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BOWIE EDITION never before seen photos of Bowie in Manchester


star (wo)man


Early birD


REBEL REBEL & fashion

FESTIVAL BIBLE VIVA gives you the lowdown on the best festivals to attend this summer

WHY bowie should have been a mancunian - the city’s kooks pay tribute


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t was a sad start to 2016 with the devastating news about music legend, David Bowie, dying of Cancer. Friends, family, fans and celebrities took to social media to express their feelings about the loss of this superstar who touched people’s hearts in so many ways through his music and life. Many people have said that his musical genius can never be replaced. Being big fans at VIVA we decided to dedicate this issue to David in a Bowie-inspired edition. Head of photography, Karin Albinsson, photographed Bowie back in 1997 at the Manchester Academy. The pictures were taken on a film roll camera and have never been published before, so we are honoured to be able to feature them in this issue of VIVA. Bowie inspired a whole host of Mancunians, from artists to musicians; fashionistas to bar and restaurant owners. We contacted some of the City’s kooks, including Mike Joyce from the Smiths; Hooky from Joy Division; Rowetta from Happy Mondays; and DJ Greg Wilson and we asked them to share their Bowie stories with us and our readers. As our own tribute, VIVA are just giving in aid of Cancer Research, we ask you to join us by donating on our just give page at: We have also given VIVA Magazine a bit of a makeover in our glossy pages. Let us know what you think of the new chic style by messaging us on Twitter @vivamagazines. In the words of Bowie, “I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.” This is VIVA’s special, limited David Bowie edition, enjoy!

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Guest on the radar: TV presenter Jenny Powell Star (Wo)man fashion Why Bowie should have been a Mancunian Rebel rebel fashion Happy Mother’s Day VIVA’s early birds festival bible 2016

Flower power Accessories madness - girls Bring the Fiyah Accessories madness - boys Animal attraction Designer focus: Joe & Co.

Bowie vs beauty with Cassie Lomas The beauty edit How to channel David Bowie Breaking out of depression The ultimate body transformation with UP

VIVA kids Icon interiors - inspired by the late David Bowie Bowie motors Seeking the sun in Sardinia with Delphina Hotels


Healthy living VIVA feeder - Michael Caines’ restaurant at ABode MCR Spring happy hour

A mad bash to celebrate a bumper year Hacienda Classical: anthems re-imagined Taste the world of gin at Atlas

VIVA’s early bird festival bible 2016 Band on the radar: Queen Bee And The Drones Bowie iPod with Big Will Ten Mancs: Terry Christian by Karin Albinsson


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The Radar


TOO HOT: Manchester’s Boutique Hotels I have an apartment in New York and, when I’m back in the UK, I really miss the intoxicating atmosphere of the NYC eateries and bars to hang out in. So I am LOVING the new and notso-new Boutique Hotels with fancy bars and restaurants that remind me of New York. Gotham is stately and imposing, so is Manhattan and now there’s The King Street Townhouse. If Manchester keeps opening these kind of places, I’ll have no reason to fly across the Atlantic every month!

The King Street Townhouse

WHAT’S HOT & WHAT’S NOT Dog Ownership

This issue’s guest radar was brought to you by television presenter

Jenny Powell

NOT HOT: Real Cheshire Housewives Real Cheshire Housewives - really? Sorry but I live in Cheshire and have done for twenty-five years, and there’s not much ‘real’ for me in that show. I only watched one episode and most of the time I hid behind a cushion in horror. Good telly I know but I kind of feel we have all been tarred with the same brush now. No offence to the wonderful ladies in it but it’s like a tacky panto with a very generous costume budget.

I have never really had a pet before, maybe the odd gerbil (or maybe not so odd!) and that’s about it but, at long last, I have a DOG and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me and the family! She’s a rescue dog, only a year old and she’s filled the gap I only just realised I had. Get a dog! They’re therapeutic, reliable, dependable and fill your house with love!

Social Media overload Your Fourties Being in your forties is so very HOT! I have never felt so comfortable in my own skin and relaxed about life at long bloody last. It’s an age to look forward to as you’re guaranteed to have cut out all the crap in your life and also you’ve learned from experience how to avoid any coming your way! Your forties can mean looking and feeling more amazing than ever, so love that decade and make it your best . Embracing their fourties: Victoria Beckham 41 Kylie Minogue 47 08 | VIVA | w w w. v i va m a n chester.c

What’s the first thing most of us do the minute we wake up? I used to prefer thinking about my day ahead and taking a bit of time to wake up and smell the coffee. Now, it’s straight on the phone, checking what other people are feeling and doing before I’ve even considered yours truly. I’m fed up of it so I think we all owe it to ourselves to have a weekend off every now and then. I guarantee you’ll feel happier, more chilled and ready to go get that dog! Social Media can make us depressed and there’s clinical evidence to support that!

Not reading the labels on your food packaging There’s a lot of crap out there and only we can be responsible for what we eat. Once you start reading what’s actually in some of that fodder you buy in supermarkets, you realise how easy it is to not eat any REAL food at all! It’s no good relying on what’s put out there on the shelves, start with sugar content and salt content, that will scare you enough. Not being informed of what you’re putting into your body is just not cool. Get on the real food radar!


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Gucci Floral printed crêpe shirt; £710

Stella McCartney poppy-embroidered denim pouch; £225

Flower Power! Nothing screams spring more than the arrival of florals off and on the catwalk. With a plethora of designers taking inspiration from the natural world and celebrating the arrival of all things bright and beautiful, it is the perfect time to adorn your wardrobe with these fabulous floral garments. Strong statement accessories, which are a must-have for the style-conscious urbanite, came from Lanvin, while any bohemian beauty will appreciate the delicate prints on silk, which abounded at Valentino. Juxtaposing clashing prints or selecting a key piece and growing your look around it, will guarantee a blossoming style success for this season and longer, but just remember to water regularly and get lots of sunshine. words: Ross Forsythe

Dolce & Gabbana Floral bralet; £345

Valentino Landscape-print cropped silk trousers; £880

Topshop Unique Livonia silk-georgette mini dress; £225

Lanvin Floral leather trainers; £435

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Mary Katrantzou Amellus printed crêpe dress; £970

Laurence Dacade Embroidered leather sandals; £495

Acne Studios Floral print shirt; £350

Proenza Schouler Satin crêpe mini skirt; £710

Dress; ÂŁ250, Self Portrait. Jacket; ÂŁ135, Boy London, both from Selfridges Exchange Square

Star (wo)man Photography: Art Direction and Styling: Production Manager and Styling Assistant: Make-up and Hair: Using: Model: Location:

Willie Runte, Ross Forsythe, VIVA Creative Team Tereza Pevna, VIVA Creative Team Thembi Mkandla, Creatives Agency (Assisted by Kate Gately) MAC Cosmetics Amber, Boss Model Management Cassie Lomas, Make-up Academy

Goto to watch behind the scenes footage filmed by Mr Deansgate

Dress; ÂŁ150, Miss Francesca Couture, MetQuarter Liverpool

Cardigan; £310, Skirt, £195, both by Jeremy Scott, Hervia Bazaar

Hat; £180, Bao Bao Issey Miyake, Hervia Bazaar Top; £240, Miss Francesca Couture, MetQuarter Liverpool Skirt; £270, McQ, Selfridges Exchange Square

Dress; ÂŁ150, Miss Francesca Couture, MetQuarter Liverpool

Cropped Jacket; £80, Boy London. Skirt, £505, Versus Versace, both from Selfridges Exchange Square


Accessories Madness

Get the Bowie twist; David Bowie might have left us, but his incredible taste in fashion remains. Why not accommodate a Bowie twist into your ensemble? Turn an average outfit into a unique one with our Bowie-inspired accessories. words: Tereza Pevna WXYZ Elizabeth Crown Headband; £1295 Eclectica Vintage 1980’s Dior Plated Faux Ruby Earrings; £640

MaxMara Large Spot Scarf; £79.95

Celine Coral Cat-eye Sunglasses; £219

Valentino Rockstud Shoulder Bag; £1,240

Missoni Crochet-knit Turban; £140 Missoni Metallic Crochet-knit Poncho; £90

Jimmy Choo Candy Small Clutch; £695

Mondaine Leather Watch; £149

Vita Fede Inverso Ring; £220

Aquazzura Red Suede Sandals; £390

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rends are always evolving and fashion is continuously changing, so how can we bring our wardrobe back up-todate without breaking the bank every season? Nothing adds a bit of oomph to outdated pieces like timeless jewellery.

Last summer, Manchester born brothers, Patrick and Benjamin Collinson, set upon starting up their dream business. VIVA caught up with the budding entrepreneurs to talk all things bling. WHAT DOES FIYAH MEAN? FIYAH is the spark inside all of us. WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND FIYAH? We have always been avid followers of fashion, from catwalk to high street. Last August, we decided we wanted to run a fashion related business and set about looking at the different options. We wanted a head-start so we looked at businesses for sale, but most of the businesses for sale were bricks and mortar shops. Most of these stores were obsolete and we couldn’t see ourselves running them. We decided to set up our own forward-thinking company with an online platform being the main emphasis. We have a passion for precious metals and stones, diamonds intrigue us and we’re fascinated with the markets they trade in. We want to proceed in a direction whereby we use a lab to create diamonds for our jewellery. It’s a more ethical process than using natural diamonds. WHAT ARE THE CREATIVE IDEAS BEHIND YOUR DESIGNS? Our designs are selected to mirror simple, contemporary trends in fashion. We started 2016 looking at silver and its growing trend in the jewellery market. Recently, we have been trying to increase the range of our gold products to appeal to the masses. WHAT ARE THE THREE KEY PIECES IN YOUR MOST RECENT COLLECTION? They’d have to be the Adjustable Plume Ring, nine carat Gold Amethyst Studs and the Paralines Bangle. The Plume collection is all sterling silver with a pure silver coating. The name comes from a long, soft feather or arrangement of feathers used by a bird for display or worn by a person for ornament. The Amethyst Studs are important to the collection because purple is the colour of the stone and it is the colour of FIYAH. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and made drinking vessels decorated with it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. The Paralines Bangle has been a very popular choice with our customers. Combined with the Paralines ring it gives a complete look of elegant sophistication. WHO CAN BE SPOTTED WEARING YOUR DESIGNS? The main celebrities who have been wearing our products are Rebecca Fox - who recently modelled in Kanye West’s new collection in New York - and Louisa Johnson, the most recent winner of the X Factor.

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Accessories Madness

Bowiemania; Accessorise Bowie back into your life. Be a Diamond Dog or even a Major Tom (tom foolery = jewellery - geddit) jewellery junkie. Here’s a few pieces to make you look Hunky Dory! words: Tereza Pevna

Chris Mirroretian Dior A bs d Sun glasse tract s; £310

Missoni Metallic Crochet-knit Poncho; £90

Marwood Lace-covered Silk Bow Tie; £110

Maison Michael Thadee Felt Trilby Hat; £440

Paul Smit h Square C Multi-dot ufflinks; £ 90

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Nialaya Red Skull -embellished Woven Bracelet; £395

Grenson Nw2 Checker Derby Shoes; £475


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s with J.F.K., Martin Luther King and Elvis, January 10th, 2016 will go down as one of those days that everyone will remember where they were and what they were doing. The day that David Bowie died. He’s been described as a Starman, a being sent to transform much more than music, an icon and a beacon. Those who felt alienated could identify

with this alien. As the Smith’s Mike Joyce told VIVA, Bowie “empowered a lot of people. He made weird acceptable.” Which is why he would have been right at home here in Manchester and why he influenced so many Mancunians - musicians obviously but also those in the arts, fashion and business. That’s why this edition of VIVA magazine has been dedicated to him with our never-before-seen shots of Bowie playing The Academy in 1997, courtesy of VIVA photographer, Karin Albinsson. It’s also why Mancunians have added their voices to tell VIVA how the boy from Brixton brought changes and inspired them. “I loved Mick Ronson, what a frontman. I modelled my bass playing on him. I thought that me and Barney were like him and Bowie,” Hooky told us. And iconic DJ, Greg Wilson, says simply that Bowie was his musical hero, his first great obsession. So much so, he used to tag his name with lightning bolts. Others remember encounters that stayed with them for their lifetimes. From Rowetta, who notes a beautifully surreal moment after performing ‘Hallelujah,’ when the Thin White Duke commented “That was really eclectic” to actor and award-winning playwright, Ian Puleston-Davis, earning a wry smile after inadvertently interrupting him. Black Dog’s Ross Mckenzie remembers a down-to-earth Bowie who happily chatted backstage at Glastonbury and was looking forward to his daughter’s birth. You can read their tributes to Bowie and others in the following pages with an extended version at VIVA online. Also, if you enjoy this edition, we’d ask that you make a small donation to Cancer Research through the VIVA just-giving page at Of course, we’ll be donating too. We asked all our contributors whether they thought there could be another Bowie and we’ll leave the last words on that to Living Venture’s Tim Bacon. “Every generation or so has its Bowie. Not necessarily in music but special people that step beyond great and become iconic.” >

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GREG WILSON - DJ & Producer Favourite Bowie album/song? It’s a toss up between Ziggy Stardust and Hunky Dory. Couldn’t possibly pick a favourite track on either album, so I’ll go between the horns of this dilemma and select something he wrote and produced but gave to Mott The Hoople, providing them with a massive 1972 hit, All The Young Dudes. Did Bowie influence you in any way? If so how? He was my musical hero at a key formative stage in my life, my early teens. The depth of his words and music really resonated into my being and, as I’m about to outline in a sprawling blog post I’ve written, he was my first great obsession – I even used to tag my name with Aladdin Sane style lightning bolts instead of Gs. Between 1972 and 1975 he was very much a part of my identity. Describe how his death has affected you. It’s caused me to reflect on a lot of things, both on a personal level and with regard to Bowie himself. That he orchestrated his death as his final work of art is greatly impressive. Having not cared for his musical output during recent decades, I’ve finally re-connected through Blackstar which has deeply touched me. Do you think there is anyone else who could be the next Bowie or have the same cultural impact ? Artists like Bowie are one-offs who arrive at a specific point in history and, through their work, change people’s perceptions and consciousness via the shock of their originality – or enough people to make a difference. Others have done this and will continue to do this, at different places in time and through various mediums but it’s always dependant on the right person arriving at exactly the right moment and location. So I’d answer yes on the one hand but no on the other. 26 | VIVA | w w w. v i va m a n chester.c

MIKE JOYCE - The Smiths Did you ever see him play live. If so where and when? I saw Bowie play at the Move festival at Old Trafford cricket ground in July 2002. My wife Tina has always been a huge Bowie fan and she’d heard that it was a hit-heavy set and we weren’t disappointed! Apart from featuring tracks from the Heathen album, the set included such classics as, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Starman, Changes, Fame, Heroes, Let’s Dance and Ziggy Stardust. The band featured long-time collaborators, Mike Garson on piano and Earl Slick on guitar. Did Bowie influence you in any way? If so how? Well, I never had a red lightning flash painted on my face! I think Bowie’s influence on myself and my peers was subliminal but quite radical too. He empowered a lot of people who would otherwise have been quite insular. He made weird acceptable thus enabling people who were considered outsiders, to feel comfortable with themselves and giving them the confidence to project their own personalities. Describe how his death has affected you. Bowie is the most important musician to have passed away in my lifetime. Bigger than Elvis? Maybe not in terms of record sales but certainly in terms of influencing musicians of my generation and age. In 2013, my wife and I went to the David Bowie Is exhibition at the V and A museum in London and it was incredible to see that outfit and those boots along with other iconic memorabilia. The sadness is realising that there won’t be any more additions to the legacy. That’s it. It’s that finality that’s hit home in his passing. Looking on the positive side, just take a look at body of work he’s left behind!

