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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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MTV Festival Diary

 

It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn outwards…to sunshine, al fresco parties and mood-shifting music. The mind readers at MTV thought so too and advised us to set the clocks forward, June to September.

 

MTV’s music festival roster goes live from June to September and the brand’s customary clout means that fans are assured the biggest names in live music.

Weekend festival destinations Plymouth, Malta, Bulgaria and Gibraltar will play host to legions of music fans who will be entertained by leading artists and DJs performing live against spectacular summer settings. 

 

What: Isle of MTV Malta & Isle of MTV Music Week
When: 27 June 2018
Where: Il-Fosos Square, Floriana, Malta 

Artists:   Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – with additional names to be announced. 


More Info: Now in its 12th year, Isle of MTV is a powerhouse on the European festival calendar.  Annually, thousands of music fans descend on the stunning Il-Fosos Square to be part of the Continent’s largest, free, under-the-stars event, which is also broadcast on MTV in August. 
And those that don’t want the MTV party to stop can be part of Isle of MTV Music Week, a multiple-day series of club nights and events set to take place across picturesque Floriana from 27 June – 1 July 2018.  isleofmtv.com & isleofmtv.com/musicweek

 

What: MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds
When: 26 & 27 July 2018 
Where: Hoe Park, Plymouth 
Artists: Bastille – with more artists to be announced
Tickets: oceancitysounds.co.uk 


More Info:   Tens of thousands of UK music fans are set to come together to party on home-turf at MTV Presents:  Ocean City Sounds, part of the MTV Presents seriesStaged against the iconic Plymouth Hoe, and overlooking the breath-taking Plymouth Sound natural harbour, stellar moments from the two-day spectacular will be broadcast on MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds in August.

 

What:  MTV Presents: Varna Beach
When:  12 August 2018
Where: Varna Beach, Bulgaria
Artists: to be announced 
Tickets: mtvvarna.bg from 13 April


More info: No summer festival tour would be complete without a spectacular beach party, and MTV Presents: Varna Beach, part of the MTV Presents series, is just that. Blue skies, azure waters and warm golden sands will be the setting at beautiful Varna Beach, with live performances by a host of international artists that will feature on MTV as MTV Presents: Varna Beach in September.

 

What: MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling
When:  21 & 22 September 2018
Where: Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar
Artists: Stormzy, Two Door Cinema Club, Rag’N’Bone Man, The Boomtown Rats, Sister Sledge, Suzi Quatro - with more artists be announced. 
Tickets: gibraltarcalling.com


More Info:  Set against the majestic Rock of Gibraltar, epic day-to-night-time festival MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling, part of the MTV Presents series, attracts local and fans Europe-wide looking to enjoy great live performances in the balmy heat of the September sun.  MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling showcasing best moments from the two-day extravaganza will be broadcast on MTV in October.

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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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MTV Music Week Announced Pre-EMA in London

LONDON - MTV is to prime music fans with its MTV Music Week events ahead of the big MTV EMA show at London Wembley’s SSE Arena on 12th November.

 

MTV Music Week traditionally heralds the arrival of the EMA with a sprawling series of events. In London, Music Week will set the scene from Wednesday 8th November to Saturday 11th November. The four-day fest will feature music events and industry panels designed to get fans closer to their favourite artists and influencers alike.

The House Of MTV, set over three floors at Hackney House in Shoreditch, will host performances, exhibitions and innovative talks from industry insiders to nourish the musical mind while a menu of food and drinks provides daily additional nourishment.

MTV Breaks, in partnership with VOXI by Vodafone, will provide advice on how to break in to the music and media industries with four days of talks and workshops inside the House of MTV.

We'll be posting more news as it arrives.  

Tune into MTV Socials and www.mtvmusicweek.co.uk  over the next couple of weeks for more.

 

Related posts:

Isle of MTV, Malta - Review

 

MTV EMA, Milan - Review

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Viacom's Italian Job

ROME - Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has today announced its expansion in Italian TV with the acquisition of a free-to-air digital terrestrial frequency.

 

Channel LCN 49 was acquired from Scripps Networks Interactive in order to launch a local version of its Spike TV network. VIMN has also confirmed it has entered into a joint venture with De Agostini Editore for the kids’ TV channel, Super!which is also available free-to-air on digital terrestrial TV in Italy. VIMN now has a 50% stake in the channel.

“Our pay TV partnerships remain the priority for Viacom, but free-to-air distribution is helping us grow ratings and revenues in TV markets where free-to-air networks are predominant,” said David Lynn, CEO of VIMN. “Free-to-air channel launches have helped us significantly expand our reach amongst Italian TV viewers and we’re ambitious for future share growth in this valuable and important TV market.”

Raffaele Annecchino, head of VIMN Southern & Western Europe, Africa and the Middle East, added: “I’m pleased to confirm this latest step in our ongoing strategy to scale-up our business in Italy, which has the highest number of free-to-air channels of any European TV market and is the third biggest in terms of advertising revenues. These new free-to-air channels, combined with our strong distribution relationship with Sky, give us a great balance between free-to-air and pay TV in this market and allow us to reach all demographics with distinct and competitive offers.” 

Launching at the end of October, Spike Italy will target adult viewers with a mix of Viacom’s global TV hits alongside international acquisitions and local productions.

Viacom already owns and operates two free-to-air digital terrestrial TV channels in Italy – Paramount Channel and VH1. Since launching Paramount Channel in February 2016, Viacom has grown its average monthly reach in Italy by more than 19 million and is now approaching close to 30 million viewers each month.

The company has also expanded its local advertising sales operation, VIMN Pubblicita' and Brand Solutions, signing deals to represent TV channels owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, De Agostini Editore and Sony, as well as its own portfolio of 11 channels including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., which are all distributed on Italy’s leading pay platform, Sky.

 

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Venice Film Festival Winners

VENICE - The Venice International Film Festival has presented its top award to a fantasy film romance between a mute cleaning lady and her amphibious lover. Lucy Kale

 

The Golden Lion award went to “The Shape of Water” directed by Guillermo del Toro (pictured). The film received virtually unanimous pro reviews from critics and all eyes are now on its British star, Sally Hawkins.

 

Javier Bardem, Fernando Leon de Aranoa and Penelope Cruz on the "Loving Pablo" red carpet 

Charlotte Rampling continued the British success theme, winning Best Actress for “Hannah” which tells the story of her husband detained on murky grounds. Best Actor went to Palestinian Kamel El Basha for “The Insult”.

Xavier Legrand won the Silver Lion for best direction of “Custody”. Veterans Jane Fonda and Robert Redford received lifetime achievement awards.

 

Jennifer Lawrence at the screening of her film "Mother"

New prospect Charlie Plummer won the Marcello Mastroianni Award, for the year’s most promising emerging actor. And old hand, Stephen Frears the director of “The Queen” was given the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award.

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