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partying on the WHITE islE for the very first time



mixing it up with the original Queen of dance music



ello VIVA readers, we hope you have all had a blast over the summer because we certainly have. Once again Manchester has excelled itself by hosting some amazing events and activities over these hot (but a little bit rainy)

few months! The festival session kicked off with the almighty Parklife and with The Courteeners gig selling out Heaton Park the night before. This is one weekend that will be stuck on top of our memory box! Team VIVA took a little trip over to the white party island of Ibiza this summer for a bit of raving and misbehaving! VIVA Ems was smashing it on the decks out there at the pool and boat parties plus Happy Mondays singer Rowetta came out to join us too. You can read about all our Ibiza shenanigans in the travel section. Talking about DJs, queen of dance music, Lisa Lashes, invited us to her house out in the Leicester countryside to spin some tunes in her basement. She has just launched ‘Lisa Lashes Basement Boutique’ nights which will be coming to Manchester soon. Read our interview with Lisa in the music section. The DoubleTree by Hilton’s annual summer party with us was, yet again, another hit with the movers and shakers of Manchester. This year’s theme being ‘English garden summer party.’ Guests sipped fruity cocktails and danced to soulful house and jazz tunes while the Mancunian sunshine beamed onto the SkyLounge terrace. So, inbetween all the festivals, events and work we’ve been trying to get a bit of relaxation in. We’ve just discovered this amazing new massage service for busy people on the go called Urban Massage! It’s such a great concept. You download the app choose which massage you want and at what time that day; then a masseuse will come out to your house / office or wherever you may be, sometimes within the hour! Massages on the go! Check out our health section for more details plus details of other spas in Manchester. We hate to say this but it’s only four months till Christmas. Our next issue will be out in December so see you then, ho ho ho!

Big Love VA Team VI

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09_ Guest on the radar: Catherine Tyldesley from Coronation Street 11_ Once upon a time, when fantasy and fairytale collide at Den Living 22_ Kelly Jones from the Stereophonics - interview 27_ Urban gentleman: mixing street and sophistication 42_ Me time that matters:VIVA’s spa guide 46_ Baby steps. One step at a time; smiling, weaning and playing! 80_ Mixing it up with Lisa Lashes


17_ Accessories Madness 18_ Time to work it! 19_ Shop the highstreet: Sooo seventies 33_ Shop the high street: Going commando 35_ Suited and booted


36_ Get the look this Autumn with Cassie Lomas 38_ Autumn must-haves, beauty essentials 40_ Dr Vik talks celebrities, botox and how to choose the right clinic 44_ Mindfulness meditation with Suzanne Elizabeth, holistic coach 45_ Summer living with personal trainer, Sam Witter HOME, LEISURE, BUSINESS & TRAVEL 48_ Travel trinkets - travel inspired interiors 51_ VIVA gadgets: Headphones 52_ Driven, not steered 54_ Like an Ibiza virgin; partying on the white isle for the very first time! FOOD AND DRINK 60_ Victor’s is firmly established on the Hale circuit 62_ The cocktail hour 66_ FIND ME: The best Italian restaurant in Manchester 68_ Liquid lunch specials



70_ Doubletree by Hilton summer garden party 72_ Infamous Diner launch 76_ Million dollar Crolla VIP after party 78_ VIVA London news

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VIVA girls’ 2015 festival diary Kavana takes over the VIVA iPod Ten Mancs: Stella Grundy Lastest cinema and DVD news and reviews

TEAM VIVA Give us a little tweet... The editor emma WILKINSON @VIVAEms

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Copy sub-editor KEITH McDONNELL @geraldthejag

Senior designer Ed Wilkinson @eddiewilky

Follow VIVA: facebook/vivamagazines

Issue 22, published September 2015 Fashion editor ROSS FORSYTHE @rossforsythe

Food Editor Yvonne Goldsmith-Rybka

Online marketing executive ROB STUBBS @robstubbs


Head of photography KARIN ALBINSSON @KarinAlbinsson

Andreea Bondor Charlie Cable Jayna Patel Lucy Harding Steph Riley Tereza Pevna CONTRIBUTOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Feature editor SAM BRAMWELL (a secret tweeter)

Feature editor emma CHADWICK @ChaddersLife

Craig Flemming Elspeth Moore Paci Kub Shani Birkin Hodson Will Wilkinson CONTRIBUTOR GRAPHIC DESIGN

Health & fitness columnist SAM WITTER @samwitter1

Interior Design editor Luci Roper @LLDesignNews

Beauty columnist CASSIE LOMAS @cassielomas

Drink editor Dave marsland @DrinksEnthusist

Motoring editor JACK MARSDEN

VIVA London KIRI BLOORE @KiriBloore

Film editor DARREN R L GORDON @DarrenRLGordon

VIVA website SHABIR hussain @shabby218

Sophie Lynch

VIVA Magazine, Part 2nd Floor, Fourway House, 57 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EJ Tel: 0161 2280065 email: website: A readership of 60,000 in the Manchester and Cheshire areas For annual subscription rates, please ring our enquiry line on 0161 2280065 or email VIVA Manchester magazine is published quarterly (4 times a year) and is distributed in and around Manchester and Cheshire which includes Manchester city centre, Didsbury, Hale, Wilmslow, Altrincham, Chorlton and Salford. Unsolicited manuscripts, artwork, photographic prints and transparencies are accepted only on the understanding that VIVA accepts no liability for loss or damage. No responsibility can be accepted for any breaches of obligation by advertisers. Strictly copyright all content VIVA Magazines. Reproduction, in part or whole, is forbidden without the express permission of the publishers. All prices included within this publication were correct at the time of print. All expressions and opinions demonstrated within this publication are those of the editor(s) including contributors. k | VIVA | 07



The Radar

HOT: Mindfulness I’ve just started looking into Mindfulness since having my little boy Alfie. Time seems to go so quickly these days as though my life is in fast-forward mode and it scares me. I want to slow things down and cherish every precious moment with Tom and Alfie. I feel blessed to have my boys and it’s only right that I should treasure each day I have with them! Mindfulness is about slowing down and taking time to appreciate your surroundings. All the everyday things that we take for granted in our busy lives. I feel more grateful than ever as I look closely at my blessings and surroundings.

WHAT’S HOT & WHAT’S NOT Training I talk about health and fitness a lot, I know. I’m loving the nutrition course which I am studying and I’m about to undertake the most advanced training with Matt Warner and Nick Mitchell. These fitness experts achieve unparalleled results with their clients. What they don’t know about health and fitness isn’t worth knowing! We’re surrounded by celeb-endorsed projects with little knowledge behind them so to be getting advice from genuine experts is extremely lucky. You only get one body - so I intend to make the most of this and absorb as much information as possible!!

Manchester How good Manchester City Centre is looking these days? I’m proud of my city and always have been and these days there’s always something new and exciting popping up, especially around Spinningfields. Never has Manchester embraced so many awesome, original restaurants and bars. When my pals come up from London they adore it. It’s more chilled here too with a really cool, welcoming Northern Charm vibe. There’s also exciting developments at my old ‘Corrie’ Home - the Old Granada Studios. This city has a really cool mix of historical buildings, the latest architecture, jazz clubs, award-winning restaurants and cool bars. Go Manchester!

This issue’s guest radar was brought to you by Coronation Street actor.

Catherine Tyldesley photo: Alan Strutt / Vital Creatives

NOT HOT: Body Shaming Does anyone have the right to pick fault with someone else’s body? This trend of sad, bitter people at home on their laptops, hurling abuse at other folk has me completely miffed. Our children are surrounded by unattainable, airbrushed images and being told what is beautiful instead of seeing real beauty for themselves. When these Trolls see a celebrity with a normal, healthy figure they start hurling negativity at them. I I think that these Trolls really dislike themselves, thus they can’t see the beauty in anyone else. One word Trolls - just remember - the universe hears you - Karma.

My Teeth!! During pregnancy I had trouble with my teeth. Apparently this is fairly common as pregnancy weakens your immune system causing infections or crumbling teeth! At seven months, at the hairdresser’s, I suddenly had a bad pain on the left side of my face which soon became unbearable. A nearby dentist saw me immediately. He removed a filling and pus squirted out. Did you know a bad infection can encourage premature labour? I was terrified and I’m still struggling with my teeth. Pregnancy definitely affected my peggies! As if we don’t go through enough! Not cool!

Baby Foods Now Alfie has started weaning, we’ve decided to make everything ourselves. I can’t believe the ingredients used in some baby foods, especially the amount of sugar and some baby foods are filled with ingredients I can’t even pronounce! I won’t put this rubbish into my body so I certainly won’t put it into my baby’s! Always read the label. Some brands are made with natural, healthy ingredients. I’m aware that we busy Mums can’t always make baby foods fresh but you can freeze loads and now - finally - even the NHS is wising up to the evils of sugar and sweeteners.

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When fantasy and fairytale collide at Den Living... Photography: Art Directing & Styling: Makeup and Hair: Assisted by: Model: Location:

Shani Birkin Hodson, Ross Forsythe, Lisa Murray, Creatives Agency Hollie Allison Annabelle, Boss Model Management Den Living, Gown; Self Portrait, Selfridges Trafford Centre

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Dress; Zeynap Kartal Necklace; Miss Francesca Couture, Met Quarter Liverpool

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Hat; Enola Rose at Miss Francesca Couture Dress; Rebecca Carrington Cape; Miss Francesca Couture at Met Quarter Liverpool

Dress; Rebecca Carrington Necklace; Miss Francesca Couture


Accessories Madness With Summer inevitably over and Autumn creeping upon us, it’s time to give your wardrobe a little make-over. It’s all about accessorising this Autumn because that’s what will make your outfit stand out. So get out and stock up on scarves, chunky belts, chelsea boots and ponchos. words: Tereza Pevna

Ted Baker Jewelled Earrings, £39 Topshop Suede Shopper; £38

Office Tassel Pumps; £68

Oasis Felt Fedora; £25

H&M Poncho; £24.99

Coast Corine Necklace; £35

House Of Fraser Leather Gloves; £36

Zara Armband Bracelet; £15.99

Marks & Spencer Bracelet Watch; £35

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VIVA C A T W A L K T R E N D S Carven Crêpe Top, £250 Helmut Lang Wool Blazer, £470

Alexis Mabille A/W 2015

Alexander McQueen Crêpe de Chine Blouse, £605

Boutique Moschino Boucle Jacket, £400 Sophie Hulme Leather Tote, £650

Time to WORK it! September. That time, forever ingrained in our minds, where we clamoured for our back-to-school essentials and had the arduous decision of how to make our uniforms as unique and individual as feasibly possible. Our school days might be over but finding the most fashionable workwear pieces is definitely our new dilemma. Whether your are a number cruncher or PR princess, check out these fabulous workwear-inspired pieces to wow your workmates and create a conversation topic for all those water-cooler moments. words: Ross Forsythe

Balenciaga A/W 2015

arl Mother Of Pe ir t, £365 l Sk Beaded Woo Gianvito Rossi Vernice Sandals, £625

Hugo Boss Twill Skirt, £210

Victoria Beckham Crêpe Shirt Dress, £395

Boutique Moschino Crêpe Jacket-Print Dress, £245

2. Micro-Jacquard Dress; £29.99, Zara

1. Psychedelic Geometric Crop & Flare Trouser Co-Ords; £22,


3. Frilled Guipure Lace Top; £25.99, Zara

4. Pleated Blouse; £38, Warehouse

Shop The Highstreet Soooo Seventies!

11. Bohemian Suede

Halter Neck; £18.50,

Something kinda groovy is in the air when comes to fashion and trends this autumn. Styling it out this season revolves around the hazy days of seventies-inspired fashion. Think suede, tassels, flares and prints, not in a fancy-dress pastiche but as an updated homage to a seriously experimental and iconic decade. Whether it is beautiful bohemian or fantastic folk, create a magical autumn wardrobe with these fabulous frocks, you dig?

5. Patterned Jazz Pants; £9.99, H&M

words: Ross Forsythe

8. Colour-Block Fedora;

6. Pace Boots

9. Suede Fringe Shoulder Bag; £60, Topshop

10. Flared High Jeans; £29.99, H&M

, £180; Car

vela Kurt


£28, Topshop

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Kelly Jones VIVA presents an exclusive interview with the Stereophonics’ frontman Charlie Cable reports...


tereophonics have enjoyed a twenty year career so far and are due to release their ninth album ‘Keep the village alive.’ A ten-track record written and produced by Kelly Jones which is out on the eleventh of September. This follows the acclaimed 2013 platinum release ‘Graffiti On The Train.’ On the 30th July I received the most exciting text I have ever had. “Babe it’s f***king confirmed - 5:10pm Monday 17th August.” I had just found out that VIVA Ems had bagged the last interview of only three Kelly Jones would be doing and she wanted me to interview this absolute idol! Kelly was in the office next to the boys’ studio, where rehearsals for next week and V festival were underway. In the background other band members Richard, Adam and Jamie were playing Black Sabbath tunes. VIVA Charlie: Kelly, I’ve been listening to your new album continuously and it is awesome! It’s a lot more upbeat than your previous album ‘Graffiti on the Train.’ Kelly: I think it’s a lot quicker impact - much more ‘radio songs.’ GOTT was more cinematic. A lot of the songs on the new album were written the same time as the last album. It’s a bit like a football team, you have a bunch of songs and we had to pick the right tunes for the right time and leave the others on the bench until it was their time to play! VIVA Charlie: ‘C’est La Vie,’ the first single you released, is full of energy! In the video you have two

young Welsh guys basically getting steaming and partying! Kelly: Yes, they’re both great guys and patient with me directing. Considering it was midday they did pretty well and were loaded by two o’clock! ‘C’est La Vie’ took us an hour and half to write! Kelly went on to talk about the screenplay he wrote two years ago - ‘Graffiti On The Train.’ Unfortunately he didn’t get the backing to shoot but assured us it’s just parked up and there will be something in the future. The band wants to focus on their touring for the next few months. Kelly studied film at college and early on in his career the BBC showed interest in some of his work. You can tell when talking to him that his passion for writing and directing is just as important to him as his music. Discussing the videos he has directed so far, I asked Kelly which was his favourite? Kelly: It is the brilliant ‘Violins and Tambourines’ from ‘Graffiti on the Train.’ It’s the story of a guy who has just killed someone and he is driving round and meets an angel like preacher who wants to save him. Much of the video was shot in underwater studios and was ambitious for a first video but absolutely paid off. It’s very dark, with an awesome build-up and with a full string orchestra accompanying. What more could you want from a music video? Kelly has now directed eight of his videos and refers to it as his work experience and that he’s getting his directing CV sorted, so when he needs backing and is asked about his experience he now has plenty under his belt. >

“Much of the video was shot in

underwater studios and was ambitious for a first video but absolutely paid off” k | VIVA | 23

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After selling out all sixteen arena shows on their ‘Graffiti On The Train’ tour in 2013, Stereophonics have announced a UK arena tour in December, coming to Manchester on the 4th. VIVA: V festival this weekend, Paris with the Maccabes and the Libertines then some more European gigs - when are you in the UK? Kelly: We are doing UK arena tours in December starting off in Bournemouth, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, Cardiff, Brighton and ending in London! VIVA Charlie: VIVA Ems and I last saw you at the Phones 4U arena two years ago, thanks to Howard Marks! Kelly: I remember getting that text from him! That was you guys? VIVA Charlie: Yes, that was us! Thank you so much! Tom Jones wandered in and sat next to me, then got up and sang Mama told me not to come and then left! Kelly: Yeah! He was shooting the voice round the corner, so he literally popped in! I remember where you guys were sitting! VIVA Charlie: We gave a big donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust - an incredible charity! Kelly: Thank you very much! We’ve been working with them for fifteen years now and Roger Daltry has been a brilliant ambassador for the charity! VIVA Charlie: You got married last year Kelly, congratulations! Kelly: I did! Thank you! It was just after the last tour so I had six days to get my shit together! VIVA Charlie: You just had to turn up! I’m sure your wife did all the organising! Kelly: Yeah, there were lots of women organising stuff and I just turned up. It was nice for a change, as it’s usually me organising everything! I then went on to tell him I was married last year too and we had the Stereoironics (an awesome tribute band from Weymouth) play at our reception. Kel-

ly said they are brilliant and learn their songs quicker than they do! He thought it was fantastic that we had people queuing up the next day to complain about the noise! I had time to ask about the rest of the band, who are all good and looking forward to getting back on the road. The second single to be released from ‘Keep the village alive’ is ‘I Wanna Get Lost With You.’ Once again it’s been written and directed by Kelly. He says of the single, “It’s about wanting to lose yourself personally and lose yourself with somebody and then just literally get out there. The video follows a young couple losing themselves together over a series of events.” Kelly started his working career selling fruit and veg on a market stall near Cwmaman. Stereophonics started playing in working men’s clubs and mainly did covers.  In 1999 they were the first band to be signed to Richard Branson’s v2 label. The band went from strength to strength, including a cover of ‘Handbags and Gladrags,’ also duetting with the Welsh legend Tom Jones for ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come.’ Stereophonics got their long-time-coming first number one single with ‘Dakota’ from their album ‘Language. Sex. Violence. Other?’ The band’s greatest hits album sold one point two million just in the UK.  Kelly brought out a solo album in 2007 called ‘Only The Names Have Been Changed.’ This reached number one in the iTunes download chart. So there we go! UK tour announced - roll on December! Kelly Jones, I have followed you and the ’phonics for almost twenty years, seen you fifteen times. You exceeded any expectation I had of you, a true gentleman and absolute legend! See you in Manchester! ■

