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Rum Runners

Spirit of Tiki Drink Up london New

A two-day celebration of Tiki Culture comes to London in conjunction with Mahiki London this August.  Sat Bal (6 July’16)

Spirit of Tiki is a new event will see a tropical vibe hit the venue in Greenwich on 14-15 August. Refreshing rum cocktails, the lilt of carnival  music and a huge sandy beach will set the scene. Helped along by Mahiki London the outdoor beach will be surrounded by a village of 15 Tiki bars selling bespoke cocktails for £5.

Bacardi and Mount Gay will join other big brands to create the juiciest Pina Coladas, Mai Tai’s, Zombies and Hurricanes all while tucking into Caribbean BBQ food. Hula dancers, limbo, fire breathers and drummers are also set to boost the party tempo.

Spirit of Tiki has been created by three of the biggest names in rum; Georgi Radev, bar manager of Mahiki, Roger Barnes, life-long rummer and Ian Burrell, global ambassador for the spirit as a whole.

Pre-order tickets £15  include;

- Entry to the event
- Your own Tiki mug to use and take home 
- Free drink on arrival

Visit for more DrinkUp.London/Spi ritOfTiki

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Happy Birthday IOM Malta!

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The 10th anniversary of Isle Of MTV in Malta saw the crowds wowed by Jess Glynne, Wiz Khalifa, Clean Bandit with a closing set from electro-house giant, Steve Aoki at Valletta’s Il-Fosos Square.  Sat Bal joined the revellers at Tuesday’s celebratory event (29 Jun'16)

Every year, at around this time, the lobby of the luxurious Grand Hotel Excelsior falls into a peculiar silence when a particular performer arrives. This time that honour fell to Wiz Khalifa and his Taylor Gang entourage. The rap star left the hotel’s receptionists fawning and guests pointing as he ambled past the spacious check-in area. That’s what a chart-topping single in 95 countries does for you.  

 

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Later at MTV’s press conference (above) Wiz told us what he thought of Malta, particularly the Blue Grotto where he took that now infamous  smokin’ pic of himself: “It’s really tight and you should check it out!”

Bad-boy Wiz pointed out that the prospect of the audience going topless tonight was something we could check out too. "Maltese boobies?" asked Becca, helpfully. "Yeah those!" he beamed.

Moving back to music he also announced the start of his Euro tour and his tour excursions with Snoop Dogg, who was also a past performer at Isle of MTV.

In the background Josh and Mike Greenfield of Brothers Green Eats fame cooked up all manner of tasty nosh as the press call proceeded, tempting Jess Glynne  to a nibble.

On Isle of MTV show day hostess Becca Dudley (more of her later) invited the first of many to hit the stage. Local band Airport Impressions regaled the crowd - 70,000 of them according to Steve Aoki - with their rock and house set.

 

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Becca Dudley puts on a pre-stage pose for us

 

They were followed by UK’s Clean Bandit (below) who roused the audience with hits from the album New Eyes. The singalong with fans also included hits Rather Be and Real Love.  

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Sunset saw Jess Glynne emerge in a black satin two-piece with Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself ringing through the al fresco venue. Production values were MTV-high and the stage set shimmered to  tracks including Ain’t Got Far to Go and Hold My Hand. But the real show-stopper was her tribute I Feel For You to the late, great Prince.

 

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The drawls and deep bass lines of Wiz Khalifa then filled the air as he opened with global hit Black and Yellow and later the crowd-pleasing We Dem Boyz with 2011 smash Young, Wild & Free, ending his set.

 

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Of all tonight’s stellar performers we reckon it was DJ/producer Steve Aoki who truly got the crowd collectively buzzed – not least because of his carnival cake-throwing capers. Ten cakes were ‘served’ to splattered fans, signifying the event’s 10th birthday. Sweet, too, was his invitation to an enthralled  fan to join him in his DJ booth.  Snapchatting made Steve as party-inclusive as his tracks from Back 2 U to Can’t Go Home in the pyro and flame lit sky.

 

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Steve Aoki's carnival cake-throwing capers 

 

Judging by the elated crowd reaction this MTV partnership with the Malta Tourism Authority has more than shown its mettle.

 

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MTV staffers living the work and the life.  Seema, Farah and Sharlotte take a bow!

 

It was a fitting 10th birthday close and then it was off to the afterparties to celebrate some more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Art of Living

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New from Aston Martin comes the Art of Living, a meticulously selected events programme that promises “unprecedented access to some of the most exciting experiences on the planet.” Kelly Valla takes a spin (10 Jun’16)

The prestige car maker has rallied around leading specialists across a global range of expertise to ensure that the experiences feel ‘one-off’ and enlightening. Here’s a sample…

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Racing - 24 Hours of Le Mans

17th - 20th June 2016

 

Aston Le Mans

Get ready for automotive action as the driving teams prepare for the races ahead while you live the experience from trackside. experience.

