The Catwalk In Your Living Room

Up-and-coming footwear designer Dionne Gooding knows shoes-and she sure knows how to throw a party.
"Like most women, I love shoes," Gooding says. "But I always found it hard to get exactly what I wanted." Though she owns over a hundred pairs, most of them are of her own design, or old favourites that have been recycled, refurbished and reborn through Gooding's innovative creative process. Not only does she sell her own sparkling, sexy-yet-comfortable line of pumps, high heels and courts at and in London and Kent boutiques; she also transforms old shoes into brand-new ones by adding elements like studs, flowers, feathers and Swarovski crystals-creating affordable, exquisite custom shoes to suit the
dream vision of each individual client.

Now, Gooding takes her fun on the road. She's created a whole new
phenomenon: the Shoe Party.
Who doesn't love shopping for shoes with her girlfriends?
Gooding's Shoe Parties come right to her clients' homes, gardens and offices. Women of all ages love to gather for Gooding's laughter-filled, creatively inspired shindigs, where she helps guests
dream, choose and design just the shoes they've always been looking for.

Hostesses (who get a half-price pair of shoes and ten percent off all
party sales) gather ten or more friends together to meet the
fun-loving designer and check out her funky, elegant designs. Wine is poured, snacks enjoyed, competitive shoe-trivia games played,
cool shoe prizes won-and each guest seizes her chance to strut her
stuff on a mini-catwalk in Dionne Gooding shoes. Shoe Party girls
can bring along old shoes to transform, with the inspired help of
Gooding and her trimmings, fabrics and style folders. And they can snap up her exclusive, limited-edition designs at great prices. At the end of the night, each guest leaves with both her shoes and her social life reinvigorated.

Gooding also sources fabric to custom-match shoes with favorite outfits, specializing in shoes for brides and bridesmaids in both African and traditional weddings. But no one's dream shoe is out of the realm of possibility for this dynamic twenty-five year-old designer.

"I got tired of seeing boring shoes in High Street stores and unique, luxurious shoes in designer stores that I couldn't afford," Gooding says. "So I decided to do my own amazing shoes at High Street prices."Your street, that is".

Dionne Gooding's creations are featured at Paraphernalia and NX
Boutique in South London, The Mixx in Kent, and online at

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The Redemption of Samantha Fox

Sony Music Signs Dance Hit and Lead Single - featuring Samantha Fox - from Marc Mysterio's forthcoming debut album, 'Redemption'
LONDON,UK /AMERADA MUSIC/ Sony Music (UK) has taken note of Superstar Dance DJ/Producer Marc Mysterio's emergence as a mainstream talent, and will release the lead single from Marc's forthcoming debut album, 'Redemption', called "Tomorrow" by Marc Mysterio (ft. Samantha Fox) on December 14th on ITUNES, as well as on CD.

The tune features the vocals of Samantha Fox, star of the new 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!', which makes its long anticpated debut This Sunday on ITV1.

"Redemption (Chapter 1)" is fused with a fierce list of collaborations
including the lead single _Tomorrow" by 'Marc Mysterio featuring
Samantha Fox, which has already cracked club charts, and
managed to crack its first #1 on radio in Europe!

"In a short time, Marc has managed to conquer the cold face of
dance in a very big way and is about to enter an elite level as an
artist with his debut album _Redemption', in April (2010)" says
Legandary BBC Radio 1 Presenter, Judge Jules introducing Marc
Mysterio to millions of listeners prior to his guest dj set on the
legendary show known as the 'Warm Up'.

The full album showcases the Globally Recognized DJ elevating
his artistry as an Artist to an elite level -- a move which will thrill his army of fans across the world featuring new collaborations with top talent, including:: Chris Willis (longtime singer of David Guetta), Gary Pine (Singer of Bob Sinclar Anthem 'Love Generation'), Lillix, Max'C (Singer of Top 5 UK Hit,'I Found You' by Axwell), Shena, Dhany (Longtime collaborator of Benni Bennasi) and finally a new duet featuring Jamie Sparks together with Samantha Fox.

Moreover, In an interview with the high profile blog, Beatportal, The
stars share their respect and admiration for each other's work:

"DJs and producers like Daft Punk, Armin van Buuren and Marc
Mysterio are truly the artists of their songs, even though they are not
the singer of their songs." Sam (43), asserts. Samantha explains that
her vocals on the dance track are simply an extension of
instruments in the mix produced, composed, arranged and then
performed live by the DJ/Porducer (i.e. Marc Mysterio) as a
performing artist. Marc Mysterio (27) returns this compliment by
claiming Samantha "is still ten times better looking than Kelly

The full LP 'Redemption' by Marc Mysterio will be released on CD
and ITUNES in April 2010, which will co-incide with the launch of
Marc Mysterio's Internationally Syndicated Radio Show

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The Music World Comes Together to Fight Cancer

Exhibition Runs: 19th November to 30th November 2009

Unique cancer charity the No Surrender Charitable Trust has teamed up with Proud Camden to launch a special interactive exhibition, The Art of Music ‘09.
Showcasing original, one-off canvases created by leading musicians and bands exclusively for No Surrender; The Art of Music ’09 will present the only opportunity to view the works, which are to be auctioned in order to raise funds to support the charity’s vital efforts.
Featuring contributions from Maximo Park, Friendly Fires, Placebo, Maccabees, LadyHawke, White Lies and charity Trustee KT Tunstall amongst many more, this exhibition represents a coming together of the music world in the fight against cancer. Further adding to the exhibited work, videos of the canvasses being created will be projected on a gallery wall giving audiences the chance to experience the process from start to finish.

Paul Smith of Maximo Park says “We'll always try and support the charity in whatever way possible. It was fun to get involved with the exhibition and flex our artistic muscles. I'm not sure how many people will want to bid for my particular efforts, but I live in hope! There's no doubt it's a great cause.”
Not satisfied with merely featuring some of music’s leading lights, No Surrender has extended an open invitation to a whole hoard of bands and musicians. The exhibition will open with one wall of blank canvases alongside those already completed. Day by day a fresh canvas will be filled, accompanied by a live video stream at of the artwork being created, giving fans and visitors the chance to interact with their favourite band.

