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14 SPOTLIGHT We chat to LCFC star, Christian Fuchs, as he announces his brand new 6... UPFRONT ‘No Fuchs Given’ jewellery line with Lanes Fine Jewellery

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Ever danced inside an igloo with the stars as your canvas and the world’s greatest DJs as your soundtrack? Well here’s your chance. Set atop Mayrhofen’s mighty Ahorn mountain, the Smirnoff Arctic Disco at Snowbombing is one of the world’s most unique party venues. An ice cool igloo, 6,000 feet above sea level and a destination without equal, the Smirnoff Arctic Disco plays host to a world-class selection of DJs each night, giving 300 lucky ticket holders the chance to party at the top of the world with nothing but the sky and the stars above. Opening up proceedings on Sunday 2nd April is Peep Show’s DJ supremo Super Hans. London based production trio Disciples will be bringing their club brand ‘The Following’ on Wednesday 5th April and are joined by Dirtybird founder Claude Vonstroke who is sure to bring the party spirit. Thursday 6th April will see Gorgon City bring their new Kingdom party to Snowbombing and Saturday 8th April sees DJ Yoda take control of the decks. With stunning views across the Zillertal Valley, beautiful sunsets, roaring fires, hot gluhwein, bouncing dancefloors and chill out areas complete with luxurious fur rugs, the Smirnoff Arctic Disco at Snowbombing is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Tickets sell out fast so don’t miss your chance to party at one of the most iconic venues in global dance music. Tickets, priced at £46, are on sale now at

CALLING ALL SUPERFANS! Call yourself a Superfan? Well how does early access tickets, happy hour, discounted parking and unlimited bragging rights, all for just £40 per year sound? The NEC Group Arenas have launched the Superfan’s Fanclub- the ultimate fan club for those who love live events like the amazing Lady Gaga concert happening this October. The first of its kind for arenas in the UK, the Superfan’s Fanclub is an annual membership based scheme aimed at those who regularly visit the Barclaycard Arena and Genting Arena in Birmingham. Superfans can bagsy seats before the masses with access to their pre-sale online basket 15 minutes before everyone else. They can browse, view and select up to four seats, safe in the knowledge that as soon as the event goes on sale, they’re only one click away from purchasing. They also get a cracking 20% discount on drinks during Happy Hour (an hour after doors open). 20% discount on parking at four events throughout the year at the Barclaycard Arena, entry to a monthly Prize Draw as well as Random Acts of Gigness where Superfans are given the chance throughout the year to buy heavily discounted last-minute tickets in exchange for a small charitable donation. To secure your Superfan status, visit or call 0333 300 3020


GET BASS STRAIGHT TO YOUR BODY There’s nothing worse than tinny headphones. Well maybe Trump but you get our point. That’s why when we heard about a watch-size subwoofer that delivers the bass of your music straight to your body then we knew we had to try it.

Completely silent to the outside world, Basslet uses groundbreaking haptic technology that lets the user feel the thump of a kick drum and the groove of a bassline in high definition – until now impossible with just headphones. The Basslet works with all kinds of audio devices and music streaming apps like Spotify and Apple Music – no configuration or app needed. The Basslet retails at £179 and is available from and Amazon.

GET TROLLED: WIN A BEAUTIFUL BRACELET FROM TROLLBEAD later Søren’s sister, Lise, began to put the beads on silver bracelets, one on each bracelet. Lise opened another jewellery store and one day a customer asked to have an extra bead put on her bracelet and from there the trend began.


Joshua James Jewellery is delighted to be giving away this Trollbeads Wind of the World Silver Bracelet - RRP £95.00. A beautifully crafted piece that is suitable for any occasion, the bracelet is elegant in appearance. Made from sterling silver, the bracelet hosts a beautiful copper bead, a silver Neverending bead, a glass scirocco bead, and a subtle lace lock.

The Trollbead story started in Denmark in 1976 with a small bead decorated with no less than 6 faces designed by Søren Silversmith and sold from his father Svend’s jewellery shop in central Copenhagen. The beads were originally designed to hang round the neck on a leather thong but

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Wanna rock a manbag but keep your geek on? Then the virtual 3D funk of the Minecraft Creeper Backpack is the bag to grab this summer thanks to its iconic pixilated design and vivid green accent colour. Storage freaks will love the huge amount of storage hidden within; simply unzip section by section to reveal an endless amount of places to stash all your gadgets and gizmos, including 1 large inside pocket with interior pockets, additional side pockets and a zip up front pocket. The Minecraft Creeper Backpack is available from Noisy Sauce for £24.99


Want to organise the ultimate summer adventure but don’t want to be restricted by timetables? Savvy Euro travellers are opting to choo choose the train thanks to its extreme flexibility and surprising affordability which means explorers can custom create their own itineraries no matter how much or how little time they have. Covering 29 European countries, Interrail lets travellers create their own itinerary on the move and explore more of Europe, from the Spanish Costas to the Scandinavian fjords, the cultural cities of Italy to the spectacular Swiss mountains. The more free-spirited traveller can hop from major cities and must see sites, to off the beaten track (no pun intended) smaller towns and villages - jump off the train if somewhere looks good or catch up on some sleep while travelling between party cities. There are so many options to immerse yourself in. Prices start at £53 for standard class for 3 days travel within a month to £98 for 8 days travel within the month. Bargain! Plan your journey at


PUMA is elevating its sports-inspired streetwear game with the all-new TSUGI design, inspired by sensibilities and functionalities of Japanese design. ‘TSUGI,’ Japanese for ‘NEXT’, brings together technology and traditions by using the latest material advancements alongside design cues from the brand’s heritage. First to drop from the range is the TSUGI SHINSEI. ‘SHINSEI,’ which in Japanese translates to ‘REBORN’ and has a unique lacing concept for a progressive look and extra comfort; by pulling the lacing along the lateral and medial side of the foot, you’re assured of the most comfortable and snug fit. Add in the inclusion of Ignite Foam; the technology designed to give runners the optimal rebound and comfort and Tsugi is set to become this summer’s sneaker of choice. The TSUGI SHINSEI is available now at: Foot Patrol / Size? RRP £95

AUTUMN SEASON ANNOUNCED AT BIRMINGHAM REP Birmingham Rep has just announced their Autumn and Winter 2017 season including the world premières of Nativity! The Musical, Douglas Maxwell's latest play, The Whip Hand and a new commission from Birmingham writer Steven Camden (aka Polarbear), I Knew You.

be welcoming back BEDLAM: The Festival Of Divine Madness and presenting Notorious as part of Fierce Festival . SHOUT Festival also returns to The REP with And The Rest Of Me Floats and Medea, and will also be part of the second Birmingham Weekender, presenting As A Tiger In The Jungle.

Opening with the National Theatre's acclaimed production of Jane Eyre, the season also features a revival of Duet For One starring Jemma Redgrave and Oliver Cotton plus a new spectacular staging for Christmas, The Hundred And One Dalmatians.

There’s also a wide-range of brilliant touring shows to enjoy including the critically acclaimed Man To Man starring Maggie Bain and a new opera, The Golden Dragon from Music Theatre Wales.

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BAJAN BEEF CHEEKS AT THE BAY Inspired by feedback from guests and devotion to the Caribbean culture, Turtle Bay have launched a brand new menu full of the hearty Caribbean classics that we love alongside some new lighter options and a wider range of gluten free and veggie/vegan options for us to tuck into. The famous Jerk Chicken, Curried Goat now sit alongside

treats such as the Jammin’ Lamb Burger, Bajan Beef Cheeks, Slow Braised Beef Rib featuring the deliciously meaty and magnificent jerk ‘Jacobs Ladder” short rib of beef. Veggie diners are spoilt for choice with the Aubergine & Sweet Potato Curry and Okra Ladies’ Fingers a sizzling new side order from the Caribbean that is totally moreish. If you like the idea of some laid back “liming” then how about stopping by for a sharing platter and a cocktail or two? We can fully recommend the latest platters that are inspired by West Indies street

food and served on canteen style trays they are perfect to dig into with friends and are the perfect choice for food envy fiends or ideal if you just can’t decide what to go for. Turtle Bay are in Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham, Solihull and Leicester.


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MADE FOR WALKING; MADE IN ENGLAND Since 1960, the classic silhouette and yellow welt stitching of the Dr. Martens 1460 boot has been synonymous with free-spirited and independent style statements. Laura Hadland visited the original Cobbs Lane factory in Northamptonshire to discover the many faces of Dr. Martens. Originally conceived as a tough work-boot, the distinctive Airwair creations shot to unexpected global fame by appealing to successive generations of youth counter-culture. Since then, the brand has experimented with numerous off-the-wall collaborations – most recently with super hip Parisian fashion collective Vetements and 90s pop-kitsch icons Beavis and Butthead. Over 50 years later, the archetypal shoes and boots are still being made by hand by a dedicated team of highly skilled cobblers in the picturesque village of Wollaston. The team rotates around the four sections of the factory, all able to turn their hand to clicking, closing, lasting and shoe rooming. The factory is a hive of activity. Leather is carefully judged and selected for each boot. The precisely cut and stitched upper is moulded into shape on a last before the celebrated Dr. Martens Airwair air cushioned sole is heat sealed and stitched in place. For aficionados of the brand, the factory shop is a little slice of heaven, stacked floor to ceiling with an incredible variety of boots in all shapes and sizes. It’s full of real gems, including samples that never made it to full production so you can bag yourself a totally unique pair of kicks at a bargain price. Those with a love for the rebellious individuality of Dr. Martens will adore the Originals range, where classic vintage silhouettes have been reintroduced in Black and Cherry Red Smooth leather; including the infamous 2976 Chelsea Boot and ‘longwing’ style 2989 Brogue. Find out more at

Summer drinks in the city There’s nowhere better than a lively city centre pub to truly feel the cosmopolitan vibe of a city in the summer. Whether it’s a traditional pub garden, a high-street pub or modern pub restaurant, Leicester has it all. The growing food and drinks scene is breathing new life into the city and it’s easy to be spoilt for choice! We’ve picked three of our favourite pubs to soak up the sun in the city! King Richard III- Highcross Street What a transformation for this city centre pub! Located in the heart of the city next to the Highcross shopping centre, this is a great place to unwind after a hard day’s shopping. Chris, Andy and Andrea have created a welcoming, modern and comfortable pub, which already has a great reputation for its amazing yet simple food and atmosphere. This comes as no surprise as they also own the hugely successful St Martins Coffee and Crafty Burger in St Martins Square. This beautifully restored Victorian building now serves locally sourced high quality food and drink. Combined with the addition of a lovely little courtyard, it’s perfect for summer days in the city.

