Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Latitude Festival 2013

Latitude, the UK’s favourite multi-arts festival, and winner of the 2012 Best Family Festival Award returns for an eighth time on  Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July 2013 in the idyllic surroundings of Henham Park, Suffolk. 

Last night I had the honour of visiting the legendary Maida Vale Studios for the grand unveil of Latitude Festival's 2013 bill. Our evening festivites were live with  Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6, who rightfully have their own stage at the festival, a pairing which could be described as having some great 'synergy'.


Before the announcements, Steve Mason, who I personally know more for his Beta Band work, performed for the crowd of journalists, which Mr Lamacq pointed out may have not been the most relaxing of prospects. During the Steve on Steve interview we were also given an insight into his critically acclaimed latest release, which has been praised for its depth with its commentary on the 'current global political climate and the lack of dissenting voices in music and popular culture in general.'

Next up it was Latitude Festivals founder and creator, Festival Republics's Melvin Benn joined the DJ for the big reveal. After a short chat bout the festival in terms of its evolution and its many unique qualities, suspense had filled the room, and it wasn't long before the hardened journos were cooing and wooping as the line up unfolded.

So without going into essay territory, I will share some of the stellar line - up....

Headlining the majestic Obelisk stage will be Bloc Party, who we have recently welcomed back to the scene, the history making one offs Kraftwerk, who will put on a 3D spectacular taking the best bits from the recent Tate production, with the impressively tight Foals closing to the stage. Melvin admitted he can't get enough of their latest album and I have to agree wholeheartedly with his gushings.

Yannis from Foals comments on their headline appearance: “Latitude is always exciting, because they offer a very tasteful selection of acts. For our band, it’s an honour to headline alongside someone of the calibre of Kraftwerk – they can do whatever they like, they’re unique and you know they’re going to put on an incredible show. Bloc Party will be fantastic headliners too.”

Other personal recommendations would be that you head to the beautiful setting of the i Arena for some of Huw Stephen's handpicked gems, in particular manic rock and rollers Japandroids and the much buzzed about The 1975

Predictably the BBC Radio 6 Music stage also boasts some cracking headline acts in the shape of Modest Mouse, Mercury Prize winning ALT J, and Beach House. I will also ensure to take in the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hot Chip, Daughter, Local Natives, Everything Everything and Jessie Ware over the weekend. 

Many events will hark on about their eclectic line up with its ability to please everyone, but it is rare that you can wholeheartedly agree, and it was obvious that this year the Festival Republic Team have really pulled out all the stops. Now I am not particularly well versed on things literary ( I know, as a journalist I should not admit this) and poetic, but I know that time spent with Germaine Greer, Robin Ince and Dawn Porter will be time well spent on many different levels. I am also looking forward to the work of Sadlers Wells who have been loyal participants in the festival and Bowiefest of course... do I need to give reasons, really? Last but not least - well I say last I am editing myself before I think of more and more recommendations - the artist David Shrigley, whose drawings and animations have made me giggle for years now.

At the end of the night the Festival Republic boss took to the mic to say some well earned thank you's and inform us of a few more important aspects to Latitude 2013. Fully endorsed by himself, Melvin, whose bike was parked up in the corner of the studio, spoke proudly of Latitude and Marks & Spencers second Tour de Latitude!  This initiative will help participants reduce their carbon footprint by cycling their way to the festival in Suffolk, whilst raising vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, helping them in their life-saving work supporting seriously ill children and their families from across the UK. Everyone taking part will also have their ticket upgraded at the finish point with access to the Guest campsite and facilities throughout the festival, and Tour de Latitude will transfer bikes back to the start points and provide participants with coach travel back to where their adventure started.

I know I'm going to find all this hard to resist... 


