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Get Paid To Drink Gin Around The Globe

You read it right. A London hospitality company is offering a lucky gin fan the chance to travel the world on a global tasting session, all in the name of work. Lucy Reid  lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

Hospitality company Inception Group has made the job offer to honour the launch of its new bar, Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration. The successful candidate and their  companion will follow a route inspired by fictional explorer Phileas Fogg and return  with their research to serve at the new bar, set to open this autumn in Charing Cross. 

Stops include Tokyo, Mumbai, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York and Lisbon. The travellers will be presented with an atlas, journal, luggage tags and hip flask from Aspinal of London.

British adventurer Levison Wood has been enlisted by the Mr Fogg's team and Inception Group.

Requirements include candidates who are savvy with social media, digital videos and photographs. Understandably, a valid passport and a passion for gin are also essential.

Here’s the application form:

 https://www.mr-foggs.com/around-the-world/ 

 

 

 

 

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Sounds of Success At BCU

A-Level results dayis a pretty torrid time but students in Birmingham saw off the tension with the help of R&B sensation Raye at a special music festival. Lucy Reid  lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Birmingham City University (BCU) hosted the festival where DJ Roman Kemp and Birmingham’s Lotto Boyzz helped Raye raise the tempo at BCU Fest.

The performances sealed the success of BCU students who were offered a university place for the 2018/19 academic year and was staged in Birmingham’s Eastside City Park. 

Raye (below) said: “It was so much fun performing at the first BCU Fest and getting to meet all the new students who will be starting at Birmingham City University from September.

“Remember to be yourself and work hard. You are your best self when you’re not trying to be somebody else. Being different is good!”

The event kicked-off with a performance by the Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Samba band at 11am. 

DJ, Gemma Whitfield, a Birmingham-based music producer and Masters student at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire supervised the decks.  In her stage guise as DJ Roman Candles she told us: "The festival was amazing and there was such a good atmosphere - everyone was celebrating in the sun and the food was delicious. I had a great time DJ'ing and catching Raye after my set. Everyone went wild when she sang 'You Don't Know Me'. So good to have something like this at BCU!"

BCU Fest also offered hundreds of ticket holders complimentary food, provided by local independent traders, while the SU organised the bar.

BCU’s innovative approaches have encouraged candidate application via the clearing process by sending pictures of exam results and direct messaging to the institution. It is also be the first time that it has used Instagram to review clearing applications.

See: www.bcu.ac.uk/clearing

 

Related post:

We catch Raye's  breakthrough debut at Isle of MTV in Malta in 2017:

 

 

 

 

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Camilla Elphick Brings Bluebird To Heel

It’s not often that desserts invoke the idea of footwear but a Chelsea restaurant’s collaboration  with Camilla Elphick is set to change that. Abigail Parkin  abigail@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Bluebird in Chelsea is sweetening up its dessert menu with the help of Camilla Elphick, the award-winning British footwear brand. The menu takes inspiration from two of Camilla’s favourite things: ice cream and shoes.

The My Favourite Things Menu will launch on the 13th August at the restaurant in King’s Road. For that month diners can contemplate sweet nuances of the infamous Silver Lining Boot arrow detail along with heart silhouettes inspired by her celebrity favoured ‘Lover’ styles and, naturally, her iconic PEZ heel.

Head pastry chef, Roger Pizey brought the visions to life taking the cues from the shoes. He certainly had vibrant colour to work with; the summer 2018 collection PEZ Daisy shoes sport bright orange heels and lively daisies. The culinary translation? Dark chocolate fondant with lemon verbena centre, chocolate ice-cream and a colour pop of edible flowers.

Elsewhere black sesame ice cream with blackberry sorbet, white chocolate arrow and edible glitter evokes the design imagery of Silver Lining Boots.

Bluebird’s pudding includes a different flavour of ice cream to toast the dessert tasting menu in the first collaboration between the two celebrated British brands.