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The Old Horse - London Road Not short on personality, this award-winning pub is a must for anyone looking for a great selection of beer and cider on the bar. Looking out over Victoria Park and only a short walk into the city centre, this pub is a key destination for many when planning a night out. Just walking in, you are met with the fun and playful eccentricity of Kev and Dee who run the pub, making sure all are welcome including dogs and children who are always kept entertained. There is a huge, hidden gem of a beer garden out back while inside the cider room - essential for a Cider Pub of the Year winner - is a delight to any cider drinker with a rotation of craft cider on draught every month! Grab yourself a drink and soak up the friendly atmosphere of this pub.

The Knight & Garter - Hotel Street It’s clear that Sam Hagger has a passion for great pubs, great food and great service. Not content with running two award winning pubs, Sam has just finished renovating a third. The Knight & Garter is the latest addition to The Beautiful Pubs Collective and is handily placed next to the city's brand new multimillion pound continental inspired piazza area near Leicester Market. The Knight & Garter is more than just a pub, offering a restaurant, cellar bar and art gallery and is sure to raise the standard in the city. Serving unpasteurised beer from an imported beer kettle as well as local wines & spirits, the quality of drinks on offer is among the best around. Make sure you grab a seat on the stunning alfresco terrace overlooking the piazza, the perfect place to soak up the culture of the city in style!

Contact Details Book a table to avoid disappointment! Kind Richard III 0116 262 6833 The Old Horse 0116 254 8384 Knight and Garter 07419 836492

Great pubs need great people

Pubs don’t survive without great people running them. From the owner to the bar staff, everyone involved makes your experience what it is. What makes a great pub owner is simple - passion. Passion for people, passion for food and drink and a passion to be successful. With that said there are still some vacant pubs around the city and county that are calling out for people with that passion to take them on and establish them as their own. Maybe you can be the next Leicester CAMRA Pub of the Year winner? Sound interesting? Let’s have a chat 0800 056 4111.

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16 EVERYMAN PRODUCTS TO STOP THE HOLIDAY CHOP As summer approaches many men will wonder what to do with their hair. A combination of warmer weather and lighter nights can often mean that time is in short supply as busy social lives takeover. The solution may be shorter hair, but that’s not all: using quality products could also be key to saving time, effort — and looking your best. Everyman Barbers, who have stores in Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Leicester and Nottingham —agree that mens’ product choices can be a vital part of the puzzle, and they’re taking it upon themselves to lead the way. At all five stores you can find a huge selection of top quality products, and a team of highly-trained barbers to guide you in your selection. “For many years now we’ve put massive emphasis on offering the best products available on the market,” says Julie Gilronan, Retail Director at Everyman Barbers. “Hair or beard products are not something men should skimp on if they want to look their best, and if you think about it it’s a relatively low-cost, high-return investment,” he adds, pointing out that the large product areas in each store can account for as much as twenty percent of its turnover. Their belief in good products can be found in their product returns policy: if a customer decides that he doesn’t like — or get on with — a product, he can bring it back and get a full refund or swap it for a different one at any time after purchase. “Once a customer finds a product that he likes, it can

HOLIDAY HEROES When it comes to what to pack in your holiday holdall then Tropic’s new summer collection has got it in the bag! An innovative range of summer skin solutions that are designed not to clog pores, cause breakouts, or leave stickiness but dry to a beautifully soft, powder finish. The new sunscreen range consists of Skin Shade

really make a difference to his hair and his overall experience of how to manage it,” says Gilronan, adding that customers should ask their barber as many questions as they can about how to use the products as it leads to better results at home. It’s a hot point that Gilronan puts down to clear communication, emphasising that the more questions that are asked always leads to clients better managing their hair. As for tips on which one you should invest in this summer, we suggest that you pop in and see the experts before chopping off all of your locks. Everyman Barbers is at 19 Temple Street, Birmingham, B2 5BG. 9 Victoria Street, Nottingham, NG1 2EW. 21 Sadler Gate, Derby, DE1 3NL and 6 Horsefair Street, Leicester, LE1 5BN. Mineral Sun Protection for the body, Tinted Skin Shade Mineral Facial Sun Protection for a lightweight coverage whilst protecting the skin, and Sun Balm. All have a mineral formulation that helps to prevent prickly heat and include kakadu and illawarra plum to synthesise new collagen production and regulate sebum production. There’s also a new range of refreshing Body Washes with pH balanced formula and free from harsh toxic chemicals. Finishing off the range and leaving you sunkissed and stunning is a glistening Cream Highlighter for a dewy glow and Summer Goddess Shimmering Body Oil to add a show-stopping bronze shimmer to the skin.


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Derbyshire locals were asked to submit a photo of themselves holding a piece of paper describing their own style challenges and sending out a fashion SOS for the intu Derby team to solve. SOS’s ranged from a new mum ‘s first night out with the girls minus the baby to guys who were feeling more David Brent than David Beckham! The ten winning finalists were selected based on their fashion SOS by a panel of judges including ourselves at SIXTY9°, intu Derby’s management team and intu Derby’s M&S store. The final ten received a full style makeover by a top local stylist that answered their style dilemma and will now feature as the official faces of intu Derby for the Spring Summer season. The final ten included: Dan Stokes, 20, a personal trainer from Ilkeston, was in search of a smarter date night

outfit. His style makeover of a spring grey blazer, paired with jeans, a shirt and navy blue brogues, all from Jack Jones was guaranteed to impress on his next date night. Alisha King, 20, from Matlock, was on the hunt for holiday wear, as she planned her first trip abroad to Corfu. The stylists found Alisha an Ann Summers bikini, a lace cover up dress from Accessorize, and a selection of beachwear accessories from New Look and M&S. English student and journalist Anisha Kaur Johal from Littleover asked intu Derby to help her as she embarked on the first steps of her career, asking “what do I wear when attending VIP events and interviewing celebrities?” The stylists responded with a glamourous, bardot style jumpsuit from Quiz, paired with nude heels from Office.

Daisy Howstan, 21, a trainee optical consultant from Matlock, was already thinking about an outfit for YNOT festival, and was not disappointed with a fuchsia pink biker jacket which the stylist paired with a mesh dress, both from New Look, over the festival essentials of a slogan t-shirt from Miss Selfridge and Hunter Wellies, from Office. Student Jordan Obie, 20, Derby, was thrilled with jacket and Stussy t-shirt, from Superdry and red Adidas Originals Gazelles from Infinites to fit his retro, urban style. Hope Smith, a 30 year old toddler group leader from Alvaston, came to intu looking for alternative ideas to her everyday uniform of casual jeans and boots, which saw the stylists picking out a dress in this summer’s essential pattern, gingham, with an embroidered shoulder bag and heeled sandals, all from Topshop. Find these items and more in the great stores at intu Derby or visit


Journeys Festival International , the festival celebrating the artistic talents of refugee and asylum seekers, sharing their stories through great art and culture, returns for its fifth annual event in Leicester from 21st August – 3rd September. Highlights of this year’s festival includes CalaisStories; a multimedia, immersive exhibition at the LCB Lightbox Gallery that tells the stories of individuals from the Calais ‘Jungle’ and features a replica refugee shelter. British Journal Photography’s Photographer of the Year Daniel Castro Garcia’s Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015-2016; an imposing series of photographs displayed on buildings for the duration of the festival including BBC Radio Leicester, Curve,

Highcross and The Container Project which this year will house a VR experience by Rekrei created in reaction to the systematic destruction of Mosul Cultural Museum by Daesh. Visitors can also experience new work by Internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer Aakash Odedra with #JeSuis from 28 – 30 August @ Curve and the New Walk Takeover from 2-3 September where JFI will host a weekend takeover of New Walk Museum and Soft Touch Arts with interactive workshops, pop-up theatre performances, live music, Soft Touch Arts pop up café, spoken word and hands on creative activities for all ages. Find out more at

MIDLANDS TALENT AT GRADUATE FASHION WEEK Now in its 26th year, Graduate Fashion Week, the world’s largest platform from which aspiring designers can launch their career, returned with 22 catwalk shows over four days.

During the four-day event, which saw fashion students from Nottingham Trent, Birmingham City and De Montfort Universities take place, saw established designers, celebrities and industry experts host live talks and masterclasses in various locations across the venue. Each university also had their own stand showcasing a range of students inspiring work, giving visitors the opportunity to speak to them about their fashion course offering. Visit to see exclusive galleries from this year’s runway shows. (photoographt credit - @NancyDreamin wearing a piece by Birmingham City University Elina Pagett)



MUSIC So you missed out on Glastonbury tickets (again) and the bank balance won’t stretch to Szyget. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on festival frolics this year. From Download and Detonate on your doorstep to Simon Says and Supersonic for surething summer shenanigans, SIXTY9°’s Tiffini Castle looks at some of the best midlands festivals.

Detonate Festival Nottingham 9th – 10th June @ Colwich Country Park 2 days, over 85 acts, including Kano, Chase & Status DJ set and Bugzy Malone, set in the middle of Nottingham’s oldest country park you will find Detonate festival. There will also be a vintage market and Nottingham’s Street Food Market to cater to all your needs. Weekend tickets start from £65, but there is no camping at the festival.

Download Festival 9th - 11th June @Donington Park, 150 acts over five stages will make up 3 days of rock at the 15th Download festival at Donington Park, the spiritual home of rock! Headliners include System of a Down , Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith with other must see acts including Rob Zombie, Airbourne, Prophets Of Rage, Slayer, AFI, Five Finger Death Punch, Sum 41, Of Mice & Men, Fozzy, Every Time I Die, Slayer, Motionless In White, Sleeping With Sirens, Simple Plan, The Story So Far, and more. Tickets are priced at £205 for five nights with camping


Coventry Godiva Festival 7-9 July @ War Memorial Park, Coventry

Gloworm Festival

19th – 20th August @ Clumber Park, Nottingham Something for the littel ones. This truly family festival is set in the glorious site of Clumber Park, surrounded by picturesque parklands and a peaceful lake, a festival of music, arts, theatre and entertainment for grownups and their little ones. The Chuckle Brothers, (retro!) The Killerz and Andy Day will all be there as well as a fair ground, Morris Dancers and so much more throughout these 2 days of family fun. Tickets for weekend camping £52.25 for adults, £19.80 for Children, and those under 3 go Free!

The Midlands’ biggest three-day FREE festival, attracting over 100,000 people to an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop, folk, comedy, poetry, and world music returns. This year’s line up includes The Stranglers, Example & DJ Wire, The Darkness, plus Cast, Carl Barat & The Jackals, The Amazons, Mallory Knox Tom Clarke as well as the everpopular Godiva Unsigned line up showcasing fresh, local talent.

splendour 22nd July @ Wollaton Park Nottingham’s own, the day long Splendour Festival returns to the gorgeous Wollaton Park for another year of fun, with a great line-up including Kaiser Chiefs, Busted and Tony Hadley as well Billy Ocean. The Acoustic Room Stage and Comedy Stage will also be providing an alternative to the bigger shows! Tickets £50.60 or £39.60 for City Card holders.

