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Win tickets to 28 summer music festivals

Win tickets to the Vintage festival (pictured) and much more from page 36 Editors: David O’Coy & Kerry Thomas | @davefused | @kerryfused Writers: Laura Arrowsmith, Hannah Coates, James Drakeford, Ross Fisher, Lee Hall, Jonathan Price, Jennifer Nimmo-Smith, Danann Swanton, Amy Wakeham Front Cover: Courtesy of Latitude Festival by Marc Sethi Content Image: Courtesy The Vintage Festival

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Gary Hume: Flashback

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street, WV1 | @WolvArtGallery Until 7 July Wolverhampton Art Gallery is currently showcasing a collection of works from contemporary UK artist Gary Hume. As the third addition to the Arts Council Collection’s popular Flashback series, the exhibition aims to offer visitors an insight into Hume’s celebrated career, tracing the multi-awardwinning artist’s steps from his 1988 graduation from Goldsmiths College right up to his present day achievements. The exhibition will feature an exclusive mix of both influential and experimental works, outlining trends and progressions in Hume’s unusual and somewhat haunting artistic style.   The Kent-born artist originally gained international recognition in the early 1990s from painting lifesized representations of hospital doors, many of which will be on display at Flashback. Hume then went on to be the first YBA to win the Jerwood Prize in 1997, the first to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1999 and the first to be elected to the Royal Academy in 2001.   The collection will include a mix of the artist’s acclaimed abstract pieces and brightly coloured paintings, a handful of which were inspired by his relationship with famous collector Charles Saatchi. Additionally, a selection of Hume’s experimental gloss-on-aluminum pieces from the mid-1990s will be displayed, alongside various works from Wolverhampton’s own collection, curated by Hume himself to compliment the occasion. JP 04


Light House Gallery Wolverhampton Chubb Building, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT | @lighthousemedia Until 13 July Acclaimed Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden hit Wolverhampton’s Light House Gallery with the UK debut of his latest street photography exhibition, A Beautiful Catastrophe.   The city-focused exhibition takes its name from influential architect Le Corbusier’s famous term for the unique metropolis of New York, ‘a beautiful catastrophe’ and aims to highlight Gilden’s fascination with streets and structures, capturing the people, presence and atmosphere of life in the Big Apple since the early 1980s. The unique collection of observational images on display embodies Gilden’s trademark style of confrontational, energetic street photography that range from spontaneous people-shots, making striking use of ultra-bright flash, to exuberant street images and landscape pieces. JP 07


PHARAOH: King of Egypt

Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG), Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 Opening Hours: Mon - Thur, Sat: 10am-5pm, Fri: 10:30am-5pm, Sun: 12:30pm-5pm Tickets: Adult: £5.00, Children (5-16): £4.00, Family of 4: £15.00 | @BM_AG 14 July - 14 October 2012 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is hosting the UK’s largest ever exhibition of ancient Egyptian artefacts on loan from the British Museum. PHARAOH: King of Egypt features amazing objects from the British Museum’s world-class collection, and allows visitors of all ages to explore the myths and realities of kingship in ancient Egypt. The exhibition includes stunning examples of sculpture, jewellery, papyri and funerary objects. Alongside monumental statues and beautifully carved stone reliefs from ancient temples and glittering gold, the exhibition also features more unusual objects. The colourful inlays used to decorate a pharaoh’s palace; diplomatic letters to Egypt’s allies inscribed on clay tablets; the wooden bow of one of the king’s troop commanders; and an ancient water-clock decorated for a Greek king on the throne of Egypt will all be on show. Andy Horn, Exhibitions Manager at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery comments: “The exhibition showcases some of the UK’s most fascinating ancient Egyptian artefacts, and it complements Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s own impressive Egyptian collection”. Alongside the exhibition and throughout the summer break there will be plenty of Egyptian-themed family activities on offer. 09


The Art of Motion

The Public, New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG Open: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm*, Sunday, 11am - 3pm *Open daily during the summer holidays, 23 July to 31 August / @_the_public Until 9 September Exploring movement and fascinating ways in which the body can be used to create electronic art The Art of Motion uses the latest digital technology to shape artwork that evolves around the person interacting with it. Highlights include Traces, a newly commissioned artwork that reflects participants movements, Noisy Table, a music playing table tennis table and Cyclomation 2, a pedal powered animation. Traces, encourages the user to adopt the role of performer. Using a depth sensing camera and custom made software, participants movements are visualised into a series of ribbons and particles as they wander across the exhibition space. Make music and sounds whilst playing a game of table tennis with exhibition, Noisy Table, by Will Nash. The vibrations created by the ball striking the table during play trigger sounds and noise sequences, broadcasting them live, directly back into the game - the result of which is a new alter-table-tennis experience, as much about the manipulation of sound as it is about winning the game. Cyclomation 2, an interactive and engaging piece of art, based on an original concept by Steve Chamberlain, will take visitors on an enthralling journey. Using a custom built machine, they’ll be able to create their own interactive movie using pedal power. 010


Glass Games Region-wide 1 June - 30 September

Cinémathèque de Tanger Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, The Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HL 2-3 June and 9-10 July, 12-5pm

A summertime of shows, workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations that highlight the talent and creativity of artists and craftspeople working with glass are planned throughout the region. Once a national industry, glassmaking skills are now kept alive by a small number of organisations and independent artists. Glass Games highlights our living heritage and gives everyone a chance to be amazed, intrigued and inspired to have a go at this fascinating artform.

Ikon’s Slow Boat, has been transformed into a floating cinema as part of Yto Barrada’s RIFFS: Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year 2011 exhibition. Named Cinémathèque de Tanger after Barrada’s own Morrocan cultural centre in her hometown of Tangier, this highly unique attraction will be providing visitors with a rich programme of films touching on issues of migration and exile, art and theft, and the shared experience of cinematic escape.


THE VOYAGE Victoria Square, Birmingham @thevoyage2012 Free outdoor public performance 10pm, 21-24 June 2012

Art in the Dancehall The Drum Arts Centre 144 Potters Lane  Birmingham, B6 26 June - 13 July

Birmingham Hippodrome will be working with the UK’s awardwinning dance theatre company, Motionhouse, and Australia’s worldrenowned physical theatre group, Legs on the Wall to produce a dramatic spectacle in honour of the Olympic Games. Birmingham’s Victoria Square will be transformed to a working ship yard. Using high wire, massive projections from award-winning Logela Multimedia, daring aerial acrobatics, song and dance, an enormous passenger liner will be constructed before your eyes, and subsequently used as a stage for the drama to unfold.

Shimmy Shimmy (www. presents Art in the Dancehall, a celebration of dancehall’s vibrant design and illustration history, from 1980 to the present day, including archive records, posters and flyers never exhibited before in the UK - from Limonious to Sassa - alongside foundation Greensleeves artist Tony McDermott and new artists from across the world keeping the tradition alive. The event runs as part of BASS 2012 and in conjunction with Jamaica 50.



Bedwyr Williams Ikon Gallery 1 Oozells Square  Brindleyplace, B1 @ikongallery Until - 8 July

Boyd & Evans Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS @ikongallery 18 July - 2 September

Bedwyr Williams observes the world with a sharp eye and wry humour. His work includes a wide range of media, including performance, sculpture, painting and photography, and explores such things as what it means to be an artist living in his native Wales with big feet and a sense of the absurd. Through the flamboyant costumes of his multiple artistic personae, we catch a glimpse of self-revelation, a command of cultural and art-world mythology, as well as a gentle reflection on the human condition. This is the most comprehensive presentation of Williams’ work to date in the UK.

Artist-couple Boyd & Evans have been working together since 1968. Their paintings, while highly representational, have a perspective, scale and composition that often edge closer to the surreal. The air feels thin, time frozen and gravity suspended in their dreamlike pictures. Photography has also become more central to their work in recent years, with shocks of colour penetrating landscapes of the American Southwest. With selections from over 40 years of their work together, Ikon is proud to present Boyd & Evans’ first major survey exhibition.


