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On Festivals: This Summer’s New Festival Experiences – Tickets Still Available!

This summer’s festival season is in full swing, and if you’re still thinking about where to go, who to see and what to do then you’re in luck. Because there’s some epic and super creative festivals still to come this summer. But more than music, people are now looking for the right experience. Sure, they want great content for their social feeds (who doesn’t?) but what really matters is what’s different. What is feedworthy? This means unexpected collaborations, big ideas and where music, fun & stories collide.

So, what can you still get tickets for?

Happy Kanye, at Bestival – increase the peace

Standing over seven metres tall on a rainbow plinth at the epicentre of Cuckoo Clump, Happy Kanye will be bold and beautiful, a beacon of positivity encouraging Bestival-goers to step into the rainbow and celebrate our togetherness. And, just like in real life inside Kanye’s head is where the magic happens. A full interactive art experience, once inside it’s down to you to unify with your fellow party people and channel positive vibrations to the world. Let us know how you think you can increase the peace with Happy Kanye! It’s one of many Bestival highlights, which also includes Jamie T, Danny Brown, The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pet Shop Boys, Justice, Dizzee Rascal and many more big names and dance legends.

More info: bestival.net

Beer Freedom – at London Craft Beer Festival

This summer marks the fifth birthday of London Craft Beer Festival, taking place at the Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Hoxton Square, on the first weekend of August. Much more than a regular beer festival, this is more a carnival of beer –

with almost 50 of the world’s finest breweries coming to East London for the event. This is a festival with a pretty unique ‘all in’ ticket, means you get total freedom to try what you want. So, what about the music? Hot Chip, Foals, Norman Jay MBE and Olugbenga from Metronomy are among the artists playing.

More info: blondoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk

Houghton Festival – fusing music, art & sculpture

Produced by the critically acclaimed Gottwood Festival team, Houghton is set to be the UK’s only summer festival that fuses art, music and sculpture, whilst its licence uniquely allows musical programming of both sunset and sunrise. Ricardo Villalobos, Nicolas Jaar, Floating Points, Seth Troxler, Hercules & Love Affair, Andrew Weatherall, Ben UFO and Horse Meat Disco are among the huge names on the decks – this festival looks pretty special. Takes place between August 10th and 13th.

More info: www.houghtonfestival.co.uk

Way Out West – Join The Green City

Now established as one of Europe’s music festival highlights, Way Out West is also one of its most environmentally sound. This year’s theme is Green City, a continuation of the festival’s long-term commitment to environment issues. It has a meat and fish free food ethos, and is taking big steps to drastically reduce its carbon footprint. But it’s not all about saving the world, there’s also partying to be done. Frank Ocean headlines, with The xx, Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, Lana Del Ray, Major Lazer, PIXIES, Young Thug and other stellar talent playing too.

More info: wayoutwest.se 

Music, tech & art in a 15th century castle – Romania’s Electric Castle

Franz Ferdinand, Paul Van Dyk, Zedd, Unkle, Cassy, and Mike Skinner are among the highlights of Electric Castle 2017. This is a festival that’s completely unique, set within the breathtaking environment of a 15th century castle hosting music, technology and art for a five day adventure basking in the Romanian sunshine. With beers just over £1 within the festival walls ticket holders can expect a 24 hour music policy that welcomes over 130,000 people. Epic experience!

More info: www.electriccastle.ro

Where it all began? LIMF returns

Liverpool is a must-visit destination for music and culture, one of the UK’s most interesting and creative cities. LIMF has helped established the city as a current voice of global music city with an experimental but accessible programme for all. There’s a garage classical set from DJ Spoony, mainstream music from Gorgon City, Corinne Bailey Rae, Naughty Boy, and an incredible line-up of new talent too.

More info: www.limfestival.com

The New Generation Festival – in Florence 

An unprecedented event in the private Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini – a renaissance masterpiece belonging to one of the oldest families in Florence. This festival brings classical and opera music to a new, younger audience in a breathtaking location. Florence is a wonderful city too, an opportunity to see stars of the future in a grand space.

