National Portrait Gallery Unveils Newly Commissioned Portrait of Dame Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood by Juergen Teller, 2014

Dame Vivienne Westwood by Juergen Teller, 2014

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled today its latest commissioned portrait – a photograph of Dame Vivienne Westwood in her garden by artist and photographer Juergen Teller.

Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and made possible by the J.P. Morgan Fund for New Commissions, the portrait has gone on public display for the first time today to celebrate ten years of the company’s support towards new commissions for the Gallery’s Collection.

In the large, 4 foot high, almost full-length photograph, Dame Vivienne is captured standing in the back garden of her London home. An informal and intimate portrayal of the celebrated fashion designer, Dame Vivienne is shown wearing a loose-fitting peach cardigan and her white hair is cropped short, both of which match the colours of two large roses in the bushes behind her. She is standing in a relaxed manner on her garden path, with clasped hands and pursed lips, looking directly at the viewer.

Juergen Teller has previously worked with Dame Vivienne on a number of her fashion campaigns and was invited to take on this commission by both the Gallery and Dame Vivienne due to this existing friendship and Teller’s familiarity with her work and style. On sitting for Teller, Dame Vivienne has said: ‘Photography isn’t like painting, where you can decide how you want someone to look, but Juergen manages it. It must be something to do with where he places you in the picture, and the space he leaves around you’.

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Glastonbury’s ‘The Rabbit Hole’ Coming to London for One Night Only

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The Rabbit Hole, the legendary secret venue famous for its appearances at Glastonbury and at The Glade Festivals, is set to bring its flavour of Alice in Wonderland to London.

Currently burrowing towards the City, it will emerge for one night only on Saturday, 20th September at Mode Collective in Notting Hill, bringing its trademark eclectic mix of live dance music, top DJs from the techno, house, trance and burlesque scenes and more psychedelic mayhem to thrill and delight. This is a rare opportunity to experience this favourite festival venue in the comfort of a city setting.

The Rabbit Hole team has assembled a selection of their favourite live acts and DJs to entertain guests into the early hours including a top-secret headine act. There will be performances from Rory Butler who at only 18 is an incredible singing and songwriting talent. He was recently invited to join the headliner Martyn Joseph at Greenbelt as well as playing at Glastonbury and Port Eliot earlier this year. Your Garden Day are another fantastic new band who will be appearing as well as The Railing Stains, a high-profile Rolling Stones covers band officially recognized by The Rolling Stones. Guy Thompson, the UK Air Guitar Champion, who is just back from the World Air Guitar Championships in Norway will also be there and an event like this is not the same without The Mad Cows. A plethora of DJs’ including DJs Poshratz (Rabbit Hole), Grantly (Flying Rhino) and many more will be there to move the intrepid crowd of ‘Rabbitholers’ on the dancefloor until 3am. All of this with extra riddles, potions, tunnels and fantastic characters thrown in.

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Best of BE Festival 2014

logobeFor the fourth year, the highlights of Birmingham’s European festival will be touring the UK and Madrid, introducing three of Europe’s most exciting emerging theatre companies to UK and Spanish audiences. The festival places a strong emphasis on collaboration, participation and exchange, and each of the pieces presented has been selected for their capacity to transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries. In this vein, all performances throughout the tour will conclude with post-show discussions, and an extended dinner interval with the performers will be provided at the Barbican, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, HOME in Manchester and the Traverse in Edinburgh.

From Hungary, Radioballet’s From the Waltz to the Mambo won the award for Best Individual Performer (Milán Újvári) at BE FESTIVAL, a 1960’s Hungarian ballroom dance manual becomes a tool to explore dogmas surrounding beauty and education. From Austria, Julia Schwarzbach’s Loops and Breaks puts the audience in the spotlight as she instructs them with phrases and language specific to each venue, inspired by overheard conversations in each area. Finally, winner of the ACT Arriaga International Touring Prize Waiting by Mokhallad Rasem from Belgium/Iraq is a meditation through film, movement, art and sound on the human experience of waiting.