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Urban Gentleman: Mixing Street and Sophistication for an Effortless Autumn Style

Jacket; Sam Beeston Tshirt; Blood Brother, Selfridges Exchange Square

Both Pages, Suede Shirt & Jeans; Alex Allen

Jumper; Kenzo, Selfridges Exchange Square Trousers; Sam Beeston

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Jacket,; Alex Allen. Trousers; A Bathing Ape, Selfridges Exchange Square. Shoes; Alex Allen

Photography: Art Directing & Styling: Assisted by: Make--up and Hair: Assisted by: Model: Location:

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Craig Flemming,

Ross Forsythe, Latisha Vasianna

Carly Hobbs Thea Braniff, Creatives Agency

Joshua Margetts, Boss Models

The Loft Studio,

VIVA T R E N D S £45, Topman

3. Khaki Drap Hoodie,

1. Bellfield Khaki Jacket;

2. Camo Marine T-Shirt; £50, Carhartt WIP

£80, Topman

10. Cotton Field Jacket; £89.99,

Shop The Highstreet

4. Twill Joggers; £14.99, H&M

Going Commando Finding the perfect outfit is like fighting a war on the battlefield of style; sometimes you’ll win and other times you’ll lose miserably. However, ensure your victory with this season’s hottest picks of military-inspired garments. Team camouflage print with khaki and desert stone tones to create an on-trend, urban-warrior ensemble that will win any fashion face-off. words: Ross Forsythe

9. Slim Fit Patrick Jeans; ww

6. Utility Short Sleeve Shirt; £28, River Island

8. Miller Duffle Bag; £70, Carhartt WIP

7. Sneakers; £39.99, Zara

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AW15 Ugly Duckling Collection. Photographer; Fabio Esposito. Model; Anastasia,

Designer Focus: Bewitching Beauty By Jay Briggs


or this month’s designer focus, we had the incredible privilege of catching up with Jay Briggs, the Sheffield born designer making waves on the London fashion scene. Since graduating from the University of Salford in 2013, Jay’s designs have been worn by notable artists such as Paloma Faith, Kylie Minogue and Kimbra. Having undertaken work placements with visual artist and costume designer Alex Noble and milliner Piers Atkinson, Jay’s penchant for dramatic and theatrical designs are fast becoming his signature style.

Hi Jay, how did your brand become so associated with millinery? (designing head pieces) Millinery seemed to be the natural progression for me from fashion design, as it was the part of fashion which always grabbed my attention and always played a major part within my work. The turning point was definitely interning with Piers Atkinson who taught me everything I know about the construction of hats and headpieces. It was there I realised that I enjoyed making headpieces more than I did fashion design, as you could have full creative freedom with no boundaries as practically everything has been done now in terms of creating something new within fashion. It’s costume design where you can realise your fantasy and bring it to life. I moved to London a week after finishing my degree. It was a few months after I was approached by my PR agency (Lewis and Leigh) and the rest is history you could say. Where do you get you inspiration from? I’m a bit of a book worm so my initial inspiration comes mainly from books that I have read. It could be the whole book which inspires me, a character or just a simple quote. From this I will then adapt a story or concept for the collection by researching more in-depth. Witchcraft, Tudor and Elizabethan British History never fail to feed my mind. What projects are you working on at the moment? I’ve just finished working on a project for the Wilderness Festival. It was a costume design collaboration for “Foolish People” and their immersive theatre production “Into the Woods” which will debut there. I’ve created the costumes for three of the main characters within the production. I had full creative freedom to visualise the character

as I saw best, which was super fun. I’m also working on my new S/S16 millinery collection which will showcase at London Fashion Week in September, as part of an installation at Fashion Scout. With such resounding success so early in you career, where do you see yourself and the brand heading? I never really know how to answer these questions as you don’t know what the universe has in store for you. In my own ideal world I’d like to have numerous stockists around the UK and internationally so I could leave my full time job (I have to work full time in retail in order to fund my collections as I wasn’t brought up with a silver spoon in my mouth or a Daddy’s trust fund kid) so that the business would fund itself and allow me to live off it and do what I love doing, creating. With notable people such as Paloma Faith wearing your gorgeous creations, if you had a chance who would you love to dress and why? I’d die a very happy boy if Grace Jones was to do what she does best in one of my headpieces, she is the living persona of everything that made me go into fashion. Being a Northerner living in London, what do you miss most about home? Oh God, where do I start? Everything! There really is no place like the North. You can take a boy out of the North but not the north out of the boy. However, people understanding my accent has to be top of the list. Do you feel there is a difference between the Northern and the Southern creative scene? if so, why? I moved to London after showing at Graduate Fashion Week with my collection, two hundred pounds in my back pocket, no home and a six hour contract at work. It was the scariest yet most exciting chapter of my life. Yet I felt it was something which I had to do in order to get my work noticed and ride the aftermath of showcasing at graduate fashion week as, if I didn’t, then the following year there would be another swarm of designers fighting to get into the industry. With London being the fashion capital of England, nothing anywhere else compares to it purely for the opportunity it provides. I think that, if you want to progress yourself within the creative industry, you need to be in London, as much as it pains me to say.

Everything is happening there. Obviously the North has its benefits too and I certainly don’t want to stay in London forever, I want to grab some of my life back before I’m dead! What can we expect from your next collection? My next collection is very exciting for me personally, as the concept has been manifesting for a while now. It tells the story of one of Britain’s influential and iconic queen consorts, a woman who took power into her own hands and used her sexuality to gain what she desired, using it to her own advantage. Beautiful, charming and enchanting on the outside yet a dark and evil woman under her radiance, outed as the villain when she came to her downfall. A woman who was mother to England’s greatest queen, who made Britain what it is today:- Anne Boleyn. With your work so steeped in fantasy and beautiful story lines, what is your favourite fairytale? It has to be Sleeping Beauty but the Maleficent character. She’s my total femme fatale; dignified, poised and graceful yet evil and powerful with an air of mystery. With head accessories being quite a challenge to get sartorially correct, what headpieces can you recommend for the everyday woman? I don’t believe in the term “everyday woman” as you can be whoever you want to be when you wake up in a morning and wear whatever headpiece fits your character for that day. What’s the worst that could happen? You will be the best-dressed person at the mall. I’ll never forget the time I was on the tube at Bond Street and this middle-aged woman stepped through the door in a black, floorlength, oversized, Comme des Garçons knitted dress; emerald Vivienne Westwood heels (The ones Naomi couldn’t even walk in) and a huge red-feathered hat with veil over her face. Her aura was incredible and you just wanted to talk to her. Off the top of your head (pun intended), what can you see being the big trends for a/w 15? Real fashion comes from within, mixing it all up is far more interesting than a head-to-toe look straight from the Alexander Wang runway. You are the trend you want to be. ■ words: Ross Forsythe

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Larsson & Jennings Gold Plated Watch, £315 Neil Barrett Star Shirt, £335

A.P.C Chelsea Boots, £350 Gucci Shirt, £255

Paul Smith Wren Monk Strap Shoes, £190

Hugo Boss Polka Dot Tie, £65

Suited AND Booted...

Hardy Amie

s A/W 2015

Canali Leather Belt, £165

ZZ Top always said “Cos every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man” and this season isn’t any different. As seen on the A/W 15 catwalk, from designers such as Hèrmes and Hardy Amies,every man should be exuding a sophisticated and suave style for autumn/winter. Play around with different colours and prints to modernise classic tailoring and team with contemporary accessories to really update your working man wardrobe. words: Ross Forsythe

Paul Smith London Navy Wool Suit, £555 Gucci Checked Wool Suit, £1310

Richard James Fine Wool Suit, £765

Topman Design A/W 2015

Polo Ralph Lauren Leather Briefcase, £455

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Look 1 Metallic eyes are perfect for this season. Keep it simple by pressing a small amount of colour into the lid and building the intensity. This will ensure you don’t overapply the product.

Get the look! This Autumn with Cassie Lomas, VIVA’S Beauty columnist and make-up artist to the stars!


ot off the catwalk this season is the sixties trend, with dramatic eyes, clumpy lashes and voluminous hair! It is often difficult to recreate this classic look without being heavy-handed, so remember small influences can give a dramatic effect. Build your make-up by applying small amounts at a time until you reach your desired look. It’s all about making the most of highlights and defining those eyes!

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Make a statement with your lashes by either using falsies or, if you’re lucky enough not to need them, over-indulge in your mascara application to get that clumpy sixties effect. This look is about picking up highlights instead of contour so draw focus around the tops of the cheekbone near the eye and pull the highlight slightly down the cheekbone. Complement this style with big hair that is full of volume! Backcomb and use volumizing spray to achieve a full look. Charlotte tilbury film star bronze & glow £49

YSL full metal shadow £26 Redken quick dry 18 £10.40

Pink Nouveau MAC lipstick £15.50

photos: Craig Flemming model: Caroline B @ Boss Model Mangement hair: Bekki Mitchell @ Creatives Agency make-up: Cassie Lomas @CreativesAgency assisted by Emily Wood

Look 2

Charlotte tilbury film star bronze & glow £49

B. Precise Gel Eyeliner £6.99

The sixties style focuses heavily on the statement eye. When using a softer shadow, be sure to make those eyes pop with some false eyelashes. This will draw attention and help to create that clumpy look. Use the same shade for the eyes and the cheeks to make sure the lashes are the hero piece. Define the eyes with a gel liner to create that classic sixties cat’s eye. Modernise the look with a defined contour of the cheekbones. Using the shading colour from the Charlotte Tilbury palette I used for Look 1, you can achieve a defined cheekbone that pushes attention back to the eye.

Redken wind blown 05 £13.85

Eldora lashes £5.50

YSL Shocking False Lash Effect Eyeliner £25.50


NEW Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish (Colour ROAR) £16, from Selfridges


NEW bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation £26, from Selfridges

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NEW Illamasqua Gleam Cream £18.50, from Selfridges

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Bumble & Bumble Don’t Blow It Hair Styler £23, from Boots Origins Retexturizing Mask £23, from


Revitalise & Refresh... 1. Bleu De Chanel, Eau De Toilette 100ml £65, from Debenhams 2. Origins, Detoxifying Charcoal Body Scrub £25, from 3. Kiehl’s, Facial Fuel Heavy Lifting Moisturiser £38, from Selfridges 4. Molton Brown, Black Peppercorn Body Wash £45, from Selfridges 5. Aveda, Pureformance Shampoo 1000ml £45, from Harvey Nichols 6. Acqua Di Parma, Shaving Cream £24, from Harvey Nichols

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photos: Craig Flemming make-up: Cassie Lomas @CreativesAgency assisted by Emily Wood hair: Bekki Mitchell @ Creatives Agency model: Jacob Crosby @ Boss Model Mangement


Have A Clear And Fresh Autumn... End of summer male grooming is all about

keeping your skin tip top. There is still a definite heat in the air so be sure to keep your skin hydrated to avoid dryness and flakey skin.

A fab product to keep your skin clear and fresh is Sisley’s Sisleyum for Men. This is a formula specifically designed for men’s skin

Sisley Sisleyum £165

and is a complete skincare that is both an aftershave and an anti-ageing product. The skin will be instantly soothed and moisturized! Keep the hydration going for the lips with a lip moisturizer such as Lucas Papaw Ointment. A slather of this every morning will give your lips a shield from the elements and ensure a smooth lip all year round!

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment £4.95

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Dr. Vik Talks Celebrities, Botox And How To Choose The Right Clinic...

Dermaskin Clinic, 66 Quay St, Manchester M3 3EJ 0161 850 5060


he age of people enquiring about botox is getting lower every year. The population no longer believes that celebrities such as Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston and Madonna have their perfect skin as a result of healthy diet and regular exercise. They know very well that most celebrities can thank botox for their wrinkle-free faces. “The reason they look younger and younger is they know more about botox. If you watch ITVBe, every show is a sales pitch of some kind of cosmetic work. Young people watch ITVBe and Real Housewives of Cheshire and they get the idea about having work, thinking they want to be something better than before.” says Dr. Vik, director of the Dermaskin clinic in Spinningfields. While most celebrities undergo only a small facelift - which might be hardly noticeable - there are still some who take the botox trend a step too far.  Last October, British actress Renee Zellweger shocked the public when she stepped out at the  ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards with amazingly different face. “She’s just gone a bit overboard. I think she’s trusting too many doctors, so she’s gone from one doctor to another one and another one.” says Dr. Vik explaining that the American market is different from the UK one although not by too much. “The procedures in the UK are not completely the

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same as the American market where you can basically go from one doctor to another doctor and they will just take your money. In the UK it’s a bit better, unfortunately we are moving towards the American style, where you will go to whoever will give you the best deal.” With the number of celebrties getting botox and a sizeable proportion of the population wanting to be just like them, it’s not surprising that the demand for botox is rapidly increasing. Although what may sound surprising is the fact that, despite having more women than men on their client list, the majority of people visiting Dermaskin for botox treatments are men. The reason is because Manchester has got the highest population of working men in the UK. If you are thinking about having botox and not sure what clinic to decide upon, Dr. Vik has got some simple advice for you: “It’s hard to determine as it’s easy to make a clinic look good online. You just need to go and look at each clinic and see if you like it. If it’s in someone’s garage you probably shouldn’t go there. If you find a clinic where you like and trust the doctor and you’ve heard a few good reviews then it should be fine. I would advise that for our business you should look for word of mouth recommendations rather than any sort of online advertising.” words: Tereza Pevna | photos: Sophie Lynch

Autumn Style, Fashion Brands, Beauty, The Red Carpet Look and Exciting News From Corrie! Tina O’Brien Reports...

Autumn Style

My style has definitely changed since I have my children and I am inclined to wear more relaxed outfits. For the autumn/winter season I go for lots of layers or chunky cardigans and a nice T-shirt, paired with some skinny jeans. Another favourite look for the cold weather is the combination of shorts and tights with a pair of knee-high boots.

Favourite brands

I usually go to TOPSHOP, as they have so much choice, everything you would possibly want. I like to accessorise my looks with a nice Michael Kors bag and watch. However, I believe my character has more stylish clothes than I do and it sometimes makes me think I should experiment with fashion a bit more.


I have several favourite skincare products at the moment, such as the Nivea face cream. I am also hooked on Arbonne Cosmetics. I love the Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer. Whenever I have a busy day on set, I take with me the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream which I apply on my face and lips before the make-up. Another beauty secret is the coconut oil; as it is so pure and natural, with no added nasty ingredients. It is fantastic for the skin.

Red carpet look

When I decide on my make-up for red carpet events, I believe it all comes down to my mood and, of course, the outfit I am wearing. I sometimes go for heavily defined smokey eyes with minimal, nude lips or there are times when I want to

accentuate my lips with a bright red lipstick and I adopt a 1930’s wavy look.

Exciting news from Coronation Street

I will be very busy in the following few weeks, as I will be heavily involved in the live episode Coronation Street is doing in September!