This recently extended exhibition now runs for a week and a half, and kicks off with a launch and finishes with a closing night including a one-off special DJ line-up of Maximo Park and Blood Red Shoes.
To find out more and catch a sneak peak of some of the artworks already created with a video teaser, go to: WWW.NO-SURRENDER.ORG

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The V&A Ceramics Galleries

The art of making ceramics or pottery has been a skill that seems to have held its own for several centuries now and it does not show any sign of regressing. Most ceramics such as tiles, pots and statues are produced with clay or other raw materials and this process has changed very little over the years, making it one of the oldest art forms.

In 2010, the ceramic review and Craft Potters Association, which aims to encourage fine works in studio ceramics, to promote their value in society and to foster the interest of the public in ceramic art will host a major International showcase for ceramics which will coincide with the Victoria and Albert museum’s huge ceramic exhibition. These two events promise to put the UK at the forefront of the world’s ceramic market and promises to excite and educate audiences all over.

The Victoria and Albert museum, which is in the process of a positive and drastic refurbishment programme over the next few years (including a new wing and improving their massive renaissance collection), have decided to exhibit their impressive ceramics collection in their new ceramics galleries which is set to rival others in the world. The V&A promise to showcase over 3000 objects with highlights including the Ming Chinese dynasty porcelain, Meissen figures, Dutch delftware, ceramics by Clarice Cliff and tableware by Wedgewood.

The first phase of their four year refurbishment project is complete and with the second phase set to be achieved in the summer of 2010, it looks like the V&A will once again establish themselves as one of the nation’s finest art institutions.

For more information on the Ceramics galleries or the V&A please check their website

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Xmas Factor

Competition aims to stem Britons’ growing disenchantment with Christmas carol singers·
National carol competition launched by Ecclesiastical Insurance to keep Christmas carolling alive·
New survey reveals carol singers increasingly unwelcome outside our homes· Nearly one third won’t give a donation to carollers· Only 2% of Brits will sing carols door-to-door this Christmas.

The tradition of singing carols door-to-door has long been a staple of the British Christmas, but new research showing that the public is increasingly negative about the practice has prompted Ecclesiastical Insurance to launch a national competition to revitalise carolling. Ecclesiastical has teamed up this year with, who are encouraging people to put the Christian message back into Christmas with their ‘Christmas starts with Christ’ advertising campaign.

The competition to compose a new carol in the Christian tradition will form part of the campaign to get Christ back in Christmas and comes as a study by Ecclesiastical reveals that over half the British public is either unhappy or unwilling to have carol singers call at their homes. Launched today The Christmas Factor aims to reinvigorate public support for traditional carolling and ensure it remains at the heart of the Christmas celebrations.

According to the YouGov survey commissioned by Ecclesiastical Insurance, 29% of Britons don’t want carol singers to come to their home while a further 19% said they won’t answer the door if carol singers knocked. 3% said they would ask carol singers to leave. Almost three-quarters of Britons (73%) said that carollers are less welcome on the doorstep today than they were in the past. Bruce Rickards of Ecclesiastical Insurance said: “Our survey’s results made for pretty disheartening reading. I think I won’t be alone in saying that it’s a sad state of affairs that such a time-honoured way of celebrating Christmas should now be seen so negatively. We want to do something about it. “By launching this competition we hope to make people think again about carols and see them in a new light. We’re encouraging people to use their imaginations to compose contemporary carols that will reflect the lives we live now as well as the Nativity itself.

Popular carols like Silent Night and O Come All Ye Faithful are timeless, but every tradition needs a reboot from time to time. We think this competition will achieve that for carolling.”
Francis Goodwin, Chairman of said: "We're really pleased to be teaming up with Ecclesiastical on this initiative. The idea is right in line with our strategic approach which reminds people that Christmas starts with Christ. Carols are a great and memorable way of communicating the Christmas message with popular appeal." Ecclesiastical’s survey also found that Britons believe there has been a decline in the number of door-to-door carol singers. Two-thirds of those questioned said there are fewer singers today than 10 years ago. Asked whether or not they wanted to see the tradition of carolling continue in this country, 41% said they did while 22% wanted it to end. 32% had no opinion either way. Should carol singers call, most people (29%) thought they should sing just one carol and in return be given a donation of 51p-£1 (22%). Two carols were also quite popular with respondents (22%), but not more. However almost a third (30%) said they would not give any donation at all. This Christmas, only 2% of Britons are planning to go door-to-door carol singing although of those who are not, 17% said they will take part in some other type of carol singing event such as a church service or concert. The traditional of singing carols in the street in return for a donation is thought to go back to the Middle Ages when beggars performed in return for food or money.

The Christmas Factor competitionToday Ecclesiastical Insurance, in conjunction with, is a launching a national competition to compose a new carol in the Christian tradition around the theme of the Nativity. Called The Christmas Factor, the competition is open to anyone. The carol can be in any musical style but should not be longer than four minutes in duration. The winner will be announced in December and in addition to receiving a £1,000 prize, will have his or her carol performed on their doorstep by the largest doorstep carol singing event of all-time. The competition begins on 5 October. Entries (lyrics and melody) can be made via’s website. For full details go to

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Centre For Sustainable Fashion

The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) set up at London College of Fashion (LCF) and now in its second year of operation, received backing from the British Fashion Council. Harold Tillman, Chairman of the British Fashion Council, speaking at the Estethica launch party at London Fashion Week commented: “It is wonderful to see the work being undertaken by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion supporting the fashion industry to transform the way it does business. It is especially apt given the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week that we should be looking to the future and safeguarding our industry for future generations.”
The Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion has rapidly gained an international reputation for connecting research, education and business to support, inspire and create innovative approaches to fashion that balance ecology, society and culture. Ambassador for the CSF Caryn Franklin commented; “The Centre for Sustainable Fashion is a trailblazer, helping all of us to a better understanding of why the pursuit of sustainability must be on par with the pursuit of business building and design innovation.”