 

Polo South Downs 

17th - 18th July 2016

Aston Martin Polo

Viscount Cowdray's 16,500-acre spread in the South Downs National Park of West Sussex has been a home to polo for 100 years. Here, you can mingle with the world's most accomplished polo players pre-competition at the Jaeger- LeCoultre Gold Cup. See the action from premium positions in the stand.

The Aston Martin DB11, Italy 

30th July-1st Aug 2016, 1st-3rd Aug, 3rd-5th Aug

 

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The Tuscan roads set the scene for your driving of the all-new Aston Martin DB11. Hone your driving skills, sample exquisite regional gastronomy and relax in a 15th-century villa. Italian living at its finest.

 

New Zealand on Ice

22nd - 28th August 2016 

Aston on Ice

We all remember the car battle-on-ice in Die Another Day. Here’s the chance to match thrill with skill as Aston Martin’s experts help boost your driving skills in the unique settings of the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground.

 

 

Tokyo Exploration 

Aston Tokyo

 

Tokyo’s artisans shine light on the city’s design secrets in tandem with Aston Martin’s own design approaches. Gain access to the closed-door work of renowned architects and designers and then settle down to culinary creativity at Tokyo’s most avant-garde restaurants. Elsewhere, meet the experts currently in the vanguard of technological evolution. Kyoto brings you historic Japan where you can watch the masters use age-old techniques in their workshops to craft  masterpieces.

 

Register at:  https://www.astonmartinartofliving.com/register/

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Purple Reign

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The PR team at Purple London is set to launch the Blakes restaurant and Blakes Bar offering this month following appointment by Blakes Hotels. (1 Jun 2016)

Blakes was famously established by renowned interior designer Anouska Hempel. becoming South Kensington’s foremost luxury lifestyle hotel. The hotel’s location and ‘couture’ concept has long blended sophistication, impeccable service and customer privacy to win the hearts of the film, music and design fraternity.

The 5-star venue’s restaurant and bar account will be led and overseen by Purple London’s Kate Bell, assisted by Yael Roth and Pia Fontes .

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Tall Storeys at Vogue Festival

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The exacting standards of Vogue magazine saw Neptunus structures supply the temporary venue that housed the recent Vogue Festival 2016 fashion event. Abigail Parkin  (31 May ’16)

Themed around the magazine’s centenary anniversary, the event was staged in partnership with Harrods at ‘Vogue World’ on East Albert Lawn in Kensington Gardens and at The Royal Geographic Society.

Visitors flocked to the venue for two days of all-things-fashion induced by a speaker panel of style luminaries which included Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Christopher Kane and Kim Kardashian West.

Events agency Timebased Events was enlisted to deliver the Vogue Festival brief. The agency has a rich provenance in creating demanding events for glamorous names such as GQ and the (imminent) Glamour Women of the Year awards.

Richard Dodgson, Timebased’s creative director, said: “Neptunus supplied us with an excellent selection of equipment for this event that was all delivered on time and within the budget. We were particularly pleased with the brand new roofs which ensured the event structure looked suitably premium.”

This included a series of temporary structures covering over 1,800 square metres which formed a fashion show catwalk, talk space area, a Green Room, main entrance, production offices and a kitchen. A team of 10 Neptunus’ technicians took just three days to construct the venue.

 

 

 

 

 

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MTV Crashes Coventry

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This was the weekend that MTV was sent to Coventry, bringing with it a host of stars for two days of fun and frolics. (29 May’16)   

 

The city’s Ricoh Arena welcomed stars including Kaiser Chiefs, John Newman and Chase & Status to its stages – and thousands of fans through its doors, for the weekend party.

Basking in sunshine the crowds warmed nicely to DJ Sigala (below) and guest John Newman spurred on by hostess and girl-about-MTV Laura Whitmore.

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  Sigala performs during 'MTV Crashes Coventry' at Ricoh Arena on May 27, 2016 in Coventry, England.  (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images for MTV) *** Local Caption *** Sigala

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X Factor star Fleur East wasted no time transforming from backstage…

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...to on stage, pumping out hits including Sax.

 

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  Fleur East performs during 'MTV Crashes Coventry' at Ricoh Arena on May 27, 2016 in Coventry, England.  (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images for MTV) *** Local Caption *** Fleur East

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It then fell to Tom Odell to soothe the pace with his grand piano renditions of Wrong Crowd.

