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Lion King Royal Premiere

LONDON Real royals converged with star royalty at 'The Lion King' premiere in London last night. The yellow carpet at the Leicester Square premiere paved the way for Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry. Abigail Parkin

The international star attendance was led by Beyonce, who voices Nala in the film, and her husband, Jay Z. Parenting advice was apparent as the US couple warmly congratulated the British royals on their first child.

Beyonce stepped out in a gold custom Cong Trigown with a high-leg slit. Royal refinement saw Meghan Markle (above) attend in a more demure black, full-skirt dress by Jason Wu with Aquazzura slingback pumps with crystal detailing and clutch bag. 

Keegan-Michael Key, Florence Kasumba, Seth Rogen, Elton John, Lebo M, BeyoncŽ Knowles-Carter,
Pharrell Williams, Sir Tim Rice, Billy Eichner, Jon Favreau and Hans Zimmer attend

The star quota included Pharrell Williams, Elton John and Jon Favreau, the director of the new Disney film.

The film screening took us to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, well aware of his own royal destiny. But Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. Thus commences the battle for Pride Rock ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With a pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Beyonce and Elton John in a clinch at the European premiere

“It’s such a beloved property,” said director Favreau (‘The Jungle Book,’ Marvel Studios’ ‘Iron Man’). “Disney has had tremendous success with the original animated version and then the Broadway musical. I knew that I had to be very careful with it. I felt a tremendous responsibility not to screw it up. I wanted to demonstrate that we could be respectful of the source material while bringing it to life using mind-blowing techniques and technologies.”

Pharrell Williams goes shorts-chic in Leicester Square's sun

The technology far outpaced the original film with a blend of live-action filmmaking techniques and photoreal computer-generated imagery. Environments were designed within a game engine; state-of-the-art virtual-reality tools allowed Favreau to walk around in the virtual set, scouting and setting up shots as if he were standing in Africa alongside Simba.

Beyonce and Jay-Z on the yellow carpet
Pharrell Williams consorts with David Furnish and Elton John

According to the director, the performances breathe life and humanity into the story. “The casting allows for interpretation while maintaining the spirit and personality of the classic characters,” he says. The all-star lineup includes stars from film, TV, theater and music, bringing back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured—but in a whole new way.

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Natalia Vodianova hosts Secret Garden Gala

GENEVA The Naked Heart Foundation attracted names and cash at The Secret Garden charity gala in the splendour of Coppet Castle.

Hosted by the non-profit charity’s founder, Natalia Vodianova with trustees Frederik Paulsen and Olga Litviniuk, guests included DJ Cassidy, Elsa Hosk, Petra Nemcova, Caroline Scheufele, Xenia Adonts and Alberta Ferretti among many others.

At the event on 13 June guests enjoyed Dom Pérignon cocktails with dinner by Michelin-star chefs, Philippe Chevrier and Domaine Châteauvieux.

Elsa Hosk, Natalia Vodianova and Rita Ora

Model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova presented the entertainment with performances by eight-year-old piano prodigy Elisey Mysin and the world-famous Menuhin Academy Orchestra.

Rita Ora was on form and primed guests for a set by DJ Cassidy after her performance.

A live and silent auction kept up the excitement, offering unique lots such as a meet-and-greet Elton John and exclusive shoes created in collaboration between René Caovilla and Chopard.

Natalia Vodianova and the gala committee

The black-tie gala was sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Chopard and raised over a million CHF for children with autism and to create play facilities for affected families.

Event production was by Britta Carpigo at Mosaic Events.

Natalia Vodianova had the final word on a successful and memorable night:

“The Secret Garden is a place that makes us remember the importance and invaluable effect of family - the perfect metaphor for Naked Heart Foundation where professional family support services are at the centre of everything we do. A strong, supportive and inclusive family life is essential for child development and providing the fertile ground in which a child can flourish, and it’s especially important for those with mental, physical or sensory disabilities. I’m delighted that the gala tonight raised much-needed funds for this crucial work, also bringing awareness of special needs and the importance of professional support for these children”

Pictures - Serge Outrush

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DJ Martin Garrix & heads Isle of MTV

MALTA Martin Garrix will be joined by co-headliner Bebe Rexha at the Isle of MTV 2019 in Il-Fosos Square on Tuesday 9th July.

Dutch DJ prodigy Martin Garrix rose to global stardom early in life and since then conquered the dance and pop charts, with hit singles including collaborations with stars like Tiësto, Khalid, Dua Lipa and the #1 hit and worldwide success 'In the Name of Love' with Bebe Rexha which earned him two wins at the MTV EMAs, 'Scared to Be Lonely' with Dua Lipa and many more!

