play only a handful of dates. Under his new Wildest Dreams moniker and with a new record released soon, Harvey has showcased a more instrumental side to his character with his vocals and a psychy, sleazy, edge to his music.
Other names on the bill for Saturday include the colourful musical chameleons Liars, Atlanta garage-rock band Black Lips and the ever-controversial Zomby, who will no doubt bring surprises with whatever he chooses to play. A real coup for this year’s event is Hyperdub’s select roster that will be hosting a stage to celebrate 10-years of the label, with boss-manKode 9, Laurel Halo, Cooly G and Scratcha DVA all present and inline. Nightmares On Wax return for a long-awaited set that will showcase exactly why George Evelyn became one of the hottest acts in the country. How To Dress Well‘s Tom Krell brings his dreamy futuristic R&B sound, which he continuously pushes to new heights. The enigmatic DJ Sprinkles is also on the bill, who has had an incredible 12 months showcasing her unique take on deep house, plus Eagulls‘ intense post-hardcore workout will be a definite draw. Mercurial producer Actress joins off the back of his bleak and bruised fourth album, whilst Bristol native, Harlem based DJ Nature returns to home-turf with his genre-defining sound, along with SOPHIE, famous for his writing and irresistible topline melodies, as evident in his recent ‘Lemonade‘ single. Simple Things also welcome Techno A-lister DVS1, a Berghain regular, whilst The Haxan Cloak bring their claustrophobic layered sounds, a real coup for the festival and for those who like their music with the lights off, elsewhere see the modern twist on R’n’B come in the form of Onra‘s brilliant live show.
Other acts confirmed for this year’s event are: Rejjie Snow, Amazing Snakeheads, Turbowolf, Dark Sky, Redinho, Happa, Greys, Hidden Orchestra, Damiano von Erckert, Max Graef, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Ron Morelli, Thought Forms, Cooly G, Svengalisghost, God Damn, Lovepark, Cuts, Bad Breeding, The Fauns, Esben & The Witch, Mirel Wagner, Pardon My French, Seven Davis Jr, Oliver Wilde, Futureboogie, Impey, October, Eaux, Menace Beach, The Kelly Twins, Terekke, Eugene Quell, Volte-Face, Scarlet Rasca and Gramrcy.
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To celebrate the release of Lisbon Kid’s debut single ‘Event Horizon’ featuring Icelandic folk singer Hafdis Huld, we have the exclusive ‘No B’ remix to give to you for free. It’s cool, it’s synthy and it’s dark and lovely!
To download your free copy of Event Horizon (No B mix) click below
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Pastels, clean lines, large checks, animal prints, faux furs and the best over-sized coats on the high street – we are LOVING the Warehouse A/W range for 2014.
So it is with happy coincidence that we have teamed up with the High Street fashion store for their #WARESTYLESESSIONS which is heading to Bullring on 27 & 28 SEPTEMBER 2014 between 12pm – 6pm.
The Warehouse team will be hosting a VIP Styling Room with stylist and blogger Alex Steadman from The Frugality and we are offering one lucky person the chance to get kitted out in an entire outfit to take home (up to the value of £200) alongside a free beauty treatment by Elemis and a manicure by Nails Inc.
If you need styling tips then you need to head to Warehouse’s new digital platform ‘Tales of the City’ - extending beyond fashion themes cross culture and entertainment to become the first place to find the latest articles and news from the brand. Inspirational content will be created through partnerships with contributors from fashion and the wider creative community with a talent pool of weekly collaborators including photographers, stylists, illustrators, musicians, bloggers and editors all keen to share their vantage point on city life.
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Deadline for entry is noon on 24th September, 2014.
*Please note if you can not make the 27 or 28 September we’ll make arrangements for you to have an appointment with an advisor at the store (Bullring Birmingham ONLY) on another suitable date.
Ben Thatcher is talking about songwriting. Refreshing and perhaps surprising coming from someone who, to the discerning ear, is just another voice from another noisy iteration: “You can very easily hide behind the noise” Ben explains, “but we like to strip it back – create a true melody. Good writing sets you apart. People appreciate it more. It gets you on the radio, gets you gigs.”
Since forming in early 2013 Ben Thatcher and Mike Kerr, both from Brighton, and the extreme talent that is Royal Blood, have created a sound that leaves little room for comparison. As easy and perhaps justifiable as it may seem, it wouldn’t be fair to label Royal Blood as just another two-piece formula. Admittedly they’ll “Listen to almost everything and anything by Jack White,” but this shouldn’t automatically tarnish their reputation for raw innovation. Given their sudden (though much deserved) leap into the treasured fold of many a respected critic – and not to mention their listeners – it’s obvious the music speaks for itself.
Rises and falls, keels and drops, Royal Blood are a continuous blood-flow of change, activity, and progress. They’re not traditional – yet somehow they sound authentic. They experiment skilfully with dynamics, levels – even extensions of sound and time. When you piece it all together, and listen to the result, it’s quite a beautiful thing to behold. There are echoes of Zeppelin and The Pixies; which I guess is their line of musical inheritance. Still, they’re a difficult pair to pigeonhole.
So how do they do it? There’s nothing introverted about Royal Blood. But this doesn’t mean they don’t carry subtly, or weight. They’re a rock band, and inevitably Blues is at the heart of what they do. It’s there in the melodies and naked as a baby in the lyrics. This gives them a sense of purity; their dirty riffs, a primal intensity. When asked about the creative process Ben immediately launches into the value of unravelling something popular but unique – particularly in sound: “Mike (Kerr) is fascinated with it. He’s not a bass player in the traditional sense. He plays somewhere between the guitar and the bass, and merges the two.” Their music, for all its noise, is intricate, and melodic. They’re a team working to opposition and tension. They drive each other. Their sound is, by its very nature a wave of noise – continuous but corrugated, and as blunt as it is hypnotically consistent: particularly noticeable in their early track Figure it Out. “Basically I follow Mike” Ben admits. His playing is protractedly directed, almost progressional. He handles the kit like the sun handles the dial – naturally, and with rotational ease.
But it isn’t just their ability to experiment. These two have a strong emotional and creative connection – you can see it when they perform and hear it in the music. Is it their friendship that makes the bedrock for such a tight working relationship? “Yes” is the answer, “we’re friends first, co-workers second. We grew up listening to stuff together, discovering new bands together, learning to play together.” He describes the way they work as a creative struggle: “I basically follow him (Mike), and it’s a physical battle.”