Camilla Elphick said: “I’ve loved every second of this partnership! Combining two of my favourite things- shoes and ice-cream! We decided to create edible incarnations of our designs, and the outcome, three mouthwateringly pretty and delicious desserts. My favourite is the PEZ Daisy shoe inspired chocolate fondant. Although, a mouthful of all three and a glass of fizz would be the dream…”

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The Windfall

Humankind is so clever and accomplished - until it’s time to distinguish between wealth and contentment. This momentous distinction is comedically tackled in “The Windfall” a debut novel set in the status-obsessed wealth colonies of India. Sat Bal

 

There’s even an official name for the kind of psychological turmoil that overnight wealth of this sort brings: Sudden Wealth Syndrome. “The Windfall” mirrors this turn in fortunes for middling entrepreneur Anil Jha whose SWS moment comes when he manages to sell his website for $20 million.  

While this sum doesn’t quite put Jha in the 1% of India’s Bollygarchs, it’s enough to catapult his family from a respectable housing complex to the luxurious Delhi suburb of Gurgaon where status is all.

Author Diksha Basu tells a jaunty, witty story that bristles with the psychopathologies of handling both new and established wealth. In doing so she artfully weaves a cast that vacillates between the former and future lives of the Jha family.

Their future features Mr Chopra, a beefy burgher of Gurgaon and the scion of inherited money. In other words, he knows his way around wealth and is accustomed to the lifestyle it affords. The Jhas are not. Yet Chopra’s dynastic wealth does little to calm his psyche. We’re told that he’s not afraid of much “but the thing that frightened him most was poverty.”

His status fears are heightened when his neighbours sell their house to the Jhas in order to upgrade to London’s Kensington, prompting Mrs Chopra’s insecurities. “What if everyone else in Delhi becomes rich and the people who are poor now move in next door and suddenly we are one of the poor. What then?”

One imagines the same anxieties being played out in Shanghai, Brasilia and other new money hot spots around the globe. The realisation that happiness is not automatically on the fixtures and fittings list of a luxurious house is a sobering thought for anyone who expects contentment to flow as an emotional corollary of wealth. As Charles Spurgeon put it: “It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

The constant catch-up attempts of the Jhas set the tragicomic scenes ahead as new wealth conflates with old times. Witness the embarrassment felt by Mr Jha when his new Mercedes, which arrived early, was delivered to his old home where it was “nearly impossible to navigate past the cows in the narrow lanes.” Jha’s shame is palpable: the delivery driver seeing his old abode and the neighbours seeing his new luxury car.  

Mrs Jha has parallel issues when her husband decides that they can’t employ a kitchen maid lest guests fail to notice that they have a new automatic dishwasher in the kitchen. The husband even sees trophy value in the aspiration that their son, Rupak, will have a blonde American girlfriend in the US, where he’s studying for an MBA.

Yet the fact that Rupak’s girlfriend, Elizabeth, is indeed a US blonde causes the boy untold grief. The non-disclosure of Elizabeth to his parents, whose objection he anticipates, sets the scene for endless conflict. Rupak is decidedly the weakest character in the book and Elizabeth makes this point with the warning: “Figure out who you are and just be that person,” as the relationship teeters.

The author brings an engaging set of characters to the fray. There’s the widowed romantic, Mrs Ray, who assures herself that lust is a curiosity rather than a reality. Mr Chopra’s son Johnny likes Lexus cars and girls but seems unable to earn a living - a fact welcomed by his dad whose money shields the boy from the unsavoury pursuit of working. And then there’s Serena - Elizabeth’s Indian counterpart. Predictably, Rupak’s affections for Serena just induce more hand-wringing and their druggy encounters stay right there.

Yet despite the promising cast, credible scene-setting and Diksha Basu’s nimble storytelling the novel ends at a plateau rather than the expected crescendo. That said, this debut novel puts Basu on the literary watch list - and the summer reading list.

 

The Windfall

£7.99 Paperback/Ebook

Publisher: Bloomsbury

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Rolling Stones and Universal Shake On It

LOS ANGELES: The decade-old union between The Rolling Stones and Universal Music Group (UMG), has moved closer with the announcement of a global deal that encompasses the band’s recorded music and audio-visual catalogues. Abigail Parkin  abigail@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

UMG will also be providing archival support, global merchandising and brand management.

The status of both parties as global players has been well-established over the years: The Rolling Stones’ huge  impact on pop culture finely tunes with UMG’s expertise and resources.

Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman & CEO of UMG said, “After a decade of working in partnership together, we are thrilled to expand and extend our relationship with The Rolling Stones.  We look forward to bringing our expertise and passion to bear as we put our global organization to work on behalf of this iconic band who continue to create music and influence culture around the world.”

