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LET’S DANCE Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF), produced by Birmingham-based DanceXchange, returns to take over the city’s streets until the 24 June 2018 with a programme that’s packed with the wacky and the sublime.

The 2018 festival programme is inspired and curated around themes of imagination and digital art and reflects on the diversity of dancers’ bodies. Leading British and international choreographers will head up a programme of works performed across the city with an outdoor programme that’s set to transform Victoria Square and include interactive performances, participatory events, live music and performances from local and international talent. There will also be interactive VR swings, light and sound installations and sensory technology sculptures. And if all that dancing leaves you with an appetite, local foodie favourites and roasters, as well as healthy juice stalls, will be right on your doorstep to enjoy. Festival highlights include a dynamic fusion of live music, dance and theatre with break dance, inline skating, free running, skateboarding, BMX and freestyle basketball on 14 June Elements of Freestyle at Birmingham Hippodrome and a weekend of high octane hip-hop dance performances, dancers dressed in inflatable latex suits and acrobatics in Victoria Square on the 8th – 10th June. To see the full programme of performances and activities visit @BhamDanceFest

Newly-weds and would-be landlord among the happy buyers at waterfront housing development in Leicester A recently-married couple looking for a new home and a young woman who’d intended to rent out her new home but decided to live there instead are just some of the many happy purchasers at Wolsey Island, Westleigh Homes’ landmark development in Leicester. Having wed in July 2017, Financial Services Contractor Usamah (26) and Personal Tutor Rukhsar (24) fell in love with the development of two, three and four-bedroom homes between the east bank of the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal. “It wasn’t until we visited that we realised just how much we liked the twobedroom Mitchell,” Usamah explains. “Not only do we love new-build properties and all the conveniences

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that come with them, we felt that the development was ideally located for work in the city centre, and with both mine and Rukhsar’s parents living nearby, it became clear that this was the right place for us. “The fact that the house is right on the waterfront and is in such a picturesque setting had a big impact on our decision to buy,” Usamah continues. “Also, the inclusion of driveway parking was a luxury that really appealed to us.”

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“I went to see the Mitchell and I absolutely loved it, so I ditched my plans to rent it out and set myself on making a move to the development! “It’s just the perfect size for me, and I especially like the amount of room that’s available in the kitchen/diner, where I know I’ll have lots of fun cooking! “The living room also has a really homely feel to it and I can’t wait to have friends over.” “I’m really excited to make the house my own and enjoy all the freedom that comes with it.”

Preeya Chauhan, a 31-year-old HR Adviser for Leicester Hospitals, had originally invested in her two-bedroom Mitchell at Wolsey Island to let the property out to potential renters – but she hadn’t banked on her liking the house so much.

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SNEAKER FREAKER Summer is the season of sunshine and rainbows and the perfect time to inject some unicorn loveliness into your everyday life. The divine dotcomgiftshop have launched a marvellous Magical Unicorn collection that is apparently aimed at children but why should the munchkins have all the fun? Everybody loves a unicorn and this beautiful, mythical creature is bang on trend. Available in everything from (a slightly dodgy looking) lip balm to bags, cases, umbrellas and stationery we love it! Prices start at just £1.95 for an A6 notebook. Available now from

Perfect for some on the plane chill time, artist James O’Connell presents some of the best sneakers from throughout history in one beautifully designed activity book. You get to connect the dot to dot patterns and join the lines through major players like Adidas, Nike and Vans. The patterns range in difficulty and James has penned background patterns to match. Sneaker Heads rejoice! Some of the kicks featured are Nike Air Jordan Mid ‘07, Converse all-stars high top, Reebok InstaPump Fury, Pharrell Williams x adidas NMD Hu Trail, LA Gear Flame High some Old Skool Vans and the classic Onitsuka Tiger’s pictured – he we had some of those! Joing the Dots of Sneaker Culture costs just £8 from

SUMMER SOUNDS Hold your own festival anywhere with the A1 portable bluetooth speaker from Bang & Olufsen, beautifully designed by Cecilie Manz. Packing much more of a musical punch than its tiny size might have you believe, the A1 speaker features a power amplifier for True360 sound and up to 24 hours play time. Our favourite shade for summer is moss green but you can have yours in subdued special edition Steel Blue or Aloe colourways. Priced at £229 from Bang & Olufsen stores, Selfridges and Apple Stores.

A future without Sex? and incontinence. The lining of the vagina becomes thin and brittle with no natural lubrication.

the good work provided by the epithelial cells and the fibroblasts to disappear.



For those of us who are lucky enough to bear a child, it wreaks havoc on our bodies. We all seem to be able to talk freely about the droopy boobs, the stretch marks, the unwanted fat bits, but how many of us talk about the effects it has had on our vaginas, our sex lives and our relationships.


Can you imagine if you were told you could never have sex again? How would that make you feel? Unfortunately, this is the reality for many women, who have been too embarrassed to talk about vaginal and labial problems and for whom there are limited NHS funded treatments. But we should! It affects our partners too. If men suddenly developed a condition, which caused their genitalia to become painful, discoloured, baggy and leaky, Donald Trump would declare it “fake news� should it happen to him. So what type of conditions are we talking about?


Oestrogen deficiency is the most common cause of vaginal problems causing vaginal atrophy, a condition where a woman can experience burning, itching, dryness, pain, recurrent infections

For those who suffer from the condition, it can be excruciatingly painful, causing severe itching and burning of the labia and the tissue surrounding the vagina and urethra. The only treatment available on the NHS is steroid creams and ointments.

STAND ALONE SYMPTOMS There are some women who suffer from symptoms of vaginal laxity, painful intercourse, increased pigmentation of the intimate areas, enlarged labia, incontinence and scarring for a whole host of other reasons and are excluded from treatment by the NHS for funding reasons


The vagina is a muscular structure lined by the mucosa which is made up of layers of cells and connective tissue. It has an layer of epithelial cells which keep the vagina moist and protects it from infection. Situated below the epithelial cells are another type of cell called fibroblasts which produce elastin, a network of highly supportive fibres and collagen. Age, hormone changes, inflammation and trauma can cause the mucosa to thin and all

Until recently, as a GP, I could only offer HRT, topical gels, creams, ointments, pessaries and referrals for invasive surgery for a handful of these conditions. For many of my female patients, the outcome of treatment was not entirely satisfactory, sometimes messy and invariably very short acting. After much reading, research and direct observation with a leading gynaecologist , I decided to offer the Mona Lisa Touch CO2 laser therapy for the treatment of vaginal, labial and perineal health problems. The laser acts directly on the mucosa of the vagina activating fibroblasts to produce more elastin and collagen and increasing the thickness of the epithelial cells, restoring the vagina to the function before damage trauma and hormonal fluctuations. It tightens the labia and reduces pigmentation.


It is a painless procedure and takes approximately 5 minutes to perform. A thin metal probe is placed inside the vagina and gently withdrawn as the laser acts directly on the mucosa. Normal activities can be resumed immediately. The patient must be period free and have an up to date, normal smear. Sexual intercourse can be resumed after 3 days. The procedure is repeated twice one month apart and the best results are seen at month 3 following the last treatment. You can contact Dr Jane for a free consultation at YU Clinics to discuss your concerns and treatment options in more detail on 0121 2706085

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RAISE A GLASS TO THE MOST STYLISH OF SPIRITS It wasn’t all that long ago that gin was seen as little more than the unfashionable bedfellow of tonic water. Fast forward a decade and it has now overtaken vodka as our favourite spirit. LISA PIDDINGTON looks at its rise in popularity and chooses the most stylish varieties from HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM.

