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MEOKO Presents Hidden Treasures - Introducing FUUDhoods

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MEOKO has been digging deep to bring you the best in up and coming brands and designers for the coolest unique creations out there. Each brand representing positivity, creativity and a fun and friendly vibe, to tie in with what we stand for here at MEOKO. Over the coming weeks we’ll be presenting some our favourites, as well as some fresh undiscovered talents for you to feast your eyes over.

For this week's treasure we've dug deep to bring you a stunning gem that's adorned with feathers, sequins, leather and faux fur - we give you FUUDhoods.

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Fuudhoods bring a whole new excitement to the world of accessorising, by taking headwear to the next level. The London based brand fuses comfort, creativity and style to produce these fantastic handmade and unique detached hoods, perfect headwear for any avid festival-goer. The brand takes inspiration for their pieces from retro 80's fashion and pop art with many pieces of the collection featuring bold, graphic prints and lots of bling.

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The hoods are versatile and can be worn up as a hood, down as a scarf or with ties behind your back becoming a stole.Fuudhoods are proving increasingly popular at festivals -SGP, Glastonbury, Burning Man, Bestival, on the ski slopes , in clubs or simply as everyday accessories. This year you can find Fuud Hoods being sold at Eastern Electrics festival, Glastonbury and Love Saves the Day and may also feature at a few other UK festivals later in the year. They will also be launching a special Burning Man collection in April.

All their clothing is made using responsibly sourced, recycled and vintage materials to create individual and unique statement pieces, with many of their designs being limited edition. Fuud not only produce these amazing hoods but also design stylish bomber jackets and trackies, fetching onesies and headbands that also encompass the unique retro brand style.

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Fuud hoods have also just launched a completely made to measure, bespoke service where you can have any outfit you desire designed and created especially for you! This service allows customers to pay a visit to the Fuudhood's studios in Hackney where you will have a top to toe fitting and select your chosen material from a vast selection of vintage and one-off prints. This service is absolutely perfect for any fancy dress enthusiasts who are in search of something utterly unique and are really looking to stand out from the crowd. MEOKO loves them!

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If you want to become part of the Fuudhood revolution - Fuudhood's can currently only be purchased from their own online store https://fuudhoods.com/ or can be found at Brick lane market on Sundays. For more information regarding their bespoke service simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Fuudhood's have kindly offered up an amazing prize for our readers - A voucher to win your very own Customised feather Fuudhood (with a value of £120).To be in with a chance of winning simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the title 'FUUDhood FOR ME'.  Winners will be announced in 3 weeks time via our Facebook page. Good Luck!

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MEOKO Presents 'Hidden Treasures' - Introducing Only Child London

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MEOKO has been digging deep to bring you the best in up and coming brands and designers for the coolest unique creations out there. Each brand representing positivity, creativity and a fun and friendly vibe, to tie in with what we stand for here at MEOKO. Over the coming weeks we’ll be presenting some our favourites, as well as some fresh undiscovered talents for you to feast your eyes over. MEOKO presents the Hidden Treasures series.....

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One such brand causing a stir in 2013 is Only Child London. A truly unique and creative Jewellery and apparel brand drawing inspiration from the underground scene with the brands core message promoting a positive attitude and strong social presence.

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The designer Kelly Jackson also takes her inspiration for the brand from the weird and the wonderful with the first collection 'cosmic curiosities' being truly out of this world.

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The collection features bold and unique statement pieces made from gold, silver and titanium coated quartz. From asteroid rings and metallic spiked bracelets to mini silver spoons, hand woven honour bracelets and detailed exquisite pendants. What we love about the brand is that everything is handmade right here in East London.  MEOKO is a big fan!

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Only Child has been nice enough to offer up one their fantastic pieces from the brand new collection for one of our lucky readers to win! To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic 'Soul Keeper' pendant, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ‘pendant please’ in the subject title. The winner will be picked at random in the next 3 weeks. Best of luck!

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Preview: fabric w/ Michael Mayer, Ben Klock & Futureboogie. 16.02.2013

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Easing us graciously into the new year with an eclectic range of events that saw the likes of Mr C, Hessle Audio and Cassy perform at fabric, the iconic London nightspot keeps the bus rolling in February with a whole host of enticing bookings.