The key word here is ‘physical’ – this is without doubt what gives the duo so much power. The chemistry between them is tangible, and the sound too, almost Herculean. Combined Ben and Mike are an echo of everything they adore embodying what they love about rock, riffs, rhythm, lyric and pouring it into their sound: “Our style is loyal to us ….we have three amps, a few pedals, a bass, and a drum-kit, and we write songs.” This is what makes them so good. These guys love the words as much as they love the noise – this is the combination that makes ‘the music.’ They put equal energy into the composition of both. And what’s more they do it well.
But is there enough of this to go around? For some it might seem the great British Music Industry is fading. Sinking, quite ignorantly/blissfully under a slow, ordinary blanket of death. For Ben: “It’s actually getting better. It’s becoming more inventive, and there’s some great talent out there. It’s not about being in competition. It’s about supporting each other – to share what you do with everyone else.” Are we working towards another golden era for music in the UK? “Ask me in ten years” Ben replies “you can only know something like that when you look back.” He was however surprised to find that Royal Blood were the only band featured on the BBC’s Sound of poll: “everyone else was a singer-songwriter. This was disappointing. It would be nice to see more bands stepping up.”
Similarly to The Arctic Monkeys, Royal generated sound-space for the fruits of their musical collaboration off the back of social media websites – Soundcloud, namely, which they still intend to use to circulate interest: “We don’t need to go back to that way of doing things, we just need to keep using it.” Crucially, Ben thinks it’s about generating music for music’s sake. Online portals such as Soundcloud are systematically dedicated to getting the music out there, formatting the mix and making it accessible. You’re only really bombarded with sound and this is a good thing. Truthfully, there’s some god-awful tripe uploaded every second on every inch of the web. But there’s also some wonderfully edgy stuff. It only takes a bit of patience to find it – and the same goes for generating the music we want to hear. There’s genuine skill of course, and hard-work, something Royal Blood have in abundance.
Royal are explosive. To do what’s right by them is to keep channeling their artistic energies into the raw flounder of their – as yet – untouchable sound.
‘Royal Blood’ the debut album is out now
Words: Helen Calcutt
Sailor Jerry Clothing has announced that it will partner with global rock and style icon, Iggy Pop to create ‘The Flash Collection by Iggy Pop’, an annual collaboration between Sailor Jerry and a like-minded artist, inspired by the legendary tattoo flash of Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins.
This is the second year of the Flash Collection, the first of which saw Sailor Jerry collaborate with artist and musician Paul Simonon of ‘The Clash’ fame to create a limited edition leather jacket in 2013. This year’s ‘The Flash collection by Iggy Pop’ will feature three limited-edition items– including the collection hero piece, an iconic denim vest. Further details of the Flash Collection and the other two items will be revealed in October.
Speaking at the announcement, Enda O’Sullivan, Global Brand Director, Sailor Jerry commented, “Having Iggy Pop on board for this year’s Flash Collection is a huge deal for us. Iggy is not only a talented musician, but also a respected style icon whose rebellious approach to life is exactly what Sailor Jerry stands for. Having seen initial designs, we are really excited about Iggy’s vision and can’t wait to unveil the collection in Miami this October”.
Iggy commented, “When I was asked to be involved with the latest Flash Collection, I was intrigued right away. I fell in love with the pin-ups. Sailor Jerry’s pin-ups are the best. Bringing his stuff to life for a collection of limited edition clothes was something I totally wanted to be a part of ”.
The godfather of punk rock, Iggy rose to fame as the front man of ‘The Stooges’. His career has spanned almost half a century, with five Stooges albums in his back catalogue and an additional 16 solo albums, so it is little wonder that Iggy has maintained his crown as one of the biggest influencers of the punk scene. Already a fan of the Sailor Jerry lifestyle Iggy’s classic Stooges song, ‘TV Eye’, from their 1970 album, ‘Fun House’ is the soundtrack to the latest Sailor Jerry ad campaign “Life Outside The Lines”, a motto which Iggy lives his life by.
Images of Iggy Pop and the collection have been captured by iconic music photographer Mick Rock, who has been taking photos of Iggy for over 40 years. Mick Rock has shot everyone from David Bowie, Queen, Iggy Pop, Blondie and Lou Reed, Queens Of The Stone Age, Snoop Dog, Lady GaGa, The Killers, and Pharell, Daft Punk and Kate Moss.
Rock is credited as creating some of the most famous album covers in history including Queen’s legendary ‘II’, Lou Reed’s ‘Transformer’, David Bowie’s ‘Aladdin Sane’ and The Stooges ‘Raw Power’, which is considered as one of the most iconic covers in rock history.
This year’s Flash Collection will be available in a handful of selected stores around the world and on www.sailorjerryclothing.com, from October 2014.
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Norman Jay MBE is bringing together many of his musical friends for the greatest Good Times party ever held. This is the first time that Good Times has appeared outside of the Notting Hill Carnival in their illustrious 30 year history. Good Times In The Park is a fully inclusive weekend event, embracing community vibes and a carnival party atmosphere.
Joining Norman, and the first of the very special guests to be announced is renowned DJ Carl Craig. Hailing from Detroit, Carl Craig is known as a creative visionary, a groundbreaking electronic icon, an inspirational artist, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, and a world-class DJ. Carl Craig will headline the High on Hope arena for secretsundaze on Saturday 13 Sept.
Also joining Norman are one of the planet’s best-loved and biggest selling dance acts – Groove Armada. The duo of Tom Findlay and Andy Cato are one of dance music’s most successful and enduring pairings; after releasing 8 acclaimed albums, in recent years their work has been focusing on more underground sounds, taking it back to the roots of dance music.
Tom and Andy from Groove Armada say: “We’re really chuffed at being able to perform for Norman at his first festival. The spirit of a festival starts with the crew of people who are involved in it, and that’s the lovely thing about Good Times In The Park, as Norman has people he grew up with and who were a part of the scene involved. That’s where the love and good vibes come from. This is a real full-circle vibe for us. Norman headlined at Lovebox the first year we set that up, so it wouldn’t be right for us if we weren’t able to be a part of Good Times In The Park! There’s a real gap in the market for a London festival like this, with friends and love and the heart of it, as well as raising money for great charities.”
Also joining Norman with an exclusive festival show is London legend Idris Elba. Star of The Wire and Luther and a DJ since he was 14, this summer he has been playing on the White Isle with a storming residency at Ibiza Rocks. Expect a proper party set, as Idris gets behind the decks at Good Times In The Park!
Idris says: “Norman is an absolute gent. When he asked me to play at his festival I was well happy! Good Times on a festival scale, in West London is going to be really special, especially as I haven’t been able to perform in the UK this summer. A banging weekend and I am so happy to be a part of it – boom!”
They are joined by drum and bass innovator and Good Looking Records founder LTJ Bukem; drum and bass icons Fabio and Grooverider; legendary house music DJ and star Jeremy Healy; Secretsundaze’s architects Giles Smith and James Priestley bring their seminal session; classic cuts come from Seb Fontaine; Radio 1 airwave beat-master Toddla T stars with DRS; one of house music’s original peers, Maurice Fulton, joins the party – and many more!