KARIN ALBINSSON Photographer Favourite Bowie album/song? The Bowie album closest to my heart is The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. I still have the original tape that I play on an old tape-recorder at home in Sweden, those songs bring back old memories. When hitchhiking through Europe, in my youth, I was stopped in my tracks by the sound of STARMAN. A young, English guy was playing my favourite tune on his guitar on a beach in Cannes. Instantly I knew that we had something in common, this stranger and I. The young Eng-lish Musician and I spent a day together. A month later he turned up at my parents’ house in Sweden. He taught me to play Starman on my guitar. At the same time Ashes to Ashes was released and we kept popping into record shops putting the headphones on and listening to Bowie’s latest album, Scary Monsters (and super creeps). The meeting with the English busker who played Starman on his guitar resulted in two daughters! When and how did you hear that he died and how did it make you feel? I found out that Bowie had died on Monday morning the tenth of January. When I saw photos of Bowie posted on Facebook, I knew. I had had a solemn feeling from a few days previously when I had seen part of the video from Black Star. It felt like he had said farewell and then I knew he was gone. I felt numb, Bowie’s death will take some time to sink in but what an amazing legacy he leaves behind. In my opinion, Bowie was and is the solo artist with the greatest cultural impact. His music will live on.

Photo by Karin Allbinsson


ARMAND BEASLEY - Makeup Artist & Actor When did you first hear Bowie, how old were you, what were you doing and how did it affect you? It was Top Of The Pops and the Ashes To Ashes video, way back in 1980. The surreal image of Bowie dressed like a Pierrot flanked by four androgynous figures walking along a beach with a bulldozer behind them! I was transfixed at the TV! I had never seen anything like that. It was so visual and surreal.

Did Bowie influence you in any way? If so how. Bowie was the master of transformation and self expression. He used his image, videos and music to transport people to another world. His creativity and diversity really affected me and his imagery still inspires me today as a make-up artist. Throughout my life, I’ve always experimented with my image and my personal creativity has been heavily influenced by Bowie, Pete Burns, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox, Grace Jones and Sarah Brightman.

Describe how his death has affected you. I believe that death is another phase of life. Well, life of the soul. Your soul or energy moves on. For me, the whole point to life is to be happy and make other people happy too. David Bowie achieved that and more. I’m sure that his music and creativity will inspire many more people to create. He will be missed but, as in his Ashes to Ashes lyrics, “ I’m happy, hope you’re happy too.” Yes we are, David. Thank you.

PETER HOOK - New Order and Joy Division Favourite Bowie album and song? KOOKS Did you ever see him play live? Hardrock, Manchester; Glass Spider, Los Angeles; cricket club Manchester. When did you first hear Bowie, how old were you, what were you doing and how did it affect you? A girlfriend of mine wanted me to take her to see him at the Free Trade Hall when he was doing a matinee in 1972, I think. I

refused and she dumped me. I then went to the old record stall on Shudehill and someone had sold all their Bowie LPs. I bought the lot for two pounds fifty each, Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust, Diamond Dogs, Man Who Sold The World. That was it, I was a fan. I loved Mick Ronson, what a frontman. I modelled my bass playing on him. I thought that me and Barney were like him and Bowie.

Armand Beasley

When and how did you hear that he died and how did it affect you? On Good Morning Britain, I was sad, I’m a fan. I really enjoyed his talent. . Do you think there is anyone else who could be the next Bowie or have the same cultural impact? Never, never. He was a unique talent and the longevity was amazing. If only someone could. Hooky with good friend Howard Marks who is also battling Cancer

ZIGGY LAVELLE - MD at Lavelle Division When did you first hear Bowie, how old were you, what were you doing and how did it affect you? I was thirteen years old, had just been through a few operations due to my childhood polio (contracted at eleven months old and the last outbreak in the UK). At the time my parents were told, ‘She won’t last the night or she will be in a wheelchair or have to wear callipers.’ Lucky me, none of this came to pass. By twelve or thirteen years old I didn’t fit in

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anywhere, didn’t go to school much. I was alone and very sad. Then I heard Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust, I witnessed this wild and wonderful person who spoke to me! I was in my bedroom listening to someone telling me, “Yes, you are strange, yes, you are different and, one day, everyone will want to be like you!” I believed him, I had the swagger, some people didn’t like it but I didn’t give a f**k! I knew who I was and I really liked me and that mattered!

He saved my youth and made me smile wide and I had no fear! I could be or do anything! He taught me to pass that message on to people I meet. I believe “If you don’t show people the moon, they will never reach the stars!” Describe how his death has affected you. Now, I look back and see how brave and even more special he appears to have been. Now he has taught us all to die with dignity! “He staged his own death,” they say! “It’s all I would expect,” I say!

Ziggy Lavelle pictured in front of Ziggy Stardust sign


ROWETTA - Happy Mondays Did you ever meet Bowie? If so, where and when? Yes, at Glastonbury in 2000. I was playing the Pyramid Stage with Happy Mondays and Bowie was headlining. My best friend, Ross, is a massive Bowie fan so I invited him and our friend Maria to come on the tour bus with us. We couldn’t believe it when we arrived and my Portacabin dressing room was directly next to his. He came over and said hi and was so downto-earth and friendly, I froze. I’ve never been so starstruck. I took a couple of photos of him with my friends, which I treasure. He then came to the side

passes for Move Festival at Old Trafford Cricket Ground and this felt more intimate. He looked and sounded incredible and had the most amazing band of musicians. Finally Did you ever see him play Glastonbury in 2000. I think he looked and live? If so, where and when? I first saw him performed better than perform at Maine Road in ever and many have said - including Glastonbury 1987 - The Glass Spider Tour - and again in 1990 founder, Michael Eavis on his Sound & Vision - that it was his best Tour. Glastonbury moment of all time. He closed with an Always captivating encore of Heroes which is on stage and I loved how much he loved one of the greatest songs ever written. performing and would I feel so lucky to have met really connect with the him and performed on audience and so many the same stage with him. great songs displaying his unique talent and Genius and legend are overused, but he really creativity. In 2002 I was was, is and always will be. lucky enough to have of the stage and watched us perform. I came off after Hallelujah and he said, “That was really eclectic.” A beautifully surreal moment.


ROSS MACKENZIE - MD of the Black Dog group of bars When did you first hear Bowie, how old were you,? First properly noticed him aged eleven with Scary Monsters. First album bought was Let’s Dance aged thirteen. Then worked my way backwards through all the albums. Did Bowie influence you in any way? If so how? Wow, he was just the coolest man on the planet, wasn’t he? He just led the way then lost

his way a bit then led the way again.

introduced myself! We chatted for five minutes. He was lovely, talking When and how did you about how his wife was hear that he died? Woke about to give birth and up to a text from Rowetta how he hadn’t played and watched the news in Glastonbury since 1969. a daze for an hour or two. Describe how his death has affected you. I am When we spoke to Rowetta she listening to all his music on repeat and am mentioned she had met Bowie backstage at immensely touched by his Glastonbury with you. last album. Yes I remember looking up and seeing him, Favourite Bowie album and song? The album so I bowled over and can vary and is currently Hunky Dory. The song is always Heroes. Do you think there is anyone else who could be the next Bowie or have the same cultural impact? For me? Absolutely not. He was the man.

Bowie at MCR Academy in 1997 photo by Karin Allbinsson

Ross & Rowettas friend Maria with Bowie backstage at Glasto



Ian Puleston-DaviEs Actor

TIM BACON - MD of Living Ventures

Favourite Bowie album/song? The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars!

When did you first hear Bowie, how old were you, what were you doing and how did it affect you? My mate brought Ziggy Stardust into school. I was fourteen and getting bored with what was out there. I just fell in love with the melodies, the instrumentation and that unique sound and, of course, his extraordinary voice.

Favourite Bowie album and song? Let’s Dance for two reasons. One, it’s filmed in Australia and two, I can’t.

When did you first hear Bowie, how old were you, what were you doing and how did it affect you? I remember the first track I ever heard of David Bowie, I was on a caravan holiday in Cornwall one summer mid seventies-ish and it was Life On Mars. I was very young and I remember even then thinking how brilliant it was and I wished I could write something that could stir so many emotions within oneself. The piano is amazing in that song! I wanted to learn the piano but settled for the guitar in the end, which I still play! Bowie was a genius at taking a simple melody and turning it into a massive piece of music! Did you ever see him play live, if so where and when? I saw him live once in Stratford-upon-Avon when I was based in the UK in the army. Tina Turner played there too in 1985 and it was one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen! Describe how his death has affected you. Bowie was unique in that he went through decades changing his style constantly and always being a world-class top artist. We lost a music legend the day he died and when I heard the news I actually left the office because I was filling up! He’ll always be with us!

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Did you ever meet Bowie, if so where and when? I interrupted him once - to say goodbye to a pal of mine he was talking to - at a theatre in London. He smiled, at me! Did you ever see him play live, if so where and when? Twice. On the Serious Moonlight Tour in Milton Keynes in 1983 and his Sound and Vision Tour at Docklands Arena in 1990. Did Bowie influence you in any way? If so how? He broadened my imagination. His music made me want to write stories. When and how did you hear that he died? On the radio in a cab crossing London.

When did you first hear Bowie, how old were you, what were you doing and how did it affect you? My memory is not that good as to when I first became aware of David Bowie but it would be true to say he was an ever-present as I grew up. Did you ever see him play live? If so where and when? I saw him play live twice. Once at Old Trafford and the second time in London for the Spider tour, both incredible. Did Bowie influence you in any way? If so how? I remember using the album cover for Ziggy Stardust for the launch of The Living Room W1 on Heddon Street. When and how did you hear that he died? Like most people I imagine, I was having my morning coffee, switched on the TV and remained watching and reminiscing.

Describe how his death has affected you? Much more than I thought. I hadn’t felt like that since John Lennon died.

Describe how his death has affected you. When someone like Bowie dies it becomes a sound track of memories lost that come flooding back.

Do you think there is anyone else who could be the next ‘Bowie’ or have the same cultural impact? I would love there to be someone like Bowie for my young children.

Do you think there is anyone else who could be the next Bowie or have the same cultural impact? Every generation or so has its Bowie, not necessarily in music, special people that step beyond great and become iconic.

MIKE JOYCE - The Smiths... He made weird acceptable thus enabling people who were considered outsiders, to feel comfortable with themselves and giving them the confidence to project their own personalities.

If you would like to purchase any of these limited edition pictures of Bowie by VIVA’s photographer Karin Allbinsson then email


Animal Attraction

Domrebel Ape- print T-shirt; £85

Fendi S/S 16

Fashion goes primal this season with catwalk collections showcasing beautifully beastly and amazingly animalisticinspired garments. From leopard print Punk Boy’s at Saint Laurent to chic Chinoiserie apparel from Louis Vuitton, men are spoiled for choice when it comes to their fashionbased, spirit animal. If you want to keep things tame, opt Fendi Monster for a croc effect sneaker or printed t-shirt and plain denim Backpack; £980 while those who want to completely unleash the beast try clashing printed trousers with this season’s hottest garment; the bomber jacket. words: Ross Forsythe

Neil Barrett Sneakers; £405 Gucci Tiger Print T-Shirt; £450

Giuseppe Zanotti Mock-Croc Leather High-top trainers; £225

S 16 Saint Laurent S/

Lanvin Spider-print T-shirt; £150

Saint Laurent Leopard-P rint Bomber Jacket; £1330

Marcelo Burlon Aurora Print Sweatshirt; £230

Marcelo Burlon Lamborghini Printed Trousers; £230

Dries Van Noten Piper Printed Shorts; £275

Jacket; £600, Markus Lupfer. Jeans; £100, Nudie Jeans, both from Selfridges Exchange Square

Rebel Rebel

Trousers; £190, KTZ. Shirt; £380, Yohji Yamamoto, both from Hervia Bazaar

Shirt; ÂŁ270, McQ, Selfridges Exchange Square

Shirt; £175, KTZ, Hervia Bazaar Jeans; £100, Nudie Jeans, Selfridges Exchange Square

Jacket; ÂŁ245, Blood Brother, Selfridges Exchange Square

Shirt; ÂŁ210, Gosha Rubchinskiy. Long Johns; ÂŁ100, Y-3 Yohji Yamamoto both from Hervia Bazaar

Photography: Art Direction and Styling: Production Manager and Styling Assistant: Make-up and Hair: Using: Model: Location:

Willie Runte, Ross Forsythe, VIVA Creative Team Tereza Pevna, VIVA Creative Team Thembi Mkandla, Creatives Agency (Assisted by Kate Gately) MAC Cosmetics Jared, Boss Model Management Cassie Lomas, Make-up Academy

Goto to watch behind the scenes footage filmed by Mr Deansgate


Designer Focus: Joe & Co.


t’s always great to hear about a homegrown designer that has achieved what they set out to do and made a name in Manchester. Joe & Co. have been around for, what seems to them, a lifetime and have made their mark on the city. Josef Schindler, denim connoisseur, is a stalwart of fashion and design history, having been around for years. With a store in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and a range that’s focussed on timeless, luxurious pieces, it’s clear the brand care for their customers. The man behind the denim has taken time out of his busy schedule to talk to VIVA. Think all things yesteryear, threads and Beckham.