22 Shambala FestIval 24- 27 August @ a secret location near Market Harborough. www. Four days of fancy dress fun, with woodland antics, crazy carnivals, roaming theatrics, and a unique soundtrack that you won’t find elsewhere, handpicked to perfectly complement the vibe, atmosphere and rhythm of your weekend. Expect workshops, an Imaginarium, Harmony Yurt, Smoking Puppet Cabaret, Enchanted Woods, Healing Meadows and much, much more.

flashback Festival 18th – 20th August @ @ Thoresby Estate A festival made for any 60s, 70s or 80s enthusiast but catering for all with a great atmosphere and offering camping or glamping alternatives! Featuring Trevor Nelson’s ‘Old Skool Classics’, OMD and The Human League, you can bring along your own picnic and relax at the lovely Thoresby Estate. Weekend tickets £99 and Day tickets £85.

Supersonic 16-18 June @ The Crossing + Boxxed + Wilde Building, Floodgate Street, Birmingham. The UK’s premier experimental music festival, bringing together sound, digital, visual art, and audience participation to create legendary one-of-a-kind performances. Acts confirmed so far include Anna Von Hausswolff (separately ticketed); Richard Dawson; Arbouretum; Colin Stetson; Jenny Hval; Laura Cannell; Melt Banana; Oxbow; Princess Nokia; Raime; and Zu. Tickets cost £90 for a 3 day pass

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6 -9 July @ Coney Woods, Noseley Hall Noisily returns for the 6th year with an alternative to mainstream festival culture offering an inclusive haven where underground music thrives and self expression flourishes. Whilst rooted in the electronic music scenes, Noisily is a holistic environment which feeds the mind, body and soul, offering spiritualism and opportunity for reflection in equal measure; a place where hedonism and self awareness go hand in hand. This year’s line up includes Michael Mayer, Beardyman, LTJ Bukem and Atmos. Early bird tickets have sold out, phase 3 tickets are now priced at £145.


28th-30th July @ Eridge Park, Sussex No Man’s Land returns to a hidden location deep within the wooded Sussex countryside for a musical fantasy land of the weird and wonderful. An eclectic fusion of sounds and rhythms, the lineup is specifically designed to provide a platform for the new, the legendary and the obscure whilst creating a safe haven for festival goers to come lose themselves, discover new friends and be found… This years line-up includes The Skints, Dubpistols vs Freestylers and Skazi. Standard adult tickets are available from £85 including camping.

simon says 29-30 July@ De Montfort Hall & Gardens With 40 bands including headliners Jah Wobble, Jim Bob, Smoove & Turrell and Uncle Frank, the Simon Says… 2017 festival brings together De Montfort Hall, The Donkey, Firebug and The Musician in a celebration of local music and artistry. Must see acts include Paul Weller collaborators Stone Foundation, Stone Roses and Simply Red guitarist Azim Ibrahim, Glastonbury first-timers Hymn for Her, a tribute to Quadrophenia featuring The Specials Drew Stansell and the return of Let’s Play… 2016 which will close the festival on Sunday night, featuring a range of local musicians celebrating the work of some of the artists that the music industry has lost over the last year, such as Prince and George Michael. Weekend tickets cost £40 for adults, £30 for students, £5 for under 16s and under 10s are free but will still need to have a booked ticket.



MULTIPLE BRIT AWARD WINNING, INDIE-ROCK BAND, KAISER CHIEFS ARE HITTING THE MIDLANDS FESTIVAL SCENE HARD THIS SUMMER HEADLINING THIS YEAR’S AWARD-WINNING SPLENDOUR FESTIVAL, SATURDAY 22 JULY AND PERFORMING AT AN OPEN AIR CONCERT AT MARKET RASEN RACECOURSE ON THE 19TH AUGUST. The success of their debut album ‘Employment’, released in 2005 with hits including Everyday I Love You Less and Less and I Predict a Riot, sold over three million copies and won the band three Brit Awards including the award for Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Live Act. It also won an NME Award for Best Album and was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. Since then, Kaiser Chiefs have gone on to release five more original studio albums; Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007), Off with Their Heads (2008), The Future Is Medieval (2011), Education, Education, Education & War (2014) and their latest album Stay Together (2016), which charted in the UK top five. We caught up with the Yorkshire quintet’s bassist Simon Rix about set lists, sleepy fans and the Chiefs very own summer of love.

leave out of the set? ‘Dare not’ is an interesting question really. One of the things about our band and I think it’s kind of unique in a way is that we are a band really where we like to play a gig and we want everyone to have a good time. I think y’know, not playing big songs is sort of a bit selfish really for the people who have got tickets to come see us. So I don’t think we’d ever do it. I don’t think it’s a matter of not daring to, I think we feel like we’ve written some songs, some great songs that everyone likes and we love the reaction to y’know, still when we play ‘I Predict A Riot’, ‘Ruby’ and other songs the reaction is still amazing, do you know what I mean? Even for those ones that are quite old now y’know. We love that reaction, so why would we not play them?


With so many huge songs to choose from and obviously your new material from the new album. How do you go about choosing your set list? I don’t know really, it’s got a little bit harder. I sort of, generally write the set list and I think it sort of writes itself, really. There’s songs that everybody wants to hear and then we’ll play some new songs from the new record and then we’ll try and dig out a couple of things that maybe are a bit unusual which I think keeps us interested and some of the people who come see us a lot obviously will be there as well so we play a little bit of that but y’know, just try and… As you say, we’ve got quite a lot of songs that everyone knows so it makes it quite easy. Is there one or two songs that you just dare not

And what song do you think does get the best reaction? Over all the years with all the songs that you’ve played, is there one particular one that just stands out that you can just see the crowd going nuts for? I think there’s a few obvious ones really. I think different places, different things. So when we go into Europe, ‘Ruby’ was a much bigger song than anything else really in sort of like Germany or places like that. That’s our number 1 biggest hit. I think in the UK ‘I Predict A Riot’ is our sort of like our trademark and then also ‘Oh My God’ ‘cause we finish with that so that’s one with a great reaction. I think in the UK, the song we play and we absolutely know that it’s gonna be fine is ‘I Predict A Riot’. You guys are now a proper permanent fixture on the British music scene whilst so many of your contemporaries have kind of long since called it a day, why do you think you as a group

26 ‘Oh My God’ ‘cause we finish with that so that’s one with a great reaction. I think in the UK, the song we play and we absolutely know that it’s gonna be fine is ‘I Predict A Riot’. You guys are now a proper permanent fixture on the British music scene whilst so many of your contemporaries have kind of long since called it a day, why do you think you as a group of friends from Leeds have succeeded whilst so many have not? Is this something that you think about? We don’t really think about it too much. I mean like, the album’s called ‘Stay Together’ and I think one of those things is we have stayed together and we are all still all very keen to be in a band. Y’know even when Rickys been off doing tele y’know, people go and do other things, we always sort of, get back together and it feels like the thing we’re meant to do. I think that helps really and we’ve always said y’know, I think we’ve had a few ups

and downs but on the whole try and write some great songs that we like, the people like, that connect to the audience and play great gigs. I mean, I think one of our strengths, even probably more than the albums is just the fact that I think people come and see us live and they know they’re gonna have a good night y’know. And I think, we’ve played a lot of festivals before and get booked for festivals that y’know, maybe people don’t buy the ticket perhaps to come see the Kaiser Chiefs specifically at I don’t know, Glastonbury or Leeds and Reading or whatever festival we’re playing at, but they know if they can come along and they know they’re gonna have a good time and they’re gonna know the songs and they’re gonna sing and run around and Ricky’s gonna be entertaining, so I just think it could… Sorry, I’m gonna answer the question now! I think being

a good live band and being a good group of friends and I think still wanting it and still doing it after all these years. I think that’s the reason that we have managed to stay around. You’re going to be headlining at Splendour in Nottingham this year Yeah, we’re really looking forward to performing at Splendour. We know the crowd and the setting will make for an unforgettable atmosphere. And then you’re back in the midlands for the Jockey Club I can imagine it’s probably been quite a while since you guys have been in Lincoln to play a show. You know what, we came to Lincoln recently because we played a radio thing in the sort of University venue, a sort of private gig. But that’s not a good story. The story about Lincoln I think, is our first ever gig with this band, we weren’t called Kaiser Chiefs, we were called something else but it was the same people as Kaiser Chiefs. The first ever

27 gig we did outside of Leeds was in Lincoln at the Bivouac and two people were there and one fell asleep. Fantastic, was that as Parva? As Parva, yeah. Our first ever gig as a band, we got a van, I think we had someone there to drive us and help load the gear in. It was all excitement as our first gig outside of Leeds and then we turned up and as I say, there were 2 people and 1 fell asleep so I’d hope if we play there’ll be more than that many people there! Do you approach the racecourse shows any differently to your normal kind of tours? It’s more like a tour than it is a festival I think because obviously when you play at a festival there’s loads and loads and loads of bands and loads of things going on and this is only us basically, supported by some horseracing! So we just sort of try and put on a good show for everybody really. At the end of the day everyone’s had a good time, hopefully they’ve won some money and they’ve got drunk so then we just try and put on a good show to sort of end it all off really. Play some hits, get everyone there bouncing and loosening their ties and kicking off their high heels. Are summer holidays a thing of the past for you now you just play festivals in the UK and Europe throughout the summer? The people in our band who have children, which is not me, definitely definitely hate the fact that fundamentally, summer holidays they do not get to be at home or go on

lovely vacations with their children. I just said to another guy who was fairly disbelieving of this fact. Apart from I think it was like 2010 when we had a year off, we have played festivals every single summer since 2004. The first one was a little on the light side, but after that, we play about I dunno, 20 or 30 between summer festivals y’know.

