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Kayls Debuts Single

LOS ANGELES ‘Drive Away’ is the debut single released today by Indie pop artist Kayls. And it’s here, below, for the delectation of our UK/Euro listeners.

Think shimmering pool lights, post-midnight trips in Ferraris across the Pacific Coast Highway , heartbreak and muffins. The track, produced by Bambor Leany, trips with pop melodies and hallucinogenic rogue beats.

“I want songs to be fun and rebellious like stealing a neon orange Lambo on a Sunday afternoon to go eat strawberry ice cream in a lime silk gown,’ said the LA-based artist. ‘I think there’s a huge void in songs right now and I want to fill it with magic mushrooms, candied violet perfume and 808s.”

We’d go along with that!

Bambor Leany, one of the few female pop producers in the industry, threw in the creative aggression and escapism to take her paradigm into a supra-structure of song that shakes off the current.

Expect more from Kayls with an EP planned for release in 2020.

Kayls’ creative splurge sees her design all of her promo-wardrobe, including that in the song’s forthcoming video.”  She co-designed her gold and ruby mushroom jewellery with Vogue-featured Jonne Amaya. 

Hell, her grandfather even performed with Sonny & Cher and opened for Dolly Parton!

So, take a listen here …

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Gulfstream G700 Takes Flight

GEORGIA The Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., this week announced the unveiling of its new flagship, the Gulfstream G700 claiming it's ‘the most spacious, best-performing aircraft in the business-jet industry.’ 

Chris Page

The G700 blends proven ultralong-range, speed and performance with flight-deck innovation and cutting-edge cabin creation to offer customers an unprecedented aircraft experience.

Gulfstream President Mark Burns revealed a full-scale mock-up of the G700 and showed a video of the aircraft taxiing under its own power at Gulfstream headquarters at the reveal in Savannah.

‘This announcement is the biggest news in business aviation history and is the result of the investments General Dynamics made to develop Gulfstream technology for Gulfstream products,’ said Burns. ‘Thanks to our nearly 18,000 employees around the world, the G700 is continuing a long Gulfstream tradition: raising the bar for ourselves and the industry.”

Gulfstream also announced Qatar Airways as the launch customer for its new private jet which has a purchase agreement of 10 new G700 jets for its charter service, Qatar Executive. List price per jet is $75 million.

 “We are excited to be the launch customer of the G700, the largest business jet in the industry, and are looking forward to the aircraft joining our fleet,” said His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways. “Qatar Executive’s customers have extremely high standards, and this aircraft will help us meet their requirements by delivering unrivalled performance that complements our excellence in customer service.”

The G700 boasts business aviation’s largest cabin and can fly further faster than any competitor in the business jet industry. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, the G700 can fly 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90.

It features the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight DeckTM with active control sidesticks and the most extensive use of touch-screen technology in the industry.

The G700 cabin offers an extra-large ‘ultragalley’ with lounge or crew compartment, up to five living areas and a large, bespoke master bedroom with en suite master bath. The aircraft also features an all-new, Gulfstream-developed revolutionary circadian lighting system that can recreate sunrise and sunset across time zones.

With 20 panoramic windows and the Gulfstream cabin environment of 100 percent fresh air, low cabin altitude and whisper-quiet sound levels, the G700 promotes in-flight wellness and greatly reduces the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world nonstop. 

Design Innovation

On board, passengers can also enjoy six-place dining or conference space. The Gulfstream ‘Cabin Experience’ promotes and enhances wellness through 20 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows, the largest in the industry; the industry’s lowest cabin altitude, 100 percent fresh air and a whisper-quiet cabin.

The aircraft introduces revolutionary benefits to business-jet travel with the most advanced circadian lighting system in aviation. The Gulfstream-developed technology recreates sunrise and sunset through thousands of white and amber LEDs, gently coaxing passengers into their new time zone and greatly reducing the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world nonstop.

Safety And Performance

The G700 features the award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck and other new safety advancements. Along with active-control sidesticks and the industry’s most extensive use of touch-screen technology, the flight deck also comes standard with another Gulfstream award-winner, the Predictive Landing Performance System.

The system gives pilots advanced warning of potential runway excursions so they can adjust approaches or go around. The G700 Symmetry Flight Deck also comes standard with Gulfstream’s Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision on dual head-up displays.

The aircraft offers excellent takeoff and landing performance and can operate easily at weight-restricted, short-runway and high-altitude airports.

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The London Wing

LONDON This week sees the opening of an exclusive women-only private members’ club. The Wing opens in Fitzrovia, a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus. Abigail Parkin  

It’s safe to assume that the London debut is highly anticipated given The Wing’s huge waiting lists in America where founders Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan located the club  in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston.  

