- Published on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:53
Excellent news for the chocoholics among us - The Chocolate Festival is returning soon to the UK, ready to indulge all your weird and wonderful chocolate whims!
Coming to Brighton, Bristol, Oxford and London, The Chocolate Festival will be a luxurious and multi-sensory experience, all in the name of the sweet, sweet dark stuff. The Chocolate Festival has been perfecting its own art since 2009 and is now one of the biggest events on the food festival calendar. You will stroll through the indoor venue taste-testing the finest artisan chocolates on the market, which trust us, is an outing in itself. This year, however, organisers have gone the extra mile and really beefed up the ‘festival’ aspect of the event, creating a chocolate-based activity schedule you’ve surely never experienced before…
The festival includes (try not to dribble):
- Tasting Lounge with Seventy%: World-renowned chocolate expert Martin Christy guides you through a tantalising taste discovery session
- The Cocoa Spa with Hotel Chocolat: Soothe your senses with luxurious cocoa butter beauty treatments that boast fantastic moisturising powers and the most delicious smell known to man.
- The Chocolate Café: Chocolate moustaches all round as you kick back with the creamiest hot chocolates in town.
- Brownie Trail: Join the quest to hunt down the best ever chocolate brownie. A great one for the kids, or the adults who can’t grow up which, let’s face it, is most die-hard chocolate fans.
- Easter Zone: Easter eggs! Easter eggs everywhere! Over forty chocolate companies have entered a display in this Easter exhibit.
- Health Zone: Discover the health benefits and unexpected deliciousness of free-from chocolate.
- The Chocolate Market: Britain’s top artisan chocolate companies all under one roof and vying for your patronage – nightmare!
- Tea & Coffee Zone: Does what it says on the tin.
We recommend running in empty and rolling out a spherical, satisfied, groaning mass of sticky chocolate… but feel free to enjoy your day in moderation if you prefer (yawn).
If you can’t make it to London, chocolate will be flowing freely in all of these cities…
- Brighton – Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 March 2014, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. 10am to 6pm daily.
- Bristol – Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 April, Brunel’s Old Station. 10am to 6pm daily.
- London – Friday 11 to Sunday 13 April and Friday 12 to Sunday 14 December, The Business Design Centre, Islington. 1pm to 8pm Friday, 10am to 8pm Saturday and 10am to 3pm Sunday.
- Oxford – Friday 18 to Saturday 19 April, Oxford Town Hall. 10am to 6pm daily.
For more information, and a bustling online chocolate community, head to festivalchocolate.co.uk
All hail the blessed cocoa bean, and its many modern wonders.
- Published on Friday, 14 March 2014 17:57
Londoners, cast any conservative conventions aside, it’s time to get all Used + Abused on Easter Sunday April 20th at the 02 Academy, Brixton.
Last season Loco Dice launched his now infamous club night Used + Abused in Ibiza, later taking the creatively crafted dance party to the global stage. Never one for partying alone, Dice will be bringing a host of talented DJ pals to entertain you until the wee hours. Piling into the cavernous O2 Academy this April will be Chris Liebing, Paul Ritch (live), Guti (live), Tobi Neumann, WaFF, Matthew Styles, Hector, Tristan Ingram, Electronic Youth and of course Loco Dice himself.
The festival-sized line-up is both complimentary to Dice’s own hip hop influenced tech house style and nicely diverse, as artists such as Guti are sure to swing things in an unusual direction.
Ibiza Used + Abused parties were hugely popular last season, with Dice completely transforming the Ushuaïa venue to create a rave space in which he felt at home, complete with hip hop dancers and raised platforms which completely surrounded the DJ booth with eager club goers. Dice likes to be amongst the action, so you can be sure his show at the 02 will be just as inclusive for both DJ and punter as other Used + Abused events.
Grab your tickets HERE
- Published on Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:23
We all love a good film. A trip to the cinema has been a much-loved tradition even before the talkies, but in recent times we’d have to admit the cinema experience isn’t quite what it used to be. Enter The Second Chance Cinema, which aims to change all that, providing a luxurious and traditional cinematic experience to watch new releases that you might have just missed in the large cinema chains.