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Who better on this roster than Kaiser Chiefs to up the tempo with I Predict a Riot and Ruby??

 

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs performs live  during 'MTV Crashes Coventry' at Ricoh Arena on May 27, 2016 in Coventry, England.  (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images for MTV) *** Local Caption *** Ricky Wilson

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Chase & Status aptly ended the day with End Credits plus more from the hotly received DJs.

Thus ended day 1 with the baton handed over to artists including Basement Jaxx, Kano, Pete Tong and The Chainsmokers for day 2.

Hot on the heels of MTV Crashes, there’s no let-up for the Ricoh Arena as it welcomes Rihanna and Bruce Springsteen to its ever-busy stages.

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Space Out at SGP

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“Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally mind-blowing.”  - Arthur C. Clarke. Welcome to the theme of the most surreal, dressy festival known to us.       (4 Apr’16)

Secret Garden Party is set to Sci-fi this summer at its idyllic home in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside with a new festival theme: Gardener’s Guide to the Galaxy.’ Revellers can expect an Intergalactic Mermaid School, Laser Wars and robots (of course). Since this is SGP we’ll wager that any aliens encountered will be of the friendliest kind, in continuing its 12-year ethos of festival bonhomie.

This year  SGP’s celebration of the outlandish will see the festival’s creative team launching a quest for the best performers at the event. Auditions will be held in mid-May. For info and applications go to:

http://goo.gl/forms/qYQkQxSGk5

The deadline for applications is 01/05/16

Keep your eye on social media for mood boards.

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Ragley Hall Invests In The New Season

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Ragley Hall prepares for seasonal change by flinging its stately doors open to a heightened visitor experience. Abigal Parkin

The Palladian mansion, designed by Robert Hooke in 1680, is the Warwickshire home of the 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford and the family will be welcoming visitors anew on Saturday 19 March.

Initiatives include the appointment of a house manager and head gardener to lead guided walks in the gardens, linked to veteran landscape designer, Capability Brown. Elsewhere the children’s playground  is sure to continue its popularity and a myriad of events bring Game Fair, Classic Car & Motor Show, Battle Proms Concert and Great British Food Festival to enthusiasts. Brand new is Camper Calling, a family festival held over the August bank holiday.

In addition there will be regular garden open days and tours of the stately home plus sporting events such as the avenger triathlon, open water swimming and extreme cross country running as well as boat hire on the lake during the summer.

This year celebrates the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown and his work in Warwickshire. The gardens will help mark this tercentenary with colourful bloom of tulips and daffodils in the spring and a Rose Garden and Prairie Garden throughout the summer.

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Government higher level stewardship input and a partnership with Natural England means that Ragley has embarked upon a £250,000 scheme to improve the parkland this year. Tree replanting and the restoration of the lake cascade, the Victorian Pump House and original bathing hut plus the Victorian decoy pond, comprise some of the improvement measures.

 The importance of dining at Ragley Hall is highlighted by the appointment of a new head chef so that visitors can enjoy  home-cooked dishes in the Terrace Café. These feature light lunches, afternoon teas, cakes, and ice-cream. Corporate lunches and wedding breakfasts in the Hall add to the events dimension.

Visitor tours take in the Great Hall, Red Saloon, State Dining Room, Prince Regent’s Bedroom, the Mauve Siting Room, Music Room, Breakfast Room and Green Drawing Room as well as the South Staircase Hall and its imposing mural, ‘The Temptation’ by Graham Rust.   

Ragley Hall, Park and Gardens entrance : - Adult day ticket £10.50, Child aged 5-16 £6.50, Child under 5 – Free.

See more at www.ragley.co.uk.

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NICKELBACK ANNOUNCE 2016 EUROPEAN TOUR

 

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Multi-platinum selling rock band NICKELBACK are set to embark on a massive headline tour in 2016. Starting in Helsinki, Finland on the 2nd September and culminating at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle on the 25th October

Support comes from fellow Canadian rockers MONSTER TRUCK. The tour marks NICKELBACK’s tenth world tour and will see the band performing in 30 cities across Europe, including shows at both London’s O2 Arena and SSE Arena Wembley.

The group’s worldwide sales exceed 50 million units and their irresistible smash “How You Remind Me” remains Billboard’s “Top Rock Song of the Decade”. Amongst all of these accolades, they’ve been crowned Billboard’s “Top Rock Group of the Decade” as well. Along the way, they’ve received a staggering nine Grammy Award nominations, three American Music Awards, a World Music Award, and a People’s Choice Award. In their native Canada, the band have garnered 36 JUNO Award nominations of which 12 won in a variety of categories and have been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

NICKELBACK return to Europe with a high octane rock show, to put it in the words of singer Chad Kroeger: “Get ready Europe, we are bringing one hell of a loud party to our fans over there!” 

