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The Longleat Lock-In

WILTSHIRE England's cultural colour was drained by the loss of two of our great eccentrics in the past fortnight: the Marquess of Bath, and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge musician, poet and occultist. Sat Bal warmly remembers one of the defining Longleat House parties of the era.

The ‘Burleski’ bash vividly reflected the colourful chatelain of Longleat, staged at his 16th-century stately home, to celebrate the 30th birthday of son, Ceawlin. Vogue and Tatler put the party in its top 5 but we'd go higher.

Here we raid the vaults to resurrect our fabulous night, in pictures.

Raise your glasses: Alexander George Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, 6 May 1932 - 5 April 2020.     

Party organising supremo Danielle Nay with Viscount Ceawlin Thynn

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Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES It was all smiles at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards with a roll call of Hollywood names in attendance at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020. Laura Booth

Brad Pitt and former wife Jennifer Aniston (below) crossed paths, and smiles, backstage after winning awards. He: best supporting actor for his part as a stuntman in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. She: best actress in The Morning Show.

Wifey opts for vintage Dior by John Galliano

Briton, Phobe Waller-Bridge also toasted success in LA with best actress in for Fleabag.

But it was South Korean film Parasite that happily confounded pundits by winning the best ensemble cast award, ahead of Hollywood's biggest stars. Its SAG award sets it up as a big prospect for the Oscars next month.

(L-R) Meryl Streep (standing), Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern (standing)

Picking up his statuette, Brad Pitt joshed that he would have to update his Tinder profile with news of his SAG Award. Of his role as Cliff Booth he joked: 'It was a difficult part - a guy who takes his shirt off, gets high and doesn't get on with his wife. It was a big stretch...'

(L-R) Margot Robbie, Zoë Kravitz, Meryl Streep, and Charlize Theron

Best supporting actress went to Laura Dern for Marriage Story putting her in pole position for an Oscar. Scarlett Johansson shimmered in a teal Armani Privé gown for her outstanding female actor in a leading role award in Marriage Story.

Elsewhere, Peter Dinklage was crowned best actor in a drama series for Game of Thrones, while Tony Shalhoub won best actor in a comedy series for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

The Irishman star Robert De Niro picked up lifetime achievement award and picked up the rhetoric on Donald Trump's 'blatant misuse of power' adding, 'But we're in such a dire situation and it's so deeply concerning to me and so many others, I have to say something. '

Robert De Niro accepts the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award from Leonardo DiCaprio

... and gets congratulated by old pal Al Pacino

Renée Zellweger (best actress) wears Maison Margiela with Jennifer Lopez in a Georges Hobeika black gown - and $9 million of Harry Winston jewellery inc 73.55 carat (count 'em!) diamond necklace set in platinum

Cliff Booth and Leonardo DiCaprio, maybe

Charlize Theron and Quentin Tarantino. Definitely

Pics : Getty Images

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Cats Get the Cream

LONDON Amatory Asylum brings its carnal carnival to the luxurious Wellington Club for Halloween. Lucy Kale

The mix of audience-immersive theatre, physical performance and dance party is brought to the Wellington by the House of Kittens; the theatre company that knows how to tell an erotic tale.

Amatory Asylum brings a rare collection of those stories to the night through conceptual dance and theatre pieces which aim to engage audiences in a new, liberated theatrical movement that puts wanton girl power at its core.

Guests will become medical observers in the surreal, sensual world of Dr Lili La Fleur, head of the Asylum and presiding physician of sexual psychological studies.

Elsewhere the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee will invite audiences to record the outré acts that they see in ‘inflammatory experimentation’ and psychosexual therapy.

Then head off to the annual Amatory Asylum Ball to mingle with the newly liberated ladies of the night.  

Founder and director Sophie Cohen is the high priestess behind it all and Amatory Asylum will be the first event set in the luxury of the newly reopened Wellington Members Club on Jermyn Street, one of the most daring and exciting private members bars in London. 

Expect 12 individual romance-to-kink performances lasting up to 16 minutes and performed across two floors.  

Dress Code: is Elegant, Medical, or Fetish - prizes awarded for best dressed.