More info: newgenerationfestival.org

Sunfall – celebrate the underground, in London

Delivered by the teams behind London clubs XOYO, The Nest and Phonox – this summer sees the second edition of Sunfall. It’s a festival of two halves. Party together by day, then continue into the night at one of the events many late night club sessions. It is a real celebration of the underground; Sunfall’s music policy reflects the many London sounds and beyond – spanning jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass and disco. Uniquely, it features a Knowledge Arena this year – offering a program of music creation and performance workshops, music focused talks, interviews and discussion with industry professionals and artists.

More info: sunfall.co.uk

Corona Sunsets Festival – turning Greenwich Peninsula into a beach

The team behind the super-fun Corona SunSets Festival are coming back to London this summer. They are turning Greenwich Peninsula into a fully-fledged beach, with 400 tonnes of sand, some huge DJ sets and plenty of cold Corona too. A solid line-up and some epic views, make this a London day festival not-to-be-missed.

More info: coronasunsets.com

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What’s your top festival for the summer? Or is there a big event later this year that brings music, arts, technology and brands together? Let us know, email us on jukeboxjournalist@gmail.com 

On Culture: the progressive new intersection of VR and promenade performance

The intersection of art and technology is one of the most interesting creative spaces – so great to hear about progressive new performance WHIST coming to London this month and then touring the UK.

‘WHIST’, created by dance company AΦE, is a new production combining VR with interactive promenade theatre. WHIST incorporates 360˚ interactive film, soundscapes and an architectural art installation to create an environment that blurs all boundaries – between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

Inspired by Sigmund Freud’s dream theory, WHIST invites audiences on a journey into the unconscious mind, where instincts will be the guide through a narrative of surreal dreams and fears. And you, or your subconscious, choose your own path.

The performance incorporates 360˚ interactive film, soundscapes and an architectural art installation to create an environment that blurs all boundaries – between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

Using interactive ‘triggers’ positioned in the virtual world by its makers, WHIST allows for a total of 76 narrative possibilities to exist, creating a unique experience for each viewer. No simple ‘red pill vs. blue pill’ format, WHIST implements interactive elements, subtly woven into the film to effect unconscious decision making.

According to the team behind the show, this puts the production at the very forefront of immersive storytelling innovation – leaving the strings that bind and pull at all times invisible. You, or your subconscious, choose your own path.

So, what are the upcoming dates?

  • Ugly Duck – London
    • 23-25 June 2017
  • Pavilion Dance South West – Bournemouth
    • 3-4 July 2017
  • Colours International Dance Festival – Stuttgart, Germany
    • 6 – 15 July 2017
  • Festival Theatre – Edinburgh
    • 21st July – 3rd August 2017
  • The Old Market – Brighton
    • 19-20 September 2017
  • (further dates to be confirmed)

Check the website for more information: http://www.aoiesteban.com/whist/

 

On Beer: East London’s Burgeoning Beer Mile (and a bit)

The CultureJukebox team are fond of a real ale or two (or three or four…)  So, it’s great to hear about some awesome new breweries opening up close to our home in East London.

In fact, the team here thrilled that some of these new breweries are putting purpose before profit too. Opening up near each other, this new brewing scene is top tribute to a fantastic beer culture that is brewing in our corner of the capital.

So, what’s new?

The Magic Spells Brewery, Leyton

The newest and latest independent Craft Brewery in East London currently produces three bottled beers:  A Craft Lager, a Pale Ale (called Hackney Hare) and an IPA.

Magic Spells’ beers are a somewhere between modern brewing techniques and old styles and methods; taking inspiration from classics and adding a modern twist. The brewery creates distinct flavour profiles for the beers – an up front and bold hoppy flavour, a satisfying bite to the beer, smoothly balanced due to a nice malty body and warming alcohol.

The brewery sources most of the malt used in its beers from the UK plus British hops boosted by punchy flavoured hops from New Zealand and America.

It was founded by Jas Hare, an Eastender born-and-bred, who has a fantastic track record in the drinks industry as well as being a craft beer enthusiast.