Over the past year the CSF has worked across education, research and industry to establish networks and develop capacity within the fashion industry and produce graduates who are fully equipped to effect positive change. Just one of many successful initiatives includes the Shared Talent India project that is funded under the Defra led Sustainable Clothing Roadmap and the Indian Government through the UK:India Sustainable Development Dialogue. Born out of a collaboration between UK and Indian designers, LCF, Pearl Academy India and Amsterdam Fashion Institute, the project explored and promoted the design applications of a range of sustainable Indian textiles; outcomes from Shared Talent India were displayed on the Monsoon Stand in Estethica at London Fashion Week and will go on to be displayed at Indian Fashion Week in October 2009.
The CSF has also launched its new website which provokes, challenges and questions the fashion status quo. This will be an invaluable resource for the fashion industry, showcasing transforming design concepts that balance ecology, society and culture.

Shared Talent India Team:Through partnership between the Defra led Sustainable Clothing Roadmap and the Indian Government under the UK:India Sustainable Development Dialogue, the Centre for Sustainable Fashion explored and shared knowledge on sustainable design practice. Those involved include 12 designers, based in both the UK and India, suppliers of Indian textiles, buyers and undergraduates from London College of Fashion, Pearl Academy of Fashion Delhi and Amsterdam Fashion Institute. The initiative aims to innovate towards improved ecological, ethical and cultural criteria in selecting and creating collections and to connect designers and buyers to more sustainable textiles in India.

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The Sand Lady

Talent shows are enjoying something of a bittersweet golden age of late thanks to x factor, strictly come dancing and the likes. Acts like Susan Boyle, Diversity, Alesha Dixon and Ali Bastian are to talent shows what Cheryl Cole is to Girls Aloud.Viewing numbers have remained hugely impressive and it seems Britain's Got Talent may be about to benefit greatly after the Ukranian winner's performance was such a huge hit on the internet, she has had to organise a worldwide tour.
Kseniya Siminova is the 24 year old sand animator whose portrayal of life during the Great Patriotic war in world war II reduced several audience members to tears. During her interview she said that sand had become a part of her and she has managed to establish a strong relationship with it and her hands thus enabling her to fully immerse herself in all her works.
The video for that performance placed on youtube, has received a staggering amount of hits in such a short space of time and lots of comments complimenting her work.

Sand drawing has been a vanuatu ritual tradition and practice for years and has thus been recognised by UNESCO as a MASTERPIECE OF THE ORAL AND INTANGIBLE HERITAGE OF HUMANITY which ensures that communities awarded this maintain their traditions that reflect their cultural and social identity. The reason why Miss Siminova's work impressed the millions that viewed it online or the several lucky ones that witnessed it live was her ability to combine her strong interest, passion and knowledge of the art with excellent camera work to produce a magnificent portrayal of dark times during world war II.

There is a planned tour of Miss Siminova's work according to sources thus we shall wait and see if there is more to this sand lady than her youthful good looks and talent obviously.
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Les Ballets Russes

Formed in 1909 by Sergei Diaghilev, Les Ballets Russes revolutionised the art of dance, presenting work so ground-breaking it famously caused near-riots. One hundred years later, four exceptional artists at the vanguard of today’s choreography pay a thrilling tribute to this unique artistic venture.
To mark this special centenary Sadler’s Wells produces In the Spirit of Diaghilev,commissioning brand new works from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Javier De Frutos, Russell Maliphant and Wayne McGregor who are each creating work inspired by Diaghilev’s troupe and his pioneering spirit of collaboration.
Each choreographer, working with all or part of his own company and a host of world class designers, composers and artists from beyond the realms of dance, gives their own original response to the famous challenge that Diaghilev once issued to Jean Cocteau: “Surprise me!”.

Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director Alistair Spalding says; “With the Ballets Russes, Diaghilev altered the perceptions of who and what ballet could attract. It became a multi-dimensional art form and Diaghilev’s approach forged the way for generations of artists and producers to come. For this centenary I felt it was important for Sadler’s Wells to create new work, and to ask the question, if Diaghilev were alive today, what would he do? So I’ve asked Wayne McGregor, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Javier de Frutos, to each create pieces inspired by some aspect of that period and most importantly Les Ballets Russes’ spirit of collaboration.”
Forming an evening of four brand new works, In the Spirit of Diaghilev includes collaborations across design, film, music and fashion.

Inspired by Shackleton's Nimrod expedition to the South Pole in 1909, the year that Les Ballets Russes was founded, Wayne McGregor creates Dyad 1909. Wayne McGregor Random Dance collaborates with acclaimed artists and filmmakers Jane and Louise Wilson, lighting designer Lucy Carter and costume designer Moritz Junge with costumes embellished by Swarovski and make-up by Kabuki. Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds will provide a newly commissioned score combining piano, strings and electronics.

The Ballets Russes was an itinerant ballet company which performed under the directorship of Sergei Diaghilev between 1909 and 1929. Some of their places of residence included the Théâtre Mogador and the Théâtre du Châtelet, as Paris had a large Russian exile population. They performed in many countries, including England, the U.S.A. and Spain. Many of the company’s dancers originated from the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg. Younger dancers were trained in Paris, within the community of exiles after the Russian Revolution of 1917. The company featured and premiered now-famous (and sometimes notorious) works by the great choreographers Marius Petipa, Michel Fokine, as well as new works by Bronislava Nijinska, Leonide Massine, Vaslav Nijinsky, and the young George Balanchine at the start of his career. Dancers included Anna Pavlova, Alicia Markova, and Bronislava Nijinska.
The company’s productions combined new dance, art and music. They created a huge sensation around the world, altering the course of musical history, bringing many significant visual artists into the public eye, and completely reinvigorating the art of performing dance. Les Ballets Russes was one of the most influential theatre companies of the 20th century, in part because of its ground-breaking artistic collaboration among contemporary choreographers, composers, artists, and dancers. Collaborators commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev at that time included composers Stravinsky, Ravel and Debussy, and artists such as Picasso, Chanel, Matisse and Miró.