How did you start in fashion? It all started in 1980

of a discount culture and that’s not the way I see the brand going. We have pulled out of all the stores in the UK because of this, as it devalues our work ethic as a brand. We are concentrating more on our website, with a higher level of product and with more of what we call luxury workwear, working with various Japanese and Italian denim mills and manufacturing a large percentage of our garments in the UK. I am also consulting for William Hunt on Savile Row for his denim and casual line, which is a work in progress. We’ve been friends since the early eighties and I worked as his agent in the late eighties.

This issue has a focus on David Bowie, has he had any impact on your designing?

I wouldn’t say David Bowie has or had any impact on what we create or produce. However having said that, he certainly had a great influence on what we did in our younger days of going out, who you hooked up with, where you went, who you met and so forth, along with other artists of that generation and it’s these people who came into your life, that took you on your journey to where you are today.

“It is also becoming the nerve centre for creative technology and digital marketing and, not to forget, it’s the epicentre of music and fashion. It all starts here.”

after leaving Express Newspapers to start working at Stolen From Ivor. The next seven years or so was an amazing time working in Manchester, with varying kinds of shops and clubs opening, all with a very broad scope of genres. We were in the age of diversification. Coming out of disco and into the experimental period of divergent genres of music and fashion, from the new romantics to Bowie. All different types of people in the same club. It was mad. Diverse fashions were on show all over the place and what music you were into and who your pals were, basically dictated what you wore. As the months and years went by, more clubs and shops opened and fashion changed very quickly. I would say from my days at Express Newspapers in 1979, the casual movement started to become very big and more people were taking notice of what everyone was wearing such as Adidas, Levi and Lee - Lois Jeans were massive. Little gangs of jibbers were going on Euro trips and bringing back labels that had never been heard of, which were different and well sought after. It was really in keeping with the Casual movement of the time. Then the Hacienda opened in 1982. That just changed everything and almost overnight it all went to another level. What upcoming projects do you have for 2016? Since the

recession of 2008, the country has become more

What sets Joe and Co. apart from other brands? Joe & Co. is

what we call a premium luxury denim and apparel workwear brand. We don’t follow trends or fashion, we create and produce garments that are relevant to what we like. If the consumer likes what we produce and buys into what we have created, then that is the best feeling and compliment you can have. Where do you get your inspiration from? Our inspiration

comes from all sorts of weird and wonderful places. We take it from the turn of the Industrial Revolution, up to the 1950s and sometimes beyond. We pay homage to the icons of yesteryear, that epitomise the essence of cool and create a new take on past trends. Not just in our collective history but those of our travelling forefathers from across the pond, by using modern shapes and utilising the dead stock fabrics.

What’s been your biggest achievement in your career? To date,

I would say Josef Jeans was my biggest achievement. Starting the brand in 1987 with nothing but an idea and taking it to a household name within five years of inception.

Who would you choose to be your brand ambassador and why?

To be honest, everyone who buys a pair of Joe & Co. Denim or Apparel is an ambassador to the brand. They have gone out and actually bought one of our garments from their wages which they have worked hard for all month. If that makes them feel good, then it makes me feel even better. Of course, we would like a brand ambassador such, who wears our brand and wears it because he likes it, not because they’ve been thrown at them or they have been paid a fortune. Unfortunately that’s the way it is nowadays but if I had to pick, I would have to say Beckham! Is Manchester as a city important for your designs?

Of course. Manchester is my home town and has been since my great grandfather set foot here the later 1800s. It’s the home of the cotton industry and has so much history. It is also becoming the nerve centre for creative technology and digital marketing and, not to forget, it’s the epicentre of music and fashion. It all starts here. words: Sophie Parkin





Beauty trends with Cassie Lomas, celebrity make-up artist to the stars! In celebration of the iconic David Bowie, this issue’s images are inspired by the creative genius himself. Make-up is an art, as are fashion, music and many other influences and, just for fun or perhaps as an accolade to the late inventor himself, why not re-invent yourself - if only for one night?


ake-up doesn’t have to be neat. It’s about being free to be yourself so go all out and show your mood with eccentric embellishments. Use an eyelash glue to add beads, sequins and other adornments to your face or apply glitter using a cream base for it to stick to. Ensure your foundation is flawless underneath with the perfect amount of coverage. Product used: Mac Waterproof Foundation, £25.50.



hen I think about David Bowie the blue and red lightening bolt spring to mind, hence the colour theme. Reds and blues are great for looks that stan d out and, used together, can create a clas hing palette that really works. Choose the texture carefully. Sheen is easier to wear than matte but, either way with such brights, there will always be a nod to the seventies and eighties. Give defi nition where it’s needed by opting for a bright blus her you can use on the eyes, cheeks and con tours. Products used; Nars Dual Intensity Blus h, £30 and MAC Russian Red Lipgloss, £14.50

ontouring is currently the biggest mainstream trend. It’s been around for decades and was a favourite with Bowie.Contouring palettes are easy to use. Pick out darker tones to sweep into sunken areas of the face and use highlighting tones on the highest parts of the face that you want to stand out; such as the cheekbones, corners of the eye, brow bones and under-eye area. Product used: Becca Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette, £34

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Photography: Make-up: Hair: Styling Models:

Hannah Furness, Cassie Lomas @ Creatives Agency, assisted by Thea Braniff Caroline Shuttleworth @ Creatives Agency Ross Forsythe, VIVA Stylist and Art Director Beth Leader, Industry Models. Tom Bradley, Boss Models.


owie demonstrated that men can wear make-up and still be cool. You can either be blatant or blend it out so it’s barely there. A contour powder swept into the hollows of your cheeks and blended down towards the chin gives a defined jawline. Surely that’s got to be worth a go, guys?

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V I VA BEAU T Y FOR THE GIRLS... 1. Michael Kors Coral Perfume; MK’S new, limited-edition fragrance is a tantalisingly fresh scent of floral fruits infused with lemon and grapefruit. You will feel like you’re sun-drenched in the tropics! £78 (100ml), House of Fraser

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2. Sebastian Dark Oil; This oil harnesses precious natural ingredients to replenish hair from the inside out, with Argan, Cedarwood and Sandalwood oils. Leaving you with hair to die for. £30.40,


3. Bareskin, Sheer Sun, Serum Bronze; A silky, sheer bronzer and serum in one. It blends beautifully whilst being silky soft and adds a sun-kissed look with a radiant glow. £25, Selfridges


4. Origins Gloomaway Body Souffle; Not to forget the body. I love this zesty grapefruit soufflé which is absorbed quickly into your skin leaving it soft and smelling fresher than summer itself! £28, 5. L’Occitane Divine Cream; This cream certainly is divine. Its smooth texture blends into the skin leaving it feeling plump and fresh. Organic Immortelle essential oil, all the way from Corsica, is combined with seven active ingredients to deliver fantastic anti-ageing results. £74,


6. Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture; Providing twenty-four hour hydration, combined with anti-ageing properties to encourage a smoother, plumper skin. Shea Butter, Avocado, Sunflower and Olive Fruit Oils combine to deeply condition your skin. £55,

The Beauty Edit Give your beauty routine a kick start with VIVA’s top, must-have products. It’s all about new skin saviours, subtle blush and a fresh scent with a tropical feel.

FOR THE BOYS... 1. Dermalogica Shave Cream; For the closest and softest shave. This ultra-lubricating shave cream with Aloe Vera will condition and soothe any type of skin £20.10, Harvey Nichols. 2. Clinique For Men Anti-Age Eye Cream; This all-in-one antiageing eye cream is absorbed quickly, hydrates and corrects fine lines. £26, Harvey Nichols. 3. Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau De Toilette; With Citrus, spices, Vetiver and woody notes. These make up the ingredients of a classic, tailored and masculine man! £68 (100ml), Harvey Nichols. 44 | VIVA | w w w. v i va m a n chester.c



4. Lab Series Power V Lifting Lotion; An advanced lightweight lotion containing LS Power V Technology. Skin will amaze and defy gravity revealing younger-looking skin. £54, 5. L’Occitane Complete Care Moisturiser; Delivers five-in-one care - comfort, protection, soothing, anti-ageing and firming skin. Who needs anything else in their grooming cabinet? £32,






tina o'brien reports MY 2016 SO FAR…

I have been spending a lot of time with the children. We’ve been keen on finding new activities to try. Work has been really busy so far this year as the storylines at Coronation Street are really hotting up. My character is having a baby and there will be lots unfolding with that.


Viewers can expect a hard-hitting storyline coming up in which Bethany Platt is being bullied. It’s been great to film and Lucy (Fallon) has played the part fantastically. We’ve had some really good young actresses come through who have played the part of the bullies.


Acting was my dream from being a little girl, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I started out by going to drama classes from the age of ten and, aged thirteen, my drama teacher put me forward for my first role on Children’s Ward. After that, I featured in a Coca-Cola advert which was on during the MOBO Awards. I remember going into school the next day and everyone saying, ‘OMG Tina!’ We didn’t have social media back then, so being on an advert was a huge deal. When I was sixteen, I went to Corrie and, weirdly enough, Jack P. Shepard also played my on screen brother on a show we did together called Clocking Off.

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I’m really looking forward to the warm weather so we can enjoy days out with the children. I’ll be spending time catching up with friends. West Didsbury is one of my favourite places to go and enjoy food during the spring and I imagine, because my friends all have children, we’ll have a lot of childfriendly picnics.



With big storylines coming up, I’m going to be mega busy, so I need to start working on my summer body now. I do yoga once a week and I’ve just perfected the crow move. Yoga’s great because you’re just thinking about being in the moment. I’m hoping to start at Ultimate Performance very soon. I share a dressing room with Katie (McGlynn) and she’s been doing so well in preparation for her Trek with the rest of Team Vital. Good luck to all the girls taking part!

Love Tina x Follow Tina on Twitter @tinaob


How To channel

david bowie Tatiana Karelina reports on hair trends...


hen he made his industry debut in the late sixties, Bowie demanded the world’s attention with flaming red hair and bleached brows. He might have been a man but he had some of the most imaginative hair, make-up and outfits of the last half-century. There are a few looks he inspired us to try at Tatiana Karelina.

Bowie was not afraid of colour. You don’t have to be as full-on as he was to wear bright colours. Using a strong pop of colour in the right place can be a subtle touch on the Bowie trend and it is perfect for summer - which will be with us before we know it. There have been so many incredible Bowie beauty moments. For us the most iconic was his album cover for Aladdin Sane. The red and blue lightning bolt can only be associated with the rock ‘n’ roll glamour that was David Bowie. It was still synonymous with Bowie decades later when translated by another influential UK star muse, Kate Moss, for the cover of Vogue and, more recently, when it was revived again by Lady Gaga. Bowie had an uncanny knack of taking the obscure and unwearable and making it comfortable. He always managed to channel the avant-garde into mass appeal – who else could make gold lips and orange smokey eyes wearable?


The cover of Hunky Dory was inspired by Marlene Dietrich, which is the best reference ever. Be sure to smoulder extra hard when you work this look. At the time the album cover was shot, Bowie had long, wavy hair. This style is easy. Spray your hair lightly with water and braid it into two braids - if your hair is short, attach long, clip-in hair extensions prior to braiding. Spritz some hairspray on the plaits for extra staying power and blast the braids with hair dryer for a few minutes. Let the braids cool down before undoing them. When you undo the braids gloriously, messy seventies waves will be yours!


Life on Mars? is the first song we really LOVED. The look from the video was marvellous. Pop stars of today take note! The pale blue suit, red hair and dramatic make-up were striking. For this look straighten your hair, paying special attention to the ends. Pull it back as though you’re going to put it up in a ponytail then twist it up and over the top of your head so that the ends are falling in your eyes. Pin it in place with a bunch of bobby pins. TATIANA HAIR EXTENTIONS | Tel: 0161 236 4467 56 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ


Breaking out of depression With healer to the stars, Suzanne Elizabeth.


t’s time to break the cycle of negativity. If you are feeling depressed, you can easily get into a vicious cycle of negative thoughts, making it increasingly difficult to get yourself out of that downward spiral. Being in a depressive state can become more challenging than the difficulties that caused it in the first place. Depression doesn’t care who you are and anyone can be overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness. Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kanye West are amongst the millions of people around the world affected by depression. So where do you start to make those changes? You have to make a conscious effort to break out of the cycle and take important steps that will lift your mood and enable you to live the life you deserve.

1: Take note of your negative thought patterns and start to replace them with positive affirmations. This is something you need to do every day. 2: Get yourself out into nature, as excising regular

will not only lift your mood and increase your energy levels, it is also likely to improve your sleep patterns.

3: Don’t isolate yourself. Although you may not feel

like it, keep in touch with people. It is important for your wellbeing not to cut yourself off. It can be a great relief to meet and share experiences with people that are going through a similar situation, so consider a self-help group which can show you how others have coped and provide mutual support amongst the group. Groups are often led by people who have overcome depression themselves, so it can be inspiring as well as helping you lessen your own feelings of isolation. For help in finding local selfhelp groups, talk to your local MIND organisation or ask your GP.

4: Allow yourself positive experiences and treats

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good, to have wonderful experiences and for your life to flow with ease.

5: You may also like to consider alternative or

complementary therapies as they look at the person as a whole and do not just treat your symptoms. Practitioners can often spend more time with you than a GP can. They may offer treatments such as Reiki healing, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, reflexology, homoeopathy and herbal medicine, which many people have found helpful when dealing with depression. Take it from me, you can overcome this. Never give up. I will tell you what I tell all my clients, you are stronger than depression; there is a light at the end of the tunnel; it is time to connect with a deeper part of you that is ready to acknowledge where you are; start to let go of the past and believe in yourself that you can overcome depression and remember, stars cannot shine without darkness, so shine bright. @HolisticCoachUK


The Ultimate BODY


Part 1 – Structuring a nutrition plan. Head PT Matt Warner reports… Nutrition is a key aspect of any successful change in body composition and one that allows us to achieve truly staggering transformations at Ultimate Performance.


hen it comes to structuring a solid nutrition plan, it’s easy to become lost in the maze of misinformation and poor advice, so here are a few simple but effective steps to take that can make a dramatic difference to your results. Cut the cr*p. If you want to achieve a dramatic body composition change then alcohol and processed foods must go. No compromise. Ditch the booze binges, bin the chocolate and replace these with water and nutrient-rich foods. You can have the odd glass of wine but moderation really is key here! How much protein? How much fat? If fat loss is your goal then do the following calculation to set a baseline intake for protein and fat. Initially, carbohydrates should come from green, cruciferous vegetables. Eat as many of these as you like throughout the day.