New York City native Bebe Rexha, the Grammy-nominated pop superstar whose hits include global success and #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart 'Meant to Be' featuring Florida Georgia Line, dance hit 'Say My Name' featuring David Guetta and J Balvin and gold certified title 'I’m a Mess.' 

In 2019, the singer-songwriter released her latest hit 'Last Hurrah' and received two nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards® for Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for 'Meant to Be.' Bebe is also known for her songwriting credits, having written for artists including Eminem and Rihanna and collaborating with the likes of rapper G-Eazy.

“I am so excited to be working with MTV again, it’s always a great experience,” commented Bebe. “I’ve heard such amazing things about Malta; I am looking forward to discovering the island myself, and can’t wait to perform for such a big crowd in such a beautiful setting – see you all there!”

Martin Garrix said “I can’t wait to be back in Malta for Isle of MTV. Last time was epic and I’m looking forward to an even bigger and crazier crowd this year!”

The main show will be followed by Isle of MTV Malta Music Week between 9th and 14th July. A week of events at the hottest venues across the island, from open air club nights to sunset boat parties. For more information, tickets and line-up go to www.isleofmtv.com.

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Norman Seeff 'Sessions in Sound' Exhibition

 

LONDON New exhibition ‘Sessions in Sound: Photographs by Norman Seeff’ is set to unveil at London’s Proud Galleries this month. The exhibition - from 23 rd November 2018 to 13th January 2019 - features Seeff’s portrayals of influential musical icons. Lucy Reid takes a preview.    lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

All Images courtesy of: Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

As these depictions show, Seeff intimately captured the spontaneity of his subjects with alluring engagement whether it be a pensive Mick Jagger or a leisurely Johnny Cash (above).  Norman Seeff moved to New York aged 29 to pursue his passion, after training as a doctor in his native South Africa. Renowned album cover designer, Bob Cato, gave him his first major assignment – to photograph Robbie Robinson and The Band for the liner notes of their album ‘Stage Fright’.

 

 'Chelsea Hotel Color', Blondie, 1979,  Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

 

Despite an inauspicious start - Seeff got lost on his way to Woodstock and arrived  hours late - Cato’s work was used on the band’s album cover. Seeff had arrived.

In 1973, Seeff opened his own studio on Sunset Boulevard and saw him work with a whole spectrum of musicians.

 

'Mick Jagger', 1972, Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

 

In 1985, Seeff photographed musician Ray Charles and later recalled how “Ray was testy at the start of the session. Ultimately, he loved the process and ended up calling me ‘brother’. It was a seminal session.”

 

'Reflection', Joni Mitchell, 1975, Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

 

The exhibition also features a selection of unseen photographs, including a portrait of Patti Smith from Seeff’s 1969 acclaimed photoshoot with Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe. This session has arguably become one of Seeff’s most famous and he cited Patti Smith: “After Robert’s death, Patti told me these shots come closest to her remembrance of the profundity of the love between them.”

 

 'Robert & Patti II', Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, 1969, Proud Galleries© Norman Seeff

 

On his creative ethos Seeff says he constantly seeks “a place with my subjects that defines pure presence, where we can stand and just look at each other without any filters.”

 

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MTV EMAs - Bilbao

 

SPAIN Hardly seems a year has flown by since the 2017 EMAs when we were cheering U2 on in the cold of London's Trafalgar Square. Yesterday, it was Spain's turn as Bilbao hosted the show with Nicki Minaj and Little Mix to the fore.

They opened with their collaboration “Woman Like Me” and before being joined onstage, Minaj shook the house with her new song “Good Form.”

Global Icon Award honoree Janet Jackson unleashed a blazing performance of hits over her legendary 40-year career.  Four decades spanned four stages four stages which included African drummers, flame torches, fire breathers, more than 20 dancers and an elevated stage surrounded by flames.  A fitting delivery for both artist and the MTV production teams who laboured behind the scenes to make it happen. 

Throughout the star-studded global music celebration, Camila Cabello (headline pic) took home four EMA awards including “Best Artist.”

 

 

Other highlights include Hailee Steinfeld officially kicking off the show with an EMA award art heist, followed by Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie scaling Bilbao Exhibition Centre’s exterior before crashing through the ceiling to perform “High Hopes.”

Modern Flamenco-inspired sensation and Spain native Rosalía, one of the most buzzed-about acts of the night, rolled on stage in a gigantic truck before rocking the entire house with “Malamente” alongside 24 dancers.

Throughout the night, Steinfeld commanded the stage with her captivating hosting skills, and for her performance, she gave a nod to her upcoming film Bumblebee by performing soundtrack number “Back to Life” from inside a yellow human vehicle, artistically created with more than 20 bodies.

 

 

Five-time “MTV EMA” award-winning  Muse performed “Pressure” from Bilbao’s famed San Mamés Stadium.