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ALL CLOTHING AVILABLE IN STORE AT NEXT AND ONLINE @ Clockwise: P29. She wears: Red Mermaid Slogan Swimsuit £30, Bleach Studded Denim Jacket £55, White Baseball Trainers £25, Big Hoop Earrings, £4. P30 She Wears White Pom Pom Kaftan £25, Pom Pom Earrrings £10, Aviator Style Flat Lens Sunglasses £12, Gold Tone Filigree Cuff £14. P30 He Wears Bleach Frayed Denim Shorts £24, Aviator Style Sunglasses £14, Nuetral Cap £10. P30 /31 She Wears Ochre Large Tassel Shopper Bag £38, Pink/Blue Print Off The Shoulder Frill Bikini Top £24, Blue/Pink Printed High Leg Briefs £14, Gold Aviator Style Sunglasses £10, Pink Cork Wedges £28, He wears Vintage Style Black Sunglasses £14, Mint Placement Stripe Swim Shorts £14, White Lace-Up Trainer £35. Mono Tassled Towel £25. P31 She Wears White Slogan Swimsuit £32, Aviator Style Flat Lens Sunglasses £12, She wears Red Mermaid Slogan Swimsuit £30, White Baseball Trainers £25, Aviator Style Flat Lens Sunglasses £12 Big Hoop Earrings, £4. He Wears Vintage Style Black Sunglasses £14, Navy/White Colourblock Swim Shorts £14, Bracelet mix 6 pack £8. She Wears Pink Visor £7, Big Hoop Earrings £4, Multi Geo Print Rash Vest £30, She wears Bralet Bikini Top £18, Bikini Briefs £12, Aviator Style Flat Lens Sunglasses £12, Orange and Turquoise Necklace £16 Photography by Steve Smith @SteveDotPhoto, Art Direction by Jonathan Fraser, Styliing by Kimmy Rolfe www., Hair by Danique Leicester, Make up by Lara Giffard, Models Daniel, Tammy & Maria G @





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1. Oversized Denim Jacket £60 River Island. 2. Patches Denim Hot Shorts - Mid Wash £39 Superdry 3. Ombre denim shorts £26 4. MCQ Alexander McQueen Blue asymmetric denim top £125 Harvey Nichols 5. Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Superstar distressed trainers £350 Harvey Nichols 6. MISS PAP Danni Blue Bad Hair Day Cap £4.99 7. Distressed shift £32 River Island 8. Tassled Mini £35 River Island 9. Japanese Denim Medium Pouch £59 Jigsaw 10. Frill one shoulder playsuit £36 next . 11. Jumpsuit £195, Michael Kors Bag £99 Biba House of Fraser 12. Stella McCartney Falabella mini denim shoulder bag £660 Harvey Nichols 10.


SIXTY9° Style Commentator Sarah Potter talks the hottest festival trends of 2017

Ah festival season! Time to chill out or rave away to some awesome tunes and forget about the real world. For those of you who refuse to stay in the same jeans and t-shirt for four days straight, there is an abundance of fashionable festival inspired clothing. Smatters of bright prints, lashings of shimmering glitter and a tassel or two make up collections of clothing that are fun, vibrant and will certainly get you noticed. Here’s some of my favourite looks- follow me @sarahhhhrah Instagram: @sarah_ jayne_potter to see more.x



Bold, bright tropical inspired prints and patterns are a great trend to channel this Summer, even if the UK weather doesn’t quite live up to a Caribbean getaway. This trend is for the stylish girls who want to make an impression without going all out. Palm prints, pineapples, flamingos, tie dyes and big paint brush strokes are great options.

Tie Dye Lace Trim Split Beach Skirt £25.00 ASOS and Jennifer Cobalt Sequin Applique Mesh Top £20.00 PrettyLittleThing


Embro Chic

Feminine and fashionable, embroidery isn’t just reserved for the older generation don’t you know! From pom poms to fringes to badges and embroidery sewn onto everything from jackets to jeans. It’s also the easiest festival trend to DIY.



For girls who want to update their wardrobe with pieces they can wear again and again throughout the Summer, this trend is the one to choose. Paisley, florals and neutral colours with the introduction of smock and lace for added texture. Boho beads, bangles, bags and scarves means that this trend can update any outfit in an instant!

Multi-coloured Denim Pom Pom Jacket £29.99 TK Maxx and Multi Tassel Back Kimono Cape (main image above ) £18.00 ASOS


For those that prefer something a little more

Rock dressy when they’re dancing until sundown,

channel 70s rock with off the shoulder jumpsuits and playsuits and why not incorporate sequins and glitter? Textured fabrics like quilting, fur (faux of course) and velvet ooze decadence. What’s even better is that face and body glitter has become a serious trend at festivals and would work perfectly with this look!

‘Blazing’ Sandals £145 Dune and Quilted welly £17.99 Deichmann

Fabric & wood bead extra-long necklace £35.00 EAST, Navy Floral Tiered Dress £24.99 TK Maxx, Gold Trim Duffle Bag £35.00 Miss Selfridge, Lala Smocked Top - Jungle White £24.99 Superdry



Take a stylish approach to prairie prettiness and embrace this season’s trend for natural fabrics, homespun detailing and folksy prints. Whether you’re spending your warmer months at festivals or backpacking, take your cue from this free-spirited vibe with loose knits, ditsy florals and relaxed neutral tailoring in a desert palette of olive, sand and blush. MELANIE PRYOR, Womenswear Manager at Harvey Nichols Birmingham, selects her favourite pieces.

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Isabel Maran t shirt, £505.

Kenzo open-shoulder lurex jumper, £315.

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Marni large leather tote, £1080.

Rag & Bone mules, £415.

Ste lla M cCa rtne y dr ape d co tton trou ser s, £ 995 .

No21 asymmetric silk dress, £855.

Valentino velvet lace-up sandals, £405.

Stella McCartney cropped faux suede top, £535. Vince silk vest, £345

All products featured are available from Harvey Nichols Birmingham, either instore or via the Style Concierge service.



BEAUTY COMES FROM WITHIN With a background working with luxury brands, Solihull-born Alexa Mullane was certainly well placed to launch her own exclusive supplements range. She talks to LISA PIDDINGTON about her new range. Working with some of the biggest names in beauty meant Alexa Mullane knew more than most about the industry. Ten years in marketing with the likes of Harvey Nichols, Crème de la Mer and Chanel eyewear not only gave her a rare insight into luxury markets but also the passion to eventually launch her own brand. And less than a year after creating Potion London, the former Solihull Sixth Form College student is celebrating seeing her wellbeing beauty products filling the shelves at Harvey Nichols stores throughout the UK. “I had some amazing experiences working in marketing,” explains Alexa, aged 34. “But I wanted to launch my own company, and because I had a personal interest in both beauty and nutrition it made sense to combine my interests.” Potion London offers a range of scientifically formulated supplements that promote beauty from the inside out. “The saying ‘you are what you eat’ always made sense to me so I wanted to create a complete wellness brand that helped address a whole range of concerns, rather than just have a focus on beauty,” she says.

“I believe it is important to get all of your nutrients from food, but in reality with our busy lifestyles and love of processed meals it can be hard to achieve this, so food supplements can help fill in the gaps and by supplementing a healthy diet we ensure we get what we need on a daily basis. “The body needs nutrients in specific combinations and ratios in order to be absorbed and used properly in the body. For example, if you take calcium, your body also needs magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin K to help you absorb and use the calcium. A lot of food supplements don’t address this and it can be a headache to work out exactly what you need. I wanted to offer products that can be taken alone with confidence that it’s exactly what the body needs. “There are also some things that are very difficult to get from food alone. OK, so you can get collagen from bone broth but you would have to eat a lot of it every day to get enough to make a difference to your skin. Research shows that collagen can help reduce wrinkles, increase elasticity and increase skin hydration, so for people who want to see these benefits it can be useful for them to take it in the form of a food supplement.” The Potion London supplements range is available at Beyond Beauty in Harvey Nichols Birmingham, and prices start from £25.

ALEXA’S TOP THREE POTION LONDON MUST-HAVES: “The products are so different and serve different needs: the Bone Formula, for example, is great for people with a dairy intolerance who might not get enough calcium from their diet; while the Hyaluronic Complex is good for people with dry skin conditions, joint problems and dry eyes. But if I could only pick three to take

to a desert island it would be the Collagen Boost, as it gives my skin a noticeable glow and makes it super smooth; the Probiotic which is fantastic for gut health, having a positive knock-on effect on skin health, mental health and allergies; and Eat Your Greens, which is a whole-food formula providing seven vegetables

including spirulina, kale and beetroot to give me a muchneeded boost of nutrients.”




Whether it’s a quick stopover or a fortnight escape to the sun, ensure your travelling beauty bounty is first class. Opt for the hottest holiday essentials to preen and pamper from head to toe. HELEN GOUGH, Beauty Manager at Harvey Nichols Birmingham, selects the sumptuous and the splendid to see you through summer in style. Now all you have to do is decide on a destination. 3 1

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Products featured are available from the Beauty Hall at Harvey Nichols Birmingham or online at 1: Yves Saint Laurent bronzing palette, £35. 2. Lancôme Soleil Bronzer hydrating after-sun milk, £26. 3: Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder lipstick in Nude Spice, £36. 4: Stila bronzing beauty balm, £26 5: GHD V Gold amber sunrise styler, £139 6. NARS duo eyeshadow palette in Wildfire Chiang Mai, £25. 7: Lancôme Soleil Bronze protective mist SPF50, £26. 8: Tom Ford limited edition Mandarino Di Amalfi EDP, £155. 9: SHOW Beauty pure moisture conditioner, £29. 10: Elemis Biotec energising cleanser, £39.50.










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1: Scarf £120, Les Belles Heures 2: Paisley-print cotton bandana £10 Selfridges 3: Givenchy Star Applique Polo £395 Harvey Nichols 4: Printed T Shirt £7.99 H&M 5: Adidas Originals £88 The Sunglasses Shop 6: Boy Eagle cotton snapback cap £45 7: Miansai Red Hook Leather Wrap Bracelet £70 Harvey Nichols 8: Daniel Wellington Watch £129 Selfridges 9: Triangle Windbreaker Jacket River Island 10. Red Perforated Plimsolls £25 Zara 11.Denim Jacket £39.99 New Look 12. Retro runner shorts £14 next 13 Boss Orange White Orlando Runner £120 next 3

STYLIST'S CHOICE: SWIMWEAR The biggest decision you’ll make this summer is what to wear on the beach.The smallest of outfits, summer swimmer actually has to do the most work; transforming from activewear to flattering flirt outfit seamlessly. Add in the need to keep your Instagram followers up whilst dodging any mickey taking from the lads back home and you begin to see what we’re on about. It’s really important to choose a style in which you feel confident and comfortable in – if you’re the shy and retiring type then that lime mankini is probably not gonna be a good move… Swimwear needs to be versatile but you need to be clear on what your key beach objective is as that will most likely dictate the style for you– are you swimming, lounging, partying, flirting or all four.

BumpaTrunk £38.16 BCNUclothing

Styled on a classic sports short, a trunk tends trunks to have a fitted lining inside to avoid any embarrassing leg gape and are generally made from nylon or polyester so that they dry faster,This also means they don’t crease and if you got a plain matt finish they’re great to pop in your hand luggage for a day to night short.The most forgiving style for muffin top man, most high street styles tend to be too baggy though which will make you look like a twelve year old with skinny legs; the key here is to go for a tailored cut. Make sure the length lands no lower than mid-thigh.The perfect all-rounder.


