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Hello Manchester! We are Viva! And we’d like to introduce ourselves as the newest glossy lifestyle magazine to hit the streets of Manchester this year! After the huge success of launching in Leeds there was no question about it, we had to spread our wings and launch into one of the greatest cities in the UK. We believe that Viva is going to be extremely popular with you cosmopolitan Mancunian and, with one of the best media teams around behind our publication, we will be taking Manchester by storm! So what’s in Viva? As you read through our humble magazine, you will be treated to 138 pages of more fashion, beauty, food & drink, live music, social calendars, Viva dating, motoring & gadgets, home improvements, interviews with the stars, film reviews, culture and top travel destinations than you can shake a very large stick at. Features in this issue include: getting up close and personal with Chris Evans; an interview with the very talented tattoo artist Mr Dan Gold; helping you get the right look this summer with our two gorgeous fashion stories, ‘Viva Jungle’ and ‘Country Prestige’, world cup madness and Viva’s festival guide to summer 2010 where you could be in with a chance to win tickets to local festivals. We hope you enjoy the first issue of Viva, Manchester! We’ll be back in August with issue two, but until then - have a great summer!

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VIVA i n t h e p i p e l i n e A COUPLE OF THINGS COMING UP IN SPRING / SUMMER 2010

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The Radar BEER GARDENS & BBQS Woo hoo summer is FINALLY on it’s way.. there is nothing better than kicking off your shoes after a long hard day at work and sipping a beer al fresco. POLKA DOTS AND NUDES Grab yourself a yellow polka dot bikini ladies as polka dots will be huge this summer. Another big trend is nudes so stock yourselves up on fake tan so you aren’t a wash out. HOT PINKS AND SHIMMERS It may be nudes for your clothes but fuchsia pink is what we will all be wearing on our lips this summer. Shimmery skin is also a must have. GIRLY DAYS Ok so the boys are all sorted with a summer packed full of footie which gives us girls time to indulge in some pamper time. Come and see us at Take Two Style School for a girly day of make-up, hair, photo shoots and catwalking!


Tuesday 15th June to Saturday 19th June will see Royal Ascot turn into a spectacular colourful scene of galloping horses and fancy hats like you’ve never seen before. Founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, Ascot Racecourse is located in the small town of Ascot, Berkshire (which is also birth place of our editor). It is closely associated with the British Royal Family, being approximately six miles from Windsor Castle, and is owned by the Crown Estate. Royal Ascot is the biggest UK horse racing event of the year hosting 9 of the UK’s 32 annual group 1 races and has also turned into one of the biggest fashion events of the year too. Ladies day is renowned as one of the most spectacular days on the British social calendar where the hottest ladies from the UK are out to impress with the latest Gucci dresses and outrageous hats. Dress code - Ladies are required to dress in a manner appropriate to a smart occasion and although not compulsory many wear hats. Men are advised to wear a shirt and tie, preferably with a suit or jacket, shorts are strictly forbidden, so put those pins away boys! There are a few different ticket options ranging from The Sliver Ring to The Royal Enclosure (which is invite only by Her Majesty The Queen). Prices range from £17 to £235. This is by far one of the greatest British days out of the year and is an even better day if your horse is a winner, we’ll see you in The Royal Enclosure!!


Sunday May 16th sees the return of the annual Bupa Great Manchester Run, as 36,000 participants take to the streets of Manchester city centre to walk, jog, or sprint 10k, all in aid of charity.

The Bupa Great Manchester Run welcomes applicants from all walks of life including men, women and children of all ages and abilities. There are even a handful of celebrities taking part, with Coronation Street’s Samia Smith and ‘Dancing on Ice’ winner Richard Fleeshman being amongst the guests confirmed so far. The elite 10k run covers the length and breadth of Manchester city centre, with the race starting at the cross-roads of Portland St and Oxford Rd and finishing at Deansgate. There are 13 music stops along the way with live bands, DJ’s and local radio station Key 103 keeping runners entertained whilst they slog it out for their chosen charity. The Alzheimer’s Society is Bupa’s nominated charity for the 2010 Bupa Great Run series, whilst the Leukemia and Lymphomia Research charity has been chosen for the children’s race. However, charities for all causes are welcome, and last year over £8 million was raised by Manchester’s runners. Not only will this be a fabulous day-out for friends and family, but it is also for a good cause so get down and show your support! VIVA 12


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CHEATERS Ashley Cole, John Terry, Tevez – we all expected that but Mark Owen, Gareth Gates and Howard Donald? PALM PRE PHONES Ok, I don’t want to sound ungrateful as I was kindly given a freebie phone by them but, seriously, you need a PHD to send a text message on those things! LBDs Time to put away all your faithful little black dresses, tights and cardis and start flashing some flesh now the big freeze is FINALLY over! FOUNDATION Time to start letting your skin breathe again. Ditch the foundation for lighter coverage. Try tinted moisturiser instead which will give you a nice glow and dab a bit of concealer on any zits that need hiding.

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t was time to say goodbye. That moment when the slightest hint of inappropriate solecisms would sabotage all the hard ground work I had put in over the course of the weekend.

I had given her a tour of Manchester and at points even became a passenger in my own ride of emotions. I had survived the big wheel that dwarfs Selfridge’s entrance and the rest of the city landscape, despite being paralysed from the waist down with fear. We had also giggled together in a joyous triumph after 23 red came in at G Casino. Later we collapsed in a heap of exhaustion after traversing the length and breadth of the city centre to find that perfect gift for her ‘bff’ back home- a trinket that she hoped would encapsulate what we Mancunians, children of the Gods, experience on our daily travels in and around the city centre- And finally, judging by her tightening clasp of my hand and her ever-broadening smile, she had hoped we would fall in love under the bright lights of China town after a feast of spare ribs and dim sum at Pacific restaurant.

Her assertion was riddled with incongruity. And I’ll tell you why. We had fallen in love that day- but not with each other. Indeed, her smile broadened but not at my jokes. Yes, It was true that I couldn’t help but notice her tightening grip of my hand but only as we reached the pinnacle of the big wheels perennial revolutions. I was merely her tour guide and despite experiencing so much together, in her heart, it meant nothing at all.

She had fallen in love my city and its beautiful people. As I watched her get on the train at Piccadilly station I noticed she had made her way to the nearest window to say her final goodbyes. As the train began to move signaling the end of our magical weekend she forced open the window to utter those three famous words.

“I love Manchester…” It made me think. Have I really taken for granted what the UK’s unofficial second city has to offer? Have I been spoiled by familiarity? Could I too rekindle my love for the region that raised me and generations of other Mancunians? Manchester is draped in a rich history that even the Oxbridge historian would find difficult to charter. The collection of museums in the city centre and its environs has however recorded the evolution of Manchester’s history- and there are lots of them. The Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, or, ‘MOSI’, as it’s known by those who frequent it, has been around for 40 years. Granted not at the sight it rests today but it has served as a museum devoted to science, technology and industry. It is likely you didn’t know but Manchester was the first industrialised city in the world. This grandiose accolade was brought about by a boom in textile manufacturing over the course of the industrial revolution.


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Those days are long gone but the heritage remains. The MOSI building itself is spread across the former Liverpool Road Station which linked the Manchester-Liverpool railway; the world’s first passenger railway. Today the sight is home to a dozen decommissioned airplanes that greet unsuspecting visitors in the museum’s aerodynamics department. More modern museums like the Urbis are slowly etching their mark on Manchester’s historical tablets. Located near the Printworks, and across the road from the triangle, the sloping glass structure known as the Urbis does actually serve a purpose. A quick glance could suggest it maybe an artificial ski-slope but inside that triangle of glass and modern stainless steel are an accumulation of exhibitions serving the people of Manchester and those hoping to steal a piece of our town for the weekend. The building itself was added to the Mancunian landscape as part of a £42m project for the development

of a Manchester Millenium Quarter and may I say that it was money well spent. Urbis hosts a shop, bar, restaurant, language forums and research facilities and the new exhibitions that grace its show rooms mean that Urbis is a unique educational tool socially and culturally. News that Urbis is to morph into The National Football Museum in the spring/summer of 2011 delighted many who see Manchester as the home of global football- the stomping ground of the world’s most well known club and also its geographical rival who stake their claim to global economic superiority. I am however guilty of neglecting our town. The People’s History Museum, just metres from the Manchester Civil Justice Centre is next on my to do list of cultural enlightenment. Yet even after going there, doing that and buying a ruler from the gift shop I would still not have scratched the historical museum surface. Add the countless art galleries

interspersed throughout the city and my to do list could officially label me as an outsider.

I love Manchester- enough, is never enough. While we’re on the topic of museums- only after planning on how to romantically occupy my lady friend for the weekend did I realise that Manchester had nine theatres in the city centre alone. Nine! With at least four of those claiming world class auditoriums. I have been to the Manchester Opera House a minimum of six times, all to see one of my favourite productions- Phantom of the Opera, a Lloyd-Webber classic. The M.E.N. arena hosts not only sporting events but big acts from all over the entertainment industry with America’s hottest stars jetting over from their L.A. ‘cribs’ to pay our inconspicuous city a visit. The Bridgewater Hall is our

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one stop for orchestral delights (I can admit to being amongst a crowd of octogenarians once or twice) and of course the Manchester Apollo and Royal Northern College of Music need no introduction.

I love Manchester- our city has choice. Despite what Jamie Oliver will have you believe, more and more city dwellers are ditching culinary patience, woks and herb racks for eating out. Manchester is the second home to an impressive collection of international cuisine: so if you fancy going European for the evening, a collection of French, Spanish, Italian food; Manchester has got you covered. I can head down Brasserie Gerard looking out onto Albert Square where the food is renowned and the service is second to none. Equally, South American restaurants such as Bem Brasil off Deansgate have become increasingly popular with those

bored of the ‘samey’ European eateries- opting for a warmer vibe and a new approach to preparing and cooking the evening’s edibles. Of course, eating French isn’t everyone’s thing and watching Brasil take on Argentina is as South American as some people go, so there are enough ‘greasy spoon’ establishments to provide those all important five-a-days. Oxford Road- the main artery running through the heart of the city is home to some of these ‘Mum’s kitchen’ restaurants. ‘Odder Bar’ facing the iconic BBC building or just around the corner, ‘Font Bar,’ are two of my favourites. ‘Odder’s’ website boasts “If you like mirror covered stairways, giant lizards, huge vases and loads of clocks then you’re a very strange person indeed, but also you’ll love Odder.” Odder was voted Best

Bar North & Best Bar at BEDA’s UK Awards in 2007-08 and was also nominated Best Bar AND Best Newcomer at the Manchester Food & Drink Awards 2007 – enough said! The all day breakfast on thick, toasted bread is the cure for any hangover but becoming a regular face here is will see you develop a nefarious over-hang. Font bar is equally as impressive and curly fries served with a cous-cous/ southern fried chicken wrap with a couple of tomatos thrown in for good measure means that ‘Font’ is another winner. £2 cocktails and other selected house beers and cheap drinks gives you valid reason to try the Misses’ favourite drink- a Strawberry Daiquiri topped with whipped cream.

I love Manchester- you can eat breakfast in the evening and drink effeminately named cocktails and no-one

I love Manchester- it seems even wearing your PJ’s into the city for an afternoon shop is classed as a fashion statement. Like any major city, Manchester is made up of districts. These districts have developed their own vibe, crowd and sound. The nightlife in Manchester is legendary and with a student population said to be over 100,000 our city never sleeps. The Printworks offers a range of venues, spanning from the well known ‘Tiger Tiger’ franchise to superclubs like ‘Pure’ and ‘Opus.’ The newly opened ‘Entourage’ has already stamped its mark with the weekly anticipated night-‘Airport’ and ‘Norwegian Blue,’ ‘Hard Rock Café’ and ‘Henry J Beans’ offers the enticing bar atmosphere with a good food element. Exclusive bars and clubs like Boutique, Circle and Bijou are the local playgrounds for footballers and their groupies- some even making the potentially hostile journey up from Liverpool FC.

will bat an eyelid. Dukes 92 in Castlefield is THE summer spot with a massive courtyard that is teaming with Manchester’s faces donning newly purchased Ray Ban’s at the slightest glimpse of a bit of sun. Here you will find a comprehensive selection of world cheeses that complement their privileged selection of wines. Linen (inside G Casino) is a must try for Nouvelle Cuisine and the décor lends for comfortable exclusive dining. Chinatown is my area of choice for good food. Sushi houses, dim sum parlours and full-blown Chinese and Cantonese restaurants will leave your head spinning (and that’s before the Saki). My lady friend was treated to a night at Pacific but one literally has the option of trying somewhere new once a week for an entire calendar year without ever entering the same restaurant twice. The self explanatory ‘Curry Mile’ located near the student quarter of Rusholme/Fallowfield boasts curry, kebabs and Krunchy Chicken, if a sit down meal really isn’t your thing. Despite sitting less than one mile on Wilmslow Road, the ‘Curry Mile’ was given its name for being the largest concentration of South Asian bistros outside of the Indian subcontinent with over 70 curry houses and kebab shops lining the street. For the best kobeda’s in town head to ‘Kobeda Place’ (affectionately known by locals as the Palace).

I love Manchester- I can eat fresh sushi for breakfast or have an Afghan kobeda delivered straight to my door.

Manchester is a hub for past, present and future musical creativity and home to Simply Red, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Oasis, to name but a few legendary bands. Our creative genius has been celebrated with the inception of Noise Lab on Market Street in the city. Noise Lab is the brainchild of Noise Festival, and has, with the support of the National Arts Charity and Manchester City Council, transformed an empty shop into a cultural and creative hub, showcasing and nurturing young talent. Spread across three floors, each with its own identity and feel, the Lab was redesigned as an artistic space for visitors, artists and guest editors to become immersed in what those in charge hope will become a living body of artistic expression. The only project of its kind on offer this side of the hemisphere, Noise Lab has again confirmed that Manchester is the second city and our decade long jostling for position with Birmingham has come to an end.

The Northern Quarter is where you’ll find Manchester’s increasingly trendy bars. ‘Lammars,’ ‘Walrus,’ ‘The Northern,’ ‘Odd Bar,’ ‘Bluu,’ ‘Simple,’ ‘Apotheca,’ ‘Cuba Café’ and ‘English lounge’ is really naming but a few. It must to be seen to be believed. The iconic arches of Deansgate Locks set in the shadow of the club that created Manchester’s alter ego ‘Mad’chester cannot go unmentioned. Locally known as ‘The Locks,’ this stretch of bars is usually busy during the week and bustling come the weekend. Manchester gay scene is unofficially second only to that of London. ‘The Village’ or ‘Canal Street’ as it also known, offers an atmosphere that is unique to that part of the city and should be experienced at all costs! Good clubs, bars, food and hotels for ALL! Finally, we would be a doing a disservice to our city if we didn’t mention FAC251- a distant cousin of the world’s best club, the Hacienda. FAC251 has the same father but the crowd, vibe and approach has changed. Peter Hook can be seen behind the decks on a Saturday night at the venue but this club is a guaranteed good night nearly every weekday.

I love Manchester- because of its legacy, people think it’s the I love Manchester- we had the capital of Europe. Hacienda. Shopping is not a hobby of mine and is done more out of necessity than leisure. Yet it seems whenever I’m selling Manchester, to my prospective lady friend or as a destination for my European counterparts to visit I can’t help but boast about Selfridges, Harvey Nichol’s, Market Street, King Street, The Northern Quarter and The Arndale Centre. Manchester is the Mecca of North West shopping. Due to sheer size and concentration, competing with London is a no-no, but the phalanx of fashionistas and hipsters of the Northern Quarter do give our city some credibility in the fashion world.


Manchester- so much to offer and oh so little time to experience it all. My lady friend spent a weekend and she fell in love with the museums, theatres and a guy called Harvey Nichols. Ian Brown, said it had “everything except a beach” and it’s true- we’ve even got a ski slope! Words: Martin Baxter Photos: Steven Cox

VIVA i n t e r v i e w From paperboy to media mogul, Chris Evans, one of this country’s brightest and boldest personalities, tells James Davies the real story beyond the gale of the media spotlight.

Chris, we know a lot about your illustrious and incredibly successful career in broadcasting but we don’t know too much about your childhood and what you were like growing up. Can you tell me a little about your early years? I grew up on a council estate in Warrington, which was tough. Sadly, my Dad died prematurely- if you can say that about anyone dying at anytime- so life in the beginning was quite hard for me. Apart from that, my early life was great. But I’ve always had this desire to do well and to try and enjoy life. I think I’ve done that. Where did your interest in broadcasting come from? It came from listening to the radio and from watching the T.V. From Noel Edmonds Swap Shop, to Mike Reid’s breakfast show, to Timmy Mallet and from my brother who was a disc jockey at a club. But I think the light went on when I went to see Timmy Mallet do a road show at Old Trafford football ground. That was very exciting. I interviewed him, much like you’re doing to me, and asked him how I could get a job with him. Fortunately for me, there was a guy who was helping him who was leaving, so I wrote off for his job and got it. There was no money. I didn’t get paid for four years but it was experience you couldn’t buy and so that’s how the radio thing started. What was it like working with your hero? It was frightening. Primarily that’s the first thing I think when I think about working with Timmy because his show was so manic and so demanding and compelling and brilliant that to panic was the main ingredient to the night...for me at least. But I learnt so much. It was such a quick learning curb. Ninety per cent of what I do now is still based on what I learnt when I was working with him. Although you’ve been broadcasting for a number of years now, are you nervous about taking over from Sir Terry (Wogan)? It’s going to be a very tough gig. But it’s what I do for a living. It’s not like I’m being asked to play football for England. Although I do want to be the Wayne Rooney of Radio 2- I want to work hard for the team for ninety minutes and more.