Tickets are now on sale, subject to booking fees. An installment plan is available for fans who want to spread the cost of their Latitude weekend ticket between now and July, for full details head to
Weekend adult tickets  £182.50
Weekend accompanied teen ticket (13-15 years) £132.50
Weekend child (5-12 years) tickets  £5.00
Adult day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun  £77.50
Child (5-12 years) day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun  £5.00
Campervan Permit  £40-80 (dependent on size)
Locker  £16.00

Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping. Day tickets include car parking only.
For weekend accompanied teen tickets, all teenagers must be accompanied by an over 18. Teen tickets can only be purchased at the same time as an adult ticket.
Credit Card line: 0871 231 0821 Online:


Friday, 8 March 2013

Shoes for Exhibitionists - BucketFeet

As I Fine Art graduate I know very well the struggles of making it/money within the creative world.
When I found out about the brand BucketFeet, there was no way I wasn't going to help spread the word about these amazing shoes, and the brilliant concept behind them.

It was 2008 when the co founders Aaron Firestein and Raaja Nemani met while volunteering with children in the slums of Argentina. It wasn't long before they realized that their mutual love of art and travel could be put to good use, and by 2011 a way of channeling these passions was formed in the shape of Bucketfeet. The brand mission was to support worldwide artists by spreading their talent via the medium of of high quality shoes and this month see's an exciting expansion into the UK with Office shoes. 

 'During out travels we realized that there were millions of talented people around the world like Aaron, who didn't get the exposure they deserved for their art.' Nemanu said.

'We wanted to change that so created BucketFeet as a platform to spread art and in the process create shoes that are original, that stand out, and do not follow the normal trends of most brands.'

The Summer 2013 Global Colours Collection includes designs by five international artists and perfectly captures the brands ethos to give exposure to deserved creatives and offering a stand out fashion item. The company provides a payment upfront as well as royalties for each pair sold.

For fellow bloggers reading this post, I know about the constant hunt for new and exciting brands to help your outfit posts stand out from the millions of other bloggers out there. In featuring BucketFeet you are helping out some talented folk while turning your feet into a mobile gallery!! What more could you want!


Artist: Ben Giustino Designed in: Berkeley


Artist: Inkheart Designed in: London

These masterpieces are launching in the UK exclusively through Office, both online and in 7 key store including Topshop, Oxford Circus and Selfridges!
RRP £45

Thursday, 7 March 2013

One Shade of Grey - but multiple ways to wear your EMU tee

EMU Australia is an Australian born and Australian made sheepskin boot brand, continuously producing fashion inspired ranges of footwear and apparel in luxury merino wool and finest Australian sheepskin. I have set about styling up a few ways, using my existing wardrobe, how one can wear one of their wonderfully soft tees.....

Everyone has a shopping destination they rely on for their basics, because they've found the perfect fit the nicest material or the right collar shape etc. For me perfecting the wardrobe staples/basics is one of the most important things you can do for your wardrobe. A simple tee with well fitted trousers will always be a classic look, but items like a neutral tee can also be used as a quick way to give an otherwise dressier look a cool carefree tone.

My first look is a balance of masculine and feminine and casual and dressy. The varsity style bomber is boyish in shape, but the colour way it's silver accents nods to girly tastes. Rather than go down the sports-luxe route I have put my tee over a full skirted layered dress which gives the look a playful girly edge.

I've always had a love affair with a dungaree/overall, but it is an item of clothing that has lead to many a debate. It would appear that a large chunk of the male variety are not keen on dungarees, but many poll and stat have proved that we seek the approval of women when it comes to our fashion choices anyway!!

When you wear a staple basic such as this you can let the other aspects of the ensemble create the drama. I teamed my tee with a neon aztec patterned skirt - for day I combined with a comforting beanie with a pop of pink and my boyish Vans. I changed into my wedges for a more feminine look.

For a simple and effortless feel you could team with loose fit jeans and neutral blazer, but give it a lift via metallic or bright shoes and statement necklace.

A tuxedo trouser should be in every wardrobe, but you don't have to go for a full on tailored look. It can be made less formal when teamed with a basic tee like this EMU one. Apparently the kitten heel is making a return again too so I hunted down my old suede vintage numbers for just a little lift.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

The Sleeve - Episode Two Live Now!

 In this episode I chat to Jacoby and Jerry of Papa Roach at Brixton Academy, head to cardiff to watch Fraser Taylor from Young Guns getting tattooed by Kris Richards of Save Your Breath, and chat about band visuals with Travis Clark of We The Kings.


Monday, 4 March 2013

Henry Holland A/W 2013

Here is my footage from the show...Nana Ravetastic!

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