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Mozart At Home

Since 1999 Siemens has been sponsoring the Salzburg Festival and enabling free and open-air transmissions of current and past productions in cooperation with the ORF.
The Siemens Festival Nights in Salzburg had a very special highlight this year: For the first time the Salzburg Festival offered a web stream and opera-on-demand alongside public viewing. The premiere of Mozart's "Cosě fan tutte", conducted by Adam Fischer, was relayed live in perfect HD image- and 3D sound-quality at the Kapitelplatz during the festival.

Thousands tuned in to the premiere of Mozart's "Cosě fan tutte" on the eve of the festival as it was relayed worldwide via web stream. The cost, a mere 7.90 euros and was made available once more due to demand for 7 days after. People logged onto the website and were highly impressed based on the comments received.

As for the festival itself, the team were joined for Austrian wine and other specialities in the Imlauer restaurant tent at the Kapitelplatz by the rest of the attendees to get a glimpse of Salzburg's successful public viewing spectacle and experience first class open air music. In the past few years, more than 2,000 people visited the public viewing, which relays shows live from the festival hall, every day. Altogether the Siemens Festival Nights welcome about 40,000 visitors per annum and will be delighted if you managed to grace the next one.

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The Opera House At Sunset

Promising to do better to unite the people and encourage world peace simply doesn’t cut it in this day and age.
Beauty Queens around the world are having fillers, implants, extension and god alone knows what else to be the best of the best.
Miss Australia has called in the help of International Fashion Designer Ruth Tarvydas to create . . . .
The Opera House at Sunset
The bust is shaped on the Opera House using swarovski crystals whilst the body represents sails on the harbor, the skirt is the swirling sea at sunset and the hat represents the sun setting.
Ruth received mixed reviews about the outfit and simply responded:
“I’m sure some would like me to build a BBQ over her and put sausages on her head, maybe that's their idea of how Australia should be portrayed”Ruth’s career spans back over 30 years, she was the first Australian Designers to show at London Fashion Week when it began 25 years ago and her business has grown with it. Dressing the likes of Cheryl Cole, Emma Watson, Florence and the Machine and many others.

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Guildford School Of Acting

The new £5.4 million Guildford School of Acting building, located at the University of Surrey, and built by Dutch-owned contractor VolkerFitzpatrick, was ‘topped-out’ in a ceremony in July.
The new three storey £5.4 million purpose-built building will provide the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) with 15 dance studios, tutorial rooms, café and an impressive entrance atrium. The build was part funded by a £3 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The new building will enable GSA to have a permanent base at the University of Surrey Stag Hill campus – relocating from its present multiple locations across Guildford. The building will offer state-of-the-art facilities for students studying the performing arts, and will enable the School to offer new courses, thus building on its international reputation for excellence in training actors, dancers and technicians.

Speaking at the topping-out ceremony, VolkerFitzpatrick Estimating and Business Development Director, Jeff Niehorster, said: “We are now in the final phase of this 54 week build programme, and we anticipate the project being completed on time and within budget. The School’s new building will enable GSA to go from strength to strength as it moves to its new home here at the University of Surrey. The build has been a challenge, but along with our partners at GSA and the University, we have overcome them and built something of which we can all be proud. I look forward to future possible projects here on the campus.”

Professor John Turner of the University of Surrey, comments: "The University of Surrey pioneered the innovative and renowned Music and Sound Recording Tonmeister degree course in 1970 and was also the first UK University to introduce specialist academic degrees in Dance at all levels. This strategic merger with the GSA will complement our academic strengths in the area of performing arts and we look forward to working closely with our new colleagues.”
Peter Barlow, Director of GSA, says: “This new and exciting phase in GSA’s history is a dream come true. We can now bring the whole school together into one building and provide for our internationally renowned teachers the very best facilities in which to teach."

About the University of Surrey
The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Ground-breaking research at the University is bringing direct benefit to all spheres of life – helping industry to maintain its competitive edge and creating improvements in the areas of health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy. Programmes in science and technology have gained widespread recognition and it also boasts flourishing programmes in dance and music, social sciences, management and languages and law. In addition to the campus on 150 hectares just outside Guildford, Surrey, the University also owns and runs the Surrey Research Park, which provides facilities for 140 companies employing 2,700 staff.
The Sunday Times names Surrey as ‘The University for Jobs' which underlines the university’s growing reputation for providing high quality, relevant degrees.

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London Undercover

Quintessentially British? A term that any proud Brit has heard before. But what defines ‘British’? Fish & Chips? The London Underground? Bowler Hats, perhaps? Most certainly the humble Umbrella, that disposable yet utterly indispensable accessory, which frankly has been crying out for a makeover for years. One brave man has stepped up to the challenge, designing a range of Brollies for men and women which are more British than Scones and Tea, with innovation and technical know-how to appease the traditional British taste for high quality, aesthetically pleasing, functional paraphernalia.
Although aesthetics are objective, it’s hard not to be subjective and fall head over heels, with the following retro-kitsch designs from renowned British Graphic designer (and company Founder) Jamie Milestone. Full English breakfast and Café tablecloth, Fish & Chips wrapped in newspaper, unconventional Union Jacks, Dog Tooth and Plaid designs all feature in what can only be described as a ‘revolutionary’ concept when combined with the practical, yet typically dowdy Umbrella.
London Undercover has not only touched on print design, but also the elemental, functional parts of Brolly design. In keeping with the British ecological ideology, almost every aspect of these Umbrellas has been designed with a fresh environmental approach. Recycled Canvas, recycled metal shaft and frame, recycled/ biodegradable handles and recycled packaging feature in these morally re-assured Brollies.
A Brand ‘ripe’ for collaboration I hear you say? Well Jamie is one step ahead. He’s already designed a line of Umbrellas for the London Underground, featuring the classic District Line signature Moquette pattern. Paul Smith loves the classic-contemporary styling, which is so complimentary to his own brand, that he’ll be stocking them in his own stores.