You’ve had an incredibly successful career in both television and radio. What do you think makes a good broadcaster? Terry! He’s extremely articulate and confident. He’s got a fantastic voice, good dictation, and a brilliant education. He makes emails sparkle. He takes some pretty average material and makes it sing. I don’t know how he does it. What do your family and friends think of your success and all that you’ve been able to achieve because you’ve been incredibly successful haven’t you? I don’t know really. I don’t know what they think of it. I think they like it. I think my Mum likes it but I’m not sure. We don’t really talk about it to be honest. I’m from one of those families that keep your feet very firmly on the ground. My friends- I don’t really have many friends from when I was younger but I hope most people are happy for me. I imagine being in the public eye is an incredibly surreal experience, particularly when people want pictures and autographs. What do you like to do away from the spotlight? Oh god, it is. What I love to do is sit in my garage and smell the cars. I love smelling my cars. I know it sounds silly but I know exactly where I am when I’m doing that. I also like to be with my son and I like to have dinner and a glass of wine with my wife every night. That’s it really. Just the simple things. It wasn’t always that way though. In the 90’s I think it’s fair to say you enjoyed a night out? I did, but all the mayhem of the 90s wasn’t who I was – I was taken away with the times. I was living the rock star’s lifestyle, pulling women I’d never dreamt of and it was party time. I used to go out for days at a time and get smashed. I wasn’t an alcoholic, but I definitely had a problem. I did drink too much. And when you go to parties you do strange things – especially if they last for a while. Mine lasted anything between five and ten years. I didn’t really like it though. I like being on my own. How did living that sort of lifestyle affect you? I stopped putting the hours in and started to live the life. I’d become a self-important t**t. I thought I was invincible. I was utterly confident for all the wrong reasons. And now I’m confident for all the right reasons. Probably a bit less confident than I was then, even though I’ve got more to be confident about. I became an idiot when I thought I was moving on the same level as the bands and actors who came on TFI Friday. I thought I was part of Oasis, and what I am really is a facilitator. I forgot that. I’ve got back to why I loved radio in the first place, what I’m here for. I push the boundaries every day. We’re still being as creative, but not as loud and brash.



You’ve had some fantastic guests on your shows and were able to interview some quite remarkable people. From George Best to the Spice Girls, Pierce Brosnan to Tom Jones. What was that like? It was interesting and intriguing. Because the show was live I didn’t really have time to get into them. You’re talking to me for longer than I ever talked to any of those guests in four years. So it was fun but there wasn’t much depth to it. I got a sense of who people were but I didn’t really get into them like you are. This is a different sort of journalism- it’s more comprehensive. We had fun but I would have liked to have talked to them for longer. You mention George Best. What I remember most about George is when he came to my house. We had this football and he said ‘go on then, kick it to us’. I kicked it to him and it was unbelievable. He literally plucked it out of the air- amazing. He was like fifty odd. Did you ever imagine you would be as successful as you are and achieve all you have? It’s quite remarkable isn’t it? Well every single job I’ve ever had- maybe with the exception of one- I absolutely loved. I was a newsagent and I absolutely loved it. When I worked behind the bar at the Red Lion in Warrington I loved it. Even being a fork-lift truck driver was great. It’s all been great. But the success I’ve had is brilliant but it’s contemplative and what’s better than that is talking to you- the next generation. Success can get in the way though. It can be a bit of a heavy bag to carry. Would you ever consider going back into television? It’s not a question of whether I’m going to return to TV. It’s a question of whether TV is going to be there to be returned to. I would go back if we could come up with an idea that was different and new. When I was on Jonathan’s (Ross) show it was very exciting to be there but not for a second did I want to be Jonathan and I was quite relieved that I wasn’t. When you look back at your career I imagine you have some great memories and reflect fondly on it. Do you have any regrets? The only thing I regret in my life is the thing with my daughter because that’s huge and wrong. I was a selfish prick. I regret that, but there’s nothing I can do about it. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to break into broadcasting today and emulate, if possible, all you have been able to achieve? Take it one step at a time. Have an end goal in mind but don’t become self-important like I did. Always keep it simple and don’t over flower anything. Perhaps most importantly, don’t have any baggage. Keep re-doing things time and time and time again until you absolutely don’t have time to do it anymore because things can always get better. It’s Not What You Think, by Chris Evans, published byHarperCollins.



jeff wears alexander mcqueen painted jacket £940, dsquared check shirt £245, gucci tailored shorts £270 john wears ralph lauren custom fit polo £65 gucci royal blue chinos £295

victoria wears alice by temperley pink jumpsuit ÂŁ290 katy wears twenty8twelve yellow dress ÂŁ250 from harvey nichols

victoria wears d&g green dress £410 katy wears d&g flower shirt £260 paul&joe shorts £125 all from harvey nichols

jeff wears d&g western check shirt £245 white painted seam jeans £400 john wears true religion white denim short £185 paul smith printed straw trilby £60 from harvey nichols

katy wears lanvin orange dress £1285 from harvey nichols

jeff wears paul smith london jacket £435 paul smith shirt £85 paul smith linen trouser £115 from harvey nichols

victoria wears lanvin blue dress ÂŁ1065 from harvey nichols

john wears paul smith shirt ÂŁ130 from harvey nichols

photographer: dan moncur-sime hair: Adam Bryant Ethos Hairdressers 97 Oldham Street Manchester, M4 1LW 0161 835 1111 make-up: jayne whittaker stylists: bryan harrop models: katy chapman from boss models victoria basford john wade from boss models jefferson cartmell from real models stunning location: rydings mount leeds - special thanks to the Wild family and Booth family for letting us use their fantastic abodes.


Harvey Nichols SPRING / SUMMER 10 FASHION SHOW In collaboration with Helen Steele


anchester’s Urbis Museum went under a total transformation for Harvey Nichols Spring/Summer 2010 fashion show this month. Its usual simple white walls and spacious interior became invaded with a herd of hot looking models, a crowd of fashionable folk, and an injection of bold colours splashed around the building. The bright and eye-catching venue provided the backdrop for Helen Steele’s collaboration with Harvey Nichols. The abstract Irish artist is renowned for her vivid and dramatic art work, where Steele creates astounding art pieces on canvas using acrylic paint applied with her hands. Helen’s creativity produced a unique stage for the show, with UV paint splattered along the runway, complete with theatre style curtains. After a champagne reception and an excited crowd rummaging through their Pinko goody bags (you know you’re being looked after when there’s free Versace face powder in the bag), the show began with ‘Playdate’, an introductory movie created by Helen Steele. The short screening featured Helen throwing paint at a model in a structured dress, sending a rainbow of neon

colours splattered across the dress. When the music pumped up and the UV paint came alive, the same paint splashed dress appeared on a model as she strutted down the runway to kick off the show. The beautiful, bold coloured background enhanced the clothing, as the audience got treated to eleven different clothing themes. They ranged from Feminine Military and Fairytale, which consisted of khaki and neutrals in layers of chiffon for a practical yet polished look, to Scuba Chic and Urban Cowboy, where the fashionista’s viewed an updated take on the checked shirt and cowboy boots trend, and a catwalk of seminaked male models scantily clad in swimming trunks. Amongst the audience sat Manchester’s best dressed fashionista’s, as well as our city’s very own soap stars. Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan, Brooke Vincent and Nikki Patel all bagged their front row seats, with perfect viewing of Harvey Nichols key trends. The most noticeable showcased look had to be the collection dedicated solely to Alexander McQueen, entitled ‘Long Live McQueen’. His groundbreaking designs included an


eclectic mix of skull motif garments, bubble dresses and sports jackets. Key pieces included a McQueen blue exaggerated shoulder dress (£885), a vibrant coloured Roberto Cavalli print tunic (£495) and a Giambattista Valli fuschia dress (£1600), where the elegant styling and striking colours made a real fashion statement. For the men, double denim made a shocking appearance (usually seen as a fashion faux pas), proving it is acceptable to wear more than one denim garment this Spring, and Brit Pop inspired brights gave menswear a fresh look for this season. To finalise the show, the fashion hungry crowd fled back to the Harvey Nichols store, where guests were treated to a generous 10% discount off anything available in store. Cocktails were being shaken up on the second floor, before the Louboutins got slipped on and the crowds trotted to Barton Arcades exclusive Circle Club for a glamorous after party. words: Emma Campbell




On Wednesday 10th March, Viva’s Emma Campbell headed down to Manchester’s Urbis Museum to catch up with Irish artist Helen Steele, to talk about bold coloured fashion, her creative flair and love for designer department store Harvey Nichols. She turns up looking glamorous dressed in silver sequins, sky scraper heels and long sleek blond hair. Helen looked every inch a fashion model than an artist who paints using her fingers....

As an artist you’re obviously very visual. How does your creativity reflect your wardrobe?

Who would you say are your favourite fashion designers and why?

I would like to think my wardrobe is very creative. I feel that if you’re a creative person and you have a background in the arts and fashion, then you’re always going to have a sense of creativity in your wardrobe. I would say the range of clothes I have always explore a range of trends.

I absolutely love Vivienne Westwood. Everything by Vivienne is so individual and unique, and I really love that about the designer. Also, I love Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan.

Your work is full of bold colours, with lots of paintings on canvas with neon acrylic paints. Do you like to dress yourself in bold colours too? Yes, I definitely have a love for bright clothing. There are clothes that I have painted myself that I wear, and I create a range of wrist cuffs which are painted in my acrylic paint designs (shows me her wrist, which displays a selection of yellow, blue and pink striped paint designed cuffs). As a child, did you always dream of becoming an artist? I did, I always knew I wanted to go into the art industry, and particularly as an artist. In school, I spent all my time drawing, painting scribbling. I have lots of memories being told off by my headmaster for doodling on anything I could get my hands on!

How would you describe your personal style? I would say that I like to style myself a little bit differently, I like to dress unique. At the same time though, I wear staple, stylish pieces, nothing too wild and crazy!

your best. It’s good to take on advice and if you follow it, it can lead you to success. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Harvey Nichols, they are so accommodating. They give me enough scope to do what I like. I originally started producing invitations for them, using my art work and designs for their printed media, then it lead to producing a short film for them to present at the fashion show for fashion inspiration, and then finally it lead to designing a fashion item (the dress seen on the short film made for Harvey Nichols). It has been brilliant.

Where do you seek inspiration? I have a big passion for the 60’s and all the elements of that era, so that always plays a big part in my inspiration. I’m also inspired by action art, the Viennese Actionism art. You have done exceptionally well with your art work, and to get the chance to work with Harvey Nichols is fantastic. What is the best piece of advice you have been given which has helped you get this far? I think the best pieces of advice I’ve been given so far is that what you put in is what you get out. It totally has truth in it. Also, to feel the fear and do it anyway. When you feel the fear kicking in with anything you do that’s when you know that it’s going to work. My advice to anyone would be to be true to yourself, and if you’re not, you will not produce to VIVA 32

Finally, would you see yourself working with fashion again? What are your future goals? Absolutely, I have enjoyed it so much, I would love the chance to work with fashion again. I think art and fashion go together so well. And as for future goals, I would like to go into Harvey Nichols and buy everything! Even just half the shop! I love it there, and they are everywhere now, Dublin too... And after this, I’m heading to London for an exhibition called Fashion Fusion at Brick Lane for two days. Then it’s off to Beijing in April for my exhibition over there!



Photos: Steven Cox


with Take Two Style School

ake Two style school have launched and are bringing a world of glamour, style and confidence to groups of teenage girls from Manchester. They have been working with G-Force, a charity that aims to help children and adults from disadvantaged areas, running workshops which aim to have the girls looking and feeling great. From health, fitness, grooming and etiquette, to girly tasks like hair and makeup, and learning to walk the catwalk, it all leads to boosting the girls’ self esteem and giving them the encouragement they need to succeed in life. The eight week course gave a group of 15 teenage girls the confidence to learn a range of new skills, and put them into practise with a fashion show held at Altrincham’s Cresta Court Hotel in March. The fashion show gave the girls a glimpse into a life of glamour, with the show being hosted by Galaxy 102’s very own Wingman, and live performances by indie band No Flash and R&B group Platnum. The girls dressed up in new fashions by retailers such as Debenhams, Coast,

New Look, Superdry and Warehouse to name but a few. The girls are taught by international supermodel Alex Leigh, who teaches the girls her photo shoot posing skills. After weeks of practising Alex’s poses and spending time with top fashion photographers, the girls learn to strut their stuff on the catwalk in time for a grande finale catwalk where friends and family are invited to watch. Sara Lee from G-Force says “The girls are having a fantastic time with Take Two Style School. They are constantly learning new skills and you can see their confidence growing by the minute.” All proceeds from the show went to the G-Force charity and the Altrincham festival. For more information about Take Two then contact Alex, Rachel or Sara at Take Two Style School 0161 236 9991, or visit the website: words: Emma Campbell





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VIVA o n t h e c a t w a l k Join us as we round up the key looks for Spring/Summer 2010 with help from a selection of British and International trendleading designers including Betty Jackson, Herve Leger, Jasper Conran, Alice by Temperley, Ashley Isham, Twenty8Twelve and Jaeger London. TRENDS... CANDY ROCK: Light, airy, white with accents of mouth-watering pastels dominated the catwalks for Spring Summer 2010. The intricate floral cutwork in leather and chiffon at Jasper Conran was a highlight of London Fashion Week, the entire collection in subtle shades of white, nude and the palest pink. Luella featured pastels, bows and cutout hearts for ultimate girl appeal, with layers of candy box chiffons and embroideries at Christopher Kane and Dior. Burberry Prorsum showed a delectable array of textures and drapes in muted hues to evoke those hazy summers day feelings, along with pastel dyed denims at Hilfiger and Levis, for those casual days at the seaside. SWALLOWS & AMAZONS: From the luxurious layers, ruffles and textures on the catwalk from Charles Anastase, to the ever prevalent Breton stripes at Clements Ribeiro and frostfrench. This trend combines layered mismatched pieces of luxe and denim with classic nautical tailoring and gothic leather. Mixing denim and colourful cottons at Twenty8Twelve gave an effortlessly cool London edge to this trend, with the eighties favourite ‘Double Denim’ making a come back at American stalwart Ralph Lauren. Westwood continues the trend for pirate inspired asymmetry and drapery; with crinolines and suspenders thrown into the mix for the more flamboyant girl. With luscious layers from Reem giving the goth rock edge to stop the trend getting too girly. VINTAGE GLAMOUR: And the winner is.........You! Imagine collecting your Grammy in a candy coloured Jack Bryan pleated mini dress, or your Oscar in a classic Ossie suit and let your dreams go wild. With awards season in full flow we are delving into the past. Vintage fashion constantly influences contemporary trends, and we have put together a special selection of some of the most beautiful, intricate and downright show stopping outfits to display how vintage clothing is as relevant today as ever. The world’s leading stylists all create looks using a mixture of vintage, high street and designer. Are you inspired by the Charleston glitz of the Twenties, or the glorious maxi gowns of the Seventies.....where will you go back to this summer? BETTY JACKSON: Since launching her first collection in 1981, Betty Jackson has created highly desirable clothing for the intelligent and individual woman with an intriguing blend of experimental cutting and understated elegance. Offering sophisticated design solutions exemplified by a play on proportion and using fine art derived prints as visual highlights, Betty has created a design vocabulary that is enduring and instantly recognisable. Romance and femininity are this season’s main inspiration for yet another gorgeous summer collection by Betty Jackson. Warm and feminine flower prints in pastel shades of violet, shell, rose and blues are mixed with acid yellow and grass green. Lace trim detailing is revealed from under layering; bringing more romance to some of our favourite oversized simple shapes. Monochrome is also a key theme for Summer 2010 with steel grey and navy soft silks complemented with sheer silver lurex. Jersey dresses are draped with 3D pleating details and bring a soft yet structured feel to this colourful collection.



J Bracelet, £20, French Connection

Travel Bag, £100, Longchamp

ust as summer appears to have arrived we all think about jetting off and relaxing for a week in some far away haven, I’m not sure where the logic in that is, but it’s not stopping me. So when it comes round to packing our gorgeous new holiday bikini and summer dresses we are faced with the unavoidable dilemma of how to get it all into one airline approved bag that does not exceed x number of kilos and meets their precise and non-negotiable size restrictions. Time to think strategically, as Viva shows you how to maximise your holiday wardrobe whilst avoiding those outrageous luggage fees.