Wonderful Watercolours: Views of Coventry and Warwickshire Herbert, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 Until 22 July

MARTIN CREED – ALL THE BELLS Across the UK 27 July 2012, 8-8.03am

Showcasing the Herbert’s fine collection of watercolours, this exhibition will display over 100 views of Coventry and Warwickshire, creating a visual record of over two centuries. Alongside familiar scenes, such as Kenilworth Castle and Warwick Castle, there are views of picturesque villages and a reminder of the glories of old Coventry in views of the city’s medieval gates, buildings and streets.

Turner Prize winning artist and musician Martin Creed, has been commissioned to compose a musical piece utilising bells to mark the beginning of the Olympics and is calling on anyone who owns a bell to ring it on the 27 July at 8.00am for three minutes, to celebrate the opening of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012. Martin’s own performance will be played on Radio 4 at exactly 8.00am and will be a signal for the rest of the country to start ringing their bells. Whether you planned to wake up for the beginning of the games or not, the likelihood is somewhere not too distant will be a bell to rouse you. 015


Curious Visitors Aston Hall, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6JD 30 June - 9 September

From Highfield Road to Wembley Way Herbert, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 Free Entry Until 1 July

Take a fresh look at Aston Hall’s beautiful interiors as it houses key works from the Arts Council’s Collections. Contemporary sculpture, paintings and photography sit alongside 400 year old pieces. The Jacobean mansion provides a stunning backdrop to showcase these extraordinary works of contemporary art, creating a unique visitor experience this summer.

From Highfield Road to Wembley Way celebrates one of the greatest FA Cup finals of all time and looks at how a football team can unite a whole city. Using photography, film and memorabilia from fans and players, the exhibition guides the visitor through a brief history of the club, each game of the 1986-7 cup run, the memorable final and the return of the conquering heroes.



Caroline Achaintre, Sara Barker, Alice Channer Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR Until 28 July

GODIVA AWAKES Coventry 28 July - 5 August

Caroline Achaintre, Sara Barker, Alice Channer is a three person exhibition forming the space of the gallery with discreet and autonomous moments of object making via careful labour. Exemplifying a strong resurgence in material practices across the UK the three artists produce sculptural works exhibiting precise languages of process, material or contextual manipulation. With a nod to the long lost divide between abstraction and figuration their divergent works take positions of foreground, background, figure, ground and architecture as a scene of unrelated moments forced into dialogue.

Bringing to life the legend of heroine, Lady Godiva of Coventry, Imagineer Productions will resurrect the mythical figure as a six metre, largescale puppet of constructed out of lightweight materials. Operated by a team of puppeteers, Godiva’s movement and expressions will be achieved through a combination of a traditional puppetry and modern animation techniques. She will be powered by a team of 100 cyclists on a specially crafted Cyclopedia, designed to run on sustainable power – a key message of the project.


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Good Sport The New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery Square, Walsall, WS2 8LG Until 1 September

Antony Donaldson: Take Five Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street  Wolverhampton WV1 1DU Until 3 November

Good Sport is a new group exhibition that celebrates taking part, whether as a skilled player, passionate fan or avid collector. The exhibition includes work by Neville Gabie, artist in residence at the Olympic Park until December 2011. There will be a selection of Gabie’s Playing Away photographs, which show makeshift goal posts found in unexpected places.

British Pop artist Antony Donaldson is celebrated for his paintings of ‘pinup’ girls and racing cars, and his sculptural works inspired by the Art Deco architecture of Los Angeles cinemas. This exhibition displays early works from the 1960s and ‘70s alongside a selection of recent paintings produced in France.



tHe Herbert: summer season

ANImATION WORkShOpS 16 June & 23 June, 10am-2.00pm Free A fantastic opportunity for families to work with a professional animator to create a piece of stop motion animation film, inspired by football! Participants will have the chance to look around the commemorative exhibition from Highfield Road to Wembley Way, using this as inspiration during the workshop the participants will then create their very own stop motion animation, learning the process from start to end, this will include looking at sets, character making and filming.Call the Herbert on 024 76294774 to secure your place. mONSTERS OF ThE DEEp 21 July - 9 September Free Be enthralled by the Monsters of the Deep…this unique CGI prehistoric aquarium shows the marine reptiles that swam Earth’s seas millions of years ago as the dinosaurs roamed the land. DINOSAuRS uNCOVERED 21 July - 6 January TICKETS: Adults £5.95/Children £4.95/Under 4s FREE/Family £18.00, Tickets on sale – 1 June 2012 Travel through 250 million years, and discover some of the most iconic and awe inspiring creatures to walk the Earth. Featuring amazing life-size dinosaurs, real and replica fossils and holographic video presentations by wildlife expert Chris Packham, this thrilling exhibition will help you uncover the truths about dinosaurs and the world they dominated. Starting in the Triassic Period, when dinosaurs first appeared, the exhibition follows their growth and success through the Jurassic Period to their ultimate extinction at the end of the Cretaceous Period, around 65 million years ago. A truly interactive experience, children can design their own dinosaur skin and colour with the popular Dino-Paints, test their knowledge with the Dino Age and Dino Buster and gain an interactive view of Earth’s history. 020

hISTORY huNTERS 31 July - 24 August Uncover new and exciting things about the collection and the prehistoric lives of the monstrous visitors in Dinosaurs Uncovered! TuESDAYS - 10.30am & 11.30am Digging for Dinosaurs, Free Become an archaeologist for the day and discover the mysteries beneath the sand! Booking for each session will open 1 week prior to the session. Please arrive promptly. Spaces are limited to 20 children per session. Sessions last for 45 minutes. Check the website for The Herbert’s weekly arts & crafts sessions on Wednesday’s & Thursday’s and talks on Friday’s. All Free of charge.


Leading the revival of Birmingham’s knitting scene is Sara Fowler, lead of knitting group Stitches and Hos, who has recently been busy launching the K2TOG (Knit 2 Together) project; a colourful installation of knit-graffiti that will cover the exterior lower columns on the outside of Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery. This concept was generated to commemorate the visit and stay in Birmingham of the Jamaican and US Olympic teams over the summer with the knitted piece consisting of six colours (red, white, blue, green yellow and black) which represent the colours of both team’s national flags and the Olympic ring logo. Individuals, schools, colleges and community groups from across the region have been invited to contribute to the piece. By working with these groups the age old hobby will be handed down to people who are open to learning a new skill or have little experience in traditional crafts. Whether you are a knitter, an artist, or someone who simply wants to be apart of this memorable piece of art, then get involved by knitting your section. Don’t worry if you haven’t a clue where to start because the K2TOG Pop Up shop in the Pavilions Shopping Centre (unit 13 lower ground floor) has been set up to teach you how. The shop is open until Friday 27 July, Wednesdays - Saturdays 12-6pm and Sundays 12-5pm. LA 022



Various locations throughout Birmingham | @punchrecords 19 June - July 13 Britain’s only month-long celebration of Black music and arts, BASS Festival will be launching a diverse programme of events, focusing primarily on music and art, to celebrate the influence of Black culture on British lifestyle and creative talent focussing specifically on the influence of Jamaica. Across the course of the festival, concerts, exhibitions and dance performances will be popping up across the whole city in various locations across Birmingham including the Custard Factory, The Jamhouse, mac Birmingham, Library Theatre, PST, The Edge, The Drum, The Rainbow and Hare and Hounds.   The highly anticipated launch night will include the premiere of a new Jazz work from Black British musician, David Grey and will give rise to the opening of an all new art exhibition from Birmingham-born painter Mark Anthony Carrol. Highlights of the festival includes a performance from Dread beat/ Punk artist Junior Murvin and London-based soundsystem The Heatwave. This Reggae/Dancehall rave spectacular will feature one of the hottest rising female MC’s in the UK; Birmingham’s own RoXXXan (pictured). Dub scene legends Channel One are set to play an intimate set of Roots Reggae and spoken-word theatre piece while Same Difference are forecast to take Birmingham’s Library Theatre by storm.   Produced by Birmingham-based Punch in association with various other music agencies, BASS 2012 will explore the impact of Black culture on the UK, from the effect of Dub on British clubbing culture right up to how Dancehall is gradually transforming street fashion.   Since its beginnings as a record store in 1997, Punch has slowly developed into a major ideas-led organisation, concentrating on large scale touring projects and education work. Working with mainstream and grassroots organisations this summer, Punch are aiming to ensure that BASS 2012 turns out to be the biggest British celebration of Jamaican culture to date. JP 025