From gin-themed events to a gin spa, the juniper-based spirit is impossible to miss as it fills bars, delis and supermarket shelves in abundance. It seems a new artisan brand is unveiled every week, with fruit-infused, organic and regional varieties leading the way. Go back a decade though, and it was a very different story as the once hugely-popular tipple was seen as the unfashionable choice for a night out. Its growth over the last ten years, however, has been nothing short of phenomenal: In Britain, we bought just shy of 50million bottles of gin over the last year, up seven million on 2016; and we spent an incredible £36million in the week before Christmas 2017 alone. In turn, this has seen an explosion in the number of distilleries popping up around the county, more than doubling in the last five years. To put that into context, London now boasts more gin makers than the whole of England did in 2010. Demand for the more niche gins created by artisan producers is certainly heading up its revival; infused with lavender, rose, pomegranate and even Turkish delight, these great-tasting options are appealing to a whole new generation of trendy drinkers.

Zymurgorium Turkish delight Manchester Gin liqueur, £27 Hidden Curiosities handcrafted gin, £44.

L-R. Manchester Gin raspberry infused gin, £19.95. Edinburgh Gin pomegranate and rose gin liqueur, £18.95. O’ndina gin, £45. One Difference One Gin, £60.

L-R. Eden Mill botano gin, £39.95. Forest Gin Earl Grey gin, £70. The Old Curiosity Distillery rose apothecary gin, £42. Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin lavender edition, £16

All gins featured are available from the Wine Shop at Harvey Nichols Birmingham. Throughout June and July the luxury Mailbox store is offering a specially-themed Edinburgh Gin afternoon tea priced at £30 to include a choice of cocktail. There will also be Edinburgh Gin masterclasses on Saturday June 9 and Saturday July 14 at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm, priced at £15 per person. For more information and to book, call 0121 616 6028.

George’s Great British Kitchen George’s Great British Kitchen is a vibrant city centre restaurant in the heart of Nottingham, located within the Royal Zone. Their Summer Menu boasts a range of classic British dishes, such as fish and chips and steaks, but with a unique twist. George’s fuse exotic flavours with the nation’s favourite dishes to create some truly memorable meals. Let their bar staff tickle your taste buds with some splendid concoctions, made in front of your eyes with George’s very own syrups and secret recipes. Their dessert menu is a flash back to childhoods spent at the seaside, with candyfloss and doughnuts satisfying any sweet cravings. Conveniently located in the centre of the city, George’s is also a great place to pop in for a quick bite to eat. Their great value lunch

menu features hearty, satisfying dishes that don’t break the bank and their quirky décor is the perfect conversation starter for a business lunch.

entertainment making the whole experience unlike anything you could imagine.

This summer George’s are continuing to bring the unexpected to your dining experience, with nostalgia provoking activities and

George’s Great British Kitchen Queen Street, Nottingham, NG1 2BL Tel. 0115 950 5521


PLASTIC NOT FA N TA ST I C The world’s first edible water “bottle” is coming to Selfridges Birmingham to support the department store’s Project Ocean campaign. Ooho is made entirely from seaweed and plants making it completly degradeable as food waste. Filled with water and juices including elderflower & cucumber, strawberry & Rose and charcoal & lime, it’s the most sustainable disposable alternative to any other container on the market. We’re sold! Find out more at

SN-AP OUT OF IT It’s never been easier, or cheaper, to get out of the city and head to the big smoke from Nottingham and now Leicester thanks to new on demand coach provider Sn-ap. Sn-ap offers trips from Nottingham or Leicester to London from just £5, with pickup points across each city and drop off points in the capital at Finchley Road, Camden, Euston, and Covent Garden. The Sn-ap app let’s you manage the whole experience quickly and easily on your mobile, choosing the best time and price to travel. To launch the new Leicester service, new customers can apply for a free trial journey via Sn-ap’s website www.

2018 E H T R E T N E STILL TIME TO ards w A n o i h s a F s Midland Now in its eleventh year, the Midlands Fashion Awards is looking to find the region’s finest undiscovered fashion and creative talent. Designed to not only showcase but support regional talent, the awards are looking for 15 creative talents including accessory designers, fashion stylists, hair and make-up artists and fashion photographers a long with 15 fashion designers to showcase their latest collection on the catwalk and receive the recognition they deserve. Last year’s winner of Young Designer of the Year, Harriet Eccleston from Derbyshire, said: “It was amazing to be part of such a prestigious event highlighting the breadth of talent outside London. The Midlands Fashion Awards was the step towards becoming an independent designer that I needed after graduating.”

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to meet a panel of judges at the end of June where a brief interview and assessment of their collection or portfolio will be carried out. Judges will select five finalists in each category to go forward to the awards due to take place in October. The panel of judges will consist of industry professionals each of whom brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the judging process. To find out more and submit an entry online for the Midlands Fashion Awards visit:


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TexFest WHEN: 29th June - 1st July WHERE: Market Harborough LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: Example + DJ Wire, Fuse Odg, Lewis Watson, DJ Nick Grimshaw, The Hoosiers, The Fratellis TexFest is a brand new 3 day music festival that will welcome a host of chart-topping acts in the setting of the Leicestershire countryside. Festival organisers are passionate about supporting the local music scene and have also confirmed the first of their local acts to be added to the bill- find out more at

WIN! Back to the Old Pool WHEN: 6th-8th July WHERE: Blackpool Tower Headland LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS: Faithless, Example & DJ Wire, Roger Sanchez, Paul Oakenfold,

Judge Jules. Brand new and allencompassing, Blackpool Festival is set to take at the iconic Tower Festival Headland on the worldfamous promenade. The lineup features a mouthwatering mix of contemporary house and tech house stars alongside legendary world class spinners.







WHEN: 24th Aug / 15th Sept WHERE: Leicester Athena / Nottingham Kings Meadow.

WHEN: 12th - 15th July WHERE: Henham Park, Suffolk

WHEN: 20th - 22nd July WHERE: Sheffield

LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: The Killers, Solange, Alt-J, The Vaccines, Jessie Ware, Wolf Alice

LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Jake Bugg, Stereophonics, Clean Bandit, Blossoms.

The Rum & Reggae Festival is turning up summer with a wide selection of rum and the smoothest selection of reggae music. Guests will be taken on a rum journey around the world, as they taste rare and special craft rums from the West Indies, South America, Australia, the Philippines, Mauritius. With carnival dancers, steel drum performances and traditional Caribbean food- perfect! Tickets are now on sale from £13.99 plus booking fee from

Recently awarded Best Major Festival by UK Festival Awards, Latitude returns with an all-new look for 2018 – a refreshed programme and emboldened vision retaining everything you loved about the festival, but also moving in an exciting new direction that looks to the future.

The worlds of indie, rock and roll, garage, rap, pop and hip hop all collide in Sheffield. This special installment of Tramlines comes with more festival-style entertainment than ever over four stages including a comedy lineup, pop up cinema, family area, and a brand new Leadmill Stage.




Made Festival WHEN: 28th July WHERE: Perry Park, Birmingham


LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS: Dizzee Rascal, DJ EZ , Kurupt FM , Not3s Yxng Bane , Nathan Dawe Hott Like Detroit , Andy C , SASASAS High Contrast, Dimension, Culture Shock , Rene Lavice , Sound In Noise , Nedd , Escape / Frenetic / Olswka . Following 4 years of consecutively sold out events, MADE Festival returns with its most impressive line up to date. The West Midlands’ largest and best loved music will bring a bigger, more diverse celebration of music and modern street culture to Birmingham’s Perry Park.