When:  Halloween: Thurs 31st Oct & Fri 1st Nov

Doors: 8pm & Dancing till late

Tickets: General Admission: £35-40. Limited table reservations available

Buy:  www.houseofkittens.co.uk


Bookings via www.thewellington.club

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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 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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Isle of MTV '17 Reviewed in Malta

Red Carpet is back from a scorching Malta where we watched the 11th Isle of MTV music party led by artists Raye, Jonas Blue, DNCE and the Chainsmokers. Sat Bal  

We weren’t the only ones feeling the sun; DJ Jonas Blue also cited the sweltering heat when quizzed about his first impression of Malta at the pre-show press call, earlier that afternoon. Later at the show the UK DJ’s set threw out a rendition of By Your Side and then stepped things up by inviting British breakthrough artist Raye onto the stage to perform a duet.

The limo bus complete with bartenders whisks us to the venue for the show. Cheers MTV!

Raye had made her debut earlier and unwittingly became a showstopper when a technical hitch imposed a short tea break on her set. We just scuttled off to get more drinks from the VIP bar, Raye resumed the music soon enough and the 50,000 or so music fans were unperturbed, so who cares? What’s more this office denies rumours that the hitch was built-in by MTV just so that Raye could have a longer set.

Her show rolled on with the single Shhh, followed by a rousing cover of Gotta Get Through This and her current single The Line. The tempo changed by the time Raye staged up with Jonas Blue who was then joined by Liza Owen for singalong reworkings of Back In The Day and Fast Car. Jonas Blue’s set culminated with current single Mama,accompanied by Aaron before launching crowd-pleaser Perfect Strangers, aided by fellow Brit, JP Cooper.

DNCE axe attack

Bright sun gave way to brighter neon as dusk fell over the Il-Fosos Square venue. Hostess Becca Dudley bounded on to present multi-platinum selling band DNCE. Led by Joe Jonas DNCE took it all filmic with a dramatic Star Wars intro fronted by stormtroopers. DNCE covered tributes to David Bowie including Let’s Dance  and George Michael’s classic Freedom, before performing their much-loved single Kissing Strangers. Huge DNCE-branded inflatables, confetti launches and Co2 jets pleased the ever-dancing crowd. These were tempered by on-screen warnings not to be alarmed at imminent booming sounds, in a nod to the real-world situation. Security had also been beefed up around the site keeping the fun safe.

The visuals were amped up by headliners the Chainsmokers whose electro buzzed the crowd amid  flame machines and confetti streamers. They opened with huge hit Break Up Every Night making way for  bangers Roses and Young. The circa six-hour night of music was finally brought to a close with their single Closer.

And with the final reverberations of music hailing the balmy air it was off to the afterparty at the al fresco surrounds of UNO Village until sunrise.

See more at www.isleofmtv.com

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Killing Of A Sacred Deer Premiere In Cannes - Nicole Kidman and cast

The film premieres and parties continue apace in sunny Cannes with the afterparty for The Killing of a Sacred Deer this week.

 

Attendees included Colin Farrel, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic and writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos.

Nikki Beach, the linchpin pop-up venue of the Cannes Film Festival, hosted the event and here's what we saw...

 

Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan get joyous

 

Nicole and Keith Urban

 

Sunny Suljic and Raffey Cassidy at the party

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We review MTV Milan Awards

The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA)  blasted off in Milan last night and Red Carpet was there to watch it all unfurl. Sat Bal took to the red carpet to interview the talent before the show kicked off in Milan’s vast Mediolanum Forum. (26 Oct’15)

 There’s more content to follow (and check out our Twitter feed!) but here we bring you a round-up of the night’s winners and performances…

Something like 800 million televisions switched on last night to watch host Ed Sheeran and co-host Ruby Rose present the 2015 MTV EMAs. The night belonged to multiple winner Justin Bieber but performances such as the duet between Italian tenor  Andrea Bocelli and Tori Kelly brought a new resonance to the EMAs this year.

Our MTV party was a load of pants - to be expected since it was a visit to EMA sponsor Tezenis Underwear’s cocktail party at their flagship Milan store.

This was followed by an invitation on Saturday night to watch Duran Duran and Ellie Goulding perform along with Italian singer-songwriter Marco Mengoni. We accepted!

The performers delivered a rousing party show and special guest Mark Ronson later performed with Duran on stage at the event, part of Milan Music Week World Stage at Piazza Duomo. 

Next day at the official EMA show Justin Bieber raised fan noise levels to a crescendo with his performance of What Do You Mean?, and was the biggest winner of the night with five MTV EMAs. He took home Best Male for a sixth year in a row; won Best LookWorldwide Act: North AmericaBest Collaboration for his work with Skrillex and Diplo on Where Are You Now? Beliebers came out in full force to help him win Biggest Fans in a heated social vote, with One Direction landing in second place.