Various venues throughout Birmingham / / With the city celebrating Jamaica’s 50 years of independence this summer with a collection of street parties and events as well as welcoming the Jamaican Olympic team with open arms those from outside the area might be thinking to themselves, why Birmingham? Ever since Bob Marley played at Birmingham’s Odeon Theatre in 1975, in a performance which Steel Pulse singer David Hinds claims left him “shocked, flabbergasted and dumbstruck”, there has always been a market for Jamaican music in Birmingham. With Jamaican bands such as The Twinkle Brothers performing at Birmingham’s Reggae City on June 2 and Jimmy Cliff performing in May it is clear that there is still as strong an interest as ever. According to Robin Don from Birmingham reggae act The Friendly Fire Band, it has now gone full circle and Birmingham is producing music which is being exported back over to Jamaica. Robin said: “The jungle scene is coming back and is bringing out new reggae remixes. From importing music and creating it for the local market, there’s a lot of big labels in Birmingham that are now exporting it back to Jamaica but it’s all being made in Birmingham.” 026

He also believes that the diversity of Birmingham means that there are two Caribbean influenced scenes across the city. He said: “There’s the South side scene which is Moseley where bands like UB40 come from, and then you’ve got the North side of the town in places like Handsworth where there’s a much bigger black and Caribbean community and bands like Steel Pulse came out of that.” The Beat front-man Ranking Roger who hails from Moseley agrees that there are two separate sounds coming from the city but he reckons: “As long as it’s Birmingham bred and Birmingham born it’s important because Birmingham bands usually have something important to say.” When asked about what other Caribbean culture Birmingham has to offer Roger laughs and pauses before exclaiming: “Well, we have black people don’t we!” It is estimated that there are around 60,000 Jamaicans living in Birmingham permanently. Birmingham’s rich Caribbean heritage has helped to shape the culturally diverse city that we have before us today. The Mirror in the Bathroom singer added: “There’s a close connection between Birmingham and Jamaica anyway. I think the fact that the Jamaican side are coming over to train in Birmingham is a big statement because it shows just how close the connection is.” Reggae star David Hinds grew up in Handsworth in the 1950s and 60s and explained that the early days of living in Birmingham was like living a ‘dual

life’ as he combined his Caribbean roots with his English settings. He said: “Growing up in Handsworth was a mixed feeling. We had our Caribbean home and environment which involved the language, the food, the culture, and then once we were at school we were facing the whole British system and the attitude that the society perpetuated.” Hinds remembers that the local stores around Birmingham helped ease the adjustment by stocking traditional foodstuffs. “The good thing about it was the type of food that we ate – yams and coco’s and green bananas, they were accessible from certain stores. I think after a while when there was an influx of Caribbean’s coming into Handsworth, certain shops, although they were white owned, knew that it made sense to be more accommodating and providing the food that we ate. So they were bringing parcels and boxes of food to our doorsteps.” Today there are more Caribbean restaurants and takeaways in the city than ever before. David added: “I think the Jamaicans that have settled in Birmingham still cook a lot of nice food, as good as the cooks from Jamaica itself.” Over in Moseley you have the Carib Grill, in the Jewellery Quarter there’s the Krystal Caribbean & Indian Restaurant, while near to the city centre you have the Deep Caribbean Experience Restaurant, but the best place to go is still without a doubt Soho Road. JD 027



With The Horrors, The Vaccines, Tribes, Man Like Me and more Civi Hall Wolverhampton 10 June On Friday 20 August 2010 Charles Haddon committed suicide at Pukkelpop festival. Earlier in the day his band, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, were playing the Dance Hall when Haddon launched himself into the crowd. The Belgian audience, caught off-guard, moved out of his way. One girl was not fast enough. She was hit, suffering injuries to her leg and dorsal vertebrae. Although she later recovered, the sight of her being stretchered off ‘affected’ Haddon. That evening his body was found beneath a telecommunications mast in the backstage parking area. He had apparently jumped to his death. He was 22. 028

Now his friends, including Freddie (of The Vaccines pictured) and Tom Cowan (of The Horrors) are organising the festival he always wanted to run: Chazzstock. We caught up with Freddie to get the lowdown. How did you know Charles Haddon? I was very good friends with him. We had a band together when we were in school and we knew each other very well. I went to my first festival with him – Reading 2004 – and we saw The Strokes. I’ve been to other festivals since but it’s never as good as it is when you’re 14. People get old and they get cynical. Have your most memorable experiences been as a band or as a punter? Definitely as a band. We played 45 festivals last year. It’s a pretty overwhelming feeling having 30,000 people singing along. What was your favourite festival experience? This one in Norway was the most hospitable festival I have been to. They pick you up in a helicopter and they take you out fishing before your set. English ones are generally the best for the audience but in terms of what happens off the stage it’s about location. What was your worst festival experience? We were due to play Hurricane Festival in Germany. We flew from Finland and we had to get three planes even though it would’ve been quicker just to drive. We flew all around Europe and there was so much turbulence in the end we missed our set. How did the idea for Chazzstock come about? It was something I was putting together with his [Charles Haddon’s] dad. We still keep in touch with his friends and family. I just thought it was a really nice thing to do. He [Haddon] knew a lot of people but also our friends got involved. Vaccines, Horrors, Tribes, all these bands have some connection with Chazz. Are you looking forward to it? Yeah, I want to make it known to everyone that all the bands are playing full sets. I hate it when there are charity gigs and these bands only play one or two songs. I think it is going to be a gig not to be missed. RF 029

ONE BEAT SUNDAY mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham 22 July 2012

The outdoor venue at the mac arts centre will play host to One Beat Sunday, a special festival celebrating the best and most diverse talent the region has to offer. The festival will bring together a plethora of local bands, spoken word artists, vintage stalls, DJ’s, street art, an outdoor bar and a BBQ making for the perfect festival atmosphere in the heart of the Midlands. Organised by One Beat Records and Birmingham Promoters, the day-long event will feature a host of the hottest music talent from the region including Not by Design, The Jacarandas and Tempting Rosie - with more acts to be confirmed. Joint headline acts for the show will include indie anthem makers Swim Deep and The Carpels. Swim Deep are riding high lately, having been named as one of the support acts for the Editors homecoming gig on the 27th June, solidifying their status as rising stars. They will be joined by recent One Beat Records signing The Carpels, who’s brilliant mesh of indie and dubstep led to their new single Sand being described as an “attention grabbing introduction” by Q Magazines Niall Doherty. One Beat founder, and Charlatans drummer, Jon Brookes commented: 030

“The outdoor venue at the mac is an absolute gem - a Roman amphitheatre style arena nestled on the edge of Cannon Hill Park. We are really excited to put our name to what we hope will become an annual event showcasing the best live music from the area. “For the first time in years there seems to be a genuine national surge of interest in Birmingham’s new music scene and we want to do our bit to help promote these hugely exciting artists at a special event in the city.” LH 031



Back together for the release of Rize of the Fenix Hollywood film star Jack Black teams up with buddy Kyle Gass again for their latest release. Fans have had to wait six years for the new album which features Dave Grohl on drums and reunites the core duo with John Spiker (bass, piano, organ) and John Konesky (electric guitar). Now the band are on tour and ready to dodge bodily fluids at this year’s Download. 032