Further musical friends coming together with Norman and the Good Times’ Collective of Rudy Ranx, Russ Jay and Melvo Baptiste include ten-times GRAMMY® award-winning artist Chaka Khan, with an exclusive UK performance; acid jazz purveyors The Brand New Heavies; riotous party-starters The Cuban Brothers; reggae and dancehall legend David Rodigan, London’s dub, bass and big beat band, Dub Pistols; drum and bass pioneer Goldie; Soul II Soul founder and double GRAMMY® Award-winner Jazzie B; the Mercury, Brit and MOBO award-winning Ms Dynamite; and original house music don Terry Farley.
We have a pair of tickets to give away.
To be in with a chance of winning them just tell us what is the name of the London Carnival where Norman first made his name.
Please send your answer along with name, address and age to competitions [@] fusedmagazine.com before 5th Sept.
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September
Wormwood Scrubs Park, London W12 0DF
The collaborative photographic exhibition at Proud Galleries, London brings together both iconic and unseen shots from photographers Amelia Troubridge, David Corio, Andrew Whitton, Steve Double, Viliam Hrubovcak and David Arnoff, with each photographer’s unique portraiture adding to the rich narrative, encompassing the many characters which collectively make Nick Cave, one of the most revered artistic talents of the past three decades.
The exhibition reveals Cave’s provocative intelligence and cryptic vision while exploring the risks and gains of surrendering oneself to the rock ‘n’ roll myth.
Launching in celebration of the UK release of 20,000 Days on Earth, a documentary about the singer by the artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard; c is a rare opportunity to look back into the shadows of one of today’s most transfixing performers.
Proud Camden, The stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
The exhibition runs from 3rd September to 2nd November.
Image: Nick Cave in Sao Paolo, Brazil, 1994 © Steve Double
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Lacoste have teamed up with one of the fashion world’s favourite illustrators, Hattie Stewart to promote its #NEWPERSPECTIVE initiative in line with the launch of the Lacoste L!VE fragrance, – a fragrance for people who see things differently; who see the creative opportunity in the everyday.
The professional ‘doodle-bomber’, Hattie Stewart has teamed up with the brand to boost its campaign, inviting each and everyone of us to upload everyday Instagram shots that show off a unique perspective with the hashtag #NEWPERSPECTIVE and @LACOSTELIVE for a chance to win a trip to Barcelona!
Best known for her ‘doodle bombing’, her illustrative doodling over famous magazine covers, now Hattie she has turned her talents to cologne bottle design and we have one limited edition doodle-bombed Lacoste L!VE bottle, signed by Hattie Stewart herself to give away. Five runners up will also be able to win a normal Lacoste Live Eau de Toilette Pour Homme too.
Hattie Stewart’s collaboration with Lacoste L!VE extends even further to an Instagram competition. The Instagram competition, ‘LACOSTE L!VE #NEWPERSPECTIVE’ has been created to encourage everyone to capture their everyday life from a new perspective – whether it be a familiar building, a place or familar environment and, or surroundings. For example, turning something ordinary on its head, – into something different (in keeping with the fragrance campaign ‘New Fragrance, New perspective’, which encourages people to step aside, step back, and see life from a different angle).
We had a chat with Hattie about her work and how the Lacoste L!VE project came about
When did you first discover your creative talents?
I don’t believe I ever thought of myself as talented, I just loved to draw from a young age and over the years it changed, developed and grew. My mama can truly be credited with pushing me down the illustration route however as at one point I was indulging in the idea of studying Graphic Design or Fashion Design, photography, but she reminded me that my real passion was to draw. I realised also at that time my illustration didn’t have to be restricted and I could play in these fields and use these platforms but no matter what the crux of it all is that I would always be drawn back to pen and paper.
How did you get the idea to start reworking magazine covers?
It was in 2011 when I worked part time in a bar. I saw a picture of Lily Allen on the wall and started to draw on it and it went from there. When I first began doing the covers a couple of years back it became a play on the photo bombing term. Invading someone else’s space in a but tongue in cheek way – adapting what I saw around me into my own world and vision.
Is there a particular magazine that you find works best for your cover reinterpretations?
There isn’t a particular magazine that works best, it’s really dependant on who is on the cover (Miley is basically a human charicature so always fun to draw on), then the layout (head shots are always a lot better to play on), and then my mood I guess. Covers I think would be great canvas’ turn out rather bland or unfocused and then others I thought would be difficult turn out the strongest. Considering all of this I just never have a plan.
What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
Working from home can either be a motivational challenge or a challenge of not knowing when to stop, step back and have some down time. I feel it’s best to take a day or two off to focus on personal projects or get out of the house! I work from home and whatever my mood is and whatever the project requires dictates how I work. Sometimes I work on the floor, sometimes my desk, sometimes in silence and sometimes whilst watching documentaries and TV series. I love watching documentaries based on any genre or character as I think the journey is more inspiring than the final outcome. Trying to understand someones own experience helps me to define my own.
How would you describe your style?
Suggestive and tongue in cheek in nature with playful undertones.
Who and what are your main influences?
My friends and peers. I also love Kate Moross, she knows what she can do and the skills she has and to me she understands opportunities are limitless, you find them yourself and you build. I also love the work of Quentin Jones. She has such a unique and commanding style and seems to me to have a very direct vision and understanding of her work which I greatly admire.
What soundtrack do you like to work to?
My housemate found this radio station on iTunes called Jammin 105 I listen to a lot. They are based in New Jersey and play loads of classic funk and soul. I also love to listen to Greatest Hits albums – just recently had Tina Turner on repeat.
What artwork do you most identify with?
I think the piece that has resonated with me the most over the years is Pauline Boty’s My Colouring Book, 1963. The piece to me is stunning and heartfelt. She connects the written word to symbolic imagery into a piece that is incredibly honest and expresses raw emotion with deliberate intent that doesn’t exclude you, it makes you feel those emotions yourself where it becomes a personal piece to the viewer also. The bottom middle of the piece that shows a cold yet calm room accompanied with the words this is the room I sleep in and walk in and weep in and hide in that nobody sees….colour it lonely please is something so beautiful to me it resonates deeply.
Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
In some ways yes, but I think the word ‘ lonely’ isn’t the right word to describe it – If you are self-employed, working from home you have to enjoy a certain amount of solitude and your own company. All in all it’s about creating and trying to maintain a life work balance and figuring out what works best for you both in your professional and personal practice. I’m gonna end with a quote from almost famous here “I always tell the girls, never take it seriously. If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. If you never get hurt, you always have fun and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.”