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Saturday 16th will see Michael Mayer take to the booth in Room 1, bringing his uber-deep, 'Mantasy' inspired game to the main arena. The Kompakt boss will play an extended set alongside esteemed resident Craig Richards and Liverpudlian John Heckle, who's known for his fast paced, 3-deck approach to deep, pumping house. 

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Berghain mainstay Ben Klock is also set to appear, where he'll be transforming Room 2 into a cavern of well-wrought techno alongside veteran Dutch pioneer Steve Rachmad and Terry Francis. Room 3 is hosted by Futureboogie with Leeds grown DJs PBR Streetgang, Bristolian duo Waifs & Strays and the Futureboogie guys doing what they do best - supplying the party jams, cosmic soul and upfront disco-funk. Yet again, a night at fabric not to be missed. 

 

 

Doors open at 11pm on Saturday 16th and close at 8am. Tickets are still available online from £14-19. MOTD.

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Room 1

Michael Mayer
Craig Richards
John Heckle [Live]

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Terry Francis
Ben Klock
Steve Rachmad

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PBR Streetgang
Waifs & Strays
Futureboogie DJs

Tickets available from fabric and Resident Advisor 

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Now that's how you play BINGO!

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If one of your mates suggested you go out for a game of  bingo on a Saturday night, I would imagine your head would be filled with images of a slightly odd smelling bingo hall filled with an abundance of older women resembling the likes of your Auntie Dot or Nanny Pat.  This is most likely not the type of bingo your mate is referring to. The Bingo world has been turned upside down by the likes of a more unusual version of game - one that's loud, emotional and certainly NOT one you should take your Granny to.

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Rebel Bingo has become a global revolution creating bingo mayhem across the globe in North America, Spain, Portugal, Madrid and London.

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Now this is no ordinary bingo. At Rebel Bingo scantily clad ball girls take to the stage shouting more unusual bingo calls than the likes of '32 buckle my shoe' which you may normally expect to hear (if you have ever been lucky enough to have attended with your Nan.)  Rebel bingo is more of a game show with a DJ and dancing. If you're able to stay sober enough to actually score a 'line' or  'full house' they have some slightly unnecessary but rather cool prizes up for grabs - who wouldn't want to win a light up umbrella or giant disco ball?

If you fancy for a break from your usual Saturday night activity and are up for a crazy,  loud and somewhat emotional evening then I recommend giving Rebel Bingo a go - just make sure you remember to leave your Gran at home. 

Rebel Bingo is next at Scala London 15th & 16th March however this event is now sold out. Tickets are still available for any Bristolians at the Thekla on 21st February, 7:30pm  from £4 available at www.rebelbingo.com

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My First Time at...fabric

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Διονύσης, or Denny as we know him, is the newest addition to the MEOKO family. Only 21 years of age and recently moved to London from his hometown in Greece four months ago, Denny has a neverending passion for all things HOUSE and TECHNO and his enthusiasm is infectious! Having studied sound engineering and music technology in Athens, and working as a radio producer and DJ for Proton Radio, Denny lives and breathes dance music and we love that!

Hence when we discovered Denny hadn't actually yet been to a club in London, now his new home, we concocted a plan to make his dreams come true. Sending him off into the big wide world of London's club land (but armed with a bit of VIP access), Denny will be documenting his adventures, as he experiences some of the most iconic locations and nights in the underground music scene.

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Date: Saturday February 19th 2013

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I’m on my way to fabric for the FIRST time ever in my whole life! Going to fabric is something I’ve been dreaming of for years. That’s because fabric is not just an ordinary club...fabric is a 13-year-old place of worship, providing unforgettable moments to electronic music lovers from all around the globe. If you’re a proper clubber, you probably know that already! Maybe you can even vividly remember the very first time you ever went? If you don’t, maybe you can relive it vicariously through me...

On my journey, advice I had got from friends and fellow DJs who had been before was running through my head:
 

“Be there on time because the queue is going to be looong!”
“You’ll probably get lost”
“The sound system is ONE OF A KIND”
“You will LOVE that place!”

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When I get in, I head straight to Room 1 to find Luke B & Tim Red performing. They’re playing out Tom Demac’s tune ‘Tanners’, a proper banger with such a phaat bass line that I just HAVE to head straight to the centre of the dance floor. I felt the magic instantly!

The floor was pumping, sending vibrations through my whole body. What a unique feeling that is...and it was going to be like that all night long - un-fucking-believable! fabric’s sound system is crystal clear; their sound engineer has been working there from the first day it opened its doors, so every time your body experiences said vibrations, remember you owe it to him and his amazing team!