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Wedding Hair Trends 2015 We asked Tatiana Karelina, the owner of Tatiana Hair Extensions, to pick out her top wedding hair trends for 2015 to make sure you brides keep on top of what’s hot and what’s not. Wedding season is well underway and, in 2015, some of the most sought-after bridal hair trends have come straight from the runway. Many brides are seeking a style that is both stylish and contemporary - catwalk hair trends tend to tick both of these boxes! Over to you, Tatiana!

Braided Elegance: They are romantic, elegant, very intricate and will never pass unnoticed, which is why braids have become a hairstyle of the choice on the red carpet. This is called the Low Twisted Bun finished with a Braided Headband. Braided headbands, if perfectly matched in colour and texture to the bride’s hair, are a great alternative for those who don’t know how to braid their hair.

Cascading lengths: Long Hair has really returned and features heavily in this season’s trends, worn with spiral waves or a full bouncy texture tumbling over the shoulders. This makes a stunning hair statement and goes well with most wedding gowns. If your hair is on the finer side, opt for extra extensions to bulk out or boost volume. 

Vintage Wedding Hair: While researching and deciding on your favourite wedding hair you probably came across some really stunning, lace hair accessories which seem to be the new frontrunner of 2015 bridal styles. For brides wanting to emulate a strong Edwardian or nineteen-twenties vintage look there are quite a few options including our choice - this pretty lace cap with floral side decoration. | 0161 236 4467 | 56 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ k | VIVA | 41

Me Time That Matters... Dreaming of a special rejuvenation to help with those postsummer blues? We’ve checked out some of the city’s finest Spa escapes, so you can treat yourself to some well-earned relaxation before the party season really kicks in.



For people looking for the perfect escape.. If it’s a little inner city peace you’re searching for this autumn, venture down to the Malmaison Spa on Piccadilly Street. Tucked beyond the reach of the bright lights in the big city, take time to pause in this urban retreat that feels a world away from Piccadilly.

technology to protect and hydrate your skin from the effects of UV rays environmental exposure. For a deeply relaxing and recharging escape, head to Malmaison Spa to catch a quick fix on your lunch break or for a seasonal pamper session to combat those wintry blues.

Illuminated with ambient light, the Malmaison Spa is newly refurbished and consists of four treatment rooms; an ethereal zen lounge - complete with relaxation and massage chairs; a sauna and solarium; a nail lounge equipped with luxury brand Jessica Nails and The Lobster Pot, where guests are invited to hold on to that fading summer glow with a little help from the award-winning spray tan by San Tropez. Your skin can also benefit from being pampered using Malmaison’s Spa favourite, ESPA Optimal Skin Pro defence SPF15, allowing you to maintain your gorgeous summer glow throughout autumn, utilising SPF15’s micro pearl skincare

Malmaison are generously bringing the tranquillity of their treatments to you this autumn, offering any two of the following treatments for just £65: Aromatherapy Back Massage; Express Facial; Firming Eye Treatment; Salt and Oil Scrub; Full Body Exfoliation and St Topaz Tan; Geleration for Hands or Feet and File or Polish for Hands or Feet. If you’re feeling really indulgent, treat yourself to a third treatment for only £25.


Call 0161 2781000 or email jabbott@ to book and let the soothing peacefulness come to you. GE URBAN MASSA





INNSIDE HOTEL, CITY SPA ESCAPES For people that work way too much...

Situated on vibrant First Street, INNSIDE Hotel has partnered with City Spa Escapes in order to provide guests with an opulent and rejuvenating lifestyle experience. The perfect preparation for the harsh winter months. Delivering a bespoke, tailor-made massage balanced with an infusion of therapist technique and detailed client care, City Spa Escapes is a lifestyle investigation that seeks to unlock the tensions of both mind and body. A speciality of City Spa Escapes, the Mindful Massage combines a range of lovingly-developed skills through the use of intuition and an expert knowledge of ancient Thai and Indonesian methods. With subtle hints to the senses, City Spa Escapes select the perfect aromatic scents for your body and blend with a massage and music mix to trigger your memory and relax the mind.



Fuelled by curiosity and truly unique, this sixtyminute treatment provides relief across the mind, body and soul through a combination of techniques, including; holistic, aromatherapy, deeptissue, trigger point and even lymphatic drainage elements to echo gently through the complexities of mind and body. To book call 0161 832 9770, email or book online

URBAN MASSAGE For people on the go... Urban Massage bring spa-quality treatments direct to your door within one hour. After huge success in London they have now launched their ondemand service in Manchester which allows you to book online, via their easy-to-use app or by phone.

energising and Thai yoga treatments and you can even book two therapists at the same time for couple’s treatments. Each one starts with a simple consultation to determine what you’d like to get out of the treatment before they tailor their techniques to meet your needs.

Booking couldn’t be simpler: select your treatment, date and time and using live availability they will show you which local therapists to choose from and, within one hour of booking, you could be enjoying a top quality treatment.

Their classic Swedish treatment with an energising twist is perfect for invigorating the senses to refresh your whole body. Ideal for keeping that sluggish autumn feeling at bay.

Each therapist will bring a massage table and natural oils so all you need are towels. Choose from Swedish, sports, deep tissue, pregnancy, calming,

From Salford to Stockport and beyond, now the spa will come to you! Why brave the cold? No-one wants to drive home in traffic after a treatment anyway.

To book download the app or go to

Use code PVIVAMAG for £10 off your first treatment words: Rebekah Spratt


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racticing mindfulness can help still your mind while also improving both mental and physical health. So, if you’re not already living in the moment why not give it a try? It involves both meditation and an acceptance of your thoughts without trying to hold onto or reject.

So, how do you start and what could the benefits be for you? Well ,the first thing you should know, it’s all about practice, there is no quick fix and, as Ruby Wax says, “You can’t learn mindfulness by taking a pill.” Mindfulness is so relevant for life today. It is a simple concept to be in the here and now, which is all about noticing more in the moment instead of being in the past or the future. How connected are you with what truly matters? You can practice mindfulness in many different ways throughout the day, from meditation to a stroll in the park. The main focus is to simply be, notice that which you would not normally notice, hear, smell, touch, feel and breathe, engage all your senses.

Harvard University has studied mindfulness and it has been found to be a key element in happiness. Other ways in which mindfulness can help you: * Feel more self-aware and content * Feel more relaxed and calm * Lessens Depression and Anxiety * Be in the moment * Reduces chronic pain * Improves sleep * Lowers blood pressure Tips to get you started: * Find a quiet space and get comfortable * Concentrate on the breath * Become aware of sensations and thoughts * Be patient with yourself, practice makes perfect! / @HolisticCoachUK Keep shining Suzanne Elizabeth x

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Celebrity Personal Trainer & VIVA colimnist, Sam Witter reports on the Importance of Excercise... Summer living Eating well over summer can sometimes be hard, nice weather and the temptation to have a drink after work in the sun are testing. You are also more likely to socialize in summer eating out while weekends away are also more frequent. With most of you going on holiday and summer clothes being a lot more revealing, it is important that you stay on track and don’t undo all your hard work.



y clients struggle, just like you, so here are my top tips to help you keep on top of your summer body: 1. Eating out- I always tell my clients not to look at my plan as a diet because it’s not, it should be a lifestyle change. So you don’t have to stay in when all your friends are going out but be sensible with your choices. Instead of picking a club sandwich and chips pick a chicken salad. You’re still out having fun but not deviating from the plan. 2. Summer drinks- A nice cool beer is tempting in the sun, beer is one of the worst drinks for you, it is high in sugars and calories so try to stay away from beers and sugary cocktails and go for gin and tonics, prosseco, champagne or red wine. 3. Consistency is key- If you have had a bad weekend you need to get straight back on

track when Monday comes. A lot of people have an all or nothing mentality. “I’v cheated this weekend so I may as well carry on.” That makes your cheat a hundred times worse. We are all human and have moments of weakness but getting straight back on track is what counts and keeps you in good shape. Look at every day as a weekday - nutrtion should be the same day in, day out. 4. Keep your food interesting- Have lots of variety in your food throughout the week. Not only will this keep you on track - as it keeps your food exciting but you get all the macros, vitamins and minerals you need. So the take-home message is still have fun in summer and enjoy going out but keep these tips in the back of your mind. I will leave you with one of my favorite summer recipes to try.

Ingredients: (Serves 2) 4 100g fillets wild sea bass (pin boned and skinned) 1 green chilli, shredded 2 green peppers, sliced 1 lime juiced, with zest 1 cucumber, seeded, skinned and sliced 500g baby spinach, washed 1 inch of fresh ginger, grated 3 spring onions, sliced thinly Handful of basil leaves, shredded 1 avocado, stoned and roughly chopped Handful of green olives Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, 1 garlic clove, crushed Salt and black pepper, Tin foil and parchment paper 1 foil sheet 30cm x 30cm 2 Parchments 30cm x 30cm. Method:  -In a large mixing bowl add three quarters of the raw ingredients with the lime juice and leave in the fridge to cool. -Take your foil and lay flat, place parchment on top, matching up at the corners. -Place seabass fillets on top of the paper and spread over remaining raw ingredients and olive oil. -Place the second sheet of paper over the ingredients and make a parcel by folding over the foil tightly and crimpeing. It should look like an envelope when finished. -Place in a heated fan oven at 200°c for 10-12minutes When cooked, take out the envelope and serve fish and aromatics with the fresh, green, spiced salad. @samwitter1

Baby steps. One step at a time; Smiling, Weaning, and Playing!


absolutely love being a Mum. It’s very challenging with one massive hurdle after the next but so rewarding. Now that Olive is sleeping through the night, it is so much easier. The very first night when she slept through I woke up panicked that something had happened to her but, of course, she was absolutely fine and I, for the first time in ages, felt fantastic after a full night of unbroken sleep. I am so proud as, after just a few more weeks of waking up during the night, Olive finally cracked it and at only three months old she was sleeping from seven in the evening to six in the morning. I really do appreciate how blessed I am as so many of my mummy friends have had problems with their babies at night. I don’t know if you just get lucky - of course all babies are different but I truly believe in a strict daily routine and, since Olive’s first bath at two weeks old, she has followed the same pattern each evening. A warm bath at six-thirty, a bottle of milk (making sure it’s very quiet

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in her bedroom with no distractions) and most nights she will be fast asleep almost before I put her down in her cot. I also invested in some blackout curtains for her bedroom, which I highly recommend as this helps a baby differentiate between day and night. Olive is now six months old and I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. Everybody tells you to enjoy every day even if it’s bad and they are so right. It goes fast - too fast. I hardly recognise her anymore as the baby I gave birth to. Olive looked completely different when she was born. She had a full head of thick dark hair, (an Elvis quiff and she shares the King’s birthday) and now it has all fallen out and is growing back blonde. It seems like just yesterday that I was bringing her home. Olive is such a happy baby and her personality is really starting to shine through. She already knows how to get what she wants. It’s amazing how early babies can develop and suss out situa-

tions to their advantage. They are truly very clever at such an early age. What have we been doing this past three months? Well, we go to a weekly group called Monkey Music, (classes available throughout the UK) which I definitely recommend for early baby development and socialisation skills for both babies and their mothers. Being a new parent can feel quite lonely and isolated so it’s nice to meet people in the same position as you. I have already met a couple of people who I see on a weekly basis and I now consider them to be good friends. It’s so lovely that we can all hang out with each other and do baby things and enjoy a bit of baby chit-chat. Olive is now on the move, she’s not quite sitting up yet more squirming around like a little snake - which is hilarious! she reaches out to grab anything in sight so now it’s time for me to be more careful on where I place her. Gone are the days >

Babies grow and change so much, so quickly, below is Olive’s six month growth chart.

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Month Three

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of just leaving her on the bed knowing she will still be in the same position when I return. There’s also competition in the house, the two ultra chatterboxes, my step daughter Elfie and Olive, both love to chat a lot of nonsense. One ga ga gu ga and the other with her crazy schoolgirl shenanigans but it’s lovely now that Olive attempts to join in with our conversation at the dinner table. Although it’s always gibberish, it always makes me smile! We’ve been weaning from about four months old and, honestly, I have found this quite frustrating. Everything that I have cooked and whizzed up in the food processor she hasn’t liked. (and I do like to think of myself of a bit of a kitchen pro) I have attempted all sorts of combinations of fruit and vegetables to try and make it

exciting but I found during the early stages she only really liked pear and apple purees. (which are easily made from scratch) I also like the Ella Kitchen range as it’s all organic and has a lot of different recipes containing vegetables and mixed fruit but I always find the texture to be too smooth so I add baby rice and her formula milk to thicken it up. I now think she’s ready for the next step as she is getting bored with the same type of baby paste food, so I’m getting ready for stage two and mixing in a bit of protein and adult-type meals. Fingers crossed, I will let you know how it goes! ■ words: Rebecca Legon photos: Lisa Moore Photography

Mine & Olive’s top baby buys... Lovin’ Hug Swing. I really wish I had got this fantastic musical swing when Olive was newborn, as I would have used it with her a lot more but it is very useful if I need to do a few chores around the house. Olive either falls asleep to the motion and music or she plays with the overhead toys and I feel relaxed and at ease as it is very secure and safe. Britax Car Seat 9 months - 4 years. I’ve just got this car seat which introduces ground-breaking harness technology that will give me complete confidence whilst driving. It also looks ultra-stylish and I’m really excited about trying it out but Olive is still a bit too young so I haven’t had the chance to use it yet. I will let you know how it goes in my next article. Seedling Highchair. This Highchair is fantastic and is ideal for a busy Mum like me. It’s not just comfortable and secure for Olive at mealtimes but it’s very easy to clean as the mess just wipes away and it is easy to manoeuvre - I can literally push her anywhere around the house in it. I even take it outside with us on a nice day and she can sit on the decking and join in on our summer BBQ fun. Betsy Princess Cot Set. I love this cot set which looks very cute in Olive’s bedroom. It’s also great value for money and comes as a complete set. There are other cute nursery rhyme ranges available for both baby boys and girls and I suggest that you check out the full range! k | VIVA | 47

Travel Trinkets Travel Inspired Interiors... Summer is all but over and the darker nights are drawing in so what better time to get stuck into a bit of home décor whilst you reflect on this year’s holidays, past adventures or developing wanderlust for far off places. You can extend your travels simply by bringing them home. Luci Roper, Interior Designer at Luci Living Design, showed VIVA there are plenty of ways to incorporate travel into your home. Whether you are a dedicated collector of handmade trinkets from around the globe or just like to keep the odd postcard from your holidays, there so are many ways to personalise and create a travel-themed interior.