Necklace, £350, Matthew Williamson

The first place to shave off a few pounds is with your luggage itself, we know how gorgeous your leather weekend bag is, but it weighs too much, and at a time when weight means everything every pound counts. Opt for a lightweight canvas holdall, Longchamp have an extremely extensive range of sizes, styles and colours. We recommend Le Pliage travel bag, the expandable section of the bag will come in very useful on your return, allowing space for any holiday purchases and the option of a detachable strap makes this perfect for hassle free travels. There is nothing worse than sore feet on holiday, especially when it’s 40 degrees and your heels are blistering in cheap synthetic shoes. Sandals are the most practical of shoes for a sunny summer holiday, but we recommend avoiding those with lots of straps, particularly in between your toes (I’m talking from experience). KG by Kurt Geiger’s Matildas are compact, stylish and can be mixed with any outfit from our holiday wardrobe. A classic pair of high waisted shorts is the best way for simple holiday chic, for a casual daytime look add sandals and a cotton blouse, and at night team with heels and a fitted jacket. Try to stick to light breathable fabrics, and avoid silk unless you are prepared to forego several hours spent by the pool for ironing. Chloe’s linen shorts will easily translate from day to night and fit perfectly with this season’s utility look. The Maxi dress is the most versatile of all summer dresses, sitting relaxing by the pool enjoying a cocktail or having a romantic dinner in an idyllic beachside restaurant you can achieve effortless glamour. Bold prints are hot this summer, and Antik Batik’s Goya printed dress ticks all of this summers top trend boxes.

Shorts, £740, Chloe at

Please do not remove your seat belt until the captain has turned off the warning light, accessory number one: a good leather belt. Sling it around your shorts during the day, and at night team it with a maxi dress and jacket to accentuate your waist. Keep jewellery simple, a few chunky bangles or statement necklace will suffice. You don’t want to be lugging around a giant tote whilst you’re taking in the sights and scenes, this compact and light weight yellow raffia clutch from Reiss is an ideal size to keep all your essentials. Try channelling this season’s tribal trend, the bright yellow in contrast with the bold patterns of the Africa harem pants make for a striking ensemble. Now all you need is your passport and you’re set. Words by: Nadia Ismail Trousers, £50, Africa at

Sandals, £55, KG by Kurt Geiger

Clutch Bag, £69, Reiss

Dress, £143, Antik Batik at



T Casio mens gold watch £52, available from

his season menswear takes a backwards turn to the 90’s, drawing influence from sportswear, nylon and a bright block colour palette. Think Fresh Prince of Bel Air meets G.I Jones and you’re on the right track. Vintage apparel, such as oversized tracksuit tops teamed with striped tees and a straw trilby, making the perfect 2010 spring/summer trend inspired outfit. The season ahead is all about colour, colour and more colour. Preppy influences make for an exciting mix with shirts buttoned to the very top, a slight fitting trouser and an oversized cardigan such as this Alexander McQueen knitted cardigan made from a mix of cashmere and silk, for £330 from Selfridges. Tones of red and orange found its way on many of the Spring Summer 2010 catwalks, used as an accent colour, or as a total look. Splashes of colour in simple things such as brightly coloured socks and vest tops are always a nice addition to the spring/summer wardrobe, for example take these vibrant red distressed suede brogues from ASOS for £75.00. These shoes take a colourful twist on a classic shoe. And what better for when the sun starts the set than to slip on a lightweight coat. The key outerwear shape for Spring Summer 2010 will be the sporty parka, seen in bright colours or neutrals at Burberry, Calvin Klein, Dsquared2, Emporio Armani, Gucci, and more. Military influences come from BottegaVeneta and Calvin Klein, which take a slight ironic twist, especially as our troops are fighting overseas. This woven cotton tee from Acne, £70 captures the utility trend with pockets and patches in the shoulder detailing. If Indiana Jones is not for the taking then channel your inner cowboy with checks, denim and suede making an appearance on both D&G and Alexander McQueen runway shows. Try a blue, red and white checked shirt from Topman (£28.00) teamed with distressed jeans for a nod towards Billy the Kid.

Woven tee from Acne, £70 available from

Men’s accessories have been overlooked vastly in the past and the next year will see men taking a more vested interest in designers’ accessories, such as this ultra retro Casio watch from Urban Outfitters. Vintage and kitsch quietly work their way into men’s styling. Festivals wouldn’t be complete without the staple Rayban sunglasses, such as these aviator sunglasses priced at £119.00. Perfect for a stylish, summers day.

Blue, red and white checked shirt £28, from Topman

It seems to becoming more and more acceptable for men to wear clothing that was previously viewed as ‘feminine’, now that women have completely owned in wearing clothes that might have been seen as ‘masculine’. Strong masculine looks (heavy boots, shirts and winter jackets) dominated the autumn/winter season so expect this to flow into the spring/summer trends. For men in their late 20’s, 30’s and 40’s these trends are all easily relatable if you take into consideration the sartorial elegance that has captured the catwalk and the high street. Words by: Victoria Jackson Red distressed suede brogues, £75 available from

Rayban aviator sunglasses, £119 available from


VIVA T R E N D S Viva recommends taking one staple summer wardrobe item and dressing it up with a variety of accessories to give you a different look from day to night. Changing accents rather than your entire outfit will not only help your bank balance, but will also mean you get the most out of your investment pieces without the fear of being seen in them before. It’s also ideal for those after work drinks when a wardrobe change is just not an option. An excuse to buy a new pair of shoes? We knew you’d appreciate it! FROM DAY Bows are a key look for this season whether they are on headbands, belts or jewellery. This Ted Baker twisted bow pendant is a sophisticated option to a charming look, £55 House of Fraser

This beautiful white summer dress from French Connection is just as perfect for warm summer days as it is for dinners out or cocktails with the girls. Best of all the colour and style makes it versatile and able to be worn with almost all accessories, £95

TO NIGHT This funky bead design statement necklace from Accessorize is great for adding colour to any outfit Plus the price won’t break the bank either, £14

This bangle by R J Graziano has a mirrored surface and looks great stacked with other bangles on the arm. It is also timeless meaning you can carry it on season to season, £25 House of Fraser A pair of glamorous sunnies are an essential accessory for the summer season and this ivory pair from Bvlgari gives a modern twist to a classic shape. Unleash your inner Hepburn, £164

This cropped black bolero jacket from Oasis is the perfect cover-up for a summer dress or a pair of trousers. It is finished off with two bows making it a season must-have, £60

Soft leather totes are huge for Spring/Summer ’10, however gone are the huge ‘kitchen sink’ bags and in are its smaller, more sophisticated sibling. This nude shoulder bag from Coccinelle is perfect for holding all your summer essentials, £145 House of Fraser

This mirrored embellished clutch by Dune is edgy, stylish and very now. Plus it’s big enough to fit your make-up bag in... bonus, £55 Futuristic heels were huge on the Spring/Summer ’10 catwalks and KG by Kurt Geiger has given these red shoes a contemporary twist with cut out pieces, twisted sling backs, and wooden heels. Lush, £140

Dune have come up trumps with these ball detail flat sandals. The light colour make them versatile enough to be worn with any colour, £60 Debenhams



FROM DAY Classic Ray Bans are a must-have in the specs department and instantly make you look cool and sophisticated. Chances are you’ve already got a pair, £111

Investing in a good quality white linen shirt will not only last you the summer season, but it will also be in your wardrobe for years to come. This high spec one from Hackett has a great fit and feel, and will keep you cool during those warm summer days, as well as making you look smoking hot at night, £85

TO NIGHT These lightweight cotton pants in stone are great day-time attire and the neutral colour means they can be worn with almost anything, £69 www.

Adding a skinny tie to finish off the ensemble gives an up-to-date and trendy finish to the night look, and this Hugo Boss number has a contrast panel and pointed edge. Perfect, £59

Grey dogtooth trousers from Reiss combined with a sophisticated white linen shirt gives a refined and mature look without being too formal. It can also be taken through to the winter season, £89

This stylish steel patrol watch by Police is great for all occasions and the three sub-dials mean you can get your daily dose of gadgetry! Plus the steel bracelet makes it durable and sleek, £175

Treat yourself to this stunning Marc Ecko ‘The Looper’ watch made out of stainless steel with a quartz movement and stone set trim. The names Bond: James Bond, £350

We love this dark brown woven leather belt from Reiss as it is a contemporary twist to an otherwise dull brown leather belt. It also screams summer festivals and beer garden fun, £59

A black Armani Jeans leather belt is the perfect accessory for a chic outfit adding a bit of luxury on the way, £66 House of Fraser These classic black loafers from H by Hudson are just as comfy as they are stylish and won’t feel too stuffy for the summer months, £75

Canvas sneakers scream ‘summer’ and these ones by Paul Smith are cool yet indulgent. Just try not to get them dirty, £85


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Pg 47 marina wears, halston green dress harvey nichols - £310 save me medal belt - £150 & adore me jewelled leather headband - £65 all from fatz k Pg 48 marina wears, d&g pink shorts - £185 See by chloe white blouse - £170 all from harvey nichols bespoke vintage pearl headpiece - £150 & bespoke vintage pearl choker - £450 all from fatz k Pg 49 katie wears, r cavalli long dress harvey nichols - £665 Pg 50-51 katie wears, dkny pink dress with flowers - £395 harvey nichols distressed disc choker - £200 fatz k Pg 52 Marina wears, ringspun dress - £65 general store adore me large rhinestone cuff - £150 & distressed flower headband - £55 fatz k Pg 53 katie wears, r cavalli kafftan - £495 harvey nichols adore me bespoke jewelled necklet - £450 & adore me large rhinestone cuff - £150 fatz k katie wears, ringspun jacket - £65 & ringspun dress - £65 general store watch me bespoke necklet - £450 fatz k luke wears, tween jacket - £275, diesel shorts £110, paul smith striped t shirt £125, paul smith straw trilby - £45 all from harvey nichols stockists email bespoke enquires:-

photographer: dan moncur-sime hair: adam bryant ethos hairdressers 97 oldham street manchester, m4 1lw 0161 835 1111 make-up: laura cotteril stylists: fatz k and stef cooper models: katie miller from boss models marina fallahi viva own luke fegan viva own stunning venue: tropical world, roundhay park, leeds, ls8 1df - special thanks to shaun gregory, park manager for all of his help and patience during the shoot!





name: terrance age: 26 occupation: engineer favourite place to shop: topman, zara & all saints what couldn’t you live without this summer: vests


>> name: charlie age: 30 occupation: pa style icon: kate moss favourite place to shop: topshop


name: sam age 23 occupation: insurance favourite place to shop: urban outfitters and h&m what couldn’t you live without this summer: sunglasses and my brogues


name: michael age: 29 occupation: nhs style icon: mgmt favourite place to shop: fred perry, american apparel & urban outfitters.


hen the first SATC movie came out, fashionistas were wow-ing over Carrie’s assistant Louise and her rental Louis Vuitton handbags. Now the second SATC movie is soon to be released, the fashion world have gone from obsessing over renting handbags to having a designer dress loaned out every weekend! The launch of websites ‘Rent the Runway’ and ‘Girl Meets Dress’ has helped everyday ‘normal’ girls live the lifestyles of the rich and famous. If ladies want to roll up at a weekend event in a Matthew Williamson dress, then it’s no problem for the credit card. These websites loan out designer dresses from the likes of Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent and Luella from as little as £49.99 for 2 nights. Cheryl Cole’s dress was the envy of millions when she turned up on X Factor wearing the Melissa Odabash number, and it’s now available to rent from ‘Girl Meets Dress’ without breaking the bank.

Street stye was brought to you by Viva’s street style guru Alexander Woodley

name: nick age: 25 occupation: recruitment style icon: david beckham favourite place to shop: all saints


If you want to turn a few heads this Spring, then inject a little celebrity style into your step and take a look at this new shopping trend. Borrowing celebrity fashion is definitely the answer to every fashionista’s prayers! Words: Emma Campbell


ntroducing the new Hollywood obsession, the icy new blingtone eyeshadows, with their perfect blend of pearl and pigment which creates a wicked wash of colour and dramatic, wet-looking shine. These eyeshadows are enjoyed by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Agyness Dean and Lindsay Lohan. Get your fix from Boots and £9.99


atio Make-up Minerals Essentials Kit - a fantastic range of Natio Minerals for any age and skin type, exclusively at Debenhams, www.debenhams. com. The set (worth £79) costs just £39 and offers a range of mineral products and brushes for natural, flawless skin.


uby&Millie Complete Lip Kits are the perfect size for your hanbag and contain luscious lotions to scrub, smooth and plump lips with a deliciously fresh minty smell. Available from larger Boots Nationwide and £14.50


he ‘Bed of Nails’ uses gentle plastic spikes that rid the body of toxins, release endorphins and in turn relieve stress and make you happier as well as helping to cure a number of common ailments. The technique is based on the ancient Indian healing tradition of lying on a bed of nails. Pillows are £30.00 Beds are £60.00 available from


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ay, Yes To Carrots Lip Glosses loved by Nicole Ritchie, these 95% Organic lip glosses are the perfect treat for your lips! Available online www. £5.99


ierac Mesolift a vitamin cocktail which brightens, lifts and tones skin Available from Harrods and online £39.50

ee Stafford is one of Britain’s busiest celebrity hairstylists and has his own product range, with the hottest pink packaging and crazy names such as “ruff as you like”. The Lee Stafford range will give you the trendiest styles around town, from the sleekest hair to the Russell Brand look. Prices start from only £4.49, exclusively at Boots


ew dr. brandt collagen booster. This is fab! We all want younger looking skin and now, with this product, we can achieve this without the pain of botox injections. Viva highly recommends this fantastic serum which boosts, preserves, stimulates and maximises collagen levels for younger looking skin. Available at Space NK, £63.00 30ml

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atio is the leading Men’s grooming brand and has now launched here in the U.K. Natio products represent simple skincare with no fuss and use the best ingredients from plant extracts and essential oils to create pure and gentle men’s skin, body and hair care. Prices from £6.50 - £17.00 available from

o Malone’s Lime, Basil and Mandarin fragrance is fresh and zingy to really wake you up for summer. The cologne comes in 30ml to 100ml bottles and is as alluring as a Caribbean holiday. Stockists – Jo Malone, www., prices start from £32


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mooth faces are in this season boys, and with this Executive shaving kit you will have a face as smooth as a baby’s bottom. This incredible high quality shaving set is £189 available from www.


his summer it’s all about clean lines and fresh looks, so tame that face-fuzz and become a smooth operator with Body Shop’s Maca Root Shave Cream.Stockists – Bodyshop,, £5.50


he Red Clover collection is great for men who love to pamper themselves. With its masculine and refreshing scent, Red Clover is known to boost circulation and stimulate the skin. Available from www.wildorganicsbeauty. com, prices from £6.50


ullocks for Men skincare has been re-formulated to incorporate the soothing and healing properties of hemp seed oil, which maintains the skin’s optimum moisture level. With a non-greasy effect, it is ideal for men’s skin. Bullocks Soothing Moisturiser, 100ml £15.00 available from www.

the newest addition to the Arndale centres vast selection of hair dressers, offering something a little different from your average hair dressers or barbers. A specialist in asian, afro and european hair for both men and women Decent Cuts provides a creative and original service, that can very much imprint your personality on your head!

Bring the kids along too, you can get a boys cut starting from a fiver and corn rows from just 15 quid.

Stylish, Inventive and intricate designs can be shaved into your hair ranging from maze like angular patterns to more delicate pretty swirls and stars. For a fiver they will even redesign your eyebrows for you!

For the ladies they have a wide range of magic they can work on your locks to make you stand out from the crowd, relaxation treatments, extenuation weaves, single plaits, twists, corn rows and perms for those feeling less adventurous you can get a good old fashioned wash and blow starting from just 25 quid.

With a Gents cut starting from only 8 pound a pop, you may as well throw in a shave in and make a day of it!

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VIVA B E A U T Y and out from the st d n a , er m m su is Get the look th that you can create es yl st sy ea e es th salon crowd with stepped out of the m st ju t a th r fo e a at hom ron Peake and Ad a h S by d te ea cr , look dressers... Bryant Ethos hair Products available from: Ethos Hairdressers 97 Oldham Street, Manchester or 402 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton

LOOK 1: WOMEN’S DAY Inspired by New York’s Downtown Bohemians, this voluminous style can be easily achieved on any graduated bob shape or under-cut. TECHNIQUE: Take rough sections of about 1 inch. Lifting the hair up, comb through, apply some Clynol Flatter (iron spray) and curl right down to the root. Brush the hair through. Then using a Clynol Fibre form (shaping gum) let it casually flop about or backcomb the roots and fix with Clynol Free Flow (flexible spray) for high ‘frothy’ curls.

LOOK 2: WOMEN’S EVENING Al fresco dinners, garden parties or evening strolls on the beach are the perfect opportunity to give yourself this breezy, summer style on long or mid length hair. TECHNIQUE: This is simpler than it looks! Apply Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity (oil free volumiser) to damp hair and rough dry. Using sections of about 1-2 inches, hold the hair away from the head and twist from roots to ends. Hold onto the end of just a few hairs with one hand then push the rest down to the roots, creating a ‘rouched’ effect. Secure with two hair grips, one crossing over the other. Leave some hair at the sides and back to be lightly backcombed, for a light, airy texture. Finish with Kevin Murphy Session Spray.


Feeling dandy and ready to impress? 10 minutes with a hair dryer and you can step out with this hybrid quiff.

TECHNIQUE: Prepare your hair with American Crew firm hold styling gel for volume and support. Using any hairbrush, blow-dry all the hair up and away from the face. When dry apply some American Crew forming cream for hold and a natural sheen. Brush all the hair back, then brush the sides up to the top and knock the front down.