David Joseph, chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK, added: “The Rolling Stones continue to define rock and roll, they are loved the world over and they are the band who never let up. It’s a privilege to work with them and Joyce Smyth, their exceptional manager.”

Joyce Smyth, The Rolling Stones manager said, “For many years now we’ve had a wonderful partnership with Universal Music and look forward to an even more successful future together.’’

UMG will continue to distribute the band’s celebrated recorded music catalogue globally with future projects and reissues to be released through UMG’s labels and networks around the world.

Bravado, UMG’s brand-management and merchandise arm leads the global provider of consumer, lifestyle and branding services to recording artists and will handle global merchandising rights, retail licensing, brand management and e-commerce on behalf of the band, including their iconic tongue logo, one of the most universally recognized symbols in entertainment.

Bravado’s radar will also identify innovative opportunities for creative collaboration within the worlds of art, fashion, retail, sport, lifestyle and touring merchandise to excite and inspire their millions of fans around the world. 

Recent programs and collections include partnerships with Paris Saint Germain FC, Selfridges, Colette and Zara and newly designed merchandise for their No Filter European Tour.

Eagle Rock, the UMG-owned leading producer and distributor of music programming for broadcast, DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media, has expanded its global distribution rights to the band’s extensive long-form audio visual catalogue.

The agreement will see Eagle Rock re-issuing several classic concert films from their archives including: Atlanta (1989); Steel Wheels (1989-90); Voodoo Lounge (1994); Bridges to Babylon (1997-1998); Four Flicks (2002) and Bigger Bang (2005-2006).

Picture credit: Dave Hogan

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Isle of MTV Malta

MALTA: Isle of MTV ended a hot June with British DJ Sigala, Paloma Faith and Ella Eyre hitting the stage in in Il-Fosos Square. Lucy Reid  lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk 

 

The performer roster at the 12th Isle of MTV Malta saw Jason Derulo, Hailee Steinfeld (below) join DJ duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike stir the crowds massed in Floriana, Malta.

 

  

 

DJ Sigala managed a double surprise, ushering special guest Fuse ODG to the stage to perform their floor-filler Feels Like Home - and then welcoming Paloma Faith (below) to the stage for Lullaby, in a glamorous blue sequinned dress.

 

 

Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar-nominated actress-turned-pop star ran her hits and choreographed dance moves to a primed audience and Jason Derulo (below) ran riot with dancers galore, full live band and stunning visual effects,as hits Wiggle and Whatcha Say rent the Maltese air.

 

Cue confetti clouds and lasers as Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike took to the decks, spinning hits including new single When I Grow Up featuring Wiz Khalifa and All I Need with the night closing on Liberte

 

Catch our previous IOM Malta trips:

IOM 2017:

 

IOM 2016:

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Bombardier Jet Reveal

GENEVA: Bombardier has revealed its Global 5500 and Global 6500 jets, the newest in its Global business jets range.

Bombardier’s reveal took place at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva and presented a positive portrayal of the Canadian company which was dogged by bankruptcy issues only three years ago.

The planes are powered by new Rolls-Royce Pearl engines and come with a new wing design and cabin interior. The Global 5500 has a range of almost 6,000 nautical miles making flights from Sao Paolo to Paris a breeze while the 6500 has a range of 6,600 miles.  The flight range of the new planes will be a challenge to rival Gulfstream which currently holds the distance trophy for long range  business jets.

A 13 percent increase in fuel efficiency helps the environment and  operational efficiency.  

Inside the 5500 and 6500, Bombardier’s Nuage (French for ‘cloud’) seats will cosset passengers.

The jets are expected to take to the skies by the end of 2019.

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Indian Developer’s No. 1 with 5 Strand Purchase

 

LONDON: ABIL Group is the new owner of 5 Strand in London in a first for the Indian property developer. Lucy Reid     lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Savills acted for ABIL in its purchase of the mixed use office and retail building from BlackRock UK Property Fund in deal that exceeded £90 million according to Savills.

The 72,359 sq ft building is let to Westminster City Council and Boot and features design plans by Adjaye Associates for a 200-room hotel scheme and planning consent for a new 152,400 sq ft development. This encompasses office accommodation and retail space and luxury residential accommodation.