Fashion students are creating designer looks at credit crunch prices by customising charity shop clothes and selling them on.
The University of Portsmouth students are part of a special project collaborating with The Rowans Hospice charity shop in Southsea's Marmion Road. The students choose clothes from the items donated to the shop and customise them to give them a unique designer look.
The re-designed clothes go back on sale in the shop and all the proceeds go to The Rowans Hospice, a local charity which provides specialist hospice care to enhance the quality of life for patients with life-limiting illness.
For the students, who will have a display area in the shop, it's a chance to obtain first hand experience of designing clothes to sell directly into the marketplace.
Mel Jones, 20, is studying for a BA Fashion & Textile Design with Enterprise. She said: "The focus on producing an individual look has reminded us about the reasons we came to study fashion in the first place - originality and creativity. And of course it's a fantastic opportunity to showcase our designs to the public.
"Kate Moss made vintage clothing fashionable. It's about creating an individual look. You won't see anyone else wearing the same thing."
The project was born out of an idea from staff at the Rowans Hospice. They contacted the University's Department of Employability which places students in projects and work placements to gain extra skills to make them more employable and maximise their chances of getting a job.
Volunteer Coordinator, Alice Hickman, said: "Employers increasingly expect graduates to have work experience and a wide range of skills to complement their academic qualifications. Our students graduate with much more than just a degree under their belts, they're ready to make a difference from day one."
Vanessa Gilding is the manager of the Rowans Hospice charity shops. She said: "Charity shops have always been a great place to pick up a bargain. With this project you can buy a custom-made designer garment for a fraction of the price whilst supporting your local hospice."
The Rowans Hospice shops are run by volunteers and rely entirely on charitable donations. The charity shops make a significant contribution towards the running costs of the Hospice.
Perhaps London and the rest of the country could take a leaf out of these young girls book or have they already?
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Misa Harada, The Hat Lady

The highly awaited Autumn Winter 2009 collection for Misa Harada is out now and is set to fly off the shelves.The lady herself, for most of you who may not know her graduated from the Royal College Of Art and was immediately spotted by the Royal appointed milliner Frederick Fox where she stayed for 4 years helping design both his couture and commercial ranges. During this time she also produced hats for the catwalk shows of renowned designers Katharine Hamnett, Owen Gaster and Thierry Mugler.
Her unique style has been commissioned by several well known faces such as the rolling stones, scissor sisters, cinzano and Mac. she actually created Jennifer aniston's wedding veil, hats for the janet jackson "all for you" music video and unknown to many she was behind some of the millinery delights in the sex and the city and Ally McBeal shows. And if that is not enough, she has collaborated with Hermes, Missoni, Reem, Bora Aksu and Yohji Yamamoto.

May i suggest you take the opportunity to view some of her work at the Victoria and Albert museum's exhibition; HATS: AN ANTHOLOGY by Stephen Jones which is on til the 31 May 2009.

This collection sees an evolution by the designer known for her unique use of textile, contrast and craft. The use of various warm fabrics such as moiré woven, speckled or multicoloured Harris tweeds are combined with faux silver fox or unique orang-utan like fur. Grey, black and beige and Misa’s signature multi coloured assemble pallets form this seasons colour.
Winter warming shapes are to embrace any wearer in faux fur berets and the introduction of modern day Cossack styles and turbans . Sharp and structured 30’s style beret and various form of caps are to make the statement for a modern day stylish princess. For a true special occasion, Misa has introduced some enchanting head dress pieces on Alice bands all in romantic use of feathers.

Misa Harada’s AW 09/10 collection is darker with colours such as maroon, black and grey meant for characters walking the streets of Jack the Rippers’ grey foggy London.
For the commercial line classic trilby shapes, soft pork pie hats, flat and Gatsby caps are made in grey and black checked wool combined with leather and flocked denim. All accessories such as chess knight and guitar pick pins reflect the rock and roll and Edwardian theme, while studded leather belt invokes connotations of a heritage even darker.
The knit line has been extended with an introduction of herringbone pattern flat caps, Alpaca coquette and chunky rib knit beret and chullo style in smoky shade of grey and brown.

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Celebrating The Tudors

To coincide with the fantastic documentary on the Tudors aired on TV, Hampton Court palace has organised a fantastic festival well worth attending.
The First Ever Tudor Music Festival; as part of this year's 500th anniversary celebrations to mark Henry VIIIs accession to the throne, they are dedicating four nights in the Great Hall to enjoy Tudor music. This is an excellent opportunity to step back in time and listen to music in the very place where Henry VIII enjoyed musical entertainment.
Festival-goers will enjoy a feast of music by the most eminent Tudor composers, including Byrd,
Tallis and Taverner, several of whom were employed at Henry VIII’s and Elizabeth I’s courts. Highlights include the stunning 40-part motet Spem in Alium by Tallis, as well as compositions written by King Henry VIII himself. The concerts will all take place in the magnificent Great Hall, which would not only been the centre of Henry VIII’s court life with banquets, entertainments, theatre and dancing, but would also have been the very place where Henry VIII would have heard music performed.
The festival runs from the 7th til the 10th May and doors open at 6.30pm and the concert commences at 7.30pm each night. This is one of the finest collection of performers you will come across and if that does not inspire you, perhaps spending time in the great hall where the concerts will be held will.

Tickets for the Tudor Music Festival at Hampton Court Palace are now available;

• By telephone on 0844 482 7795

• In person at the Hampton Court Palace Welcome Centre.
Prices: • £19.00 - £29.00 for adults (concessions £15.00)

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Maharaja; The Splendour Of India's Royal Courts

The Maharajas were Indian Princes and Kings who had great power over India in the eighteenth century along with the Hindu Rajahs, the Muslim Nizams, the Nawabs and later, the British Empire. The Maharajas were some of the wealthiest men on the planet possessing vast amounts of treasures, with which they created fantastic collections to be kept in their treasure vaults.
During those times the Maharajas possessed the Hyderabad, possibly the largest area on the subcontinent, and a land littered with gold and diamond mines. Consequently, it was the richest state. (Out of interest, it is currently home to the world's largest film studio, Ramoji film city.)
The wealth of the Maharajas far outshone that of the British Empire. Their prudent attitude saw them create a close ally with the new British Empire, assuring security to their wealth and position.

