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Spielberg's Ready Player One

 

Warner Bros. UK has revealed the official trailer for Steven Spielberg's pop culture odyssey, Ready Player One, based on the bestseller from Ernest Cline.

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse.  Salvation comes in the form of OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance).  When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world.  When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
 
Joining Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mud), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Bates Motel), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One – A Star Wars Story, Bloodline) and T.J. Miller (Deadpool, Silicon Valley), with Simon Pegg (the Star Trek movies, the Mission: Impossible movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Dunkirk) round out the cast.

Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, Ready Player One was produced by Spielberg, Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman as executive producers.

The film is slated for release worldwide beginning 30th March, 2018.

See the trailer:

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Fabricwood Wins World Interior Award

BERLIN: The World Interior of the Year has been awarded to Fabricwood by the Inside World Festival of Interiors at a gala dinner held at the Postbahnhof.

 

Fabricwood was developed by Produce.Workshop as an installation for premium designer furniture store Xtra in Singapore and it beat 78 finalists across nine categories to win.

 

Offices Winner:  Heneghan Peng Architects, Airbnb European Headquarters, Dublin, Ireland

 

The product combines the structure of lightweight plywood with the appearance of a terse fabric that stretches into a sail across interior spaces thanks to a traditional tailoring technique called ‘darting’. Produce.Workshop developed a ‘skin’ for the Herman Miller store that was moulded to its host – Xtra in a structure was made to resemble a tented bazaar.

 

 

Hotels Winner: Hypothesis, Ir-On Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

  

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors brings the global design community together to be inspired by the latest innovations in global interior design and architecture. The festival’s 2017 jurors – Marie Hesseldahl (Partner, 3XN), Eisuke Tachikawa (Principal, Nosigner) and Murat Tabanlıoğlu (Principal, Tabanlıoğlu Architects) - said the design was “a fresh approach to a project.”

 

Civic, Culture & Transport Winner: Perkins+Will, Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, UK

 

Retail Winner: WZWX Architecture Group ROU by T HAM Concept Store, Taipei, Taiwan

 

Organisers have announced that Inside will be hosted in Amsterdam next year.

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Walpole Luxury Awards

LONDON: British luxury took the platform last night at the 16th annual Walpole British Luxury Awards. Hosted by the Oscar award-winning Catherine Zeta-Jones, CBE, it was a glittering celebration of winners that included Bentley, Chatsworth and Gucci.  (21 Nov’17)

 

The Dorchester, Mayfair set the scene for traditional and e-luxury brands amid a mingling of CEOs and creatives. Now in its 25th year, Walpole is in the vanguard of luxury brand promotion and cites the value of the sector to the UK economy at over £32 billion.

 

Walpole CEO, Helen Brocklebank said: “It’s never been more important to recognise the towering contribution British luxury makes to the UK. The brands and individuals we celebrate tonight add to the cultural and economic richness of the British Isles through regional job creation; the simultaneous preservation of, and innovation in, making and manufacturing skills; a strong focus on export and, of course, their overriding creativity, artistry and passion.”

 

 

 Catherine Zeta-Jones hosts the show

 

Walpole’s eye on the future is symbolised by the Brands of Tomorrow Award for Emerging Talent. This award was presented to Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, House of Hackney, Seedlip and Tom Raffield - all cast by the judging panel as new British brands with the potential for global success.

 

 

 

Editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & CountryJustine Picardie was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award as Harper’s celebrates its 150th birthday and Imran Amed, MBE was awarded the Leader in Luxury for his Business of Fashion and the visionary designer and craftsman and furniture maker, Mark Wilkinson OBE, was posthumously awarded the Walpole Honour.

 

 

Bentley wins Luxury Maker of the Year

 

Catherine Zeta-Jones, arrived wearing a stunning Temperley London dress with make-up by artist Charlotte Tilbury. Over 350 guests began the evening with a Laurent-Perrier champagne reception, in association with New West End Company and with afterparty at the Dovetail Agency Cocktail Club which included Glenmorangie, Gin Hub and The Lakes Distillery cocktails, and styling by House of Hackney and FBC London.