You haven’t released any songs since 2006, what brought the group out of it’s hiatus? K. Well, I guess…Love of the game? Yeah I’m gonna go with love of the game J. Yeah, I’m gonna go with love of the game. Though it should be a multiple choice, you should give us all of the possible reasons as to why we came out of hiatus and then we choose one! What has Tenacious D been up to in this time? J. Well we’ve been working on our meditation, a lot of meditation. There’s been a lot of time spent in the Himalayas. There’s been a lot of exercise and diet. There’s been a lot of nose to the grindstone. That’s right, I’ve been nose to the ground stoned! We put out a DVD, about three years ago. K. That’s true. The Complete Master Works 2. J. This time even more completer! We’ve been working very hard to complete a masterpiece, you know. But what else have you been up to? K. I’ve made babies since last time. J. I’ve been making babies too, but I just can’t find them. K. Did you lose them? J. I don’t know where they are. Maybe we’ll find them somewhere on the road! So can you tell use a little bit about the inspiration behind the songs on this album, and a bit about your songwriting process? J. I guess the inspiration was the haters, the non-believers, they inspired us to fight much harder. I mean, it’s definitely our comeback album. We’ve been gone for years. What was the inspiration K, besides fighting off the haters and the critics? K. Well every song has it’s own story really. I mean, ‘Low Hangin’ Fruit’ was inspired by sexy, you know, sex. ‘Senorita’ was inspired by sex. Okay so I guess there’s a lot of sex in there. J. The cover of the album is really a big raging boner. I guess the inspiration was orgasms. We should put orgasms on the special thanks list, I don’t know why we didn’t really. How are you hoping the critics will receive the new album? K. I hope they rave about it. I’m gonna read every single review. J. I hope that they speak the truth, my only fear is that they’ll speak what they think they’re supposed to think. They’re gonna say what they’re supposed to say oh these guys are just clowns right? We don’t take these guys seriously, right?’. That kind of bullshit. It’s lazy. I’m open up to critics who will really listen to it and say what they really think, as I honestly think it’s the greatest album in the last seven years. And you say; ‘why seven Jack, why not just one year?’ Well seven’s just the number that came into my brain. 033


Have you received any feedback or read any reviews yet? J. Everyone who’s heard it so far has creamed, they’ve creamed upon it. The songs are better than orgasms, it’s been proven scientifically. They’ve wired people brains and when they listen to the album their pleasure cylinders fire on all cylinders. K, can I get your back up on this? K. I’ve read every review so far and they’ve varied about 90% positive. There was a bad one. J. Who fucking dared? K I can’t remember who it was! It said the big comeback falls short. J. What a dick! My mum likes it a lot. K. That guy’s either a lier or has the worst taste. J. You know what I wanna to, I want to go back into the archives and see who he likes. Maybe, ‘Well Linkin Park’s new album, that’s an album I can really get behind! That’s an album I can really sing and dance to!’. That fucking asshole can just chew on it all day long. And when I say ‘it’ I mean my shit. So a fair chunk of your tour is going to be spent in Europe in June. What do you like about performing for this specific audience and what are you hoping for thse shows? J. Well we’ve never played in Germany before so that will be interesting. We’re looking forward to seeing if the hunger for The ‘D’ is as ravenous as we’ve heard. But the UK has always been some of the best shows we’ve ever had. They just have a deeper appreciated for rock than the rest of the world. And it makes sense, I 034

would say most of the best rock has come from the UK, and it makes sense that they would appreciate it more. Wouldn’t you agree K? K. I do, I think the people in the UK are just a little smarter, a little more sophisticated. Thank you UK. You’re also going to be playing Download festival in June. What can we expect from your set? J. Well I’ve heard that if they don’t like you they throw urine at you. Hopefully we’ll be well liked. But you should expect an umbrella – I’ll bring an umbrella just in case. As much as I appreciate the golden showers, I don’t think it would be safe - there’s possible electrocution. K. I think we’ll be playing fewer songs than we usually do. J. That’s right, the festival crowd – you’ve got to keep it tight. K. Look forward to a very economical set. J. You can expect a spirited…no, muscular set. There should be a sexier word than muscular, but fuck it. It’s gonna be a good set. K. Enthusiastic? J. No… K. Stimulating? J. But you’ll be hearing new songs. We’re gonna kick the teeth right out of the gig with some new songs. K. We’ll massage their libidos in the second half with some old favourites. J. But it’s probably gonna be about 45 minutes of love. Rize of the Fenix is out now. JNS


FEStival competitions Win tickets to 28 festivals

Once again we’ve compiled a list of some of the BEST festivals happening this year and we have tickets to giveaway to every fine event listed here. So pick your fave and get entering. Entry details are on page 49.


Dot to Dot 2-4 June Saturday – Bristol, Sunday – Nottingham, Monday - Manchester Tickets cost £20 per city (+BF) Helping to propel bands forward on their way to big things and welcoming in some of the coolest acts from around the world, Dot To Dot takes place in Bristol (June 2), Nottingham (June 3) and Manchester (June 4) and has put acts such as The xx, Mumford & Sons, Florence & The Machine and Metronomy on the map. Gracing this year’s event will be a kaleidoscope of new talent such as New York’s The Drums, the fiery live show of Pulled Apart By Horses, the beautiful vocal talent of Willy Mason, Wavves, Willis Earl Beal and Dog is Dead. If you and a friend want to be in with a chance of seeing such a phenomenal and diverse line-up, enter to win a pair of tickets to the city of your choice now! Love Saves The Day 3 June Castle Park, Bristol This event is now SOLD OUT This brand new greenfield event is brought to us by the team behind Glastonbury Dance Village’s Wow! Stage and takes place in the heart of Bristol – very much a Mecca for British music. Roots Manuva, Annie Mac and Foreign Beggars are amongst the highlights on the main stage, along with a four hour

set at the Jubilee Marquee by triphop DJ, Mr Scruff. The inaugural one day festival is completely sold out, but thankfully we have tickets to give away to one lucky reader. If you are not lucky enough to get tickets then don’t panic – there is also an afterparty event Love Saves The Night kicking off at 10pm until late. Evolution 3-4 June Spiller’s Wharf, Gateshead Weekend tickets cost £35, day tickets are priced at £25 Didn’t get tickets for the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace? Nevermind, put down the tea and scones and get yourself to Evolution festival instead. Taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend on the Gateshead quayside, the lineup includes Dizzee Rascal, Deadmau5 and Miles Kane on centre stage, along with a wealth of local bands to be introduced to on the third stage. What’s more is that the festival organisers have announced a price freeze so tickets are just £35. Cheap as chips. Rockness 8-10 June Loch Ness, Scotland Weekend with camping costs £159 (+BF) RockNess features a staggering line-up including Biffy Clyro, Mumford & Sons and Deadmau5! Winner of the ‘Best Small Festival’ 037


at this year’s NME Awards, RockNess is firmly established as one of the UK’s best festivals and you and a friend could be there! Other acts playing include Friendly Fires, Ed Sheeran, Justice and Tim Minchin so don’t miss out on the chance of an incredible weekend camping in the beautiful surroundings of the Scottish Highlands. Enter now for the chance to set your summer alight with RockNess! Beach Break Live 14-17 June Pembrey Country Park, South Wales Weekend prices range from £109 (+BF) Britain’s answer to Spring Break is back for its sixth instalment. Signalling the end of exams and the beginning of the summer, the UK’s largest student festival attracts over 20,000 revellers to its eight-mile award winning beach. Dizzee Rascal returns to the stage he headlined in 2009, while drum and bass duo Chase & Status also bring along their musical mayhem. Get involved in the beach games, relax in the hot tub and then dance long into the night at Merlin’s Forest. Glade Festival 14-17 June Houghton Hall, Kings Lynn, Norfolk Weekend tickets cost £135 (+BF) This year, Glade Festival is a festival that never sleeps. Having been granted an extended licensing permit the team behind the Glade stage at Glastonbury will be bringing cutting-edge electronic and dance music across a number of stages until midnight, with some venues 038

playing on until 8am. The sold out Secret Garden Party will also be heading to the Glade to throw the mother of all woodland parties, along with a small but select team from its renowned healing areas to replenish your body and soul in The Sanctuary. The lineup includes German DJ Sven Vath, drum and bass sensation Dillinja, and dubstep favourites Foreign Beggars among many more. Live From Jodrell Bank 23-24 June Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre and Arboretum, Macclesfield, Cheshire Saturday tickets are SOLD OUT, Sunday tickets cost ÂŁ35 (+BF) Live From Jodrell Bank is the Brian Cox of music festivals. Performed live in the shadows of the Jodrell telescope, the familiar feature of the Cheshire landscape and internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy plays host to a mixture of music and science. Before the spectacular evening concerts starring Elbow and Paul Weller, attendees will be able to participate in hands-on experiments and workshops on site including access to the Discovery Centre, Space Pavilion, and the newly built visitors centre. This festival is an event for stargazing of both varieties. Saturday: Elbow, Field Music, Cherry Ghost, Lianne La Havas, Willy Mason.