Splendour Festival

Suleiman, Nina Smith, Embrace

WHEN: 21st July WHERE: Wollaton Park, Nottingham

An epic line up of music legends will join the celebrations of the 10th birthday bash of Nottingham’s favourite all-day summer music festival.

LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: Paloma Faith, The Charlatons, Ady



LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: LIAM GALLAGHER, JAMES BAY, STEREOPHONICS, BASTILLE, YEARS & YEARS, RITA ORA Celebrating its very first year RiZE Festival brings together an exciting mix of the very best music from classic indie, pop, urban, dance and new upcoming talent across four stages.

Bestival WHEN: 2nd - 5th August WHERE: Lulworth Estate, Dorset LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: Diplo and Mark Ronson’s Silk City, London Grammar, MIA, Jorja Smith, Plan B, Grace Jones, Chaka Khan, First Aid Kit, Sundura Karma, IAMDDB Bestival 2018 celebrates 250 years of circus with outrageous

performers, audacious spectacles and mind-altering music. From megastar heroes to your new favourite bands; shocking circus spectaculars and astonishing stunts, you’ll find extraordinary attractions to satisfy the soul at every turn.

Rize Festival WHEN: 17th - 18th August WHERE: Hylands Park, Chelmsford

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The iconic Lisa Lashes has been a pioneer in Electronic Dance Music for 22 years now, touring China, Canada, US, Russia, Australia and New Zealand and headlining festival big hitters such as Global Gathering, Creamfields, Nocturnal Wonderland and Dance Valley alongside her own Lashed nights. Sixty9° caught up with Coventry born Lisa to talk about the past, present and future of Lisa Lashes and UK Clubbing. 22 years! It’s been full on and I’ve had about 3 different styles changes of music but the music I want to play and that I love now, is techno. Everything about the night life scene, music, clubs has changed across these three decades, do you think things have changed for the better, is the atmosphere still there? If you’d have asked me that about a year or so ago, I would have said it’s changed for the worse. 10 years ago, there were nearly 4000 clubs but now there are only around 1700. Pretty much all of those are the clubs I used to play in; the old hard house, the trance, the Godskitchens, the big super clubs but then, all of a sudden, everyone seemed to go to festivals. Things seem to be coming full circle though as there’s now been an influx of really cool promoters in and around London hiring these big spaces, bringing over some really cool DJs and making a club out of it. A bit like the old school warehouse parties. They’re making waves and taking things forward so there’s this whole new injection of fun and good times. Let’s just hope they spread out of the capital. Is this something you’re quite passionate about? Yes it is. I had a meeting recently with Philip Kolvin QC who wrote the night time memorandum for London and asked him what I can do to help the nightlife industry in my hometown because I really want to see it grow. Now I’m actually the night-time commissioner for the Midlands region and I’m actively trying to help clubs if they have a problem. They can come and see me, and I can see if I can help them. For example, at the weekend I was helping Dryden Street Social in Leicester who face losing their licence because a developer wants to build some flats next to them. The club used to be known as Street Life and has been there for 25 years but now, with one resident complaint, they can be closed down. It’s crazy that developers get planning to put residential

properties beside licensed premises. Venue owners and promoters need some protection as one noise complaint and they could lose everything. Birmingham’s facing problems too with licencing as is Nottingham. It’s a widespread problem. It’s a very real problem part of the SIXTY9° family of businesses was a night club which was faced with a huge bill for sound proofing after a block of student flats were built beside it. The venue is now a child’s nursery. Another nightclub dead. I’m hoping it’s not too little too late. I’m actually doing a night now in Leicester at Boxed in Braunstone Gate because that area seems to be slowing down in terms of walk through trade etc and that’s an area that used to be absolutely buzzing. So, I’m trying to do parties and bring some of the Lashes fan base to the area. I don’t know what else I can do but I’m trying my best. Another thing I’m involved in is free young DJ workshops to try and get budding young DJs out of their bedroom. I’ve had hundreds of applications which is amazing, and I’ve got Pioneer and Roland on board, just using my connections to help out. I’ve got 30 DJs who are taking part, so we’ve got to keep the clubs open, so they have somewhere to play! So, let’s take a step back for a moment, how did you get started in music? Well my friend’s boyfriend had some decks, but his mum and dad didn’t want him to have the music too loud and always complained when he tried to mix so he brought them round to my house. He wouldn’t let me go on them – I wasn’t allowed as I was a girl so I used to go on when he wasn’t there, I used to sneak on during my lunch hour, but one day I got caught! He listened to me, could tell I could mix and It was only like a couple of weeks later that I was invited to a boat party for my friend’s birthday. The guy that ran Sundissential was on the boat and looking for a DJ, so he booked me. So, in a matter of 2 or 3 months of me




22 being on the decks I was actually playing at these big venues with Pete Tong, Judge Jules, Paul Oakenfold and absolutely shitting myself! I can’t believe you weren’t allowed on the decks because you were a girl! Girls were not allowed to DJ! There was hardly any DJs then, Mrs Woods, Sister Bliss, that was about it. I think I came along just at the right point of time; Spice Girls were number one, it was very much girl power and I was dressing the way I was with a very strong, powerful image so it was kind of a no brainer making me a resident really. They didn’t know if I could play or not but thankfully I could. I remember one promoter being really shocked like “oh you can actually DJ then.” That must have been really frustrating though for being booked for your look rather than your ability? It made me make sure I was better. had to work at it. I had to be the best mixer, pick the best tunes, be the best DJ because I would get penalised on anything like the shoes I was wearing, what I was dressed in, what music choice I had because I was a girl. You just have to be consistently good. If you’re going to be a female DJ, you have to be shit hot and most of them are. I don’t see Tiesto being slagged off because he wore the same t-shirt last week but with me people will be like well you wore that 3 years ago! I remember, I won’t say who it was, walking into the DJ booth at Sundissential and them saying “oh the dancers aren’t allowed in here” knowing exactly who I was. You do have to be quite strong minded because it could wind you up. I’ve never had any harassment, but I suppose with all the chains I used to wear no one would really wanna come near me, would they?! I was going to ask you about the whole Lisa Lashes look, I remember seeing you out and you’d be in all of this leather or rubber fetish wear, very much the dominatrix. Well it was Sundissential that brought that look out of me. I was resident at one of the most hedonistic clubs in the UK, the first super club. It held 1000 people and we’d have about 10,000 people queueing round the street and everyone dressed up. Things are different now, it’s on trend not to dress up, to go out in your trainers and your t-shirt. I still dress up because I like that, that’s just me. I’m comfortable in heels and dressing up in heels, I don’t want to wear a jumper and plimsolls! Did you use the fierceness of the look almost

like a barrier? Possibly it was, maybe it was subconsciously that because the harder our music, the harder that makes us. I don’t know, I like the music, I don’t think it was because I was trying to prove anything. When you’ve got a gig you don’t ‘put on’ Lisa Lashes now? I seem to have blended into me now, it’s more like Lisa Lashes is Lisa Rose Wyatt now. I did think about that about changing my name once. I’m signed up to Intec Digital which is Carl Cox’s techno label and I went across to Ibiza to see him and I asked his advice on whether I should change my name because I am synonymous with that certain look, style and sound and he said don’t ever change anything. Don’t change your name for anyone, don’t shorten it, don’t do anything, this is you, be proud of what you did and what you’re doing going forward. If the number one DJ, the god of techno is telling me not to change my name I’m not going to go against him, am I?! What is your average day now? I still make music; I’m signed up to 3 or 4 labels, the biggest is Intec Digital so I have a release every few weeks. I have a studio at home, so I’ll still work from there, I do have people in the evenings come around. I do lessons sometimes for the youngsters and sometimes I have some celebrities that come around to me. That’s why I want to do this academy; it’s getting a little bit too busy and I know I could do more.


