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NICKELBACK ANNOUNCE 2016 EUROPEAN TOUR

 

MOLINE, IL - APRIL 10:  Nickelback performs at the I Wireless Center on April 10, 2012 in Moline, Illinois.  (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

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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Ellie Goulding Brings Colour Back

Ellie Goulding Kellogs colour

 

Last night’s Special K Bring Colour Back launch event saw global star Ellie Goulding perform at The Hospital Club, London with Rachel Riley leading the red carpet charge in a striking black and white selfie dress. Sat Bal (8 Oct’15)

 

Throwing herself behind the cause, Goulding joined Countdown presenter Riley by uploading her own black and white selfie on stage using#BringColourBack.

Guests including Dougie Poynter, Donna Air, Tess Daly, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, Rosie Fortescue and Diana Vickers showed their support for the Special K campaign that raises crucial awareness for women around the world living without access to basic human rights.

 “Women around the world are powerful, talented and full of potential,” said Ellie Goulding. “By working together to ‘Bring Colour Back’ to those who have been denied education, health and justice, I believe we can make great strides toward equality.”

 

Rachel Riley Special K Event

Rachel Riley in that dress

Louise Thompson-Davies, brand PR manager, Special K said: ““Through this partnership we have already supported 23 projects in 18 countries, helping more than 20,000 girls and women to get access to Education, Health and Justice. From today we’re encouraging everyone to show their support by uploading a black and white selfie with the hashtag #BringColourBack. We encourage all to take black and white selfies so that we can visualise what it’s like to live in a world without colour and help spread the word.”

 

Diana Vickers Special K Event

Diana Vickers toasts the event with champagne

"I've been lucky with access to a good education along with great opportunities including Countdown,” said Rachel Riley. “It’s easy to take for granted how privileged we are but many around the world don’t even have access to basic rights. I’m proud to support this amazing campaign and hope my black and white Special K selfie dress will inspire others to upload their own with #BringColourBack.”

 

Ellie Golding stage Special k

 

An intimate set by Goulding 

Rachel Riley’s black and white selfie dress was designed by Westminster Fashion graduate Flo Hughes and it was the product of selfies from across the nation.

The night was in partnership with global organisation CHIME FOR CHANGE and Streets of London – a CHIME FOR CHANGE project that helps homeless women resume work.

 

Visit http://www.bringcolourback.co.uk/ 

Twitter and Instagram at @MySpecialK_UK #BringColourBack

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Dawn Patrol

Rolls-Royce Dawn High Res

“Like Eleanor Thornton, thought by many to be the inspiration behind the Spirit of Ecstasy, the Rolls-Royce Dawn will itself prove to be the muse that leads its owner to believe that at the start of the day, anything is possible.” Sat Bal wonders if Roll-Royce's CEO had Clio, Muse of history,  in mind when he made that comment. 

If so, Clio’s ancient scroll might well have featured depictions of the 1952 Silver Dawn, the vintage predecessor from which the new Rolls-Royce Dawn takes its inspiration. This inspiration revisits the maxim of Sir Henry Royce: “When it does not exist, design it.”

Thus the Rolls-Royce Dawn glides into a new age for open-top, super-luxury motoring while confidently claiming the title of ‘the world’s only true modern four-seater drophead.’

The all-new Rolls-Royce Dawn stands out from its company peers by featuring 80% unique body panels. Even its tyres have been specially developed to deliver the pinnacle ‘magic carpet’ ride expected of every Rolls-Royce that leaves The Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, England.

The ‘magic carpet’ Rolls-Royce ride is ably assisted by a newly designed suspension configuration for optimal cruising comfort. The twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 powertrain gives an output of 563bhp and a torque rating of 780Nm for thrusting performance.

The obsession with silken silence extends to the roof of the Dawn, created to operate in almost complete quiet at a cruising speed of up to 50kph which makes it the quietest open top car ever made according to Rolls-Royce.

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn Interior

 

During its research of the open-top motor car sector Rolls-Royce’s designers felt that customers were being ‘short-changed’. Specifically, the focus on one configuration – the 2+2 setup – was felt to be a compromise. “At Rolls-Royce, we pride ourselves as creators of fine motor cars that also serve as social spaces,” said Giles Taylor, director of design at Rolls-Royce. “The idea of creating a car like Dawn that can be used in comfort by only two adults on a day to day basis is anathema. In creating Dawn we have accepted no compromise to the comfort and luxury of four adults who want to travel together in the pinnacle of style.”