VINTAGE TRAVEL TRUNKS Luci recommends Stocktons


or a simple start consider buying a few extra postcards and making yourself a wall mural or pop them in random frames for an eclectic, wall-display feature. For more wall ideas check out the travel inspired wallpaper collections at I love their Postcards Mural by Mr Perswall. It would make for a great feature in any room of the house, either by using one strip of the Postcards or repeating them across the whole wall. Incorporating maps in your décor is a simple and easy way to bring a touch of travel to your home and can be approached in a number of different ways. A large mural on the feature wall of a room can be a bold statement. have some great ones with no visible joints on the decorating front. For those looking for a more subtle touch, a simple map can create different looks. Whether framed or simply placed directly onto the wall, vintage or modern or even wall decal typographic; a map is a sure-fire way to show your interest in travelling. For those who have had the pleasure of travelling more widely, a personal touch can be added. You could add pins to the map of locations you have visited or highlight the routes you have travelled with a black marker, adding pictures from along the way. For the world traveller using a globe and drilling holes into visited locations could create a unique look. Check out who sell quirky maps which you personalise by scratching off the destinations you have visited to reveal the colour beneath. If you happen to be a lover of maps, there are so many interesting and easy ways to be use them. From mural wall hangings, cushion covers, throws, bedding, the list is almost endless! What about inspiring the little ones in your life? I love travel inspired nurseries. Check out the Atlas blackout roman blind by the Nursery Blind >

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travel inspired wallpapers Luci recommends Wallpaper Direct And One Piece Wallpaper

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TRAVEL INSPIRED FURNITURE Luci recommends Authentic Models Company at They also have a great selection of cushions and bedcovers. If, like me, you love to keep those random little bits of holiday memorabilia then why not consider this fantastic way to create a reminiscent display of your globetrotting swag. Knick-knacks, such as tickets to shows, a heart-shaped pebble you found in the sand, brochures with magnificent scenery shots and other items that end up filling your junk draws at home are just some of the things that you can use. Simply fill a Mason jar for each adventure. These can be found at many places such as and are a fabulous, dust-free way to display your holiday finds. There’s more than one way to travel of course but ocean voyages are my favourite and most interesting choice of aesthetic. The majority of the world is covered in water, so why not embrace that? Try adding seashells to a display so that, on those chilly winter nights, you can remember that beautiful Mediterranean beach you once visited. Why not go full-on high seas and adventures with boats, oars and anchors hung on the wall? Adding a nautical touch can really change your room.My absolute favourite for a wide range of beautiful travel-inspired furniture and accessories is They have a huge selection of classic nautical and travelrelated décor from ship-like shelving for children’s rooms or displays, to timeless Navigator’s Desks. The choice is vast and will have you feeling overwhelmed like a kid in a candy shop. TRAVEL INSPIRED CUSHIONS Luci recommends My Bearded Pigeon

However, there is nothing that says travel like vintage travel trunks. You can neatly stack them to make a new coffee table, place them on shelves as storage or actually turn them into shelves. There is no shortage of uses for an old suitcase, I love the Timothy Oulton Watson Medium Trunk from Whatever you decide, accenting your room with accessories you’ve picked up from your annual trips is a great way to personalise interior design schemes, display family-travel-related heirlooms or introduce another culture in your home. Whether you’re recycling old suitcases, displaying souvenirs or just want to embrace your wanderlust, travel-inspired interiors are creative looks that will certainly see you through the gloom of winter and catch the attention of your guests. ■ Luci Living Design Interiors Web: | Tel: 0161 798 7654 k | VIVA | 49

VIVA Gadgets You may not have gotten to many festivals this summer but we’ve brought the music to you by selecting the very best headphones that are stellar for both professional DJ and personal leisure use, with sublime style, sound quality and comfort. Find out why your ears should be rocking these top headphones, as new Manchester DJ duo, Twisted Twins, ( ) give their verdicts on each one.

Carboncans (with mic) Mo Fi Headphones from Black from Angle and Curve Blue Headphones - £349.99 - £99.99 (Amazon)


vailable in a range of bright colours, Carboncans are striking, not just because of their vibrant colours but their practical unique selling point of being extremely durable. The infusion of a flexible nylon carbon compound makes them extremely robust and resilient, with the bonus of being resistant in extreme weather. A high grade Mylar driver is responsible for the award winning ‘full spectrum sound’ making for a fulfilling audio experience. Complete with an in-line microphone and compactable fold-in design, Carboncans are a pleasure to wear and use either for professional or leisure purposes or both! Twisted Twins’ Verdict: “We love the compactable fold, great for Dj’s on the go and who also want to use them for leisure purposes as they don’t look massive on your head!” 8 out of 10


repare for your ears to be dazzled with Mo Fi headphones that possess the world’s first ever built-in high-fidelity amplifier, which enhances the sound of every device. Excellent sound insolation makes for quality mixing, whilst the ability to power on and off automatically when the headphones are opened and closed and rechargeable batteries giving up to twelve hours playtime, means the music never stops as Mo Fi headphones play even when the battery has run out. Their customable design means optimal comfort as well as sound quality. Ear- pleasing definitely. Twisted Twins’ Verdict: “Outstanding. The sound quality is absolutely spot on and it’s clear to see a lot of thought has gone in to compliment the electronic and mechanic designs. 11 out of 10!”

24k Monster headphones -£279.95


lready a popular and reliable brand, Monster’s 24K headphones were created and inspired by professional DJ and hiphop rapper, Meek Mill which is evident in the crystal clear clarity, tight and deep bass and pro DJ-esque rotating ear cups. Noise isolation, cutting edge audio technology and accompanying ControlTalk Universal in-line controls are just a few of the valuable features the 24ks encompasses. With pure audio depth and crispness, luxury cushions to encase your ears for ultimate comfort and a flatteringly prominent gold colour, you’re certain to turn a few jealous heads. Twisted Twins’ Verdict: “These are the ones to be seen and heard in.” 10 out of 10

OPPO PM-3 Classic, ClosedBack, Planar Magnetic Headphones (White) - £349.00


or music lovers and sound professionals on the go, OPPO PM-3 Planar Magnetic Headphones are the blessing your ears have been waiting for. Weighing just over ten ounces, the PM-3 Classic boasts the world’s lightest closed-back planar magnetic headphone design but still retain top sound quality and high sensitivity. With the flair of the workmanship reflected in the stylishly sleek design, OPPO PM-3s surpass physical quality, with the closed-back feature providing exemplary noise isolation. Phase coherence, high-resolution performance with minimal distortion is guaranteed. Twisted Twins’ Verdict: “Extremely crisp sound, meaning the bass sounds great, 9 out of 10.” words: Jayna Patel

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alking up to the eagerly awaited Tesla S, you can’t help but have a sense of familiarity when looking at the stunning saloon, especially the smokey grey version I was about to get behind the wheel of. Everything becomes clear when you hear that the chief designer also worked on a certain Aston Martin and, sliding into the cockpit, I can tell you I felt every inch the superspy. ‘We’ve been expecting you Mr Bond’ should be their marketing tag-line.

with interior Stunning controls touchscreen

The flowing, sporty lines and beautiful styling simply add to the feeling that you’re dealing with something special here and, while James Bond is renowned for his use of modern tech and gadgets, even Q would be impressed by the Tesla’s spaceage layout. Sitting in the comfortable driving seat you quickly realise that every other car is now a relic of the past. Gone is the cascade >

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steered of buttons and switches that clutter the dashboard so favoured by the rest of the industry. In the Tesla you simply get a leather stitched steering wheel and seventeen inch touchscreen which acts as the command centre for the car, giving you everything from climate control,music and engine settings right through to accessing the internet. The car will even update its own set-up using data sent direct from Tesla HQ! It’s hard to believe the Tesla S is actually a four door saloon. It has a cavernous interior that you’d expect in a stretch limousine which is achieved because there is no cumbersome gear box or drive shaft housing. Its low-slung centre of gravity coupled with its all-wheel drive dual motor system means the power is delivered smoothly and you can go from nought to sixty in a staggering three point one seconds when you have it in the ‘INSANE’ mode and, yes, there is actually an INSANE mode option!

The Tesla S will give you an impressive range of three hundred and ten miles and the new Super Charger points now set up around the UK means you can recharge in just twenty minutes while you grab a cappuccino. This performance, coupled with minuscule running costs - no road tax or congestion charge plus tax incentives - means that not only will you have all the style of a superspy but you’ll have plenty left in your pocket to buy those vodka martinis. You can book a test drive by contacting Tesla in Knutsford www.teslamotors. com. ■

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Like An Ibiza Virgin... ...Partying On The White Isle For The Very First Time! VIVA Ems Reports...


hen I decided Ibiza was my summer holiday destination this year, my friends were shocked by the fact that I had never before been to the party island capital of the world. Why? Hmmmm… I’m not too sure, really. It’s not like I have a party-girl reputation or anything! Having discovered DJ-ing as my new passion two years ago, I thought it was time to experience Ibiza so off we went to get the VIVA Summer Party started! As I write this, I’m sitting on a stiflingly warm and sweaty train and I have the biggest Ibiza blues. Listening to some house tune classics, I start reminiscing over the last week of pure madness. What we experienced and how crazily insane the party scene is out there. I’m having to write a clean version and resisting exposing ‘what really happens in Ibiza.’ Day 1: Ibiza rule number one, whether you’ve just landed at two o’clock in the afternoon or two o’clock in the morning, unpacking can wait! You go straight out to party. After all, that’s the reason for going to the island.

Our flight got in at two o’clock in the morning and, lucky for us, we had a man - well known in Ibiza - who welcomed us with open arms. Originally from Manchester, Andy Pope, alias the ‘Drinksmith,’ is considered as one of the best mixologists Ibiza has to offer. Along with VIVA girls, Chadders and Jen The Flat, (who arrived the day before) Andy met us and took us straight to Circo Loco for a party before hitting the beach with our bottles to watch the sunrise in San Antonio Bay. A great start to the Ibiza experience! Our next move was to don our bikinis and man-kinis and head down to Talamanca beach. This is a family friendly area, so be warned, it’s not really the best place to hang about with a group of mates after a night of partying. We chose to move on that afternoon to Bora Bora beach in Playa D’en Bossa, thinking we had the opportunity for some chilled time before continuing the party but DJ’s were banging out the ultimate house music along this strip of the beach and people were dancing on the white sand and out of the sea in true Ibiza style. All I can say of this afternoon is, ‘Suncream and hot bananas!’

It’s always more exciting going out with a big group of friends, who all fly out at different times of the week. After heading back from our day of fun on the beach, we were surprised to find that Rowetta, from the Happy Mondays, had turned up earlier than we anticipated. She looked fabulous as ever, chilling by the hotel pool side in a white chiffon dress and day-glo – very suitable attire for partying. After a quick swim in the pool and a freshen-up, we made our way to Cafe Mambo for some much-needed food and watched the sun set while listening to Australian DJs, Nervo, on the decks! [ Nervo are the sisters who co-wrote David Guetta’s ‘When Life Takes Over’ ] Cafe Mambo is one of Ibiza’s most popular hot spots to watch the sun set. Book a table in advance if you want food, as it gets extremely busy. If you can’t get a table, then there is plenty of room to sit on the sandy beach in front, where you can buy drinks. It was then onto my first DJ gig at, lo and behold, VIVA Ibiza bar! It’s at the top of the West End strip and is considered the number one ‘Workers’ bar. Monday night is all about Blasted which has been run by Alexander J since launching in 2013.

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A night for the workers from the workers - but open to all - Blasted offers opportunities for fresh, new talent in the form of DJs based amongst Ibiza’s working community plus guest slots from more established names. I was buzzing to be starting my Ibiza DJ-ing experience at the Blasted night. VIVA Ibiza bar had a really cool vibe about it and my two-hour house set went down well. I ventured back to the bar later on in the evening to do a back-to-back set with promoter Alexander J. Day 2: It was time for a bit of pampering before jumping aboard the famous Pukka Up boat-party so we called on Blowout, an on-demand hair and make-up service. Adding a touch of glamour to Ibiza, the Blowout girls are on hand throughout the summer to make sure you can always look effortlessly fabulous on the island that never sleeps. All glammed up, we were ready to Pukka up on the boats! The company host the biggest sunset boat parties in Ibiza with some of the world’s top DJs spinning the tunes. The VIP Super-Yacht provides the ultimate VIP experience in Ibiza for those looking to create a very special and unforgettable memory. Departing from Marina Botafoch in Ibiza Town, clubbers board to a champagne reception and fruit platters, kick back on the VIP day beds, and get lost in the coolest house music from a state-of-the-art sound system. All set to the backdrop of Ibiza’s jaw-dropping scenery. This summer, the Pukka Up VIP Super-Yacht brought a series of brand new collaborations with Armada, Together, Cr2 Records, Sun:Sets and FIX Records.

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Meanwhile, while some of team VIVA were sipping champagne on the crests of the ocean wave, on the other side of the island, myself and the rest of my posse were boarding the World’s biggest boat party by Pukka Up, docked at San Antonio marina. The vibe on this boat is so serial, everyone is just up for a good time dancing on the top deck to some Ibiza house and dance classics by resident DJ Chris Wright - who also let me spin a little cheeky-hour set to the uber sexy crowd that afternoon. Pukka Up have seen the likes of Rudimental, Andy C, Gorgon City, Sigma, Bondax and Sub Focus and now VIVA Ems (ha ha) to name just a few who have hit these boatparty decks this summer! This had to be one of my highlights of the week. That evening, we went to Bambuddha for dinner, There you can find a number of intimate bars where the uber-cool sip on incredible cocktails. As you stroll beneath a tropical canopy of bamboo, past the watchful stone statues, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Ubud or Goa, rather than the Ibiza countryside. Lovingly created, Bambuddha is a restaurant Temple; fusing spirituality with sexuality, designe to

host private events, monumental parties and everything in between. Day 3: After a few morning shenanigans, we were up and out early into the blazing hot sunshine. The location for today was Kanya Beach Resort pool party where I would be spinning some soulful afternoon house tunes alongside promoter Alexander J and Steven Billham from 13 Records. Kanya Beach, on the famous Ibiza sunset strip, hosts an exclusive block of twelve luxury sunset apartments with uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean. We spent the afternoon relaxing by the pool and terrace within reaching distance of the poolside cocktail bar. This is also a really lovely place to come and eat in the evening and watch the sunset. >


Pictures from Left to right:VIVA Ems DJing at Blasted | Pukka Up boat party people | Pukka Up VIP Super-Yacht | Blowout Ibiza | Kanya Resort pool party | Ibiza Rocks | Sigma | Pikes | Will Atkinson DJing at Cream Amnesia

Party destination for this evening had to be Ibiza Rocks and being a massive fan of Sigma, I was over the Ibiza moon to find out that they were headlining. A big shout out goes to our good fellow Manchester friend, Melissa Hay, who is the ‘hostess with the mostest’ looking after Ibiza’s VIPs at Ibiza Rocks. We had an incredible view of the stage and the ecstatic crowd that had come to see the drum and bass duo, Cameron Edwards and Joe “Wooz” Lenzie.

These two talented young men met at a drum and bass night at Leeds University. Hours that were spent listening to and creating music in a bedroom have ended in chart-topping success for them both. This is the second time I have seen Sigma live and they never fail to impress me. ‘Nobody To Love’ has to be one of my all-time dance tune favourites and I think that was also the case for the rest of the party people in Ibiza Rocks that evening. Afterwards, we wandered out to the legendary Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes for the Sigma after-party. This twenty-five room, boutique hotel, immersed in rock ’n’ roll history hosts the ultimate in Ibiza house parties. Last year saw DJ residency from Idris Elba and, this summer, DJ Harvey was taking the reins for an exclusive sixweek residency at the resort. Pikes is one of the island’s favourite hotspots for celebrities. You just never know what surprise special guests are set to drop by. It’s a little off the beaten track and you can sometimes find yourself waiting quite a while for a taxi home in the early hours of the morning - as a couple of the VIVA girls found. A big shout out goes to Example, who was a true gentlemen and let them share his cab. If you want to know more about Pikes and its history, our good friend Howard Marks is in the middle of writing a book about the resort and the behind-doors craziness in Pikes. It will be out in all good bookshops soon. Day 4: ‘My head is a jungle jungle’, so it was a bit of R and R by the

hotel pool all day but come the evening, we were en route to a super club! As I had mentioned earlier Rowetta from the Happy Mondays had come out to join the VIVA Ibiza party and tonight the line up at Cream Amnesia saw Will Atkinson, with whom Ro has been collaborating recently. This twenty-one year old Trance producer and Dj has hit the Ibiza scene hard this year. Responsible for over eighty Radio One plays since 2008 and with a huge range of A-list support from the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and John O’Callaghan. This young talent is one to keep an eye on! His energetic tech-trance sound got the Amnesia party started in Cream that night, ending his set on “Mesmerise” featuring Rowetta, the crowd went wild on hearing it for the first time. It was a truly mesmerising night! Day 5: And we were on the move, we said goodbye to the madness of San Antonio Bay and headed to Figueratas, to the area’s number one Boutique Hotel, Es Vive. Hotel Es Vive is one of the island’s longest standing hotels and is known for its luxury and cutting edge parties. The hotel, which has refined with age, offers a high end service that doesn’t compromise on the Ibiza Charm. Labelled as the number one boutique hotel in Ibiza, Hotel Es Vive has spared no expense with its transformation. Every single room, from its suites to single occupancy, have been re-vamped to an exceptionally high standard by the renowned interior designer, Sean Cochran. Es Vive’s impeccable Art Deco, poolside restaurant has also been lovingly restored, offering a setting like no other with its impeccable food menu and a forty-plus bespoke cocktail menu. k | VIVA | 57


The hotel facilities include a stunning roof terrace with huge white sun beds and day loungers, which team VIVA were very much drawn to throughout our stay. Overlooking Figueratas Bay, you can see Formentera in the distance and you can people-watch to your heart’s content. It has also boasts an inner sanctuary and Scandinavian-designed spa and treatment rooms. With its big party reputation Hotel Es Vive has access to the most exclusive parties on the island, whether you’re looking to dance poolside or attend Ibiza’s most exclusive underground clubs, this boutique hotel is the perfect location. That night we were on the guest list for SuperMartXe at Privilege, the world’s biggest club according to the Guinness Book of World Records. With a capacity of ten thousand people, you can imagine my excitement. I had heard loads of amazing things from friends about this super club and it is, no doubt, the best clubbing experience in the world! Manchester band Happy Mondays played here in June 1990, when it was originally called Ku and then opened Manumission at Privilege in June 1999, which led to a sixty-four hour, non-stop party that went down in Ibiza history. Notorious drug smuggler turned author, Howard Marks was also out there in June 1999, he explains, “Along with Irvine Welsh and Kris Needs, I was Writer in Residence at the Pink Pussy motel and wrote the fliers for the 1999 Manumission season. It was the biggest and most extravagant party in the world.