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I’m going to meet Isis, the co-founder of Toi.Toi Musik, who has conspired with MEOKO to make my experience even greater with a full-blown tour around fabric. I was shown the whole place in detail - from Rooms 1, 2, and 3 to the private area, backstage and the DJ booths!

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In Room 2, Terry Francis was playing some serious techno at 126-128 BPM that was majorly affecting the crowd. Meanwhile in Room 3, Voigtmann was bringing the deep house vibes to the people, making it perfectly clear we didn’t want to miss what was to follow!


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It’s time to go backstage! Behind the scenes, I chatted with Mr. C and DVS1, who shared with me their opinions about the dance music scene and how it’s developing in the States right now. “Lot’s of 300 people capacity venues with massive sound systems”...“Great techno festivals and people who really love what they do!” While chatting with Zak (DVS1) and Isis, Zak talked about how ‘techno’ used to be a bad word in the States years ago and how police used to be a “pain in the ass”. But now everything is different, and changing quickly. ”When NY Times will write about underground electronic music, then we’ll be fucked”, Zak said jokingly. (But, seriously now, trying to keep it underground is not an easy job and requires hard work!)

I was star struck again meeting Matt Tolfrey, who told me the amazing story of HIS first ever time at fabric. At the tender age of 21 he was resident DJ at The Bomb in Nottingham where he was lucky enough to play back to back with Craig Richards one night. From there he was invited to play down at fabric by Craig, making him the youngest person to have ever played there. I guess if it’s meant to be...it will just be!

room1 After a long time backstage spent excitedly mingling with artists from all over the world, I ventured back into the madness of Room 3 to watch Francis and Anthony Collins in action. Words can’t describe the perfection of these guys’ flow, with tune after tune mixed so effortlessly it was hard for me to even gauge when they were bringing in a new track!


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Behind the booth, I met Claus Voigtmann – or “Mr. Toi Toi Musik” – who relayed to me the joys of playing out at fabric. Having played twice in Room 1 and having had Toi Toi showcases in Room 3, he described how with fabric, everything is always perfect and you never have to worry about anything but enjoying your set. I was shocked to see his intense enthusiasm for the place, seeing as he’s probably been there a million times. I think we both agreed that there was a magic about the club; every time is a different experience and every time is equally as great as the time before. Claus insisted that fabric is easily one of the best clubs in the world...and who was I to disagree?

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The highlight of already an amazing night, was meeting Judy, the woman responsible for all the great times had at the club having been in charge of fabric’s bookings and promotions from almost the beginning of its existence. She explained to me what the space means to her, and how she feels blessed every single day for having this (pretty epic) responsibility and being part of the fabric family, even though it’s not easy work to do. Judy said January is always especially tough, as it’s not the busiest month of the year for the industry as a whole but that nights like these were made special by the people who come out, even in the snow, and know exactly what they are here for: supporting the artists and the incredible music! From the vibes and the atmosphere, it clearly wasn’t just “another Saturday night” but genuinely meant something to everyone there.


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In Room 1 the vibes were still going strong, with a mass of sweaty bodies on the dance floor exuding energy and appreciation. I spent about two whole hours around the booth, having good times and observing Konrad Black smashing up the dance floor. Then Mr. C began his set and his skills with vinyl, which was almost like he had Traktor on sync mode, left me completely speechless.

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Popping into Room 2, I witnessed DVS1 whose 133-135 Techno set felt a bit like an aerobics session! Imagine the track ‘Paris Dub 1’ by Paranoid London...but played at 133BPM...and you might get a feel of what the energy was like. DVS1’s style was pure Detroit; heavy kicks, big bass lines and those hihats that make you go nuts (you know?). It continued this way up until the moment he finished, and it was perfect. When 8.30am arrived and the music was supposed to stop, people in Room 1 were crying out for more. Mr. C obliged willingly, playing one more track for the finale and kept the place pumping until the very last second.

All in all, my first time at fabric was a dream come true for me. Not only was I given the VIP treatment from the guys at Toi Toi and the fabric family, but also all three rooms delivered constantly quality music and constant vibes all through the night!

Thank you MEOKO for giving me my first ever London clubbing experience! Where’s next? 

 

Check out exclusive mixes from Francis Harris and Voigtmann b2b Lamache below...

 

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