 

 

Charlotte Tilbury 

 

Winners were selected by judging panel from the luxury industry led by Michael Ward, MD of Harrods and Walpole’s chairman; Gillian de Bono, editor of FT How to Spend It; Hannah Rothschild, chair of The National Gallery’s Board of Trustees; Stefan Sielaff, design director at Bentley; Marcus Wareing, chef patron of two-Michelin starred Marcus; Henrietta Jowitt, deputy director general, CBI; and Tim Delaney, chairman of Leagas Delaney.

 

 

The 2017 Walpole Winners: 

 

British Luxury Brand of the Year
In association with Laurent-Perrier

MATCHESFASHION.COM 
Luxury multi-brand retailer

The Brands of Tomorrow Award for Emerging Talent
In association with Mishcon De Reya

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

House of Hackney     

Seedlip

Tom Raffield

Cultural Experience
In association with LONDON Advertising

Chatsworth

Stately Home

Luxury Maker Of The Year
In association with David Collins Studio

Bentley
Luxury cars

Luxury with a Heart
In association with G.F. Smith

Glenmorangie 
For the reintroduction of native oysters to the Dornoch Firth

 

Commitment to British Manufacturing
In association with Chapel Down

Johnstons of Elgin

Scottish Cashmere

Export Excellence
In association with Reed & Mackay

Jaguar Land Rover

Luxury cars

Digital
In association with Wearisma

Farfetch

Innovative luxury retail platform

Innovation & Creativity
In association with My Love Affair

Kingsman + Mr Porter

Bespoke clothing collaboration with luxury multi-brand retailer

 

International Luxury Brand of the Year 
In association with Times LUXX and STYLE

Gucci

Italian fashion label

Leader In Luxury
In association With Thoughtworks

Imran Amed, MBE

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Business of Fashion

 

Lifetime Achievement
In association Elite Associates

Justine Picardie

Editor-in-Chief Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country

 

Walpole Honour

Mark Wilkinson, OBE

Designer, craftsman and furniture maker

 

 

 

The Background

Walpole is a unique alliance of 170 of Britain’s finest luxury brands, including Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Boodles, Harrods and Jimmy Choo. Walpole promotes, protects and develops the unique qualities of UK luxury.

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MTV EMA Review

LONDON: An odd MTV EMA this weekend, not least because we didn’t have to board a flight to get there.  Sat Bal stays home in London - only the second time in the show’s history that it has been staged here. (13 Nov’ 2017)

 

But first things, first. On Saturday night MTV transport whisked us through traffic-heavy streets to Trafalgar Square to see U2 perform. In the night chill, The National Gallery gleamed behind us while Trafalgar Square glowed ahead as we stationed ourselves on the outdoor media viewing platform, opposite the slick-looking stage.

 

Eminem with Best Hip Hop award

 

Bono soon arrived on stage, an Irish flag draped around his neck, opening with “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” A good start for the crowd of 7,000, winners of MTV’s ticket ballot to be here. The band played its way through “Pride”, Beautiful Day”, “Elevation” and “Vertigo”, huge anthems, before performing One and Get Out Of Your Own Way. "This song is like a protest song against yourself…some of the biggest obstacles we encounter on the way to a better world is often ourselves," explained the singer.

 

Shawn Mendes

 

Next, DJ David Guetta protested about the challenges of performing after U2, yet managed to get the crowd whooping to a set featuring spectacular pyros and lasers bringing the show to an end.

The following day the EMA stage was set at The SSE Arena, Wembley. Sunday night opened with Best Hip Hop winner Eminem performing a lavish orchestra-backed performance with guest artist Skylar Grey, of “Walk on Water.” He joined us after taking the mic in a London pub.

 

Camila Cabello charming the crowd

 

Our EMA hostess Rita Ora starred in a video skit of herself running through London’s streets- in a dressing gown- to get to the show in time. The video got audience laughs particularly when our mayor appeared, sat at a tube station reading a paper with Ora on the cover, as she ran past him.

U2’s “Get Out Of Your Own Way” appeared on  a video cut of last night’s show in Trafalgar Square and the band picked up the night’s prestigious milestone award, Global Icon. It must have crossed a few minds that much of this audience wasn't even around during U2's rise. Nonetheless, they all arose to their feet  at award presenter Jared Leto's bidding, to honour the band.

 

U2 and Jared Leto below stage

 

One of the illuminating things about coming to the EMAs is to witness the show’s uplifting production. That production was literally uplifting at Wembley thanks to the 20 hydraulic lifts it took to make the whole stage work. The hydraulic raised props and performers to as high as eight metres.