Superstar Bebe Rexha delivered a huge show highlight with a mesmerizing performance of “I’m a Mess” while in a bathtub surrounded by nurses and 100 dancers.

Halsey brought the rain to the arena with an intimate solo performance of “Without Me” surrounded by rainfall.

Jason Derulo sang an operatic rendition of Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye” before flowing into his collaboration track “Goodbye” with David Guetta and Nicki Minaj, both of whom joined him on stage.

Alessia Cara gave a colorful performance for “Trust Me Lonely” against a backdrop of different settings.

Jack & Jack soared overhead with a thrilling aerial routine for “Rise” before crash landing onto a living room couch, joined on center stage by more than 100 fans.

 

 

To close out the show, Marshmello kept the energy booming alongside Anne-Marie for their platinum-certified track “FRIENDS,” followed by Bastille for “Happier.” Five giant inflatable Marshmello heads and hundreds of smaller Marshmello balls took over the venue as the grand finale.

This year’s show also awarded the first-ever “MTV EMA Generation Change Award” to elevate and empower the fearless, original young people who are changing the world.  MTV awarded five changemakers from around the globe, all under the age of 26, during the red carpet pre-show.  The winners are among a generation of young people who are tackling the world’s toughest problems – including fighting for environmental protection, refugee rights, ending child marriage, mental health support and LGBTQ+ equality -- through music, storytelling and digital media.

Additionally, MTV recognized artists from around the globe with Worldwide Act awards and Best Local Act awards for multiple regions including Germany, Spain, Japan and Africa. Worldwide Act recognizes those artists who have evolved their footprint and established their names beyond their local borders in 2018.  They are selected from all the regional EMA award nominees by an international panel of MTV music executives.

 

FULL LIST OF “2018 MTV EMA” WINNERS

 

BEST ARTIST

Camila Cabello

 

BEST VIDEO       

Camila Cabello - “Havana” ft. Young Thug

 

BEST SONG                       

Camila Cabello - “Havana” ft. Young Thug

 

BEST POP

Dua Lipa

 

BEST NEW

Cardi B

 

BEST LOOK

Nicki Minaj

 

BEST HIP HOP   

Nicki Minaj         

 

BEST LIVE                                         

Shawn Mendes

 

BEST ROCK        

5 Seconds of Summer

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE        

Panic! At The Disco

 

BEST ELECTRONIC          

Marshmello

              

BIGGEST FANS

BTS

 

BEST WORLD STAGE                                    

Alessia Cara, MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018

 

BEST PUSH        

Grace VanderWaal (December 2017)      

 

BEST US ACT (WORLDWIDE ACT*)                                                                                 

Camila Cabello

 

EMA GENERATION CHANGE

Sonita Alizadeh -- 21 years old, Afghanistan

Mohamad Aljounde -- 17 years old, Lebanon

Ellen Jones -- 20 years old, UK

Xiuhtezcatl “X” Martinez -- 18 years old, USA -

Hauwa Ojeifo -- 26 years old, Nigeria

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Stratford Literary Festival

 

This November sees the Stratford Literary Festival bringing into town a raft of  respected writers headed by internationally best-selling author, Jodi Picoult. Lucy Reid   lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Jodi Picoult will be appearing on Sunday 28 October to kick off a programme of events from 9 - 17 November. Other big names include the veteran broadcaster, Sir Michael Parkinson, sharing his admiration for the legendary footballer, George Best; historian and TV presenter, Lucy Worsley OBE, who will be talking about her latest book The Many Faces of Queen Victoria, and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman (below) whose new book, Bloody Brilliant Women, highlights some forgotten but ground-breaking women from history.

World affairs editor John Simpson CB and economics editor Kamal Ahmed, from the BBC will be talking about their new books. John Simpson, who has covered many major conflicts around the world, brings his experiences to his debut novel, Moscow, Midnight, and Ahmed’s book is an acclaimed and moving account of growing up in 1970s Britain amongst a culture of racism and suspicion.

 

 

The respected former Guardian Editor, Alan Rusbridger, will be considering why news reporting and analysis in a world of fake news and post truth is more important than ever, and the broadcaster and former stand-up comedian, Viv Groskop, will be offering advice on how women can be more effective public speakers.

The Festival is also delighted to welcome the leading academic, Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, who will just have published the definitive biography of Thomas Cromwell, one of the most notorious figures in history, and James Anthony, former Ford car worker, who has re-written all Shakespeare’s sonnets for the modern audience - a feat described by Stephen Fry as a ‘dazzling success’.