LOOK 4: MEN’S DAY This 1950’s inspired style is a great casual, textured look for any short haircut. TECHNIQUE: Apply some Clynol Swirl (curl definer) to damp hair to define the texture. Using a hair dryer and your fingers, dry the hair forward then up at the front. Finish off with Clynol Shape (gel wax) for shine and hold.

YOGA Yoga is the practice of uniting the body, the mind and the breath to create harmony and health within. It is achieved by learning to master a variety of postures, breathing practices, methods of concentration and relaxation techniques.

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here are many aspects to yoga, but probably the most well known aspect is the postures. In Sanskrit – which is the language of yoga - they are known as asana. The postures are stretching and strengthening movements, which are practiced with specific breathing patterns to help ease the body into each posture. If practised regularly, the postures can increase strength, flexibility and ease of movement and they can decrease tension, excess levels of stress and general aches and pains. They improve the health of the body, but also have great benefits for the mind.

quieten the mind, calm the emotions and bringabout a feeling of health, harmony and peace. Yoga has been around for thousands of years. There is archaeological evidence of it existing as far back as 3000 BC and there are ancient texts, which go back to 1500 BC. It started in India and initially spread across to China, Japan and other Eastern countries. Much more recently, within the last 100 years, it spread to the West and people in Britain began to discover the benefits of practicing yoga. There are many types of yoga and many styles of teaching. You may have heard of Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Viniyoga – that focus on the physical postures with breathing practices and usually relaxation too. You many not have heard of Bikram Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga – less well-known types that focus on one particular aspect of the practices. There are many others too.

The separate breathing practices – known as pranayama - bring more awareness to how the breath flows in and out of the body. There are various techniques, which are practised for different purposes. Firstly, to improve the breathing - essential for many people, as often people do not realise how poorly they breathe. It is very difficult for the body to be healthy if the breathing habits are not good. Secondly, to soothe the nervous system – helping to bring greater health to the many complex systems within the body. Thirdly, to calm and quieten the mind – reducing anxiety and worries.

Yoga is suitable for anyone, of any age and any ability. It’s not just for women, so guys do give it a go. There are classes to suit all levels and the teacher will be able to adapt the postures and breathing practices to suit the individual student where necessary. If you would like to start practising yoga, do find a good teacher and look for a style that suits you. It really is worth trying a few different classes, so that you can gain experience and make an informed choice.

The practice of concentration – known as dharana – is a wonderful antidote to the mass of distractions that surround us all on a dayto-day basis. The mind learns to become less scattered and more focused, gaining an ability to bring control over distracting thoughts to create a feeling of calm stability.

Some styles of yoga use various pieces of equipment to help you get into the yoga postures, but to get started, you actually need very little equipment, just a yoga mat - and even that may be provided by the teacher. You will need to wear loose, comfortable, warm clothing.

At the end of most yoga sessions there will be a deep relaxation practice – known as yoga nidra in Sanskrit. The relaxation allows time for the whole of the body, mind and breath to settle, to relax deeply and to absorb the benefits and changes that have taken place throughout the yoga session. This lasts about 10 minutes and for many people, it feels like the best part of the yoga session.

Yoga is much more than it seems at first. It is a great way to spend your time and will bring benefits to many aspects of your life. Try it and see. To find a teacher in your area go to The British Wheel of Yoga website:

All these yoga practices bring many physical, mental and emotional benefits. They improve stamina, strengthen the immune system,

Words & photos by Yoga expert : Caroline Wilkinson.




EAST M E E T s WEST he East and the West. The East versus the West. Call it what you want, there will always be some sort of issue regarding how the two can be connected, how the cultures are completely different, or even debating over which is ‘the better one’.One thing is for certain; there are definitely influences between the two, where culture has played a massive part in shaping one of their societies. Taking into consideration lifestyle factors, such as fashion, foods, interiors and music, the ways in which the Eastern culture has influenced our Western society are starting to become more obvious. Fashion is a major subject in to the Western society, it is a hugely successful industry over here, and is probably the most obvious aspect which visually shows the Eastern influence spreading over to the West. Western clothing generally demonstrates a casual feel because it is basically a secular society. Be proud to be from the West as it is known as a trendsetter of the present fashion world, we are known for our regular attire of t-shirts, jeans, skirts, pants… you know, the usual. Formal wear is confined to three piece suits and doesn’t really get much more experimental than that. As for religion, well that doesn’t even come into the fashion equation, religion has no say in what us Westerners wear and it certainly doesn’t define our fashion. What does define our fashion though, is anything comfortable and trendy, and Europeans

pretty much follow the same trend. Eastern fashion on the other hand is built on religious beliefs, cultural obligations and traditions. These factors play a huge part in determining the dress code of Eastern society. Tradition and customary dressing is considered a vital thing in order to preserve what the Eastern mind believes in, and inherent in this is a desire to pass this legacy on from generation to generation. However, in recent times, the East and West have started to adopt a new, modernised view on clothing, which is a blend of all cultures brought together. It’s hard to pin-point the exact time when the East started to meet the West, but a good place to start looking is the 1920’s when Japanese men began wearing Hakama’s and the women sported kimonos. Shortly after, Kimono’s and their comfortable style took off in the West. Vogue magazine has reflected these Eastern influences, displaying Malaysian prints by designer Hattie Carnegie on the front cover in a 1940’s issue. A few years on in 1965, designer kaftans and chalwar trousers also made an appearance on Vogue’s front cover. These Eastern fashions were being published in the ultimate fashion bible, making a statement that Eastern influenced garments were going to be a big deal for the Western fashion scene.



nd that was just the beginning. With lots of inspiration to choose from; India, Pakistan, China, near and far East, Japan, Asia and Indonesia, Western designers were suddenly in their element. Luxurious materials like silks, velvets, brocades, some woven with real silver or gold threads, were available for use in Western fashion designs. Fabrics from the East have fine embroideries, sheer linens and fine cottons, and this gave more scope for designers in the West to push the boundaries on their fashion and start borrowing some Eastern splendour. Asian fashion designer Mani Kohu has a lot to do with the Asian influence on the Western fashion scene. It can be said that British Asian fashion is down to her, after she opened her first store, Khubsoorat, in 1985. Mani is responsible for introducing rich zardosi embroidery and crystallised sahris on bridal catwalks in the Western world. She learnt the clothing trade in London, and her son followed in her footsteps by graduating in fashion at London College of Fashion, before launching Khubsoorats menswear. Celebrity endorsement went down a treat with the brand, when international superstar Jay Sean promoted the Khubsoorat menswear, giving the Asian fashion brand a push into Western society. Mani then created a collection for 2002 film hit Bend it like Beckham, and soon had a string of celebs knocking at the door for her custom made Asian inspired pieces. This lead to Mani working with Myleene Klass, and gaining worldwide recognition. And it doesn’t stop there. Modern day designers can’t seem to get enough of the world of swirling paisley prints, mirror work and bejewelled flip flops. Karl Lagerfeld’s Eastern themed collection for Chanel hit the catwalks in December 2009, and is backed up with a beautifully designed advertising campaign featuring Chinese influences and Indian toucheseastern fashion is going from strength to strength over here.

Zardosi embroidery and crystallised sahris on bridal catwalks

Karl Lagerfeld’s Eastern themed collection for Chanel


e went crazy for bindhi’s after Madonna sported one for her Frozen video, and Boyzone were spotted with decorative henna painted on their bodies, leading us into the work of henna body art which is now a popular form of body art over in the West. The pashmina palaver started many years ago, but even to this day it can still be seen out on the high street and on celebrities. Our Western winters wouldn’t be the same without a trusty pashmina to wrap around our shoulders. Even brands such as Swarovski have a lot to do with Eastern influences. We may think that we have always loved the shiny bling of Swarovski

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crystals, but this popular brand of crystals has only succeeded over in the West due to the Eastern culture’s jewellery society beginning to rub off at this end. Western women have worn tiny jewelled anklets, dangling tikkas and crystal headdresses for years and years. It did not follow a fashion trend; it was the general, accepted norm for how Eastern women should dress. They believed that some of the gemstones they wore brought them different aspects to live, such as love, peace or wellbeing. As the Western society opened its mind to this way of living, we have accepted the jewelled fashion here, and it’s now an everyday fashion feature for Western women.

Eastern Jewellery


t is actually down to the Eastern countries such as India and Asia that jewellery is such a huge part to our daily fashion lives. India was the first culture to discover the art of bead making where they would dig to find rough stones. This then become a local trade for Indians, where people became rough stone traders. When the stones were bought, they would be placed into hot ovens until the stones turned to rich colours such as deep reds and burnt oranges. After polishing, the finishing results were beautiful colourful beads, and Indian children were taught this method from a young age. As time moved on, the Indian culture become popular for its production of glass and clay jewellery. And again, this caught on in the West. Eastern weddings were saw by the Western society, with the people dressed head to toe in crystals, beads and stones. This is how brands such as Swarovski have gained such inspiration for their collections, turning Indian culture into a fashion phase for the Western world. One of the most recent turning points for the Eastern influence has to be the release of Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Danny Boyle’s production held a soundtrack rich in Bollywood sounds; the playlists featured typical Indian music and sounds. Successful girl group the Pussycat Dolls featured on the soundtrack, promoting a taste of Eastern music, which has

become acceptable and popular over in the West. This style of music has also led to a change in lifestyle choices for the Western world, with the rise of Bollywood dancing lessons becoming a popular past time and keep fit regime for ladies. Slumdog Millionaire has left its mark on viewers for its stunning portrayal of life in Mumbai. The rich culture and images has influenced Western design, and is stirring up in interior design as well as fashion. The textile industry has reacted with high watt colors and rich patterns that will appeal to a broad audience. This has been applied to interiors in the same way as fashion, home ware trends for 2010 proved to be going in the direction of an Indian summer theme, focusing on sequins and metallic threads, with a colour palette of fuchsias, oranges and yellows. Stores such as IKEA have began to sell Indian inspired home wares, such as banana leaf shaped plates to reflect the banana leaves that Eastern people have to eat from. And it seems not only have the Eastern cultures shown the West their dazzling fashion styles, beautiful jewellery and lifestyle aspects, but they have also influenced us in our very own kitchens.




he Western diet is purely a free willed way of life. We can eat whatever we like. If we chose to be vegetarian, we can. We don’t have to. Our supermarkets are filled with millions of different types of foods and brands that we are actually spoilt for choice in what to eat. As a society we are not ruled to eat certain foods due to religion, we are simply given the go ahead to eat whatever we like. This has lead us to greedily eat rich meats, dairy products, and fruits and vegetables to our hearts content. As a result of this, though, our hearts are actually not all that content! The Western society, in particularly the US, has not known its limits, and the increasing amount of high-fat products in our diets has caused death rates to rise in the Western society. The Eastern diet has changed since incomes have become higher, traditional diets are mainly based on plant food, but have developed by incorporating rice, grain foods, shellfish and seaweeds. The ways the Japanese eat were leading them to live long and healthy lives; their adapted diet of raw fish and rich vegeta-

bles gave Eastern society the number one spot for healthy living. When scientists looked into the food habits of the East and West, only one thing was clear – that Eastern diets were producing a more healthy way of living, and this diet had to fast become Westernised. Now we are blown away by the amount of sushi bars we see over here, they have simply become a norm to our dining out lifestyle. It is fair to say that Eastern society has definitely made a massive impact on Western life. It seems that there is a lot of inspiration for the Eastern culture, and we Westerners are not afraid to use it. It is probably not practical to say that in years to come, we will all be wearing salwar kameez and bherka’s, after all, our religion is our religion and no amount of Eastern inspiration can change our set values and beliefs. But the aspects from the East are constantly coming over here, and our open mindedness to this culture has made a change to the West for the better. If it means bringing in more rich, colourful and shiny fashion styles, then its doubtful there will be any complaining! Words by Emma Campbell





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With the summer season just around the corner, here at Viva we have paired up with John Lewis to bring you the best accompaniment for those long beautiful evenings spent in the garden with your close friends and family, firing up the barbeque pit and enjoying ice cold beers with a few fruity cocktails, whilst eating great food and talking about your summer holidays ahead. It’s common knowledge that us Brits enjoy spending every last minute outside trying to get as much sun as possible before the short season ends, so here are some fantastic buys to kit out your garden, and with all this outside luxury you won’t want to step inside at all.





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The Breakdown... 1. John Lewis Infinity Screen £195, perfect for creating some shade whilst reading in the garden. 2. Barlow Tyrie Savannah Sunlounger £700, cushion sold separately £195. 3. John Lewis Stainless Steel Fire Pit £186, an eco-friendly alternative to patio heaters, this firepit can be used as both a barbecue and a heater. 4. John Lewis Kerala Lantern £45, exotic with bright stained glass for lighting up those dark evenings. 5. John Lewis Infinity Nest Chair £699, cushion sold separately £95. This swinging chair is great for lounging alone or snuggling up with that special someone. 6. Barlow Tyrie Dune Day Bed and Ottoman £1600, base and back cushions sold separately. This day bed is fantastic for chilling outside and it is also fitted with a built-in side table to enjoy a few cheeky drinks! 7. John Lewis Trolley Barbeque £399, designed to give fast and delicious results which is fuelled by charcoal and much more energy efficient than gas. 8. John Lewis Gazebo £299, curtains sold separately. 9. Barlow Tyrie Savannah Garden Table £875, this is perfect for setting the ultimate dinner table and is made from synthetic wicker, which you can leave out all year. 10. Barlow Tyrie Savannah 2 Seater Garden Armchair £675, cushions sold separately. 11. Barlow Tyrie Savannah Deep Seat Garden Armchair £450, cushions sold separately. All items available from


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he new apple iphone, in competition with google’s new range of mobiles, has made some pretty good changes and will be launched this summer. For starters, it comes with new OS 4 which includes the option of upgrading to the older iphones and ipod. It’s also got loads of new features like multi-tasking, the iAd advertising feature, and the social gaming network feature which results in the phone having ten times the number of games available for traditional hand-held consoles like the Nintendo DS and Sony’s PSP. There’s also good news for book-worms, in the form of the new iphone application iBooks which can download and read all electronic books and transfer them between both iphones and ipads using wireless synchronisation between two devices. Apple’s new OS promises improved mail functionality that will let users funnel incoming mail from multiple email accounts into a single inbox. The new OS will also let users thread their messages by conversation, making it easier to stay on top of email discussions, as well as open email attachments. Other new features include: larger fonts for email, texts and alerts; tap to focus video; Bluetooth keyboards; birthday calendar; web search suggestions and search text messages. An interesting addition to the OS is folder support. According to Apple, this feature will let users simply drag one app icon onto another and a new folder will automatically be created. The folder will automatically get a name based on the app store category of that app. And finally, the new iPhone gets a camera update, the upcoming model will have a 5x digital zoom. Other new features include the ability to create music playlists on the phone.



Microsoft has introduced the new LifeCam Cinema webcam, which is the first webcam ever made that is genuinely HD. This new gadget makes sending high quality video via the internet a breeze. It reaches a vertical resolution of 720 pixels and captures 30 frames per second. It also includes a glass lens with 4x digital zoom, and a noise-cancelling microphone to eliminate the background noise from your recording environment. The LifeCam Cinema also features an implementation of new technology developed by Microsoft called ‘ClearFrame’ that allows you to record smooth and detailed videos without undesirable distortions or glints. LifeCam Cinema is compatible with Windows Live Messenger. It will cost about £39 in United Kingdom (suggested retail price).

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SOUTH AFRICA The Rainbow Nation



s World Cup frenzy descends on South Africa, the country has been propelled into the spotlight. Luckily the country with the 3000km shoreline and a population of nearly 60 million is hosting games in nine different cities – giving each strand of the rainbow nation a time to shine.

Culture The very nature of the ‘rainbow nation’ (the phrase coined by Desmond Tutu in 1994) is it’s ethnic diversity. One of the most multicultural countries in the world, South Africa has 11 official languages (luckily for you, English is one of them). Ethnicity is something which continues to ring true in South Africa as the apartheid regime, in which a white minority ruled the black majority, ended only 15 years ago. The country is outstanding at documenting and displaying its apartheid history – see for yourself by visiting The Hector Pieterson museum or braving the tours of smaller townships and informal settlements, where the natives will tell you the true story. Another positive effect of South Africa’s multiculturalism is the diverse food you can gorge yourself on. Indian ‘bunny chow’ curry, Portuguese peri peri chicken or traditional South African boerewors (spicy sausages) cooked on a braai (barbecue) – why choose just one? You’re on holiday after all! Landscape South Africa’s scenic wonders are legendary. From snow-capped peaks to searing hot deserts and a warm, never-ending coastline – make sure you get snap-happy at South Africa’s sights. Particular must-sees include Table Mountain (a mountain which looks like a table, obviously) which overlooks the largest of the three capitals, Cape Town. Save yourself the worry of falling off by keeping safe in a cable car. God’s Window is another popular vantage point where on a clear day you can see, well, pretty much everything – including the Kruger National Park. This also deserves a visit; you can’t argue with the ultimate South African Safari on land the size of Wales where accommodation with an elephant view starts from as little as £30 a night.