Thanks to this strong relationship between the two empires, the V&A have managed to put together this superb exhibition "MAHARAJA: THE SPLENDOUR OF INDIA'S ROYAL COURTS" which will run from 10TH OCTOBER 2009 - 17TH JANUARY 2010.
According to the V&A, this autumn's exhibition will be the first to comprehensively explore the world of the Maharajas and their extraordinary rich culture. The exhibition will bring together over 250 magnificent objects, many on loan to the UK for the first time from India's royal collections. The exhibition promises to cover the period from the 18th century when the great era of the Maharajas began, to the end of the British rule in 1947. It also promises to show the changing role of the Maharajas in a historical and social context and look at how their patronage of the arts both in India and Europe resulted in splendid and beautiful commissions designed to enhance royal status and identity.

Like most fans, the director of the V&A, Mark Jones is clearly excited by the prospect of showing possibly some of the finest works within the Indian royal collections as his statement suggests: "There has never been an exhibition like this before, showing the spectacular treasures of the courts of the Maharajas. Many of the objects are leaving India for the first time to come into the V&A. This exhibition will show that India's rulers were significant patrons of the arts, in India and the west, and will tell the fascinating story of the changing role of the Maharaja from the early 18th century to the final days of the Raj"

I urge anyone with or without any interest in the Maharajas, to put this exhibition date in their diary and grace the gallery to witness some of the magnificent pieces on display and perhaps learn a thing or two about a culture not often discussed or presented in the UK.


Charles Watson Turban Jewel - it is an enameled gold set with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, a sapphire, and a pendant pearl. These jewels were presented to admiral Charles Watson in India.

Howdah - A howdah, or houdah, is a carriage which is positioned on the back of an elephant, or occasionally some other animal, used most often in the past to carry wealthy people or for use in hunting or warfare. It was also a symbol of wealth for the owner, and as a result were decorated with expensive gems.

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As Brian Eno once remarked, ‘The Alternative Miss World should be entered for the Turner Prize! ’The event that brought Leigh Bowery to London, that intrigued artists from Brian Eno to David Hockney, that has attracted fashionistas from Zandra Rhodes to Ryan Styles - The Alternative Miss World - a beauty contest like no other – ricochets back into the limelight for its 12th outing since 1972 at London's premier venue The Roundhouse on Saturday May 2nd 2009.
Artist Andrew Logan's Crufts-inspired competition thrusts 20 hard-core exhibitionists, including head-hunter Janet Slee, gallery owner Matthew Flowers, club phenomenon Daniel Lismore & milliner Piers Atkinson, onto the stage to compete through Daywear, Swimwear and Eveningwear for the ultimate accolade; the coveted title of The Alternative Miss World. Judged by poise, personality and originality by a panel of the ruthless crème de la crème of the creative world, contestants pull every trick in the book to gain attention, favour and those all-important votes. Past competitors have included Jubilee's Jenny Runacre, Norman Rosenthal in Sarah Lucas, 80 year old Russian Pani Bronua and ‘Transformer’ Burnel Penhaul. Expect cross-dressing, nudity, absurdity, art, gigantic looks, mechanical costume, raw sexual energy, laughter and shock!

Andrew Logan hosts and hostesses the evening with quickfire-wit cultural icon Ruby Wax. Live music from The Irrepressibles, the siren sounds of Bishi and Moscow’s Aquaaerobika, unexpected celebrity appearances, video art, semi naked boys, dancing girls, drink, friends & family, transvestites, performance, glitter, dazzle and spectacle. Judges include Queen of Colour Zandra Rhodes, Textile Temptress Celia Birtwell, Bruce Lacey the elemental artist, pilot and AMW veteran, artiste Molly Parkin, Movie Maestro Ken Russell, The Beautiful Bombshell Betty McIntosh, Rocky Horror’s Creator Richard O’Brien, Hollywood Superstar Tim Curry, South Asia’s Cultural Guru Rajeev Sethi, The Doyen of Craft Today, Philip Hughes, London’s Latest Hotspot Amy Lamé, Jonny Woo the Darling of the East End, Time Out’s Tony Elliott, the Roundhouse’s Supremo Marcus Davey, Alternative Miss World of The Universe 2004 Miss Secret Sounds of Sunbird Rising CCCP, 2004’s Co-Host, the fabulous Julian Clary and yet more Glitterati!

The Alternative Miss World

The theme is The Elements

The place is The Roundhouse

The date is 2nd May

The time is 8.00 pm

The night to crown it all!

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BOTOWN; From Memphis To Mumbai

BOTOWN is a super-tight band of multi-cultural musicians that bring together the classical sounds of India and Bollywood and serves them up with a unique Soul Funk twist. It’s an exciting culture-clash musical experience that takes you on a trip from Memphis to Mumbai.
The live performances combine the glamour of Bollywood and the charisma of the Soul legends from a band that is committed to bringing the house down with every performance and then playing on top of the rubble. And yes of course they have their own troupe of sexy dancers!

The band was put together by Ajay, a UK born musician with top-ten hits in India and who has worked with artists as diverse as Jamiroquai, Gregory Isaacs and the King of Bollywood himself – Shah Rukh Khan!

Says Ajay: “Bollywood and Soul are both music of the people. I’ve always been passionate about both, so combining the two is a musical dream come true. Fans of both music genres will be at home at the gig.”

The live music show features Bollywood hits mashed up with soul, blues & funk along with original music. Check out the sounds of legends like RD Burman, James Brown, Prince, AR Rahman, Sly Stone, Kishore Kumar and more in a way you’ve never heard them before!

The Botown band line up features: drums, bass, Indian percussion, horn section, guitar, male & female vocals, dhol, DJ turntablist, rapper and dancers, all completing the full live Bollywood Soul Funk experience!

BOTOWN: The Soul of Bollywood!

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Henkel Collection Art Catalog

An art collection for all employees.
During the period 1970 – 2000, professor of art Gabriele Henkel collected art from around the world for the Henkel company. These works enliven the offices, corridors, stairwells and canteens at Henkel’s Düsseldorf headquarters and have thus become part of the working environment of several thousand employees. The two-volume catalog “The Collection at Home – Henkel Collection” shows a selection of this unusual art collection comprised of paintings, exhibits of graphic and primitive art, photographs, tapestries and fabrics. Now the catalog has been launched in Düsseldorf.

