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Sting Buys Battersea

News comes from New York that Sting and Trudie Styler have bought an apartment in the Battersea Power Station development as their new London home. The announcement was made  at a launch party at Canoe Studios in Manhattan last night.  Sat Bal (30 Oct.14) 

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Scilly Isles Cottage Investment

International real estate advisor Savills has brought to market Carnwethers Country House on St. Mary’s Island in the Isles of Scilly for a guide price of £1.3 million. Kelly Valla (29 Oct’14) Read more

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Live The Bond Life

London-based travel experts Brown + Hudson know just how to turn your travels into  bespoke role play experiences. Here, the company’s founder Philippe Brown briefs Hannah Charlesworth on living ‘The Bond Life.’ (29 Oct'14) Read more

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Virgin, Rudimental (& Us) Take off!

What happened when Virgin Atlantic wanted to celebrate its 30th birthday? Two bands and a one-off exclusive performance at 35,000 ft, of course! Sat Bal boards Virgin Atlantic's 787 for the gig of a lifetime.

Our publicity arm Red Carpet Media Networks united with our favourite airline-of-the moment and fave band, Rudimental, who we'd interviewed at a recent awards show. Add event organiser Macky Drese (MD of Harmonic Events to the mix and you have yourself a show in the nose of a Boeing 787!

The #FlightDecks event was live-streamed via the plane’s wifi to an audience of thousands online as the flight took an audience of competition winners fans and VIPs from London to Atlanta. The publicity objective was to platform its new 787 aircraft,  named ‘Birthday Girl’ as a celebration of the brand’s 30th birthday.

Rudimental performed their hits in a specially redesigned Upper Class bar, taking the show up and down the aisles of the 787. They then joined Gorgon City for a DJ collaboration as the plane flew across the Atlantic.

DJ Locksmith took to the on-board PA system to get passengers dancing and the s how finale saw both bands walk the length of the plane accompanied by trumpet players and live vocalists as guests sang along.

The event faced several challenges in being held in an aircraft. The wifi onboard was unique, using satellite rather than terrestrial link-ups. Also the live-streaming had to scheduled to avoid blackspots over the Atlantic to keep performance continuity.

"We also set up our own wireless network onboard to make sure the music speakers worked throughout the plane," said Macky Drese. "Plus all the tech we brought had to undergo rigorous testing to get security clearance too."

Meigan Terry, director of communcations at Virgin Atlantic, added: "We christened our new 787, Birthday Girl, in Virgin Atlantic style and were thrilled to have both Rudimental and Gorgon City onboard with us."

"Both Rudimental and Gorgon City gave once-in-a-lifetime performances at #FlightDecks and we’re delighted that we could make this happen and could share it with music fans all over the world thanks to the innovative technology of the 787."

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Grayson Perry Exhibition Opens

This weekend sees the opening of a striking display of new works by maverick artist Grayson Perry. The occasional dress-wearing Turner Prize winner presents his ‘Who Are You?’ exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Hannah Charlesworth (24 Oct’14)  Read more

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Studio 54 Revisited

Remember Taboo, the legendary 80s London club, led by the outrageous Leigh Bowery? For the many who didn’t make it past the door it was a salutary introduction to elitist club policy. But that policy was written by Studio 54 a decade earlier and pictures from that era are the subject of a new book by photographer, Tod Papageorge. Sat Bal (17 Oct’14) Read more

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'Vertu for Bentley’ smartphone launch

 

Is your Bentley missing something? Chances are it could be the new ‘Vertu for Bentley’ smartphone launched this week. The €12,500 smartphone is the first joint product release from the new five-year partnership of the two British luxury brands. Chris Page (16 Oct’14)    Read more

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LVMH 4% Revenue Increase

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has announced a 4% increase in its revenue (equating to €21.4 billion) for the first nine months of 2014. The only sector within the group that didn’t show growth was its wines and spirits division which the luxury goods giant blames on ‘destocking’ issues in China. Hannah Charlesworth (16 Oct’14)

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Salmontini Opens in Belgravia

Belgravia’s new Salmontini restaurant opened to a celebrity fanfare last night with guests eagerly sampling the venue’s signature sea fare. Kelly Valla (16 Oct’14) Read more

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MTV Invites Greatest EMA Moments

The MTV EMA is 20 years old and fans can now pick their greatest moment over two decades of MTV’s flagship awards show. So will it be U2, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga or one of many other performers asks Hannah Charlesworth (8 Oct’14)

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