Magic Spells Beers are available in both 330ml and 500ml bottles with an RRP of £2.49 and £2.99 respectively. They’re all available online, and in venues around London too.

 

Nirvana Brewery, Leyton

Another new brewery for 2017, Nirvana does something completely different. A low / no-alcohol brewery – sure a great idea for our increasingly health-conscious times.

It’s the UK’s only micro brewery dedicated to zero and low ABV craft beers. Beers on offer include Mantra (an IPA at 0.7% ABV), Kosmic (a stout at 0% ABV), and Chakra (a stout at 1% ABV). The team at Nirvana promise “no compromises” on flavour, so we’re excited about our first visit!

Pretty Decent Beer

Opening up just down the road in Forest Gate, Pretty Decent Beer Co has just opened its doors.

On Sheridan Road in Forest Gate, near Cann Hall Road, this brewery looks like one to watch. The team promise: “We make decent beer and do decent things with the money you spend drinking it. We brew our beer in London and every bottle helps to fund sustainable water projects around the world.”

 

The CultureJukebox team hasn’t had chance to visit yet, but this brewery promises to be really superb – we like what we’ve seen on Instagram so far.

And Pretty Decent Beer Co is just a few minutes walk from some of Forest Gate’s best independent venues – The Wanstead Tap for an incredible selection of real ale and provocative programming, Burgess & Hall for beautiful wines; and the quirky and delicious Hawkes cider HQ.

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A proper round-up of some of Forest Gate, Leyton and Leytonstone’s best watering holes for this summer is coming soon. Where do you think should be on the list? Send us a Tweet and let us know where we should visit..

 

On Cycling: #SpinLDN Returns To The Capital

As regular followers know, the CultureJukebox team are huge fans of having fun on two-wheels..

So, it’s great to hear that #SpinLDN is coming back to the capital.  Visitors to the festival of cycling (which is taking place at London Olympia this year) will find an event that is jam-packed with the best brands, bikes, and the ultimate blend of cycling culture in one location.

Spin is also welcoming a progressive mix of brands to provide food and drink – with a caffeine fix from Volcano Coffee Works, craft beers from Camden Town Brewery and an expertly-curated street food market.

More than 150 of the most forward-thinking cycling brands will be in attendance, presenting must-have products, kit and ideas for seasoned cyclists, biking beginners and everyone in-between. A list of the Spin exhibitors is online here.

A few of the more quirky highlights for this year’s festival includes:

  • The Red Light District – new for 2017, this boundary pushing part of Spin will be an unforgettable showcase of the world’s most beautiful bikes.
  • Day-Night Test Track – a first for any cycling event in the UK – this atmospheric test track offers the chance for cyclists to try out cutting edge new bikes against a backdrop of light installations and music. It also offers a chance for riders to test out a variety of night-time cycling accessories.
  • The Summit – be inspired by the biggest names in cycling, as more than 50 expert speakers take to the stage for an unparalleled programme of expert talks. Chris Boardman, Ned Boulting and CycleHackare among those leading sessions.
  • The Maker’s Lounge– offers a handpicked selection of today’s finest frame and custom bike builders. A chance to see the best work from King Bicycles, Donhou Bicycles, Dear Susan, Mercredi, Hartley Cycles, Quirk Cycles and many more.
  • The Art Hub – featuring printing workshops, saddle art and exhibitions from some of the most creative people showcasing their love of bikes.
  • Giro d’Italia – in association with Eurosport, Spin will be the best place to follow one of the world’s most beautiful races.
  • Cole Coatings Workshop – a chance to learn from the best and really understand the process behind designing and executing an award-wining bespoke bicycle finish.

Spin founder, Alex Daw said: “The whole team here are really excited how Spin 2017 is shaping up, it’s a cycling event for London unlike anything else. The move to Olympia has given us the opportunity to grow the scale and ambition of the show – and get new people into cycling too. It’s an event that‘s for everyone interested in cycling and the culture around it.”

Check out the event online here.

 

On Visual Arts: The Infinite Mix

Last week we were invited to see The Infinite Mix in Central London, here’s what we made of it.