Climate Some locals are already chuckling at the idea of Britons pouring off planes in sunglasses, T-shirts and shorts for World Cup season. This is because the June to July timing of the competition is the southern hemisphere’s winter that, although has typically dry and sunny days, can drop to well below zero at night. The winters are short, so be aware that few buildings bother with insulation or central heating (i.e. avoid stubborn British tourist syndrome and just pack a jumper for God’s sake). Confusingly, South Africa is a climatically diverse country, where you can expect heat and humidity in Durban and Bloemfontein but cold and wet weather in Johannesburg and Cape Town at the same time. For the warmest winter weather head for the coast to feel temperatures hit the 20’s. Oh, but not the coast of the Western Cape, as that gets the majority of its rainfall in winter. Like we said, pack a jumper just in case. And maybe a light raincoat. Transport The country’s public transport system is, how should we put it, a bit of a work in progress. A public bus system has just been launched in Johannesburg, with other cities to follow, but

proved controversial. Johannesburg is also building a partially underground railway, the Gautrain, linking airports, suburbs and hotel hubs, but it’s touch and go whether it will be ready for World Cup kick-off. Your best bet are probably taxis (as they are generally safe and dependable), intercity rail services (which can be comfortable and convenient despite their bad representation in Oscar winning film, Tsotsi) and coaches (where the biggest danger is being splashed with cheap cider as an English football fan misses his mouth). Another option is a hire car, where you can take advantage of the country’s sane decision to drive on the left by cruising along the spectacular Garden Route on the South-East coast. WHERE TO STAY: CAPE TOWN (capital) – ‘the hottest place to chill’ is the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice (3 stars) BLOEMFONTEIN (capital) – a garden atmosphere in the city centre at Aandmuzik Guest House (3 stars) PRETORIA (capital) – get the real taste of South Africa at the Gaabomotho Cultural Village (2 stars) JOHANNESBURG – experience the warmth of a township home at Dithakong B&B (3 stars)


Security We don’t want to sound like your mum, but with over half a million visitors expected to descend on the country come World Cup time, staying safe is key. The rule is: it’s sensible to be cautious, but not paranoid. It’s true that crime should not be taken lightly – Foreign Office advice says South Africa has a very high level of crime but, on the upside, the authorities give a high priority to protecting tourists and adds that the risk to visitors travelling to main tourist destinations is low. So why not play it safe and stick with the nine destinations where the beautiful game will be taking place and stay in Fifa-accredited accommodation. Words by Edith Batchelor DURBAN – try out the South African braai at the Diamond Guest House (3 stars) NELSPRUIT – brilliant for a stopover is Road Lodge (1 star) POLOKWANE – visit the eco-tourism facility of Dinoko Lodge (3 stars) PORT ELIZABETH – have your own private patio at the Beachwalk B&B (4 stars) RUSTENBURG – situated in a tranquil valley is the Big Creek Guest Lodge (3 stars)

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This summer the biggest event in sport begins, so get ready for a month of great matches, goals, red cards and penalties. The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor offers his guide to the teams to watch in 2010’s World Cup finals. Thierry Henry’s controversial handball booked France’s place in the tournament

Ángel Di María (Argentina)

Benfica’s precociously talented winger is the most exciting young player in the Portuguese league and is tipped by Diego Maradona to be as lethal as Lionel Messi one day.

state of glorious schadenfreude should France fail to qualify. They look eminently beatable as well although, in truth, this is a mediocre group in which the host nation will probably end up with the wooden spoon and France should safely navigate a passage France, Mexico, South into the last 16 providing they can Africa, Uruguay find a way to function without It might sound terribly childish but Zinedine Zidane. Uruguay, twothere's always a team in every World time winners of the competition, provide plenty of sepia-tinted Cup whose exit would provoke a sense of malicious pleasure - and this memories but the best they can probably hope for is to qualify as year it is France's turn to play the role of pantomime villains. Thierry runners-up behind Henry and Co. Just don't expect the rest of the Henry saw to that with the devilish football world to rejoice for ‘les handball to eliminate the Republic of Ireland in the play-offs. OK, it did bleus’. not make the blood run so cold as PREDICTED GROUP Diego Maradona's Hand of God in WINNERS FRANCE 1986 but, in a league table of deceit, RUNNERS-UP URUGUAY it was still fairly high and it will not just be Ireland that is bathed in a GROUP



Argentina, Greece, Nigeria South Korea As a player, there were times when Diego Maradona seemed to be on first-name terms with the ball. He was so nimble, so balletic, it felt like he could play in snow and barely leave a trace of footprints. But Maradona seems to have lost some of that magic, that once-in-alifetime stardust, since becoming the Argentina national team manager. The nation of Messi, Tevez and Veron came perilously close to failing to reach this tournament and Sir Alex Ferguson is among those who suspect Maradona’s team to be vulnerable to an early exit. “I’d go for Nigeria, but it’ll be a close fight for the other spot,” says the Manchester United manager. “I don’t think Argentina are as good as everyone thinks they are.” Yet Nigeria were only third in the Africa Cup of Nations and Argentina should have too many star players to fear anyone in this group even if, under Maradona’s ineffably erratic leadership, the only thing that is predictable about them is their unpredictability.

“I don’t think Argentina are as good as everyone thinks thay are,” says Sir Alex Ferguson


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Germany, Australia, Ghana, Serbia

England, Algeria, Slovenia, USA The only terror in England’s group is the threat of complacency. Of the eight seeded teams, England were certainly granted the kindest group, as long as Fabio Capello’s men remember not to under-estimate the will of the USA to be taken seriously. But stop. Haven’t we been here before - a nation pushing out its chest, pumping its fists and boldly proclaiming that this is the time for the Three Lions, then getting knocked out at the quarter-finals and blaming everything from the ‘curse of the metatarsal’ to the half-time oranges being too sour? England’s record in major tournaments should negate too much misplaced optimism but they did have a strong qualifying campaign and it is not reasonable to look at the way the groups are set up and imagine Capello’s team PLAYER TO WATCH

Rio Ferdinand (England) The

Manchester United defender will lead his country out after John Terry was stripped of the captaincy earlier this year. After a season blighted by back trouble he will have a lot to prove after missing so many Premier Leaugue matches.


Capello’s England will be well prepared

progressing to a semi-final against Brazil in Cape Town on July 6. How does that sound? Arrogant, for one thing, dangerous for another, but ‘England expects’ is the catchphrase and the onward journey, if they win this relatively simple looking group, might involve nothing more terrifying than Serbia or Ghana in the last 16 and France in the quarter-finals. England, in essence, should not ask much more of themselves than professionalism and, if they can manage that, there will be an opportunity to get to the last 16 without excessive stress even if the days have gone when the USA could be regarded as pushovers. A lot of the American players can be found all over Europe now and it would be dangerous for England to under-estimate a nation that came so close to winning the Confederations Cup in 2009, beating the world’s highest-ranking side, Spain, in the semi-finals and leading Brazil by two goals in the final before going down 3-2. PREDICTED GROUP WINNERS ENGLAND RUNNERS-UP USA

Gary Lineker’s famous old quote still strikes a chord. “Football,” the Match of the Day front-man volunteered, “is a game where 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes, the referee makes a slew of mistakes and, at the end, the Germans always win.” Well, not always, but you get the idea. Germany have an unerring knack of doing well in major tournaments and nobody PREDICTED GROUP WINNERS GERMANY RUNNERS-UP SERBIA

should bet against them getting through this group and having another tournament to enhance their reputation for methodical efficiency. The first lesson of football: no team on earth offers itself more unwillingly for breaking than Germany. That said, they will be facing Ghana, easily the best African side in the 2006 tournament, and Australia, playing in their first finals, will be the kind of underdogs you could imagine enjoying sinking their fangs into one of the tournament favourites. Serbia have also been tipped to be among the championship’s dark horses. GROUP

Ballack will boss the midfield

Netherlands, Cameroon, Denmark, Japan Van Persie’s goals should lead the Dutch to top spot

The Netherlands have a strong team and the nation that gave us ‘Total Football’ in the 1970s are a good bet to have a successful tournament. Their problem is that they don’t have a Cruyff or Bergkamp-type figure any more. They also have a history of the players falling out either with either themselves or their manager. But if they can avoid falling into that trap, they have a decent chance of going a long way in the competition. Denmark and Cameroon look evenly placed to contest the other qualifying place. PREDICTED GROUP WINNERS NETHERLANDS RUNNERS-UP DENMARK

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Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia

Pirlo & Co to defend their crown


Xavi (Spain)

Spain, Chile, Honduras, Switzerland

Most World Cup finals produce an outstanding player. We can tick When the Italian players threw their them off as we trawl back down coach Marcello Lippi into the air and the years: Argentina 1978, Mario carried the trophy out of the Kempes; Spain 1982, Paolo Rossi; Olympiastadion in Berlin four years Mexico 1986, Maradona; USA ago, Nessun Dorma playing in the 1994, Romario; France 1998, and only one behind Brazil Zidane; Japan and South Korea background, it was the fourth time they now, and the azzurri, like 2002, Ronaldo; Germany 2006, had been crowned world champions. England, got a good draw. New Fabio Cannavaro. 2010? Could this Sadly for them the occasion is Zealand are among the rank be the year of Fernando Torres? Or remembered mostly for Zinedine outsiders and this is the first even Cesc Fabregas? The funny Zidane’s last act as a professional time Slovakia have reached a thing is there was once was a time footballer: the headbutt into the chest major tournament since their when Spain were regarded as of Marco Materazzi that vandalised formation in 1993. something of a pushover in major a great reputation and ended a career tournaments - but not any more. PREDICTED GROUP with the brandish of a red card. Italy, The winners of Euro 2008, now WINNERS ITALY nonetheless, are the most successful with the veteran Vicente Del RUNNERS-UP SLOVAKIA European nation in this competition, Bosque as head coach, go into these finals as the bookmakers’ favourDunga’s Brazilian ites, and deservedly so given their PLAYER TO WATCH side will be stylish, first-touch, pass-them-tohard to beat death kind of football. The Spanish put their faith in artistry, thanks to a core of Barcelona-bred midfielders and the presence of a couple of outstanding strikers. They their only previous appearance in Brazil, Ivory Coast, play sweet and winning the finals in 1966. Brazil will be Miguel Veloso North Korea, Portugal football and, at its (Portugal) The the team to fear the most, even if best, they can give us midfielder comes from Cristiano Ronaldo will be desperEvery World Cup has one and the Sporting Lisbon football that defines the ate to demonstrate why he wants this is undoubtedly the closest academy where deepest beauty of the Christiano Ronaldo was thing to a Group of Death bear- to be regarded as the game. The same can nurtured and will be ing in mind it comprises Brazil, most lethal footballer on be said of a number vital to Portugal’s the five-time winners and proud the planet. Under Dunga's superviof teams, most notably tournament chances. sion, the South Americans have some architects of what Pele called Brazil, Argentina and the of the blunt pragmatism associated the ‘beautiful game’, as well Netherlands, but Spain as Portugal and an Ivory Coast with their manager's playing style merit their position as the side that could be the strongest when he captained them to the trophy team everyone should fear in the United States in 1994, but their of the African nations. Even and it is difficult to imagdefensive shield serves as a useful North Korea cannot be disine any scenario in Group H platform for the brilliance of Kaká counted from causing a shock other than Chile and SwitzerLuís Fabiano and the consistent goalscoring of (Brazil) The striker given that they achieved a land fighting it out for second doesn’t get the spot. Chile should be regarded stunning elimination of Italy in Luís Fabiano. attention that falls PREDICTED GROUP as marginal favourites after finishupon the likes of Kaká, PREDICTED GROUP WINNERS SPAIN ing second only to Brazil in their but was the top scorer RUNNERS-UP CHILE qualifying campaign. in 2009’s Confederations WINNERS BRAZIL RUNNERS-UP PORTUGAL Cup. Barcelona’s brilliant playmaker has a habit of rising to the occasion and was UEFA’s player of the tournament when Spain won Euro 2008.

Spain merit their position as the team to fear

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225 g of cracked wheat 50 g of parsley finely chopped 4 spoons of lemon juice 2 large beef tomatoes 4 cucumbers finely chopped 4 tablespoons of extra virgin oil Salt and black pepper

METHOD: Place the cracked wheat into a bowl and cover it with plenty of cold water and leave for approximately 20 minutes. When the grains have softened, put them into the sieve, drain and squeeze hard to extract as much water as possible. Shake the wheat into a deep bowl and stir in the parsley followed by the lemon juice and 1½ teaspoons of salt to combine thoroughly. Meanwhile, skin and halve the tomatoes, squeeze out the seeds before chopping the flesh quite small and adding to the bowl containing the wheat. Next, add the mint, cucumber and olive oil to the salad and mix to combine everything. Season with salt and pepper. Serve piled straight on a plate lined with some crisp lettuce leaves.


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700 grams of chicken breast 2 branches of laurel 12 slices of pancetta salt

METHOD: Cut the chicken breast (already cleaned and boneless) into strips about 1cm thick and then cut the slices of pancetta in half. Now just put on 8 skewers (3 pieces distributed in each) chicken strips, pancetta and bay leaves. Season the skewers with salt and barbecue for 25 minutes.


PASSION FRUIT MOUSSE METHOD: Blend all the ingrients in a blender for about 10 minutes. After put the mixture in a bowl and put in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving. When serving add some spoons of the passion fruit juice on the top. Decorate with some mint leaves.


• 1 can of condensed milk • The same quantity of double cream (use the condensed milk can for measurement) • The same quantity of passion concentrated passion fruit juice


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1 lime cut into quarters 25 ml of sugar 25 ml of cachaca 25 ml of Finlandia mango vodka 25 ml of mango puree juice 1 slice of red chilli


METHOD: You can not enjoy a Brazilian style BBQ to its full potential without washing it down with the famous Tropeiro Prenda Caipirinha... Place the lime and sugar into a cocktail mixer and using a muddle (or the end of a wooden rolling pin), squeeze and mash the limes and sugar into a paste. Add ice and then pour the cachaca on top of the ice cubes. Add the vodka, mango puree and the red chilli cover the cocktail mixer with its lid and shake 8-10 times. Pour in a glass and enjoy.



The true taste of South Asian cuisine. In 1995, Mr Shabir Hussain opened his first of 9 restaurants on Leeds Road, Bradford. Since then, the Akbar group have grown from strength to strength by opening another 8 restaurants over North England. Akbar’s have gained a great reputation through delivering a high quality service and exquisite Indian Cuisine along with a vibrant atmosphere. One Monday in April, we at Viva visited Manchester’s Akbar restaurant to try the food. Immediately, we were welcomed by the friendly waiters who made us feel relaxed. The vibrant atmosphere hit us as soon as we arrived with the warm lighting and first class decor. The restaurant is extremely well presented which is mirrored through the exceptional food that is served. The menu caters for all different tastes ranging from a variety of Balti dishes, sea food and vegetarian dishes, dry meats and hot and mild curries all at great prices. Every day, the Chef prepares different Handi dishes to give the customers the opportunity to sample a different Handi dish

everyday. Our total meal including drinks, starter and mains came to a total of £55 for 4 people. The starters we had were; - Chicken Nambali- the chicken was tender marinated and topped with melted cheese, calamari special, grilled salmon, and Lamb chops. The mains included the Seafood Balti- this was exceptional and described as being the best seafood dish in the sub continent, chicken Balti, chicken Tikka Makhani- ideal for delicate tastes as the Tikka is tender and mild, and a Balti Lazeez. All the food was delicious and it was clear to see why Akbar’s has an amazing reputation. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the whole experience of true South Asian cuisine. Akbar’s is a restaurant we will definitely be visiting again and we highly recommend that people who enjoy South Asian cuisine should visit Akbar’s for a pleasurable evening. 73 Liverpool Road Manchester, Lancashire M3 4AQ 0161 834 8444


There are too many single socialites in Manchester so Viva has made it, it’s mission to hook you beautiful people up. First candidates are: Female: Rachel Perera Occupation: Director of Take Two Styling School and radio DJ Male: Clint Dempsey Occupation: Solicitor So we took Rachel and Clint out on a date to the fabulous Barbirolli restaurant and lounge bar located in Barbirolli Square, Manchester. After papping them throughout the meal we left them indulging in some yummy deserts. Lets see if they ended up indulging into each other! Viva reports...

CLINT... Q1. First impressions of Rachel? Cute. Q2. Did you feel an instant attraction towards her? Hmmm, not sure, see above. Q3. Where there any awkward silences or was the conversation flowing? Nope. Q4. Funniest thing Rachel said? Tales about her first few months of having her own business. Q5. What did you order to eat, did Rachel have any strange eating habits? Starter- Calamari, Main- Steak, Dessert- Pears and ice cream


Q6. What did you think of the restaurant? Decent, very quiet as it was a Monday Q7. Describe your date in 3 words? Sociable, chatty, pleasant. Q8. Do you think your friends would like Rachel? Yes. Q9. Now spill the beans what did you like the most and least about Rachel? Most- Lively, ambitious Least-smokes Q10. Will there be another date? Not sure, maybe.

RACHEL... Q1. First impressions of Clint? When I first approached Clint, he looked quite serious at first but I think that might have been nerves and being a bit overwhelmed with the photographer. Q2. Did you feel an instant attraction towards him? I wouldn’t say there was an instant physical attraction but he certainly has qualities that I find attractive. Q3. Where there any awkward silences or was the conversation flowing? As I am quite a chatterbox there wasn’t any awkward silences as I would have filled them!!! He was really easy to speak to though so the conversation flowed well. Q4. Funniest thing Clint said? Ummm can’t remember!