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The fliers were flash and were kept by the punters for souvenirs. They weren’t like the ones you find on the floor anywhere else in the world.” But before we got our dancing shoes on, we went all out for rock n roll cuisine at the famous Hard Rock Hotel. The experimental eatery, Estado Puro, run by double Michelin star chef Paco Roncero, who is renowned for his theatrical dining and culinary art. He is Spain’s answer to Heston Blumenthal. Boasting a menu of traditional tapas with a modern twist, Roncero’s unique approach shines through the groundbreaking décor and visitors can expect dishes such as the surprising XXI century Spanish tortilla, (served in a glass) tempura asparagus with salsa Romesco, chocolate “filipino” with foie gras and cardamom and yoghurt risotto. The food certainly had an edge, it was quite strange eating a Spanish tortilla from a glass or should I say sipping it from a glass but I have to say it worked! Paco Roncero’s latest concept called Sublimation is another one not to miss. >

Pictures from Left to right: Hotel Es Vive | The rooftop at Hotel Es Vive | SuperMartXe at Privilege x2 | Happy Mondays old Manumission poster | Howard Marks old Fantasy Loaded magazine picture | Howard Marks, Kris Needs & Irvine Welsh old Manumission flier | Hard Rock Hotel stage | Sublimation dining at Hard Rock Hotel | Selina Ingram & VIVA Ems

It is a unique concept which is now open for its second season in the grounds of Hard Rock Hotel. It’s designed for twelve guests and offers a multi-sensory journey marrying art, gastronomy and technology which merges the tangible with virtual reality thanks to Samsung’s latest wearable technology; the Samsung Gear VR. Diners will be transported from the bottom of the sea in a scene called ‘Oceano’ to ‘Peru,’ ‘Japan’ and even the future in ‘2050.’ Day 6: After a full-on night of pure dancing and a spectacular show courtesy of SuperMarXe hosted at Privilege and what can only be described as the most insane, amazing party I have ever been to, it was time to chill before we headed back to Manchester on our midnight flight. Before leaving, I met with popular Welsh healing facilitator lady of the island, Selina Ingram. This larger-than-life character, trapped in the body of a small, vibrant, Welshwoman, has been helping others heal themselves for over thirty years and is in demand all over the world. She was on the road as a soul diva in the seventies and began taking her gift seriously in the nineteen-eighties, when she established her first practice in Las Vegas. I went over to her villa, which overlooks the Ibiza waves near the Old Town. Being a bit of a party animal, I thought it best to get some health and healing tips. Selina talked me through another side of Ibiza that you wouldn’t expect from the island. “People think it’s just one big party island but there’s another side to this magical place. It’s very spiritual and some people like to come out here for a chilled time and to detox their bodies, no raving nor misbehaving.” she said.

Apparently James Blunt is a big fan of this spiritual stuff! Rejuvenate, rebalance and restore is a big part of what Selina believes in and she has put together a ‘Party Smartly pack’ for us ravers, which is a combination of vitamins, minerals and supplements. These encourage the assistance of better recovery, aids in supporting the central nervous system and major organs. ‘Rock Your Box’ is another detox cleanser which Selina sells and which I swear by. Now this stuff is amazing. It’s made up of Silica, which plays an important role in many bodily functions and has a direct relationship to mineral absorption which gives you a day-to-day boost of energy. Perfect for people always on the go! I was on the verge of tears leaving this magical party island. It’s a DJ’s haven. A ravers’ playground and, one day, it will be my back garden. Until next summer, B Well Ibiza! Blasted Ibiza: Blowout Ibiza: Bambuddha: Cafe Mambo: Pukka Up Boat Party: Kanya Beach Resort: Cream: Amnesia: Hotel Es Vive: Privilege: SuperMarXe: Hard Rock Hotel Sublimotion: Hard Rock Hotel Estado Puro: For more information about Selina’s Party Smartly detox packs and treatments goto k | VIVA | 59

Victor’s Is Firmly Established On The Hale Circuit


hile Neighbourhood entertains the crowds in Spinningfields, the team behind the New York inspired concept have received rave reviews for their newest venture, Victor’s in Hale. Situated on the prestigious Ashley Road in the heart of the affluent village, Victor’s Eatery and Bar plays on a contemporary American dining experience, inspired by the laid-back, east coast vibe of the Hamptons. Honing their unique take on casual fine dining and fresh ingredients, Victor’s offers a definitive take on international cuisine, amazing visitors with the setting and experience. The food and venue work in an harmonious synchronicity to create a tranquil atmosphere during the day, before transforming into Hale’s latest dynamic evening hotspot. Victor’s is proving to be a beautiful suburban getaway in a renowned Cheshire village, serving a variety of dishes to keep diners fulfilled from day to night. Offering lunch and dinner seven days a week and breakfast at the weekends, Victor’s provides beauty and flavour in a unique style. The Raw Bar panders to the healthconscious customer serving up asian-influenced Daily Dragon Roll, Tuna and Watermelon Ceviche and Veal Tonnato. ‘Miso Marinated Black Cod’ is one of Victor’s best sellers and it’s easy to see why. Accompanied by a ginger soubise and jajikami ginger, this beautiful dish brings taste buds to the edge of glory.

The vast menu has something for everyone with ‘Sushi Sundays having recently been showcased. To complete the weekend, Victor’s chefs are allowed out of their kitchen to display their offerings and serve up sushi alongside tables on the restaurant floor. The sushi on a Sunday isn’t the only option, fresh and wholesome Sunday Roasts keep traditional fare on the menu. If your Victor’s visit is for cocktails then you’re in for a treat. Mixologists are on hand, shaking up a selection of drinks to quench the thirst of the most discerning drinker. With the sparkling ‘Southampton Sparkles’ collection, the bar team are keeping the fizz in Cheshire, featuring Apple Spritz, Black Magic, Cuban Bellini and French 77 and making the flavour benchmark hard to top. Victor’s has really set the standard for the village to follow and it shows. With their creative juices flowing it’s a walk in the park for this team and they are certainly proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Victor’s

169 Ashley Rd, Hale, Cheshire WA15 9SD Tel: 0161 928 4651

Neighbourhood Wows The City With Impressive New Menus


he company behind the New York dining concept has yet again exceeded themselves with brand new vibrant lunch and dinner menus. Following an extensive amount of time and research on the development of the menus, Neighbourhood can now offer diners an updated express menu for lunchtimes as well as numerous sushi delights to tempt the discerning Manchester palette. The sensational new menus have been produced by an extensive and creative team of talented chefs who have been working behind the scenes for months to ensure that they leave other Manchester restaurants in the wake of the ever-more impressive Neighbourhood. Launching in the next few weeks, the new menus will be ready to excite and show that Vibrant Dining is here to stay. The Eatery and Bar have used an Asian influence to keep them at the forefront of the Manchester dining scene. Made fresh in-house every day, the delectable bites

of satisfaction on offer include Oysters - a well-known aphrodisiac - the finest Tuna Tartar and delectable Rainbow Lobster Rolls. Family-run Neighbourhood is once more ahead of the game with their culinary skills and dynamic new ideas, although the team are keen to keep their regular visitors’ firm favourites on the menu. The esteemed Juicy Mini Sliders and Fresh Lobster Tacos are here to stay, which should keep regulars such as Wayne and Coleen satisfied. Neighbourhood The Avenue North Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3BZ Tel: 0161 832 6334 www.neighbourhoodrestaurant.

New Liverpool Venue


he creative brains behind Manchester’s Neighbourhood Restaurant and Bar are about to embark on a whole new venture by making their mark on the Liverpool bar and restaurant scene. Situated at 62 Castle Street in the award-winning City of Culture, the new, yet to be named, monumental flagship venue is on track to bring a new lease of life to the city. The company responsible for the success of Spinningfields’ New York-inspired Neighbourhood are ready to unleash a brand new and unique dining experience in Liverpool. The never-before-seen concept is set to take the Liverpool drinking and dining experience to new heights. Breathtaking new venue plans are currently taking shape and will incorporate beautiful, original features and, for the first time for Neighbourhood’s team, a number of bedrooms for guests to rest their dancing feet after a night of DineDrinkDance.

With designs currently being drafted, nothing is being left to chance and Liverpool is set to experience a level of detail like no other. Guests will now be able to ‘eat, breathe, sleep’ Vibrant Dining, in a totally individual environment. To complement the fantastic new venue, diners can expect a menu that will offer a treat for their tastebuds taking influences from both Manchester’s Neighbourhood and Cheshire’s Victor’s. The menu is set to blow the competition out of the water in Liverpool and surrounding areas by offering a totally new dining notion. With Neighbourhood’s current motto DineDrinkDance, it’s no wonder Liverpool was a natural next step for this unstoppable powerhouse company and there is already a huge buzz as Liverpool prepares itself for what’s to come. k | VIVA | 61

The Cocktail Hour! EPERNAY

The summer weather may have been a bit on the damp side in Manchester this year but we decided to whisk you away on a dream tour of Manchester’s best cocktails; from international favourites and summery gems that transport you to sunny lagoons, to full bodied creamy liquid treats and concoctions, boasting unforgettable unique twists.

Épernay - Just Dill With It

Great Northern Tower, Unit 1 a, Watson Street, Manchester, M3 4EE Tel: 0161 834 8802 | Web: Ingredients: 50ml, Caorunn Gin; 25ml, thick apple and dill cordial; - freshly made in house - 15ml, freshly-squeezed lemon juice; 25ml, of the binding agent egg white - topped with soda and garnished with Dill for a strong yet mellow scent. Just Dill With It is a tempting easyto-drink beverage, especially with gin currently being the hottest trend in the drinks world. After vigorously undergoing a ‘double shake’ to chill the mixture to the right temperature, it’s clear this cocktail is something special and this is sure to be echoed in Eponay’s new autumn menu. VIVA Verdict: This heavenly milky coloured cocktail feels silky when swallowed, leaving a thick mouth feel. Truly exquisite.

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Épernay’s Bartender, Dave Higgens said: “We always try to look at what is seasonally available, what will taste right for the cocktail. So apple and dill are two flavours that where they sit in the spectrum of flavours they are not opposites but just complement each other really well so you have fantastic, lovely apple flavours. Truth be told, we’re a bit whacky and a bit insane with what we do and what we try to bring together. Basically when we make these menus we try to look at what season they are appropriate to. We try to look at what’s exciting, maybe something you haven’t seen somewhere else and then we also look at how flavours complement each other and work together with each other.” Offers: Sunday Sessions- a glass of any of their champagnes - both the twentypound-a-glass bottle or the six-pound-fifty-a-glass bottle - for just six pounds fifty until they run out.

LAMMARS - Foo Foo 57 Hilton St, Manchester, M1 2EJ 0161 237 9058 |

Ingredients: Stolichnaya raspberry vodka; Chambord; (a prime French raspberry liqueur) fresh lemon juice; rum; strawberry puree and cranberry juice. Shake up with ice and serve straight into the glass. Complementing Lammar’s zany drag-queen style dressing room themed interior is the bar’s signature beverage, Foo Foo, which has Manchester’s legendary drag-queen, Frank ‘Foo Foo’ Lammar, as its muse. The refreshing mixture is the bar’s longeststanding drink on the menu. VIVA Verdict: Soothing and channelling a chilled vibe, this fruity creation is ascetically pleasing, accessorised to perfection with pieces of fresh fruit and tastes like liquid summer. We are literally charmed by cocktails and the Foo Foo is delivered with

fluid flair, as smiley Warren makes cocktailmaking look like an elegant dance. Lammar’s General Manager Warren Parsonage said: “A lot of people order this drink because it’s named after Foo Foo Lammar, who opened this bar and restaurant and also because it’s very hard to find somebody who doesn’t really like raspberry, strawberry or cranberry. It just ticks all the boxes.” Offers: Happy hour is every day between four and eight pm. Any cocktail on the menu, aside from the Zombie is two-for-one or seven pounds fifty for two. Happy Hour offer also includes a bottle of house wine for seven pounds ninetyfive - a price you can’t get anywhere else in the Northern Quarter - plus you can buy a single spirit and mixer for two pounds ninety-five.

LOLAS - Mai Tai

57 Hilton St, Manchester, M1 2EJ 0161 228 7813 | Ingredients: shot of Bacardi white rum; half a shot of Curaçao orange liqueur; half a shot of dark rum; orgeat, which is an almond syrup and a shot of lime juice. Jetting your taste buds off to Hawaii, is the historic and traditional Mai Tai. Created by one of the original Tiki bar entrepreneurs, Trader Vic, in a Miami beach bar in the thirties, this sunny, rum-based number is a big seller at the Northern Quarter cocktail lounge and, with its zingy features, it’s easy to see why.

VIVA Verdict: Zesty traits make this specular out-of-this-world cocktail a delicious summer holiday liquescent explosion. Lola’s Bar Manager, Chirs Robo, said, “The Mai Tai is everything that’s beautiful about Tiki bars, rum infused and you can just get that slight hint of almonds, which sweeten it up and give it that difference, making it unique.” Offers: Don’t miss two-for-one cocktails every day from five till eight pm and Lola’s Special Board, which changes on a weekly basis.

NEIGHBOURHOOD - Modern Old Fashioned The Avenue North, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3BT 0161 832 6334 | Ingredients: 25ml, Larceny; 25ml Wild Turkey 101; (both of which are quite sweet bourbons) half a strawberry; raspberries; some blueberries and blackberries. Flame over hot water adding cinnamon to the nice smoky feel and then pour over ice, rinse and stir until smooth. Famed for emulating the taste of New York, Neighbourhood now brings Chicago to Manchester with the traditional Modern Old Fashioned, that originated in the ‘Windy City.’ Being the perfect marriage of sweet fruits and fiery bourbons, the Old Fashioned may be well established but Neighbourhood’s take on the iconic drink is truly unique.

VIVA Verdict: Leaving a satisfying burn down and your taste buds tingling, the Modern Old Fashioned is thick and strong, smoky but smooth. The firing and turning of the glass made for an entertaining watch too. Neighbourhood Manager, Tano Icantalupo said, “Old Fashioned has been made for a long time in lots of bars so we needed to make something different. It’s suitable for men because it’s got a bit of whisky, sugar and a bitter taste yet girls are likely to appreciate the fresh fruit which offsets the bitterness.” Offers: New cocktails to debut in the next few months. > k | VIVA | 63

Rosylee - Manchester Bramble 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1DB 0161 228 6629 |

Ingredients: Lemon juice; gin and a little bit of sugar syrup to make the classic base of a Bramble then add Vimto for a fun Manchester spin on it. With a Bramble being the epitome of English cocktails, Rosylee have put their Manchester stamp on this invigorating concoction by incorporating the popular sparkle of Vimto - a famed fizzy founded at the city’s Granby Row in 1908. VIVA Verdict: This bouncy, breezy beverage is light and bubbly and the perfect accompaniment to whiling away a lazy summer’s day whilst getting in touch with your Mancunian roots.

Rosylee Bartender Jamie Tough said, “I’d sell the Manchester Bramble to any gin fans because there’s plenty of gin in it. It’s nice, fruity and uplifting with the Vimto which takes the edge off the bitterness of the gin. So it’s just ever so slightly sweeter, pulling in non-gin fans to it as well. It just kind of sells itself to be honest!” Offers: Enjoy 2 cocktails for ten pounds all day every Friday.