Re-feed, don't cheat. After fourteen days of lower carbohydrate intake and consistent training, have a higher carbohydrate day. Add a good fist-size portion of complex carbohydrates to each meal then have a re-feed day every seven to ten days - depending on your rate of progress and energy levels.Plan ahead. Look at your schedule for the week ahead. Plan for inevitable social and work events and look at the best way of preparing your daily meals to keep you on track and avoid potential excuses for not being consistent.

Daily meal plan example: Meal 1:

175g Salmon Steak 25g Mixed Nuts Spinach

Meal 2: 175g Chicken Breast 150g Green Vegetables/ Salad Greens 1/2 Avocado Meal 3:

175g Cod Fillet

Meal 4: 175g 5% Fat Lean Steak Mince 150g Broccoli/Cauliflower 1/2 Avocado

Be consistent. Stay the course. Small changes each week will add to a spectacular and, more importantly, healthy transformation. Visit the Ultimate Performance website to activate your membership today. Or email for more information.

Body Weight (kg) x 2.2 x 1.2 = Total grams of protein per day Body Weight (kg) x 2.2 x 0.5 = Total grams of fat per day.

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We are celebrating Mothers this month, with a focus on those of you who juggle parenthood with a busy working schedule. Everyone says that your life changes when you have a child and this is especially true with work commitments. Find out how our three lovely ladies handle being businesswomen as well as being the most important person in their children’s lives

We salute you, ladies! You are the real superheroes and, for all you Dads out there who are also the ‘Mother’ in your child’s life, keep doing what you are doing. You are an inspiration. Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at VIVA.

words: Abbi Minchin

Laura & Leo photo: Karl Collins


aura Graham runs Vital Management and Publicity. Her son, Leo, is now four years old, and is in full-time nursery, giving Laura the chance to organise her busy schedule. That is not to say there wasn’t a natural worry when she found out she was pregnant. “I had a photo shoot nine days after Leo was born and I was dreading it.” Fortunately for Laura, Leo wasn’t much trouble as he slept all day. Working in media and PR has its advantages, as the industry takes childcare factors into consideration in terms of availability, which has worked well for Laura. “I struggled more than him when it came to returning to work,” says Laura, who found it hard at first to trust people being left alone with Leo. “On the odd occasion Leo gets upset when I have to leave him but after five minutes they send me pictures or videos of him having fun,” putting Mum’s mind at rest. Occasionally, Laura picks Leo up early from nursery or they take the morning off, giving them quality time outside of their

established routine.“Teatime, bath-time, story-time, cuddles and then bed.” The perfect routine for an irreplaceable bond. What is your favourite thing about being a businesswoman? I can plan my own diary which helps no end with Leo and I get to work with some very talented and charismatic people. The people I work with are the most important aspect of my business - be they clients or business associates - and I still find it very rewarding to see my work in print, even after all these years in the industry. What is your favourite thing about being a Mum? I can’t say one specific thing, I love everything about being Leo’s Mum. If I have to highlight one aspect, it’s the moments Leo and I share on our own. When I read him stories tucked up in bed or we play a silly game and he giggles along with me. He’s really trying with his speech and language at the moment and when he says a new word without prompting or reads a short sentence I feel so happy. It’s those moments I treasure. k | VIVA | 55

Collette & Luke photo: Karl Grieves


ollette Casey is a freelance hair and make-up artist. She and her husband have a beautiful son, Luke, who is now eight years old. Throughout Luke’s life Collette has always been conscious that there should be stability in his daily routine which, she thinks, is one of the most important things for a child. Relaxing in bed, talking about the day and discussing what is happening tomorrow ensures “no surprises for him,” making both their lives easier. Luckily, she was able to find a flexible child-minder for her son who was able to fit in well with her own advantageous freelance schedule. “I went back to work after three months,” Collette recalls, before gradually building up her hours over the following six months to allow Luke to transition well. Although Luke was in safe hands, Collette says that she felt terrible leaving him. This is an issue with which many Mothers struggle – the bliss of having a child (although it is not all roses) and them becoming an extended part of you before having to go back to the life you lived prior to their arrival. It is often difficult to identify a routine that works for you both. Collette praises her husband (we’re not forgetting about you, Dads!) and her parents for the help that they provide her with raising Luke.

“I couldn’t do it without them,” she says, as the nature of her job makes a routine very difficult to have. Her husband travels a lot, so their working days vary week to week but getting to experience the little things like attending concerts, awards at school and school trips, makes Collette realise how lucky she truly is. What is your favourite thing about being a businesswoman? I have been a make-up artist for nearly twenty years and I am so fortunate that I really love my job. I have been able to travel the world and meet amazing people. Working for myself and being in control of my own diary is wonderful – I feel I have a perfect balance between family life and work. I try my best to anyway! What is your favourite thing about being a Mum? Words cannot describe it. The love you have for your children just grows and grows, I never imagined it would be so amazing. I probably see him more than most full-time working parents see their children, so I am very grateful. We are a very close family. I guess the best thing about being a Mum is the whole experience.

Rebecca & Olive


ebecca Legon, VIVA’s very own Company Director, gave birth to her baby girl, Olive Lynton, in 2015 after wanting a baby for a while. Being self-employed had its disadvantages for the Mother of one, as she was working up until the day before her cesarean – a problem for many pregnant women. She remembers kneeling at her desk - as she couldn’t sit without sciatic pain - thinking “I must be the only pregnant person working up to the day before giving birth!” Rebecca did what she had to do and for that we applaud her. Despite the non-existent, pre-baby maternity leave, self-employment worked well for Rebecca and Olive. Rebecca went back to working on VIVA at home when Olive was just a few weeks old so, unlike with other children, there was a gradual transition. Juggling work and time with Olive has been almost seamless for Rebecca, which is not an easy feat. She has created a routine that gives her a sufficient amount of time to get her work done and spend quality time with her daughter. “I think it is important to spend the time that we need together when she is home,” says Rebecca which is why she uses her time wisely. From 9am till 4pm every Monday and Thursday, Olive is at nursery which gives Rebecca the time to be able to get down to business and deal with the demands of her VIVA role without any distraction and allowing her, on other days of the week, to prioritise her most important job – being a Mum. What is your favourite thing about being a businesswoman? I enjoy the work that we do with VIVA. It is always exciting. It can be very

stressful at times but it is great to be able to escape from being a Mummy into being a normal working person again. I am very lucky that I can dip in and out so easily. What is your favourite thing about being a Mum? Everything. I just love the unconditional love that you feel. You cannot describe it effectively until you are a Mum. I am very proud of Olive and everything she does from day to day – as are all Mothers, I am sure. Here is a little bit of extra advice for you expectant Mothers and Mothers currently transitioning back into work: •The best way to juggle effectively is to have a couple of trusted people whom you feel secure in leaving your child with if you do need to go somewhere. Also, plan your diary well. •Try and sleep when the baby sleeps, when you are very tired, you make daft mistakes. •It is important to ask for help. There is nothing wrong with that. Your loved ones will be happy to help out so that you can get some sleep. •You will feel guilty when you leave your child to go back to work but try not to be too hard on yourself. You are earning a living for both of you and it improves your child’s interactive skills and confidence to mix with other children and adults. k | VIVA | 57

Turning one! “Hello, Olive.” It’s the toddler years.


he toddler years have arrived! That’s it, my baby is now past the twelve-month benchmark and don’t I already know it. She has turned into a little diva with the odd tantrum here and there – definitely my little girl! I look at her now and she is just a miniature person in her own right with her own personality and crazy little habits, her likes and dislikes. I just find it fascinating watching her discover the world but I am sure it’s just a Mother’s love that keeps me so interested in her every step.

you have children, pre-planning is a must. Our holiday to Barbados last summer was fantastic - once we finally arrived - but the time difference really disrupted Olive’s sleeping and it took me three months to get her back into a good routine. So I am avoiding long haul and just considering the Med. It’s quite worrying with the world’s terrorist problems and there aren’t many countries that I feel safe travelling to but, after some investigating and a little persuasion from my Mother-inlaw, we have decided on Sardinia, which I’ve heard is extremely popular this year and conveniently just a two hour flight away – perfect for Olive.

What have we been up to? I have already been thinking about our summer holiday, I know we have just only started the new year but, once

I visited Sardinia back in 2013 for a VIVA press trip and I stayed at the five-star Valle Dell Erica Resort and knew, even then, that I would >


Mine & Olive’s top baby buys... return with my family. This ultraexclusive five-star resort really impressed me with their brilliant children’s and baby clubs (I hadn’t even had Olive) and I thought it would be perfect for Frank and Elfie (my stepchildren). So, remembering how great it was, I feel confident that all three children will be happy meaning that I will be able to relax at the spa and enjoy some much-deserved couple time. Olive is still enjoying her Monkey Music classes and we have moved up into the ‘Rock n Roll’ group - I love how she already has so much confidence. She is always the teacher’s pet, taking prime position at the front of class and looking back at me, thinking that she is very cool dancing away to the Monkey Music beats. I’m sure she is in early training so that she can take on her godmother (and now rival) DJ VIVA Ems! So, Olive turned one on the eighth of January and I decided to throw a little party with some of the Mombies (a nickname my partner calls us Mummies) and their little ones. The day was a fantastic turnout but Olive was teething so she cried most of the day while the other babies had the time of their lives running around our house causing chaos. I think I handled it quite well by sipping a few proseccos! No really, it’s a shame that she didn’t enjoy it but she certainly lived up to the saying “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to!” Hopefully she will enjoy her next party when she turns two. Potty Training: I am already thinking about potty training. She is only fourteen months old but hates wearing her nappy and I literally have to pin her down to get it on! I like the BabyBjorn Potty Chair. It looks good, comes in seven different shades, is sturdy and comfortable and, most importantly, it’s easy to remove and clean the inner potty while its splashguard should prevent spills. I will let you know how we go with this next step in Olive’s life.

Walking: I really thought that Olive would be walking by the time she turned one but she still prefers to crawl rather than taking her first steps. However, I do feel like it will happen any day now so I have bought these super-cute reins by Trunki, the Toddlepak Pink (called Betsy). So, once she is on the move, I will be able to keep her safe and close. Changing Bag: Using my changing bag all day every day it became such a mess that I have just invested in a new one. The Choopie Soho CityBag is stylish and in my favourite colour - black with a polka dot lining. The bag is very easy to use and springs open at the push of a button, enabling me to get out what I need quickly and easily. Playing: Olive loves her new Musical Rainbow Tea Party set by LeapFrog and plays with it all the time. You can actually hear it slosh when pouring! It lights up in six colours to teach colour names and plays seven songs so she has been having endless amounts of fun with this toy. First Clock: Olive’s sleeping well at present and we seem to wake up about the same time at 7am every day but, as she gets older, I want her to understand when is a good time to get up and wake Mummy. This Gro-clock is perfect and is very easy to understand. Basically she can get up when she sees the sun and sleep when she see the stars. Later on I can add in a digital clock (within the sun and stars picture) for when she is ready to read the time. Umbrella Stroller: With such a big family:- two small children; Olive; our big boy dog, Ralph and, occasionally, the Mother-in-law as well, I really needed a small, lightweight, compact stroller that wouldn’t take up too much space on days out. The Echo stroller, by Chicco, fits all my requirements and is comfortable for Olive whilst being functional for me. Stylish and ultra-compact with a carry handle suitable for lives like ours as we are constantly on the move! words & photos: Rebecca Legon

BabyBjorn Potty Chair £19,

Trunki ToddlePak Reins (Betsy) £17.99,

Choopie Soho CityBag £45,

Leap Frog Rainbow Tea Party Set £17.99,

Gro-clock £29.99,

Chicco Echo Stroller £109.99,


icon interiors - inspired by the late David Bowie


Luci Roper reports on this season’s interior design trends... ere at VIVA we are Bowie bonkers so in our interiors section we thought what better way to remember the great man than to get creative, break out our inner showman and come up with some fantabulous Bowie-inspired home décor ideas.

We enlisted interior designer, Luci Roper, to take a look at the fashion and pop icon’s influence. There are just so many looks, names and personas it would be impossible to reflect them all so we opted for one of our favourite looks and asked Luci to go full-on Ziggy Stardust. This over-the-top, glam style encompasses plenty to translate into interior design, including; colour, neon, geometrics, psychedelic patterns, metallics, glitter, cool lighting, pop-art and statement accessories. At VIVA we love it all!

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To create your own corner of Bowie heaven, simply choose your room, dust off those platform boots, throw on your craziest decorating outfit and let’s go. Wall décor is the starting point to transform any space and here it has to be orange in our opinion. For other ideas Luci recommends Little Greene’s Retrospectives range which contains authentic seventies colours including a brilliant shade of groovy orange called Marigold. Luci points out that seventies style has seen a huge revival in recent years. The retro look is nearly as popular today as >

it was back then and there are plenty of interior design and décor products to choose from. Whenever possible add glitter and sparkle to your life. This mantra fits perfectly with our Ziggy home style. Luci recommends for their fantastic range of reflective wallpapers. Maybe consider bold monochrome stripes on walls reminiscent of one of our favourite Bowie tour outfits his black and white bulbous cat-suit by Kansai Yamamoto. Black and white striped Mimi wallpaper by Harlequin hung horizontally fits the bill and will give real impact to your room. Once you have determined your wow-factor wall, Luci suggests you go white, light and bright in the rest of the space to avoid overpowering the design. No Bowie-esque room is complete without geometrics, zig zag patterns and a lightning bolt or two. A carefully chosen piece of Bowie art, with some printed cushions and maybe a highly patterned rug, will be perfect at this point. For something special why not commission Manchester’s very own acclaimed artist Jay Smith or produce your own tribute piece. Try a trip to Fred Aldous in Manchester’s Northern Quarter to grab the required canvas, brushes, paints and mandatory glitter. For Bowie super-fans redbubble. com have hundreds of cushion

designs to choose from and The Rug Seller, based in Trafford Park, has some groovy colourful chevron rug designs. BHS sells awesome lights in the shape of guitars (because Ziggy played guitar) and lightning bolts both of which come with vintage, circus-style ribbed bulbs. Add some well-chosen furniture in which to relax and admire your efforts. Go for retro styles, psychedelic patterns and velvet which best reflect the period. If budget is not an issue check out London-based jimmiemartin. com for punchy, unique, glam-rock, designer furniture creations, lighting and homeware. Finally, accessories always add the final flourish and, with such a kaleidoscope of funky, fun stuff around, there is plenty to go at. Luci’s favourite go-to shop, Home Sense, usually has plenty of these. Don’t set too many limits on your searches and purchases. Weird and wonderful finds, from a variety of sources, will all work well to enhance this style of interior. Most importantly, take your time and evolve the look. In the words of David Bowie

“I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” Luci Living Design Interiors Web: Tel: 0161 798 7654

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pring is just around the corner and the VIVA team is keen to get out and about - when the weather finally improves. Can we trust our fabulous British climate? Can we heck! Therefore, we’ve sourced a range of indoor and outdoor gadgets to keep you occupied come wind, rain or shine!