Are there any high-profile celebs that you are secretly training? There’s James Haskell, the rugby player. He’s really good, I did have to apologize to him as I didn’t think he was going to be that good! He plays Techno and I’d like for him to come and play for one of my parties soon. It’s better than getting someone of TOWIE that is just gonna stand there… Definitely, if he was rubbish he wouldn’t be in my house again. Tell me about your new night. I’ve done a couple of OriginL at Boxed in Leicester’s Braunstone Gate and they’ve been amazing. There are so many amazing DJs and Techno DJs in the UK and there aren’t enough platforms for them to play at. Once I said I was gonna do an underground house and techno night, the amount of people contacting me saying please “I’ll play for nothing, in fact, I’ll pay you” was crazy. It’s a shame because everyone wants to be a DJ and there are not enough venues. I can’t wait for the next one – follow me on social to find out more or read up about it in the magazine – I know you guys are big supporters. And you’re still travelling all over the world? Yeah, I still do all that, I’m trying to filter that out a bit now as I am 47. I don’t want to do a hundred mile an hour around the world. It’s hard work, I’ve done 22 years of it. People think its all that and and it can be if you have a private jet but when you’re stuck in an airport waiting for an EasyJet you just want to go home! When

you’re on the touring schedule you miss so much; I’ve never had a holiday and I’ve missed my Mum’s birthday and weddings and I’ve missed funerals and everything. You’re married to the business musically so that’s why I wante to still do music, teach kids and have my own night so that keeps me in there but also, I can pick and choose where I wanna play. That for me is perfect. Where has been the most amazing place in the world you’ve DJed? I’ve played some amazing places: Sydney Bridge at New Year’s once when the sun’s coming up, I’ve done South Africa in a cave where they hand in their guns as they come in, so everyone is like chilled. I’ve done Johannesburg in the big fields where the seas coming in, I’ve done Dolphin sanctuaries and Ibiza of course! You can’t beat a little boat cruise in the evening in Ibiza. Has there ever been a point or can you remember point where you’ve been stood there at your decks and you just look out and think oh my god this is bonkers. Yeah, all the time! I think when I did the millennium in South Africa in Cape Town that was a pretty good one. 9,000 people with their hands in their air, you just can’t beat that. @djlisalashes

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FROM BEACH TO BAR Summer’s here and with it returns that eternal holiday conundrum: Just how do you transition from gorgeous mermaid on the beach to a classy curl queen in the evening? Well it’s actually a lot easier than you think say the style experts at Umberto Giannini. The first thing to I’m going to tell you is: DON’T over complicate it. Work visually. When hair is prepped with the right products, it’s easy to work with - and, in this case, the more product the better. Beach texture spray, Catch a Wave, is great for prepping the hair with as it will give you that effortless tousled effect when you’re going for the beach babe look, but it will also act as a great base if you fancy putting it up in the evening for a more formal look. The beauty about the Catch a Wave spray is that it contains Coconut Oil, so it isn’t as rough or drying on the hair as I find with other texture sprays. It’s a softer version and smells yummy too. You can spray this onto wet or dry hair. When you’re prepping for your evening look, use Curl Whip to reactivate the curls and to encourage more curl into the hair. Scrunch it into the mid-lengths and ends. Gather hair up into a high bun and use your large bobby pins to secure into place. Pull some curls out for soft feminine feel. And there you have it - two simple quick looks in one day.

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PREEN FOR THE PLAYGROUND Forget the PJ bottoms and dowdy cardigans, add a dash of class to the school run with these new season must-haves from HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM. From stylish trainers to designer jeans, drop-off never looked so stylish!


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Using microspheres and hyaluronic acid to plump and smooth wrinkles and reduce the size of pores, the angular stick provides precision and convenience whilst the non-greasy formula – enriched with vitamins A, C and E to add extra antioxidant protection – absorbs oil and mattes out shine without drying the skin.

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Up your grooming game with the new men’s lifestyle and male grooming y n an D & website Rajvee eman tl en G n Moder The Modern from The Gentleman, which launched recently at Leicester’s Everyman Barbers. has been designed to demystify moisturisers, clarify cleansers and reinvent the washbag for the man who feels overwhelmed when confronted with the vast array of grooming products on the market. “We wanted to make it easier for men to find the right product for them and explain exactly how to use it” explains co-owner Rajvee Purohit. “Today’s man knows that he’s got to take care of himself, but often doesn’t really know how. What we’ve done is integrate a lifestyle blog full of helpful advice on male grooming with a breakdown of what each product actually does and what we’d recommend. There’s more to good grooming than moisturising!” The site’s blog – The TMG Journal – doesn’t just limit its topics to male grooming; it also covers areas such as etiquette & style, culture, politics,

history, food & drink and luxury travel. “Grooming is only one aspect of becoming the gentleman and it is where the journey begins for TMG,” adds Danny Gohil, co-owner and designer at The Modern Gentleman. “Charming, intellectual, groomed, well-dressed, well-mannered and successful: these are the characteristics we want to instil in others through our company”. The site launches with a curated range of luxury grooming products for men from brands such as Agua De Colonia, Apothacery 87, Concentrada, Fresh Body, Marvis, Swell and Vitaman. These international brands have been carefully selected for their excellent quality and their evident results. “When choosing the brands we wanted to work with, we had to make sure we were offering something different to what you can find on the High Street. Our aim has been to source brands that are ethically created and offer great results whilst still being affordable,” adds Danny. It’s not just the products that are different. “All of our products come boxed and monogrammed snuggled in a nest of raffia making them either gift-ready or a lovely treat to have delivered,” adds Rajvee. To celebrate the launch of the website, all orders over £75 will receive free postage and packing.


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GROOMING: HAND LUGGAGE HEROES Heading off to sunnier climes? Make sure you take these mini grooming essentials with you. Whether it’s a long haul sleeper flight or a short trip to Europe, ensure you’ve got these musthaves close to hand. At 100ml or under,



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JET OFF FOR SUMMER… Whether buzzing regular for you

you’re looking for mouth-tingling cuisine, charming architecture or nightlife, Europe’s exciting cities offer these in abundance. With flights from your local airport to these destinations, all that’s left to do is choose the city, and book your summer break!

Madrid Madrid has unbridled energy and charisma. Chocolate and churros, paintings and plazas, tapas to share, jugs of sangria… it all adds up to create a dreamy destination. Soak up the spirit of Madrid by skipping the touristy spots in the centre and venturing out to the neighbourhoods of Malasaña, La Latina or Chueca to dine like a local. Cosy up in Bodega de los Secretos, a maze of underground 17th century wine cellars, and catch an intimate flamenco show – the atmosphere is truly magical.

If you want to make the most of the warm spring climate, stroll through Parque El Capricho’s exquisite 18th-century gardens on the city’s outskirts. A bit more central is El Cerro del Tío Pío, made up of seven hills that offer panoramic views of the city.