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The London Design Festival

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The annual London Design Festival, which takes place Saturday September 13 – Sunday September 21 2014, spans dozens of locations and hundreds of exhibitors.

This multi-event, multi-venue, nine-day festival takes place across London. The V&A will act as a central hub, hosting talks, events and exhibitions, including the intriguing ‘Wish List’, which showcases the work of ten up-and-coming and ten established designers, who were each asked to create something they’ve always wanted, but never been able to find.

If interior design is more your cup of tea, head to Trafalgar Square to see ‘A Place Called Home’. A collaboration with Airbnb, it consists of four pop-up ‘houses’. Identical from the outside, each will contain a room with a very individual character, dreamed up by four different design practices: Jasper Morrison, Patternity, Raw Edges and Studioilse.

Not technically organised by the LDF crew, but arranged to coincide with the festival, there are also five key hubs – or ‘design districts’ – across London where there’s masses more going on: Chelsea Design Quarter, Clerkenwell Design Quarter, Brompton Design District, Fitzrovia Now and Shoreditch Design Triangle. In these areas you can expect late-night shopping events at design destinations such as Skandium and The Conran Shop, as well as exhibitions in galleries including Roca and the Geffrye Museum.

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Bestival had the World’s largest Disco Ball!

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It’s been the centrepiece of the Magic Meadow throughout Bestival’s four-day Desert Island Disco jamboree, and now we are utterly ecstatic to declare that our frankly magnificent disco ball has set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title! Topping the tape at 10.33 metres, the dazzling disco beauty is as high as a three storey building, is covered in 2,500 mirrored tiles that would stretch out for a kilometre if you laid them end to end, and is filled with 350 cubic metres of air; equivalent to one thousand beach balls!

Verified by Mark McKinley from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS the Disco Ball was measured by surveyor Ollie Salter at midday on Sunday (7th September), before clinching the record when it was raised and spun, with a suitably disco-tastic light show, at the start of Chic featuring Nile Rodgers’ epic finale set on Sunday evening. And now we’re very proud say that Bestival holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest Disco Ball.

Rob da Bank said: “We love a challenge at Bestival, so when Nile Rodgers asked us to do something spectacular we knew it had to be beyond amazing. We don’t do things by halves, we get immersive and take them head on, so we’re very proud to have cracked the world record. Our Desert Island Disco has been utterly incredible, and to top it all off with the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest Disco Ball is the best feeling ever!”

Official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Adjudicator Mark McKinley said “I’ve had a professional surveyor measure the disco ball, I have verified the measurement and can reveal it is 10.33 metres in diameter.”

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Ms. Lauryn Hill Announces a Special Intimate Show in London

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Ms. Lauryn Hill has announced that she will perform for a very special intimate show at Brooklyn Bowl, London on Sunday the 28th September. This will follow her forthcoming run of UK tour dates, including two sold out shows at O2 Academy Brixton, the first of which sold out in under an hour! The shows across London, Birmingham and Manchester later this month will see Ms.Lauryn Hill perform on British soil for only the second time in 5 years. Tickets for Brooklyn Bowl will go on-sale 9am on Friday 5th September with special VIP and meet and greet packages available. For more information please visit: www.livenation.co.uk, www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.axs.com. 

Ms. Lauryn Hill the American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, academician and actress established herself in the music world as the lone female member of The Fugees, whose record sales would make them the second biggest selling R&B act worldwide since Michael Jackson. Lauryn launched her solo career with the release of the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’. This album earned Ms. Hill a record breaking five Grammy Awards including ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best New Artist’.

Ms. Hill grew up in a home where the sound of music was a household staple and this love affair with music would extended in many different ways from jazz, to soul, to reggae, to rock and classical. These influences in turn would dramatically shape her approach to self expression and see her establish a powerful hybrid of musical influences.

After a four year hiatus post the release of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ and only one other UK show in the space of five years it is a rare thing indeed to see Ms. Hill perform in such an intimate setting and is not to be missed.