Production was typical MTV high-end and Justin Bieber opened with a cool futuristic Tron-like set

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis opened the show with a high-octane performance of their award-winning song Downtown, which featured mopeds, travellators and Eric Nally flying high above the stage.  Later in the night, they won Best Video for Downtown

Host Ed Sheeran was busy throughout the night. Not only did he commandeer proceedings with co-hostRuby Rose,but he joined Rudimental atop a collection of retro radios for a funky collaboration on their hit Lay it All On Me, and took home awards for Best Live Act and Best World Stage.

Ed Sheeran got Best Live Act award

Pharrell Williams closed thenight with apowerful performance of his hit track Freedom. Afterward, the broadcast cut to Piazza Duomo in central Milan, where thousands of fans held up a massive 23 x 16 metre ‘Freedom’ flag. Incorporating national flags from all over the world, the flag symbolized the birth of a utopian country that knows no borders and kicked off the MTV Freedom campaign, which seeks to raise awareness, activism and donations in support of the current refugee crisis. See freedom.mtvema.com. #EMAfreedom

 In honour of this year’s host country, legendary Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed a breathtaking rendition of his classic Time To Say Goodbye, then joined powerhouse Tori Kelly for a once-in-a-lifetime duet of Pink’s hit song, Just Give Me a Reason.

 Nicki Minaj won Best Hip Hop; Best Pop went to One Direction; Rihanna got Best Female; Taylor Swift won Best Song with Bad Blood featuringKendrick Lamar. And Best Alternative went to Lana Del Rey

Jason Derulo took over the arena with his hit Want To Want Me, as he and his dancers, below, zoomed between all three stages on SwegWays. 

 Ellie Goulding wowed the crowd as she emerged from a cluster of giant, mirrored crystals (see headline pic) for a glittering performance of her hit Love Me Like You Do.

MTV PUSH artists Jess Glynne and James Bay hit the MTV EMA stage with debut performances. Elsewhere, twenty one pilots and superstar DJs Martin Garrix and Afrojack entertained tens of thousands of fans in central Milan’s Piazza Duomo with a spectacular outdoor MTV EMAs concert. 

Pop heroes Duran Duran were presented with the first ever MTV Video Visionary Award to celebrate their  pioneering work in the music video art form.

This year’s EMAs was in partnership with Tezenis Underwear and Guitar Hero Live, and broadcast live on Sunday, 25 October at 9:00PM CET.

Where to next?

The conclusion of the show also included an exciting announcement: the 2016 MTV EMAs will be held in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. See you there!

FULL LIST OF 2015 MTV EMA Winners

BEST SONG
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar     Bad Blood

BEST POP
One Direction                                                   

BEST FEMALE
Rihanna                                                                               

BEST MALE                                          
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

BEST LIVE ACT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GUITAR HERO LIVE ®
Ed Sheeran

BEST NEW ACT                                                  
Shawn Mendes                                                                                                                               

BEST VIDEO
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis                                           Downtown

BEST ROCK                                                                          
Coldplay                                                                                                                                              

BEST ALTERNATIVE                          
Lana Del Rey                                                                    

BEST HIP HOP                                    
Nicki Minaj                                                                                                                                         

BEST ELECTRONIC                                                            
Martin Garrix                                                    

BEST PUSH                                          
Shawn Mendes                                                                                                                               

BEST COLLABORATION
Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Diplo                         Where Are You Now?

BIGGEST FANS
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

BEST LOOK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TEZENIS UNDERWEAR
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

BEST WORLD STAGE
Ed Sheeran                                                         V Festival, Hylands Park, UK 2014

VIDEO VISIONARY AWARD

Duran Duran

WORLDWIDE ACT: North America

Canada – Justin Bieber

WORLDWIDE ACT: LATIN America

Brazil – Anitta

WORLDWIDE ACT: Europe

Italy – Marco Mengoni

WORLDWIDE ACT: Africa / India 

Africa – Diamond Platnumz

WORLDWIDE ACT: Asia 

China – Jane Zhang

WORLDWIDE ACT: Australia / New Zealand

Australia – 5 Seconds of Summer

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Isle of MTV Malta – Behind the scenes

The shores of Torre de Belem, Ile du Gaou and Trieste hold fond memories for Red Carpet. That’s where the first Isle of MTV parties took place in early 2000 in a hedonistic mix of sun, swills and DJ-led music. Sat Bal fast-forwards to summer 2012 in Malta where a conceptually updated Isle of MTV awaited us in the capital Valetta.  

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