See masterful art by Goya at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum or view 19th century paintings and furniture in the Museo del Romanticismo. Once you’re cultured out, warm up in one of the city’s cosy, character-filled cafés for a café con leche with churros and chocolate.

For a real taste of Lisbon, get lost in the Alfama district, a network of charming cobbled streets. Take a leisurely stroll to the promenade or if you’re feeling more adventurous, hop on the cable car for magnificent views of the city and coast.

On top of being home to some of the world’s best seafood, Lisbon boasts a warm Mediterranean climate and a mix of traditional architecture and contemporary culture.

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Go old-world romantic and marvel at some of the ancient architecture such as the 16th century Gothic Tower of Belém or the Jerónimos Monastery, with its elaborate portals and serene cloisters. By night, Lisbon’s wine bars are a hazy, alluring delight where you can nestle up with some of the country’s best wines and sample specialty dishes. You mustn’t leave without trying a pastéis de belém – heavenly crispy pasty filled with custard cream and sprinkled with cinnamon.


you can swim under the stars. For a bit of bacchanalia, you can visit Lukacs Baths for a weekend bath party with laser lights, cocktails and electro music. Some of the best times can be had in ruin pubs – Budapest’s truly unique creation – derelict buildings reinvented with second-hand furniture, local art and cheap drinks. Social hubs and music venues including Ellátó Kert, Szimpla Kert, Kuplung, and Udvar Rom are all popular with locals and tourists alike. Budapest was also one of the first European cities to catch the escape room game fever with all follow a similar format of finding clues and solving puzzles to escape a locked room.


Two distinct cities, Buda and Pest, separated by a river, joined together in 1873. Both sides of Budapest exude old-school elegance: the hills and cobbled streets of Buda as well as the nightlife and world-class shopping of Pest. Budapest’s abundant thermal springs have earned it the moniker ‘City of Spas’. Széchenyi Baths are the oldest in the city, with palatial architecture and outdoor pools so

Amsterdam is a city like no other: small enough to walk everywhere, but big enough to consistently excite and entertain. Cosy up at one of Amsterdam’s traditional ‘brown cafés’, pubs named for their dark wood interiors and low lighting. Try a Dutch beer or a local jenever (Dutch gin). Take in some culture with the world-renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in an evening programme or a free lunchtime concert. If you’re away with your partner, snuggle screenside at the waterfront Eye Film Institute or the eccentric Pathé

Don’t underestimate time spent simply strolling along the canals, taking in all of the sights of the city. The historic mansions restored to their gilded glory, the bridges glowing with lights, the calm canal water – a picturesque scene that should be enjoyed.


Prague’s is known for its many Gothic towers but a recent addition, the Žižkov Tower, is proving particularly popular thanks to its commanding views of the city; its 8th floor viewing platform is a must-see. However, not all of Prague’s well-preserved architecture is visible above ground. The underground tour of the medieval city lets you explore the catacombs and former streets hidden from everyday view. Relax on the waterfront with myriad cafes and bars to choose from along the Vltava river. Sit and drink in the atmosphere while you look out over the famous Charles Bridge. If you’re a beer drinker, the country has nearly three hundred craft breweries, each producing distinctive beers.

Getting there Fly to each of these perfect city break destinations from Birmingham Airport – as they’re all in Europe, you’ll be in holiday mode before you know it. Visit www. to choose from a selection of airlines flying to each of these destinations.


CITY OF BROTHERLY As a seasoned travel writer, the first thing you do before any trip is google; get a lay of the land and suss out the sweet spots. I wanted the Top 10 things to do in Philly. Whilst every Top 10 guide cited the Liberty Bell, Philly Steak and Rocky film steps among their ‘must do’ highlights, I stopped worrying when I discovered that Philadelphia is also the birthplace of American Democracy and, it transpires, the home of the hit musical Hamilton writes Kevin Urquhart.

airline that launched on the very day of our flight. The check-in and customs clearance via Dublin really does take the sting (and lengthy interrogations Stateside) out of the equation and allows you to simply walk out of the airport as if it was a bus station. No checks, passports or retina scans required.

USA, is benefiting from the ripple effects of NYC’s saturation - the Coventry to Birmingham, if you will. Cited as the ‘sixth borough of New York’, it’s only 75 minutes to NYC on the train and something you could easily consider although, as I found out, there’s more than enough to occupy your time in Philadelphia.

Operating from a Boeing 757, Aer Lingus offer a daily flight and a business class option on their flights from Birmingham to Philadelphia, via Dublin with each serviced by typical Gaelic charm. Sure, the business class isn’t quite Qatar or Emirates, but the flat bed is an absolute boon and worth every cent of the upgrade.

We flew from Dublin Airport with Aer Lingus – a new route for the

As a city, Philadelphia, which was once the Capital of the

Whilst in the shadow of NYC, it’s confidently promoting itself as a city in its own right, rather than the under-dog. A city with an incredible heritage in Medical Research (Penn University); they are a hot-bed for tech-innovation and are currently awaiting the decision as to whether Amazon sets up here and brings with it around 5billion dollars of follow-on income.


culture is second to none. A must-visit is the Reading Terminal Market. Open 8-6pm, every day, you’ll find soul food, Peking duck and everything in between. The eggs benedict with bacon, served at the Amish stand was to die for and a great place to pull up a stool and people watch.

Y LOVE We arrive in Philadelphia via Freeway 95 and beyond the shipyards and petro-chemical plants, you see a skyline that has echoes of down-town Manhattan, radiating out from its ancient river port. We stayed at the Loews Hotel on 12th and Market Street. Like NYC, Philadelphia operates the same block numbering system that originates from the first settlements at the port. So, you start at 1st Street and as you move further inland, the numbers get higher. It makes navigating the city super easy, something best done by foot. If you’re not a walker there is also a Segway Tour, or make use of the supereasy, East/West and North/South Subway lines.

You can’t not visit the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. Don’t be fooled: this is one of the most insane but fabulous recycled art installations ever witnessed, created by Isaiah Zagar. (see above pic) If you prefer your art indoors, the city boasts a ‘Museum Mile’: a Parisienne-style boulevard boasting the Free Library; Franklin Institute; and the incredible Barnes Museum, which has the largest hanging collection of Renoir and Cezanne in the world. When it comes to food there’s much more on offer than Philly Steak (although if you’re going to try it you must get it from Campo’s Deli on 214 Market Street in the Old Town but be prepared to queue) as Philadelphia’s food

It’d be remiss of me not to mention Insomnia in my list: this is a cookie store that will courier your warm cookies to you until 3am, perfect for when the munchies kick-in after a night on the tiles. The bar scene is, in my opinion, better than in NYC. Speakeasy bars are particularly fashionable right now and you should check out One Tipperling Place for some incredible cocktails. So who needs Top Tens? Philadelphia is easily one of the safest-feeling, friendliest and culturally-rich cities we’ve ever visited and one that we’ll be making a date to return to very soon.

GETTING THERE Overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Room at Loews Philadelphia Hotel costs from approx. £126. For further details, visit www. For further details on Philadelphia, visit @phlvisitorctr

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15TH JUNE @ THE GUIDHALL, LEICESTER Making her first visit to Leicester in three years and with a brand new album in tow, Lucy Ward is an impressive, original songwriter whose unique delivery and breath-taking voice has enchanted audiences the world over.




Never Forget, Back For Good, A Million Love Songs, Greatest Day, The Flood & Rule the World.