The commonly held 2+2 layout diminishes leg-room space for rear passengers in a way that Rolls-Royce terms “anti-social”. But these images show a rather more social car...

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn rear space

 

“Dawn is a Rolls-Royce that feels completely at home on the Route Napoleon. It is a contemporary homage to a life on the Côte d’Azur. The car is a contemporary take on the ‘Casino’ lifestyle. Perhaps seen as cavalier in character it is intended to attract people who relish both freedom and sophistication,” added Giles Taylor.

So who are the anticipated buyers? Rolls-Royce tells us that the new drophead coupé aims to attract a broader, younger and more ‘socially-aware’ global audience around the world.

One suspects that this pool of prospective purchasers will be seduced by the company’s main aim: to create a coupé that look as striking with its roof up -

 

Rolls-Royce roof up-2

 

as it does with its roof down…

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn roof down-2

 

 

Exterior

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn exterior

 

The lower front bumper has been extended 53mm over the Wraith and elsewhere the sweeping shoulder line boosts elegance as it flows over the swell of the rear wheels, new 21” polished and 21’’ and 20” painted wheels.

Rolls-Royce says that the car’s runflat tyres enable the Dawn to run on a deflated tyre for at least 100 miles at speeds up to 50mph before needing a replacement. Best of all, this runflat tyre technology means no spare wheel or jack is needed thus liberating more boot space.

 

 

and interior…

Rolls-Royce Interior 2

 

A sumptuous slingshot of wood and leather is the first impression of the interior, with the four very defined and cosseting seats. The instrument dials evoke the precision design of hand-made, luxury watches, whilst the matt chrome centres ‘float’ in the middle of each instrument while a new clock design is emblazoned with the car’s name.

 

Seek the Silence 

The challenge for the Rolls-Royce engineering team was to make the quietest convertible car in the world today. The result, says the company, is a car as quiet as a Rolls-Royce Wraith. As for the opening and closing of the roof, the engineers were so pleased with its elegant motion that they dubbed the mechanism “The Silent Ballet.”

 

Or Pump up the Volume 

Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Audio system has been specially calibrated ensures perfect acoustic balance and performance whether the roof is open or closed. The system comprises 16 individually-tuned speakers, with both theatre and studio settings and two bass speakers located in the boot complement seven tweeters dotted throughout the cabin. A highly sensitive microphone monitors ambient exterior noise, subtly adjusting the volume and tone settings for consistent delivery.

 

Driver Technology

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn Clock

 

Dawn comes with the Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller, an intuitive, one-touch solution that allows the user easy access to media and navigation functions.

As expected, voice command technology summons functions such as navigation, eliminating the need for superfluous buttons. The Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller presents a touch pad (rather than a touch screen could leave messy fingerprints) that can write characters by finger, as well as scroll through function menus by turning the chrome dial and selecting its functions.

The system recognises Latin and Arabic characters as well as Mandarin.

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn Sill

 

Information from the significantly updated Multimedia Interface and Navigation system is displayed on a new 10.25” high-definition screen, while hardware and software changes have improved processing speeds for faster route calculations.

An Automatic Cruise Control system contributes to a more consistent pace of progress and the driver can now move along in city traffic confidently relying on the system to monitor conditions and react to traffic changes.

New software for the radar and camera provides faster system response times but for the unavoidable, Dawn will deploy a roll-over protection system from behind the rear head restraints in less than a second, covering the entire windscreen surround of the car too.

Satellite Aided Transmission helps select the most appropriate gear from the Dawn’s 8-speed ZF gearbox to get the best from 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 for optimal driving. Satellite Aided Transmission comes as standard on Dawn.

LED lighting technology helps safe driving on dark roads while helping reduce driver fatigue.Revolutionary new glare-free technology deflects light to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers so that Dawn drivers get constant full-beam visibility. Night driving safety is also boosted by the head-up display and heat detection system that detects both human and animal heat signatures, and issues gives audible danger warnings.