Tusk - The Leopard

88 High Street, The Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1ES 0161 828 8700 | Ingredients: Coconut cream; guava juice; lime juice; sugar; chilli infused rum and lychee liqueur. An exotic staple cocktail of the bar since Tusk’s inception. Available all year round, this African-themed cocktail is sure to leave its mark with its edgy, chilli fusion. The flavours are flawlessly balanced, complementing each other impeccably, with the coconut nicely dampening the kick of the rum and the guava providing a smooth after-finish. VIVA Verdict: With a creamy texture that makes for effortless drinking, laced with a bold chilli element, the Leopard is a memorable drink with a lasting flavour. A luxury reminiscence your taste buds will be delighted to revisit time and time again.

DON GIOVANNI - Honeymoon Peter House, 1-2 Oxford St, Manchester, M1 5AN 0161 228 2482 |

Ingredients: Raspberry flavoured grappa; an Italian herb liquor called Amaro Montenegro; - which is a combination of various herbs and spices with a bittersweet taste - peach liqueur, lavender, ginger and egg white: smoked with a cinnamon stick to finish. Having recently experienced an entire refurbishment, the quality eatery specialise in putting a twist on Italian classics to produce a harmony of flavours that satisfy all palettes. A talent that is more than illustrated in the Honeymoon. VIVA Verdict: After impressively lighting a cinnamon stick and covering it with the cocktail glass to capture the gorgeous cinnamon aroma, the Honeymoon

- topped with cloudy froth - boasted the perfect thick, smooth and creamy texture. We fell in love with it instantly. Don Giovanni’s Bar Manager, Tom Motohin, said, “Honeymoon is on the premium list so we give some extra time to the drink. With the premiums we charge a bit more so they have to be something with good spirits, even these grappas are good premium spirits. We mix these together and it’s not just about the ingredients, we promise to make them presentable in front of you at the bar.” Offers: 2 for 1 cocktails every day from five to seven pm and nine pm till late. ■ words: Jayna Patel

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Tusk Manager, Johnathan Swallow said, “I think everyone should at least try it. I think if you’re going to go out and going to have a serious cocktail, you need to push the boundaries. Go try and experiment a little bit. There’s a lot of very talented bartenders in Manchester that come up with amazing recipes and I think if people are a little bit more adventurous they might find things that really appeal to them.” Offers: Between four and eight pm every day except Saturday get two cocktails for ten pounds. Discounts on beer and wine are also available. A new festive cocktail menu currently being designed.

Celebrate Christmas in style at Épernay


n true Manchester fashion, summer has been and gone and has left us all feeling a little bit damp and chilly. Warm yourselves up with world-class Champagne, wines and incredible signature cocktails in Manchester’s very own ‘best wine and champagne bar of 2015.’ With a brand new menu launching this autumn, Épernay is the place to be seen drinking all the latest lavish cocktails, seriously smooth wines and the most exquisite Champagnes. Luxury doesn’t mean expensive and, when you visit Épernay you’ll soon see why, with their gold medal winning house Champagne costing as little as six pounds fifty a glass. Épernay are always wanting to share the love and the

Winter Wedding Offer January 2016 and February 2016 hire our venue exclusively for your own wedding with our all-inclusive winter wedding offer. 50 daytime guests plus an additional 30 evening guests for just £3,745.00. This is available every day of the week (subject to availability, T&C’s apply) and we have some great dates remaining. Belle Epoque, 60 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6DT 01565 633060

bubbles, so join them Monday to Thursday for a sweet treat with their delightful Champagne Afternoon Tea for only nineteen pounds per person or from Friday to Sunday at only twenty-two pounds per person. With the beauty of no venue hire fees, Épernay is the ideal location for the greatly anticipated event of the year - the Christmas party. This stunning candle-lit bar is already filling up fast for the festive season so, to book your event with Épernay, contact Carla directly on: and quote

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FIND ME The Best Italian Restaurant In Manchester for the End of Summer Day

“My monthly column to find the best food and drink products in Manchester” Yvonne Goldsmith-Rybka



hroughout August and heading into September is a funny time of year when we make the most of our last lazy evenings eating and drinking in the sun. (when we get some!) Many rural towns in Italy bid farewell to Summer by holding food festivals with their final harvests, typically called Feste or Sagra. A great day out for both locals and visitors, they showcase the best in Italian regional produce.

If the number of Italian restaurants in Manchester is anything to go by, we love our Italian food. So my search this month was to find the very finest Italian we have to offer here.

Runner Up

Don Giovanni’s Set up in the early eighties, this is one of Manchester’s oldest and most authentic Italian restaurants. They serve classic Italian dishes and the whole experience here is traditional from start to finish. We began with the perfectly smooth Negroni aperitif at the bar to get our taste buds working while we looked through the menu. Make sure you look at their specials boards before you order as fish and seafood feature heavily on them. Our highlights were their meaty Tortino di Granchio (that’s crab cakes to you and me!) served with a tangy mango jam and the very sumptuous and rich, squid ink Spaghetti Nero di Seppia. A warm Janneau Armagnac digestif served perfectly finished our meal. Special Mention: Fumo I don’t often do this, in fact this is the first time I have listed more than three venues in my column but I just had to give this place a mention. My favourite of the San Carlo Group in Manchester. Their Affogato dessert of espresso, Amaretto and vanilla ice cream is really something else!

Joint Winner

Salvi’s Cucina A newcomer to the Manchester dining scene, this restaurant on John Dalton Street only opened in 2014. This family-run, rustic eatery is all about the produce. I would go as far as to say you won’t find anywhere in Manchester that even comes close to serving the high standard of ingredients found here. The colour and freshness arriving in front of you are simply mindblowing. This is because owner Maurizio flies much of the produce over direct from his brother’s farm in Napoli. Their Mozzarella is like none I have ever tasted, in fact I tried three, Buffalo, Burata and Smoked. The two main courses I ate were Risotto Con Castelmagno E Barolo - the most memorable wine, cheese and rice I have ever had - and their Ravioli of the Day, with lobster in an unforgiving creamy garlic sauce that’s definitely not for the faint hearted, was right up my street. Not only is this food remarkable, it is also very well priced. If you haven’t been here yet, you really must visit.

r Joint winne Piccolino Manchester By far one of my all-time favourite restaurants in Manchester, Piccolino on Clarence Street has been going for well over ten years. In that time the group have opened over twenty Piccolino restaurants across the country but one ingredient this site has over all the others is Ettore, who has joyfully and efficiently run the place from the very beginning. What he and all of his well-chosen staff get so right is service, always with a smile and nothing ever too much trouble. The food lives up to the same high standard and some of the dishes have remained on the menu since the restaurant launched. Old favourites like their Spaghetti Alle Vongole with clams, white wine, chilli and garlic is second to none and the Vitello Saltimbocca, veal with sage, is a must try for any real traditionalists. The wine list is exemplary, we drank a rather special Fiano from Puglia on this visit but you can’t go wrong with any of them. This is just one of those very rare old school establishments that always gets it right. The bustling atmosphere is exactly how an Italian restaurant should be and I can’t recommend it enough.

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STAR OF BOMBAY GIN Featuring two additional botanicals – Bergamot orange peel from Calabria in southern Italy and Ambrette seed from Ecuador – on top of the ten botanicals that feature in their flagship gin Bombay Sapphire, this new expression from the famous brand is one to enjoy with Fever Tree Elderflower tonic water. Available at Waitrose, RRP £34

Photo: Shani Birkin Hodson, Location: Hotel Gotham, Club Brass,

A particularly dry gin with a zesty, citrus finish, Sipsmith London Dry is the quintessential expression of a classic, traditional London Dry Gin. Bold, complex and aromatic, it’s smooth enough for a Martini yet well-balanced for a gin and tonic. Available at Hotel Gotham via the Martini trolley which visits your room for a pre-dinner cocktail. Also available at Selfridges, RRP £37

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Denise Welch, Jorgie Porter And Goldie Cheung Dazzle At

DoubleTree by Hilton

Summer Garden Party... D oubleTree By Hilton held their glamorous annual party with VIVA Magazine in the stylish SkyLounge. The SkyLounge was transformed into an beautiful and elegant garden, courtesy of Giraffe Events Solutions, using the classic ‘English Garden Party’ theme as the event’s muse. Guests looked radiant in bright cocktail dresses, reflecting the glow of the evening’s dwindling sunbeams that shone on the private penthouse’s spacious terrace.

While guests were warmly welcomed with cocktails and high tea, VIVA Ems set an upbeat tone for the evening, treating the crowd to energetic house beats from her decks. Saxophonist Calvin Henry proved to be the perfect complement to VIVA Ems’ trademark house drops, providing a jazzy summer soul vibe. Among the hundred or so guests enjoying the buzzing atmosphere were Hollyoaks actresses, Jorgie Porter and Nicole-Barber Lane; former Coronation Street and Waterloo Road, star Denise Welch; Big Brother stars, Louise Cliffe and Stuart Pilkington; make-up artist and TV presenter, Armand Beasley; Heart FM’s Lorna Barncroft and Joel Ross plus rocker Seth Leppard from Black Grape . 70 | VIVA | w w w. v i va l i f e s t yle.c

Having a blast on the dance floor was former XFactor contestant, Goldie Cheung, who energetically danced the evening away to the night’s infectious tracks and rhythms. With representatives of Manchester’s top businesses from a range of different backgrounds and industries attending, it meant the party was ideal for creating the hottest business opportunities. There was a spectacular array of primrose and marigold cocktails and an abundance of refreshments for guests to enjoy at their leisure, including melt-in-the-mouth strawberries encased in chocolate, delicious smoked salmon, fresh fruit and salad, all to be savoured in the thriving atmosphere. The entertaining night ended with a flawless finale in the Urban Bar on the Ground Floor of the DoubleTree Hilton, where you can catch VIVA Ems from six pm every Thursday, bringing you the very best of the latest on-trend tracks. The SkyLounge is the ideal venue for all events - as illustrated by the success and popularity of the English Summer Garden Party. This dazzling venue is available for hire for private corporate functions, exclusive parties and romantic weddings. For more details or to book call 0161 242 1000.

words: Jayna Patel | photos: Karin Albinsson


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The Glamour

If you are looking for somewhere with a touch of glamour and a total contrast from the epic hustle and bustle of central London life, then look no further than the Radio rooftop. Set just off the strand, the panoramic views of the whole of London are sure to distract you from the heat.

KIRI BLOORE REPORTS: The summer is firmly hear and there is no doubt that London is the greatest city in the world, alongside Manchester, of course. Here’s our top VIVA London news...

The sunbather

People always talk to me about how London consumes you and how you can never leave, almost as if it was a bad thing. The problem is, why would you leave one of most incredible places in the world? Whatever you need London has, there is even a beach well, two beaches actually, and a thousand tons of fine sand spread to a depth of up to thirty centimetres and it also includes two full-size beach volley-ball courts. The next time you want to wear your swimwear on the tube to combat the heat, Do it and head to Beach East.

The Foodie With the sun in the sky and the tubes at an eye watering fortyseven degrees the most important thing to know is where are London’s best rooftop bars. If you are happy to make the pilgrimage to Peckham then Frank’s Cafe is definitely worth a visit. The multi-storey car park rooftop is open until late September in 2015.

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The party-goer

We always like to keep you up to date with the best festivals in London and around the world. One to watch for this Autumn is the Green Light Festival. Celebrating the best in Reggae, Jungle, House, Dub, Bass, Dancehall, Hip-hop, and sound system culture. Green Light Festival hits Amsterdam on the 23rd October 2015. With Rodigan taking his Ram Jam brand across the water for the first time in history you would be crazy not to book your tickets now. Full weekend packages will cost you around £119.

The Fast Foodie If South is just too far from East for your sweaty feet then Proof, located on top of the Hothouse Building might just be the rooftop for you. With a combination of the street food market down below and a rooftop bar up high it serves up the perfect mix.


The Mentalists There are endless possibilities of things to do in London; all you need to do is pick one. Well that is clearly easier said than done, so if you are looking for something that is a little bit different, head over to the Wyndham’s theatre where funny man Stephen Merchant makes his theatrical debut in this comic twohander by Richard “One Man, Two Guvnors” Bean, about a friendship gone awry. Wyndham’s, WC2. Jul 3-Sept 26

The fashion icon London and street fashion go hand in hand and we have been given the inside scoop that another brand is dipping its toe this side of the pond. Essence clothing brand was inspired by the legends of art, music, entertainment and fashion. Not only did these artists provide a reflection of their current worlds but altered and created new ones. The urban undercurrent of the collection was inspired specifically by New York City hip-hop culture of the 1990s that shaped the lives of a generation. Expect a super limited edition range in London stores soon.

The Dancer The end of the summer in London would never be complete without Notting Hill carnival which spans across Sunday and Monday of the bank holiday in August. The celebrations start way in advance and if you are looking for a party to to kick start your carnival weekend, make sure you head to The Big Chill House in Kings Cross for Wray Nephews Jamaica Rum Tings party with Daddy G, Don Letts and Fabio headlining. #WrayRumTings Tickets:

If you have any exciting London news or would like a chat with the VIVA London Team then please contact Kiri Bloore


LISA LASHES PHOTO SHOOT CREDITS: Photographer: Elspeth Mary Moore | Hair and Make-up: Sarah Yorke | Stylist Jo Wrigley | Clothes: Jabio | Jewery: Victoria Vintage

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The original Queen of dance music, Lisa Lashes, invited VIVA down to her house in the Leicester countryside to talk Basement Boutiques, PsyTrance, Carl Cox and gave the VIVA Girls a lesson on mixing and scratching it up on those decks. VIVA Ems reports... Lisa Lashes is the original Queen of dance music. She’s been on the scene for eighteen years now and is the only woman to break into the Top ten of DJ MAG’s Top One Hundred DJs. She was one of the first DJs I went to see, at the start of my raving days back in Bournemouth. So I was slightly excited when Jo, from Jabio Womenswear, arranged a road trip down to Lisa’s house out in the Leicester Countryside. An extremely friendly face welcomed us at the front door when we arrived, Lisa’s best friend and ex-manager, Victoria Ball. Victoria brought along some very stylish vintage jewellery for the photo shoot, from her business Victoria Vintage. Lisa took us down to her Boutique Basement where she records all her podcasts and makes her music and I was blown away by her set-up as I am in total awe of this lady and what she has achieved. Being the DJ geek that I am, I’d brought my headphones and asked Lisa if we could have a little mixup on her decks before we started the interview. Of course being the lovely lady that she is, Lisa said yes and started teaching me and the girls some scratching moves. It was very inspiring to meet such a world class DJ. Here’s what Lisa had to say... VIVA Ems: Firstly Lisa, can you tell us a bit about Lisa Lashes presents Basement Boutiques. You’re going to be doing one up in Manchester soon, right? LISA: Yes, that’s right! So, Basement Boutique started its little life in the basement at home. The Basement Boutique was born because I wanted to play a different style of music when I play out because, like anybody, you don’t want to do your job when you get back home. I didn’t want to listen to Hard House or Trance and stuff like that. I like loads of different styles of music like Breaks, Techno, Electro and I’ve been out there eighteen years now and had the accolade of Number One Hard House Female and, even though it’s amazing to have that accolade, it’s quite hard to shake off as well. Sometimes people want you to move out of that but you’ve got to go forward in music, don’t you? Otherwise you can’t be creative. So yeah, I’ve done a lot of techno mixes, put them on Soundcloud Mixcloud and I’m getting into the Top Ten in the ratings. So I decided why don’t I do another side of me, the Basement Boutique side, which is more chilled, a little bit more laid back and just makes me able to express what I want to do. Basement