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The Infinite Mix brought a sense of space, spectacle and wonder to London. A much needed injection of  creative ambition, ideas and energy to a city in dire need of colour and fun in the post-truth “age of anxiety”.

A collection of works by blockbuster film and moving image artists, the show took place in the middle of a building site – dust and rubble was around many corners.

The Infinite Mix was a Hayward offsite exhibition, organised in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory. Here’s a few of our highlights:

Ugo Rondinone, THANX 4 NOTHING, 2015, film still. Courtesy: the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber and Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York/ Brussels © Ugo Rondinone

THANX 4 NOTHING, 2015 © Ugo Rondinone

Ugo Rondinone’s immersive video installation features legendary beat poet John Giorno performing THANX 4 NOTHING. In this poem written on his 70th birthday, Giorno looks back at his life – and the people and events that shaped it – with humour and compassion. Performing in a tuxedo and bare feet on an empty stage in the Palais des Glaces theatre in Paris, as well as in a brightly-lit TV studio, Giorno gives thanks to ‘everyone for everything,’ before speaking frankly on the death of friends and lovers, sex, betrayal and his frequent periods of depression.

This installation was funny, warm and full of love. The artist’s admiration for another artist is clear, the stories and humour leaping from stage to screen and enveloping the viewer. A beautiful piece that is impossible to forget.

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Work No. 1701, 2013 © the artist.  c/o the artist, Hauser & Wirth

Martin Creed’s work often focuses on a single movement or gesture. In Work No. 1701a range of individuals cross a New York street, accompanied by a jubilant pop song written and performed by the artist. Talking about the film, Creed has commented that ‘doing things in life, living and working, is always using your body’, and that ‘life can look like a dance’. Work No. 1701 is a celebration of the act of getting from A to B, as well as the different ways in which people move through the world.

Creed, who has been writing songs and leading a band for over 20 years, describes his music and his visual work as an ‘attempt to make something for the world’. As he explains, they both stem from the same place: the desire to ‘say hello, to try to communicate somehow.’

Martin Creed’s piece was about movement and place – taking the viewer out of themselves and asking people to understand different location, dance and what makes people people.

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© DACS, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin

In the holographic illusion OPERA (QM.15) Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster appears in the guise of legendary soprano Maria Callas (1923–77). Dressed in the singer’s signature red dress and dramatic makeup, the artist lip-syncs to arias from Cherubini’s Medea, Verdi’s La Traviata and Ponchielli’s La Gioconda. Situated at the end of a derelict corridor, and encountered from a distance of 30 metres, the luminous figure is at first startlingly life-like – an impression reinforced by the strength of Callas’s voice.

OPERA (QM.15) is influenced by the development of photography, early cinema and the interest in the uncanny shared by many 19th-century artists and writers. It is related to a larger body of work that Gonzalez-Foerster began in 2012: an ever-expanding ‘fragmented opera’ consisting of live and recorded performances in which she appears as a range of fictional or historical figures. To Gonzalez-Foerster, each performance – including her turn as Maria Callas – is not theatre, but rather ‘a kind of séance.’

The technical quality of the Gonzalez-Foerster installation was superb, capturing attention and imagination as people explored the building. The haunting sounds and beautiful holographic colours prove to mash together sound, space and time together. A unique experience that questions the nature of both art and performance. Wonderful.

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We’re limited by time what we can say about The Infinite Mix. First of all, it was a pleasure and a privilege to see large scale art and video in Central London. Let’s hope for more in 2017!

Secondly, we came away thinking about the title and the grouping of artists. What is really infinite? I think it’s modern culture, with its remixes, reinventions and technology opening up ever more outlandish ideas and ways to tell stories. And of course, these are mixed across countries and across cultures. But this “Infinite Mix” means we have a challenge, we only have finite time and an even smaller attention span – where does the great work go in The Infinite Mix?

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On Culture: Napapijri brings nature and urban culture together

The CultureJukebox team were invited to a special Napapijri event in London’s Shoreditch this week, a remarkable expression of the brand’s values and launching its AW16 collection.