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn Couple

 

 

TECH & SPEC

Dimensions

 

Vehicle length

5285mm / 17.34ft

Vehicle width

1947mm / 6.39ft

Vehicle height (unladen)

1502mm / 4.93ft

Wheelbase

3112mm / 10.21ft

Turning circle

12.7m / 41.7ft

Boot Volume (DIN)

244ltr - 295ltr / 8.6 ft3 - 10.4 ft3

  

Weight

 

Unladen Weight (DIN)

2560kg / 5644lb

  

Engine

 

Engine / cylinders / valves

V / 12 / 48

Fuel management

Direct injection

Power output @ engine speed

563bhp / 420kW / 570PS @ 5250rpm

Max torque @ engine speed

780Nm / 575lb ft @ 1500rpm

Fuel type

10:1 / Premium unleaded1

  

Performance

 

Top speed

250kmh / 155mph (governed)

Acceleration 0 - 100km/h

4.9sec²

  

 

 

Fuel Consumption

 

Urban

21.4ltr / 100km / 13.2mpg (Imp.)

Extra urban

9.8ltr / 100km / 28.8mpg (Imp.)

Combined consumption / range

14.2ltr / 100km / 19.9mpg (Imp.)

CO2 emissions

330g/km

  
  

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Bose Soundlink Sets The Tone

Bose_SoundLink_headphones_II

Today, Bose brings us its SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II, claiming the best sound quality of any wireless headphone currently available. Abigail Parkin (2 Sep’15)

Bose promises a new kind of wireless experience with 15 hours of battery life, multi-point for connecting two devices, quick pairing with NFC technology, seamless audio/video sync, easy switching between music and calls. Controls feature voice prompts and being made for mobile, durable, light and comfortable for everyday use.  The cost of the SoundLink wireless headphones II is £239.95. 

“We believe when you give up wires, you shouldn’t have to compromise audio performance or convenience,” said Bernice Cramer, general manager of Bose Wireless Headphones.  “So, we did more than make the SoundLink II the best-sounding wireless headphones out there.  We made them the most hassle-free wireless headphones, too.  You’ll notice how great your music sounds first, and then you’ll notice that we solved all the little and big problems that no one else has.  That’s the power of great engineering -- it makes the entire streaming music experience that much better.”

The system uses doesn’t use manufactured boosts for impact. What you hear is as close as possible to what was recorded, rather than re-created or altered.  

“We’ve never adjusted how a piece of music will sound when it’s reproduced because it’s not our music - it’s the artist’s music and it’s your music, and our job is to make it sound as good as it can,” said Cramer.  

For calls, the SoundLink uses an advanced microphone system, HD voice and adaptive audio adjustment technology for wind or noise with volume changed automatically based on speech level and changing sound environments.

Weighing just 198.4 grams the headphones are available from 10th September.

See:Bose.co.uk

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A Ritz-Krug August

Krug at Ritz

This month sees The Ritz hotel partner with Krug for the 'Krug Tasting Flight' initiative. Hannah Charlesworth (12 Aug’15)

London’s finest 5-star brings to the table a glass of Krug Grande Cuvee and Krug Rose for £60, and paired with a specially created Native Lobster Salad by Executive Chef John William, MBE, for £85.

The Ritz's special Champagne Terrace sets the scene for this summer unwind.

See www.theritzlondon.com 

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Lounge Access at 02

NY-LON Bar entrance at 02

Anyone who’s sampled the delights of Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse at Heathrow will endorse the airline’s lounge know-how. And now it brings its flair to The O2 in London with official partner Delta Air Lines. Sat Bal (24 Jul’15)

The aptly labelled NY-LON lounge bar brings New York and London style cues to London’s O2 to give customers that first-class check-in lounge feel.  The combined ethos of Delta and Virgin brings customers NY-style cured meats and English dishes such as Billingsgate fish pie.

The bar’s head mixologist offers classic cocktails with a creative twist of classics served alongside an innovative range of aviation themed cocktails such as Aviation, Transatlantic, Flying Lady, Maiden Voyager and Atlanta.

Manchester-based design agency, LOVE, received the brief to create a stylish new lounge bar at 02, the first out-of-airport lounge bar of its kind to open in London. NY-LON will be managed for the airlines by leading hospitality brand, Levy Restaurants UK

Reuben Arnold, SVP of marketing & customer experience at Virgin Atlantic, said “We’ve created NY-LON as a celebration of our transatlantic network which provides customers with a seamless, more enjoyable way to fly between the U.K. and U.S. Our lounge bar will offer customers a brand-new experience at the O2 that showcases our airlines’ world-class service.”

Tim Mapes, Delta’s SVP of marketing said: “Opening NY-LON is the next exciting step in our partnership and we look forward to helping travellers enjoy the Delta-Virgin Atlantic brand of hospitality for which we’re famous when they next visit The O2.”