What do you dislike about the art world?
Pretension I guess but this can come in any field. I generally try not to focus on the things I dislike and instead focus my energies on the things I do.
What artist or artists inspired you?
Everything and my friends of course. I try to take inspiration from anywhere I can. I actually have an inspiration blog superhattiehattie.tumblr.com that shows exactly what inspires me and what I love.
How did the project with Lacoste L!VE come about?
They contacted me a while ago about its #NewPerspective campaign, which I saw as a natural fit with my work. The idea of my drawing on covers and re-examine their purpose, I feel lent itself in a really interesting way to the idea of having a ‘new perspective’ on what you see around you. I like the idea of encouraging everybody to use their imagination to find new perspectives on familiar people and places, capturing their everyday from a different angle. I loved working with them and hope we get to collaborate more in the future.
If you could choose a dream commission what would it be?
Working with Beyoncé.
Lacoste L!VE’s #NEWPERSPECTIVE campaign runs until the 24th August 2014. For information on the Lacoste L!VE #NEWPERSPECTIVE Awards visit: newperspective.lacostelive.com
To be in with a chance of winning the Hattie Stewart signed and doodle-bombed fragrance bottle answer the question below.
LACOSTE L!VE is available at The Perfume Shop nationwide and online, RRP £47.00 for 100ml / €69.00, £29.00 / €41.00 for 40ml
What is the name of the illustrator that has collaborated with Lacoste for Lacoste Live?
- Hattie Stewart
- Quentin Blake
- Shirley Hughes
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Last week team Fused were invited on a special trip; a one-of-a-kind opportunity to take in art, nature and beautiful surroundings for a sunny afternoon. Well, two out of three anyway! It isn’t that we don’t LOVE the Black Country (we do, we’re from there and live there) but there are parts of it that don’t have quite as much appeal as others. So it was with an open mind we boarded the The Aaron Manby (Ikon Gallery’s very own narrow boat) in Tipton for a quick taster of their Black Country Voyages.
You don’t get much more Black Country than the town of Tipton and as we’d already picked up our hosts, Artist duo Juneau Projects, we were taken for lunch at the famous landmark Mad O’Rourke’s Pie Factory and given the opportunity for a briefing on the project.
The narrow boat has been in Ikon’s possession for a few year’s now and they have certainly made good use of it. Used predominantly for the gallery’s Youth Program (IYP) it has travelled far and wide taking in gallery visits, meet-ups, cinema screenings and art projects along the way.
For 2014-2017 the Black Country Voyages will see the boat stay a little closer to home traveling around the region meeting local people, working with artists and organising a range of events. Ben & Phil of Juneau Projects have been chosen as the lead artists for 2014 where they have already started curating a programme that includes performances and exhibitions inspired by the heritage of the Black Country and nature’s interaction with society.
Throughout the journey, that takes in Langley Green, Smethwick, Oldbury, Cradley Heath, Brownhills, Dudley, Stourbridge and Tipton, the interior of the boat will slowly be transformed with large stone-like 3D sculptures taking over the interior. Local residents and visitors have been invited to take inspiration from their surroundings and paint images that will cover the free-standing sculptures. Once completed the ‘decorated’ pieces will go on display wherever the boat docks.
After lunch we boarded the boat for a short journey that took us past gracious looking herons, water lilies and tall reeds, and underneath the 329m Coseley Canal tunnel. We passed children fishing and dog walkers waving. Whatever the streets of the Black Country may hold the canal network is certainly a world of its own.
If you’d like to add your own work to the sculptures then the next dates to get involved are:
13 August, 10am-2pm, Free
Canalside, Bumblehole Conservation Group Visitor Centre, Windmill End, Netherton, Dudley, DY2 9HU
An informal afternoon of workshops including painting, drawing and walks, all taking place around the visitor centre and nature reserve.
Friday 22 August, 12.30 – 1.30pm, 1.30 – 2.30pm, 2.30 – 3.30pm
£2.25 per person payable on the day
The Red House Glass Cone, High St, Stourbridge DY8 4AZ
Black Country Voyages tours to Stourbridge, and hosts a week-long summer school for local young people. Join us and celebrate the summer exhibition, Nature, (9 August – 13 September) with an afternoon of family-friendly. Make your own fused glass trinkets, work with artists Juneau Projects and visit our canal boat. www.dudley.gov.uk/see-and-do/museums
The Bicycle Basket Bazaar project, run by Trevor Pitt of POD Projects, involves a unique array of retailers each presenting their art and wares into bike-baskets, panniers and around their cycles: kind of like an art fair meets car boot sale, but more compact and kinder to the environment. In essence, BBB is a celebration of the bicycles, creativity and good cheer.
With 12 specially selected artists, illustrators and makers we’re taking over the courtyard at the National Trust’s Back to Backs on Hurst Street and Inge Street (next to the Birmingham Hippodrome) in Southside to present this unique art fair on two wheels which will see artists ‘pimping’ their bikes to sell from.
Part of Birmingham Hippodrome’s festival of outdoor summer events during August the focus of the day is all about showcasing talent from the West Midlands region, including people who studied here or have strong links.
You’ll get the chance to buy unique handmade products and artworks from…
Suitcase Sounds – The striking retro suitcases that have been turned in to a piece of modern audio speakers that you can plug your phone straight in to.
Ben Javens – The remarkable character work of Ben has seen him commissioned by brands across the globe.
Sonny Ross – A recent graduate of BCU Sonny has a unique style and creates wonderful prints and comic books.
Ed J Brown – Regularly commissioned by publications Ed’s distinctive work can be seen in Wrap to Reader’s Digest.
Working Clasp – Stunning asymmetric and bespoke laser-cut jewellery design made out of their Custard Factory studio.
Column Arts Agency – Representing some of the regions best talent Column’s Will Astbury will be displaying the best his artists have to offer.
Lizz Lunney - Comic Illustrator Liz’s quirky and fun characters are brought to life in her mini comic collections.
Lov Li – Beautiful cards and wraps.
Ken Hurd - Stunning land and cityscape watercolours.
Eye Candy - A selection of prints and works from some of our past Eye Candy artists.
Come along to pick up a unique gift, check out some great work and see the Bazaar in action.
BBB is part of a wider programme of events for the Hippodrome’s Summer is Southside that will include dance, theatre, performance, storytelling, acrobatics, and more happening from 1pm in and around the Hippodrome, Arcadian and Inge Street. Full line-up details can be found here: www.birminghamhippodrome.com/liveandlocal
This edition of BBB has been co-produced with Eye Candy Festival.