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Demi Lovato

12th June @ Arena Birmingham Grammy®-nominated, multiplatinum singer and songwriter Demi Lovato is bringing her “Tell Me You Love Me” tour to the UK! The “Sorry Not Sorry” songstress will be hitting Arena Birmingham this June.

8th June @ Derby Theatre 14th-16th June @ B2, Belgrade Theatre There’s a hum at a party. Glitter in the air. Invite in hand, don’t forget why you’re here. It’s about movement, love and care. Take a journey into the world of these black and yellow pollinators. We dance to celebrate. We dance to communicate. We dance to survive.A physical, imaginative and bold show exploring environmental issues.

Patrick Monahan: Rewind Selector 90s

10th June @ Derby Theatre A brand new stand-up show from multi award-winning Patrick Monahan, inspired by his Irish/Iranian/Teeside teens in the 90’s. Identity cards, cool Britannia, drink and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll were some of the trademarks of the 1990s but for the Teetotal and drug free Monahan it was ‘cake and tea and R ‘n’ B!’

The Band

12th-23rd June @ Theatre Royal Nottingham Written by Olivier Award winning writer Tim Firth, THE BAND is a beautiful story about anyone that grew up with a boyband and how the songs became the soundtrack to their lives. Featuring the music of Take That, Britain’s most successful boyband of all time, whose songs include

Jinkx Monsoon is Cursed

14th June @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham



hat e h t n i t Ca to curve It’s s e m o c time to treat the nieces, nephews, neighbours’ kids; basically any child you know just so you have an excuse to see this brand new production of Dr. Seuss’ classic story of mischief and chaos, The Cat in the Hat which comes to Curve this Christmas and we officially cannot wait!

When the Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way?

Jinkx Monsoon weaves a tale of her many failed romantic endeavors through comedy and song. What is romance like for a gendernonconforming, world renowned drag queen? Answer: it’s cursed.

Katy Perry

18th June @ Arena Birmingham Katy will be returning to the Birmingham for her Witness world tour, celebrating the release of her new album Witness

Shadow Demon Empire Presents: The Drum & Bass Summer BBQ 16th June @ Boxxed, Birmingham This summer, the Shadow Demon Empire take over the Boxxed warehouse & courtyard with 13 hours of drum & bass.

Lenny Kravitz

20th June @ Arena Birmingham

Directed by Curve’s Associate Director Suba Das, this purrfect production will run from 8 Dec 2018 to 12 Jan 2019 and promises to be full of whiskerful tunes and tail-defying circus style tricks. Tickets at Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class over the course of a 20-year musical career. This will be Kravitz’s first time in the UK since 2015 and it is set to be an irresistible show

The Steering Wheel Club

23rd June @ Nightingale In 1998/99 Hand Bag House/Speed Garage was the biggest sound in UK clubland & the Birmingham Underground scene was completely taken over by it. This June, take a journey back to those glory days.

Pizza & Prosecco Festival

23rd June @ Boxxed Birmingham 7th July @ King’s Meadow Campus, Nottingham After a hugely successful national tour in 2017, the Pizza & Prosecco Festival tour returns and will offer even more fun and entertainment a perfect (girl’s) night out for friends who love the finest Prosecco and a hot slice of freshly-made pizza.

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Cirque Berserk

26th June – 1st July @ Theatre Royal, Nottingham 26-28th July @ Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Cirque Berserk celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular.

28th June @ Town Hall Birmingham As there’s no Glastonbury this year, here’s an excuse to dress up, gather together with like-minded people and laugh your head off on cider and have deep discussions about how to change the world in the best possible way.

Old School House, The Cream Of Club Classics & 90s Dance Anthems

Justin Timberlake

27th August @ Arena Birmingham Following the release of his highly anticipated album Man of the Woods and his epic Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show performance, Justin Timberlake has announced his return to Birmingham.

acclaimed album Stony Hill. The youngest son of Bob Marley, his music is rooted in reggae rhythms and there’s no doubt that these shows will be a huge celebration of the world he’s come from.

Caitlin Moran: How To Be Famous

29th June @ 2Funky Music Café Revisit some of the big names that shaped the world of dance music, with a club night dedicated to 90’s dance anthems and the cream of club classics. Revitalising iconic tracks from an era that brought you dance floor hits from Faithless, Groove Armada, Candi Staton and many more, this is an experience not to be missed.


29th-1st July @ Market Harborough Showground TexFest is a 3 day music festival that will welcome a host of charttopping acts in the setting of the Leicestershire countryside.

Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley

30th June @ o2 Academy Birmingham Grammy Award-winning artist Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley is embarking on his first solo UK tour since the release of the critically

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain 2nd – 7th July at Curve, Leicester Chilling, gripping and filled with unforeseen twists and revelations, this new thriller has been commissioned by Theatre Royal Bath from award-winning dramatist Simon Reade.

17 – 22 JUL

Freckle Productions present


Tiddler © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books, 2007; A Squash and a Squeeze © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Macmillan Children’s books, 2003; Monkey Puzzle © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Macmillan Children’s books, 2000; The Smartest Giant in Town © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Macmillan Children’s books, 2002

17 – 21 JUL

10 – 19 AUG



Joe Pasquale Sarah Earnshaw Susie Blake

Written & Directed by Guy Unsworth Based on the TV series by Raymond Allen

Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl

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Book by JOSEPH STEIN Music by JERRY Lyrics by SHELDON HARNICK Produced on the New York stage by Harold Prince


Original New York stage production directed and choreographed by Jerome


Director Sarah Ingram Original Choreography reproduced by Melanie Knott Musical Director Sioned Saunders Set Designer Al Parkinson Costume Designer Edd Lindley Lighting Designer Neil Foulis This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD. on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK

26 SEP – 6 OCT


A drama based on the real-life fashions, fights and faith of a former Baby Squad hooligan.

Supported by

Dougal Irvine from the book by Riaz Khan Directed by Nikolai Foster Grace Smart Lighting Designer Charlotte Burton Tasha Taylor Johnson Casting Director Kay Magson CDG

Adapted for the stage by Set & Costume Designer

Photograph: Nicol Vizioli

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Matilda The Musical

3rd July – 8th September @ Birmingham Hippodrome Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald

Tassels - An Evening of Burlesque brings this classic variety art form into the 21st Century with a glamorous new show.

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Tassels – An Evening of Burlesque

6th July @ New Alexandra Theatre Leave your inhibitions at the door and experience the UK’s biggest burlesque extravaganza. With a bevy of beautiful stars, specialty variety artists and fabulous costumes

3rd -7th July at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Each year a daring and innovative programme of boundary pushing theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual and performing arts takes place turning the theatre’s rarely seen backstages into a den of creativity, discovery and exchange where diverse cultures are celebrated.

Alaska Thunderf**k 5th July @ Glee Club Birmingham The Klub Kids are back and

Stars of the musical smashhit Kinky Boots - the winner of every major Best Musical award – arrived in Birmingham in style to celebrate the UKs biggest 2-day Pride Festival in Birmingham. Strutting their stuff in the city ahead of a UK tour, members of the Kinky Boots cast joined representatives from the Birmingham Hippodrome team aboard a float as participants of this year’s #BeYou Birmingham Pride Carnival Parade on Sat 26 May, complete with scarlet accessories and sassy show soundtrack. This was followed by a live performance of ‘Land of Lola’ by Lola and her Angels in the Cabaret Marquee of the Pride festival. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Kinky Boots will be at Birmingham Hippodrome 11 -23 March 2019 and tickets are now on sale. For further information and tickets, please call our Information and Sales team on 0844 338 5000 or visit




ALL THE NU THI It’s all Netflix and no chill this summer as there’s so much to see, hear, play and read. Here’s our pick. Mark, The-Dream and Stefflon Don to name a few. Expectations are high with pre-released singles, The Juice being an essential addition to poolside playlists and the ear worm funk of Must’ve Been and vintage Prince inspired wonderfulness of Bad Decision. Head Over Heels is destined to be the soundtrack of your summer.