Members of the airlines’ SkyMiles and Flying Club will benefit from a range of special offers and discounts. NY-LON takes up 400 guests and features a large bar and seating area, plus a “secret space” for meetings, private dining or small events.

Open seven days a week, NY-LON is set to open at the end of  this month. 

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Rich Pickings at Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot Rich Image

Veuve Clicquot’s Rich champagne has been launched for drinkers who like to add their favourite ingredients to their bubbles. Abigail Parkin (15 Jul’15)

Rich follows the summer trend for drinking champagne over ice and mixologists can experiment with a bizarre range of blends. Recommendations including grapefruit, cucumber, celery, peppers and tea. Rich’s higher dosage of Pinot Noir features a tailored blend of grapes issuing with citrus and floral notes.

Different varieties of Rich cocktails are on offer at stylish London venues including Ham Yard HotelHotel Cafe Royal, Mr Fogg's and The Blind Spot, St Martin’s Lane Hotel.

It is also available exclusively from Selfridges at £59.99.

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Introducing C de Cartier

The fine jeweller brings us the C de Cartier bag in a range of colours for a range of moods. Hannah Charlesworth gets moody. (10 Jun'15)

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Aston Martin Parks in Shanghai

Aston Martin China

The 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition has created firsts for Aston Martin Lagonda. Its innovative DBX Concept and exclusive Lagonda Taraf got their first showing in China, indicating Aston Martin’s commitment to the market. Sat Bal (21 Apr’15)

The luxury brand’s CEO Dr Andy Palmer oversaw the display of handcrafted luxury sports cars in Shanghai with each model on display representing a distinctive and differentiated story for Chinese customers. The emphasis is clearly on a decade-hence future as exemplified by the DBX Concept.

“With its unique fusion of high luxury and advanced technology along with its day-to-day practicality, the DBX Concept is a piece of fresh, bold thinking about how the high luxury GT sector may evolve,” said Dr Palmer. “It is our first all-electric, all-wheel drive car, showcasing the brand’s world-class engineering and design capabilities, and we believe this type of product will be particularly appealing to customers in China.”

The Shanghai exhibition also provided an opportunity to communicate Aston Martin’s “Second Century” plan which will see every model in the current line-up replaced and up to three new models lines will be added by the end of the decade in what the carmaker says is the largest investment plan in its 102 year history.

 “I have challenged not only convention but also my team to investigate an electric version of the Rapide, a product which will undoubtedly be attractive for the China market. Our relationships with leading Chinese companies such as Hanergy and now with Letv shows the potential to connect British craftsmanship with the very latest in Chinese technology,” added Dr Palmer.

The Lagonda Taraf will be limited to a global production run of just 200 super-saloons and draws inspiration from the highly sought-after William Towns-designed Lagonda of 1976. The model will further benefit from the growth of Q by Aston Martin, the bespoke personalisation service which aims to cater for customers’ interior design whims to create ultra-personalised luxury sports cars for an increasing number of Chinese customers.

In Shanghai guests on the show stand were able to take a closer look at the wide array of options available through the Q by Aston Martin service.  They could also take heart from the fact that the new eight-speed models on display at the Aston Martin stand – the Vanquish and Rapide S – are now available to order in China along with the Lagonda Taraf.

The latest versions of the Vanquish and Rapide S feature the new state-of-the-art ZF Touchtronic III 8-speed automatic transmission and show improvements in all major areas of the cars’ performance and fuel economy. Both models can reach top speeds in excess of 200 mph.

 “The China auto show debuts of the DBX Concept and Lagonda Taraf at Auto Shanghai 2015 are a clear signal that China is an increasingly significant market for Aston Martin,” said Michael Peng, president of Aston Martin China. “In the second century, we will continue to place a high importance on China and its growing number of discerning luxury sports car enthusiasts.  We have stable and long-term relationships with our China dealer partners who represent the brand in 15 key cities on the Mainland, and we will work with these partners to continue to deliver first-class services to our valued Chinese customers.”

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Inner Sanctum

Dating clubs often evoke images of tacky pick-up joints with an uneven  ratio of men and women, featuring liberal levels of alcohol. London’s The Inner Circle aims to change all of that with the launch of  its dedicated singles bar. Hannah Charlesworth  (1 Apr’15)   Read more