Düsseldorf – When a new complex of buildings was constructed on the Henkel site in Düsseldorf in 1970, Prof. Gabriele Henkel, renowned art expert, was commissioned by the company to start an art collection. For the wife of the deceased Dr. Konrad Henkel, grandson of the company founder Fritz Henkel, one important prerequisite was that the works should be made accessible to all the company’s employees and be integrated within the working world.
Gabriele Henkel has recorded a part of the collection in a two-volume catalog that was now presented to the public. Guests from the worlds of art, politics and business came to the launch, which was held at Düsseldorf’s K21 gallery, home of the art collection of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
In his welcoming address, Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted expressed what many of Henkel’s employees must think as they pass through the buildings that make up their place of work: “As a Henkel man, I am lifted by this daily presence of both intensely stimulating and tranquil art that surrounds me. It is truly motivational and inspires our creativity, and so, on behalf of the company, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Gabriele Henkel for making this possible.”
The catalog entitled “The Collection at Home” is published by Dumont Verlag.
Henkel has been dedicated to making people's lives easier, better and more beautiful for more than 130 years. A Fortune 500 and Germany's most admired company, Henkel offers strong brands and technologies in three areas of competence: Adhesive Technologies, Home Care and Personal Care. Each day, more than 50,000 employees in 125 countries are dedicated to fulfilling Henkel's claim "A Brand like a Friend.” In fiscal 2008, Henkel generated sales of 14,131 million euros and adjusted operating profit of 1,460 million euros.
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Underage Achiever Bilaal

At the age of twelve, author, fundraiser and Unicef Canada ambassador Bilaal Rajan is already a force to be reckoned with. An accomplished writer, fundraiser and children’s activist, his new book Making Change: Tips from an Underage Overachiever is an operating manual for making a difference, no matter what your age.

International Volunteer Week is taking place April 19 to 25, and to celebrate the occasion, Bilaal is spearheading his own initiative where he will go without shoes for the entire week. He is asking fellow students and the general public to do the same, or as long as they can, to better understand the struggles faced by underprivileged children in the developing world – many of whom cannot afford shoes, let alone attend school.
“From an early age,” says Rajan, “I could see young people around the world didn’t have it so good. I realized that something had to be done.” Since 2001, he has raised almost five million dollars for various causes. Four years ago, he was chosen as an official Child Ambassador for Unicef Canada.
Bilaal is also featured in a documentary, Yes We Can!, produced by In Sync video, which premiered on April 19 at the Sprockets Film Festival in Toronto, where the initiative officially kicked off. “This initiative is a call to action,” he says. “And when people ask me why I don’t have shoes, I’ll tell them because too many children throughout the world don’t either.”

Nigel Fisher, president of Unicef Canada, is on board. Also taking part is ORCA book publishers, award-winning novelist Eric Walters, members of the World Partnership Walk Committee, and most importantly, schools in Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal.
The initiative is also gaining momentum in countries as far away as Australia, Afghanistan, Great Britain, Switzerland, Thailand, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania. The word on the initiative is travelling fast!
Bilaal believes that in these challenging economic times, young people need to reach out even more, volunteer their time, and help those in need. “My goal,” he says, “is to inspire one million children to find their passion, take action and create a more caring world.

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Australia's Nobody Collection

Worn by rock bands, shot by style press and designed by denimologists – what next?
Celebrating Nobody’s 10-year anniversary our ever-expanding Australian denimista’s have designed a one off dress named “Waltz”. Engineered out of Japanese distressed denim it’s set to make your pulse race and your plastics melt with it’s bleached and ripped full circle halter-dress.
Heritage Collection
Nobody have designed the Australian Heritage Collection to be the ultimate jean to capture the Nobody attitude and outlook, inspired by our shared Australian memories, faded photographs and our uniquely Australian perspective, For us it’s about down to earth vibe with a high quality respect and appeal, with a nod to the future and an eye on the past.

Premium Collection
The Premium Collection features a clean design aesthetic, an optimistic, exciting and creative outlook. The distinct and sharp signatures, rivets and pocket detail represent confidence and a directness – not tied to the past but afresh, uncomplicated and innovative attitude.

Guilty Collection
The Guilty Collection is the ultimate in hard edge attitude, constructed from non-traditional denims sourced from small boutique style denim mills, we work with coated fabrics, waxed fabrics, speciality wefts and metallic treatments. Always something unique and exciting, these looks are for the exhibitionists in all of us. For when you wanted understated but flashy . . . you know what we mean.
Nobody team are putting another prawn on the BBQ for their 10 year anniversary with a delicious line of distressed denim dresses, jumpsuits, bold blazers, skirts, shirts and short shorts available from dedicated “denimistas” Donna Ida and Trilogy stores.

For those who love nothing more than making heads turn (and we don’t mean the other way) Nobody are introducing the Matilda Dress, made from distressed Japanese denim imported specially for hippy lux denim damsels around London. You may want to burn some serious rubber as the waiting list for this material girl is longer than Caprices extensions.

This season Gossip Girl star Leighton Meeston struts her stuff in Nobody's skinny pant, ferocious fading, discreet designer rips and black stitching combine this gorgeous get up named “Mole” in exotic “Lolita”, perhaps it’s time to give a cheery wave to “Jenny from the block” and all hale “Statement Sisters!”.