SWIM BRIEF Speedos or budgie smugglers, we’re sure that whoever said it pays to advertise would have had a pair or two of these. Cut high on the leg and designed to frame every man’s assets front and back, the swim brief is definitely the one if flirting comes first. Keep pattern and design features to a minimum to avoid overcooking - plain navy, khaki or grey elevates the look and if you’re going white make you check to see how sheer your tighty whiteys go in the water.

JAMMERS So if you’re a serious swimmer, or you want to look like one then the jammer is for you. Skin tight to create less drag, these knee length trunks have replaced the board sort as the go to Ath Leisure beach basic- aside from the wetsuit of course! The choice for the serious swimmer.

Dsquared2 Union Jack Swim Briefs £150 Selfridges

Speedo Jammer £26 John Lewis

A straight cut style, the sports trunk is generally made of lycra to ensure a figure hugging fit which means that you need to feel body confident to pull off this look. Less revealing and look at me than the swimbrief, the sports trunk is the go to style for those that want to get noticed without feeling overly exposed. Perfect for partying.

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IT'S ALL IN THE DETAIL Traditionally consigned to the wardrobes of the fairer sex, embroidery takes on a masculine edge for SS17. Stylish stitching took centre stage on the menswear catwalks at Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and Gucci adorning tailored pieces, denim and streetwear. LISA PIDDINGTON, from Harvey Nichols Birmingham, reveals the musthave pieces that will add a quirky touch to your summer style.









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Products featured are available from Harvey Nichols at The Mailbox, Birmingham, or online at 1: Alexander McQueen satin bomber jacket, £1315. 2: Alexander McQueen sweatshirt, £690. 3: Bruta shirt, £155. 4: Lanvin T-shirt, £335 5: Maharishi bomber jacket, £340 6: Kenzo sweatshirt, £230. 7: DSquared2 slim-leg jeans, £540. 8: Gucci shorts, £495. 9: Maison Mihara Yasuhiro sweatshirt, £340. 10: Philipp Plein T-shirt, £330. 11: Saint Laurent leather wallet, £360. 12: Paul Smith loafers, £350

42 1. Gucci Black Aviator £240 Harvey Nichols. 2. Prada Aviator Sunglasses, Silver £253. 3.Black Aviators £14 River Island.4.Oakley Flak 2.0 Xl Prizm™ £140 John Lewis. 5. Ray-Ban Round Sunglasses, Bronze Green Gradient £125. 6. Burton Black Matte Wayfarer Sunglasses £12. 7. Oakley Frogskins Square Sunglasses, Yellow Mirror Green £95. 8. Tom Ford Clint Round Sunglasses, Black Green £230.9. Ray-Ban Clubround Wood Polarised Round Sunglasses, Brown Dark Green £275.


The right pair of sunglasses can turn you from zero to hero in seconds and add some seaside swagger to your game this summer. dark. Metal framework will soften an angular shaped shade.




Definition is key so slim your cheeks with a frame slightly wider than the broadest part of your face. Angular styles will pull your temple higher, lengthening your face and break up the roundness. Solid 6 acetate framework in dark colours and prints create a defined outline and keep things masculine.


Aviators are a great shape for a square face. If you have 1 strong features, the bigger the better, whilst delicate features are better suited to the small to medium sized option. Oval and round frames look great edged with a solid acetate rim. For a more masculine approach, metal framework with dark lenses also look great on square faces, accentuating your chiselled features. Rectangular shaped frames with soft edges are a classic, unisex option so be warned; your partner will steal 2 them.


A large frame is best for the oval 3 face as this will accentuate and chisel cheekbones. Details on the arms will pull your temples out, adding definition to your face shape but make sure that the arms don’t sit too low on your face. Visor styles work great- make sure the lenses are




Go for a more quirky, retro shaped pair of sunglasses. Coloured frames and arms with strong detail will soften the lower portion of your face shape by accentuating the eye area. Wrap-around frames work well in balancing out a diamond face shape whilst rectangular frames can balance out a pointed chin.




Whether it’s the heat of Hawaii or the temptation of Thailand, ensure you’re beach-ready this summer with these stylish must-haves. We asked DARREN JACKSON, Private Shopping Manager at Harvey Nichols Birmingham, to share his suitcase saviours. 1: Dolce & Gabbana T-shirt, £330: Bring the fiesta feel to your holiday wardrobe with this bright and beautiful T-shirt. Team with chino shorts to take you from the beach to the bar in an instant. 2: La Mer Reparative Sun Lotion SPF30, £75: Not only does this offer great sun protection; it’s also packed with extensive anti-ageing benefits, leaving you with firmer, healthier looking skin. Win win! 3: Moschino beach towel, £95: Reserve your sun bed in the most stylish way possible, with this designer towel featuring the brand’s signature logo.

5: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino EDP, £155 (50ml): Perfectly capturing the cool breezes, sparkling clear water and lush foliage of the Italian Rivera, this classic cologne features citrus oils, floral notes and amber undertones.

7: Monroe of London hair and body wash, £31.50: An effective yet gentle formula that leaves your skin refreshed and energised and your hair thoroughly cleansed.

4: Dior Homme tortoiseshell roundframe sunglasses, £345: As cool as shades get, these tortoiseshell sunnies have tinted grey lenses offering 100% UV protection. Of course, there’s the designer stamp on the arm too.

6: Master & Dynamic aluminium headphones, £319: For impeccable sound quality on-the-go, chill out in the sun with your favourite tunes.

8: La Prairie’s Soothing After Sun Mist, £64: The sun certainly feels wonderful, but the after-effects may require replenishment and rehydration. This wash bag essential naturally calms, soothes and moisturises sun-parched skin.


FESTIVAL FLYERs The summer season is all about beach breaks, exciting getaways and fun festivals so we’ve rounded up four incredible destinations where you can experience all three of these in one amazing trip!

Visiting for the first time? For awe-inspiring views over the city, take a climb up Marjan hill, not only will it provide postcard perfect pictures but also peaceful golden beaches and scenic jogging trails too.

Split (Croatia)

Fancy a festival? If you want to combine a city break with a vibrant festival scene then Split has many to choose from. Take your pick from music festivals hosted in historical castles to ancient festivals held in the neighbourhood’s streets and squares. If you’re into electro music, Ultra Europe is the festival for you – and make sure you

Split, Croatia’s second largest city is famed for its sparkling waters and Roman monuments. With vibrant culture, lively festivals and dozens of bars and restaurants, it’s clear to see why Split is becoming a must-see hot-spot for tourists.

don’t miss the opening party at Giraffe Palm Beach Club. Want to go further? With Croatia boasting so many beautiful islands you won’t be short of unforgettable day trips. Take a visit to Hvar, often described as the island of natural beauty, and gaze at the gothic palaces and sheltered coves. If you’re looking for something a little livelier then travel to the island of Pag, home to Zrce beach a lively summer hotspot and host to the popular Hideout musical festival.

Malta For a small island Malta has a lot to offer, from atmospheric festivals to impressive cultural carnivals - you won’t be stuck for something to do. If you’re looking to visit for a quiet break then the island also offers tranquil seas and peaceful villages. Visiting for the first time? One of the big draws to Malta is its rich history; admire the 16th-century baroque St John’s Cathedral or take a guided tour around Casa Rocca Piccola, an

45 Visiting for the first time? Having earned a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list, Ibiza Town boasts mesmerizing views, rich heritage and ancient monuments. Take a walk through the old town’s narrow streets and bask in culture. If you want to experience the other side of Ibiza then the sunset strip in San Antonio is packed with bustling bars and clubs. Party throughout the night and watch the sun rise over the blue seas. ornate 1580s palace. After immersing yourself in history have a wander along the promenade and pick from the many bars and clubs. Fancy a festival? Surprising to some, Malta is host to one of Europe’s best dance music festivals. Radio DJ Annie Mac presents the Lost & Found festival, where you can enjoy poolside performances, boat-parties and dancing in caves. If that’s not your scene then why not admire the spectacular views at Malta’s annual Firework Festival. Want to go further? Offering extraordinary views, swimming in secluded coves and leisurely walks, taking a trip to Malta’s neighbouring island of Gozo is a must. Easily accessible via regular ferries you could be enjoying the islands highlights in no time.If you fancy sampling the Maltese cuisine visit the Dingli cliffs and enjoy some rabbit stew.

Ibiza From quiet picturesque villages to bustling strips, Ibiza has something for everyone. From worldclass clubs to peaceful walking trails, you can experience a different holiday with every visit to Ibiza.

Fancy a festival? Famed for being the party capital of Spain, Ibiza is not short of an atmospheric music festival. One of the world’s largest music festivals, Tomorrowland, are hosting an impressive nine events throughout the year, held in Ushuaia’s openair space they’re set to be a night of unforgettable memories. Want to go further? Described as Ibiza’s little sister, Formentera is just 17 kilometers away in distance but miles away in personality. The island boasts unspoiled white sand beaches, open-air street cafes and quiet sleepy towns, perfect settings to sit back and watch the world go by.

Cluj Transylvania’s unofficial capital is full of charm, culture and art. Visiting for the first time? Cluj has a vibrant art scene. Start with the National Art Museum, housed in a baroque palace and filled with 19th and 20th century Romanian art. Stop by the city’s historic centre, Piaţa Unirii, a large square overlooked by a tall church tower. From there, wander to the well-curated Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania, where you can see the region’s past laid out in artefacts. Fancy a festival? EDM fans shouldn’t miss Cluj’s three electronic music festivals held each year – old-standby Delahoya, with a focus on local DJs; the established Electric Castle, where big names perform in a magnificent castle; and massive newbie Untold, with musical giants like David Guetta, Tiësto and Avicii. Cluj is mainly known for its music festivals, but it’s got great international film ones as well. Cinephiles can check out feature length films at Transilvania International Film Festival and short films at ClujShorts. Want to go further? Locals and tourists alike love the Apuseni Mountains, southwest of Cluj. Their unique geological formation means lots of caves and forested trails to explore. Expect to see foxes, wild goats and the occasional bear.

Getting there Fly direct to all of these festival fueled destinations from Birmingham Airport and you could be partying in the sun in just 2 hours 35 minutes. Visit to find out more.

CRITICAL LIST Trainspotting Live

20th – 24th June @ Curve, Leicester In Your Face Theatre celebrate the 21st anniversary of the screen adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting with this no-holdsbarred, immersive production of the controversial story, where the audience is literally part of the show!

47 Stadium

9th June – 17th June @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre The second show in the Furnace Series, The REP has commissioned acclaimed French director Mohamed El Khatib for this pioneering world première. Hundreds of Aston Villa, Birmingham City, and West Bromwich Albion fans unite to share their surprising, funny, heartbreaking stories; all aspects of fandom are explored in ‘Stadium’

Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery and as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue! Named “The funniest show we’ve seen!” by Ant & Dec this multi award winning West End comedy is one not to be missed.