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Photos from left to right: Mercedes 800 limosene, Chrome Mini, Bowie himself behind Merc, Rupert the Riley, Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.


Bowie and wife Iman in Pagoda Coupé.


avid Jones, David Bowie, the Thin White Duke, whatever label you try and put on this Starman there is no escaping the fact that The Man who Fell to Earth was an enigma. Bowie wasn’t just an artist, he was Art itself. Everything about him was the expression of an intellect and artistry light years ahead of its time. Bowie’s work was the life of an Alien being played out in front of our very eyes. The scenes from the 1976 film ‘The Man who Fell to Earth’ - with Bowie sitting in front of an array of television screens watching the media world being played out in front of him - was so prophetic looking at the current obsession of people playing out their lives online today. One of the lesser known sides of Bowie’s life was his understanding and appreciation of great cars. He even alluded to this in his songs, the earliest being ‘Rupert the Riley’ in 1970, when his 1932 Riley 9 Gamecock, which he had to crank to start, kicked back the starting handle taking a chunk out of his leg! As Bowie’s success grew so did the stature of his cars and, by 1973, he was seen in the classic Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, quite apt for a Classic English Gentleman. Bowie had an eye for style and flair and it comes as no surprise that he had in his garage one of the world’s most gorgeous cars of that time - a stunning E-Type Jaguar. Bowie’s years in Germany introduced him to Mercedes. This fascination stayed with him for years and one of his most controversial modes of transport came in the form of the statesman-like Mercedes 800 limousine -much preferred by the world’s dictators - which ensured everyone knew when Bowie had arrived! Bowie, “I’m waving not saluting!” Bowie stayed with Mercedes through his golden years with his wife Iman (seen above at the wheel of a beautiful Pagoda coupé) and Bowie himself was often seen behind the wheel of a Merc. An iconic piece of Bowie automotive art came in 1999 for the fortieth anniversary of the Mini when Bowie created a Chrome Mini, now on display at the BMW Museum in Munich. Bowie said at the time, “I wanted to make something that could not be be distinguished from its surroundings.” A apt statement considering Bowie’s own chameleon-like persona. As for the song   ‘Always Crashing the Same Car,’ (1977) this was Bowie referencing his battle with his addiction demons. According to his biographer Paul Trynka, it shows Bowie’s own black humour as he was also trying to sell his old beat-up, black Mercedes at the time! Return to Stardust Starman.

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Seek the sun in Sardinia with Delphina Hotels...


t’s getting to that time where you are pining for a summer holiday. You barely got through January and February and now it’s March and life feels a little bit glum (especially in cold, rainy Manchester). Don’t worry though, Delphina Hotels & Resorts understands and is here to get you in the holiday spirit!

Costa Rossa is a stretch of coast in the North West of Sardinia - a brilliant green coastline, perfect for those of us who are Instagram-happy and ready for some sun. Beaches, bays, natural swimming pools with sandy bottoms and brilliantly coloured, crystal-clear waters will allow you to discover a new paradise every day. With eight properties nestled along the Gallura, (northern coast) Delphina offers a diverse range of facilities to suit all budgets and interests – all with a fivestar service ethos. New for 2016

5* Hotel Marinedda Thalasso and Spa The spectacular natural landscape that welcomes guests to the new five-star Hotel Marinedda Thalasso and Spa guarantees

a combination of relaxation, excellent value for money and an alternative experience in a genuine natural setting. With Junior Suites decorated by expert local craftsmen and Family Suites featuring interconnecting bedrooms to satisfy the demands of children, there is something for everyone. The Thalasso and Spa Centre, one of the largest and most modern wellness centres in the Mediterranean, offers four pure seawater pools, two saunas and a hammam with panoramic views over La Marinedda bay.

Panoramic view, Hotel Marinedda

For children, there is a full programme of sports and recreational activities on offer at the Mini and Junior Clubs. For couples, the splendid Executive Elicriso Suite has its own terrace and private Thalasso pool with heated seawater and a Jacuzzi for endless magical moments. >

Thalasso Spa, Hotel Marinedda

Private dining at Li Zini, Hotel Erica

For Natural Seclusion

5* Resort Valle dell’Erica Thalasso and Spa.

A true natural oasis and ideal escape comes in the form of the five-star Resort Valle dell’Erica Thalasso and Spa. It overlooks the fascinating, uninhabited island of Spargi and is just a few metres from a splendid, white sandy beach and small bays where crystal-clear waters lap against this unspoilt coastline. The resort is composed of two distinct hotels and features beautiful seawater swimming pools, connected by waterfalls and overlooking the nearby islands. An exclusive area offering panoramic sea views, privately accessed verandas and traditional Sardinian cuisine. The prestigious Thalasso and Spa Centre offers an oasis of tranquillity, treatments and facilities to relax and rejuvenate. For children, the Mini Club, Ericaland, offers fun and excitement, as well as unforgettable canoe excursions around uninhabited areas of the coast. For ten to thirteen year olds canoes, golf, Nintendo Wii, Playstation and X-BOX are all complimentary. Golfers can enjoy a picturesque eighteen-hole putting course and a three-hole pitch-and-putt golf course. For adults there are complimentary cookery lessons. Guests have the opportunity to go into the kitchen and cook traditional dishes with the Chef and the locals.

Thalasso & Spa centre pools, Resort Valle dell’Erica

Something for everyone... For Thrill Seekers Not one for relaxing on the sand twentyfour, seven? Don’t worry, Delphina offers a range of exciting sport and adventure activities for adrenaline seekers! Whether it be diving, trekking, martial arts or group sports – there is something for everyone! Park Hotel and Spa, Cala di Lepre is particularly focussed on highenergy, dynamic sports. For the Family Keep the children occupied with kids clubs across Delphina Resorts. In particular, Resort and Spa Le Dune offers the unique Fantasy Village. A child’s paradise complete with a play area, swimming pool, Indian reservation and cowboy fort; all designed to entertain and delight younger guests. For Radical Relaxers The Hotel Relax Torreruja Thalasso and Spa is the perfect getaway for couples or singles, where splendid sunsets over the sea at Isola Rossa provide a new sensation every day. This four-star hotel is ideal for setting out to discover the still unspoiled and charming coastline.

For Honeymooners Private pool , Executive Elicriso, Hotel Marinedda

For a traditional experience with all modern conveniences, the charming and intimate Hotel Capo D’Orso Thalasso and Spa is located in an unspoiled corner of the island. Find yourself often alone, swinging gently in one of the hammocks dotted along the coastal path. We may have just found your perfect honeymoon destination.

Private pool , Suite Arcipelago, Hotel La Licciola

For Culture Vultures For groups looking to immerse themselves in the local culture, Delphina offers a range of excursions to discover Sardinian treasures. Resort Cala Di Falco is particularly well located to visit local town and sites. Discover the ancient island through bespoke trips either on foot, horseback, bus, four-wheel-drive or in one of Delphina’s exclusive boats. For an Enchanting Escape Looking for a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life? Residence Il Mirto offers up a wonderland. The private marina is the ideal starting point for reaching the most beautiful places in the North of Sardinia, with uninhabited islands and transparent water. Be prepared for breathtaking views and the nagging feeling that you should quit your job and make the move permanent.

Website: Twitter: @DelphinaHotels | Facebook: Delphina Hotels & Resorts Sardegna



IVA London and Kiri continue their love affair with the City as they search out the best restaurants, desserts, fitness, fashion and travel in the wonderful place that is London Town. “There is no better city in the World, all we need is for the sun to shine.” Dessert Haven

top 5 london resturants to try in 2016

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Rotorino Dalston is chef, Stevie Parle’s, new Italian restaurant and bar on Kingsland Road in Dalston. Rotorino is open seven nights a week and is the perfect combination of style and delicious, uncomplicated Italian cuisine.

Rudie’s Dalston is a laid-back, good-looking, jerk-focused joint. The smoky aroma of jerked meat being grilled hits you upon entering the casual, light-filled room. Two stylish, palm tree-like wooden installations catch the eye, while reggae provides aural stimulation.

Expert Food Review Tom Gatehouse Finds Us A Dessert Haven. We’re sad to say it remains pretty chilly down London way. While coffee shops provide sanctuary from the cold, aren’t they all a little too same-y these days? Why not tuck into an éclair and a cup of traditional Basque hot chocolate instead? VIVA London has discovered the amazing Maître Choux in South Kensington where you’ll find arguably the best éclairs in the capital. Word is travelling fast about this little place which opened just last year - and no wonder considering they’ve a Michelin three star pastry chef at the helm! Joakim Prat used to work at El Celler de Can Roca in Spain (named the 2015 best restaurant in the world) and for Joel Robuchon in London. Now he has his own place serving stunning éclairs, choux buns and the aforementioned hot choc made with his grandma’s secret recipe. An all-season must.

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Duck and Waffle in the City is located on the fortieth floor of a Bishopsgate skyscraper, they are the highest restaurant in the UK, featuring unparalleled City views and a menu to match.

OPSO Marylebone is inspired by traditional and contemporary Greek tastes. They create modern Greek tapas based on high quality ingredients, most of which are supplied directly from Greece.

Arabica Bar and Kitchen is elevated and inventive Middle Eastern cuisine in a brick-lined space under the victorian railway arch in Borough Market.


The Perfect Body

London Music Leads The Way 3000 Bass announce record label. The brand amassed over thirty thousand followers on Soundcloud in less than twelve months, due to its free download policy and has just announced that it plans to set up a label. Having already given away tracks from the likes of Hostage, (Black Butter Records) Pete Graham and Hybrid Theory, we’re sure this is the one to watch for 2016. To find out more and to check out their free bass house downloads, check out 3000Bass. com and follow the links.

Here at VIVA London I am a massive fan of Pilates and I would spend everyday in the studio if I could but, as with everything, change is good and there is a new kind of Pilates in town - similar in many ways but just slightly improved. The Lagree Fitness Method and The Megaformer™ system of resistance and counter resistance is used to place muscles under constant tension and work them to failure point, a key to the method’s delivery of swift results. Created in Hollywood, it’s now in London and there is no question that, if you want to be bikini-ready, this is the place to go.

From London To Sweden

If you are looking to escape London and dip your toe into a different country, Sweden is the perfect place to explore. Our three hotel choices will be sure to make your travel experience complete. Story Hotel is a funky boutique hotel in the central Östermalm district in downtown Stockholm, it provides effortless access to everything the city has to offer. If you’re looking to get away from city life, the Copperhill Mountain Lodge is a gem in Sweden’s snowy mountains, more than seven hundred and thirty metres above sea level, rests this idyllic getaway. With the warmth of a family run operation and thrilling custom design, the lodge there is perfect for a weekend getaway. You can’t leave Sweden without staying at the Hotel Rival which is owned by Benny Andersson of Abba fame. It is tastefully decorated in classic boutiquehotel style with a modern art deco interior. It even has an on-site bakery and restored cinema. One not to be missed.

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


Healthy living; eat your way into 2016 with VIVA’s Good (and Healthy) Food Guide. Healthy Eating used to be all about mung bean misery but VIVA’s top restaurants offer exciting and enjoyable alternatives for those of us who need tantalising tastes and appetising appearances. Here’s our guide to premium places providing feel-good food that’s really good for you! words; Tereza Pevna

Superfood Salad

Street On 1st; The Ultimate Salad Heaven


f you are after a delicious and colourful bowl of salad then the Street On 1st is definitely the place to go. The restaurant offers a freshly prepared salad buffet, varying every day.

The biggest healthy eating trend for this year is colourful dishes. The chef says: “everyone eats with their eyes”, so the buffet offers twelve or more different and very colourful salads every day. The most popular, the Rainbow Carrots salad, includes every colour possible from purple and orange to yellow and white. We loved the Roasted Vegetables salad which included fried aubergines. Gluten intolerance is on the increase so Street On 1st offer gluten free bread and most of their salads are also gluten free. All you have to do is check with the knowledgeable staff in the restaurant. If you are not big on cold salads then the place offers healthy soups and paella - also gluten free.

What we really like about Street on 1st is the fact that if there is an item you like which is not on the menu, such as courgetti, the latest replacement for noodles, the chef is more than happy to whisk it up for you.

The price of the buffet is four pounds for a cold bowl or five pounds fifty for a hot one. You can pop in Monday-Friday from 12 to 2 pm or you can book a table by visiting us online, or calling us...

Web: Call us: 0808 234 1953 Chickpea Salad

Hanging Kebabs

The Botanist; Food Worth Hanging Around For!


rom Hanging Kebabs to BBQ Chicken and Salads, The Botanist on Deansgate is the perfect stop for lunch during your Saturday shopping spree with your friends.

Humous Salad

To cater for shopping in couples, pairs or groups, the Botanist Deli Board offers a perfect sharing starter. Our favourite (and very healthy) combo would be the humus, which is served on a beautiful leaf of red cabbage, Pomegranate and Minted Pearl Couscous, Poached Salmon Fillet and Roasted Red and Yellow Peppers.

prawns or beef, depending on your choice. But, if you are after something a bit lighter then we really liked the Avocado, Bacon and Stilton salad, which is also the most colourful and trendy dish The Botanist offers.

For your main you MUST try the Hanging Kebab! They come with chicken, lamb, halloumi,

Please visit The Botanist online or call them for bookings and special offers…

In terms of drinks, the place offers a variety of freshly-made juices, so why not treat yourself to a glass?

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Rosylee; Enjoy The Rainbow


he Northern Quarter is brimming with all sorts of lovely bars and restaurants so it’s hard to keep up. Rosylee, the traditional British restaurant, is the hidden gem for your healthy fix.

For starters we recommend the Mussels. We think these are probably the best in town, so it would be rude not to. Not a fan of mussels? No need to worry, the Daily Soup is just as good. For all salad lovers the Blackstick Blue, Apple and Roasted Almond salad is a must. It’s so colourful it will truly make your mouth water and this salad is surprisingly filling.

to) prove that vegetables skewers can be a strong game changer if the right ingredients are used. You can add a cheeky jacket potato for extra fuel if you have a long afternoon of shopping ahead.