Bicycle Basket Bazaar
9th August, 1-5pm
Back to Backs Courtyard and Inge Street off Hurst Street
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Launching this August are OTTILLIE POP, a new fashion house based in the heart of Staffordshire. Their debut range features a beautiful selection of digitally printed bodycon and wrap dresses in prints ranging from floral to geometric designs.
This is a brand with a difference: as they source, design and develop their pieces in-house along with the sampling and production all under one roof. Allowing for upmost quality throughout the whole process the brand avoids the usual mark-ups at each production stage (prices range between £75-£85).
For those of you who can’t wait to shop the stunning OTTILLIE POP collection you can sign up to the mailing list before August 11 and grab a 30% discount code on the official launch!
Words: Becky Burden
If there is anything more relaxing than sitting in a hot tub with a Gin & Tonic, watching a movie on a huge screen underneath beautiful blue sky whilst sailing past the Norwegian Fjords then I’m yet to find it. My biggest choices over 11 exciting days on my inaugural cruise were what to choose from the menu, how to avoid eating too much Gelato or freshly baked cakes, and which excursion might take my fancy.
As a cruise virgin I’d packed for every eventuality (or at least one that required a dress and heels). I’d read-up on cruise etiquette. I’d studied the itinerary but I was yet to work out starboard and port side – but figured that was the captain’s job and not really mine to worry about.
What I hadn’t taken into account was the pure magnificence of our accommodation; The Royal Princess. A ship of huge proportion (it was easiest the biggest ship at any port we visited) it was lucky we were given a fold out map to navigate our way around.
Tastefully designed with the full on five star treatment the ship is stunning. Launched by The Duchess of Cambridge just a year ago it is currently starring in its own documentary (imaginatively titled The Cruise Ship) on ITV.
If you thought cruising was just for the over 50s then think again; with amazing food, great cities to visit and onboard luxury we’re total converts.
Day 1 – Embarkation in Copenhagen
Our trip starts in wonderful wonderful Copenhagen. We can take a trip around the city but I’m far too excited to leave the ship now that we’re onboard. And anyway; what if we lose track of time and it sails off without us? We’ve found our stateroom (all sparkling clean with neutral decor, a double bed, shower-bathroom, flat screen TV, and most importantly: a balcony with loungers) through the maze of corridors. We can’t unpack just yet as our luggage hasn’t been delivered so we go for an explore.
The main hub of the ship is the central atrium section set over three levels where all the entertainment happens. From listening to George the crooner or Kory the singing pianist to the striking musicians that make up the string quartet, you can sit with cocktails, get your photo taken on one of the two ‘formal’ nights that take place, eat, drink and enjoy the ambiance. We’re spoilt for choice and it’s hard to know what to choose from. We make it our aim to eat in every restaurant, drink in every bar, and be entertained in every corner of the ship before we disembark.
Our handy cruise card acts as ID for leaving and getting back on the ship; credit card for drink and spa purchases (more of that later); and stateroom key. Its colour, Blue, tells the staff we’re first time cruisers – I think this gives them an extra level of patience when we hand it over looking slightly confused or bemused. Whichever way they are kind, friendly and always helpful.
We use our card to pay for cocktails and think how refreshing it is not to have to carry money around. We have a Thai prawn salad in the international cafe, it’s delicious and a taste of things to come. We’ve been onboard an hour and I’m still giddy with excitement; we’ve got the top deck to explore.
Swimming pools, a gym, loungers and a huge cinema screen (no matter how sunny it gets you can still see it perfectly) are all at the top of the ship. It’s official I’ve decided I never want to get off.
Having explored and gone back to our stateroom to discover our luggage has been delivered we unpack, sip on a glass of champagne and decide where to eat. There are three dining rooms (one of which is set dining), several restaurants that require an additional fee, a buffet hall, snack and seafood bars – whatever food you like they have it.
We head to one of the large dining rooms for a three course meal – of course it’s fantastic. The standard of food onboard matches the ship; delicious, well presented, full of variety and very tasty.
Day 2 – Oslo, Norway
We wake up in Oslo. We’re so central it is literally a two minute walk to the city centre from the port but we’re booked on to an excursion so after a quick pastry and coffee (at the International cafe again) we’re off the ship and on to a coach to head to the Hadeland Glassverk in Jevnaker. We pass the most idyllic scenery which is a stunning backdrop for our 60 minute journey. Once there we’re try a touch of glass blowing and make our own tumbler. A slightly quirky excursion but well worth it for the scenery alone.
We get dropped off just opposite the ship and have two hours to spend in Oslo itself. It is bustling in the central area and we join a crowd outside the Grand Hotel where we’re told the Rolling Stones are about to emerge. After 10 minutes of no show we decide to move on to explore further.
Back onboard our dinner reservation that evening is in the Crown Grill. This is one of the extra pay ‘speciality’ restaurants where for just $25 a head you get a stunning 3-course aged-steak or lobster dinner. I go for the filet mignon rare and it’s so tender and perfectly cooked I can still taste it now.
Day 3 – Aarhus, Denmark
We’re back in Denmark to visit the historical Viking town of Aarhus; Denmark’s second city. Our excursion ‘Highlights of Aarhus’, (available from $139 per person) takes us past cultural icons including the magnificent cathedral (the longest and tallest in Denmark).
We’re taken to the Den Gamle By open-air museum where we get to see a slice of Danish history through the recreation of 75 historic buildings ranging from the 15th to 18th centuries. Also included are more recent living history buildings. Our favourites are the 70′s commune apartments and the interactive dressing up wardrobe.
Day 4 – Warnemunde, Germany
We get off the ship at the port of Warnemunde and on to a (much smaller) boat heading to the nearby city of Rostock for our excursion: Rostock Old Town & Trotzenburg Micro-Brewery (available from $109 per person).
You can get the specially chartered train from Warnemunde to Berlin (3hr journey) but we stay local instead to explore the medieval town. It’s small but packed with history and is the perfect start to the day. We take a quick tour of the Trotzenburg brewery to sample a freshly brewed beer and a pretzel. The excursion is just half a day so we get back onboard the ship and order delicious fresh pizza at Alfredo’s before heading in to the port seaside town itself.
The tiny town houses are beautiful and there is a long beach filled with seating to soak up the sun – although it’s a little too blustery for us to explore. Eateries, spas and shops line the streets for tourists and while it doesn’t take long for us to walk around it is great to stop off and enjoy a Weissbier.
Day 5 – at Sea
We have an indulgent day at sea. The entertainment schedule is packed with Bridge playing in the library, Texas hold ‘em poker tournaments in the casino, cooking demonstrations in the theatre, croquet challenges on the top deck, dance classes in the atrium, and more. But that all seems like way too much activity for us so we’ve booked ourselves in to The Enclave.