Julio Himede reprised his role as EMA set designer with the stage concept “Olympic field of play” featuring the biggest EMA stage ever built at 60 metres long x 28 metres wide with a programmable LED floor for different LED installations throughout the show. Julio also designed the staging at Saturday night’s MTV Presents Trafalgar Square show with obelisk-inspired structures in the space.

His energies were rewarded by Best Pop winner Camila Cabello whose elaborate musical production featured a hugely choreographed routine that moved through three scenes and incorporated soaring overhead shots, ending in a Havana-style swimming pool. 

 

 

Liam Payne (above) got steamy with “Strip That Down” featuring dancers in streetwear moving across an LED disco floor, while perched on hydraulics set to a spectacular LED light show.

The theme got more spectacular with Travis Scott flying in on the back of an animatronic bird over the audience for his performance of “Butterfly Effect,” while Stormzy arrived in a police car that was driven onto the stage for his smash grime track “Big For Your Boots.”

 

The Killers performed a classic rock performance of “The Man”

 

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello drew huge applause but it was Mendes who was crowned Best Artist and rocked his Best Song-winning track “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” in a constantly evolving light box. ‘Best Artist’ also signalled that his and hers awards are out this year in the gender-neutral prizes which take their cue from MTV’s VMAs. Alas, the highly nominated Taylor Swift won no awards this year; his, hers or otherwise.

Host Rita Ora (below) brought in more than 50 dancers in an over-the-top medley of songs from her new album, “Your Song” and “Anywhere.”

 

 

Other artists delivering a mix of fan favorite tracks included Demi Lovato with her performance of “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Tell Me You Love Me,” and Kesha’s rendition of “Learn to Let Go.” 

 

Travis Scott flies above the crowd

 

David Guetta closed the show with an electrifying performance of his new single “Dirty, Sexy, Money” with guests French Montana, and Charli XCX

 

Stormzy's arresting entrance on stage

 

Later, Rita Ora was presented with the first-ever “MTV EMA Power of Music Award” to honour the charitable energies of all the artists who responded to the Grenfell disaster.

Oh – before you leave, next year’s MTV EMAs are to be hosted by Bilbao, Spain.

 

FULL LIST OF 2017 MTV EMA WINNERS

BEST SONG

Shawn Mendes - There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back

 

BEST ARTIST

Shawn Mendes

 

BEST LOOK

ZAYN

 

BEST NEW

Dua Lipa

 

BEST POP

Camila Cabello

 

BEST VIDEO

Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.

 

BEST LIVE

Ed Sheeran

 

BEST ELECTRONIC

David Guetta

 

BEST ROCK

Coldplay

 

BEST HIP HOP

Eminem

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Thirty Seconds To Mars

 

BIGGEST FANS

Shawn Mendes

 

BEST PUSH

Hailee Steinfeld

 

BEST WORLD STAGE

The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017

WORLDWIDE ACT WINNERS

Lil’ Kleine - The Netherlands

  1. Tangana – Spain

BABYMETAL – Japan

ALMA – Finland

DaVido – Nigeria

Stormzy - UK & Ireland

Lali - Argentina

 

BEST LOCAL ACT

*REFERENCE “2017 BEST LOCAL ACT AND WORLDWIDE ACT WINNERS” DOCUMENT

 

 

FULL PERFORMANCE LIST

Rita Ora – “Your Song,” “Anywhere”

Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Tell Me You Love Me”

Kesha – “Learn to Let Go”

Shawn Mendes – “There's Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

The Killers – “The Man”

Clean Bandit – “Miss You” ft. Julia Michaels, “Symphony” ft. Zara Larsson, “Rockabye” ft. Anne-Marie

Stormzy – “Big For Your Boots”

Camila Cabello - “Havana”

U2 – “Get Out of Your Own Way,” remote from Trafalgar Square

Eminem – “Walk on Water” ft. Skylar Grey

French Montana – “Unforgettable” ft. Swae Lee

Travis Scott – “Butterfly Effect”

David Guetta ft. Charli XCX, French Montana –“Dirty Sexy Money”           

Liam Payne – “Strip That Down”

 

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Concorde Room Takes Off

LONDON: British Airways has revamped its flagship Concorde Room at Heathrow Terminal 5, making it more lounge than airport. Chris Page

 

The refurbishment to the airline’s exclusive lounge included re-upholstering iconic pieces of furniture, and adding new feature pieces to the room, all of which are illuminated by hand-blown glass lighting with bone linen shades and ochre silk linings.