 

OCTOBER 2016

WEDNESDAY          12        MOTORPOINT ARENA, NOTTINGHAM

FRIDAY                     14        GENTING ARENA, BIRMINGHAM

SATURDAY             15        SHEFFIELD ARENA

MONDAY                  17        THE SSE ARENA WEMBLEY, LONDON

WEDNESDAY          19        MANCHESTER ARENA

THURSDAY             20        THE O2, LONDON

SATURDAY             22        ECHO ARENA, LIVERPOOL

MONDAY                  24        THE SSE HYRDO, GLASGOW

TUESDAY                25        METRO RADIO ARENA, NEWCASTLE

 

Tickets on sale at £37.50 Regionally & £42.00 & £38.50 in London (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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New Year - Twice?

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If seeing in 2016 once isn’t enough then here’s a chance to see it in twice in one night – in the world’s fastest private jet. Chris Page (1 Dec’15)

 

PrivateFly offers adventurers a bespoke private jet itinerary which encompasses a full night of celebrations until the stroke of midnight in Sydney. Then it’s time to do it all over again in Los Angeles!

The private jet booking service tells us that experiencing New Year’s Eve twice is only possible by moving eastwards across the International Date Line. With the time in Los Angeles 19 hours behind Sydney, you can visit both in one night - by minimising travel time and flying on a bespoke itinerary.
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“This is the ultimate in luxury ways to see in 2016, in two of the world’s most exciting party cities,” said Carol Cork, marketing director of PrivateFly. “The flight time from Sydney to LA in a Gulfstream G650ER is now just under 11 hours, so with the 19-hour time difference, you can gain eight hours of party time by flying eastwards.

“This unique flight experience is only possible by private jet, as the timings are so tight – and there are no airline schedules to fit the itinerary. With the world rotating at 1,038 miles per hour, no civilian aircraft can currently overtake time. But the Gulfstream G650ER is the world’s fastest and furthest private jet, with a range of 7,000 nm and a top speed of Mach 0.925, just under the speed of sound.”

PrivateFly’s suggested itinerary for 2016:

 20:00, 31st December 2015, Sydney: Get the (first) party started. Spend your evening in Sydney, celebrating at the city’s most exclusive party spots. You could join other VIP partygoers at NYE Party At The House – an exclusive VIP celebration at the Sydney Opera House. Or make a VIP table reservation at Sydney’s most prestigious nightclub, Marquee Sydney. Or for a more intimate celebration dinner, with a fabulous view of the fireworks, The Dining Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney has sweeping harbour views.

 

 12:00, 1st January 2016, Sydney: Celebrate New Year 1

There’s plenty of time to see in the start of 2016, as you can party until past 1am and then make the short 12km drive from the harbour to Sydney Kingsford Smith airport, which offers 24-hour access for private jets. 

 

02:00, 1st January 2016, Sydney: Depart in your Gulfstream G650ER

Your Gulfstream G650ER long range jet will be waiting, ready for a 2am departure and there are no long waits at the airport – you can take off just minutes after you arrive. The G650ER is the fastest long range private jet in the world - the party aircraft of choice, offering sleek interior configurations which accommodate 8 to 18 passengers. 

During the 12-hour flight, dedicated partygoers can continue the celebrations, VIP style, with high-spec systems for music and video entertainment, fine wines, champagne and bespoke catering served by private flight attendants.  

Or if you’d rather rest and recharge the spacious G650ER cabin offers exceptional, luxury comfort, with the option of a double bed and bathroom with digital shower; floor-to-ceiling wardrobe and mirrored vanity; the latest bespoke lighting and temperature controls; and further ergonomic seating that fully reclines and swivels.

 

 19:00, 31st December 2015, Los Angeles: Start the party…all over again

While others have woken to sore heads back in Sydney, the night is still young in LA. You’ll land early evening – refreshed and ready to start all over again – at Van Nuys, LA’s exclusive private jet airport.

 Just a short drive away are the most exclusive nightspots of Beverley Hills. Cleopatra’s Ball attracts some of Hollywood’s hottest partygoers to the Egyptian Theater. Or dine at one of LA’s most exclusive restaurants, such as Spago, renowned for both its fine dining and its extensive wine cellar.

 12:00, 1st January 2016, Los Angeles: Celebrate New Year 2

So in 2016 for the second time, it’s been 24 hours since you started partying in Sydney.                                                                                                                

Flight cost: Whole aircraft charter cost £151,000 Sydney – LA (one-way). Or from £8,400 per person, based on 18 passengers travelling together. 

 See: www.privatefly.com

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