Sunday: Paul Weller, Graham Coxon, Baxter Dury, Little Barrie. Red Hot Chili Peppers 23 June - Knebworth 24 June - Sunderland Red Hot Chili Peppers return to the UK in June to play two huge openair shows. The Californian funk-rockers bring their explosive live stage show to Knebworth Park, Stevenage on Saturday 23rd June and the Stadium of Light, Sunderland the day after. Special guests joining them are Dizzee Rascal, The Wombats and Reverend And the Makers. Better get in there quickly though as these are the Chili Peppers’ only UK dates of 2012. Choose which event you want to go to and check out www. on how to enter. We have a pair of tickets for both dates. Westport Festival of Music and Performing Arts 23-24 June Westport House, Westport, County Mayo The festival takes place on the on the lands of the fabulous Westport House in the heart of Westport town in Mayo and is bulging with Irish and international artists, from Ray Davies, Jools Holland with Marc Almond, Seasick Steve, Imelda May, The Chieftains, Beth Orton, Duke Special and The Dubliners. 039


Whilst there try out the wonderful Taste of Westport Food Village, serving the delicious tastes the region has to offer. Fresh Clew Bay mussels and oysters and award-winning local cheeses sounds much better than the standard festival food served from a burger van. Winterwell Festival 29-2 July Secret location in Gloucestershire Weekend tickets cost £120, with U25s tickets costing £60 An independent boutique festival with an organic party experience. Set in the idyllic countryside in Gloucestershire, this year Winterwell have Moshi Moshi records (home of Hot Chip, Florence & The Machine and Friendly Fires) hosting the main stage on the Saturday, and Brimful of Asha hitmakers Cornershop topping the bill on the Sunday. Be sure to take part in Saturday evening’s fancy dress up as this year they will be rewarding the 10 best outfits with a bottle of champagne along with a ‘Lifetime Golden Ticket Award’ giving them a free ticket to every Winterwell Festival forever. So get your thinking Stetson’s on, and your face paints a painting.


Nova 5-8 July Bignor Park, Pulborough, West Sussex Weekend tickets cost £139 (+BF) Marking its debut on the UK festival scene is this beautiful event stretching out over the picturesque South Downs in West Sussex. Set in the intimacy of a British garden, Nova is a unique music, arts, theatrical and food newcomer which includes racy acting, art displays, hot tubs and night-time camp fires, hot showers, famous artists, a British pub and seriously good local food and drink. Highlights include the first ever bespoke fine art mini golf course where each hole is designed by a celebrated artist, a Rankin and Damien Hirst film collaboration entitled Myths, Monsters and Legends, along with musical performances by Ghostpoet and Speech Debelle. The Garden Festival 4-11 July The Garden, Tisno Weekend tickets cost £90 For its seventh instalment of intimate Adriatic partying, the Croatian festival has joined Soundwave in making the move from Petrcane to The Gardens in Tisno. Live bands and DJs from all aspects of dance music culture have been to play and party, and this year is no different. Swim in the glistening Adriatic, relax beneath the pines and party under a canopy of stars at the Discotheque – there is little wonder

as to why Croatia has quickly established itself as one of the best countries for dance music festivals in the world. We’re not talking about geraniums and hibiscus at this garden party – Chelsea Flower Show, this is not. Wireless Friday 6-8 July Hyde Park, London Deadmau5 is the Friday night headliner at this summer’s Wireless Festival held in London’s Hyde Park. The Canadian producer will be joined by Maverick Sabre, Knife Party, Feed Me, and Ms Dynamite. Followed by headline stints from Drake on Saturday 7th July and Rihanna, who will close the festival on Sunday 8th July. Lamer Tree 11-15 July Larmer Tree Gardens, on the Wiltshire/Dorset border Larmer Tree celebrates traditional folk music and world famous acts such as The Levellers, Tim Minchin and Jools Holland. It’s a great festival that delivering on high quality, a buzzing atmosphere and eccentric antics. Larmer hosts over 70 acts showcased across six stages, 150 free workshops, award winning international comedians, quirky and unique street theatre, an onsite night club and late night jam sessions; all located in one of the most beautiful festival sites in the country. 041


Bilbao BBK Live 2012 12-14 July Kobetamendi Park, Bilbao Weekend with camping tickets cost £88 (+BF) Not only does Bilbao BBK Live 2012 share a headliner with Reading and Leeds in The Cure, but they have also secured a band that will not be appearing at any UK festival this summer with the capture of Radiohead. Festival organisers have added a third main stage for 2012, increasing the number of acts from around 40 to 60. Benicassim Festival 12-15 July Benicassim Costa Azahar Weekend tickets £155 Benicassim Festival 2012 is only a Happy Monday or a Gallagher brother short of being a Manchester special. Recently reformed headliners New Order and The Stone Roses are joined at this 4 day music festival by fellow Mancunian’s Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and the Buzzcocks in a line-up that also includes Florence + The Machine, Bob Dylan and Justice. Festival Internacional de Benicàssim (FIB 2012) as it is known by the locals, takes place in Benicassim on the east coast of Spain between Valencia and Barcelona. So put on your Pretty Green clobber, devour that paella and get yourself down to Benicassim for one of Spain’s biggest parties. Latitude 12-15 July Henham Park, Sunrise Coast, Suffolk Weekend tickets range from £175 Organised by Festival Republic (who also run the Reading and Leeds Festivals) and inspired by the more laid-back festivals in Europe, Latitude is the culture vultures choice. Alongside the music you will find a theatre, a literary arena and salon, a poetry stage, a film and music screen in association with BAFTA, and a vast array of rip roaring hilarious comedians including Jack Dee, Tim Minchin, Al Murray and Greg Davies. With all of that on offer you may be mistaken into thinking the music had been neglected, but that is not the case. This year’s line-up includes Bon Iver, Elbow and the Modfather himself, Paul Weller. 042

Vintage Festival 13-15 July Boughton House, Northamptonshire Weekend prices range from £75 Hark back to the good old days with Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage festival bringing together the ‘Best of British’ culture for one glamorous weekend celebrating the music, fashion, film, art, design and food of the 1920s to 1980s. Mix with the dapper chaps to sixties hellcats, roller disco with the land girls through to the flappers, and pitch up a campervan in the middle of the mods and the rockers. Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, film, art or design – I challenge you to attend and not get a bout of nostalgia. 043



Soundwave Croatia 19-23 July The Garden, Tisno Weekend prices range from £105 (+BF) After enjoying three wonderful years in the fishing village of Petrcane, the festival has moved to a new site located at The Garden, Tisno, offering a beautiful strip of coastline where the Dalmatian Coast meets the Adriatic Sea. With a higher capacity main arena, a fantastic beach stage and more boat parties than ever before, this year promises to be bigger and longer. Soundwave now offer 5 days of great music in the glorious sunshine as opposed to three days like in years gone by. Legendary kings of flower power hip-hop De La Soul top the bill, and are joined by DJ Yoda, Fink, Ghostpoet and even a DJ set by Craig Charles. Deer Shed Festival 20-22 July Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire Weekend tickets cost £69 (+BF) Unlike the major festivals which wheel out a conveyor belt of ageing rockers, this family friendly event focusses on contemporary and independent bands with headliners St Etienne, Villagers and Cherry Ghost being joined by the likes of Ellen and the Escapades and Los Campesinos! Spoken word makes its debut at the festival with authors Dave Simpson (The Last Champions: Leeds United & The Year Football Changed Forever) and Anthony Clavane (Promised Land) chatting all things football, while Dorian Lynskey (33 Revolutions Per Minute: a History of Protest Music) and Boff Whalley (Chumbawumba) talk about whether pop still has a political voice, reflecting on everything from Bob Dylan and Marley up to Plan B’s recent Ill Manors. Global Gathering 27-28 July Long Marston Airfield, Stratford upon Avon Weekend prices range from £105 (+BF) GlobalGathering – the UK’s most diverse and progressive electronic music festival returns to Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July featuring headline performances from Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex, Friendly Fires, Chase and Status, Nero, Annie Mac, Sub Focus, Magnetic Man, Boy Better Know and many more promising to make the 2012 festival the highlight of the summer 045