Who said that BBQ is all about meat? The Inka skewers, with a strong combo of vegetables and mushrooms, (or chicken if you really have

Please visit Rosylee online or call them for bookings and special offers...

The Inka skewers

Rosylee Mussels

To wash it all down Rosylee offers a selection of mocktails including Bramley Apple Crush, Rhubarb Fizz and Hibiscus And Grape Cooler.

Web: Call us: 0161 228 6629

Blackstick Blue, Apple and Roasted Almond salad

Anglesey farmed Sea Bass

Don Giovanni; Enjoy A Fish Feast


onkfish, scallops, lobster, crabmeat, calamari, you name it and Don Giovanni will make it! Get down to Oxford Road and tuck in into a delicious fish feast.

This Italian restaurant prides itself on freshly sourced ingredients and the fish is delivered to the kitchen daily. We especially love the pan fried Anglesey farmed Sea Bass, which is also the most healthy dish on the menu - thanks to the extra virgin olive oil in which the fish is fried.

Insalata Di Butternut Arrosto scallops with Samphire Seaweeds

Apart from fish, Don Giovanni also has a wide range of delicious, yet healthy salads. We specifically have to mention the Insalata Di Butternut Arrosto, a colourful butternut squash salad with Goat’s cheese and toasted pine nuts out try the Insalata Di Prosciutto E Bufala consisting of

parma ham, Buffalo mozzarella, rocket and poached peach. If you are a seaweed lover than you have to try the scallops with Samphire Seaweed, we swear they are to die for! You won’t be left out even if you are gluten intolerant. The restaurant offers a range of gluten-free pizzas and pastas as well as risottos. You can wash it all down with a gluten-free beer. All you need to do is to ask your waiter.

Please visit Don Giovanni online or call them for bookings and special offers...

Web: Call us: 0161 228 2482

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t’s been all about hotels on the dining scene recently, all upping the ante with their eateries since new kid on the block, The King Street Townhouse, opened its doors. With Spring in the air it would be rude not to indulge in a stay-cation or two while they’re all trying so hard and you can grab a real bargain. We loved the camp chic of Hotel Gotham and its VIP Club Brass, while stalwart, The Lowry, surprised us with fantastic food at great prices from new(ish) Exec Chef, Andrew Green. King Street Townhouse (actually on Booth Street) bowled us over with its elegance and style but the menu doesn’t have the wow factor just yet. One top tip we were told, was to book direct as hotels will match comparison site deals and bung in a few extras. Check out our reviews on the VIVA website and see our thoughts on ABode Manchester in this edition’s VIVA Feeder.

It's tasty, tasty, very very tasty! Michael Caines' restaurant at Abode Manchester


e went for sheer indulgence at Michael Caines Restaurant in ABode Manchester, one of Manchester’s original boutique hotels. An oasis in the heart of Piccadilly and a gorgeous creative space to stay, the downstairs chic dining room offers two tasting menus, as well as à la carte. The work originally of ‘sleb chef Michael Caines and now in the capable hands of acting Head Chef, Mariusz Dobies. It’s a calm, peaceful and elegant dining room, offering superb service under the watchful gaze of Adrian Romea which makes it an ideal venue for an occasion - a proposal, a meeting to impress or a date night that’ll get your date on a plate after. You can pick your price range. The uber, gold-plated version is eight dishes long at £85 per person or £130 with matched wines but you can indulge and get a taste of the action from just £65 pp for a six course taster menu - much cheaper lunch deals are available too.

words: Emma Chadwick

We, of course, opted for the bells and whistles version and were entertained royally by sommelier Vladimar Mokry who is a corker of a wine buff. Passionate and spot on when it came to creating the perfect pitch of food and grape on your palate. Highlights for us were the roasted scallops, the duck liver served with a wonderfully buttery Chardonnay and the quail with a perfect Leyda Pinot Noir that got VIVA Ems drinking red wine. There’s a nuance of flavour to the dishes, a subtlety that uses every dot, dash, smear and splash, on the plate to create the final delight in your mouth. Rumour is that Caines will be ending his involvement with ABode but Mariusz Dobies creations and an able kitchen with the restaurant’s superb service, will keep the hotel in the spotlight and they promise big and exciting things to come later in the year. For bookings and further details visit k | VIVA | 75


SprING HAppY Hour SUZE SAVEURS D’AUTREFOIS APÉRITIF LYSHOLM NO. 52 AQUAVIT From Norway, an aquavit expression designed specifically to be perfect for mixing with cocktails! Flavours include Norwegian caraway, star anise, coriander, bitter orange peels and ginger. Available at Amathus, RRP £27

A classic French apéritif liqueur, (and a rather handy cocktail ingredient) Suze Saveur d’Autrefois has been produced since the late 1800s! Expect notes of gentian, bitter-sweet herbs, fresh orange and vanilla. Why don’t you experience the Ting Fizz, exclusive to Corridor Bar in Salford! Suze Saveur d’Autrefois mixed with Hayman’s London Dry gin, lavender and Ting! Available at, RRP £38

Photo: Georgie Glass, | Location: Corridor Bar,

LUSCOMBE WILD ELDERFLOWER BUBBLY Luscombe have been making beautiful drinks since 1975 at their farm in Devon, including the Wild Elderflower that uses elderflower picked in full sun in May and June. A delight with party nibbles like smoked salmon canapés, mini-quiches, warm cheesy puffs (gougères) or creamy strawberry gâteaux and cupcakes. Available at AbelAndCole., RRP £5.99 for 4 bottles.

Brought to you by Manchester-based Dave Marsland, aka. the Drinks Enthusiast... HIVER HONEY BEER With the use of Urban London, English Blossom and Heather honeys, Hiver Honey Beer offers a golden straw colour and opens with an inviting, honey and biscuit aroma. Perfect for charcuterie plates, chicken caesar salad, Manchego, Pecorino, pulled pork sandwich, lemon-roasted chicken and a BBQ platter. Available at shop.hiverbeers. com, RRP £16 for 6 bottles.

CHIVAS REGAL 18 YEAR OLD WHISKY A richly indulgent blended Scotch whisky, the Chivas Regal eighteen Year Old was personally created by Master Blender Colin Scott and includes over twenty single malts from around Scotland. The IWSC 2014 trophy-winning, blended Scotch whisky. Expect orange peel, vanilla, hints of spice and dark chocolate. Available at Selfridges, RRP £69.00

DOUBLE DUTCH DRINKS Named after their Dutch heritage, Double Dutch founders and twin sisters, Joyce & Raissa, shared a frustration that, whilst the quality and choice of spirits keeps improving, the market for accompanying sodas remains as bland, generic and mediocre as ever. Seek out Double Dutch Cucumber and Watermelon or Basil and Pomegranate for alternative mixer choices with gin, vodka, tequila or rum! Available at Harvey Nichols, RRP, £1.25 each

REGAL ROGUE DRY VERMOUTH Regal Rogue is born out of a desire to bring merriment back into vogue through the lost art of raising a glass and toasting the ones you’re with for the perfect apéritif or digestif moment. With a flirtatious liaison of native Australian aromatics, marrying their savoury character with the Sauvignon Blanc grape, enjoy before or after a relaxed meal with friends. Available at Selfridges, RRP £19.99



anchester’s premier independent bar and restaurant group, M.A.D Ltd, celebrated their success in style with an extravagant party to thank staff for a bumper 2015 and were joined by a host of the city’s stars, including Coronation Street’s Catherine Tyldesley, Katie McGlynn and Bruno Langley. The party also included DJ sets from MAD residents, Gareth Brooks and VIVA Ems (supported by May Ellie Crick playing live sax), which got the stars and staff dancing on tables. The company, who own and operate iconic bars and restaurants throughout the city including, Hula, Walrus and The Fitzgerald, celebrated another successful year. The independent group, based in the Northern Quarter, is a favourite with celebrities from the cobbles, musicians and DJs from Manchester’s famous music scene and the city’s footballers. MAD have big plans for Manchester and beyond, so expect another big year in 2016.

A MAD Bash To Celebrate A Bumper Year



he first surprise of the night saw MC Tunes take to the stage to mark his place as host. The moment the audience had been anticipating then arrived. Mike Pickering and Graeme Park made their applauded entrance. The surprises continued as Bez made his way to the stage, flexing his signature moves toVoodoo Ray. Later, Peter Hook took to the stage for an amazing performance of Blue Monday. The orchestra added wonder to an already perfect song as MC Tunes introduced Shaun Ryder to the stage. His presence, alongside Rowetta and Bez sent the crowd nuts and an unforgettable performance of Hallelujah followed. The production came to an end as Ryder and Bez left the stage to Rowetta for a performance of You got the Love; her voice as powerful as ever. The event will be back in the Summer for a special performance at Castlefield Bowl on Saturday 2nd July.

Haçienda Classical : Anthems Re-imagined

words: Amelia Ryder | photos: Elspeth Moore

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King Street K Townhouse Launch

ing Street Townhouse, celebrated its opening with a star-studded launch party during January. Media guests and VIPs were invited to experience all the unique features that the Grade two listed building has to offer and were shown around the hotel before heading up to the roof lounge for canapés and champagne. Surrounded by unrivalled panoramic views of Manchester city centre, guests were entertained by DJ and Sax duo, Leo & Jesus and used the photo-booth to capture their memories from the night. Part of the Eclectic Hotels collection, King Street Townhouse is housed in a rare Italian Renaissance building which has been sensitively renovated with the finest quality fittings and furnishings to set the standard for luxury, personality and craftsmanship in Manchester city centre. Townhouse has become the go-to location for leisure, business, weddings and events. The pièce de résistance is the spectacular rooftop Infinity Spa Pool, for the exclusive use of hotel residents and the south-facing roof terrace, an unforgettable event space available for private hire.

Beneath Deansgate railway lines stands Atlas – a quirky but elegant bar and café. Over the past two decades, it has become an icon in our city, for its quality and homely atmosphere. During this period, Atlas have become specialists in gins from across the world and now stock over two hundred and sixty brands. The eclectic nature of Atlas Bar makes it the perfect place to stop on your way to work for a breakfast barm and a coffee, as well as the venue to visit on your way home after a long day. Are you more of a weekend socialite? Then their beer garden and terrace will be your favourite hangout spot as we creep into Spring. Upgrade from school-time bunsen burner activities and take part in a science experiment like never before. For twenty pounds, you and a friend can both indulge in four different gins, plus two different types of tonics and botanicals, presented in beakers and conical flasks – perfectly set up for your next Instagram pic. During your participation, you will be educated in the history of gin, as well as being shown some of Atlas Bar’s favourites by their own expert bartenders. Whether you’re a first time gin-drinker or a connoisseur of the delectable spirit, this tasting board experience has something for you. If something more educational tantalises your taste buds, then take part in the Atlas Bar Gin Master Class. At the enticing price of just twenty pounds per person, you will be treated to four different gin and tonics – each of which, have their own unique story and have been part of the development of gin throughout the ages. An extra five pounds per person will get you some accompanying nibbles, so you can make an evening of it.

Atlas Bar 376 Deansgate Manchester M3 4LY 0161 834 2124

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supper club calendar Life becomes a little bit glum at the end of the month. Pick yourself up with Atlas Bar’s Supper Club, hosted on the last Tuesday of every month. Don’t deny your social calendar the exclusive opportunity to drink, dine and devour the information given by selected gin ambassadors. For twenty-nine pounds per person, you will be treated to a gin and tonic on arrival; a three-course meal based around the gin at the heart of the supper club and a neat taster to accompany each course. With only thirty places available on each date, be sure to book your space for one of the events below.

march with Thomas Dakin


This particular gin is packed full of heritage and history. The key botanicals include Red Cole, also known as horseradish, Coriander seed and Juniper. Thomas Dakin was a key figure in British distilling during the eighteenth century. A new distillery is set to be built in Manchester City Centre to produce Thomas Dakin gin. So, along with this and gin festivals galore, could we be set for a gin revival?

a p r i l with Slingsby


Slingsby gin is made with the finest, naturally-sourced botanicals. The taste offers an initial inkling of refreshing rhubarb and citrus, before moving on to a smooth herbaceous sweetness from the juniper botanicals.

M a y with Caorunn


Carefully handcrafted in the Scottish Highlands, Caorunn gin embodies wild sophistication as it infuses five locallyforaged and six traditional botanicals. This beautifully versatile spirit adds the perfect notes to any classic or contemporary cocktail.

Breakfast: We are open from 8am, Monday to Friday, with food available until 3pm. Breakfast is served all day and food is offered 12-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. From 8am until 11am, Monday to Friday, take-out coffee is just a pound or three pounds with a breakfast barm. A breakfast barm on its own will cost you just two pounds - extra fillings are a pound each. All of these are made by Beehive Food. Did we mention we use our own superb, unique blend of Atlas coffee?

It’s that time of year again when you’re thinking about summer and longing for those warm days. This year, VIVA are bringing you our festival bible early so you can make great plans leading up to your favourite season. Be prepared to dig out your Hunters, strap on those bum-bags, get creative with face paint and even work towards that summer body as we bring you our most eclectic guide yet. We’ve picked our favourite events so, whether you want to pitch your tent in muddy British fields, make your adventure a family affair or travel the continent, we’ve got something for you.

