Delivering an uninhibited night of mischief and bass line wobblers from filthy Jackin House, Strip Club Hip Hop and all other manner less club music genres Wide Awake gate crashes The Hoxton Pony ahead of the upcoming bank holiday.
Led by the 7ft tall 18st Winston (the rabbit) the kind of guy that will sneak a ruffie into a club . . . for himself, Wide Awake features CJ Beatz, Jordan Crisp and MC Fontz.
2-4-1 cocktails till 9PM| Tables from £350
Strictly guestlist only – Entry is free on the Wide Awake guestlist until 9pm.
Entry free all night should you flash the door girl a Wide Awake T-shirt which can be obtained exclusively with a click or two at CJ Beatz.com.
RSVP by sending an e-mail with your name(s) for the guestlist to firstname.lastname@example.org
Already one of the UK’s most promising urban acts, Savvy has produced his strongest single/EP yet with ‘Powerskills’. Not only does the track use his usual combination rapping over a full band, but he also enlists the help of two high profile indie names into the bargain.
Featuring the vocal of Joel Pott of Athlete, the hook opens the track well before giving out to the rapped verse. Backed by an almost percussive guitar (provided by Bloc Party’s Russell Lissack), the verse keeps the momentum up nicely.
It makes for a very ‘full’ sounding song, with every element contributing to the sound as a whole. The production is top notch too, meaning nothing is wasted.
‘Powerskills’ is out now on iTunes and other download stores.
Written by Harry Dean of Labelled Independent
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What’s happening in retail & with brands – trends for week ending 11th April 2014 #retailtrends #retailnews #marketingweek #eventmagazine
- John Lewis have reported a 9.3% increase in sales for the week to 05 April 2014. Fashion, Electricals & Home Technology and Home sales increased by 9.4%, 8.8% and 9.8% respectively. Sales at johnlewis.com increased by 24.6%.
- Bonmarche is forecasting above expectations full year results, on the back of a strong fourth quarter performance.
- McColl’s Retail Group have reported a 3.0% increase in total sales for the 19 weeks to 06 April 2014. Like-for-like sales increased by 1.4% for the same period. (Source: The Grocer)
- M&S have reported a 1.9% increase in group sales for the 13 weeks to 29 March 2014. UK total sales increased by 1.5% while UK like-for-like sales decreased by 0.2% for the same period. Online sales increased by 12.5%.
- Mothercare have reported a 0.6% increase in total group sales for the 12 weeks to 29 March 2014, while total UK sales decreased by 4.0% for the same period. UK like-for-like sales decreased by 0.3%.
- Waitrose have reported a 19.8% increase in sales (including petrol) for the week to 05 April 2014.
- WH Smith have reported a 3% increase in group pre-tax profit for the six months to 28 February 2014. Total group sales decreased by 4% and like-for-like sales by 4% for the same period.
- Oakgate’s Vangarde shopping park opened on 10 April with an impressive retailer line-up which includes York’s first John Lewis and the region’s largest M&S store and a state-of-the-art Next store.
Lifestyle sales proved robust despite the shift in the Easter holidays. Gifting was unsurprisingly down but department stores and cycling specialists faired particularly well.
Fashion remained strong this week, albeit off a particularly poor comparable figure from last year. Footwear and accessories sales were particularly strong.
Homewares sales dipped again this week with half of the contributors in negative territory. Department stores generally performed well whilst big ticket furniture struggled.
Non-store sales grew ahead of expectations but growth was far from uniform. Homewares through non-store channels actually dipped deeply this week though the fashion and lifestyle sectors both helped offset the poor demand.
Clothing, Footwear & Accessories
- UK department store chain House of Fraser has sold a majority stake in its business to Chinese conglomerate Sanpower in a £480m deal. The acquisition – China’s largest foreign retail investment – gives Sanpower an 89% share in the company (Source: BBC).
- Lululemon have plans to open up to 30 stores in the UK in the next five years. (Source: This is Money)
- Nicole Farhi’s new chief executive Martin Mason has pledged to return the brand to its former heights and is looking ahead to international expansion once its UK business is back on track.
- Club Monaco, the Polo Ralph Lauren-owned lifestyle brand, will open its first UK menswear store this August (Source: Drapers).
- Footwear retailer Kurt Geiger has completed a management buy out led by chief executive Neil Clifford (Source: Drapers).
Electrical & Entertainment
- The Co-operative Group have moved into the mobile phone market by launching their first own-brand pay-as-you-go SIM card, in partnership with The Phone Co-op. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- Samsung have opened a number of stores across the UK this week, including one on Oxford Street, through their Carphone Warehouse partnership. (Source: Retail Week)
Food & Drink
- Asda have announced plans to create 12,000 jobs over the next five years in the UK. (Source: BBC)
- The Co-operative Food have signed an agreement to lease 54 pub sites as part of their plans to open more than 100 new convenience stores across the UK. The first store is expected to open in early 2015 and finished unit sizes will range from 3,000 4,500 sq. ft. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- The show director for the London Wine Fair has warned that the trade exhibition is facing a “make or break” event later this year, despite being “effectively sold out”.
- Iceland have donated £1m to Alzheimer’s Research. The funds raised are being used to fund dementia research that focuses on improving diagnosis and understanding the risk factors connected with the disease. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- Ocado have announced plans to recruit over 1,000 staff as they look to expand in the UK and overseas. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- Diageo has defended David Beckham’s role in launching a new Scotch whisky, after an alcohol charity branded his involvement “disappointing” and called for him to “re-think” the tie-up.
- Tesco have announced that their Chief Financial Officer, Laurie McIlwee has resigned from the company and would remain in the role during the handover period to his successor. (Source: The Grocer)
According to The Local Data Company, the UK shop vacancy rate remained stable at 13.6% for second consecutive month in March 2014 and has improved from 14.1% in March 2013. There are currently 51,589 vacant units across the country.
- Boots have started to roll out their own-brand products across New York through their partner, Walgreens. (Source: Retail Week)
- John Lewis have opened their first 92,000 sq. ft. department store in York on 10 April 2014. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- Osprey London have opened their 5,000 sq. ft. flagship store on Regent Street, London. (Source: Fashion United)
- Sports Directs majority owner, Mike Ashley has sold part of his stake in the retailer for £218m. (Source: The Telegraph)
Courtesy of ‘The Thinker‘