Boutique will kick off on August 1st. We’re doing intimate venues throughout the UK, so I’m just looking at the vibe that you get in my house which is just chilled, do what you want to do, upload some good music. There’s no stipulation of what you’ve got to do, I’m just a free spirit doing what I want to do. We are getting local DJs, in each town and city to come and play on the night; there’s a competition to put your mixes into Soundcloud and I’ll pick one or two Techno or House DJs to come and accompany me. VIVA EMS: Brilliant concept. So you’re also the ambassador for ‘All Girls on Decks.’ I know you’ve already had the big competition last year but is there going to be another one this year? LISA: There’s definitely going to be another one at the end of this year. I started it last December and we know a lot more about it now. It was hard to do something that was just predominantly girls. I found out that only less than one percent of festivals in the UK have female DJs playing and I’m like ‘why is that?’ So I want to give female Dj’s an avenue, kind of like a starting block that I didn’t have, from the beginning and there’s some amazing prizes to be won! VIVA EMS: The girl that won it last year was Miss Kiff. What made her stand out from the rest, why did you pick her as the winner? LISA: I liked her music anyway and she was a pretty cool girl. She’s South African. Kiff in South African is cool. There were six of them shortlisted in Manchester at the SSR Studios. I basically put them in front of a panel. When Miss Kiff got up to play the decks weren’t working properly and she just basically sorted it out. Whereas there were a couple other girls who just freaked out. The headphones didn’t work and this and that and it wasn’t quite right and they didn’t know what to do. Well you can’t do that when you’re on stage in South Africa or Australia or anywhere. There’s no-one there to help. She’s an amazing DJ anyway, great music, great presence to be on the decks and I knew she’d be able to control the crowd. VIVA EMS: So what would you be looking for in a girl DJ in this year’s competition? LISA: Confidence, technical ability and just knowledge of music and it’s not all about just putting music together to be a DJ. It’s putting the music together in a selective way to build a set. If you’ve got an hour set you build that to the hour, a two hour set you build it to that, so I’m just looking for confidence, > k | VIVA | 81

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somebody I know I could put on a stage. VIVA EMS: Why do you think that men are dominating the DJ world at the moment? LISA: They’re not dominating in every genre because Techno is embracing girls who are feisty girls as well. You go out there and you play a set and it’s your music choice and if people don’t get it then you feel like ‘why didn’t they get it?’ You’ve got to have the ability as well to read a crowd and be able to change and adapt to the music. You can’t walk off a dance floor with five thousand people which hasn’t happened yet, thankfully! You’ve got to know how to turn it around if you’re a good DJ. VIVA EMS: You are literally the Queen of dance music. I remember, when I was sixteen, seeing you at Cheeky Little Monkeys in Bournemouth with the Tidy Boys. You were playing some seriously cool Hard House tunes back then. Throughout your career you’ve taken on Trance, Breaks and, most recently, PsyTrance and Electronica and now Techno. Are there any other genres of dance music you haven’t explored yet that are on your radar? LISA: I’m always exploring and finding new electronic music and different sounds that I love, theres so much diversity out there these days who knows what I’ll come across next, that’s what keeps me excited. VIVA EMS: Carl Cox premièred your first Techno release ‘Space Manoeuvres’ at Ultra Fest and in Manchester at the Albert Hall, so how did you and Carl become friends? Are you guys going to be producing any stuff together? LISA: I would love to. yes. Even just to go over to Ibiza this year to see his night on a Tuesday would be enough for me and for him to play my tracks is amazing. When I went to see him in Liverpool recently, he said that I’ve got kind of like a progressive edge with a thundering tech baseline that no-one else has got and that’s why he liked my music. It’s different because I’m pulling loads of different styles. I’m like ‘wow’ I mean you can’t get better than Carl Cox, can you? I’ve known him for years and years and years. I was on his radio show years ago and now he’s doing the Techno and I’m producing some Techno which he heard about through the visual guy at House, who gave him some of my stuff. He’s just been really inspirational. He said he knows how hard it is anyway, as a DJ,

to change music styles and he said I’m kind of there to make the tunes like this which are different from anybody else and I’ll play them all day long because they’re different. VIVA EMS: Your Podcast has become a massive hit. Top two in the Mixcloud charts and in i-Tunes Top ten dance casts in the world! What can people, who haven’t had a listen yet, expect from it? LISA: I suppose they can expect an hour and a half of tunes that I basically love to play. I would never go and play a track that I don’t like, whether it’s called good at the time, I’m not that kind of person. I’ll always find the B side of a track or the double B or look a little bit more into it. I’m not someone that follows any kind of lead, I just do my own thing! Eighteen years I’ve been doing this and I’m thankful that people get the music. VIVA EMS: You’ve played across the world at some pretty amazing places. I’m just at the beginning of my career and have had a couple of pretty horrific gigs! Can you remember any really bad experiences you had at gigs when first starting out? LISA: Yeah, most of them in the beginning because you’ve just got to do them, don’t you? You’ve got to do the bad with the good at the end of the day but, if you don’t do those bad gigs, then sometimes you get it into your head, ‘I don’t want to do that, I don’t know what that’s going to be like’ and then, when you actually get there, it’s the best gig in the world. Don’t ever have any preconceptions and don’t ever be swayed by what a promoter tells you because you ask ‘Why did you book me then if that’s not the muisc you want me to play?’ VIVA EMS: Ya, right on girlfriend! So on the other hand, what is the gig that stands out for you when you thought, ‘actually this is it now, this is what I love doing, this is where I want to be?’ LISA: It’s probably the first time I was playing with Pete Tong. This was after being on the decks for not even six weeks or so. VIVA EMS: WOW, that’s amazing. You were only on the decks for six weeks and got this gig; tell me more! LISA: I know, what happened was I was working at Marks and Spencer and I used to come back home and play on my housemate’s decks when he wasn’t there. I DJ’d a friend’s party where the guy who was going to be starting the Super Club in Birmingham asked me to be the resident DJ. > k | VIVA | 83

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LISA LASH ES THE VIVA HOT SEAT WITH LISA LASHES... Favourite DJ of all time? Carl Cox DRINKS RIDER AT GIGS? Two sparkling water and a white wine Best headphones you’ve ever used? Sennheiser WHAT music do you whack on in the morning to get you going for the day? Im a big fan of DJ Shadow, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Air and Bookershade to set me up on a chilled vibe to start my day First ever Saturday job? Was with my Mum at place called B Wires where I used to work in the kitchen, doing the dishwasher Your guilty pleasure tune? Suzie Carr ‘All Over Me’ Do you know what the number one hit was when you were born? T.Rex called Hot Love first single you ever brought? ‘Stand and Deliver’ by Adam and the Ants Eastenders or Coronation Street? Coronation Street but I don’t watch TV

I was not even ready at all obviously but I was playing with Pete Tong, Robert Garnay, just everyone, in my first month. VIVA EMS: At today’s shoot with VIVA, you’ve been dressed by Jo from Jabio Womenswear, I know you’ve worked with her before. What do you like about the brand? LISA: It’s just so different, it’s edgy. Jo’s stuff is perfect, everything I would want somebody to make! I showed Jo some of my favourite clothes in my wardrobe and she created some pieces around these, she’s amazing! VIVA EMS: Going back to the female DJ scene, which female DJ is on your radar at the moment? LISA: Monika Kruse and Nicole Moudaber, two females showing the DJ world how it’s done and a very talented DJ/ Producer Justher a fellow Leicester girl who’s making big waves in the music scene. VIVA EMS: There’s a really good one in Manchester ha ha! LISA: Yes, really, really good one in Manchester, I think she’s a bit of a good scratcher too! VIVA EMS: From one of the biggest female DJs in the world, if not the biggest female DJ of all time, what top advice would you give to a DJ like myself just starting out?

LISA: Well it would be definitely find the style of music you want because people want you to have that uniform. What we book is what we expect but then again I’ve got that accolade of I’m going to play that! Just be good at your job; practice; don’t let anybody put you down; don’t follow any trend because it’s just going to be in and out; just play what you want to play. VIVA EMS: For you personally what has been your greatest achievement in your DJ career so far? LISA: I could say something about what I’ve achieved, the awards and stuff like that but probably not that. It’s the fact that I can help other people. I am inspiration and I didn’t even know. I was in Belfast the other weekend and this girl only DJs because she saw me at a club and at that moment went ‘I want to do this.’ I don’t realise sometimes that the music I’ve made has helped people through good times and bad times. I’ve played some of my stuff at their weddings. When I’m feeling down I’ll listen to music, it makes you feel better and if I have given that to somebody else as well to make them feel better, if they feel that way, that’s amazing. It really is amazing. Keep up dated with Lisa Lashes news at ■

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VIVA l i v e m u s i c VIVA Girls’ 2015 Festival Diary words: Lucy Harding | photos: Will Wilkinson

n Park Parklife: Heato We may be biased, but Manchester grown Parklife festival is one of our favourite festival moments of 2015. The 6th and 7th of June saw thousands of revellers make the pilgrimage to Manchester’s famous Heaton Park for a weekend of fantastic music and merriment. With performances from Ella Eyre, Labrinth, George Ezra, Grace Jones, Mark Ronson and the Twsited Twins to name but a few, Parklife 2015 was one of the best so far. We really can’t wait for next year.

Rudimental at Parklife

Twisted Twins at Parklife

in Benicàssim: Spa Returning for its twenty-first year, Festival Internacional de Benicàssim or Beni, as it’s lovingly referred to by its British visitors, provided festival-goers once again with a magnificent week of live music. FIB 2015 proudly boasted an enviable line-up featuring Florence + The Machine; Noel Gallagher’s, High Flying Birds; Blur; The Prodigy; Mark Ronson; Jamie T; The Cribs and Portishead and many more. A combination of guaranteed good weather, the inherently-relaxed Spanish atmosphere and an impressive line-up, year in year out, makes FIB one of the most celebrated festivals of the season.

Grace Jones at Parklife Damon Albarn at Benicassim

orset Larmer Tree Festival : D Larmer Tree Festival was twenty-five years young this year and invited some of the biggest names of the music and comedy scene to join in the celebrations. 2015 saw the return of the legendary Tom Jones, performances by Levellers; The Magic Numbers and comedy from Bill Bailey and Russell Kane to name but a few! As always, in addition to the music Larmer Tree offered a variety of activities for all the family to do from Yoga and Tai Chi, talks and workshops including Bollywood, Cajun, Polka and Samba dance, Inta Africa Drumming, Ukulele Jam sessions, Comedy clowning and much more. Lamer Tree 2015 was an incredible display of creativity, music, comedy, talent and colour.

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Ricky Wilson at Benicassim Noel Gallagher at Benicassim

Bill Bailey at Larmer Tree

Tom Jones at Larmer Tree Festival

Kendal calling: Penrith

Main Stage at Kendal-Calling

Kendal Calling has come a long way since its humble, Abbot Hall Park beginnings in 2006. Ten years and copious awards later, the festival can be found taking over Penrith’s picturesque Lowther Deer Park and proudly boasting the title of ‘Best Medium Festival.’ Kendal celebrated its tenth birthday in style with an extra night of

Snoop-Dogg at Kendal Calling

music being just one of the ways the festival entered into double figures. James, The Vaccines, Elbow and Kaiser Chiefs topped a star-studded line-up which also featured Snoop Dogg, Embrace, Billy Bragg, Groove Armada, The Horrors, Bondax, Ella Eyre and Lucy Rose. Happy 10th birthday Kendal Calling and may we be celebrating lots more!

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Ella Eyre at Camp Bestival

Bob Geldof at Camp Bestival

VIVA headed south once again, into deepest Dorset for another fabulous weekend at Camp Bestival. With amazing panoramic views, glimpses of the sea and Lulworth Castle as the backdrop, Camp Bestival is a truly beautiful weekend of live music. Every year the festival rounds up fantastic acts and this year was no exception with headliners in the persons of Clean Bandit, Kaiser Chiefs and Underworld plus performances from Buzzcocks, Level 42, Professor Green, George the Poet,  Bob Geldof, Alison Moyet, Ella Eyre, Ella Henderson, Crazy World of Arthur Brown and an array of other great DJ and comedy acts.

a Secretsundaze : Barcelon Castle at Camp Bestival

Main stage at Secretsundaze

Derrick May & Rowetta Backstage, Secretsundaze We sent Rowetta from the Happy Mondays over to this one, here’s what she had to say about the festival. “Sunday June 21st saw Secretsundaze celebrate ten years of parties in two stunning spots at Poble Espanyol, Barcelona. The day event took place in the beautifully atmospheric Pic-Nic area which was surrounded by trees and beautiful people. With music provided by Hunee B2B Antal, Funkineven, Nick Höppner and Ryan Elliott we were kept dancing all day before the main man, Derrick May, entered the DJ box and proved why he is one of the most in-demand DJs and why he deserves his legendary status.

Providing Detroit techno at its finest as the sun came down, we danced into the dark among the neon-lit trees and smiling face and it was just incredible! Big thanks to James Priestley, who closed the day event with a great set of deep house grooves and came to grab me to party with Derrick May in the DJ booth after his set. The party then moved to La Terrrazza, an open-air club full of culture and the party continued with Amir Alexander, Jeremy Underground and Delano Smith providing the soundtrack that kept us dancing until six in the morning. The secretsundaze parties, organised by Giles Smith and James Priestley, have become something of a legendary way to close out OFF Week in Barcelona and I already can’t wait for the next one. I might have to make this an annual trip to BarcelonaSecretsundaze really do put on THE best parties!” ■ k | VIVA | 87

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t gets bigger and better every year and 2015 was no exception. On June 6th the sun was out and the most insane line-up ever hit Wembley stadium for Capital’s Summertime Ball. One Direction were first up to perform to eighty thousand fans, warming them up for likes of Avicii, Little Mix, Olly Murs, Jason Derulo and loads more. The whole day was massive and you can check out all the highlights at If that wasn’t enough for one weekend, Heaton Park also saw over seventy thousand party people passing through on June 6th and 7th June for Parklife and it’s no surprise that we were all over it! Capital sorted out a stack of listeners with full weekend tickets while Wingman and Adam Brown were backstage all weekend interviewing the likes of James Bay, Rudimental, George Ezra and more. They all took on our #CapitalSelfieStareOut game as well. Head to Facebook/ CapitalFMManchester to find out how they got on. The happiest five-k on the planet also made a strong return to the Etihad Stadium where thirty thousand people rocked up for the Color Run. Rob and Wingman hosted the warm-up stage with the Capital Cheerleaders. (It didn’t take long for Wingman to join them for a dance!) Capital Street Stars

were also down there blasting the runners blue and, after the big run, we kicked out the colour in style with some massive tunes at the after-party! Back in the studio we welcomed the return of Rachel the ‘mood hoover’ after seven months on maternity. We’ve had to clean up our mess and having a baby has made her grumpier than ever but at least she makes a decent brew! Next up, something very American is heading to Bolton! Capital will be teaming up with the University of Bolton to bring you Drive-In Movies at Bolton Macron Stadium and Lancashire County Cricket Club. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be giving away loads of tickets to be down at the front VIP style and you’ll bag a fresh new home-cinema system too - keep listening to Capital Breakfast for your chance to be there! On October 8th, we’ll be looking to top the one point one million pounds raised last year as part of Global’s ‘Make Some Noise’ charity. For one day only all of the Global brands come together (over twenty million listeners) to raise as much as we can for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Wish us luck!

Rob, Rachel & Wingman

Gold Jacks


aking the Manchester music scene by storm, ‘Gold Jacks’ return with the anthem that is ‘Take It Back.’ The four-piece were born out of the indie debris left behind in the infamous watering holes of Manchester, releasing and performing lo-fi, indie rock music, following the same route as the early releases from influences such as Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys. ‘Take It Back’ is currently available to download now on

The band have really broken onto the music scene with their indie uniform of all black leather jackets and plaid shirts. As well as looking the part, their live performances are electric, a real treat for the eyes and ears. Luckily, ‘Gold Jacks have kept faithful to Manchester, gracing the stages of the city’s famous venues such as the legendary ‘Deaf Institute;’ the edgy hidden gem, ‘Kraak Gallery’ in the Northern Quarter; as well as ‘The Night and Day Cafe’ on

iTunes and follows the success of previous singles, including ‘One Kinda Woman.’ Instead of the usual mind-numbing commercialised beats that are repeated by mainstream music outlets, ‘Gold Jacks’ brings a newer, fresher, edgier take on music and performance, relying heavily on old school rock and roll to take indie music back to its roots.

September 26th. Listen to their tracks at www. and make sure to join their already large fan base following on social media for updates on their tour, and, most importantly, not to miss out on new music. Facebook: /goldjacks Twitter: @goldjacks Soundcloud:/goldjacks words: Steph Riley

Lucy Pearl Dance tonight Random one I know but it reminds me of my L.A. years when, having just moved there and renting my own apartment on sunset strip, this would be blaring from my balcony - usually on a Friday night when I was getting up to no good!