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PARKLIFE WHERE: Heaton Park, Manchester DATE: 11th - 12th June LINE UP: The Chemical Brothers, Busta Rhymes, Bastille, Jamie Jones, Arman Van Helden and The Martinez Brothers. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 2016 sees the return of Parklife Festival, a Mancunian institution with a host of the biggest names in the world of house, dance, indie, pop and hip-hop. Brought to you by Manchester’s very own legendary Warehouse Project. It’s set to be even bigger and better than before. Celebrating their seventh successful year Parklife is set to host yet another festivity in the fields. @Parklifefest

3. GLASTONBURY WHERE: Somerset, England DATE: 22nd - 26th June LINE UP: Coldplay and more to be announced. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: It’s the festival of all festivals - Glastonbury is back. Somehow the festivities seem to go up a level as the festival of contemporary arts returns with more delights up their sleeve. Notorious for hosting some of the biggest renowned names in music, the festival takes place over a five day period with much more on offer than just music, including a wide variety of acts like comedy, plays and a circus, which are only a sample of what the festival has to offer. Keeping quiet about the upcoming events, Glasto have given us a taste of what will be happening by revealing that Coldplay will be one of the amazing headliners to take to the stage over the weekend. @Glastofest

WHERE: Southampton & Oxford DATE: 23rd - 24th May LINE UP: Duran Duran, Craig David, Primal Scream, plus many more. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Common Festival is a feast of the finest live music and DJs around from the multi-award winning Bestival team. They’ve given us a little extra with a peerless two day urban shindig on a sunny Bank Holiday. The festival unites all tribes under Southampton and Oxford skies as the partyfuelled affair takes place. The festival invites you all to enjoy spring with them in the spirit of a true Bestival party. @CommonPeopleSO | @CommonPeopleOX

4. WIRELESS WHERE: London, UK DATE: 8th-10th July LINE UP: Coming soon. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The ultimate summer party in the heart of London is back. A weekend full to the brim of class acts in pop, urban, dance and r&b music, the festival is renowned for getting some of the biggest acts in the world down South. With the line-up yet to be revealed, we have the promise of previous years being amazing to help anticipate this year’s acts. With a reputation as one of the Capital’s musical highlights, it’s set to be an amazing weekend full of epic acts.  @WirelessFest





BEAT-HERDER WHERE: The Ribble Valley, Lancashire DATE: 15th - 17th July LINE UP: Basement Jaxx, Happy Mondays and Clean Bandit. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Those who say the low-key festivals are always the best, have definitely got it right with Beat-Herder. Returning for its eleventh year and rightly so, Beat-Herder is ready for another wild party. Well-known for its unique set-up in the beautiful Ribble Valley with stages such as the Fortress - which comes complete with flame throwers, towers and people dressed very funkily. Get ready to party up in the woods and have your hippest, most eccentric outfits at the ready. @Beatherder


WHERE: Lowther Deer Park, Lake District DATE: 28th - 31st July LINE UP: Rudimental, Kelis, Madness, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Redlight, plus many more. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Kendal Calling invites you to celebrate in the fields with them again this year. This small festival with a big attitude continues to grow each year, having gone from a two-day gig with a capacity of nine hundred to a three-day bonanza with a capacity of twelve thousand. Its star-studded line-up promises unforgettable memories in beautiful surroundings. The stars are big or up and coming, the stages range from immense to quirky huts, it’s one for everyone. @KendalCalling


WHERE: Downend, Isle of Wight DATE: 8th - 11th September LINE UP: The Cure, Carl Cox, Bicep, Hot Chip, plus an array of musical genius’. VIVA LOVES: The four-day music festival returns with a vengeance. After the announcement of the unbelievable new Spaceport stage, holding a twenty metre high Rocket we know it’s not to be missed. The feelgood festival continues to pioneer with some of the best names in music, in the most creative spaces a festival could bring. Its uniqueness is what makes it sell out every year promoting peace and love for everyone that is there. The music isn’t the only thing that Bestival is in demand for, you can also enjoy carnival craziness and the tranquil setting of ‘Slow Motion.’ @Bestival 52 | VIVA | w w w. v i va m a n chester.c 84 | VIVA | w w w. v i va m a n chester.c

FESTIVAL NO.6 WHERE: Portmerion, Wales DATE: 1st - 4th September LINE UP: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Bastille, David Bowie reimagined and more. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Set in a completely magical and breath-taking Welsh village, this festival keeps on getting bigger and better. All music genres are represented alongside other expressive arts such as punkpoetry, brass bands, a comedy stage and a plethora of arts and crafts. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia, this class act is the biggest small festival around. @festivalnumber6




READING & LEEDS WHERE: Reading/Leeds, England DATE: 26th - 28th August LINE UP: A$AP Rocky, Aluna George, The Courteeners, CHVRCHES, DJ EZ, Duke Dumont, Fetty Wap, The Vaccines, and so many more. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The annual pair of rock music festivals returns to music lovers. The festival may be short but it’s anything but limited. Having bagged a massive five headliners - Foals, Disclosure, Red-Hot Chill Peppers, and now Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy - the extensive line-up is ready for an immense weekend. With a fresh new look for this year’s festivals, Reading and Leeds will not disappoint. @OfficialRandL

Sónar WHERE: Barcelona, Spain DATE: 16th - 18th June LINE UP: Jamie Woon, Fatboy Slim, New Order, Richie Hawtin, DJ, EZ, and The Martinez Brothers along with more of the biggest names in music. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The international festival that knows how to party has two identities, Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night. Since its inception back in 1994, its first class reputation underpins creativity, technology and partying all under one umbrella. Taking place at various venues around Barcelona, from pool parties to concerts, this playful few days guarantees sun and the best names in music. What more could you want? @SonarFestival


11. HIDEOUT WHERE: Zcre Beach, Pag, Croatia DATE: 26th - 30th June LINE UP: Jamie XX, Skepta, Andy C, Jamie Jones, Adam Beyer, Stormzy, MK, plus extra special guests Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream and Seth Troxler. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: This Croatian festival, held over five nights, takes place at Zcre Beach. From pool parties, boat parties to after parties, this festival has it all and the chance to catch a nice golden tan. With over one hundred DJs and some of the best names in the business, Hideout takes place at six openair venues, with something to do from when you wake up to when you watch a magical closing set as the sun comes up. @hideoutfestival

SECRET GARDEN PARTY WHERE: Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, England DATE: 21st - 24th July LINE UP: Air, Caribou, Maribou State and Primal Scream. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Shortened to SGP, this festival is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and creative around. Set in ten acres of garden containing a river and a lake, SGP is colourful, mysterious and a true escape from normality. With this year’s theme being The Gardener’s Guide to the Galaxy, prepare your best costume and get ready to enjoy a weekend of weird and wonderfulness. @SecretGardenHQ




V FESTIVAL WHERE: Weston Park, Staffordshire DATE: 20th-21st August LINE UP: Sia, Little Mix, Faithless, David Guetta, Jess Glynne, Rita Ora, Lethal Bizzle, Sigma, and more. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: V Festival is back and it’s bigger than ever, having just announced massive headliners, global chart royalty - Justin Bieber and Rihanna. It’s definitely one of the most in demand festivals this year! To celebrate the penultimate weekend in August and to finish summer off with a bang, V Fest - sponsored by Virgin Media - is set to be a jam-packed weekend full of sun, good vibes and amazing music. @vfestival

EXIT WHERE: Petrovaradin Fortress, Serbia DATE: 7-10 July LINE UP: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Solomun, Nicky Romero, James Zabeila, Bastille, Wiz Khalifa, Ellie Goulding & Bastille. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Started as a student protest fighting for political change and freedom, EXIT continues to spread positive vibes in the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad. With a host of different stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels, EXIT welcomes you to enjoy artists from a diverse mix of musical genres. Just a short ride away from the Serbian capital Belgrade, this beautiful medieval fortress provides the perfect backdrop. @ExitFestival


15. SZIGET WHERE: Budapest, Hungary DATE: 10-17 August LINE UP: Bastille, Bloc Party, Chvrches, Bring Me The Horizon, MØ and Sum 41. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Having just landed the award for Best European Line-up at this year’s European Festival Awards and having picked up the Best European Festival award in 2015, this is certain to be another standout year for Sziget festival. Situated on the picturesque Óbuda Island, in Budapest, this is the go-to cultural event for arts and music lovers looking for the ultimate festival-holiday experience. Sziget invites everyone to express themselves on their self-proclaimed Island of Freedom. @szigetofficial 52 | VIVA | w w w. v i va m a n chester.c 52 | VIVA | w w w. v i va m a n chester.c 86

BILBAO BBK LIVE WHERE: Bilbao, Spain DATE: 7-9 July LINE UP: Pixies, Tame impala, Foals, M83, Hot Chip, Years & Years, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett and Wolf Alice. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Set against the breath-taking backdrop of Kobetamendi Hill in culture-rich Bilbao, Bilbao BBK Live invites forty thousand revellers to enjoy an unparalleled musical line-up, combining the biggest names with fresh new talent. This year’s festival promises to be one of their biggest and best yet! @bilbaobbklive




OASIS WHERE: Morocco, Marrakesh DATE: 16-18 September LINE UP: Dixon, Tale of Us, Derrick May, The Black Madonna, Bicep and Hunee. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Oasis brought a unique new festival experience to Morocco in 2015 with its debut event at the Fellah hotel in Marrakech. Soundtracked by the ultimate blend of house, techno, disco and electronica, the sizzling Moroccan sun ensures a laid-back festival vibe by day as guests cool off in the pool, unwind with daily yoga and massage, enjoy authentic local street food, and revel in the spectacular views of the nearby Atlas Mountains. As night falls, the dancefloor brings the heat, as the finest DJs and live acts perform under captivating star-lit skies. @theoasisfest

WHERE: Umberslade Farm Park, Warwickshire DATE: 3rd–5th June LINE UP: Super Furry Animals, Mercury Rev, Television, Badly Drawn Boy, The Zombies, Os Mutantes, Matt Berry and The Maypoles, Bentley Rhythm Ace & many more. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Lunar is musically diverse with something for all the family. Featuring a vibrant range of arts, crafts, activities and games complemented by delicious artisan food and drink from across the region. There is a wide range of camping and accommodation options including Bell Tent and Tipi hire, gypsy bow caravans and local hotels. @lunar_festival





WHERE: The Garden Resort, Croatia DATE: 29th June–6th July LINE UP: Horse Meat Disco, Hunee, Jackmaster, Job Jobse, Joy Orbison, Midland, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Prosumer and Roman Flugel and many more. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Love International is the spiritual successor of the original acclaimed Croatian odyssey, the Garden Festival and seeks to build upon the decade’s worth of magic created already in the region. By day an harmonious holiday beneath the sizzling sun yet, by dusk as the beats shift gear and introduce each balmy night beneath a canopy of stars, the intimate setting holds a unique energy, soundtracked by some of the world’s leading underground DJs and producers. @LoveIntFestival

WHERE: The Garden Resort, Croatia DATE: 4th–8th August LINE UP: Channel One Sound System, Riot Jazz, Romare, Harleighblu, Clap Clap, Akala, Josey Rebelle and many more. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Soundwave takes place in the beautiful and enchanting Garden Tisno, a mesmerising piece of paradise hidden on the Dalmatian coastline. Soundtracked by the some of the world’s finest exponents of broken beat, reggae, afro to acid jazz, hiphop, soul, funk, drum and bass and more, the festival is an harmonious and beatific odyssey which seamlessly merges a sublime holiday and musical escape like no other. @soundwavecro


Capital Breakfast with Rob Ellis Weekdays 6-10 am


apital had a huge 2015 which we finished in style in London’s O2 Arena at our annual Jingle Bell Ball with Coca-Cola. Coldplay, Little Mix, David Guetta, Justin Bieber and loads more took to the stage during two sold-out nights, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December. Check out all the highlights at! We didn’t mess about when it came to big prizes to round off the year either. Capital’s Cash Call ran throughout October giving you a chance to bag a share of a mega £500,000. It’s fair to say a few Capital listeners had a top Christmas on us! In December we flew somebody out, VIP style, for five nights in Vegas, then we sorted out a load of listeners with seven hundred and fifty quid to spend at Manchester Arndale – just in time for a Christmas shopping spree! No biggie though, it’s just what we do. Rob tried so hard to start off 2016 with a bit of a health kick. So we thought we’d put him to the test on ITV’s Ninja Warrior course – can you guess how that went? If you want to see a sixteen stone man trying to fit into a Spiderman costume and taking on one of TV’s most extreme assault courses, check out the video on our Facebook page now. Manchester isn’t short of mega-stars stopping by this year with the likes of Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo and Little Mix to name but a few! Good thing we’ve got tickets for all of them, init? We kicked off the giveaways in Capital’s Call My Name during January. Wingman was out on the streets of Manchester giving listeners chance to be at the hottest gigs of 2016! Of course, we held back a few so we’re not done yet! If you’re still going strong with ‘New Year New Me’ then you should check out ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. It will be heading for the Emirates, Old Trafford in 2016 and once again Capital will be there. You’ve got until the end of March to get registered but places are always snapped up quick, so get on it now. You can even run in support of Capital’s charity, Global’s Make Some Noise. Get involved!

Rob, Rachel & Wingman


VIVA’s Band on the Radar: queen Bee and the Drones

words: Sophie Parkin

here’s a new band in town who are ready to bring something different to Manchester. Queen Bee and the Drones only started out in October 2015 but it’s looking like the sky’s the limit for this group, who have already started to make their impact on the music industry. A sweet name for a hard-core band, Queen Bee and the Drones symbolises its Manchester roots with the Bee and also fiery lead singer, Firouzeh - who claims she’s got a “bit of a sting.” It was suggested that the name was too cheesy but it was quickly approved by the rest of the (male) band members. The band’s chosen genre is Symphonic Metal, a mix between the usual heavy metal that you can do your head-banging to but with the voice of an angel (Firouzeh) and the accompaniment of a keyboard. The multicultural group all bring an ambience from each of their backgrounds which makes the band so distinctive and divergent. Each member has a long history


ITV’s Ninja Warrior

in music, with previous bands and solo careers but have never quite found the perfect members to form their ideal band. The protracted wait is finally over, as Firouzeh, Mario, Patrick, Greg, Grant and Adam can each finally say their searches have been fruitful. Mostly tight-lipped about what’s in store for their future, the band gave us an inkling of what’s to come. With a couple of gigs up their sleeve and a whole lot of writing and recording, we can expect to hear a lot more from the group. This softened metal genre is something that Queen Bee and the Drones want to flourish as they believe it could really triumph in the industry. They believe it’s time to make a change in the prototypical ways of music, a new form of music is ready to make its impact and Queen Bee and the Drones are first in line to show you how it’s done.



The Jean Genie David Bowie, This was the first Bowie song I ever listened to and I was completely blown away by the beat and lyrics. It still sounds fresh to this day, even though it is over forty years old.

The Man Who Sold the World David Bowie, Having completely fallen in love with Bowie’s music, I started collecting anything that he had done previous to Aladdin Sane. This track has such a great laidback and mellow feel to it; listen to the lyrics and see where it takes you.

Suffragette City David Bowie This is from one of the ultimate Bowie albums ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mar’ and ‘Suffragette City’ is one of the best rock tracks on it. My Bowie fanaticism had taken off and I was into anything ‘Bowie’ including the clothes, hair and make up.

Right - David Bowie 1975 was the year I moved to London and remember buying the album ‘Young Americans’ and thinking how different it was. Bowie doing soul and funk? But it works and this track ‘Right’ is just full of funk. I just love the complicated middle section that Bowie put together with a young Luther Vandross which you can catch on one of Bowie’s films on ‘You Tube.’

The Passenger - Iggy Pop David Bowie collaborated with and wrote for a lot of different music names and none more influential in the punk world than Iggy Pop. ‘The Passenger’ seems quite tame compared to the on-stage antics that Pop and his band ‘The Stooges’ got up to.