Q5. What did you order to eat, did Clint have any strange eating habits? I ordered King Prawns which was a bit of a mistake as they came with the heads and legs on which proved quite messy and so I ended up leaving half of them!! I then ordered a steak for the main course which Clint did as well. He didn’t have any strange eating habits apart from eating much faster than me due to me talking so much I think!! Q6. What did you think of the restaurant? The restaurant was quiet but really nice. The food was well cooked and presented, we had really good service and we also enjoyed quite a few glasses of wine which went down well!! Q7. Describe your date in 3 words? Chatty, easy going, interesting.

Q8. Do you think your friends would like Clint? We found out that we both used to go to the same clubs in our younger days which was quite a topic of conversation and we also have a few mutual friends so yes I think that my friends would like Clint. Q9. Now spill the beans what did you like the most and least about Clint? At first Clint looks like he could be quite serious which could be a bad point but once he gets chatting he is very easy to get along with. Q10. Will there be another date? There could be another date but possibly more on a friendship basis as we did get along really well.

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A Little Summer Suprise Ruinart’s collaboration with renowned designer and architect India Mahdavi has resulted in a stunning champagne set for Spring/Summer. Using a bottle of fresh and sophisticated Ruinart Rose, gold embellished flutes and classic French poetry printed on delicate ribbons of paper, this is guaranteed to make any woman go gaga over such a romantic gesture. Combining India’s knowledge of aesthetics with Ruinart’s passion for elegance, the result is the graceful champagne set that has a cool design edge to it. Perfect as a beautiful gift to share at a picnic, the set creates a moment of intimacy bound to score you a few brownie points! This is a really lovely little news nib about a product with an air of exclusivity, yet one which remains accessible as it is available in Fenwicks and Selfridges for just £69!!




Boasting the largest stock of champagne in the UK, Epernay is fast gaining a reputation in Manchester as the cocktail bar of choice for those wishing to enjoy chic surroundings and topnotch cocktails without paying the ‘sky high’ prices of Cloud 23 – or indeed enduring the queue. It has a relaxed vibe and the super friendly bar staff soon shake off any notion that this place is pretentious. After picking my way through the extensive menu I opted for the Jane Mansfield which, like its name sake, is a bubbly bombshell of a number, mixing fresh strawberries with champers and a twist of rum. Usually I’m of the belief that it’s a sin to tamper in any way with the water of the gods but I was totally won over by this sexy tipple, which I could well imagine sipping by a pool in Hollywood in the 1950’s.

Walrus in the Northern Quarter, with its amazing value lunchtime bento boxes and equally brilliant rice dishes, is a haven of retro minimalism and turquoise tones. Happy hour runs between 5pm and 7pm weekdays where cocktails are half price – this is great value when you see the skill that goes into them! Today, with spring in full swing, I tried a Hard Candya seriously zesty knickerbocker of fruity flavours that, on a hot day, is just what the doctor ordered. The drink looks just as retro as the decor and is just as refreshing as a cold shower - great for cleansing the palate after food before moving on to sample some more!

Next stop: Space. Famed for its roof terrace and BBQ, this great little bar nestles in on New Wakefield Street, which on May bank holiday will be taken over by the Euroculture festival. Graffiti artists, breakdancers and DJ’s will descend from around the globe drawing an eclectic crowd - entry is usually a few pounds at most. This two day party has become synonymous with the start of summer in the Manchester events calendar. In keeping with the season I had a Red Rabbit which if you like Amaretto you will love - although one too many might get a bit sickly - but isn’t that the case with all alcohol!? Its super sweet marzipan flavour is mixed with the fizziness of the ginger beer to create an all round winner of a drink.

JANE MANSFIELD Fresh Strawberries with Strawberry puree ½ shot Appleton White Rum ½ shot Strawberry Liquor ½ shot Strawberry Syrup Shaken, strained and topped with Champagne

HARD CANDY 25ml Lemon Juice 15ml Peach Sugar 35ml Plymouth Gin 15ml Crème de Peche 50ml Apple Juice Shaken over cubed ice, served in a tall glass with a lemon and cherry garnish

RED RABBIT 35ml Luxardo Amaretto 15ml Chambord Dash or Lemon Juice Topped up with Fentiman’s Ginger Beer Muddle 3 Raspberries and 3 Strawberries in a Boston Glass

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“Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters - it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a Democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow anything else.”


hether its mojitos or martinis, margaritas or a Mai Tai, you will learn to concoct four cocktails with the flair and finesse of a pro. Tom Lloyd, Obsidian’s very own bartender of the year will lead you through the maze of instructions and ingredients, providing you with everything you need to know to mix, muddle, and shake. Two of us from Viva Magazine were lucky enough to be invited down and get our hands dirty to see if we had what it takes to whip up some delicious cocktails and maybe even create our very own Viva cocktail… The cocktail class began with a brief introduction and history of cocktail making, things such as learning the many possible origins of the word “cocktail”. The most likely being that in colonial times, the taverns would keep casks, or “cocks” of rum, brandy, whiskey and gin, behind the bar. As the liquid ran out, the dregs ‘or Tails’ were put into a separate cask and sold at a reduced price. People would ask for “cocktailings”, that’s right we were paying attention! Tom then went on to demonstrate four cocktails of our choice and gave us his bar tenders top tips. Then we were let loose behind the bar to practice our newly learnt skills! Once we had created our chosen cocktails it was time for the best bit, sampling our new skills and enjoying a group tasting of our four delicious cocktails, Porn Star Martini, English Country Garden, A Schoolboy Error and our very own Viva cocktail. VIVA 98


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esigned by Obsidian for Viva Manchester Magazine, a mix of St. Germain elderflower liqeur, vanilla sugar syrup and Tanquery gin is served with muddled blackberries and a champagne float. VIVA COCKTAIL •

Muddle 3 blackberries • 10ml lemon juice • 10ml of St. Germain elderflower liqueur • 5ml vanilla syrup • 20ml Tanqueray gin • Shake with ice • Strain into a chilled martini glass • Top with a champagne float • To finish garnish with two floating raspberries

and VOILA! the ‘VIVA’ cocktail




Friday 14th May, 11th June, 9th July | 10pm till late|Guest list essential The legendary club night makes a huge comeback to the beautiful Sugar Buddha, providing a trendy and exclusive party for Manchester’s social elite, with a few celebs thrown in for good measure. Whether you want to relax in the stunning surrounding with a cocktail or groove to some smooth beats, this party has something for everyone.


Saturday 8th May, 12th June, 10th July | 10pm-4:30am | Invitation Only The countrywide established Vogue night comes to Bijou bringing with it freshness, elegance and style. It leads the way in the style stakes and provides the perfect catwalk for trend-setters alike, designed only for those at the forefront of music, fashion and media. Expect exclusive DJ’s and live percussionists.


Sunday 30th May | 10pm till late| £10 Tickets, Free for members Circle Club welcomes the mischievous little sister of the infamous Swanky’s night; Candypants. Hosted by 10 sexy Candygirls who aim to lead partygoers in new exciting and daring directions, this night is sure to push boundaries and attract the uber cool. Fancy dress themes are a must.


Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th May |10.30pm – 3am | £15 Tickets The official after party for the Black Eyed Peas Concert at the MEN, with at least two of the band (including Fergie and Will I Am) making an appearance. Look forward to big name tunes and a great atmosphere.


Saturday 5th June | 8pm | Ticket enquiries email Barbirolli is the stunning new sophisticated live music waterfront venue which the UK’s Soul Queen ‘Mica Paris’ will be performing at come June. Barbirolli say: “We are thrilled to have Mica appearing here at Barbirolli as part of her tour”.


Every Thursday | 9pm till late | Free With a selection of bands and artists playing everything from Disco to Motown and Soul, the Live Mic night at Lammars is a great way to start your weekend and witness new talent. Having been voted ‘Best Bar in Manchester’ for two years running, its quirky and chic surroundings is definitely worth a visit.


Every Friday | 9.30pm – 2.30am | Free Famous for cocktails such as Porn Star Martini and Beverly Hills Ice Tea, Lakota brings its best beverages and shakes them up with the hottest tracks around to bring you Cocktail Fridays. And to top it off all cocktails are £2.99! It would be rude not to.


Every Saturday | 10pm-4am £10 Ticket If you were to describe this night with one word it would be SEXY. Fitting with its couture surroundings FCNK offers classy hosting and sassy dancing fit for any king (or queen!). The music policy is RnB, Hip Hop and Urban Funky House. Lets just hope the dress code it’s fake fur coats!


Every Sunday | 9pm-2am |Tickets £5 before 11pm, £7.50 thereafter The perfect way to wind down after a hectic week in the sumptuous Suburbia club in Hale. Famous for its unusual cocktails and house tunes, it’s a great place to relax with friends.


Every Evening | 7:30pm mid-week & 6:30pm weekends | FREE Illusions is officially the UK’s only branded Magic Bar concept, everynight Illusions provides some of the best home grown talent availble. Magic shows start from 7:30pm mid-week and 6:30pm at the weekends, the magic shows run right through the night.




Sunday 9nd May | From £75 Tickets Michael Buble has become one of the biggest stars on the music scene. After breaking the charts in 2003 with his covers of Frank Sinatra classics such as ‘Come With Me’, this smooth talking Canadian hasn’t looked back.


Sunday 16th May | £39.50 Tickets The lady of the moment and RnB star Rhianna returns to MEN arena to perform her first show here in three years. She will be performing songs from her new album ‘Rated R’ such as Russian Roulette and Rude Boy, as well as classics such as Umbrella and SOS. Support from Pixie Lott.


Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th May | £49.50 Tickets The Black Eyed Peas play not one but two dates at the MEN, proving their popularity at the moment. Songs on the bill will include their impressive three number 1 singles (Boom Boom Pow, I’ve Got A Feeling and Meet Me Halfway) from their new album ‘The E.N.D – The Energy Never Dies’, as well as previous hits such as My Humps and Shut Up. Unsurprisingly support comes from Cheryl Cole setting the rumour mills into overdrive.


Saturday 29th May | £39.50 Tickets Alicia Keys returns to the MEN to celebrate the release of her new album ‘The Element Of Freedom’ which includes hits such as the anthem Empire State Of Mind with rapper Jay-Z. Previous albums include her debut ‘Songs in a Minor’ and ‘As I Am’.


Wednesday 2nd & 3rd June | £50 Tickets Modern Icon Lady Gaga only played at the MEN in March, but due to the sensational success of the show she has announced her second summer date for her ‘The Monster Ball Tour’. Expect nothing less than an awe-inspiring and thought-provoking visual feast, blended with unrivalled singing and number one hits such as Bad Romance and Poker Face.


Friday 4th & Sunday 6th June | £29.12 Tickets X-factors most successful winner and one of Britain’s most talented solo females returns to the MEN in her first solo concert since winning the talent competition. Hits have included singles such as her debut A moment like this, number one Bleeding Love, and her latest single Happy.


Monday 7th June | £42.50 Tickets Jay-Z’s performance at the MEN kicks off his ‘Empire State Of Mind’ tour with singles coming from his latest album The Blueprint 3. Hits will include Run This Town and Empire State of Mind, as well as old school tracks 99 problems and Big Pimpin’.


Friday 11th June | £28.50 Tickets The former Stone Roses frontman holds a party in Platt Fields Park Fallowfied to celebrate 100 years of the council-owned park. Expect tunes from his 14year solo career as well as some newbies.


Saturday 12th June | £45 Tickets ‘The Funhouse Carnival Tour’ comes to Bolton’s Reebok Stadium led by the lady with the big voice and lots of attitude, Pink. This will no doubt be an unforgettable show at the Reebok, following in the footsteps of the likes of Oasis and Coldplay.


Wednesday 16th June | £39.50 Tickets Green Day are one of the music industry’s most established and successful bands, taking inspiration from legends such as The Clash and The Who. They have inspired a new wave of Punk Rock with tunes such as American Idiot and Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.

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FOOTBALL STARS HELP RAISE NEARLY £60,000 FOR THE FIVE STARS APPEAL. A team of footballers headed up by Shay Given are at the top of the culinary league, after thrashing the opposition 2-1 in a unique cookery showdown. The 12 football stars took part in an exclusive Premiership Cook Off event at Panacea Bar and Restaurant in Alderley Edge, sponsored by Bentley Manchester, to raise funds for local charity the Five Stars Appeal. The two teams went head to head in the kitchen where the likes of Wayne Bridge and Micah Richards took a blow torch to a brulee and Carlo Nash plus Nigel de Jong got cheeky with a Bellini cheesecake. The footballers, wearing pristine chef whites without a grass stain in sight, cooked and served three courses and cocktails to the lucky guests. After each course diners voted for their favourite dish, which resulted in Shaun’s Team bringing home the cup while Carlo’s Team were handed a red card. The evening was hosted by Robbie Savage and ex Manchester City player Nicky Summerbee, who had the guests eating out of their hands as they exchanged some lively banter with the

football stars while interviewing them for the cameras. Guests enjoyed being served delicious cocktails by ladies’ favourite Roque Santa Cruz while Wigan’s Titus Bramble did an amazing job serving up the culinary delights. The auction was kicked off by Key103’s Mike Toolan and Hugh Ferris who whipped up a frenzy of excitement. Prizes included a Ricky Hatton Training Day bought by Shaun Wright-Phillips for £4,600 and a Rob Lloyd Racing Day bought by Roque Santa Cruz for £2,100. Harvey Nichols provided luxury goody bags and ex Manchester City player Jim Whitley provided the entertainment by showing off his vocal skills. Once the auction had ended the guests and footballers enjoyed a VIP after party, cheering on Shaun Wright-Phillips as he took to the decks as DJ for the night. Joe Akka, Managing Director for Panacea, comments: “It was an absolutely fantastic evening and the players proved they are every bit as good in the kitchen as they are on the football field. We are delighted at the success of the event”.

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hursday 1st of April saw the start of the Easter weekend and the debut of the ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ night at the glamorous Circle Club. And what a way to kick off the weekend in style! The special Easter Bunny party oozed sex appeal as ladies tottered around in their skimpy bunny outfits, whilst the gents were all suited and booted, making up a totally chic and trendy crowd. Initially the night was a slow burner, but gone midnight the dance floor was in full swing with bodies popping to the R n’ B sounds of Rhianna and Jay Sean infused with dance tracks such as Calvin Harris’ Flashback. There really was something for everyone. Celebs in attendance included Big Brother stars Craig Phillips, newlyweds Grace Adams-Short and Mikey Dalton, Shipwrecker Markus Hafner, singer Pierre Lewis and new recording artist, Lil H. However this night was all about Manchester’s young, hot and fabulous. The Easter party was still going strong well into the early hours of Good Friday and it is safe to say that the night was a resounding success. It most definitely has paved the way for more of its kind in the future, demonstrating once and for all that there is only one way to party in style: Billionaire Boys Club style!

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VIVA l a s m a n c h e s t e r DIDSBURY WELCOMES FINE DINING Albert’s Restaurant and Bar


he eagerly awaited new addition to the dining scene in West Didsbury, Albert’s restaurant and bar open on Friday 30 April 2010. The new restaurant is the second Albert’s opening, and is a sister restaurant to Albert’s Shed in Castlefield, in Manchester city centre.

The new space, which has been created from the old Barleycorn pub site on Barlow Moor Road in Didsbury, aims to provide South Manchester with a slick, modern space with dining for 160 guests inside and will also feature a fabulous outside dining terrace for 60 – perfect for alfresco dining this summer.

The menu is modern British with an eclectic mix of Albert’s favourites and dishes from around the globe, all using only fresh local ingredients. The restaurant will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, and, in a first for Albert’s, will be offering a full brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. The new restaurant will also be using local suppliers such as JB Richardsons bakers in Chorlton and Reserve Wine Merchants in West Didsbury. Those seeking liquid refreshment will not be disappointed – Alberts has a large bar area which is hoping to attract both diners and non diners and will feature everything from cocktails to real ales from the Marble Brewery.

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Organiser: Jorge Perz

MANCHESTER TATTOO SHOW MARCH 2010 Manchester Central played host to The Manchester International Tattoo Show in March which was in its 9th successful annual year.


selection of over 110 tattoo artists from around the globe came together for one special weekend, including some of England’s finest- Dan Gold, Sista Sammy, Mark The Shark and Nicole Lowe. Manchester Central was heaving over the two days with Hells Angels, tattoo fanatics and sexy hot tattooed women all there for the same reason, to add another piece of tattoo heaven artwork to their body’s collection. INTERESTING: We got chatting to Tony Slodger, an exclusive UK custom hand built tattoo machine maker. Tony told us that his tattoo machines were made up from pieces of an alarm bell like the one in the picture opposite! So as well as being able to get a tattoo or a history lesson about tattooing the show also featured VANS half pipe, which throughout the weekend showed demo’s from BMX’ers Jon Taylor and Zack Williams, plus some extreme half piping form skaters Marc Chruchill, Greg Nowik and Rogie. OUR FAVOURITE STAND: Tit4Tat had a stand which is a newly formed charity, working in conjunction with Pennine Acute Hospital Link4Pink. The objective for them being at the show was to raise money for a PAGE 14, APRIL 2010 VIVA MANCHESTER

tattoo machine that will enable patients to have an areola tattooed on after breast reconstructive surgery. Raffle tickets were being sold for the cause, and prizes included custom design VANS shoes(designed by award winning tattooist Dan Gold), a custom made corset (donated by Black Pearl Treasures) and a pair of Lynard Skynard concert tickets. We’re not sure who won, but it wasn’t us- boo!