The Party’s Over

27th June @ Lakeside Arts, Nottingham Five people, thrown together in a shack far from home, bring together their stories to discover who they could be. This is a celebration of life and a search for identity at Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts.

movement are inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s genre defining album, Boy in da Corner. You will step into a pirate radio station, teenage bedroom and house party as an outsider battles with finding their voice in this show alongside music, lyrics poetry and dancing.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Funny Girl: The Musical

Monday 12th – Saturday 17th June @ Nottingham Theatre Royal This iconic musical is returning hot on the heels of a record breaking West End run. The new production of Funny Girl named ‘utterly irresistible’ by The Sunday Times, stars Natasha J Barnes as Fanny Brice and tells her story of rise from Brooklyn Music Hall singer to Broadway star.

The Play that Goes Wrong

19th June – 24th June @ Birmingham Rep Theatre The Cornley Polytechnic Drama

The Addams Family

27th June – 1st July @ Theatre Royal In the UK premiere of your favourite kooky family, Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows… this spectacular musical comedy comes from writers of the multi award-winning Jersey Boys and features a live orchestra to accompany the heart-warming story, with a twist.

Poet in Da Corner

Friday 30th June @ Neville Studio, Nottingham Playhouse A fusion of poetry, grime and

4th- 8th Jul @Birmingham Hippodrome Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under the suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world.


Tuesday 4th July @ Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham www.motorpointarenanottingham. com Blink-182 are returning to the UK for a huge tour after a number 1 US and UK album, with ‘California’. The band will be supported by Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and The Front Bottoms. These punk pop favourites are sure to put on one hell of a show.

48 Departure Lounge Festival 20th-23th July @ Derby Theatre Derby’s festival of new performance returns for a fifth year with a bumper line-up of shows, workshops and talks as well as a whole new festival, Arrivals, showcasing the best in new writing. Along with the usual dosage of Edinburgh previews there’ll be tried and tested work and a couple of brand new worksin-progress to enjoy plus there’s a range of weekender and day passes available with individual events costing under a tenner! Highlights include:

Two Destination Language

22nd July @ Derby Theatre A woman returns to visit her family home, and misses the one thing she values most: the father she remembers.

Captain Simon by Serious Business 21st July @ Derby Theatre A wry, tender and anarchic exploration of sex, pornification and male inadequacy.

Pube by Eugénie Pastor

22nd July @ Derby Theatre An intimate, 45 minute one-on-one

performance that explores our relationship with pubic hair and the reasons that inform the choices we make.

O No! by Jamie Wood

22nd July @Derby Theatre A psychedelic ride, and a wonky homage to the woman damned for destroying the Beatles, O No! borrows Yoko Ono’s art instructions to ask whether falling in love is always catastrophic.

Birmingham The latest concert from The People’s orchestra will see the greatest soundtracks to your favourite superhero films including Superman, Batman and Spiderman performed as part of their Legend Series. As well as a special live accompaniment to an all-new X-Men fan film, Cable: Chronicles of Hope.

The Nottingham Beach Jungle Book

19 - 22 Jul @ Birmingham Hippodrome www. Spectacular street-dance and breathtaking circus combine to bring Kipling’s classic tale crashing into the 21st Century. Fresh from its international tour, award winning Metta Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Jungle Book will delight the whole family. Mowgli is finding her way in the urban jungle. With a beat-loving bin man Baloo, graffiti artist Bagheera and a skateboarding Wolf crew, this heart-warming coming of age story will astonish and amaze.

The People’s Orchestra Presents Legends: Superhero Symphonies

22nd July @ New Alexandra Theatre

22nd July – 30th August @ Old Market Square, Nottingham The popular Nottingham beach returns to the city centre this year! You can take a trip down to the seaside and not have to leave the Nottingham bounds. With a beach bar, entertainment throughout the summer, paddling pools and rides you’ll feel as though you’re really by the sea.

Simon Says… 2017

29-30 July @ De Montfort Hall, Leicester Simon Says... returns to De Montfort Hall and Gardens for the fifth year running, presented in partnership with three of Leicester’s finest music venues, The Donkey, Firebug and The Musician. The festival will showcase the finest talent from Leicester’s music scene and beyond, along with real ales, cocktails, food and drink and much more! Acts confirmed so far: By The Rivers, Jah Wobble, Jim Bob,Smoove & Turrell, Uncle Frank., Ash Mammal, Bellatones, Bluebird Parade, Charlotte Carpenter, Cohesion,Chris Conway & Dan Britton, Dexeter,

Our new season seasonin inThe ThePatrick PatrickCentre Cente at Birmingham BirminghamHippodrome. Hippodrome. Presenting the best in South Asian dance, hip-hop, comedy, children’s theatre and more.

Navadal Bourgeois & Maurice The National South Asian Youth The Edinburgh Fringe smash-hit Dance Competition

201 Dance Company: Jungle Book Smother

Sat 27 15 Jul May £17 £5

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50 Echolocation, Eden, Ex Comets, Goan Dogs, GU-RU, Her Name is Calla,King Brasstards, Lakuta,Lets Play 2016,Nia Soul, SKAM, Sophia Marshall, The Cult of Dom Keller, The Double Yellers, The Daydream Club, The Dedbeats, The Della Grants, The Midnight Dogs, The Tin Pigeons.

24th – 28th August @ Wollaton Park, Nottingham Summer Nights is a festival of outdoor film screenings in beautiful heritage locations throughout the summer. Once again the festival will be visiting Wollaton Hall in August 2017.

Mosh for Rossi

Mamma Mia The Movie

4th August @ Markeaton Park, Derby Grab some popcorn and a get ready for a cosy unique film experience as you watch the ABBA filled favourite Mamma Mia outdoors under the stars! Bring plenty of friends and a few chairs and you’re set.

5th August @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham This day of music including some of the UK’s finest metal and hard rock bands is raising money for The Team Rossi Foundation, which helps children with cancer through activities, funding and support. Bands include Doomsday Outlaw, Blitz and Patriot Rebel.

10th-20th Aug @ Curve, Leicester Under the light of the moon, we follow the story of four young lovers as they become ensnared by the magic of the forest and the trickery of mischievous sprite Puck. Throw in the warring King and Queen of the fairies and a misfit band of actors performing a play within a play, and the lines between fantasy and reality soon become blurred…

Summer Nights Outdoor Film Screenings

5th August @ Symphony Hall Birmingham Singer songwriter Regina Spektor will be at the Symphony Hall this August after her seventh album Remember Us to Life. Writing her own songs from a young age her music has featured in many TV shows and she even played for the Obamas!

Dracula: The Bloody Truth

Kate Nash A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Regina Spektor + Support

5th August @ Rock City, Nottingham Kate Nash is bringing her 10th Anniversary tour to Nottingham’s legendary Rock City venue this August. Along with special guests yet to be announced, don’t miss out on tickets!

15th – 16th Aug @ Birmingham Hippodrome This brand new comedy theatre show will take audiences on a journey across Europe from the dark and sinister Transylvanian mountains to the awkwardly charming seaside town of Whitby whilst the frantic Van Helsing and his three amateur actors try to stage a life-changing, factual theatrical production of the events of Dracula.

ZooNation’s Groove On Down The Road

27th – 29th Sep @ Birmingham Hippodrome UK leading hip-hop dance company ZooNation give their unique twist to the classic story of The Wizard of Oz. Set in a fantastical urban world, Groove On Down The Road tells the story of Dorothy and her adventures with Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion on their journey to Oz.



Hold on to your seats, cinema-goers, as the Summer Blockbuster is back. With big releases like Alien: Covenant, Pirates of the Caribbean and Baywatch on the horizon Richard Doherty looks at what might tickle your film fancy this summer.


It’s Marvel vs DC again this summer as we get our fix of comic book fantasy in the form of a more youthful Spidey and a darker, less flowery Wonder Woman. After Tobey Maguire and then Andrew Garfield, we now have Tom Holland in the clingy suit, slinging webs to save NYC against the evil Vulture (Michael Keaton). Will this younger imagining of the popular hero have us swinging from the rafters or will it get stuck in its own web? With Wonder Woman we have something a bit different, a FEMALE super hero. At last! Something fresh (and don’t think I’ve forgotten about Supergirl even if you have or all of the female characters in X-Men…they haven’t had their own films, yet). Diana, Princess of the Amazons, (Gal Gadot) learns of a battle in the outside world thanks to the news spread by a crashed pilot (Chris Pine). Off she hops to save the world! But will there be gold hot-pants and an invisible plane?? We can but hope.


Well, the title says it all, really. A Brit-laden war movie from the pen of Christopher Nolan (who also Directed) with more home-grown talent than you could shake a rifle at. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles (yes, him out of One Direction), Cillian Murphy…it goes on. Action aplenty and no doubt tears will be shed for, as we know, not everyone made it home from that beach in France.


Based upon the series of books by Stephen King, this science fiction/fantasy/western/horror film combines many genres and plenty of brooding and dark foreboding in the form of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Anyone familiar with the books may be interested, or aghast, to learn that this will apparently be a different take on the stories, rather than a simple adaptation. As you can guess from the mixture of genres it covers, it could be an interesting ride and a first step in to a new franchise.


Starring Charlize Theron as an undercover MI6 agent in Cold War Germany…well that’s enough right? I mean, c’mon…it’s Charlize Theron! With James MacAvoy as her help in the field, this film certainly adds to the powerful female lead character stable. This woman holds no punches as a bit of a female bad-ass Bond/Jason Bourne. Guns, fight scenes, comedy…and Charlize.


Far too many good releases to choose from this issue so here’s my top threeall great films for various reasons. You have the mind-play and plot twists of the freaky Get Out; you have the feel good factor and easy watchability of the excellent Hidden Figures; you have the sumptuous Viceroy’s House with its powerful, political message and a wonderful score by A.R.Rahman. Watch them all, you won’t be disappointed.