The Second Chance Cinema has claimed Bethnal Green Town Hall for its venue; an alternative and beautiful building built in the 1920s Edwardian Art Deco phase, which makes the whole experience feel just a little bit grand. The council chamber is transformed into a screening room for the Second Chance events, with curved and tiered seating allowing for everyone to have a perfect view of the screen.
The Second Chance Cinema offers more than just an interesting space, however, as your ticket also includes all manner of refreshments and service. All cinema-goers will be offered an array of ‘Posh Popcorn’ plus chocolate cigarettes by a 1950s styled usherette, so it’ll feel just like the good old cinema days, only more chocolaty. If you purchase the ticket which includes a meal, you will be served with a gourmet Cinema Taster Box with meat, fish and vegetarian options, prepared by award winning chefs and a big step up from Maltesers and a melting choc top.
Delicious cocktails will be served from the stylishly lit anti-chamber, an excellent place to begin your evening with a bit of socialising, before all present are captivated by the screen.
Screenings kicked off this week with James McAvoy in Filth, and coming up in March there is the adrenalin fuelled Rush and the award winning edge-of-your-seat Gravity. April screenings will include Captain Phillips, Nebraska, Philomena and About Time, but don’t wait to get tickets because they are selling out fast.
Anyone can watch a movie from the comfort of your couch; it takes more than just a big screen to get us out to the pictures, it takes an experience. This is what The Second Chance Cinema provides.
More information and tickets available from thesecondchancecinema.co.uk
- Published on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:01
Relatively new kids on the block, the dedicated party promoters and all-round electronic music aficionados behind MODU:LAR are doing big things very fast. Only up to their second episode on the rave circuit, they’ve already enlisted the musical machinations of a:rpia:r’s Rhadoo, bringing a coveted piece of the Romanian house scene to their home city of Liverpool.
On the 4th of April music fans will pour into Liverpool’s warehouse style venue The Garage, which has already hosted some real heroes on the dance music scene and, thanks to its extended opening hours, has the potential to give you one of those epic nights out that bleed well into the next day.
Showing that it really means business, MODU:LAR has booked Rhadoo for a solid six hour set, with potential to go on indefinitely if the mood is sweet and the artist is game. And we’re confident he will be – Rhadoo has made is name over the last fifteen years by engaging in a busy European touring schedule which covers everything from Bucharest, London and Ibiza, by taking risks at gigs, by pushing a deep and powerful sound which resonates with all who hear it, and by constantly producing quality dance music in the studio, combining with a:rpia:r colleagues Raresh and Pedro to create quality music which connects with a whole generation of clubbers. So rest assured, he’ll be bringing something special to this gig.
Supporting Rhadoo will be the excellent MODU:LAR residents Nerram and Scott Grant, who will stoke the dance floor fires until Rhadoo’s start at 2am.
“Here at MODU:LAR we’re lucky enough to be part of a close circle of friends that have travelled the country and indeed the continent encountering loads of unique places, people and music along the way. Journey’s aside – we’re also lucky to live in a city with a top class electronic music circuit which has shaped our taste over the years and refined our outlook on the scene as a whole. We’re all about the music and the experience.”
All the pieces are in place to make the 4th of April a landmark event for the nascent Modu:lar shindigs and the Liverpool clubbing scene – all you need to do is show up and give us your best fist pump.
MODU:LAR photography from Samantha Milligan
- Published on Friday, 07 March 2014 16:31
After a sell-out first year, We Are FSTVL is back and ready to wreak some havoc at The Airfield of Dreams, Upminster, Essex. For two days and two nights across the bank holiday Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of May, one hundred and fifty artists will bring everything they’ve got to the decks, giving you a bank holiday dance session to remember.
Festival organisers have gone all out to transform the area – you can look forward to exciting arenas like The Tower of Light, Confetti Island (brilliant), The Tunnel and two new main stage concepts still to be announced. We Are FSTVL has also ironed out any creases from its debut, with extended bars, toilets, parking, entrance lanes and later tube times, so everything will roll out smoothly giving you maximum disco dancing time.
Where to begin on a line-up this massive? Hear sets from Richie Hawtin, Disclosure, Maya Jane Coles, Solomun, Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos, Adam Beyer, MK, Kevin Saunderson, Jamie Jones, Derrick Carter, Cassy, Apollonia, Black Coffee, Luciano, Carl Craig, Timo Maas and (we really mean it this time) many, many more.