MS. LAURYN HILL LIVE:
SAT 20TH SEPT O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON – SOLD OUT
SUN 21ST SEPT O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON – SOLD OUT
TUE 23RD SEPT O2 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM
THU 25TH SEPT O2 APOLLO MANCHESTER
SUN 28TH SEPT BROOKLYN BOWL, LONDON (SPECIAL SHOW)

Ms. Lauryn Hill tickets for Brooklyn Bowl go on-sale 9am on Friday 5th September priced £55 / £80 (VIP) / £150 (Meet & Greet) (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk, www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.axs.com

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Totally Thames

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Taking place for the first time throughout September, Totally Thames is an exciting new, month-long arts and cultural celebration of London’s river, featuring over 100 river-related events along its entire 42 mile course through the capital.

The festival will take place at various venues between Hampton Court Bridge in the west and the Dartford Crossing in the east. One event, the River Relay, will go even further, covering the whole 215 mile course of the Thames from its source to the sea. The festival – much of which is free – celebrates the main waterway which winds its way through the heart of the city, through a diverse mix of art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges at various riverside locations from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond.

To encourage us to travel via the Thames – a great way to see the city – there are 2-for-1 ticket offers on Thames river services throughout the month of September.

The River Thames, part of the longest river in England, is the waterway that winds its way through the centre of the capital. Once a bustling trade route bringing foreign trade to the city, it’s now more commonly used for recreational purposes and the non-conformist commmuter.

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Bingley Music Live 2014

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Event Hire Bradford are supplying refrigeration equipment for use at Bingley Music Live 2014, a 3 day festival (29th,30th, 31st August) at Myrtle Park, Bingley.

The ethos of the event is to present high quality music at an affordable price and give a platform for local bands from across West Yorkshire to a large audience.

Bingley Music Live evolved from a previous event at the same venue called Music At Myrtle. Music at Myrtle was first held in 1991, had free admission, and featured headline performances by tribute acts and bands from the 1960s and 1970s, such as The Searchers, Alvin Stardust, local band Smokie, Suzi Quatro, Showaddywaddy, Hot Chocolate, Edwin Starr and Boney M.

In 1998, it became a two-day event with the addition of The Pulse Party in The Park (external link). Programming for the Party in the Park was by local radio station, Pulse FM and featured contemporary pop acts, such as Rachel Stevens, McFly, Liberty X, Busted and Gareth Gates. In this format, it continued successfully for eight years.

In February 2007, it was announced that the event was to be cancelled because of escalating costs, shrinking audiences and a decline in support from the music industry for this type of event. Bradford Council took on the sole responsibility for organising the event giving it a new identity as Bingley Music Live in September that year.

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Event Hire delivering furniture to the National Memorial Arboretum

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Event Hire Birmingham are delivering folding chairs for use at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Since planting began in 1997, the National Memorial Arboretum has been a special place honouring those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in many different ways. Our staff and volunteers look forward to welcoming you.

It’s not a cemetery. It’s a place of life, represented by the 50,000 trees planted here, where older and younger generations alike can wander and wonder.

Covering 150 acres, the Arboretum has something for everyone. For some it’s a wonderful place to stroll and enjoy the trees; for others it’s a peaceful and beautiful place to remember loved ones, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Event Hire at Insomnia, the UK’s biggest gaming festival

insomniaEvent Hire Birmingham supplied Starlight Bars for use during Insomnia, the UK’s biggest gaming festival, which took place 22nd-25th August 2014 at Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

Established in 1999, the Insomnia Gaming Festival has been the UK’s biggest celebration of gaming culture for over 14 years. Starting out as a small LAN party arranged between friends, Insomnia has grown into an event unlike any other in the UK; combining a thriving exhibition hall, the UK’s biggest LAN, large-scale eSports tournaments, special guests from across the spectrum of gaming media and more, Insomnia provides an exciting and engaging weekend’s worth of gaming fun and activities. Whether you want to bring your computer or console down for the whole weekend, or just visit for the day with your family, Insomnia provides the gaming experience you choose.

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