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We couldn’t get enough of the Tattoo Show’s fashion this year. It was all very ‘OUT THERE’. We came across a little beauty called ‘Limb Clothing’ Limb is a unique rang of corsets dresses and outerwear, from retro frocks and nautical dresses, to lolita and tea dresses. Limbs is seriously any tattooed princesses closet heaven. That rounded up another year for the notorious Manchester Tattoo Show with an awesome after party at the Midland Hotel. We’ve got our tattoo’s sorted for this year, have you got yours?

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“I LET THE GUY FROM RANCID TATTOO SPD ON ME, SKIN HEADS, PUNKS & DRUNKS” An Interview with Mr Dan Gold WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A TATTOOIST? I never really wanted to become a tattooist, I was a graffiti artist and needed to find a job that wouldn’t get me arrested! WHAT WAS THE FIRST TATTOO YOU EVER GOT? A Japanese symbol which I thought meant ‘artist’ but it actually meant ‘toilet’. I told my Mum it meant ‘Mum’ because she went ape shit and I told my girlfriend it said her name- ha ha! ARE THERE ANY TATTOOS ON YOUR BODY THAT YOU REGRET? Not really, I like all of them. I think tattoos reflect your journey though life. WHO’S BEEN YOUR MOST FAMOUS CLIENT? Britney Spears or Kate Moss.


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It’s hard to say really, it will keep progressing as an art form. You know, it’s more the norm to have a tattoo these days than not to have one. SO YOU’VE JUST OPENED A NEW TATTOO SHOP IN LIVERPOOL WITH MR PERZ CALLED 13 INK- HOW’S THAT GOING? Really really well, we’re very busy, Liverpool’s great, there’s going to be a program out about it so keep your eyes peeled. DIDN’T YOU LET KATE MOSS TATTOO A HEART ON YOUR HAND? WHICH OTHER CELEBS WOULD YOU LET TATTOO YOUR BODY? I also let the guy from Rancid tattoo SPD on methat stood for ‘Skin heads, Punks and Drunks’ but the Kate Moss one means a lot to me, Yeah I’d let other celebs tattoo me, but I’m not sure who! WOULD YOU LET THE VIVA GIRLS? I’d let the Viva girls tattoo me all over!

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BOON VS BROOKS A new beer a new record. CLINT BOON It was one of those emails that I had to read a few times. “Clint, do you mind if we make a special real ale in your honour? We want to call it ‘Boon Army’. You can pretty much design it the way you want it to taste”. The email came from a couple of people from the management team at Wetherspoons in Oldham, Eric Fulham and Rachel Wren ………..who came up with the idea. Within days I found myself at Greenfield Real Ale Brewery explaining to the owners (Peter and Tony... lovely, passionate blokes, think ‘beer scientists’) how I’d like the Boon Army Ale to taste. I think my brief was ‘something, golden, light and a bit fruity’. The kind of ale I could enjoy on a night of dj-ing. ‘DJ Juice!’ The launch night for the Boon Army Ale went really well. Real ale enthusiasts, locals and fans of 97.7 XFM turned out at Wetherspoons ‘Up Steps Inn’ in Oldham to have the first taste of the brew along with my wife, Charlie (6 months preggers = designated driver) and my mum, Marie (73 and enjoying a rare night out).

As you read this, Boon Army Real Ale will be on sale at most Wetherspoons across the area and will soon be ‘rolled out’ to other watering holes. Read about Greenfield Real Ale Brewery at seeing what they do is a total revelation. Jessie Rose Hancock is a young lady from Stockport who’s about to crash into the music industry like the overwhelming breath of fresh air it needs. With her band, The Jessie Rose Trip she’s making music which is inspired by blues, jazz, funk & rock yet retains a totally contemporary feel in these days of Plan B, the Noisettes and (dare I say it...) Amy. I defy anybody to put a more talented individual in front of us than Jessie Rose. The band is brilliant, but in Jessie, there’s something unique. A multi instrumentalist with the most distinctive voice and, best of all, the most infectious and magnetic personality. It’s something I’ve not seen since Lisa Stansfield. So refreshingly down to earth. That incredible world class talent that usually comes packaged with extreme complications and

unpleasant idiosyncrasies (Amy again). The world is about to hear about The Jessie Rose Trip. Their new single ‘You Won’t Forget Me Boy’ is out now on Garden Records. Have a great summer, Clint GARETH BROOKS I can’t believe that we’re into May already! Where the hell have the last few months gone and why is it that when you get older, the time just flies by? Anyway readers, I hope you’re well and enjoying the warmer weather. So for the first time in a while, I’ll agree with Clint and what he’s saying about Jessie. Jayne (my gorgeous girlfriend and future wife) and I went along to see Jessie at Sound Control a couple months ago, and she totally blew us away. Great tunes and presence, will take Jessie a long way. I’ve been listening to Massive Attack’s new album ‘Heligoland’ pretty much non-stop since its release in March. A lot of people say it’s a real return to form for the boys from Bristol, but for me, they’ve never made a bad album. There are

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guest appearances from Damon Albarn, Martina Topley-Bird and Manchester’s own Guy Garvey. ‘Girl I Love You’, ‘Psyche’ and track 10 ‘Atlas Air’ really are something special and I would definitely suggest that you go purchase this fine album. If like me, you were lucky enough to see Massive Attack play in Castlefield in 2008, I’m sure you’ll have bought it already anyway. Another album that’s blown me away recently is the new Gil ScottHeron album ‘I’m New Here’. It’s not the longest of records, but it’s an incredible listen. NOT TO MISS OUT ON: Jayne and I are organising an event to raise money for the Big Issue, called The Big Noise Trip. It’s on May 9th at Sound Control and so far we’ve got Kid British, Liam Frost, The Jessie Rose Trip, Run Toto Run, Jim Noir, Danny Mahon, The Switch, 1913 and Clint will be doing his world famous Tea Party plus there will be an exclusive accoustic set by a very special guest! Right, I’m off for a pint of Boon Army Ale with the Boon Dog. Take care and I’ll see you soon. Gareth

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o if you haven’t heard the news already, Peter Hook has recently opened a new club called FAC251, located along Princess St at what used to be the notorious Factory Records. After attending the opening party (which was off the hook, by the way) we decided to get a few answers out of Hooky. Here’s what he had to say... VIVA: What made you come up with the idea of opening the old Factory Records HQ as a club? HOOKY: The idea for a club came about before the premises. It was half hearted at first, but when the building became available I really got into the idea. VIVA: Was there any other direction you were going to go with the building or was it always going to be a club? HOOKY: It was an office originally and I always thought it would make a great club! Twice on its own and now once with me! The Hussy! VIVA: What do you think Tony Wilson would have said about you turning the base of Factory Records in to a night club? HOOKY: I’m hoping he would say “Go for it! Make back all that dough you lost on the Hacienda”. VIVA: Do you think FAC251 is the start of a new ‘Mad-chester’ era? HOOKY: Well, I must be mad, so, yeah. VIVA: It has been 20 years since the Hacienda days - how do you think things have changed and how is FAC251 going to be different? HOOKY: That’s an interesting question. I don’t know really! By me being involved for a start....A fresh attitude to music and not money. VIVA: You’re putting quite a few club nights on as well as band nights - which club night are you most excited about? HOOKY: Mine, of course! VIVA: We see you’ve got a few cool unsigned bands on the line up - which unsigned bands are on your radar at the moment? HOOKY: There’s a great one called Mr. Lizard and a singer/songwriter called Ben Marron, who are both very good. Too many to mention really – Manchester’s music scene is growing again and is going from strength to strength. VIVA: What advice would you give to bands trying to make it like you were back in the day? HOOKY: Write great songs! You can’t go wrong then! VIVA: So you joined up with Mani, Rowetta and Howard at the opening night as ‘The Light’ (you guys were amazing, by the way!) Who came up with that idea to all play together and do you think this

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could be the start of a regular thing? HOOKY: Me, I’m afraid! As for regular? Humm, I’m doing another one in May on the 18th. VIVA: Tell us a bit about your new project “Freebass” with Mani. I know you’re looking for a lead singer - have you found one yet? HOOKY: Yes. It was tough getting everyone together but hopefully worth it. Our first EP ‘Two Worlds Collide’ will be out in a couple of days on VIVA: What’s your most memorable moment of being in the Factory building back in the day? (we asked Howard Marks this question too and he said: “Well, people keep telling me I’ve been here before but I can’t remember a fucking thing!”) HOOKY: Most memorable moment? My many bollockings off from Tony. VIVA: I read somewhere that when you had the Hacienda you were quoted as saying you were a rubbish business man. We are quite a new business and we’re still learning the ropes. Have you any tips for us from what you’ve learned?! HOOKY: Keep your eye on the till! Never have partners! If you want something doing, do it yourself! Never sign any personal guarantees! Get your Dad to vet your lawyer, accountant and cleaning ladies! GOOD LUCK, YOU’LL NEED IT! HOOKY’10XX


‘Romantic and loud!’ the band exclaim as they describe themselves. ‘A theme that runs throughout our music is alienation. The next single, ‘Scars’, is all about that and how tangled up you become if love or sex does finally come your way. How you leap in head-first without any thought to the consequences.’ So, exciting times ahead for newly-signed band The Little Volcanoes as they gear up to release their debut single ‘Scars’ on 4th May. After spending 2009 tirelessly promoting themselves through gigging, the hard work finally seems to have

paid off, and a prosperous future beckons. Whilst pondering the next three years they wistfully muse to us ‘Three loved albums, loads of festivals and tours under our belts and being able to buy things from Cash Converters instead of having to sell them. That’s not a lot to ask is it?’ You can guarantee Little Volcanoes will soon be erupting all over the UK this year, and not just in Iceland!! Scars is released on the 4th of May on CDbaby and iTunes, with a limited physical release shortly afterwards. words: Tom Boone

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WHER E’S STRUTTER Viva’s Tom Boone took a trip down to the Night and Day Cafe to meet the Where’s Strutter boys (minus the lead singer who missed his train). After congratulating the band for being Viva’s top unsigned band on the radar, he asks them a few questions so our readers can get to know them a bit better... VIVA: So who are Where’s Strutter? What are you guys all about? WS: We’re about rock ‘n’ roll, and have a real passion for playing live. VIVA: It’s an interesting band name- does it have any meaning or significance? WS: We went to someone’s house party and he had a pet snake called Strutter, well someone let Strutter out of his cage, and the guy whose house it was just kept shouting all night“Where’s Strutter?”. VIVA: What would you rather have, one album that sells millions gets to No.1 and makes you super stars or 5 albums that all make it to the top 20 but you never really make it as massive superstars? WS: 5 albums definitely. You’ll still have your fan base there and you’ll be able to properly show people what you’re all about and continue playing the music you love not what everyone else likes in order to shoot to the top. VIVA: What would be your perfect night out? WS: Sex drugs and rock ‘n’ roll without the missus!! VIVA: Oww you’ll be in trouble now! We say this to every band but I like

this question, describe your sound? WS: It’s heavier than your average indie band, but it’s still too indie for rock and too rock for indie! VIVA: What’s the greatest song you’ve ever written? WS: ‘It’s been a long time coming’. It’s a simple tune and it started from nothing but now it has so much behind it, it’s the tune we finish all our gigs on. VIVA: Where do you see yourselves this time next year? WS: We’ve got a tour coming up and a single release soon so the skys the limit! VIVA: Tell us a bit about getting locked in a room with Pete Docherty? WS: We didn’t really get locked in a room with him, one of our mates is best buddies with Pete so we chilled out one night with him, smoking a few splifs. It was a great experience, he’s a top guy. We’re supporting him on the 5th April at Moho Live. VIVA: Random question but what’s your favourite cheese (just a little survey we are doing)? WS: Cheese-coated salami slices! Feta cheese is disgusting, it’s like someones collected together a load of different sp**k and just made it into a square block. VIVA: Greatest moment of Where’s Strutters life as a band so far? WS: Walking into Academy 2 with the crowd chanting- ‘Where’s Strutter?’.

“We chilled out with Pete Docherty smoking a few spliffs”

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WE GET ON THE WHEEL After bursting out of the Manchester music scene in 2008, Twisted Wheel have been hard at work touring and promoting their selftitled debut album, whilst still finding time to support Oasis on what looks to be their farewell tour. Now signed up to Noel Gallagher’s label Big Brother, ‘The Wheel’ (as their fans endearingly refer to them) are gearing up to go and do it all again with their imminent second album. ‘The recent demos of new tunes we’ve done are rockier than ever’ we are assured. ‘The music scene at the moment has become a little soft and its attracting a crowd of Chin scratchers who seem more concerned about what the crowd are wearing rather than the music.’ So, no relent seems to be the blueprint from the Oldham lads as they prepare to hit the festival circuit in the summer with Dot To Dot, Osfest, Leeds Live and Haddow Fest already confirmed, as well as an inevitable tour to follow the album. When talking to Twisted Wheel, it is easy to see why they have such a special bond with their loyal fans. They are very much a band of the people, and always true to their roots. From hand picking local bands to support them on their tour dates, to casually discussing their love of Manchego cheese with us, The Wheel have obviously managed to stay grounded despite a whirlwind year. So, what was the most memorable moment? ‘I think walking out on stage at Heaton Park supporting Oasis, there is no substitute for that feeling of playing your songs in front of 70,000 people and getting a fantastic reaction from them.’ I’m sure Wheel be hearing a lot more from these boys in 2010... words: Tom Boone




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It’s like Gremlins, I threw water on you last time, and now you’ve multiplied!” announces Paloma Faith after her dramatic entrance onto the Manchester Academy stage with her pair of orange feathers. The girl is right. Last time she set foot in the Manchester music scene she played at a much smaller venue- The Ruby Lounge to a crowd of about 200, back this year and shes sold out Academy 1. The show is huge and oozes effort and spectacular visuals. Costume changes are outrageous and worn in a way that only Miss Faith can, from colourful zebra print and flower patterned dresses to the final encore outfit (wait for it) all in one American stars and stripes jumpsuit complimented with a pair of cherries head-piece! But hey we aren’t here to score fashion tips we’re here for the music! All the classics are of course played - ‘Stone Cold Sober’, ‘New York’ and ‘Broken Doll’, an unexpected upbeat cover of the Beatles hit ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ is a risky endeavour but completely wins the crowd over. But the tune of the night award definitely has to go to Faiths biggest hit to date ‘Upside Down’. ....And we’ve just got to pay tribute to the lucky lad who Faith drags up on stage in the first half to serenade him with ‘Romance Is Dead’. We’re not sure who is, luckier, really the hot guy, or Faith!!



he count-down is almost over and soon it’ll be that time of year again: yes, that’s right, it’s nearly festival season! It’s time to get your funky wellies and camping equipment cleaned up from last year, because summer is just around the corner! Viva’s 2010 festival guide will give you all the vital

information on our top 10 summer festivals around the UK so that you can pick which festivals are more your style, get the time booked off work and start having summer festival fun! Here in the UK we live for the summer and are well known around the world for our huge festival sites which

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people travel to from miles around just to be part of it. Glastonbury is of course the mother of all summer festivals and sells out within minutes of tickets going on sale due to its huge line-up! Let’s hope for a summer filled with sunshine and no rain so that we can all enjoy a rain-free festival season. Happy Camping!