for dance music fans. 2012 boasts the festival’s most exciting line-up to date, with numerous spectacular live acts and DJs that span the entire electronic music spectrum, as well as a series of brand new arenas from some of the world’s most exciting promoters. From stadium straddling stars to industry insiders’ tips and the latest breaking acts, the festival team promise more live shows, epic productions, and groundbreaking arenas than ever before. Camp Bestival 26-29 July Lulworth Castle, Dorset Another fab Festival of wondrous goodness with a lineup that includes the mighty Hot Chip headlining Friday night and some serious Saturday Night Fever action with a triple overload of FUNK from the Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring Al McKay, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers plus Kool & The Gang. On the Sunday get those beanie sun-hats at the ready for the Happy Mondays. Also on the evening of Friday 27th July, they’ll be screening the opening ceremony of the Olympics in the Big Top, so you’ll be able to gather together to celebrate this historic occasion and toast to the success of the athletes, whilst not missing out on a minute of festival fun. So if it’s baggy, disco vibes and amusements for all the family you’re after then get your painted face down to the camp!


The Magic Loungeabout 27-29 July Broughton Hall, Yorkshire Weekend tickets cost £112 (+BF) The Magic Loungeabout bring you the very best of disco, electro pop, and folk pop from old skool legends to breakthrough acts at this year’s event in Broughton Hall, Yorkshire. The lineup is sure to include ‘Good Times’ with Chic, Detroit legends Inner City and British alternative rockers The Charlatans. Brand new for 2012 is the Forest Fringe Lineup where hand crafted beautiful Bedouin style tents hang between the trees so you can lounge about during some fantastic acoustic sessions, short plays, puppet theatre, recitals and fringe films. Sports fans, fear not. The Olympic opening ceremony will be broadcast live from the Food For Thought tent so you’ll be sure not to miss out on such a historic moment. BoomTown Fair 9-12 August Matterley Estate, Hampshire BoomTown is a huge, pyrotechnic, sculptural extravaganza on a scale only ever seen before at Glastonbury.  If you love bass heavy music, gypsy blues and burlesque there is nowhere better to be this summer. BoomTown has sold out every year and no wonder with the festival goers bringing as much of the entertainment to the show as the organisers.  With so much packed into the huge mock town, this years highlights include everything from Reggae to Rap, Ska to Swing and Breaks to Balkan with the likes of Beenie Man, Capdown, The Meteors and the mighty Jah Shaka bringing the bass vibrations. 047


Wilderness 10-12 August Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire Weekend prices range from £99.50 (+BF) Back for a second outing in the idyllic countryside of Oxfordshire, Wilderness brings together music, food, debate and talks, late night parties, outdoor pursuits and theatre. The winner of this year’s Best New Festival at the Festival Awards UK carries on from last year’s worldly theme with musicians hailing from Mexico, Australia, Spain, Mali and America amongst the bill. Brought to us by the creators of Lovebox and Secret Garden Party – highlights include the Midnight Masked Ball offering pagan pleasures and voodoo delights. Beacons 17-19 August Funkirk Estate, Carleton Weekend tickets cost £74.50 The Beacons Festival will be making its proper debut in 2012 after last year’s cancellation due to flash floods. Fear not though, the three day event has moved to higher grounds in the hills of the Yorkshire Dales which promises to carry a lower threat of repetition. The lineup includes reggae legends Toots & The Maytals, dub star Roots Manuva and a whole feature of electronic artists such as DJs Julio Bashmore, Maya Jane Coles, Pearson Sound and Oneman. The festival also offers art instillations and exhibits including music, poetry, a cinema programme, and “debates”, as well as children’s entertainment, spoken word, theatre and more. Summer Sundae Weekender 17-19 August De Montford Hall & Gardens, Leicester Day (Fri) £35 / (Sat or Sun) £45 / Weekend £105 This year’s festival is set around a safari theme, and you don’t get much wilder than Sunday night headliner John Lydon and his postpunk innovators Public Image Limited. Set in Leicester over three days, the gardens will be transformed into a jungle for you to explore and adventure. Summer Sundae has a little bit of something for everyone. The line-up also includes Adam Ant & The Good The Mad & The Lovely Posse, dub step star Katy B, a performance from Hip Hop Shakespeare, and Birmingham Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene. 048

Festival No.6 14-16 September Portmeirion Weekend prices range from £99 (+BF) Festival No.6 is a brand new premium festival set in the breathtaking Welsh fairytale village of Portmeirion. Festival No.6  boasts a unique setting like no other, surrounded by exotic woodland, between the peaks of Snowdonia and the estuary of the river Dwyryd. The stylish has a bespoke line-up headlined by  New Order,  Primal Scream  and  Spiritualized  alongside a wealth of DJ performances including  Francois K (Deep Space), Derrick Carter does disco, Erol Alkan, Mr Scruff, Andrew Weatherall  and many more.  Festival No.6  is much so much more than a music festival, with  a diverse range of arts and culture, from spoken word to film screenings to pop-up theatre to sound and light installations, curated by our friends at  Caught by the River, Faber Social, Finders Keepers, Don’t Tell Stories  and  Walk The Plank. There will be late night ghost walks,  secret parties, zorbing across the estuary, torch lit processions, and much more. Entry details To enter the competitions please go online to to see details and t&c’s. All entries require you to LIKE our Facebook page www. Keep an eye on the website as the festivals will be posted up on a daily basis with deadlines and entry details. 049


The Just Price Of Flowers The REP@ AE Harris Building, 110 Northwood Street, Birmingham, B3 1SZ @stanscafe 15 - 30 June

Sleepwalk Collective: As the flames rose we danced to the sirens, the sirens mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH 2 - 3 July

Tulips were imported into Europe in the early 17th Century at a time when merchants were generating wealth through trade. Collecting exotic items was a fashion. A passion developed for tulips, their price rose rapidly and created the possibility of making profit through speculative buying. This is a simple, playful production, which explains the complexities of high finance with great humour, in a remarkably straightforward way, whilst steadily setting you up for the inevitable heartbreaking finale. There are also two songs and an origami peacock.

In an hour of troubling intimacy, Sleepwalk Collective chop up and replay the iconography of B movies and early cinema in a joyous and desperate attempt to re-work cinematic and cultural clichĂŠs into something heartfelt and profound.


Kidnapping Cameron The REP@  The Old Rep Theatre, Station Street, Birmingham, B5 4DY 18 - 21 July

aloclasp mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH 20 & 21 July

“If you want to see the Prime Minister alive again, you’d better do what I say!” If you’re a disillusioned teenager and you feel you have no chance of getting a place at University, a job when you leave school or will ever be able to afford to buy a house, there’s not a lot you can do about it is there? Kidnapping Cameron is a humorous play that takes a serious look at the role young people can play in democracy and deciding their own future in today’s uncertain times.

With an ensemble of performers and musicians, a l o c l a s p explores the terrifying vastness of outer-space; our curiosity as a species to peer deeper into the dark vacuum around us; and how Man’s probing can raise challenging questions about our relationship with faith and the nature of reality.