LISTEN: Chromeo – HEAD OVER HEELS Having heralded the dawn of 80’s electro funk revival with the achingly cool Fancy Footwork, Canadian duo Chromeo return with new album Head Over Heels featuring collaborations with French Montana, Amber


Remember that super creepy Nun in The Conjuring movies? Well she’s back big style this summer in the fifth instalment of supernatural cinema written by Gary Dauberman and directed by Corin Hardy. When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the Order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. Popcorn now!

53 WATCH: I Tonya Now on DVD, the story of a failed Olympic Ice Skater may not sound like the ideal movie night experience but I Tonya somehow manages to be both hilarious and tragic at the same time. Told using a mix of documentary style interviews, flashbacks and original footage, I Tonya tells the story of Tonya Harding played by Margot Robbie, the all American Olympian who was considered too white trash to represent her country.


An abusive childhood (the mesmerising Alison Janney won an Oscar as Tonya’s terrifying Mother) morphs into an abusive marriage and the attempted knee capping of her key opponent on the ice Skating circuit. Did she know about it? Watch and find out. Absolutely Unmissable. PS Listen to the Sufjan Stevens track of the same name for more semi tragic/ hilarious insights into the story.

READ: Blame it On Bianca Del Rio – Bianca Del Rio The larger-than-life drag queen and outrageous comic brings her trademark acerbic wit and sharp commentary to the page in an uproarious illustrated collection of advice. When it comes to insult comics, Bianca Del Rio is in a class by herself. Fierce, funny, and fabulous, Bianca sandblasted her name in the annals of pop culture on RuPaul’s Drag Race. In Blame It On Bianca Del Rio, she offers a no-holds-barred commentary on the everyday annoyances that colour her world and make it a living hell for anyone who inhabits it with her.

PLAY: Yakuza Kiwami 2 Steel Book Edition SEGA’s Yakuza Kiwami 2 has been remade in full HD for the PlayStation 4. One year after the 10 billion yen incident, Kazuma Kiryu begins to build a peaceful life with Haruka Sawamura. An assassination threatens to erupt in a war between the Tojo Clan and the Omi Alliance. Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, must travel to Sotenbori, Osaka in an attempt to broker peace despite the Dragon of Kansai stopping at nothing to get his war.


READ:Toxic: Jacqui Rose Bree Dwyer is desperate to escape her husband, take the children and run. But he’s always watching. And she always gets caught. Until her first love, Alfie Jennings, returns to Essex… Gangsters Alfie and Vaughn have been out of the game for a while, but a life of crime is one you never forget. To get back on top they need serious money, because loyalty and power don’t come for free.

SENSE8 Following a huge backlash from dedicated fans across the Globe, Netflix relented (of sorts) to their cancellation of the incredible Sense8 by offering fans of the cult sci fi show a feature length finale to say goodbye properly to the show and tie up all of those loose ends. Created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Sense8 tells the story of eight people from across the globe who are kinetically connected to become a cluster. Able to slip into each other’s consciousnesses, they come together and use their own individual abilities to assist each other. But someone wants to harness this connectivity and capture the cluster, weaponise it and destroy it in the process. Can they survive?

LISTEN: Florence And The Machine- HIGH AS HOPE We knew she was set for big things when we first interviewed her in 2007. It’s been far too long since we heard from the divine Florence Welch so we genuinely cannot wait for June 29th for the release of High As Hope. Guest appearances include Jamie xx, and Sampha, and the album is co-produced by Emile Haynie who’s pedigree includes Lana

Del Ray and Lady Gaga. First single Hunger is an 80’s inspired belter that’s leaving us gagging!

WATCH: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT Mission Impossible films are generally cheese fests but there is something about these old school, stuntladen Hollywood blockbusters with Tom Cruise in the lead that is oh so satisfying. The sixth installment will be released on July 27 when you can see Ethen Hunt and team attempt to make up for prior mistakes.

One dangerous job and they’ll have the payoff they need. And Alfie isn’t going to let anyone get in the way, least of all a pretty face like Bree because sometimes love is toxic…

LIVE: League of Gentleman Live Again 2018 The League of Gentlemen will return to the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham on the 2nd and the 9th September and Arena Birmingham stage on the 13th and 14th September. The BAFTA Award winning comedy legends Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson bring their dark and unhinged fictional village of Royston Vasey to the Midlands.

Lisa Lashes- Night-Time Commisioner, Midlands Region.

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this time they are bringing RuPauls All Stars 2 Winner Alaska Thunderf**k 5000, with her chart topping hits and witty banter, this evening is sure to be loads of fun. Expect something different from Alaska when she brings her live musician with her

girl band Little Mix are playing a run of UK summer shows throughout July 2018 as part of the group’s The Summer Hits Tour 2018. The shows will see Little Mix perform their greatest hits, including Touch, Shout Out to My Ex, Black Magic and Wings.

been revealed as the headliner for Splendour this year. With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music stages, including comedy in the courtyard and entertainers out and about in the crowd, the festival is a fantastic day out.

The Craft Drink Festival

28 & 29th July @ NEC Birmingham Craft Drink Festival is not your average festival or your average drink event, but an immersive two-day experience of flavour, fun, entertainment and education, stimulating all five senses.

Super Hans

7th July @ Dryden Street Social, Leicester 20th July @ The Venue Derby Matt King is a man of many roles: comedian, actor, writer, husband & father to name but a few, though he’s best known for his role as the paranoid drug addict Super Hans in the Channel 4 sitcom ‘Peep Show’. Now he’s making his way into music. The actor made the announcement on Twitter, where he said he’d be bringing “choonz & jokes” to festivals, pubs and Ibiza this summer. “The longer the note, the more dread. Get ready for a 247-second long D.

Splendour Festival

Little Mix

19th July @ Derby County Ground The world’s biggest

21st July @ Wollaton Park, Nottingham The multitalented singersongwriter Paloma Faith one of the most successful British female artists of the last decade - has

Blame It On Bianca Del Rio promises to be more tonguelashingly hilarious than ever!

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

23rd August – 8th September @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre Following the phenomenal sell-out success of their multi award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre return with Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers in this dynamite new comedy direct from the West End!

Block Steady Raving Crew

29th July @ Boxxed, Birmingham Taking over a disused Warehouse in the heart of Digbeth - The Block Steady Raving Crew. Street Food / Glow Sticks / Flashing Lights / Movie Corner + Much More!

Blame it on Bianca Del Rio

30th July @ Symphony Hall Birmingham The selfproclaimed “clown in a gown” and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner is back and

Kevin Hart

30th August @ Arena Birmingham The legendary comedian has been pretty busy since the last time he ended up in Brum. Returning to standup Kevin Hart is set to bring his already widely successful and massively hysterical show to the Brum crowd.


