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Bunga Bunga Launch

Sheridan Smith

 

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden launched last night with a headline performance by Sheridan Smith on 12 January. Abigail Parkin

The new live entertainment dining venue hosted guests including Lottie Moss, Donna Air & Joshua Kane who watched Sheridan Smith perform Don't Rain on My Parade and People.

 The event was staged in association with Martini and guests enjoyed cocktails such as Don Silvio Bunga Martini Rubino while rousing performances from the Man in the Balloon took place along with the Champagne Juggler and the Jersey Boys who played alongside the Bunga Boys.

Sheridan Smith wowed the audience in a gold wrap-around dress, in her first performance since her father passed away last year. Her ‘Daddy’s Girl’ tattoo, etched down her arm, made its public tribute to him.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden is the latest project from Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling’s Inception Group, and boats a new address. BungaTINI on the ground floor is an authentic all-day family friendly Italian pizzeria and bar. However, look again and located in the far corner of BungaTINI is a secret door to a meat locker. Those brave enough to venture beyond the meat locker can expect  some of London’s finest acts. 

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Archer Street Calls Talent

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Soho's Archer Street bar is making its annual call-out to future stage stars with its 'Archer Street's Got Talent' contest on 21 Feb. Abigail Parkin

Entrants are in with a chance of scooping a £3,000 cash prize and a profile-enhancing media and support package. The judging panel claims previous names such as Piers Morgan and Michael Ball and the 2017 event promises a panel comprising  three industry professionals from the world of pop, theatre and television with a surprise celebrity guest judge each week.

Previous winners of Archer Street's Got Talent include Alex Francis, brother to BRIT Award winner James Bay who recently played at Time Out's Rising Stars and will launch his debut EP in January. The competition is well attended by talent scouts from all areas of the music industry, with other past contestants going on to X Factor & The Voice.

Archer Street's Got Talent finalist Kerrianne Covell made it through to the judges' houses on X-Factor, Rozzy Turner joined Will.i.am's team and Deano Boroczky joined Paloma Faiths team on The Voice

This year's contest will begin with auditions at the end of January in Archer Street's après-ski pop-up bar Piste before the heats begin on 21st February. Guests are welcomed down every Tuesday thereafter until the 2017 Voice of Soho is crowned on the 18th April.

Archer Street's Siobhan MaGill has brought the essence of the theatre into Freedom on Wardour Street and at Archer Street, whose bar staff comprise singing talent that's performed at London musicals including Thriller, We Will Rock You and Book of Mormon.

 

To enter, email: gottalent@archerstreet.co.uk

Over 18s who want a grab at the voice of 2017 should email with a photograph, a brief description of vocal experience and a music or video link.

Closing date for applications Jan 23rd 2017.

Auditions: 30th January & 1st February - 10am to 6pm

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Rimowa Joins LVMH

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Rimowa, the luxury luggage and leather goods maker has announced a partnership with the LVMH Group making it the first German brand to join LVMH. Sat Bal 

Founded in Cologne in 1898, Rimowa has become one of the quintessential houses for innovative, high-quality luggage over the course of the twentieth century. The business has built its reputation designing lightweight and easy to use luggage and RIMOWA suitcases today serve as the industry benchmark for German quality.

Since its creation by Paul Morszeck, innovation has been at the heart of Rimowa’s strategy. In 1937, his son Richard launched the first aluminium suitcase available on the market. The aluminium structure comprising parallel grooves makes the luggage instantly recognisable and has played its part in building the reputation of Rimowa among a sophisticated international clientele.  His son Dieter designed the first waterproof metal case in 1976, since which time Rimowa suitcases have become the travelling companion of choice for the greatest filmmakers, photographers and journalists.

Since 2014, RIMOWA has also been developing its exclusive “Bossa Nova” range which combines lightweight polycarbonate with the elegance of leather. This suitcase is a tribute to the English artist and botanist Margaret Mee who devoted her life to painting and protecting plants from the Amazon. Rimowa donates a portion of its sales to the Association Saúde e Alegria which supports social projects in the Amazon.

More recently, in partnership with Lufthansa, the company has launched the Electronic Tag. This innovative feature simplifies baggage check-in by matching, with the use of a smartphone, the boarding card with a Bluetooth electronic tag integrated only within Rimowa suitcases.

Upon completion of the transaction with LVMH, Alexandre Arnault will be appointed co-CEO of Rimowa.