A FOODIE WEEKEND IN NICE The capital of the French Rivera is beautiful. The Mediterranean coastline is brilliant aqua blue and is set off by the terracotta tiles and sandy coloured buildings with their matching green shutters. The Italian influence along this southeastern-most tip of the French coastline is clear; from the food crossover to the laid back locals. Just a quick flight from Birmingham, and with fast connections to Monaco and Cannes, it’s the ideal place for a getaway and to explore the Côte d’Azur’s many desirable attributes and fine foods. Maison Auer 7 rue Saint-François de Paule Rich in heritage, and taste, the beautiful interior of Maison Henri Auer is full of history. If the beautifully crafted cornices or the brightly coloured stained glass interior doesn’t melt your heart then the scent of chocolate most certainly will. Made in house the chocolatier confectioners have been crafting beautiful products for the seriously sweet-toothed from this store since the mid nineteenth century. L’Univers 54, boulevard Jean Jaurès Lunch: 46 euros Michelin Star chef Christian Plumail serves contemporary in-season Nice-style cuisine with an edge. Delicious and light he changes the dinner menu every month and the lunch menu every week. On the menu for our visit was the Asparagus Salad starter with Calamari accompanied with a poached egg. The country fried sea 052

Sea Bream at L’Univers

Olive Oils at L’Oliviera

bream with fennel main came with a small round stuffed zucchini and deep fried zucchini flower. While the masterpiece of a dessert was presented as Japanesestyle Maki rice pudding rolls, Strawberries with Chantilly Country cream and the most delicious liquorice ice cream sitting on a bed of pistachio crust; a perfect end to a perfect meal. The interior is contemporary and airy, the service exemplary and the food excellent making L’Univers a definite foodie jewel in Nice’s crown. Flower Market Cours Saleya, Old Town Tue, Thu, Fri 6am-5.30pm; Wed & Sat 6am-6.30pm; Sun 6am-1pm Among the winding cobbled streets of the old town, between the shops and cafes a square opens to reveal the Flower Market. Don’t be fooled by the name though as the flower market offers much more than floral delights. Locally produced seasonal fruits and vegetables are sold along with herbs and spices, and soap - lots of soap. The flowers of the Courgette are used a lot in Nice cuisine and are seen in abundance throughout the market alongside Asparagus and huge ripe red tomatoes. It is the perfect place to browse, mingle with the locals and pick up tasty treats for a picnic. L’Oliviera 8 Bis rue du Collet At restaurant L’Oliviera you can test the latest crop of oils which are discovered from all over France and prepared by the friendly family team. The selection of hand-picked Olive Oils offer a wide variety of tastes from the sweet nutty almond tasting to fruity and ‘mushroomy.’ Tasting the variety of oils with fresh bread in the restaurant complimented with a glass of locally produced vino is a perfect way to spend an early evening. If you are looking for something more substantial then the friendly staff offer a menu of Provencial cuisine in the relaxed cafe style environment where all the food is accompanied with a hefty helping of the best-matched oil - naturally. 053


Compagnons de la Grappe 2 Rue Catherine Segurane, Place Garibaldi www.lescompagnonsdelagrappe. com Wine tasting with food: 25 euros Lunch which includes entrée, first dishes, desert and coffee is 15 euros Hosting wine tasting evenings for small groups you’ll sip your tipple above a cellar that contains several million Euros worth of fine wines and spirits. Wines cost anything from 4euros up to the tens of thousands making it is a great place to sample a variety of fine grapes. Nice’s own wine of Bellet, grown in the hills of the city’s vineyards on just a few dozen hectares of land, is the perfect place to start. Only harvesting a small crop, in comparison to other suppliers, these boutique-style vineyards offer some of the best wines produced in the country. Where to stay: Hotel Villa Rivoli 10, rue de Rivoli A 26 room boutique hotel in the heart of the historical centre of Nice Hotel Villa Rivoli is perfectly located to explore the area. Just a two minute walk (or 100m) to the sea and the Promenade des Anglais and around the corner from the shopping area this beautifully restored 1890s mansion is a great choice for an all round French experience. Bought by Barbara Kimming and her husband in 2007 the period features have been brought back to life and given a homely feel. The reception 054

Courgette Flowers at the market

room, where a continental breakfast is served, includes sofa seating for guests to enjoy evening cocktails. Individually decorated; from flock wallpaper, dramatic colouring or subtle calming tones, each spacious en-suite room is given its own unique personality and a hint to owner Barbara’s fun and welcoming nature. FACTS We flew to Nice courtesy of leading low cost airline bmibaby.  bmibaby operates direct flights from Birmingham Airport to Nice. Flights depart up to seven days a week and start from £38.99 one way including taxes.  bmibaby offers customers many benefits including allocated seating and online check in.  For further information or to book a flight, visit   Nice Tourisme: email:


Thinktank Science Garden Opens Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 Opening Hours: 10.00am - 5.00pm, 7 days a week Tickets: Entry to the Science Garden is only available to Thinktank ticket holders. Adult: £12.25, Child (3 - 15): £8.40, Family of 4: £39.00

If you have been past Millennium Point recently and wondered what was going on behind the fencing all is about to be revealed. The folks at Thinktank have been working hard to prepare the brand new outdoor Science Garden in time for summer. Different fun zones explore the themes of energy, mechanics and transportation and are full of giant exhibits for all the family to learn and play together. The Science Garden is the first project of its scale in the UK that combines heritage, science, and outdoor learning in a city centre location. Many of the exhibits are inspired by the region’s great scientific and industrial heritage, local landscape and activities, and the different themes explored are relevant to all. The garden will form part of the larger Eastside City Park, the first major new city centre park in Birmingham for more than 100 years. 056


Loves Restaurant

The Glasshouse, Canal Square Browning Street, Birmingham B16 8FL 0121 454 5151 | @lovesrestaurant Tucked around a little corner off Broad Street and Brindleyplace Loves feels like the best-kept culinary secret in Birmingham - but to the knowledgeable foodies of the region this is most certainly not classified information. There are plenty of people who have visited and are well aware why 3 Rosettes were awarded to the restaurant after just four months of opening. From Brindleyplace’s main car park it’s just a couple of minutes walk; across a road, between some apartments and over a bridge; hardly somewhere you’d stumble upon. The restaurants sits in the centre of Canal Square looked upon by swish apartments zapping you far away from a city in the midlands and planting you somewhere in cosmopolitan Europe. The contemporary yet understated decor of the restaurant is the perfect accompaniment to Chef Steve Love’s food. Boutique-style touches hint at the lavish but are kept under perfect control with neutral interiors mirroring the delectable food that is presented before you. The food is presented like a work of art. Whether it’s the delicious amuse bouche to get the taste buds worked up or one of the courses, each look like they have been artistically placed to tantalise the eyes. The light Beetroot starter is playfully presented with a cube of raw Beetroot and a sorbet which is light, fluffy and delicious. The sharp feta cuts through the pickled and jellied beetroot perfectly. The Seared scallop is served with frogs leg and pike. Initially it sounds too much but it’s perfectly balanced and not overpowering. 058

The main is rich and mouthwatering; the slow cooked ox cheek just falls apart as the knife cuts through. It is served with crispy tongue and smoked potato mash which melts in the mouth. There is hardly room for the Blackberry and Apple dessert which is zingy and fires off the taste buds once more. There are staples on the menu which Steve is renowned for that stay but there is plenty of variety in the dishes and the menu changes dependent upon the freshest of locally sourced produce available and what’s in season. Along with great food is the warmth of the hosts and owners Steve and Claire Love. Food and wine are at the very heart of their being and this oozes through their enthusiasm. Claire pairs her husband’s dishes with handpicked wines. Her knowledge is outstanding and she’ll happily offer her recommendations and advice to accompany the food. Love’s is one of the restaurants that is helping to turn Birmingham in to a hot culinary destination and put the city on the map for foodie experimentalists and explorers and long may it do so.



‘‘There is too much fashion’’ declared fashion’s king of exclusivity, Dries Van Noten, in an interview with The Independent. With the international fashion shows lasting an entire month, pre-collections, endless collaborations, and the increase of ‘disposable’ clothes in shops such as Primark, you have to agree. Fuel sources are destined to peak (and then go into rapid decline) around 2030, and with the textiles industry accused of both polluting landscapes and contributing to climate change through environmentally unfriendly production methods, it can be argued that the fashion industry is on a one way highway to self-combustion. However, a backlash against the unrelentingly greedy consumerism that created the cycle of production, consumption and waste has begun to emerge from the more conscientious and creative divisions of the fashion industry. The reaction to unethical and disposable ‘fast’ fashion can be viewed through three things: the rejection of globalisation by international fashion houses, the rising popularity of the ’arts and crafts’ movement, and the increased number of ethical, ecofriendly fashion labels.