For younger audiences, there will be a day of fun on 10 November with the award-winning creator of the much loved, best-selling Mr Gumbooks, Andy Stanton, who’ll be sharing the bonkersnus of Mr Gum’s life in a new book of short stories. The Festival is celebrating the 80thanniversary of The Beano with a drawing workshop lead by Nigel Auchtertounie, artist for the famous comic, and the Festival sprinkles a little magic with a workshop to create a unicorn Christmas decoration with the leading theatre designer, Judy Reaves.

‘Our Autumn/Winter offering is our biggest yet which is very exciting,’ says festival director, Annie Ashworth. ‘The focus this year is on non-fiction with the important themes of news and current affairs, as well as addressing important issues for women. We are also looking forward to working with the new team at Stratford Play House. Our Winter Series is once more sponsored by estate agents, Sheldon Bosley Knight, and we are very grateful to them as ever for their support.’

All events, except Sir Michael Parkinson, will take place at the newly re-named Stratford Play House, and tickets are available by phone on 0333 666 3366 or online via the Festival website at stratlitfest.co.uk.

For further information please visit www.stratlitfest.co.uk 

 

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DJ Paul Oakenfold Plays Stonehenge Debut

WILTSHIRE: Stonehenge has hosted a world first with Paul Oakenfold's sunset set. Chris Page

chris@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Stonehenge, one of the world’s most famous and spectacular monuments played host to a unique world first experience when Paul Oakenfold performed a full sunset set besides the stone circle.

The world famous DJ, recording artist, producer and UK house music pioneer was invited to perform by Alon Shulman, MD at Universe, and given the honour of being the first ever DJ to play at the sacred site in Wiltshire.

Having the opportunity to play at the site, built 5,000 years ago, has been a “privilege” said Oakenfold for the experience. “I am so lucky to be able to share my music from such an iconic site.  The energy here is like nowhere else on earth, and this is reflected in my music. Despite having performed at incredible events and locations all across the globe, sunset at Stonehenge is by far THE most magical moment to have the privilege to experience.”

Oakenfold and Universe recorded their new album ‘Live at Stonehenge’ creating a ‘first of its kind experience’ for those 50 guests lucky enough to be a part of this moment in music history.

The event, conceived and produced by Alon Shulman, is part of his new ‘Origins’ concept that incorporates music, film and performance alongside incredible production. Shulman, commenting on the event, “Together, Paul and I wanted to create something completely unique.  Being known for our ground-breaking performances and collaborations it is fitting that our first special moment takes place at Stonehenge”.

 

Paul Oakenfold  (Pic: Alon Shulman)

“Alon makes the impossible possible” says Oakenfold “and his understanding and respect for the site is what has made this show so perfect”. The guests were treated to a surprise celebration of Paul’s world’s first when Paul was then joined in front of the stones for a full back to back set with the legendary Carl Cox.

As the custodians of Stonehenge, English Heritage cares for many of England’s most important landmarks. “We’ve been working very closely with Alon Shulman and the team at Universe on a number of innovative projects in support of English Heritage and the incredible collection of sites in our care” says English Heritage’s Director of Development Luke Purser. “We’re delighted with Paul’s enthusiasm for our work and that he has embraced the uniqueness of this site where he will be recorded his new album, and that proceeds from which will go towards the charity".

It bolsters  the list of unusual locations that the DJ has played at including the Great Wall of China and Base Camp on Mount Everest.

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Jakuchū Exhibition - The Colourful Kingdom of Living Beings

PARIS September sees a unique opportunity to explore the paintings of Itō Jakuchū which make their debut at the Petit Palais in a European first. Lucy Reid lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

The exhibition features a series of 30 hanging scrolls entitled Dōshoku sai-e: ‘The Colourful Kingdom of Living Beings’ painted by Jakuchū somewhere between 1757 and 1766.

This was the 18th century Edo era made famous by poets like Matsuo Bashō, the grand master of the haiku form. Jakuchū’s subtle brushwork and vivid colours also flourished during the rise of culture and art that flourished in the Edo period.

Exhibited for the first time in Europe, the exhibition was facilitated by loans from Japan’s imperial collection. The extreme fragility of the works means that they will be on show for only a month, as part of the season Japonismes 2018.

The Colourful Kingdom of Living Beings features pictures of animals and plants and the 30 scrolls portray an array from peacocks to trees in flower. Jakuchū’s silk painting technique uses paint on both sides of the fabric, the absence of outlining and the use of both mineral and natural pigments.

Itō Jakuchū’s work is a rich indicator of hours of attentive observation and a deep affection for his subject matter. Now, the Petit Palais is offering the public the opportunity to see the ensemble as he creator originally intended it.

This exhibition marks the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan in 2018, on the theme of Japonismes 2018.

 

At The Petit Palais 

15 September – 14 October 2018

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm

Open late: Friday until 9 pm Saturday and Sunday 8pm

 

See more at www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en

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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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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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