Part of the spa The Enclave is the ships ‘thermal suite’ which include the Hammam (a Turkish-style steam room), the Caldarium (an herbal steam room), the Laconium (a dry heat sauna) and the line’s first-ever hydro-therapy pool. It’s dark and tranquil in here. The perfect place for some relaxing, chilled out time. The spa itself has everything on board you’d expect from a five star resort. The treatments on offer are extensive and on different days there are great deals to tempt passengers.
Sea day also gives us a chance to check out some of the more informal dining offerings including Horizon Court: the hot and cold buffet dining area with a multitude of food choices. There is a queue building for the oysters and fresh seafood but the Mexican stand is quiet so tacos and fajitas it is.
Excitingly tonight is ‘Formal Night’ so everyone is dressed in their finest sipping on complimentary champagne. Dancing is encouraged and the ships crew parade around in their whites looking very dapper.
Day 6 – Tallinn, Estonia
The weather in Tallinn isn’t too forgiving. We were supposed to go on a bike tour but have scrapped that idea due to the pelting rain. Instead we walk around the stunning and very hilly Old Town. Just a 10 minute walk from the port this is certainly one of the prettiest places on our trip so far.
The walled Old Town has remained virtually unchanged for 600 years and is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. There are stunning monuments, churches and architecture at every turn.
We head to the confides of dryness and warmth inside the delightful Chocolaterie Pierre for one of their famous hot chocolates. The decor is somewhere between a junk shop and your gran’s house from the 70s’ – all chintzy with lace table clothes, frilly lights and a mishmash of rugs.
In contrast our lunch is outside of the Old Town, through the bus station, past an intriguing looking market (flogging off communist era memorabilia) and inside a converted factory. F-Hoone is as close to hipster hang-out and as far away from the medieval town as you can get with its reclaimed wood decor, quirky furnishings and contemporary menu.
Day 7 & 8 – St Petersburg, Russia
The weather in still pretty horrible by the time we arrive in St Petersburg. The captain wasn’t helped by the strong winds and choppy sea but navigated us in to the port nontheless and now we’ve got an overnight stay in Russia with plenty of time to explore.
The city is large and sprawling and our first view of it is via boat through the rivers and canals on our tour ($79 per person). On the evening we head to truly opulent Catherine’s Palace ($199 per person) for an evening of canapés, champagne, classical music and baroque overload.
The following day we go all out for art exploring the Hermitage, the stunning architecture at The Church of Savior on the Spilled Blood, and even fit in a coffee break at the beautiful Art Deco Russian tea room at the Kupetz Eliseevs Food Hall.
We fail terribly at trying to find two contemporary art spaces so opt for a couple of beers (with complimentary vodkas thrown in) at Dostoevsky’s old hangout The Idiot.
Onboard we’re being lavish tonight with a reservation for the Winemaker Dinner in Allegro, one of the main dining rooms. Our setting is in the centre of the room but set apart with an ornate glass wall which separates us slightly from the other diners. Our chef has prepared us a special meal to go with the sommelier’s wine choices. Our Steak Diane main is huge and incredibly rich. I can barely sniff dessert let alone eat it.
There is only one thing for it and that is to work our indulgent dining with some dancing at the ships very own nightclub: Club 6. Resident DJ Shea takes requests and puts up with absurd dancing until 2am every night of the week – it must be tiresome.
Day 9 – Helsinki, Finland
Thoroughly cosmopolitan, sparklingly cleansed and with an abundance of saunas Helsinki is certainly a highlight of the trip. Design shops are scattered everywhere and filled with cool scandi-chic furniture. The flagship Marimekko design store is right in the centre and is where I want to buy everything.
After a good walk and a visit to the city’s former prison, which has now been turned in to an amazing looking hotel, we head for a traditional Finnish lunch (it’s an open type of sandwich filled with the freshest Salmon) at Armas with our brilliant guide Karri.
For the afternoon we have a quirky activity planned and we’re taken to a great design store for a touch of ‘up-cycling’. We’re offered bowls filled with bits of rubber, wires, string and given free reign to make something. Inspired by a Moomins lollipop I picked up at the tourist centre I decide to make a keying. As it goes it turns out pretty well.
Day 10 – Stockholm, Sweden
The journey from the port at Nynashamn to Stockholm takes 45 minutes and because of the shallow waters where we have docked it is the first time the muster boats are used to ferry the passengers to the terminal and on to land. Once in Stockholm we’re taken to Gamla Stan; the old town part of the city. Once again, and like many of the places we’ve visited, it is beautiful. Pedestrian friendly you can meander around the cobblestone streets taking in the many sites and fascinating buildings.
Also mainly pedestrianised is the nearby island of Djurgården which is filled with places to visit. The ABBA museum, Nordic and Vasa (Maritime) museums, Skansen open-air museum and lush-parkland are all here meaning you can easily spend a day picnic-ing and site-seeing.
The World’s first permanent ice bar is based in the city’s Nordic C Hotel. Serving up Absolut cocktails in ice glasses, within the ice walls, while you sit on ice chairs with ice tables and listen to loud euro-dance tunes it is a slightly soulless experience and as it is housed within the confines of a hotel feels a little false and very touristy. (Absolut Ice Bar & Gamla Stan’ excursion from $149 per person).
Day 11 – at sea
We keep hearing the ships horn sounding and a look outside tells us why: It is really foggy today. This isn’t an ideal scenario as we’re supposed to be meeting the Captain today as part of our Ultimate Tour of the ship ($150) and guessing by the weather he’s going to be a little too busy.
We’re met by Cruise Director and all-round entertainment manager Sam. She’ll be our guide for the next hour and takes us on a back stage tour of the theatre, we get to see the engine room, the huge anchors, the staff quarters, the galleys and the laundry room. With 1,300 staff on board it is remarkable to see what goes on behind the scenes.
After a quick bite to eat we head to the gym. Having packed my kit it seemed a waste not to give it an airing so after a short run on the treadmill and a fun-packed virtual cycle race on the bike I feel like I’ve worked off at least one cookie.
The fog has cleared and the sky is blue as we pass through the Norwegian Fjords but the captain is too busy so we never do get to see the bridge. To console ourselves we take a dip in one of the hot tubs on the top deck and top it off with a G&T.
Suitably wrinkled of finger we drag ourselves to get ready for out final onboard dinner. Tonight we are treated to Sabatini’s Italian Restaurant. While I feel another morsel shouldn’t really pass my lips it is hard to ignore the seafood linguine on offer and true to form it is delicious. A final cocktail and visit to Kory on his piano in the atrium and our night is complete.
Day 12 – Copenhagen
Time to disembark. It’s with much sadness that we have to leave the ship – quite early too for our flight back home. It’s been a whirlwind 11 day tour that has taken us to a brand new region with a new style of travel. It has been one of the best trips of our life!