And finally the denim direction set to hit the high-street from Nobodys mother ship would be the “Rebel” legging style jean, tighter than Sandy's leathers in Grease and “Jackaroo” baggy, ripped and boyish all the way .
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V&A FuturePlan

With the success of the opening of the British Galleries in 2001, the Victoria and Albert Museum, known as the V&A, announced its decision to embark on a major redesign of around 70 per cent of the galleries in the museum. This plan, known as the ‘Future Plan’, was started in 2002 and was set to be finished by 2012. The ‘Future Plan’ was divided into three phases. The first phase, costing an estimated £30 million and compromising of no less than 28 separate projects, ranges from improvements in signage and labels through to complete redesign of several galleries. Those that have been redesigned have included the main Silver Gallery in 2002 (changes were made to the main entrance), the Photography and Painting Galleries in 2003 and in 2004 the entrance from the tunnel leading to South Kensington tube station was reopened for the first time since the 1970s. This year sees many of the new galleries opening including the Theatre and Performance Galleries, the refurbished Ceramic Galleries but the most expectant of these changes is the Medieval and Renaissance wing set to open in November 2009.
Costing £11 million, and spanning the east wing of the museum, this new development will compromise of ten new galleries which will be spread over three levels. The displays will be broadly chronological documenting the story of European art and design between 300AD and 1600, housing over 1,800 objects, some of which are the V&A’s most remarkable treasures. Some of the items visitors will be able to peruse are masterpieces such as the Becket Casket, a fine example of medieval craftsmanship that contains the relics of the archbishop Thomas Becket, the rare and exceptional Lorsch Gospels Cover, one of the largest and grandest ivory medieval book covers to have survived from the Court of Charlemagne in around 800, and the Studley Bowl which is one of the earliest surviving pieces of English domestic silver. A whole gallery is devoted to the work of Donatello and for the first time on permanent display will be Leonardo Da Vinci’s small notebooks. The labels accompanying the display will also highlight important historical figures as well as patrons.
These changes provide an opportunity for the modernisation of the presentation of its artefacts. We can expect some of them to be thematically brought together within their cultural context, for example, within a domestic interior, or set in a religious space with translucent onyx window screens providing the effect of a medieval church. Upon the completion of all three phases, the museum is to be seen as a city, which will be divided into a series of quarters, making the disparate museum easier to tackle. One of the galleries will even resemble an Italian Renaissance courtyard complete with balcony, trees and a fountain.
The Press release detailing these changes contains a quote from Mark Jones, Director of the V&A, saying that “The V&A can now claim to be a world-class 21st-century museum with beautiful contemporary displays in a revitalised historic building.” The changes to the building make this statement very true. Since Jones took over in 2001, it is no longer seen as a “fusty, dusty maze of a place, with a jumble of artefacts drawn from every culture and age, poorly lit and amateurishly labelled”. The museum has managed to shake this image, as the completion of Phase One sees the lighting improved and displays and labelling enhanced and organised. All of this of this looks good on paper, but will it finally deliver for the V&A?
The V&A has a habit of acquiring exhibitions that are always described in a way that sells itself very well, but it never quite lives up to this expectation. It is a very disparate museum which is mirrored in its architecture. Once the new Medieval and Renaissance wing opens it will display what is described as the “greatest collection of Italian Renaissance sculpture outside Italy”; At the moment, it only seems to skim the surface of the collections it exhibits. My favourite exhibitions at the V&A were the temporary At Home in Renaissance Italy as well as the permanent fashion collections, but even these left me unsatisfied. There was not enough to feed my passion, and there appeared to be holes within the history and its documentation. Like a history text book, it gives the general idea, but it doesn’t go deep enough, which to the viewer can leave a sense of a lack of passion for what is being displayed. Indeed, for tourists having such a diverse range of collections from Ceramics through to Theatre and Performance in one place can seem appealing, but the fact that there is so much within the museum makes it very hard to tackle.
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Club Closures

Walking along Charing Cross Road last night I was met with the gloomy sight of bulldozers and metal cordons, momentarily frozen into inaction by the February snow, it sadly hasn’t been enough to stop them altogether. As soon as the thaw begins so too will the destruction of a large part of Soho to make way for the new Cross rail extension on Tottenham Court Road Station.
It’s easy to be nostalgic about the area when we consider the list of losses but why shouldn’t we be? Clubland will move on and new venues will open but with the closure of the Metro, the Astoria and the Astoria 2 London has lost a large part of its rock history.
When the Astoria’s shutting was announced early last year Ken Livingstone suggested the Astoria “wasn’t at the cutting edge of modern comfort.” It’s unlikely anyone will deny that is true, but he completely missed the point. Anyone that has jumped, dived or surfed at gigs will know that it’s as much about getting hot and sweaty as it is about enjoying the music. People don’t really want nor need a modern, comfortable venue; venues should be a bit dirty and have their story etched into the walls.
It’s not just the Cross rail casualties that London has lost, other famous clubs to succumb to the pound of the developer in the last twelve include Turnmills, China White, The Hammersmith Palais, Canvas, The Key, The Cross, Spitz and the one that’s likely to be most missed, The End.
These aren’t small, new, struggling venues, they are well established and successful, the like of which will not be replaced quickly – it took Layo and Mr C almost a year of hard work to see any kind of success with The End.
We’ve lost some treasures and with rumours of The Vaults being under threat there’s a very real chance we’ll lose more. It’s unlikely anything will ever really replace the charm and atmosphere of places like The End but these closures give a chance to new promoters and force people to think of new ideas.
New venues are scheduled to open in the next few months - look out for Cable near London Bridge - but with licences ever more difficult to come by promoters are more likely to move in to existing venues. More and more pubs are hosting nights and there has been a steady increase in the number of warehouse and car park parties across town. Familiar club nights have already relocated – Push is now at Bar Rumba, Bugged Out is hosting nights at Matter and bands are playing under the arches of Heaven. Notoriously pop and urban venues like Punk and Movida have also opened their doors to the alternative masses.
Talk of the recession hitting takings seems to be far fetched, history tells us that when times are tough people party hard. London’s nightlife isn’t lost, it’s still around and as always it’s moving to its own beat, it’s adapting and heading out of the centre of town. With the much publicised Westminster rent hikes it’s not really surprising that cheaper boroughs with good transport connections like Vauxhall have suddenly become popular.
What can’t be replaced is all the history that had been demolished by the closure of the Astoria, Astoria 2 and even the Metro and it’s unlikely that we’ll find other venues like them; the Astoria was perfect, just small enough for new emerging bands, yet big enough for intimate gigs for more established artists.
For now we’ve got the prospect of a new replacement venue somewhere within the Cross rail development to look forward to and in the meantime we can hope that those new, young promoters start taking over bars in our part of town.
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