The Wing London occupies a five-storey townhouse with interiors by in-house designer Laetitia Gorra. The Wing will provide a space for women to work, meet and socialise amid its pastel tones and hexagonal work tables. 

Given its pro-women concept the extensive library features female authors only and an all-women art gallery.

Brands are high-end with the beauty room stocked with Chanel products and a tea parlour offering Dashwood teas. The cafe and bar serves a menu devised by female chefs too.

There's also a checkerboard roof terrace from where guests can take a detached view of London's bustle. 

Founding members range from Emilia Clarke to Alexa Chung, so expect the  company to be of a certain calibre and creativity.  

The place to do so could be one of the club's many events. support groups for small business owners; business development and financial planning workshops; yoga classes with Jessica Skye; intros to coding and bike maintenance; and networking and community happy hours and breakfasts. 

Membership - from £170 a month or £1,836 a one year for one site

Full access membership - from £240 a month or £2592. 

See full specifics at  https://www.the-wing.com/spaces/london/

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Poppy on Release

LOS ANGELES Poppy's new single 'I Disagree' is now out and we've been sent the video plus tour dates. Abigail Parkin

'I Disagree' is the second single from her forthcoming album of the same name and the release of the track follows the album’s critically acclaimed lead single 'Concrete' a continuation of the eclectic, post-genre sound Poppy has pioneered.

The first two offerings from Poppy’s third studio album see the enigma playing with sounds of menacing electronica and deep prog-rock.

The singer has also released a new set of UK and European tour dates for March 2020 staring in Manchester on March 12 and winding down in Madrid on March 30. 

See the video here:

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Colours Hoxton Launches

LONDON The Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen has been transformed into the vibrancy of Colours London by Mothership Group which brings with it a colourful entertainment programme diary. Lucy Kale

The just-opened 300-capacity live space promises gigs and club-nights programmed in collaboration with fellow well-loved multi-arts spaces Village Underground and EartH so expect lots of genre-crossing action music, art and performance.

These include residencies from inclusive LGBTQ+ Bollywood powerhouse Hungama, girl power gang Pxssy Palace, house, disco and techno party Naturalia, the female-led immersive collective Shotgun Carousel, garage extravaganza Lord of The Tings and Village Underground favourites The Heatwave presents.

Elsewhere the venue’s SuperCulture room will host cutting-edge cultural events every weeknight. These range from an ‘after school’ club with Maisie Williams’ creative networking app ‘Daisie’ to  Neon Naked Life Drawing panels with Anti Diet Riot Club.

Daytime sees invited local artists and creative networks occupy a free space to host meetings, rehearsals and record podcasts.

The sounds is set to reverb through London thanks to a show-stopping D&B Audiotechnik PA System, which will be busy with the hottest in Nu Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul, Electro Pop, and R’n’B to East London.

Performances already confirmed from BBC 1Xtra favourite RuthAnne, disco pop duo Ekkah, indie rockers No Hot Ashes, Sheafs and Last Dinosaurs, rising R&B talents Olivia Nelson and Rachel Foxx, and the interactive and soul lifting Gospeloke, the eclectic line-up will set music fans alight.

Interior design comes from Mare Street Market’s outfitters alongside an exclusive exhibition of artwork by the brains behind Lady Gaga’s iconic Telephone Hat Fred Butler.

Colours lives up to its name with a bespoke LED lighting installation (headline pic) called The Colour Trap designed by Burning Man lighting sculptor Christopher Shardt, in a one-of-a-kind entrancer that takes revellers into undulating patterns and colour.

The Orange Buffalo takes up residency in the kitchen where several exclusive new dishes await: plant based burger ‘The Nawty’ and a Buffalo Chicken Salad, plus the famous wings.

Chloe Uppington, head of events for Mothership Group said: “Colours will be a bold and beautiful temple of creativity and celebration of live music. A testament to Hoxton’s past, which overflows with seminal moments across club, culture and the art scene, Colours is part of a dedicated push to keep young artists and musicians in East London.

Village Underground commented:

“London is crying out for more live music venues, so we're thrilled to be collaborating with such an exciting new space in East London. Colours will be a vital platform for developing artists and promoters on the cusp of stardom.”

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Brad at Breitling Cinema

LOS ANGELES Guests received a surprised visitor at the Breitling Summit in Beverly Hills.

Screen icon Brad Pitt dropped in at the Breitling Summit in the Wetherly Garden of the Four Seasons Hotel LA at Beverly Hills.

Unknown to many attendees, Brad Pitt is a member of the Swiss watch brand’s Cinema Squad.

Earlier in the day, Breitling focused on its products, starting with the
launch of the new Avenger collection and also presented the Aviator 8
Mosquito watch honoring a truly unique and iconic piece of aviation history, the de Havilland Mosquito.