The terrace, which is so popular with travellers thanks to its position overlooking the runway, features luxurious sofas and new elegant loungers.  Mobile phone chargers are also on hand for travellers to ensure their devices are fully charged before they fly. 

 

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “In recent years we’ve invested in our lounges, including new ones in Boston and Gatwick South Terminal and revamped spaces in Edinburgh, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Belfast, Washington, Singapore and Dubai. 

“We believe our customers will love the new look and feel of the Concorde Room, in particular the terrace that we have re-designed to create a private oasis in the middle of a bustling airport.”

 

 

Customers will still be able to dine before they fly in private booths with a full waiter service. If they wish to unwind ahead of their flight, private cabanas with a day bed and en-suite are available to book.

Next in the schedule for a revamp is British Airways’ lounge at New York’s JFK Terminal 7, along with improvements being made to the customer experience at check-in. Next year Aberdeen and Rome's lounges will also be revamped, and Geneva will be expanded. Further investment is then planned in San Francisco, Johannesburg and Chicago and Heathrow's other lounges will be refreshed over the next few years. 

 

Earlier this year British Airways opened its exclusive First Wing at Heathrow T5, a new private check-in area for British Airways’ First, Gold Executive Club and oneworld Emerald customers. Providing a dedicated security channel leading directly into the Galleries First lounge and Concorde Room.

On board the airline’s First cabin, customers can also benefit from bespoke washbags designed by Liberty London exclusively for British Airways as well as regular updates to the in-flight menu and wine list.

The Concorde Room is exclusive to British Airways’ customers travelling in the airline’s First cabin.

 

(Pictures by Nick Morrish/British Airways)

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U2 To Perform At Trafalgar Square For MTV EMAs

LONDON: U2 is to perform live at London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday night in honour of the 2017 MTV EMAs. (6 Nov ’17)

 

In turn, MTV is set to honour U2 with the Global Icon award at the EMAs on Sunday night. We will be at Trafalgar Square to capture the action and at the live show from The SSE Arena, Wembley .

Part of the multi-platinum, 22-time Grammy Award-winning band’s ‘MTV Presents Trafalgar Square’ performance will be broadcast on MTV channels worldwide during the live show from The SSE Arena, Wembley in London on Sunday, 12 November at 8:00pm

“U2’s impact on music, pop culture and social issues around the world has been tremendous,” said Bruce Gillmer, head of music and music talent, Viacom, owner of MTV. “For over four decades and counting, they’ve entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe and we’re thrilled and honored to announce that they are this year’s Global Icon.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, welcomed the MTV Presents Trafalgar Square event and said: “London is one of the live music capitals of the world, with an unrivalled music heritage. It is fantastic to host the EMAs in our city for the first time in 21 years. I’m delighted that Trafalgar Square will host this special MTV Presents performance – an iconic venue for an iconic band. I have been saying, loud and clear, that London is open to talent, creativity and business. What better way to showcase this than one of the world’s greatest rock bands performing to Londoners from all backgrounds, for free, in the heart of our great city?”

The 7000 -person event will offer free tickets via public ballot to Londoners and fans from across the country and around the world.  The ticket ballot is now live and closes at 10pm, Tuesday 7 November.  Fans can apply for the ballot via online.  Those successful will advised at 10am on 8 November by email, with a unique code and a link to obtain up to 2 tickets per person. 

Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton met at Mount Temple School, Dublin and formed U2 in 1978. Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have released 13 studio albums and have sales in excess of 157 million. They have won numerous awards; including two Golden Globes, an Oscar nomination and the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience.

In 2005, U2 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.Songs of Experience, the band’s hotly anticipated 14th studio album – featuring tracks ‘You’re The Best Thing About Me’ and ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’ – will arrive on 1st December on Island Records.

Former recipients of the Global Icon Award include Ozzy Osbourne, Eminem, Whitney Houston, Queen and Bon Jovi.

The 2017 MTV EMAs is hosted by global pop super star Rita Ora.