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With a shocking estimated 60% of Western clothes being made in Eastern sweatshops, combined with the high street’s unchecked plagiarism of catwalk looks, historic British brands such Burberry and Mackintosh are leading the way in returning to local

craftsmanship, through small factories located in the UK. Burberry has made its classic trench coats in the same factory in Castleford since the garment’s creation, and is in the process of building another factory for British production in Pontefract, Yorkshire. Mackintosh were on the verge of closure in the 1990s when staff bought the company, based in Cumbernauld, Scotland, and began establishing the classic coats as an upmarket brand; collaborations with Liberty, Louis Vuitton and Gucci followed. This reaction to sweat shops and ‘fast’ fashion can additionally be seen in Birmingham’s growing independent ‘arts and crafts movement’, which sees a collection of like-minded types encouraging and developing creativity and original design in response to the waste and unethical attitudes of high street shops. Combined with this growing passion for artisanal and individualistic fashion is the increased international awareness of the ethical and ecological issues surrounding the industry. The best collaboration between high end and high street has to be the upcoming Sophia Kokosalaki for ASOS line. London’s brightest new designer is launching an affordable, cutting-edge and ethically produced collection, made in Sri Lanka by a women’s cooperative. Furthermore, online retailers have popped up such

as Prophetik, People Tree and, a website which is exemplified by its motto: ‘by the people for the people.’ The site sells Fairtrade jewellery and accessories from African cooperatives, and also features designs from celebrities such as Laura Bailey, Peaches Geldof and Pippa Small. Such high profile endorsement points to a growing market for sustainable and ethical designs within the UK, a market that is being embraced by Birmingham, from the eco and ethically friendly printers Get A Grip (, based in the Custard Factory, to craft magazines such as Folksy and the Creative Open Workshops pictured (, located in the Jewellery Quarter. Through all of this we can see another trend rising up through the fashion industry: one for craftsmanship, local design and production, and ethical manufacturing. Will we see Primark and co. decrease in popularity and profits, commit themselves to producing smaller, more ecologically and ethically friendly clothing and, dare we say it, more expensive clothes any time soon? Unlikely, but at least now the discerning customer has an alternative to the wasteful world of ‘fast’ high street fashion. As for ‘too much fashion’? It seems that now we have even more choice. Poor Dries. AW


FASHION&SHOPPING Kangol £34 Kangol £34

£25 Monsoon £85

Clarkes £79.99

Illamasqua £13 £25 Folli Follie £120

Bobbi Borwn £18

Havaianas £45

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Ojon Cleansing Spray £18

Clarkes £79.99

Illamasqua £13.50 £20 Mini £118

FESTIVAL-WEAR: FUNCTIONAL OR FASHIONABLE? With summer here and Coachella already under festival-goer’s belts, it’s time to begin booking those tickets and making this summer one to remember. Whether you’ll be hitting V Festival or Rockness, festival fashion will be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. But is it really worth the attention it’s given? Do we really care what we look like at festivals, when really, we’re there to watch the music and generally get involved? Obviously, there are certain festival favourites which we all ensure we have before we get there. The obligatory pair of wellies, sunglasses for the potential British sun, warm socks and a rain mac. But these are just the staples. They have their function, but functional can also be fashionable. Even tents can look good. We’ve all seen the photos of the celebrities at festivals making it difficult to avoid the inevitable fact that festivals are as much about fashion as they are about music. There are those that get it right (Vanessa Hudgens channeling hippy chic) and those that get it wrong (Emma Roberts in a white net dress). If you want to embrace festival fashion and need a few pointers, here are some essentials: - Denim shorts. A must-have. - Head-wear. Go for feathers or flowers, or a simple fedora. - Utility jackets a la Kate Moss, queen of festival style - Band T-Shirts - A pair of ankle boots - Leather Bag If in doubt, go for anything with a print, tassles, or studs and remember to explore the festival stalls; there are always lots of bargains and throwaway festival-wear there. Face paint is often a great way to mix it up, too. Whether it’s important to you or not, enjoy the atmosphere: Having fun is always the best way to look good. HC

competitions WIN A PAIR OF FOLLI FOLLIE SUNGLASSES Ahead of the upcoming Festival Season, leading global accessories brand Folli Follie present premium style through their latest Spring Summer 2012 jewellery, watches and accessories collections, including these must-have sunglasses available to one lucky competition winner. Folli Follie offers a “full fashion concept” of fashion forward jewellery, watches and fashion accessories including festival staples such as sunglasses and oversized bags for all your festival essentials. Folli Follie is the UKs most sought after accessories brand, appealing to the needs of the modern, fashion-conscious woman, allowing you to style any outfit with a unique and fun spin ahead of the Festival Season with affordable fashionable luxury.   The Spring Summer 2012 collection features signature accessories accented with a Mediterranean flair inspired by its Greek heritage and these sunglasses are no exception. Channel 60s glamour, Jackie O style complement this season’s hottest pastel shades with these sleek and glossy super-sized sunglasses from Folli Follie. 064

Win Bedcrumb Bette sunglasses case Check out the fabulous, quirky sunglasses case from the Bedcrumb  Bette collection.   It makes the perfect cool girly gift or self indulgent treat for fabulous fashionistas to store their sunglasses. Available in a choice of two prints each featuring a different illustrated lady and retro fabric print front and back. Choose from  Lola does Summer or Sunset Sweetheart.   All prints are taken from original illustrations. Each digitally printed cotton canvas case is fully lined with black cotton and hand made in the UK with love and attention to detail and is completed with the bedcrumb love letter keyring and just for £12.50 each. We have 2 to giveaway.

WIN A PAUL MITCHELL® FESTIVAL KIT Turn camping into glamping with the Paul Mitchell® Festival Kit. This summer survive the festival season in style - even if your dressing table is a tent, it will be pumping out your favourite tunes in style whilst you get arena-ready! This fabulous festival companion includes a range of essential hair styling saviours and accessories to ensure your hair won’t let you down over the summer festival calendar and also includes a set of portable speakers for your ipod. Each kit is worth £40 and our friends Paul Mitchell UK are giving a kit away each day on our website at from the 4th June so look our for further details.

ENTRY DETAILS To enter the competitions just send your name, address, telephone number and date of birth to Please put the product name of the competition you are entering in the subject box. Deadline for entry is 29.06.2012 065



Malibu’s Malibutique returns to the UK high streets this summer to showcase the latest fashion, beauty and summer drink trends. The Malibutique is the ultimate dressing room and the perfect place to get ready for any summer occasion. Malibutique fever swept the UK last year with surprise PAs from TOWIE’s Jess Wright and Hollyoaks Gemma Merna. Hordes of fans left the Malibutique looking coiffed, stylish and ready for their night out with the girls and this year’s is going to be bigger and better. The Malibutique tour arrives at Rotunda Square, Bullring Birmingham on the 1215 July, where Malibu will bring together a collection of brand partners, including Models Own, ghd and Fake Bake. Malibu is offering one lucky winner the chance to win a bespoke Malibutique goody bag worth £200 including a bottle of Malibu, a limited edition Model’s Own make up set featuring coconut flavoured lip gloss, Model’s Own eye shadow, eyelash curlers and mirror, as well as a selection of Model’s Own nail varnishes, a selection of ghd professional styling products and Fake Bake’s new 60 minute tan. Competition: We have 2 x bags of goodies to giveaway. To enter tell us: What is the key fruit ingredient in the Malibu drink? Email your answer along with your name, address, telephone number and date of birth to Please put Malibu in the subject box. Deadline for entry is 29.06.2012 Enjoy Malibu responsibly. 066

Area Culture Guide June 2012  

Check out the Area Culture Guide for the West Midlands region and WIN tickets to one of 28 festivals! PHEW!!!! Also includes, music (Tenacio...

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