Breitling has redesigned the Avenger which joins two other collections – the Aviator 8 and the iconic Navitimer – in Breitling’s Air universe and marks an evolution of the brand’s pilot’s watches, once again confirming its status as the world’s leading manufacturer of aviation-related watches.

The Breitling Aviator 8 Mosquito recalls the design values of the onboard instruments designed by Breitling’s Huit Aviation Department and those of the Ref. 765 AVI – the Co-Pilot – whose bold look, rotating bezel, and impressive legibility with oversized Arabic numerals made it a favorite among aviators. 

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Nobu’s Autumn Opening

BARCELONA Iconic Nobu Hotels is set to open in Barcelona this September in a bid to attract leisure and business travellers with an eye for quality. James Church  

Nobu Hotel Barcelona offers panoramic views over the city in the charming neighbourhood of Eixample. Located near Plaza de España, a walk away from high-speed rail links and the Fira de Barcelona conference centre, guests also have easy access to the Montjuic Olympic area, the cruise ship terminal and Barcelona – El Prat International airport.

In short, the designer hotel offers a luxurious base from which to discover the Catalan capital. It has 259 rooms, tailored meeting and event spaces.

Naturally the world-class Nobu Restaurant is here along with Kozara – a Japanese inspired tapas bar that looks out over the city and the sea.

Indulgences include an Omakase tasting menu with a bottle of wine, complimentary with a two-night stay in a Sake, Umi or Nobu Suite. To complete the experience, breakfast for two is also complimentary.

Rates starting from 250€ per night, including breakfast for two.

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Dita set for Manchester

MANCHESTER Dita Von Teese is set to fly in from LA for the grand launch of Whiskey Down, Manchester’s new late-night cabaret venue on Saturday 27th July. Sat Bal

Whiskey Down is pushing the plane out to allow the burlesque star to unfurl at  Manchester’s new luxurious night-time venue in what the organisers claim will be “Dita’s most intimate show in years.”

“Dita (is) by definition the world’s biggest name in burlesque, her shows are legendary experiences and always visual, fashionable & super glamorous,” said Whiskey Down MD Aaron Mellor. “We are really pleased she is able to join us for our Manchester opening.”

Limited edition tickets (100) will be available to purchase online from today. Private tables and luxury booths are also available to hire. As well as an intimate performance, guests will be treated to a signing and photo opp with Dita herself. 

The “super luxe playground” of Whiskey Down launched in Manchester on the 20th July and is split across two floors, with the first floor housing an adult cabaret stage and opulent leather booths, dark woods, floor to ceiling bookcases and a world class selection of whiskey and gins. A naughtier basement floor is fitted with themed rooms for party bookings and private dances.

Taking influence from venues such as The Box in London and New York, Crazy Horse and Moulin Rouge in Paris, the space is aimed at both men and women seeking a night of intrigue, secrecy and sexuality as an art form. 

Buy tickets on Skiddle here

To book private tables and luxury booths email Sarah@whiskeydown.co.uk 

M: 07930 668874

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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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Avengers: Endgame set to top 2019

LOS ANGELES Hollywood was abuzz with premiere excitement as Avengers: Endgame made its debut on Monday night with a stellar cast attendance. Data experts Applaudience have forecast the film to become the highest grossing of 2019 in the UK.


The Los Angeles Convention Center welcomed stars including Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Robert Downey Jr. , Bradley Cooper, Chris Hemsworth.

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus (below) hit the red carpet too along with Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger, who declared coupledom on the carpet.

In the UK, Good Friday weekend’s record temperatures didn’t do cinemas any favours: not a single film making over the £1m mark reports Applaudience. But as of this week 3.25% of the entire UK is said to have already purchased advance tickets with a mighty 1,177,613 tickets bought for Fri-Sun screenings and 2,148,092 sold over all dates.

Black Widow Scarlett Johansson at the LA premiere in metallic Versace

Avengers: Endgame has already made £12.1m in advance ticket sales over the Box Office weekend and a further £10m across additional dates.

Applaudience has confirmed that the film will top its predecessor Avengers: Infinity War's hefty £329m Box Office opening weekend in 2018.

Below are showtimes that are 95%+ sold out (only corner / front-row seats are left to book)

Regional Statistics

Applaudience’s metrics using data mining software and sales analysis from the top 10 cinemas chains.

It reports that cinemas in the east of England have sold out of the greatest amount of in the UK, with 34.3% of the total, pre-booked.

This is closely followed by cinemas in the South East (28.9%) and East Midlands (28.5%). Yet more rural regions of the UK such as Northern Ireland and Wales are less taken by Marvel madness, with only 15.3% of total tickets available sold out in Wales and 18.5% in Northern Ireland.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

Planning to catch the film this weekend? Book ahead: 904 screenings up to 95% capacity and 2025 screenings across the UK are already listed as sold out.