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Glastonbury VIPs lord it with LBHQ and Halo

Planning to revolutionise the festival arena and the way festival VIPs party, LBHQ and The Halo Group has developed an innovative structure that hits Glastonbury this summer. Abigail Parkin (25 May 11)

 

By simplifying and reducing build times, and easing the ability of incorporating themes within the modular system means The Halo structure promises to revolutionise the look and impact of structures across the live events industry as a whole.

The collaboration with LBHQ will see a cutting edge creation within one of the festivals leading fields, Shangri-La. Cladding and production features can be easily added to the skeletal frame allowing a huge amount of artistic license.

“The festival experience has evolved over the last few years challenging brands and production teams to deliver experiential activations that stand out and offer a different experience to what people have seen before,” commented Sam Matthews, creative director of The Halo Group. “We believe our system will carve a new level of experimentation and creativity into the live events arena and we’re thrilled to be working with similarly creative-minded people at Shangri-La and Lovebullets this year allowing us to use our system to its full potential.”

The two-floor Halo Group structure will offer guests a downstairs party area whilst, LBHQ have created an upstairs chill out and cocktail lounge for VIPs. Envisage slippers, smoking jackets and cigars. A relaxed and cosy ambience, lounging on Chesterfield sofas, sipping a special Barrio bar cocktail watching the world go by on the balcony surrounded by luxurious rouge gathered curtains and atmospheric mood lighting...a vast contrast to the hectic shenanigans of the Shangri-La below.

 

 

The structure will be showcased on the 22nd – 26th June, LBHQ in the Shangri-La arena, Glastonbury Festival.

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Working those heels

 

The sale of premium fashion house and shoe brand Jimmy Choo for £500m highlights the resilience of the luxury sector during the global downturn. The sum is nearly three times the sum paid by private-equity group TowerBrook Capital Partners, just four years ago. Sat Bal (24 May 11)

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Cannes Film Festival

Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz at the Pirates of the Caribbean: On 
Stranger Tides official screening.


The red carpet at this year's Cannes Film Festival is finally rolled up as US director Terrence Malick makes off with the 2011 Palme d'Or for the Tree of Life. We party-hopped to find that the auto, jewellery and luxury drinks sectors stayed at the forefront of event sponsorship and placement. (23 May 11)
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New York dolls

Monday night saw the fashion runway firmly framed at the annual Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.  Here the 2011 “Met Ball” paid homage to the design talent of the late Alexander McQueen,  hosting the opening of the exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”.Bethany Hutton-Stigga surveyed the glamorous procession streaming up the steps of the Met Museum in tribute to McQueen. (6 May 11) 

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May Fair Hotel

As obstructions go, the two Rolls-Royce Phantoms that barricade the entrance to London’s May Fair hotel aren’t such a chore to navigate. These outsized clues simply set the scene for a £75m refurbishment. Sat Bal reviews the benefits (24 Apr'11)

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Secret Garden Party art bursary

The Secret Garden Party 2011 is set to play host to a myriad of sensual delights with Blondie leading the stage charge. With the musical and artistic offerings continuing to stack up the Red Carpet team are already hard pressed to decide what will be their Secret Garden highlight this year. Abigail Parkin searches out her warpaint (18 April 11).

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Kylie and Lexus marketing tie in

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W Retreats advances to Bali

W Retreat- & Spa Bali - Seminyak opened this month marking the debut of W Hotels Worldwide in Indonesia. Bali will be the fourth W Retreat to open across the globe. Abigail Parkin tries to book leave. (14 March 11)

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My God - it's full of stars!

The Baftas dominated this weekend with a hectic orgy of branding and parties thrown to mark the Orange British Academy Film Awards. Sat Bal charts the big parties of the night. (15 Feb 11)

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Dylan Jones

As editor of GQ magazine Dylan Jones is eminently qualified to comment on consumer, venue and style trends. Sat Bal chatted to him as he prepared to host the '09 Birmingham Style Awards. Topics included  the TV series Mad Men, the desirability of uniform...and a much-missed (by Dylan) band called Devil Bitch.

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