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Its been just under a year since Leicester based record label HQ Familia burst on to the music scene and what a year it has been! With EP releases, music videos and another 5 projects ready to drop, they are fast gaining recognition in the industry and putting the East Midlands on the Urban music map. They have now signed a total of 8 artists, producers and DJs with more in the pipeline and they are about to release their second label compilation EP ‘HQF002’. We caught up with them to meet the familia and get the inside scoop on what’s in store for the rest of 2018 which is shaping up to be an incredible year!

Maniscooler and Lowpass Luke This Leicester producer super-duo are HQ Familia’s ‘go to’ producers and have produced tracks for many of their artists. Their unique sounds are in high demand and they have caught the attention of well-known international artists as well and they are currently working on some very exciting projects. They are definitely the label’s secret weapon when it comes to producing tracks and their sound is highly polished and unlike anything around at the moment. The pair have just finished working on the EP ‘Peace, Lust and Sauce’ by Jafro which is due to be released on HQ Familia very soon.

Scrivs is a Leicester based Grime DJ and Producer, he has regular radio slots in the region and in London and has supported the likes of Ghetts, D Double E, P Money and Grim Sickers. He’s played sets at many big Grime events such as, Eskimo Dance and Keep Hush. Look out for him on the festival circuit this summer as the bookings are coming in thick and fast!

DJ Scrivs

Leicester based RnB artist, Matthew R has been making a name for himself in the industry and he is a seasoned performer having supported acts A Leicester based such as; Mic producer and multi Lowry, Donae’o, genre artist with 3 singles Angie Brown under his belt, including and Angel to name a few. He a release under The Ultra has recently been booked to Bass label, Harri has already charted at No10 in The Beatport perform at Tex Fest 2018 where he’s on the bill with artists UKG charts with ‘U Already Know’ and is showing no signs such as Example, Nick Grimshaw, of stopping! He has just The Fratellis, Tinchy Stryder finished recording his EP ‘No & many more. Mathew is due to Lie’ which is due out this start recording his debut album summer with the lead single this year with an album tour to and video ‘Rudeboy Sound’ Feat follow.


SunSun due out this June.

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e familia Nic was signed on an artist management deal with HQ Familia just a few months ago and got straight to work on an international collab with South African based DJ BigRome on a track called ‘Over Time’. Originally from Birmingham and studying in Leicester the RnB artist then released her single ‘Dead Loss’ feat Chef Chamilli along with the music video which appeared on GRM Daily. She is currently in the studio working on her next single.

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Lil T

At only 12 years old, Lil T has already wowed Will-I-Am when he appeared on The Voice Kids in 2017 where his audition video racked up a staggering 3 million views on YouTube. Since then he has performed at many festivals all over the country, including Notting Hill Carnival. This Leicester based young rapper has a very promising career ahead of him and we are all very excited to see what comes next.


Birmingham based actor, model and rapper Charlie Georgio is highly talented and a natural performer. The label knew they had to snap him up as soon as they heard his demo and he was one of the first artists to be signed to HQ Familia. Charlie has released his first single, ‘You’ which appeared on the label’s first compilation EP, HQF001. He has just finished recording his second single ‘Gameboy’ which is due for release this summer along with his first music video,e so be sure to look out for it!


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Birmingham Cocktail Weekend returns from 1315 July and wristbandwearers will be able to enjoy an exclusive signature cocktail in each participating venue for just £4, as well as getting access to free tastings and events.

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From The Mailbox, festival-goers will be in perfect proximity to Malmaison and Harvey Nichols, along with Pennyblacks, Churchills, Tom’s Kitchen, AC by Marriott Birmingham and Gas Street Social. Continuing to the city centre, wristband-wearers can enjoy a tipple at Be At One alongside Chung Ying Central, and The Lost & Found. Bodega are joined by Buffalo & Rye, Amantia and Cosy Club. New addition Dirty Martini will be serving up a signature cocktail, as will another fresh face to the city, Revolucion De Cuba. They are joined by Temple Street’s The Botanist and Sabai Sabai, nearby Hotel du Vin, Gusto, Gaucho and The Jekyll & Hyde.

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s Edwardian Tearooms will be creating a cocktail masterpiece and Bar Opus, joins the BCW line up for the very first time! At the Jewellery Quarter venues include The Birmingham Whisky Club, The Vanguard at 1000 Trades and The Rose Villa Tavern whilst the Canal House and The Distillery are perfectly placed before heading to Broad Street and Brindley Place to visit the Bulls Head, Pushkar, Rub Smokehouse, Pitcher & Piano’s, Recess at Hilton Garden Inn and Nuvo.


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With rave reviews and sell out shows, it’s fair to say that the Peaky Blinder Takeover nights have well and truly hit the midlands with a bang. Recent events at Leicester’s Mercure Grand Hotel and Nottingham’s Saltbox saw revellers don their best three-piece suits, flat caps and flapper dresses for a night of 1920s tomfoolery. Nottingham’s Saltbox event even saw original Peaky Blinders gang members Fred Farr & Lovelock from the hit BBC TV show host the event with the amazing Talulah Blue adding a hint of hedonism with some beautiful burlesque and the sevenpiece brass busting Kingbrasstards giving the crowd a high tempo set full of swing. If you’ve not experienced a Peaky Blinder night yet then fear not as you can catch the next takeover on August 18th at the Mercure Grand Hotel Leicester with the highlight show of the summer - The Shelby Summer Ball in partnership with Sadlers Brewery who will be serving a full range of Peaky spirits and Peaky Blinder IPA and Pale Ale. Featuring none other than Johnny Dogs (Peaky Blinders) doing an exclusive DJ set, guests will be treated to a night of dinner, dancing, burlesque, brass bands, swing and showgirls along with a full casino to make sure the night’s a total blinder! Get your tickets at


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13.07 - 15.07 Brawther, Crazy P, East End Dubs Hills Have Vibes Festival - Derbyshire Hills

28.07 Nick Beringer (Beste Modus) 25.08 Rossko (Fuse, Arkityp) Vines Derby (D)

07.09 FA>|E Records x discotech

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16.09 The Zoo Project x discotech Line Up TBA - Ibiza

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AWARDS BIRMINGHAM MUSIC WINNERS REVEALED The inaugural Birmingham Music Awards saw a whole host of local talent take to the stage of the city’s Glee Club including the incredible Lady Sanity, Ed Greater, big, Ginger Kid and Kioko, who sang a tribute to UB40 prompting the band to crash the stage! Set up to recognise the incredible talent across Birmingham and the West Midlands, the awards also aimed to unite the local music community and help build upon its success. Presenter for the night was BBC WM’s Jack Parker who kept the audience entertained throughout as well as special guest Duran Duran’s John Taylor, who presented the Rising Star award to Felix Shepherd. Other winners included Best Club Night UPRAWR, Best DJ Jack Parker, Best Festival Moseley Folk, Best Venue Under 500 Hare and Hounds, Best Venue over 500 02 Academy, Best Pop Act Eve Pitt, Best Alternative Indie Act Sugarthief, Best Asian/ World Act Eternal Taal, Best Urban Act MIST, Best Rock/ Metal Act Stone Broken, Best Video Miccoli, Best Song Jacob Banks, Best Album, Paper Buoys, Best Female Solo Act Lady Snity, Best Male Solo Act Sebastian Tree, Best Band Jaws, Rising Star Felix Shepherd, Lifetime Achievement UB40. The awards will be returning next year and will be bigger and better. Follow them on Facebook -thebirminghammusicawards

SIXTY9 Summer 2018 Issue 92  
SIXTY9 Summer 2018 Issue 92