 

 

 

 

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Fab Baker Bros Barbecue All Four Seasons

ALGARVE - Four Seasons Fairways and British TV chefs Tom and Henry Herbert have united to extend the barbecue season. Lucy Kale

The chefs, better known as The Fabulous Baker Brothers, have created a set of ‘WinterGrill Recipe Cards’ with unique recipes for guests of Four Seasons Fairways. The Brothers will also be on site at Four Seasons Fairways in Portugal to host a BBQ Masterclass and small BBQ classes at Four Seasons Fairways from 20 – 23rd February 2018.

This should encourage guests to make good use of the kitchens and bespoke BBQ stations installed in Fairways’ 132 private villas. Four Seasons Fairways lies in Quinta Do Lago and is blessed with Algarve’s year-round sunshine, making al fresco dining a real hit. Guests at the villas can take advantage of either private pools or Jacuzzis.

By April 2018 a €2M refurbishment will have updated Four Seasons Fairways’ clubhouse and central pool, encompassing the resort’s restaurants, bar, pool area and public spaces.

The combination of the venue, family and WinterGrill is a cheery prospect for Henry Herbert who said: “We are already both planning trips back with our families next spring and will be there in February to host our BBQ masterclass.”

The introduction of WinterGrill also ties in perfectly with our #lifeatfairwayscampaign, sharing what life is like in and around our resort,” added Jorge Oliveira, GM, Four Seasons Fairways.

 

See the recipe tutorial - Recipe 1/5: Trouserless Sizzling Prawns

Click the pic...

 

 

BBQ Masterclass week package

(arrivals 16th or 17th February 2018 for 1 week): €1490 

 Four Seasons Fairways tell us this is this package includes:

  • Accommodation for up to 4 guests sharing a villa/apartment
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • BBQ Masterclass event with Tom & Henry (includes the bbq lunch for 4 guests)
  • Return transfers from and to Faro airport

 Price is valid for 4 guests sharing (€ 372.50 per person for the week)

www.fourseasonsfairways.com/winter-grill

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EMA Nominations Announced

 

LONDON - The nominations are in, and voting is open, for the MTV EMA in November. Lucy Kale

Leading the pop pack is Taylor Swift who nabbed six nods including Best Video for her record-breaking “Look What You Made Me Do”. Global sensation Shawn Mendes nearly ties Swift with five nominations, including Best Song and Best Artist—the latter category featuring the two nominees going head-to-head.

Best Artist nominees Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran earned four nods each, including Best Local Act for their respective home regions (Best US Act and Best UK & Ireland Act, specifically). Sheeran’s smash single “Shape of You” was also nominated for Best Song, along with DJ Khaled’s chart topper “Wild Thoughts,” Shawn Mendes’ pop hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s summer anthem “Despacito” remix featuring Justin Bieber, and Clean Bandit’s mega pop hit “Rockabye.”

 

The 2017 MTV EMAs will broadcast around the globe from The SSE Arena, Wembley in London onSunday, November 12 and will air locally at 8:00pm GMT.

 

Click here to see the cookie style nominations trailer a unveiled by @Bakedideas.  

 The reveal of the video was broadcast across MTV’s global digital platforms and a coalition of media partners.

 

Last week, MTV announced global superstar and Best Look nominee Rita Ora will host and perform at this year's show in London.

 

See below for the full list of nominees.

 

2017 MTV EMA NOMINEES

 

BEST SONG

Clean Bandit - Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie

DJ Khaled - Wild Thoughts ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee - Despacito (Remix) ft. Justin Bieber

Shawn Mendes - There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back

 

BEST ARTIST

Ariana Grande

Ed Sheeran

Kendrick Lamar

Miley Cyrus

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift

 

BEST LOOK

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

Rita Ora

Taylor Swift

ZAYN

 

BEST NEW

Dua Lipa

Julia Michaels

Khalid

KYLE

Rag‘n’Bone Man

 

BEST POP

Camila Cabello

Demi Lovato

Miley Cyrus

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift

 

BEST VIDEO

Foo Fighters - Run

Katy Perry - Bon Appétit ft. Migos

Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.