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Walk on the Wild Side Lou Reed Lou Reed has always been a favourite of mine, ever since Bowie, together with Mick Ronson, produced Lou Reed’s ‘Transformer.’ ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ is, to my mind, one of Reed’s masterpieces of story-telling about one of the characters that were involved in Andy Warhol’s New York studio ‘The Factory.’

All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople David Bowie wrote this song for Ian Hunter’s band, ‘Mott the Hoople’ in 1972. This version has Bowie singing along with Ian Hunter. It is regarded as one of Glam Rock’s anthems and is definitely a great singalong tune.

Children of the Revolution Marc Bolan and T. Rex This wonderfully cool tune with Bolan’s smooth voice just makes you want to strut your stuff down the road without a care in the world. A classic glam rock track. Bowie, a friend and musical rival of Marc Bolan, appeared on his TV show called ‘Marc’ shortly before Bolan lost his life in a car accident in 1977. k | VIVA | 89

Ten mancs TERRY CHRISTIAN by Karin Albinsson

Photo and words: Karin Albinsson Eighteen years have past since Terry and I did our first shoot. This time we met up for coffee, a chat and a shoot in his local watering hole, the Bubble Room in Bramhall. TERRY CHRISTIAN is a Mancunian with Irish parents. He is best known as a controversial journalist and TV and Radio presenter who often gets in trouble for ‘not mincing his words.’ When Terry’s parents married in 1947 they moved into a rented upstairs in a house in Old Trafford where Terry, his two brothers and two sisters were born (his youngest sister was born in hospital). During Terry’s childhood, the money was short but there are fond memories of treats such as the family holidays at Pontins in Blackpool and of times in Ireland visiting his Father’s relatives. The things Terry enjoyed most at Primary School were playing football and collecting Batman cards and, in terms of work, writing stories - once he grasped the concept of reading! Later on, at Thames Polytechnic, Terry studied applied biology, set himself a low standard, failed to maintain it, got kicked out and ended up on the dole in 1980/81. His break came when, as a politically aware teenager, he was chosen to be one of 100 youngsters from inner-city Manchester taking part in a discussion show by World in Action. As we all know Terry can talk, which he did, came across well and was offered a job at BBC Radio. The rest is history. I asked Terry how important ‘The Word’ was for his career. “To be honest it had a negative effect on my career. I went to the show with clear ideas and eight years of experience presenting Radio Shows. The press portrayed me as a scally from Manchester and the production company hung me out to dry!” Terry explains that the most important part of his career has been when he has had a say and been able to make a difference. At the moment he is a regular columnist for The Sunday People, continues to work on his stand-up comedy Naked Confessions of a Recovering Catholic and is writing his next one, Rebel without Applause while still appearing on Channel 5 and Radio 4. He adds, “To be fair I never had a career, just a series of jobs but I have enjoyed the freedom of that.” And my last question? How do you describe a Manc? “We are friendly but sort of hard-boiled and we often call a spade a shovel!” 90 | VIVA | w w w. v i va m a n chester.c

VIVA loves this ‘ALION SANE’ Limited Edition David Bowie Tribute print by Ink Inc. who are based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Only 10 prints have been made and a £20 donation from the sale of each print will go to The Christie Cancer Treatment Hospital in Manchester. For more info go to:




n January 10th 2016 after a long battle with liver cancer, the world lost David Bowie at the age of sixty-nine. Although Bowie was known mainly as a musician, he was also an accomplished actor with a number of roles that were not musically related. The editors at VIVA have asked me to put together a few words about his acting career and achievements. The most famous of his roles in film was in the epic adventure movie Labyrinth, directed by Jim Henson and produced by George Lucas, this holy trinity of creativity generated a cult film of now legendary status. The story was led by the enigmatic performance of Bowie as Jareth and, in this role, he utilised his unique vocal quality and styling alongside the fact that he was a hugely distinctive individual. There was something odd about him that made him fascinating. Though Labyrinth was a masterpiece, Bowie’s occasional acting forays date back as far as 1967 when he was just twenty. He achieved critical acclaim for his rôle as an alien in The Man that fell to Earth and later broke new boundaries as Major Jack ‘Staffer’ Celliers in Merry

Christmas Mr Lawrence. The memorable soundtrack, coupled with an encapsulating performance full of depth and conviction, make this my personal favourite. This movie features a sequence where Bowie’s character is buried up to the neck in sand as a punishment. The closeups capture Bowie’s eyes which appeared to be two different colours which wasn’t heterochromia, contrary to popular belief, but rather anisocoria (a permanently dilated pupil) resulting from a childhood accident.

Bowie: The Man that fell to Earth

Perhaps the supernatural and heroic qualities that Bowie projected in many of his characters were reflective of a side of himself that he referred to in this quote “I always had a repulsive need to be

something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘F*** that. I want to be a superhuman.” This was typical

of his attitude and arguably the reason he was so uninhibited in his life and his work. His creativity always stayed at the cutting edge and he was never afraid to embrace difference, new ideas and approaches. In the acting world that is very appealing and made him an enticing proposition. Bowie: Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

Of course, Bowie made a number of appearances in film and TV over the years, both as himself and as his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. The curiousity about him never really died down which was due to his ability to stay current and continually reinvent himself while retaining the qualities that made him the person we knew him to be. He, of course, had a massive influence on the music industry so perhaps the greatest accolade we can pay him is that his work is timeless and enduring, constantly being used in films and televisions dramas. That’s because the music stimulates such strong feelings. Bowie took his talent for emoting in music into his acting with an ease that was impressive and humbling. I doubt we shall see his like again. He was a true legend. words: Darren R L Gordon Twitter: @DarrenRLGordon / @DNA_ACTINGCLASS

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - March 25th 2016

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C Comics continues its development of the universe that they hope will rival the phenomenal success of the Marvel’s Avengers. This film will be part of a huge push to chronicle the evolution of The Justice League, a collaboration of DC’s biggest superhero names. Superman becomes embroiled in a plot to defame him and one particular incident brings him into direct conflict with an ageing Batman who, once again driven by a thirst for vengeance, is eager to take on the Man of Steel. Henry Cavill returns as the man in the red cape in a sequel that looks to be on target to vastly improve upon the original in this series. One which, at best, flattered to deceive. The most controversial casting is Ben Affleck in a role that Christian Bale took to another level. Amy Adams plays Lois Lane and look out for Jeremy Irons as Alfred. This film is pivotal to the launch of DC’s world and we should see cameos from other heroes such as The Flash.



isney re-imagines Rudyard Kipling’s classic book. The original animation of this childhood tale certainly holds a place of affection in my heart but this version looks epic, exhilarating and is weighted by a voice cast that includes Idris Elba as Shere Khan; Scarlett Johansson as Kaa; Bill Murray as Baloo; Christopher Walken as King Louie and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera. I’ll be encouraging my Godson out to the cinema to see this one with me (purely as his chaperone).

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Captain America: Civil War - April 29th 2016

eth Rogan returns as the harassed family man, Mac Radner, who is just trying to live a peaceful life with his wife and child. The problem is that his neighbours have other ideas. Having dealt with the frat-house issues in the prequel, the Radners now find themselves having to tackle a wild Sorority house fronted by the brilliant Chloe Grace Moretz. More madness and hilarity ensues as Mac calls upon an old adversary, Zac Efron, to be his ally.


e can look forward to another few years yet of superhero films and, for every good one, we get a few turkeys (Fantastic Four, The Green Lantern). So which side of the equation will the third slice of Steve Roger’s antics slip into? Well, this looks to be the jewel in the crown of this trilogy. Controversy and tension over the presence of the extremely powerful individuals who make up the Avengers stimulates political involvement that eventually brings the Captain into direct conflict with Ironman. When superheroes clash, there are clearly going to be fireworks but Marvel really succeeds because it draws its audience into the emotional world of the protagonists, asking key questions that are relevant to everyday life. Stuck between loyalty to your dearest friend and your responsibilities, what would you do? Is it a coincidence that, in a year when DC has Batman V Superman, Marvel also showcases two of its most marketable brands in direct conflict? Do you believe in coincidence? Neither do I.


Money Monster - May 27th 2016


odie Foster directs this tense thriller starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and former Skins star Jack O’Connell. A TV presenter - Clooney - is taken hostage live on set by a desperate man - O’Connell - who reasons that he has lost everything due to the show. A web of deceit and double-dealing is revealed as the lives of each of these people unfolds on national television.



Cirque du Burlesque VENUE: Cirque DATE: 30th Jan 26th March TICKETS: From £8 Enjoy a night for the whole family. Cirque Du Burlesque is a wonderful evening of weirdness. Adele The stunning venue has a magical VENUE: MCR Arena feel of freakiness; from fire DATE: 7th - 11th March performers to a live jazz band TICKETS: From £35 and burlesque plus everything Adele comes back with a in between. Revel in decadence vengeance as she makes her and style with a glass of the finest Manchester Arena debut in March. champagne and sit back and The critically-acclaimed star watch a night full to the brim of continues to wow with her vocals kooky and fantastic antics. as she sets out on tour following the release of her third album, 25. It’s a night not to be missed as she could go MIA again!

Absolute Bowie: David Bowie tribute VENUE: MCR Club Academy DATE: 5th March TICKETS: From £15.40 In aid of our David Bowie issue it is only right to introduce our readers to a night of uncanny accuracy. This collective is the only Bowie tribute band to be personally endorsed by Woody Woodmansey (drummer with Bowie’s band). Be prepared for a musical journey remembering the utter brilliance of Bowie.

Chicago: The Musical VENUE: Opera House DATE: 21st March 2nd April TICKETS: From £15 Get your jazz hands and feather boas ready for this night of musical madness. Join Roxy Hart and the rest of the crooked gang and see why this musical is the number one, longest-running, American musical in Broadway history. Think fishnet tights, trilby hats and scandal and be prepared to be wowed.

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Little Mix VENUE: MCR Arena DATE: 24th March & 7th April TICKETS: From £28 The world’s biggest girl group returns to Manchester Arena with their Get Weird UK Tour. The four girls, Perrie, Jesy, Leigh-Anne and Jade have even added an extra date for the us lucky Northwest lot. The quartet will be performing their hit songs DNA and Love Me Like You as part of their new album. Get ready to sing your heart out.

Armin Van Buuren VENUE: Albert HaLL DATE: 27th March TICKETS: From £30 The man from Holland, who has dominated the dance music scene for the last decade, is back with a unique one-off show on Easter Sunday. Grammy nominated DJ and producer, Armin Van Buuren, returns to the UK for a special and exhilarating night in the amazing setting of the Albert Hall.

Dynamo VENUE: MCR Arena DATE: 1st - 2nd April TICKETS: From £27.75 And for Dynamo’s next trick? A sell-out tour that’s going to wow the audience like never before. The man who’s walked on water, predicted the World Cup and levitated above the shard is back with his biggest challenge - two live shows in Manchester. The UK’s best magician will prove why seeing is believing and why this a not-to-be-missed show.

Breakfast At Tiffany’s VENUE: The Lowry DATE: 12th - 16th April TICKETS: From £16 Women want to be her, men want to be with her. Starring multi-award winning Pixie Lott as the elegant Holly Golightly. (Audrey Hepburn in the movie) Truman Capote’s classic tale sees a sophisticated adaption with a hint of sparkle. The play has all the memorable songs from the era but with a new lease of life from the iconic 1961 film.


SHOWS&GIGS Kygo VENUE: MCR Academy 1 DATE: 21st April TICKETS: From £18 Kygo returns to the UK with a very special show at Manchester Academy. The twenty-four year-old Norwegian has broken into the dance music world and, following on from an amazing 2015, has soared in the music industry. The Cloud Nine Tour has been compared to dreams as the producer continues to make a splash. With tracks such as his remix of “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran, it’s destined to be a wonderful night.

Mamma Mia VENUE: The Palace Theatre DATE: May 10th 4th June TICKETS: From £15 Mamma Mia, here we go again! Get yourselves to the Palace Theatre for a night of ABBA’s top tunes, feel good music and a real life version of the hit film. Set on a Greek island, a story of love, family and friendship unveils before you. The unforgettable musical returns to Manchester continuing on from thrilling audiences around the world. Get your Dancing Queens ready!

UB40 VENUE: MCR Apollo DATE: 27th April TICKETS: From £35 British reggae-pop band, UB40, are coming to Manchester to entertain the city. Since reforming in 2013, the trio have kept that feel-good and cool feel that the fans love most. Still Britain’s most successful Reggae band, the three piece are ready to embark on their UK tour, continuing to reign and prove they know rhythm and riddum.

Il Divo VENUE: MCR ARENA DATE: 14th May TICKETS: From £28 The men with the big voices return to Manchester Arena as part of their 2016 tour. Il Divo will stop off in Manchester for their tour following their latest album, Amor & Pasión. The four men are said to be getting better and their voices growing with time. This shouldn’t be missed.

Geronimo Festival VENUE: Tatton ParK DATE: 29th - 30th May TICKETS: From £20 Get the family out for a funfilled day at Tatton Park. The Northwest’s biggest Children’s Festival is back and has hundreds of activities to enjoy for children aged two to twelve, plus a host of CBeebies characters such as Mr Bloom and Swashbuckle. From watching a Circus, zipping down a high-line for little daredevils, getting arty in the arts and crafts section, petting at the zoo plus many more activities, it’s set to be a day full to the brim of entertainment.

Derren Brown VENUE: The Lowry DATE: 6th - 11th June & 11th - 13th July TICKETS: From £36 The man who has been named the master of psychological illusion is back by popular demand. The dark manipulator of magic and mind control will return with his one-man show that is said to be better than ever. Derren Brown comes back to Manchester bringing his Miracle tour, following on from a 2015 sell-out tour. The pessimists become the believers and the believers were astonished. Sit back and be prepared to be speechless.

AC/DC VENUE: Etihad Stadium DATE: 9th June TICKETS: From £45 Rockers AC/DC head to Manchester as part of their European tour, Rock or Bust. This follows their huge year head-lining at Coachella and kicking off the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The headbangers will be joining us at Manchester Arena for a oneoff show. Get your air guitars out.

Stone Roses VENUE: Etihad Stadium DATE: 15th - 19th June TICKETS: From £49.50 We couldn’t talk about Manchester Gigs without bringing up this gem. Vocalist Ian Brown and his fellow band members return to where they belong in Manchester. The legendary four-piece return to the city following their three huge shows at Heaton Park in 2012. Dust off your bucket hats and get your beers out.

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VIVA Spring 2016 The David Bowie Special Limited Edition (issue 24)  
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