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Eventist Group Changes

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Best Parties Ever has officially become Eventist Group, comprising five hospitality businesses. Sat Bal


They are Best Parties Ever, Tapenade (corporate and private caterer), Tobacco Dock Food (in-house caterer at venue Tobacco Dock, Arribar and iELive (bar and drinks specialist, sound and AV).
The company's remit covers everything from Christmas parties and summer hospitality to business conferences, music festivals and private milestone occasions. Its summer roster of 75 events has includes Glastonbury, RIAT, Henley and Farnborough Air Show.


Managing director of Eventist Group, Tim Stevens, said of the relaunch: “We have some fantastic brands with some creative, knowledgeable and inspiring staff and we wanted to unite them all and highlight our expertise. We’re proud of our new identity and look forward to building on our successes.”

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Hidden Escapes

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Travellers who enjoy crafted luxury in unusual holiday locales should take a look at Cambodia and neighbouring areas for lavish openings in 2017

 

Where?

Krabey Island (above), Cambodia and operated by Six Senses.

 What’s on offer?

Six Senses Krabey Island is scheduled to premier in 2017

40 pool villas set around the naturally landscaped 30-acre island.

All villas comprise a living room, master bedroom, ensuite and private plunge pool

Retreat and Reserve villa categories will even offer mini wine cellars.

Indochine will be the resort’s specialty dining restaurant, which will include a communal dining table in front of the show kitchen.

Activities

Hands-on cooking classes will introduce budding chefs to Indochine-inspired cuisine.

The Six Senses Spa includes ancient Cambodian healing traditions, Six Senses Integrative Wellness, detox, yoga and workshops. Alternative treatments, a spa library and juice bar incorporating the island’s fruits and herbs.

A poolside outdoor cinema plays films and plans include an observatory stargazing sessions with expert talks on the universe.

 Alila villas 

Where?

Alila Villas Koh Russey launches early 2017 on the south coast of Sihanoukville.

 

What’s on offer?

 Sought-after white sand beaches, pristine waters, lush tropical scenery and seclusion. Featuring 48 hotels suites, a beachfront swimming pool, five-star restaurant dining, kids’ club and fitness centre.

 

Where?

Early 2017 sees Rosewood Hotels & Resorts bringing a new hotel to the tallest building in Phnom Penh, the Vattanac Capital Tower One.

What’s on offer?

The new hotel will have 148 rooms and suites and 27 luxury serviced residences for long-stay visitors. Views across the city and the fabled Mekong River. Dining options will include a sophisticated bistro, lobby lounge, two specialty restaurants and a sky bar complete with cantilevered terrace. Also to feature a Sense spa.

 

Dok Keow - Elephant

 

Where?

Laos - boating luxury with the Dok Keow.

What’s on offer?

One of Laos’ most luxurious boats, the Dok Keow is ready to cruise the Mekong in style, privacy and comfort. The 28-metre wooden river boat has been crafted to the highest specifications with a large lounge and dining area. Board this year for fine cuisine and cocktails amid the river views before returning to Luang Prabang.

 

Where?

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat brings private tours with leading academic Dr Damien Evans, unavailable to the public.

What’s on offer?

Villa Chandara Siem Reap's first experiential dining venue. Transport to the villa begins by private car and continue on a traditional wooden boat across a 1,000-year-old reservoir to reach the villa. Exotic Khmer cuisine is prepared by a leading local chef.     

 

Luxury travel operator Scott Dunn offers the above and more. Ten-night bespoke Cambodia itineraries from £2,500 per person. This is based on a couple sharing and includes all accommodation, selected experiences, return flights and private transfers.    

Scott Dunn offers a nine night ‘Highlights of Laos’ itinerary from £2,700 per person. This is based on a couple sharing and includes all accommodation, range of experiences, return flights and private transfers.  

  For more experiences see www.scottdunn.com 

 

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Alexa Chung Lines Up

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Girl-about-media Alexa Chung is set to launch her own fashion line next year. Sat Bal (12 July ’16)

The news isn’t a complete surprise given Chung’s collaborations with AG Jeans and, recently, Marks & Spencer. And we’re fairly certain that the clothing line will be more imaginative than its brand name : Alexachung.

Expect a contemporary priced line that mixes and matches denim, jewellery, daywear, night-style and, naturally, shoes.

Alexachung should hit the stores in May 2017.    

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Rum Runners

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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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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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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

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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