Barry Mangan, director in the central London investment team at Savills, said: “Located adjacent to Trafalgar Square, close to Charing Cross station, 5 Strand presents an attractive redevelopment opportunity to maximise the building’s strong position in prime central London. As such it makes a good investment for our client, in their first UK purchase.”

Gary Witham, director in the hotels team at a Savills, said: “As the first purchase for our client, 5 Strand makes an excellent choice providing the opportunity to create a leading purpose built hotel in a tourist location that is recognisable to a global audience.”

Savills points at £1.06 billion in London hotel investment last year which it says represents an increase of 17.7% on 2016 while institutional capital investment into hotels grew 6.8% to £370.7 million in 2017, the highest level of investment from this buyer type for over 10 years, according to the firm.

ABIL Group’s headquarters are in the Indian city of Pune and the business was founded by Avinash Bhosale in 1979. ABIL’s luxury  developments encompass the St. Regis Mumbai, W Goa, Westin Pune and Le Meridian Nagpur all under the Marriott brand across India.  

Cushman & Wakefield joined Tudor Toone to advise BlackRock on the sale.

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Cannes Premiere- Solo: A Star Wars Story

CANNES: Solo: A Star Wars Story is the first film in the series to screen at the Cannes Film Festival since Revenge of the Sith over a decade ago. Chris Page

Disney ensured that it all went with a bang thanks to a sustained fireworks display that illuminated Cannes’ watery horizon. 

Stormtroopers were notably exempt from the strict Cannes premiere dress code but notably present on the steps of the Grand Theatre Lumiere awaiting director Ron Howard and the cast who arrived for Tuesday’s screening.

The Stormtrooper presence reasserted itself later when festival director Thierry Fremaux took to the stage and introduced the film to the audience. The end of the film was met with audience applause that was deemed ‘polite’ but there was a standing ovation for Ron Howard and star Alden Ehrenreich. The general feeling among film insiders was that the encomium was far more enthusiastic at the film’s Los Angeles premiere last week. Probably just as well that Solo’s status is “out of competition” in Cannes, thereby excluding it from any awards.

 

 Jennifer Connelly and Stormtroopers in coordinated wardrobe for the party at the Carlton Beach 

 

Solo wasn’t blessed with the smoothest of starts as Ron Howard acknowledged at kast week’s press call in LA. "I did come into [it] late," he said "It was a lot of work that [original directors] Phil [Lord] and Chris [Miller] had done. And unfortunately, with creative differences, there was this circumstance where they were not going to carry on.

In Cannes though it was business as usual with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and her Walt Disney film counterpart Alan Horn in town for the occasion along with cast members including Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton.

 

 

The film, released next week in the UK, portrays the infancy of space pirate Han Solo who later teams up with famed giant ape Chewbacca. It depicts Solo’s noble rise to handler of the Millennium Falcon, the craft originally piloted by Harrison Ford’s character.

After the screening, it was off up the Croisette to the Carlton Beach that had been transformed into an afterparty film set replete with the film’s most recognisable characters and, yes, more Stormtroopers. The party was a return to form for Cannes as champagne fizzed amid conspicuous sushi consumption.

 

Imagery courtesy of Getty/Lucasfilm Ltd

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Taylor Swift Raises Arizona

ARIZONA:  Taylor Swift lived up to her 10-time Grammy-winning reputation with a sell-out start to her reputation Stadium Tour.

 

The songwriter, musician and producer kicked off the tour in Glendale, Arizona on Tuesday night. With special guests Camila Cabello and Charli XCX she played to a capacity crowd of 59,157 fans at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour will play 53 shows encompassing 36 cities spanning seven countries and four continents in seven months in 2018.

Production values were predictably high as last night's opener saw Taylor Swift perform over two hours across three separate stages in the stadium giving ample room for her to switch between electric guitar, piano and acoustic guitar. The main stage ran to a height of 110 feet tall featuring a 172’ x 40-foot video wall that curves and continues into the floor. 

The 24-song set featured several songs from the record-breaking reputation album, including, new takes on many other fan favorites from previous albums. 

The show comes to the UK and Ireland in June. General ticketing and on-sale information is currently available at TaylorSwift.com.

 

The tour is produced and promoted by Live Nation and S.J.M. Concerts in the UK, MCD in Ireland, and the Messina Touring Group (MTG) and AEG Presents in North America.

See the video clip from the opening night:

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