Imagine sitting in a bar and ordering a mojito. The waiter only gives you a glass of ice. When you complain, he points to the bar and says, “Sorry, that bartender is only trained in serving ice.” You send it back. The waiter returns with just ice and mint. “Our other bartender only does garnish,” he explains. A bar employing onetrick ponies won’t last long. Today’s competitive music industry is the same. It’s not enough to be a ‘singer,’ ‘producer’ or ‘manager.’ Music professionals need a cocktail of skills. They require all the ingredients for a successful career. In Leicester, there’s a music school with a difference where industry experts train their students for the evolving future. Echo Factory graduates are not bystanders. They are makers, performers and creatives, well-prepared for the real music industry. Echo Factory delivers bespoke degrees covering music performance, business and production validated by the University of Wolverhampton. Sixty-Nine Degrees dropped in to Echo Factory’s end-of-year Collaborative Music performance to find out more… As it was assessment day for the first-year performance students, we expected a tense scene straight from the X Factor holding pen. Instead, we

entered Echo’s industrial chic chill-out zone to find calm, prepared students excitedly chatting with their tutors. Piers Nicholls, Director of Studies, said: “We nurture each student on a 1:1 basis and support their individual journeys. Our students are unique beings with potential and they unite with Echo Factory to achieve their goals. Even our entry auditions and interviews are encouraging and welcoming. At Echo Factory, we prefer an enabling model, not a harsh approach.” Inside Echo Factory’s impressive live venue, we were amazed by the polished, professional performances given by the student band on stage. The musicians were versatile, dynamic and exuded confidence. Nicholls said: “What is most exceptional is how our students have moved forwards in terms of competence, knowledge and temperament. They have achieved a sense of belonging with the music. Our students are doers, not just learners. Graduates must be robust and ready for the challenges of the music industry. We give them the skills, knowledge and expertise to deal with that.” Ready to create a stir in the music industry? Echo Factory are still accepting applications for their September 2017 courses. For more information about degrees, 1:1 tuition, short courses and facilities hire contact, 0116 253 5657. Follow @ echofactoryuk



The Midlands is alive with a wealth of new musical talent. Sixty9° Molly Copoc explores the sound of our cities and the freshest new talent. force to be reckoned with after the release of their EP Control. With entrancing vocals and hearty bass you can’t help but move your feet. The band recently played their first headline gig in Birmingham and we predict there are many more shows where that came from.

Nottingham: Keto

Funky, fresh and ready to storm the music scene is four piece Nottingham band, Keto. Their lo-fi folk style places their music in a hypnotic field, with lead singer, Leah Sinead producing a spellbinding performance with her band. An essence of Laura Marling and Stevie Nicks flow through her vocals, leaving the audience falling at their feet throughout their shows which are sure to captivate you. The band are already on the road to success as it’s not just the UK this band plan to prevail having recently played shows in France.

Nottingham/Derby: Babe Punch

Grunge rock chicks Babe Punch span across the homelands of Nottingham and Derby. Their sound has attracted praise from NME and fellow rock band – Drenge. Driven by a mission to show the strength in women, these girls have shown they are a

Dream pop, with pshycadelic undertones creeping through. The band has well and truly broke out onto their hometown scene and gathered an impressive number of plays on their SoundCloud account. We predict big things for Royal Arcade’s future. Watch this space.

Leicester: Sepia Sun

This rocktronica trio have been on the music scene since 2014 performing around their hometown of Leicester but what is rocktronica I hear you cry? Why it’s the impeccable mix of rock and electronic and trust us when we say it’s a blessing to our ear drums and iPod’s. Over the years the use of electronic music technology in rock music has come into its own, giving the rock scene something it truly needs. A unique, fresh sound and this is exactly what Sepia Sun brings to the table.

Leicester: Royal Arcade

Fresh onto the music scene are five piece band Royal Arcade. Their alluring live shows are a scene awash with mosh pits, the odd crowd surfer and hordes of passionate chanting. Their music places them in a whimsical subgenre of alternative rock –

Derby: Alex Blood & The Diggers

2017 is the year of Alex Blood & the Diggers. Having supported the likes of Maverick Sabre and claiming themselves a number of main stage slots at festivals they bring something new and exciting to the music scene with their sound that is….well…’s so good they can’t even pin point it themselves. Fresh out of Derby, this quartet grace the stage with their mash up of genres: Punk, rock, rap and reggae! Oh you do spoil us boys. With a debut album in the making, we suspect 2017 is the year the band will launch into the mainstream music industry and we cannot wait.

55 the 60’s/70’s era, The Cosmics are set to release new music in 2017 having released EP Johnny last year (Check it out on YouTube!) You are sure to fall in love with the vintage voice of vocalist/ bassist Erin Curran and relive the traditional years of punk scuzz.

Birmingham: Mutes Birmingham: The Cosmics

Let us introduce you to Birmingham trio: Erin, Conor and Danny behind band The Cosmics. If alternative rock and garage punk is what you’re into then we are sure you’ll be a fan! Influenced by

Having emerged into the music scene in 2013, Mutes fourth album is set to be released this summer. The band’s sound has drastically changed throughout the years and all started by producing bedroompop in front man James’ flat in their hometown of Birmingham. The band now use harmonized

Derby: Dactylion

vocals twinned with brash guitar riffs to establish themselves in the noise-rock genre accompanied by connotations of lo-fi inspired shoe gaze with a hint of grunge.

Four piece alternative/shoegaze band are fresh out of Derby and when we say fresh we mean they are so new to the scene they played their first gig back in January! Expect more music to emerge from this hopeful band this year with big guitars and mesmerizing shoe gaze vocals. Spread the word and tell your friends!




Alt J

Mercury Prize winners Alt J return with a distinctly cinematic sound for their latest Long Player, Relaxer. Teasing the release with an online game at Lead single 3WW brings with it an obsession with binary that continues on second single In Cold Blood that features a new addition to the Leeds based electro indie pioneers sound – an impressively punchy horn section that’s as far more Hollywood than Headingley.

London Grammar

TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING We hold London Grammar close to our heart here at SIXTY9° towers what with them meeting and forming whilst studying in Nottingham and with their first album being just so blooming brilliant. So when our review copy of Truth Is a Beautiful Thing arrived, the office was hushed as streaming began… but not for too long. Beautiful as this sophomore release from the band it shows little progression in sound compared to the XX or the ridiculously underrated Arthur Beatrice for example – another of our favourite late night listens. Hannah Reid’s voice is simply stunning but in this release it’s not enough to make us play repeat.

Lady Antebellum HEART BREAK


With a fresh take on pop blending hip hop and soul with beautiful vocals, Dua Lipa has definitely been one to watch in 2017. Following on from the success of the huge hits Be The One, Hotter Than Hell, Blow Your Mind and Lost in Your Light, the 21 year old, who has been trying for most of her teenage years to make it in the music industry, has finally released her self-named debut album bursting full of pop gorgeousness and exploring the ever relatable themes of love, relationships and break ups.


A slightly misleading title as the song from which the award winning Lady Antebellum’s seventh studio album, Heart Break, takes its name is not about a heart breaking, but a heart taking a break. The break may also relate to the band’s own recent hiatus which saw Kelley release his own solo album and tour and Scott announce her own gospel album made with her family. The new album release will be centre stage of an all new ‘world tour’ although, at the time of writing, the only dates announced are state side...

HOPELESS FOUNTAIN KINGDOM Two years after her debut album and after collaborating with Chainsmoker on their no 1 track Closer, Halsey is set to follow up 2015’s Badlands this summer. Dropping hints like a twitter treasure hunt, Halsey finally gave fans an April Easter egg with first release from the album Now or Never – which moves away from the Alt Pop of her first album and exploits a languid RnB bassline to full effect.

57 After featuring in Rae Sremurd’s Black Beatles DROP TOP WIZOP and a post-prison album on the top of the R&B and Hip Hop charts, Gucci Mane returns with a new album and teaser freestyle Drop Top Wizop, still very much in his own wellknown style. With an autobiography in the making you’re sure to hear much more of him in 2017.

Gucci Mane


FEED THE MACHINES Nickleback will be returning on stage this summer with a new tour and their new album Feed The Machine; released on the 9th of June. It’s a long awaited return to form for Nickleback who took a break from music after their vocalist Chad Kroeger’s health issues led them to cancel their 2014-2015 tour. Feed the Machine is the band’s 9th album and if the title single is anything to go by, Nickleback are finally coming back with cascading drums, heavy guitar riffs and killer choruses in the proper old school rock way we love them for.

Fall out boy


Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album won’t drop until the 15th of September this year, but the band have already started teasing fans through ambiguous clips and social media updates, from sharing a note hand written by Pete Wentz to suggestions of a possible collaboration with Panic! At the Disco, following a cameo appearance from Brendon Urie. Wentz proclaims in his note that the album is exactly as the title says ‘Mania’. Their only released single so far ‘Young and Menace’ brings with it harsh, electro rock tones and dark themes that we love.

Ha im

SOMETHING TO TELL YOU Four years after their 2013 Grammy nominated debut album Days Are Gone, the Haim sisters return with their long awaited second album release due 7th of July. Growing up in the Haim house must have been a blast as their parents obviously had great taste in music. With a sound that owes a huge amount to early eighties bands such as The Pretenders, Starship, Fleetwood Mac , the three sisters are back with a lead single that wouldn’t seem out of place rolling over the credits of any Molly Ringwald movie and we love ‘em all the more for it.





With the new single Love Galore released early May following Drew Barrymore, SZA’s new album release seems to be getting closer, but how close? One of the most anticipated Hip Hop albums of summer 2017, CTRL still does not have a release date as we go to press but they have just released the 14 song tracklist featuring Kendrick Lamaar and Isaiah Rashad. We’re waiting…

The Grammy Award winning singer saw incredible success with her first single Royals at just 17, followed by a hugely successful debut album Pure Heroine but further single success in the UK has eluded her which leaves you to ask the question “was the cleverness of Royals just a fluke?” Despite a disproportionate amount of Radio 1 airplay, the first single from the album Melodrama just leaves us feeling grumpy. That sparse, nineties piano backing just makes us long for the good old days of house and a proper old school hands in the hair dancefloor banger instead of this damp sparkler as a result of uninspired production and a lyric that lacks intelligence or substance.







World-class ‘Graffiti’ artists, international street dance stars, award-winning emcees plus the biggest names in Birmingham’s home-grown hip-hop talent flocked to Southside in their thousands for Birmingham’s second, annual B-Side Hip-Hop Festival. Produced by Birmingham Hippodrome in partnership with local Hip-Hop artists Breakmission, Juice Aleem, Graffitiartist. com and Mickeal ‘Marso’ Riviere, this year’s festival saw over 5000 visitors, more than 50 artists and performers from across the globe as well as an additional 200 street dance and break dance competitors descend on Birmingham Hippodrome to battle it out to be crowned Break Mission Just Jam International champion.