KYLE – iSpy ft. Lil Yachty

Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do

 

BEST LIVE

Bruno Mars

Coldplay

Ed Sheeran

Eminem

U2

 

BEST ELECTRONIC

Calvin Harris

David Guetta

Major Lazer

Martin Garrix

The Chainsmokers

 

BEST ROCK

Coldplay

Foo Fighters

Royal Blood

The Killers

U2

 

BEST HIP HOP

Drake

Eminem

Future

Kendrick Lamar

Post Malone

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Imagine Dragons

Lana Del Rey

Lorde

The xx

Thirty Seconds To Mars

 

BIGGEST FANS

Ariana Grande

Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift

 

BEST PUSH

Hailee Steinfeld

Jon Bellion

Julia Michaels

Kacy Hill

Khalid

KYLE

Noah Cyrus

Petite Meller

Rag'n'Bone Man

SZA

The Head And The Heart

 

BEST WORLD STAGE

Steve Aoki – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2016

Kings of Leon – Live from Oude Luxor Theatre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016

Tomorrowland 2017

DNCE – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017

The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017

Foo Fighters – Live from Barcelona, Spain 2017

 

BEST LOCAL ACT

BEST UK & IRELAND ACT

Dua Lipa

Ed Sheeran

Little Mix

Louis Tomlinson

Stormzy

 

Bruno Mars (US), Drake (Canada), Justin Bieber (Canada) and Kygo (Norway) are among those nominated for Best Act in their respective home regions. 

Voting is open now at mtvema.com

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World’s Largest Private Charter Jet Takes Off

LOS ANGELES - In-flight luxury has just become more palatial and private thanks to Crystal Skye, a Boeing 777 transformed for high rolling. Sat Bal 

 

The privately owned aircraft doesn’t look particularly imposing from the outside; externally it’s just a regular Boeing 777-200LR. But inside, the plane has had around 200 seats removed from its standard configuration. The revamp accommodates just 88 passengers with enough onboard space to create a series of flying rooms. Unsurprisingly Crystal Skye claims unrivalled space and the widest cabin configuration.

 

What’s it got?

 

 

Where a normal 777 would feature the premium class cabins, Crystal Skye accommodates a 24-cover restaurant and an impressive bar, distinct social area and a lounge space – all touted as unique among private charter jets. There’s also a 200-bottle wine cellar stocked to suit all palates.

The “Crystal Exclusive Class” seats convert to lie-flat beds and Crystal Skye claims the highest ratio of  staff-to-passenger ratio with its fleet of in-flight butlers ready to cosset customers.

 

 

Dining comes courtesy of executive chef Francois Van Zyl, a graduate of Etihad Airways, and his flying kitchen comes impressively equipped to create Michelin-inspired dining at 35,000 ft.

Passengers also get 24” HD entertainment screens which the company boasts as the biggest in the business. Naturally, music choices are abundant as is the on-demand programme.  

 

Cost and range?

 

 

Crystal Skye has a range of circa 20 hours flight time. It incurs a £43,000 hourly charge which, on a London-New York trip would cost over £300k - one way. But the maths is more palatable when this figure is divided by 88 passengers, costing around the price of a first class scheduled ticket but with a unique flying rooms luxury. That’s some hen party!

 

Who’s it for?

 

 

The highest-end hens and stags aside, Crystal Skye is likely to be occupied by entertainment, commercial and sporting groups. Royalty and government heads are also a safe bet.

High-budget event organisers (think World Cup, global Fashion Weeks, Oscars junkets) now have a way of wowing their most gilded – and jaded – VIPs.

One-off exclusive performances at 35k ft? That precedent has already been set by Macky Drese, MD at Harmonic (pic above). Who can forget Macky's staging of a Rudimental gig - in the nose of a Virgin 787 jet over the Atlantic? Imagine the flying private party that could be had by performers and presenters en route to, say, MTV’s awards shows. Sony’ll get the cheque.

No matter who the guests are, Crystal Skye democratises travel because there’s no cabin class distinction – it’s just ultra-class throughout.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm Returns...

LOS ANGELES - Larry David is back on UK screens with a new series of Curb Your Enthusiasm in October. Abigail Parkin

 

HBO’s legendary comedy will fulfil fans with new portrayals of our ‘social assassin’ anti-hero on Monday 2nd October.

For now, HBO brings Curbers a range of merchandise from the show to whet fan appetite

Feast your eyes…

 

 

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