BOOKING YOUR TRIP
Our trip was onboard the Royal Princess.
The Scandinavia & Russia sailing roundtrip from Copenhagen was 11-nights.
Prices from £1,428 per person (based on two adults sharing an inside stateroom). Fare includes all accommodation, all main meals and on board entertainment, excludes flights. All offers are subject to availability.
For more information or to book visit www.princess.com/holiday, contact your local travel agent or call 0843 374 2403.
Excursions: The Princess organised excursions available to your trip will be online to read about and book before you embark. Read up on the areas; some ports are far out of town, some places you may need a visa to disembark and for others you can just stroll in to the main city yourself.
CHeck out our PINTEREST Map for our route and places we visited.
The year is 1964 and Beatlemania is in full swing. The biggest band on the planet are about to make their big screen debut. The film is A Hard Day’s Night, a seminal piece of filmmaking that shows The Beatles as they’ve never been seen before.
To celebrate its 50th Anniversary the film will be presented in a new 4k digital restoration approved by director Richard Lester, with three audio options – a monoaural soundtrack in addition to newly created stereo and 5.1 surround mixes supervised by sound producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios. The film will be in cinemas from 4 July 2014 on video-on-demand and available to download from 4 July followed by a special edition DVD and Blu-ray release on 21 July 2014, courtesy of Second Sight Films.
We have 3 copies of the DVD to give away.
To be in with a chance of winning one just tell us what is the name of Giles Martin’s producer father?
email your answer to competitions [@] fusedmagazine.com with ‘Beatles Comp’ in the header.
Winners will be notified by email on 31st July
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Sound good? Want to swan around town in some exclusive Merchandise? Then you’ve come to the right place.
We have three lusciously dark prize packs to give away consisting of:
To be in with a chance of winning one of these sets just answer this:
What is the name of the Ape leader in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes?
Send your answer to competitions [@] fusedmagazine.com with ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ in the subject title.
Our monkey butler will then pull out 3 lucky winners names from his Fez on Tues 31st July.
This month new Australian fashion brand The Fifth Label will launch exclusively on ASOS offering their new debut entitled ‘Runaway.’ The brand offers a unique approach to affordable fashion combining the attitude of street wear with a uniquely defined style aesthetic.
The collection offers clean lines, original prints and an understated edge that allows the pieces not only to be comfortable but also showcase the high fashion structure that the brand and the head designer Amy Hicks (former co-designer for Finders Keepers) are known for.
‘Runaway’ has a definite sport influence but with a laid-back feminine touch that makes sure it will suit a diverse range of ASOS customers and become firm favourites in their wardrobes. The signature of the collection showcased through combining paired back basics with elegance and premium quality materials to create a signature aesthetic but at a price range that is affordable with prices ranging from £21 to £81.
Words: Rebecca Burden
Something of an enigma, French multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer Sebastien Tellier has just unveiled his latest aural masterpiece. Inspired by exotic climes and a desire to explore new musical avenues, L’Aventura sees the European aficionado swap Gallic culture for Brazilian sounds, and as such we thought it would be a good find out whether he was inspired by the recent World Cup, and what else we can expect from him in the coming months.
Hi Sebastien, how’s it going? Other than album what’s been going on at the moment?
I feel really good! I’m hanging out with Sly, Steven Stanley and Michel Esteban in Jamaica for the recording of my wife’s album. I’m doing return trips to Europe to promote L’Aventura. Yummy, I love my life at the moment!
Tell us about L’Aventura- what was the idea behind the album?
L’Aventura smells of Brazil, it’s a record in which I rewrite my childhood. I like the idea that art can rewrite the past, it’s the ultimate means of expression. I lived a common childhood in a regular Parisian suburb. I wanted to colour my past, to make it blazing, happy and splendid. As a musician, I have always been attached to the music of my childhood, I used a lot of my musical memories to compose L’Aventura. I also realised that most of these memories are linked to cartoons from that time.
In some ways it represents a subtle stylistic departure from your previous work- less European, and more exotic. Was there a particular reason for that decision?
I needed a thousand splendours scenery for this imaginary childhood. Brazil was the ideal place thanks to its landscapes and close relation to music. I needed to be far away from my reality to find inspiration. I also wanted to develop my bass and guitar playing in another way. Working in the Brazilian style was really pleasant.
Presumably the timing of the release has nothing to do with the recent World Cup, though?
Far from football, far from people. I decided to like football one year ago. I try to understand the rabble. I feel so far from it today that it has become a mystery again. Football is a violent sport, in which everything is about poor taste; the opposite of my record.
You’re well known as a multi-instrumentalist, do you have a favourite instrument, and if so why?
I like the bass. I learned music with a guitar then a piano. When I started playing the bass, I found it wonderfully simple. The bass has a great emotional power, it’s like the unconscious of music.
The Ruda Cabral directed video is fantastic, do you think video is becoming a more important medium for musicians to use?
The real important medium is the Internet. Today, an artist has to create his own little virtual theatre to exist. Music videos are part of this little theatre’s scenery. But to my mind, video is mostly a good way to travel and make nonsense stuff while trying to create charm.
Finally, what do you have lined up for the next few months? Will we be seeing you play more UK dates at all this year?
This summer I plan to rework a lot of my old tracks and bring them into my new Brazilian world in time for my next world tour, which will start in October, including the UK- an amazing country for music!
The album L’Aventura is out now
Watch the video to his new single Aller vers le soleil
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V Festival sponsored by Virgin Media will be THE place to be this summer to catch a huge array of first-class musical acts such as Justin Timberlake, The Killers, Tinie Tempah, Childish Gambino, Ceelo Green, Pixie Lott, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Vance Joy, Chloe Howl, Josh Record, Icona Pop, Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini, Example, Lily Allen, Elbow, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Bastille, Rudimental, Chase & Status, Rita Ora, Alesso, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, Above & Beyond, Tom Odell, Sub Focus, Train, Blondie, Jason Derulo, Rizzle Kicks, John Newman, Sam Smith, Katy B, Embrace, Janelle Monae, Kodaline, Miles Kane, The Human League, Newton Faulkner, Starsailor, Aloe Blacc, Alex Clare, Nina Nesbitt, The Strypes, Birdy, Foxes, Ella Eyre, The Stranglers and many more.
V Festival is now in its 19th year and is renowned for bringing the very best eclectic music together for one mind-blowing weekend. Last year saw incredible sets from headliners Beyonce and Kings of Leon, with other show stopping performances from the likes of Jessie J, The Script and Ellie Goulding. V Festival has an unrivalled music pedigree, previous headliners have included Coldplay, Radiohead, Oasis, Eminem, Foo Fighters, The Stone Roses and The Arctic Monkeys. V Festival is now established as the biggest festival in the UK with over 170,000 fans attending, and was the first festival to establish rotating acts across two sites.