A truly immersive event, the night brought together striking light installations, unforgettable video & projections and a breathtaking musical performance from four international pianists sat at grand pianos.

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The sound and visuals were all powerful, inspired by nature and passionate explorers, celebrating tribe of individuals who see the world with a thoughtful mind and an artful touch.

The space was designed by VJ artist Heleen Blanken, four concert pianists played Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato on four raised grand pianos. The pianists – Fred Oldenburg, Irene Russo, Sandra van Veen and Jeroen van Veen – are all internationally celebrated for their work, and to be surrounded by the four performing together was an elevating adventure.

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While the music played, the musicians and audience were enveloped by Heleen Blanken’s video artwork, enabling each art-venturer to interpret their own fantastic sonic journey through the various themes: the forest, the starry skies, the mountain and shelter. Like Napapijri itself, Heleen Blanken’s artwork is concerned with the discourse between industrial destruction and the beauty of nature; the urban and the wild. Guests were invited to lie down in the comfort of the Napapijri experience as the music rose and swelled around them, transporting them into the four simultaneous harmonious worlds.

Of course, the event was also live streamed through Napapijri’s Facebook channel, allowing consumers in other countries to join in with the evening online. There’s loads more information on Napapijri’s website here.

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On Sport: Batter Up – new MLB Pop-Up Opens in London

A visit to the Detroit Tigers to see a ball game was one of the highlights of our big trip to Detroit a few summers ago.

So, it was great to get an email from the MLB about a new pop-up store coming to London.

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The first ever European Major League Baseball Store has just opened its doors on 78B long Acre in Covent Garden.

It offers a broad range of merchandise that includes authentic on-field caps, jerseys, t-shirts, baseball equipment and New Era caps, Majestic Athletic game jerseys, Wilson Sporting Goods baseball gloves, Louisville Slugger bats, Rawlings baseballs, Stance socks and Herschel bags.

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You can also get your jerseys personalised on-site with the name and number of your choice as well as play VR baseball and get the chance to win tickets to Games 3 and 4 of the 2016 World Series with all flights and hotels included.

Ideal for folks who live their baseball already, or anyone new to the sport. Home Run!

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On Culture: London Is Burning

The team at CultureJukebox are huge fans of the large-scale creative work the team at Artichoke put together.

So, it was wonderful to see the London Is Burning installation this week really capture the public’s imagination.

Exactly 350 years after the Great Fire tore the heart out of the British capital, a 400ft wooden model of the old medieval city was built on a huge barge. On  Sunday, this installation went up in flames on the River Thames to mark the anniversary.

 

The blaze in 1666, which started in Pudding Lane, ripped the heart out of the city and ruined around 13,200 homes.

But amid all the destruction and death was an event which changed the face of London forever, and gave birth to a new and modern capital of the United Kingdom.

The most fearsome blaze in memory did have some positives too. It’s credited with clearing the last vestiges of the bubonic disease from city streets by killing rats who were still carrier – but it also destroyed much of the medieval metropolis inside the Roman walls which had formed its defences for centuries.

“The 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London gives us a rare and wonderful opportunity to work on a historic event, the impact of which was felt far beyond the City of London, throughout the UK and beyond,” ~ Artichoke director Helen Marriage.

The happening was sponsored by the City of London Corporation, Arts Council England and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

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On Storytelling: London Stories project is looking for participants

Have you had the experience of coming to live in London from another part of the UK or Europe, or another part of the world? Or do you have a story to tell about a friend or family member who came to live in London – whether recently or in the distant past – and how that has had an impact on your life?

The Battersea Arts Centre team is looking for people from all backgrounds and of all ages to participate in a new project on the theme of migration to London. It will culminate in a festival in November in which members of the public will tell their personal stories to small audiences, in different rooms across it’s beautiful South London building.

No experience of performance is necessary, this opportunity is open to everyone. Whether you’ve moved to London for work, to study, or seek refuge from war – if you have a story to tell, then they want to hear it.  More details and an application form are online here.