WHEN: 28th and 29th August 2010 LOCATION: Daresbury - Cheshire TICKET PRICE: W/end with camping £110

WHEN: 11th, 12th and 13th June 2010 LOCATION: Dores near Inverness - Scotland TICKET PRICE: W/end with camping £149

ollowing the huge success of Creamfields 2009 which attracted a record breaking 60,000 raving festival goers, and was also voted last year’s winner for best “dance festival” Creamfields is back for 2010! It’s even bigger and better, with a huge line-up from the best trance, house, d&b, dub-step artists from around the world, such as David Guetta, Audio Bullys, Judge Jules, Pete Tong, Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Eddi Halliwell, Paul Van Dyk, Lisa Lashes, Annie Mac, MC Dynamite, Steve Angello, Leftfield and many more. The festival has now established itself at its new location in Cheshire as “one of the largest, most popular and well operated electronic festivals in the world” , and has now been granted a three year license to this site. To check out the full line-up go online

ockness festival is known as the most beautiful festival in the world, with the main stage situated in front of the most stunning backdrop of the water-strewn valley of Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. It has also received many reviews from tough critics as the friendliest festival in the world; we are certainly adding this smaller, more intimate festival to our list and are looking forward to checking it out! Rockness promises to launch the best festival lineup for 2010 with Fatboy Slim, Leftfield, The Strokes, Pendulum, Doves, Ian Brown, Enter Shikari, Vampire Weekend, 2 Many DJ’S, Friendly Fires, Blondie, The Macabees, Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Rob Da Bank and many more fantastic acts to entertain you for the whole three days. For the full festival line up, check out the festival website at







WHEN: 9th, 10th and 11th of July 2010 LOCATION: Balado, Kinross-hire - Scotland TICKET PRICE: £180 w/end inc camping cotland’s much-loved and most successful music festival returns for 2010. Yes, T in the Park is back for its 16th year and is now one of only two Carbon Neutral events in the UK. T in the Park is the largest Carbon Neutral festival in the world and, as well as being great for the environment, it is a super fun and sold-out event every year. Which isn’t surprising given its impressive line-up, as this year we can expect: Muse, Faithless, Kasabian, Eminem, Stereophonics, Paulo Nutini, Vampire Weekend, Jay Z, Dizzee Rascal, Biffy Clyro, The View, The Black Eyed Peas, Florence & The Machine, Jamie T, The Prodigy, The Courteeners, Madness, Groove Armada, Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, Mumford & Sons, Kate Nash, David Guetta, Carl Cox and many more. To check out the full festival line-up go to

WHEN: 11th, 12th and 13th of June 2010 LOCATION: Seaclose Park, Newport - Isle of Wight TICKET PRICE: £150 w/end with camping he Isle of Wight will be attracting 50 of the best acts from around the world, and this year will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s legendary performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, which was his last major performance before he died. In his honor the ultimate Hendrix tribute act, Are You Experienced, will open the weekend over in the Big Top with a special Performance just for campers on Thursday night. And for all you football fans, no need to worry about missing the World Cup as there are going to be big screens up around the festival showcasing the main matches. This year’s line-up includes Jay Z, Florence & The Machine, The Strokes, Blondie, Paul McCartney, Pink, Calvin Harris, Biffy Clyro, Editors, Spandau Ballet, Doves, Vampire Weekend and much more. To check out the full festival line-up go to


WHEN: 21st and 22nd August 2010 LOCATION: TICKET PRICE: W/end £84 no Camping included


hen we were still DV8 magazine, we were lucky enough to attend and be a part of Jersey Live 2009 and we had the most fantastic time! If you fancy a smaller festival that has a great friendly atmosphere, and which is pretty much guaranteed to be hot and sunny then you should definitely check this out! At present, there is no on-site camping at Jersey Live but you can find out all you need to know about festival accommodation at the Jersey Tourism Board If your budget can allow it, we would recommend The Grand Hotel in St Helier, the fantastic hotel that we stayed in for the 2009 festival. Jersey Live is a great festival to end the summer with a bang, and acts confirmed so far for this year are Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, Darwin Deez, Django Django, Paul Weller, Peggy Sue and many more. Please check out the listings closer to date as there are still loads more to be confirmed.

04 - BESTIVAL WHEN: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th September 2010 LOCATION: Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park, near Newport - Isle of Wight TICKET PRICE: W/end with camping £150


estival is the award winning three-day boutique music festival that has been bringing us the best in eclectic acts since 2004. What makes Bestival a little different is the craziness of Bestival Land, with its Bollywood Cocktail Bar, fancy dress en mass and even a hidden disco. Bestival is a great festival for all ages and is even equipped for new mothers and has its very own Breastival baby temple area. This years fantastic line-up so far includes The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal, Hot Chip, Flaming Lips, Roxy Music, Chase & Status, Echo & The Bunnymen, Rolf Harris,  Ellie Goulding, Mumford and Sons, Rob da Bank, Annie Mac Presents, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Zane Lowe and many more. For the full festival line-up, check out

05 - V FESTIVAL WHEN: 21st and 22nd August 2010 LOCATION: Hylands Park - Chelmsford and Weston Park - Stafford TICKET PRICE: W/end with camping £165


is a two-day festival that takes place in two different locations in the UK. For all us northerners V in Stafford is the closest and for all you southerners Chelmsford is the nearest location. This year the line-up is superb. Kings of Leon and Kasabian have been named as headliners, and other acts on the main stage include Stereophonics, Faithless, Paul Weller, Madness, Editors and the Kooks. David Guetta and Faithless will perform headline sets in the 4Music tent, with Florence and the Machine. Other acts confirmed across the weekend are Cheryl Cole, Pet Shop Boys, Groove Armada, Scouting for Girls White Lies, Paloma Faith, Courteeners, Editors, Paolo Nutini  and many more. Check out the full festival line-up at

03 - WAKESTOCK WHEN: 2nd, 3rd and 4th July 2010 LOCATION: Abersoch, Cardigan Bay - North Wales TICKET PRICE: W/end with camping £120


elentless Wakestock is a wakeboard and music festival. It started 10 years ago when it was just a wakeboard contest with 800 people partying in a car park, now it has grown to become one of the coolest most revered festivals in Europe, playing the best music from DJ’s and bands. What makes Wakestock that little bit cooler than the average festival is that it’s also the biggest wakeboard competition in Europe and is located on the golden sandy beaches along the Cardigan Bay coast! It sounds like a great festival and we are really looking forward to this one! The line-up so far (with 25 more acts to announce) is; the Ting Tings, Maximo Park, Eric Prydz, Fedde Le Grand, Chase & Status, N-Dubz, Pete Tong, Tinie Tempah & Plan B, Mr Hudson, Audio Bullys, Wiley, Sub Focus, Band of Skulls, Skream, Los Campesinos, Sbtrkt and Mclean. For more info please visit

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eeds Festival 2010 - could the line-up get any better?! This year, from across the atlantic, the three main headline acts are Arcade Fire, Blink 182 and the legendary Guns’n’Roses, who most of us would have been brought up listening to, so the Viva team are extremely excited to see these guys perform live! Other acts playing over the weekend are: The Libertines, Dizzee Rascal, The Cribs, Paramore, Cypress Hill, Limp Bizkit, Weezer, Queens of the Stone Age, Biffy Clyro, Lostprophets, Pendulum, Klaxons, Enter Shikari, and We are Scientists, with many more fantastic acts to be announced on all days across the 7 stages. Leeds Festival 2010 is definitely a number one festival to attend, so check out full festival line-up at


e are sure that it is no surprise to anyone that Glastonbury is at number one in our summer festival run-down. It is a known fact that it’s the mother of all festivals – it’s the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world and a template for all other festivals that are around today. Everyone wants to be one of the lucky people that gets through the ticket system and gets to go. Because it’s very different today from the old days when you would head to Glastonbury and jump the fence! I went in 1998 and, out of a group of 20, myself and three friends were the only ones that had paid to get in! But there WHEN: 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th of is no chance of any fence jumping happening June 2010 now! Year after year, Glastonbury just keeps on growing in both popularity and size. Back in LOCATION: Worthy Farm, Pilton 2008 there was a great deal of speculation about TICKET PRICE: W/end with camping £185 Jay-Z Saturday night’s headline act – the main point of contention being that, according to many hardcore festival goers, rap music had no place at Glastonbury. Despite this, Jay-Z delivered a storming show that drew

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a vast and enthusiastic crowd. Last year’s Glastonbury was of course no different and the tickets were sold out 8 weeks before the gates opened. And of course there was more than just music at Glasto 2009. Last year, there was a circus and theatre areas with Cirque du Soleil impressing the crowds with their power and acrobatic skills, as well as the Fire Tusk Pain Proof Circus, all of which attracted the chronic thrill-seekers in the audience with their awe-inspiring extreme stunts. This years Glastonbury is huge with a great lineup on all stages: U2, Dizzee Rascal, Vampire Weekend, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Muse, Scissor Sisters, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Faithless, Jack Johnson, Slash, Paloma Faith, Hot Chip, Florence and The Machine, La Roux, The Courteeners, Pet Shop Boys, Editors, The Cribs, Kate Nash, MGMT, We Are Scientists, Jamie T, Groove Armada, Mumford & Sons, Fatboy Slim, DJ Zane Lowe and much, much more! Please visit the festival’s website for the full lineup:



28th, 29th & 30th May | £25 For A Weekend Ticket In the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter comes one of the best inner city events of the year. With a bustling schedule of live music, live art, poetry and short films in twenty of the Quarter’s finest bars and a 5000 capacity outdoor stage in Piccadilly. The annual line-up includes Reverend Sounds System, Liam Frost, The Long Cut, Karima Francis, Misty’s big adventure, Lowline, Jessie Rose Trip, Athlete to The Bones and Manchester four piece, Kid British.


30th, 31st July & 1st August | £85 For A Weekend Ticket The innovative festival will be making its way to the charming fields of Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District on. Eight performance stages hosting contemporary music and art, alongside rural entertainment is set to keep everyone on their feet in the fresh summer air. Forget the queuing due to its ideal restricted capacity. Eye catching headliners Calvin Harris, The Doves and The Corals feature alongside a wave of bands, like Badly Drawn Boy, Wild Beasts, The Futureheads and British Sea Power to dance your socks off to!


30th & 31st May | £8 For A Weekend Ticket Celebrate the diversity of European culture on the streets of Manchester in the 7th festival that was born out of the EU’s expansion. The unique festival will showcase traditional, current and cutting edge music on two outdoor stages. Sample the culinary delights and purchase stylish European gifts from the food and craft markets. Watch an array of Europe’s most talented street artists and performers live.


31st May| £25 Tickets Now in its landmark fifth year and touring three of the UK’s most music-savvy cities (including Manchester for the first time in 2010), Dot To Dot is thrilled to announce some great additions to their fabulously eclectic line-up, harmonizing the best up-and-coming talent from across the globe which will include Lights / The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster / Twisted Wheel and Blood Red Shoes.


12th June | £29.50 Tickets Brought to you by the elite of Manchester’ promoters of Mad Ferret and The Warehouse Project, the Parklife event will host an amazing line up of local, national and international artists across six stages on Platt Fields Park. Relax in the glorious sunshine in themed chill out areas and giant bouncy castles, while being entertained by magicians, circus acts, mobile silent disco and massage maidens to name a few. Enjoy the likes of acts such as the Friendly Fires, Booka Shade, Calvin Harris and many more.


20th to 30th August Join the excitement when this vibrant event is staged in Manchester’s Gay Village to thousands. Celebrate LGBT life in its seventh year in style by getting your Platinum Pass to the most exclusive clubs in town. Since 2003, the festival exhibits series of art, culture, heritage, debate, sport, music and film events celebrating the great diversity of the LGBT community.




Sex and the City 2 Grab Jimmy and Manolo and get yourself to the cinema because our four favourite fashionistas are back, and the producers have been keeping a tight lid on the much awaited film. Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte will be gracing the big screen

once more for the sequel of the most fashionable movie ever made. This latest installment of SATC fast-forwards two years from our last encounter with the ladies, from the myriad of breakups, infidelity, marriage and babies. This time the four are leaving behind the city’s baggage and instead filling theirs

with couture gowns and harem pants as they jet to exotic Abu Dhabi. Oh the glitz, the glamour and the exes? That’s right, thousands of miles from home and Carrie just can’t escape city life when she bumps into ex-fiancé Aidan, could this chance meeting have come at the most opportune of moments as married life

takes it toll for Mr. and Mrs. Big. But Carrie’s not the only one feeling the heat, Charlotte struggles with the joy of parenthood and might be about to loose her cool. And how is Miranda coping with life and love after Steve’s betrayal, as for Samantha, well we expect plenty of sinful conduct, naughty innuendos and a hell of lot of bling.





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Robin Hood - May 14th

Prince of Persia - May 21st

The A-team - July 30th

Get Him to the Greek - June 25th

Director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe reunite for their fifth bigscreen outing, where Oscar winner Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as Robin Hood. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people and lover to the beautiful Lady Marian (Cate Blanchett).

From the team that brought the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time—a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

1980s TV action gets a reboot with this new version of The A-Team, which shifts the Vietnam vet backstory to a group of Iraq War vets who look to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed. Liam Neeson heads up the crew as Hannibal, the brains of the operation, with Bradley Cooper as Face, UFC star Quinton “Rampage” Jackson filling in for Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, and District 9’s breakout star, Sharlto Copley, inheriting the unhinged role of “Howling Mad” Murdock. Jessica Biel also co-stars.

The mission: get Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) notorious rocker to L.A’s Greek theatre for one off ten year anniversary gig. 23-year old intern Aaron Greenberg (Jonah Hill) is fresh out of university and may have bitten off more than he can chew. Can he survive 72 hours of sex, drugs and outrageous rockers in London, there’ll be plenty of bad behavior, criminal antics, wild parties, women in absolute abundance and a lot of laughs.

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Eclipse - July 9th Since the release of the second edition of the Twilight Saga: New Moon, the world has been eager to sink its teeth into the much-awaited third installment Eclipse. New Moon left us longing for answers, with Edward and Bella reunited, and the


commitment they made to vampire royalty the Volturi looming over them, where will Eclipse take us next. Torn between love and death, and life and friendship Bella’s racked with guilt whichever way she turns. Eclipse captures the love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob we witnessed develop in the

previous two films, and their individual fight to prove their devotion to her.



Yet this is not the only challenge Bella is set to face. Her impending high school graduation, a major milestone for any average teen is the least of her concerns. Still under threat from vengeful vampire Victoria, and the

constant fear the Volturi shall come to fulfill its demands, her struggle to find the right answers is put in jeopardy. We see the return of the Cullen family, the Volturi and a number of new and more dangerous vampires as they all seek their own self-interested objectives.


Karate Kid – July 30th

A Nightmare On Elm Street - May 7th

Letters to Juliet - June 11th

Death at a Funeral - June 4th

When 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) from Detroit moves to China with his mother and incurs the wrath of the class bully at his new school, he makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to self-defense. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

Platinum Dunes the production company behind the remakes of Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, tackles another classic horror franchise with this redo of the Wes Craven film. Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley) returns in A Nightmare on Elm Street” a contemporary reimagining of the horror classic. A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams, is stalking them all. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another…but when they sleep, there is no escape.

Set in the infamous city of passion and romance in fair Verona, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) opens the doors to unanswered tales of love and loss when she discovers an old love letter from the 1950s. Her journey begins when she contacts Juliet (Vanessa Redgrave), the intended recipient of the letter. As Juliet seeks out her former flame, Sophie too becomes swept up in the mystery and romance ultimately leading her down an untraveled path and to find her own true love she never knew she was looking for.

Funerals are a time of mourning and farewell for loved ones, a final celebration of the life that was, just not at Aaron’s house (Chris Rock). Invite the funniest actors in Hollywood to a funeral, and watch the mayhem unfold. Get the right coffin to the right place, pay off the vertically challenged man with the unforgiving photos of the deceased, try to keep your drug induced hallucinating partner in check, keep your guests happy whatever their needs and you’ve got death at a funeral.




ime really has flown by since the famed four piece got together in 1994 and then sadly split up in 2009. But now they are back from the band grave with these twenty six timeless classic tracks. Get ready to feel that sense of nostalgia on the 14th June with one of the world’s most influential bands with singles that span over two decades. Treat yourself to this greatest collection of Oasis hits between 1994 and 2009. Transport yourself to those old school disco days with your old Walkman/CD player favourites, like ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Don’t look back in

anger’, ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Go let it out’ to name a few. The album also includes every release made by the band, including single-only songs 'Whatever' and 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down' and their eight UK number ones. The only thing wrong with the album is the absence of their number one hit 'Sunday Morning Call'. They were hits then and they are hits now as their rock and roll mix of songs do not go out of fashion. You won’t want to put your earphones down after hearing this deluxe album.



he first Latino multi platinum group are ready to tear down the hip hop scene again with a new portfolio of iconic west coast rap tunes. The span of six years between Till Death Do Us Part and Rise Up marks Cypress Hill’s longest gap between studio albums in their career. Originally scheduled for 2006 - the album which was released on 20th April still never ceases to cover the mishaps of gangster life, with toe tapping beats.

Rise Ups lead single is its incendiary title track, which features Rage Against the Machines’s Tom Morello, who who wrote and co-produced the song is a marked change from their use of conventional hip hop vibes. It Ain’t Nothing is also like a blast from the past as its style manages to cling on to the RNB/hip hop beats of the early noughties.



anchester has produced many great bands over the years. But this chilled-out indie track is the first release from one of Manchester’s most anticipated up and coming bands who have been warming up for six years. Their debut ear popping and insanely cool single could easily be the tool to their major breakthrough.

Mike Edmonds – Bass and Paul O’Neil on the Drums. The band think of themselves as flying the flag for romantic, glam pop-rock in the vein of Morrissey, Suede and The Cure with their wonderfully eccentric guitar pop music. With a list of prestigious venues, press and radio play on the agenda, 2010 could be the year the Little Volcanoes erupt. Let’s pray- minus the ash cloud.

Made up of Philip Quinn on Vocals, Chris Fry on Guitar,



ave some room on your IPOD and MP3 playlists for this catchy urban cracker. Brought to you by an eccentric British rapper from East London, Professor Green aka Stephen Paul Manderson’s smash new single introduces an effective twist on an old INXS song with cheeky Eminem style lyrics. The feisty single that makes your feet tap with its sharp beat could actually be better than the original INXS version. The song also features vocals from English singer-songwriter Ed Drewett.

The lyrics are extremely appealing to anyone who has been rejected on the chase for new a love. The song started out its success on Radio 1’s A playlist in March this year- a big deal. Note that his hot comeback single has also had an envious chart performance after entering the Top 40 at number 3. And the Professor is set for even more chart success when his debut album ‘Alive till I’m dead’ gets released later this year.

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