We are giving away a pair of tickets for either of the V festival sites. Just let us know which one you’d like to attend.
HOW TO ENTER
For your chance to win a pair of camping tickets at the UK’s most talked about festival then just tell us in what two counties does V Festival take place?
Send your answer along with your name, address and telephone number to competitions at fusedmagazine dot com. Please put V2014 ONLINE COMP in the Subject Box.
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I’ve just eaten a smoked lamb and bean sandwich oozing with Mayo when our driver takes our ‘Super Truck’ off-road and down a vertical hill to “show us what the vehicle can do.” The stomach flips as the truck tips forward and rumbles down. We can no longer see the scenery outside the window as the mist has set in. This is like no July I’ve ever known. Welcome to Iceland.
For such a small place Iceland certainly holds its own. This Island country (it is the size of England), with its tiny population (just 320,000 inhabitants), brought the aviation world to an abrupt halt four years ago when the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted spewing ash throughout the atmosphere; but I think we can forgive them now after all they are showing the rest of the globe how to be fully sustainable; as the forerunner in the world of Green Energy. Plus the country came first in the Global Peace Index as the most peaceful place to live in the world.
We’d arrived at night having boarded the inaugural twilight flight from Birmingham to Keflavik Airport, Reykjavik. The flight lands in daylight – although it’s almost midnight. It makes for a confused brain. We’ve got just 48 hours to see the sites of Iceland and our jam-packed first day Golden Circle Tour certainly sets the scene of what is on offer in this most diverse of landscapes.
We’re passing through rocky, and what looks like uninhabitable terrain. The hundreds of Icelandic pure breed horses have long disappeared as have the grassy fields that feed them. This has been replaced with ice patches, compacted snow and a driving rain. It looks impassable; but it’s not an issue for our driver and his jeep. We’re headed to the Langjökull glacier (the second largest ice cap in Iceland at 953 km2) and our mode of transport for the next 45 minutes will be switched to a snowmobile. We’re given snow suits and protective boots, gloves, snoods and a helmet. The weather had felt relatively mild over breakfast but it has taken a turn: It’s pretty cold out there.
Our towering Mountaineer host Anders gives us quick instructions on how to use our new mode of transport. It’s really simple. We ride two to a vehicle and off we go in a convoy traversing lumpy snow, bumpy ice and melting slush.
It all results in an exhilarating, if not biting cold and utterly soaking ride. With a pair of boots full of water and a wet bum we’re back in our jeep to visit the stunning Golden waterfall, Gullfoss. We’re given the opportunity to warm up in the restaurant there with some traditional lamb and vegetable soup – just the thing to heat up the inner core.
A few kilometers away and we arrive at the geothermal area around the hot spring geysirs. These sulphur smelling pockets of boiling water send steam into the air. Only one of them is active and we gather around to wait for it to blow. We don’t have to wait long as it treats us with a fine display and, rather unfortunately, a warm shower. We’re already wet but now we’re soaked – somehow it no longer seems to matter.
For our second day we get to take a quick walk around the capital, Reykjavik. Our hotel is on the main shopping street, Laugavegur and is as close to the action as we can get. Surrounded by Independent design shops, fashion stores, bars and restaurants there’s plenty to spend your money on.
A short walk takes you to the stunning Lutheran church of Hallgrimskirkja. Within the centre of Reykjavik it stands out as one of its tallest buildings. Inside the church the design is perfectly functional and minimal and the 75m bell tower is certainly worth the visit for the views across the city. Luckily there’s a lift to get you up there.
Apparently almost every tourist to Iceland visits the famous Blue Lagoon. Situated on a lava field it’s on the way to/from the airport and acts as an ideal stop-off before boarding your flight – which is also our intention. We get there the same time as a coach arrives which results in slightly fraught and manic scenes in the luggage drop off area (there’s a space for visitors to leave their suitcases). Once we’ve done that it is on to the reception to pick up towels, robes and locker keys. Inside the changing rooms it’s as busy; not quite the relaxing start of a spa experience I’d envisaged. The rain is blustering down so a few brisk steps are called for to get in to the water.
Once in the lagoon the rewards are plentiful. While it’s busy there is more than enough space to move around this hot power plant overflow of strange blue mineral water. Weaving our way through the other tourists (some with iPads in their hands!) we get to the bar in the centre for a luxury glass of wine. There are buckets of cleansing mud to slather around your body and you can also buy a ‘Volcano Scrub’ and cover your face with its natural minerals. Every now and again we’re blasted with rain but the water is so warming it doesn’t really matter what is coming down from the skies.
The weather has been pretty rotten for our 48 hours in Iceland so it doesn’t come to much of a surprise that our flight is cancelled (the plane can’t be flown in due to the fierce wind and rain). But who cares? We’ve got an extra night out in Reykjavik and we can’t get enough of it!
Where to stay
The brand new Alda Hotel is in the centre of Reykjavik and close to bars and shops. Its subtle and stylish design comes fully fitted with chic Scandi-style furnishings, locally-produced products and friendly staff.
Where to eat
Harpa: If you fancy a concert while you are in the city you can checked out the stunning architecture and schedule at Harpa. Acting as a concert hall, Opera House and arts space it also has a beautiful restaurant, Kolabrautin, with views of the harbour and delicious food offerings.
The Blue Lagoon LAVA Restaurant: After a soak and a swim around the lagoon you can check out the restaurant with its rock face walls and views of the steamy water.
Where to drink
Kex Hostel has an unassuming and almost missable facade but inside is a warm, comfy fashionista hangout where you can grab a cocktail, local beer and a steak.
For DJ’s and live bands head to Kaffibarinn. Blur’s Damon Alban is rumoured to own (or at least to have a stake) the bar which is full of Reykjavik hipsters, naturally.
Our Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour & Snowmobiling was with the Mountaineers of Iceland.
Dress for all weather occasions – temperatures in the Summer don’t reach too high so warm and waterproof clothing and footwear is a must.
How to get there
There are currently 3 x twilight flights per week with Flybe. The service will run all-year round and switches to daytime hours in the autumn.
Check out our ICELAND PINTEREST board for addresses and further info / images.
Flights to Reykjavik Keflavik will operate through to 7 September, 2014, reverting at the end of October to a daylight schedule for the winter.
Flybe twilight flight schedule: Effective until 7th September, 2014
Dep BHX 2130 – Arr KEF 2320
Dep KEF 2355 – Arr BHX 0340+1
Operated by 88-seat Embraer 175 jet aircraft
One way fares including taxes and charges from £49.99.