Stevie wonder - Loves in need This is one of my fave Stevie songs. My sister played this to me in the late nineties and I loved the whole intro of Stevie singing the acappello intro. It’s also the first song on the cassette demo I sent to Nigel Martin Smith, manager of Take That, who later signed me after hearing it. I recorded the demo on my hi-fi at home,

tape to tape, It took me all day! dayck!

Soul II Soul - Keep on Movin I remember joining the ‘Britannia Music Club’ catalogue where you would order five tapes and get them in the post for five pounds, ninety-nine - a bargain. I had no idea who this group were really, apart from ‘Back to Life’ but this track and the drum programming plus Caron Wheeler’s amazing vocals blew me away.

Madonna - Like a prayer What can I say? The first album on tape that I ever bought. The whole album is genius Pop at its best but this, to me, was Madonna in her prime superstar status. The Gospel choir gave it a more soulful sound. Years later I was lucky to write with Patrick Leanord in L.A who wrote this with her.

Marvin Gaye What’s Goin on

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Love the laid-back groove of this song. A cooler sound for Marvin, away from his Motown routes and also a great message of peace and love. The sax intro eases you right into soul music at its best.

The Smiths - There is a light that never goes out One of my favourite Mozza/Smiths’ songs. A great melody and it gives that instant northern sound they created. A song for loners and people that didn’t conform. Typical Morrisey !

Happy Mondays Step on Tuuuune! This song sums up the whole hedonism of not only the group but also the ‘madchester’ scene which was happening at the time plus Rowetta’s signature vocals which take me back to that summer and make me smile.

Kavana - de Ja vu My new single which is basically Ace! Available now to pre-order on iTunes out 18th September. k | VIVA | 89




Ten mancs by Karin Albinsson

Photo and words: Karin Albinsson Since 1991, I have felt grateful to Stella. She rescued (kidnapped) a young Border Collie puppy that was being abused. I promised to look after the puppy while she was on tour and we called him Chorlton, as that was where he had been found. He ended up staying with my family for sixteen-and-a-half years. The best dog ever! STELLA GRUNDY is a singer, songwriter, actress and scriptwriter with her roots firmly in Manchester. Both her parents were from Beswick where she was born. The first part of her life was spent there in an old Terrace house with the loo in the back yard. The family then briefly moved to Chorlton but when Stella was four the family got a council house in Moston. ‘If we had stayed in Chorlton I would have been posh but I ended up living on The Miners Estate. As a lonely, sensitive child it toughened me up!’ Moston was an interesting if harsh place to be as a teenager with a great scene of gangs, skinheads, Teds and Mods. It had some very stylish people and a great youth club where Stella got to know older kids who listened to Bowie. School was boring but music exciting. Influenced by her Mum listening to jazz and taken to a concert at an early age, Stella decided to join the Church choir but spent most of the time giggling. It was when she joined the band ‘Marine Escape,’ that she started taking her singing and songwriting seriously. At the age of fourteen Stella was going into town to rehearse in the Decibel Studios and she also started to go to clubs. Soon after she was into the Manchester music scene and following the Mondays and the Roses. She left School at sixteen and got a job in a factory making leotards and from the forty pounds a week that she earned, she paid rent on her flat in Didsbury. At the age of eighteen she went back into education to do an Art Foundation course When Stella met Spencer in nineteen-ninety they formed the band Intastella that was active till nineteen ninety-seven. When asked it was no surprise that Stella said the music she has been most inspired by was that of Lou Reed. The storytelling in the music is important. Life changed when Stella became a Mother to Nico sixteen years ago. When Nico was one, Stella went back into education. Why acting? ‘A stupid idea, I didn’t want a proper job! Studying was very hard, so much work goes into acting to make it look like you are not acting!’ After graduating she started to write her own plays, one of which was based on her own experiences from the Manchester Music Scene. ‘The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star’ has toured throughout Britain and received great reviews. The play has garnered international interest and there are now plans to take it abroad. This autumn her first solo album ‘Stella Grundy – The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star’ will be released on John Robb’s label, Louder than War. Stella has also been commissioned to write, produce and tour with two new theatre productions. My last two questions; what character would you love to play? Sally Bowles out of Cabaret! Do you see yourself as a Manc? NO, because I don’t wear my coat indoors! k | VIVA | 91



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The Martian 2nd October 2015



Black Mass - 27th November 2015


ohnny Depp plays James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, a man that infamously made the FBI’s top ten most wanted list after working as an FBI informant. This unholy alliance was formed courtesy of his childhood relationship with John Connolly, now a significant figure in the Boston HQ of the Bureau. Whitey made a deal with the FBI to feed them information about organised crime in the area but, in doing do, he basically eliminated all his competition and put himself in a very powerful position. Very soon, he established himself as the Kingpin of the black market and when it comes to trouble, all routes lead to Whitey but his special status makes him Mr Teflon as many of Connolly’s colleagues start to ask questions. This role has some dark comedic moments that Depp proves adept at managing. A bit of a renaissance for an actor who has had a number of significant failures in the film business recently.

idley Scott has a long history with space in film. This latest endeavour is essentially ‘Castaway’ on Mars.  Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead and left behind by the rest of the expedition crew when a freak storm takes place on Mars. Abandoned with no means of direct communication and very little in the way of supplies, Watney is forced to use every survival method he can to try and find a way of sustaining himself as well as getting a signal back to Earth to let them know that he is still alive. A film that captures the human spirit but thankfully doesn’t bring back ‘Wilson.’


The Maze Runner The Scorch Trials 11th September 2015


ames Dashner’s trilogy of books about a post apocalyptic world where groups of young adults are subjected to ‘trials,’ is the inspiration for this series. Having escaped the maze in the first film, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his collective find themselves faced with a new and even more baffling, dangerous and traumatic challenge as they enter into what appears to be the remains of a city destroyed. Not knowing who to trust and determined to survive, the group find that far from having escaped their worst fears, they are still to face them.




Pan 3D - 16th October 2015


airy-tale films have been prominent for a while now and this one promises to be special. Director Joe Wright (Atonement) guides this re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s character ‘Peter Pan.’ Peter is snatched from his orphanage in the night and whisked off to ‘Neverland’ where he meets the fearsome ‘Blackbeard.’ (Hugh Jackman) The new world he discovers is at war and he is destined to be the saviour of one side of that conflict, if he can find his confidence.  Levi Miller (Peter) is a plucky young Australian actor and, from what we can see, looks destined for big things. The world Wright creates in this film seems so vivid and detailed and the characters are equally as fascinating. Look out for Spencer Wilding (Guardians of the Galaxy) as ‘Growler’ and expect this to be the first of a new franchise for Warner Bros. 92 | VIVA | w w w. v i va l i f e s t yle.c

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 20th November 2015

he Capitol faces the ultimate challenge as the now rampant rebellion lead by the rejuvenated Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) draws together the dissenters in an attempt to liberate themselves from the tyranny of the governance of President Snow. This is the final part in this series and promises to be epic, action-packed and dramatic. Will Everdeen be able to overcome challenges, treachery, obstacles and moral dilemmas to face Snow and free the masses. After the third film served as a ‘set-up’ movie, expect a gripping and explosive finale with plenty of twists and turns.

VIVA D V D R E L E A S E S Jurassic World 19th Ocotber 2015



t is difficult to criticise this film without talking about how implausible it is. There are some moments in it that made my skin crawl for the right and wrong reasons. A hyper-intelligent, manufactured, hybrid dinosaur is the antagonist as the theme park tries to boost its visitor numbers with a new attraction. Things go wrong when the beast escapes and runs riot. What possible weapon could be used to destroy this deadly creation? There are some poor acting performances in this film and some moments that are frankly ridiculous but it is dynamic and a fun watch.


Fantastic Four Release date TBC


he rotten odour emanating from this film continues to stink out the superhero sector of the film business. This is a sector that has twenty-four movies to be produced over the next three years. For every Dark Knight Trilogy, you get a ‘Daredevil’ and this is definitely in the later category. Even the director has attacked the film, stating that his version was much better than the one the studio released. One third of this film is reasonably good but then it becomes a lazy, weak mess of concepts that barely hold together.



Mad Max Fury Road - 5th October 2015



ne of the many remakes that we are being fed by Hollywood but it is fair to say that this is definitely one of the better ones. Tom Hardy stars as Max Rockatansky, an embittered road warrior in a post apocalyptic world where fuel and water are held in higher importance than life itself. I went to see this at the IMAX and was so impressed. The direction of this film made you feel as if you were in, behind or sometimes underneath, the vast array of vehicles involved. The biggest criticism people had of the film generally was that the story was more focussed on Furiosa’s (Charlize Theron) character than Max. This, in my opinion, is down to the fact that Hardy is still raising his profile in the US and it was difficult for the film to be sold strictly off his back. So this film has introduced the character to a new audience and we can expect the next film, currently in development, to give us the chance to really get see Tom Hardy go to work in the rôle. Make sure you have a good surround-sound system and, if you can, watch it in 3D. I recommend it.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation Release date TBC

he fifth ser ving of a project based on the iconic television series of the same name from the sixties and seventies. Tom Cr uise once again leads his highlytalented team of super spies in a battle against a sinister organisation that appear s to have surpassed the IMF for secrecy and discretion. Faced with closure and being pur sued by the CIA, can Ethan keep the IMF going and tackle this dangerous entity? Also star s Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris as an excellent bad guy!

Furious 7 - 7th September 2015



his colossal procession of pacy automotive action shows no signs of slowing down, as audiences continue to flock to their annual instalment of petrol-headed, testosterone-fuelled machinations, envisioned by a man named Diesel. Love it or HATE it, (guess which camp I’m in?) the success is undeniable and, though we are seven films deep, I decided to start my relationship with these characters here. All my reservations were confirmed as cars were jettisoned from aeroplanes and floated to the ground via parachutes, landing on a road and instantly hitting fifty-miles-per-hour in pursuit of the bad guys. There was a powerful sentiment due to the death of Paul Walker, a staple ingredient of this recipe and by far the most gifted actor in the cast. His loss is tragic and was respectfully and movingly dealt with in the film. Kurt Russell makes a cameo appearance as Hobbs, played by Dwayne Johnson has Dominic - Vin Diesel - and Brian - Paul Walker - get the crew together to tackle an unstoppable and unhinged one-man wrecking-machine named Deckard Shaw - Jason Statham. Mindless, toothless and watery entertainment. I am definitely getting old. k | VIVA | 93




MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS VENUE: GORILLA DATE: 4TH SEPTEMBER TICKETS: £22.50 Arguably the queen of Motown, seventy-three year old Martha Reeves returns to Manchester’s intimate venue, Gorilla, for an evening of Motown madness. After a sell-out gig last time she was in town, we suggest you get your tickets early for this one to avoid disappointment!

JURASSIC 5 VENUE: ALBERT HALL DATE: 7TH SEPTEMBER TICKETS: £27.50 Formed in 1993, alternative hip-hop six-piece Jurassic 5 are storming Manchester’s Albert Hall in September. After a six-year hiatus, the group are back performing together again, get your tickets fast to avoid missing out! This is a show not to miss.

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FLORENCE + THE MACHINE VENUE: McR ARENA DATE: 18TH SEPTEMBER TICKETS: £35 Fresh off another successful festival circuit, including that prestigious Friday night headline slot at Glastonbury, Florence is back again with another UK tour. Showcasing her latest album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ fans can expect stunning vocals and an ethereal performance.

JAMES BAY VENUE: 02 APOLLO DATE: 22ND and 23RD SEPTEMBER TICKETS: From £42 Winner of the Brit Awards Critics Choice award earlier this year, twenty-four-year-old singer songwriter, James Bay, continues his sell-out tour in Manchester this September. Featuring his number one hit album ‘The Chaos and The Calm,’ the ‘Hold Back The River’ singer will play two nights in the city at the classic venue.


SWAN LAKE VENUE: THE LOWRY DATE: 23rd-26th SEPTEMBER TICKETS: FROM £15 Ballet’s greatest love story, brought to life by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, is pirouetting into Salford’s The Lowry this autumn.This romantic tale of a princess bound by an evil spell to spend her days as a bird - as told through Tchaikovsky’s legendary score - is a timeless classic and is a must-see for both devoted fans of ballet and newcomers alike.

WHEATUS VENUE: McR ACADEMY 3 DATE: 30TH SEPTEMBER TICKETS: £15 The Teenage Dirtbag rockers are back in town to celebrate their fifteen-year anniversary this autumn as part of their UK tour.With their self-titled debut album playing in full, alongside hits from other albums, this is a show you’ll want to see!

DUKE DUMONT PRESENTS: BLASÉ BOYS CLUB VENUE: THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT DATE: 2ND OCTOBER THE NORTH WEST TICKETS: £25 Just one of many incredible nights on WEDDING SHOW offer as part of this year’s Warehouse DATE: 26TH and 27TH Project. Duke Dumont presents SEPTEMBER Blasé Boys Club will have chartVENUE: EVENT CITY topping, house music icon Duke TICKETS: FROM £10 Returning to Event City this autumn Dumont playing alongside Roy Davis, Jr. Cajmere and Todd Edwards. on the 26th and 27th September,The North West Wedding Fair brings over one hundred and eighty of the best suppliers from Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Liverpool to help you plan your big day.They’ve got everything covered including venues, favours, transport, catering, stationery and cakes, and much more.

EVENTS AND SHOWS GIGS ONE DIRECTION VENUE: Mcr ARENA DATE: 3RD and 4TH OCTOBER TICKETS: FROM £39.50 Following the exit of the band’s Zayn Ali earlier this year, Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam are back on tour as a four piece playing two dates in Manchester as part of their worldwide ‘On The Road Again’ tour. Fans can expect a show-stopping performance from the ‘Best Song Ever’ boys.

FREDDIE FLINTOFF: 2ND INNINGS VENUE: Mcr OPERA HOUSE DATE: 6TH OCTOBER TICKETS: £26 Hitting the road to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of that famous 2005 Ashes triumph, cricket hero, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, is bringing his 2nd innings tour to Manchester Opera House. Prepare to be entertained with hilarious changing room tales and cricketing anecdotes in a show that promises to be laugh-outloud funny!

DYNAMO VENUE: Mcr APOLLO DATE: 6TH to 18TH OCTOBER TICKETS: £45 Following the news that the next series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible THE CAKE AND BAKE SHOW will be his last, Dynamo is bringing VENUE: EVENT CITY his extraordinary talent to the stage DATE: 16TH to 18TH for the first time. Fans will have the OCTOBER opportunity to catch his magic up close and personal at Manchester TICKETS: £15 Apollo in what will be a spectacular The ultimate baking event is coming live performance. to Manchester’s Event City presenting a mix of celebrity speakers, live demonstrations, market stalls, displays and much more all taking place under one roof!

DISNEY ON ICE: WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT VENUE: Mcr ARENA DATE: 14TH to 18TH OCTOBER TICKETS: FROM £16 Enter the magical world of Disney live on the ice! A spectacular show featuring all of your favourite characters including the stars of Frozen, Cars and Toy Story to name but a few! Watch your favourite Disney moments come to life in a show that promises to be fun for all the family.

MICHAEL MCINTYRE: HAPPY and GLORIOUS VENUE: Mcr ARENA DATE: 29TH to 31ST OCTOBER TICKETS: FROM £35 It’s been an outstanding few years for North London-born comedian Michael McIntyre, with a string of megasuccessful sell-out shows worldwide, the enormous triumph of his 2012. This October he’s returning to Manchester with his laugh-out-loud comedy in the form of his latest tour Happy and Glorious. If his track record is anything to go by, we’re expecting to be in stitches.

CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN VENUE: Mcr APOLLO DATE: 3RD and 4TH NOVEMBER TICKETS: FROM £37 It’s been a huge year for the North Wales formed four piece with a string of festival dates including Glastonbury, Rock en Seine, Reading and Leeds and fans can now catch the boys in Manchester as they promote their debut album The Balcony.

MANCHESTER WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE VENUE: THE MIDLAND HOTEL DATE: 7TH NOVEMBER TICKETS: £6-9 A fantastic day out for the wine lovers out there, whether you’re an absolute beginner or a budding enthusiast! Visitors will get to taste fourteen wines, learn about food and wine matching and much more, all hosted in the beautiful Midland Hotel. k | VIVA | 95


Stereophonics cover and interview


Stereophonics cover and interview