AT NOTTINGHAM IN FASHION EVENT Midlands Fashion fans descended on Nottingham for a weekend of style at this year’s Nottingham in Fashion event. Taking place at the iconic Council House, overlooking the city’s Old Market Square, the two-day event showcased the best fashion that Nottingham has to offer, with over 200 outfits paraded down the catwalk by a team of local models of all shapes and sizes. Shows featured the latest clothes, footwear, jewellery and accessories and new season styles from over 50 of the city’s stores who were a mix of high street brands, department stores and one-off independent names including Jigsaw, French Connection, Stick and Ribbon, House of Fraser, Radley, Dr Martens and Gigi Bottega. There was even a dedicated Fashion Bus for shoppers to jump on-board and experience a free mini beauty treatment from brands including Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Too Faced and Clarins. See more at

Other highlights from the event included a live set from Birmingham-based emcee Lady Sanity, performances from Hip-hop dance artist Boogie Frantick and UK rap artists Strange U as well as Prit, Nucleo, T-Kid, Boogie Frantik, PoeOne, Link, IMD, Bubbles and Sic-Nis among others. Brand new for 2017, this year’s festival also saw graffiti artists from across the globe take over Southside for a full weekend of live street art and interactive workshops taking place across the Hippodrome’s Main Foyer spaces and surrounding city streets. Other workshops taking place across the weekend included Sweat The Technique master-classes in Breaking, Poppin’ and hip-hop lead by PoeOne, Boogie Frantik and Link Bink, an introduction to the history of masquerade and ‘Neo-Mmanwu’ with Florence Okoye, an exploration of ‘Women, Hip-Hop and Afrofuturism’ with Latifah Stone and a four day hip-hop research lab curated by Festival Producer and award-winning choreographer Mickeal ‘Marso’ Riviere for semi/professional and emerging HipHop artists, running from 15-19 May in DanceXChange. Find out more at


A Leicester-based female networking initiative, Girls Empowered, has launched with the aim to empower girls and women across Leicester to make movement in businesses, whether existing or new. With the rate of UK female entrepreneurs growing at three times the rate of male entrepreneurs, but with female-run businesses having just 27% turnover of male-run businesses, Girls Empowered has been set up to bridge the gap between eductaion and the workplace, as well as to teach new entrepreneurs how to increase revenues and reputation, through talks from successful business women. The next event was also announced at the launch, a Masterclass taking place on the 29th June 2017 with Gemma Clarke from Tangle Teezer. Find out more at

LAB 11

A once abandoned warehouse, Lab 11 is now claimed as one of Birmingham’s most iconic venues. Set in the bustling heart of Digbeth, the newly invigorated space hosts a series of renowned in-house and externally promoted club nights and specially curated events for the thriving arts and culture scene. With a freshly refurbished outdoor terrace housed under the grand Victorian Viaducts of Digbeth and the stripped back walls of the internal club adorned with the latest lighting and sound installations it’s safe to say Lab 11 is up there with the best of Europe’s clubs. Events to look out for include: TRMNL with Damian Lazarus | East End Dubs on 24 Jun, The Acid Experiment - Fabio & Grooverider 6 Hour Set on 8 July, Foliee with Dennis Cruz & Michael Bibi LAB11 on 14 July and the Sum Cellar: Daytime Party on the 15 July. Trent Street, Birmingham, @ LAB11venue











Head Chef at Harvey Nichols Birmingham MARK WALSH shares one his favourite summer recipes – Duck With Carrot Puree, Coriander And Mango.

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INGREDIENTS – SERVES FOUR: Four duck breasts. Three teaspoons coriander seeds. Five carrots. Salt and pepper. 2cm cube butter. 90g coriander leaves. 250ml vegetable oil. Three ripe mangoes. One large pak choi.


1: Prepare the coriander oil the night before: Put around 50ml of oil in the blender and whizz on high speed, slowly adding the coriander leaves. Once blended add the rest of the oil. Lay a porous cloth in a colander and sieve the oil into a bowl. Cover and leave in the fridge over night. 2: To cook the duck: Trim any excess fat and score the skin in a criss-cross pattern with a very sharp knife in 1cm intervals. Toast 2tsps of coriander seeds and crush to season the duck. Place the meat skin-side down in a cold, non-stick pan on a medium heat without oil for six-eight minutes or until golden brown. Pour off the fat regularly and seal the other side for 30 seconds. Place the duck skin-side up on a rack in a roasting tin in the middle of the oven and cook for six-ten minutes. Once the duck is cooked, rest in a warm place for a further ten minutes

3: Carrot purée: Peel the carrots and cut into 1cm pieces. In a saucepan dry-fry 1tsps of coriander seeds until they start to smell citrusy then add the carrots, cover with water and season with the salt and pepper. Simmer until the carrots are completely cooked through then strain off the water and keep to one side. Put the carrots and the seeds in a food processor and whizz up on a low speed, slowly add some of the water and the butter, and blitz until velvety smooth. 4: Mango discs: Peel the mangoes and slice them into 5mm slices. Cut three small 10-15mm discs using a round cutter. Take the remaining fruit and blend until a smooth purée; put in a plastic piping bag and refrigerate until chilled. 5: Pak choi: Cut the root off, separate each leaf and wash, wilt in a pan and then lay on the plate. Plate up the rest of the ingredients as shown in the photograph. This dish is available from the new Summer menu at Harvey Nichols Birmingham. The restaurant at the luxury Mailbox store is open Sundays from 11am-10pm; Mondays from 10am-7pm; and Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10am-10.30pm. Afternoon Tea is served daily from 3.30pm-5.30pm.

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DON’T FOLLOW THE HERD Loud, extrovert and unashamedly funky, Leicester’s Boneyard describes itself as the “multicultural meat society”. Since opening, their unique blend of herbs and spices and great cuts of meat have proved a hit in the city. SIXTY9°’s food lover Lilith Hunt-Sheppard went along to try their ‘Spike’ for herself.

I have, in fact, been a fan of Boneyard since its opening at the tail end of 2016 but when I heard that there were some new additions to the menu to sample I was straight down to Granby Street to try them. The sun was blazing down and Boneyard’s front windows were pulled right back to let in the summer air- perfect for a spot of people watching. On arrival, we were greeted by Ed who lead us to our table and immediately guided us through the extensive cocktail menu, recommending drinks to suits our individual tastes. As Ed mixed our cocktails we relaxed and took the time to look at the menu and take in the funky and fierce interior. One of the great things about Boneyard is the amount of choice. The menu features a range of dishes that are available as small or large portions- perfect for a tapas style sharing feast. We decided to try a mix of smaller dishes and ordered Dirty Humm; traditional hummus with harissa, pickles and flat bread; longbone Lamb chops, marinated in yoghurt and spices, and cooked in a clay oven for extra flavour; huge three-joint chicken wings, brined in spices and then twice cooked for extra crispy skin; Crunchy Fish; fresh cod pieces n an airy spicy batter and lightly fried; slow-cooked Ribs in garlic, paprika and Spike sauce; Lamb Chilli Fries with Cheese and freshly prepared Pork scratchings gently warmed in Slaughter sauce and garnished with coriander and chilli. As we tucked in, the flavours hit you instantly. Everything is made fresh on the premises and, if like me, you love spice, then definitely add some of their freshly blended Slaughter Sauce to your order. Being a fan of traditional tandoor food, the chops were packed with authentic flavour with a cheeky after bite of heat. Unlike some spicy food the heat never overpowered the flavour. The ribs were another particular favourite, falling easily off the bone and packed with herbs and spices, the tender meat literally melted in the mouth. The surprise hits for me were the Crunchy Fish bites and Scratchings. Coated in a beautiful batter, the fish was soft, flaky and seasoned to perfection. The Scratchings were beautifully crunchy and moreish - I would personally recommend ordering them on arrival to enjoy as a snack as your meals are being prepared.

Almost defeated with full bellies we weren’t sure there would be room for desserts; until we saw the menu of course! The Dirty Blonde definitely caught my eye; a baked cheesecake with raspberries that proved a great palette cleanser whilst the other half opted for the Salted Caramel Cheesecake – perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Boneyard has everything a carnivore could ask for; a meatilicious menu, huge portions, great freshly made cocktails all served in a funky venue in a great location. Food that’s packed with punch and flavour with the perfect amount of cheek. They have definitely put their spike in the city!

Boneyard is @ 15 Granby Street, Leicester, LE1 6EJ Tel. 0116 255 5991




Disco-pop duo Ekkah returned to Birmingham to headline the first ibis Lates on Tour of the year, a series of gigs providing a stage to showcase young, up and coming music talent and to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The lobby of New Street Station’s Ibis Hotel was transformed into an exclusive live music venue for the night. Support for Ekkah was provided superfresh Roundhouse Resident Artists Malunga, Kenan Kian and DJ Nikita.

BIERKELLER BAVARIAN BEER GARDEN Nottingham’s Bavarian-style bar has added an outside element to the three storey bar and restaurant on Friar Lane. Despite being in the heart of the city, the new outdoor space has a lush, tropical feel with a proper lawn and green living walls, like vertical gardens, on both sides. There’s plenty of seating for summer drinkers and some serious outdoor heaters if the night times get a bit fresh.


SHED GOOD At only 25 Elisabeth Barker-Carley is fast becoming one of the most influential people on the Midland’s Live Music scene. The driving force behind the re-opening of The Shed, Elisabeth tells us in her own words about how she got into running live music venues...

I finished studying at Ratcliffe College and I guess that university was the next natural step but, in the end, I decided against going - which my dad wasn’t too pleased about. My plan was to go to New York and intern at a recording studio; but it was soon bought to light that I could never afford that on my £5 an hour waitressing job! So, my dad struck up a deal with me. If I agreed to go to university, he would help fund my summer which consisted of three festivals and travelling around Spain. And then if I graduated and got a 1st, he would pay off my loan. I ended up at University College Birmingham studying Marketing with Events Management. Whilst I was studying I got involved with Oxjam and joined the Oxjam Birmingham Takeover team starting out as a bucket shaker and quickly worked my way up the rankings to fundraising manager. When I left university I joined the Oxjam Leicester Takeover team and took over the reins of the

festival, and it’s through this that I gained a lot of the experience and contacts I have now. I couldn’t get a job, so I made my own. I built strong relationships with a few bands and venues, and started to host shows locally as well as manage tours. I was on

Owning The Shed is something I still can’t quite get my head around.

gravitate towards owning our own venue. An opportunity arose to take over The Shed, a venue which is very close to my heart. The previous owner is like family to me, and taught me a lot of what I know now. Owning the venue is something I still can’t quite get my around. I often get asked if it is hard being a woman in business and my instant gut reaction is why that should even be a question nowadays.

tour with a French band when I got a phone call from my beloved father. He asked if I still wanted to run a recording studio (following on from a wine fueled conversation a few months prior), and that he knew someone who knew someone who had a space.

One of the main obstacles on a personal level though was a struggle with my mental health, and I think it’s important to be honest about this. When I first started the company, everything I did was with blind hope. And there are a lot of rejections in this industry, and at the beginning that was hard to handle.

That space is now DICP HQ, and now has, as part of the organisation, Gaslight Recording Studios, The Cadence Agency and Apollo Audio and Lighting Hire. It was a natural step for us to then

There were so many times I wanted to quit, to give it all up and have a ‘normal’ life. Now, I have an incredible team who work with me and who pick me up when I stumble over.

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