Melting sumptuous ambient synths, Nambyar surrounds his soulful vocals with tender and strikingly understated beats. A vivid snapshot of his dark past experiences, the visuals perfectly translate the song’s melancholic tinge with the use of slow motion techniques, shallow depth of field is combined with a shattered mirror and a SFX bleeding heart to resemble the artist’s empty, incomplete and broken state.
Article by Sara Darling
Vibe Harsløef makes jewellery to shout about. Well, maybe shout in a very quiet voice, as this jewellery is seriously cool!
Perfect for those who appreciate pure and simple designs, it is not for extroverts. Or maybe it is, but there is nothing unnecessary added to the design.
Having met up with Vibe recently in the uber cool Nordic Bakery in London's Golden Square, we caught up over a celebratory coffee and pastry. Celebrating because Vibe has just got her fine jewellery collection placed in Browns Fashions.
Having been working as a jewellery designer for over ten years, Vibe is not new to the fashion market, and I think that is why I am drawn to her inventive designs, which are a stylist's dream. On the body they are something else, and can be worn in a multitude of ways, with Vibe herself wearing a wide selection to prove the point.
If Scandi design is your thing, you will love everything about Vibe's vibe, and the simplicity of the designs look nothing but simple when you style them up in the right way.
Functional, minimal and urban- so very 55!
Check out the site for the full collection.
● Line-up includes Sister Bliss, A Guy Called Gerald and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, amongst others
● Bespoke festival app, powered by cutting edge tech startup Second Screen
London, April 2017: Kelvedon Bash, a brand new Essex-based music, arts and culture festival will debut this summer taking place during the weekend of 30th June, 1st and 2nd July within the surroundings of Kelvedon Hall, Brentwood. More than just a festival, Kelvedon Bash is a multi layered event experience, offering an intimate feel within a Grade I-listed building and impeccable surroundings.
World renowned DJ and record producer, Sister Bliss of Faithless will take to the main stage, sponsored by Gigwise on Saturday. Other iconic names include dance music legend A Guy Called Gerald and Massive Attack’s Daddy G. They will be joined by Norman Jay MBE, Brandon Block, RIVRS, Melon Bomb, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, DJ Mary Charteris, The Egg and Radio 1’s David Rodigan, with many more to be announced including a secret special guest performance.
For art lovers, the legendary pioneers of the ‘Young British Artists Movement’ the Chapman Brothers, will host drawing masterclasses. Paul Saunders, owner of ‘Westbank Art Gallery’ and ‘Urban in Ibiza’ will curate some of the UK’s leading street artists, adding their stamp of creativity through graffiti walls, live art and interactive workshops.
Within close proximity to London, Kelvedon Bash is situated within the lush grounds of Kelvedon Hall. Built in 1715, this grand Georgian country house will play host for the weekend and offer an intimate ‘house party’ feel in this exclusive location.
Throughout the weekend, extra activities will be on offer including: children’s DJ workshops, paint runs, bike rides and masterclasses in film, music and drama. For food and drink lovers, original street food stalls and celebrity pop-up bars will also be on offer.
Last but not least, a model search for the ‘The New Young Face of Essex’ will be judged by a huge celebrity model.
Kelvedon Bash will be supported with a bespoke festival app, powered by Second Screen - an innovative app developer. The app will bring festival goers closer to the event through shareable content and provide a platform to enhance the overall experience.
For more information, line-up news and tickets, please visit http://kelvedonbash.com.
Article by Sara Darling
Founded by Jeff Banks, Graduate Fashion Week is the show of the summer. For three days, the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. This year, the fashion colleges of the UK are showcasing their final collections on 4th – 7th June 2017.
The charity event is now in its 26th year and is the only place where 36 universities work together on 22 catwalk shows. The UK is a great believer in supporting emerging talent, and boasts 13 Global Ambassadors and four Lifetime Patrons including: Christopher Bailey, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Nick Knight, who are offer inspiration across all aspects of the fashion industry.
With principle sponsor M&S, set to offer the Womenswear Award; Sainsburys is offering a coveted prize of joining the design team of their fashion label TU. The two winners of this scholarship initiative are set to be presented by Henry Holland and Oliver Spencer, along with high street shoes guru Clarks, who are sponsoring the Clarks shoe design award.
It looks set to be a very inspiring week indeed!
Tickets are available to the public- get yours here:
Article by Sara Darling
Olympic swimming champ, Keri-anne Payne has retired from swimming professionally, but is focussing on her new project Triscape which she has launched alongside husband (pro swimmer) David Carry.
Aiming to promote open water swimming to people of all ages, she wants to share the thrill and freedom which you get from sea swimming, and educate newbies and improvers on how to make the most of their technique, as open water swimming is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK with around 100,000 people taking the plunge 3 times a week!
To coincide with this new project, Keri-anne has worked with sportswear brand Zone 3 to create a female friendly wetsuit which is both comfortable and looks good, and is ideal for getting into the open water whatever your level of fitness. Based on the bestselling Vision westsuit, this is designed for women, and is made from a premium recycled eco-neoprene which means it is as environmentally friendly as possible.
With super-stretchy panels, the wetsuit is designed to be easy to get on and off (currently there is a 5 second record!!) and the metallic detail is not only body slimming, it is ideal for visibility in the water- even the subtle K's on the shoulders are there to assist your swim technique.
Having tried the wetsuit for myself at the Oasis Pool in Covent Garden, I can vouch for it's design and comfort. I might need a few more lessons in Straight Line Swimming in order to get my speed and technique up to standard, but I am definitely improving- if I say so myself.... but with only a couple of lessons under my belt, I feel more confident and less out of breath already!
Check out Zone3 for more information.
The thermometer has a sun symbol for the whole of this week, so that means one thing! Summer is here...
And with sunshine comes looooooong nights and eventful days! Well, even more so for the 55 crew.
Which is why we love the latest collection from British fashion house Superdry.
With their very recognisable logo, the Night is Young collection is perfect for the shows offs and adventure seekers. Crop tops, neon, bodycon and tropical all make a statement and will make sure you make an entrance. Whatever time you arrive at the party. Are you cool enough?
It hits the stores today.
Shop the collection here and follow the story here #thenightisyoung
By Sara Darling
No 20 presents Ceremony: an exhibition curated by Jim Threapleton featuring works by Mike Ballard, Teresita Dennis, Philip Gurrey, Arthur Lanyon, Claude Temin-Vergez, Sarah Shaw and Jim Threapleton.
Painting has much of the ceremonial about it. Studio practice is riven with ritual. Image becomes contingent on a material act of faith, on a roll of the dice. While using disparate visual vocabularies, for these painters ceremony is a common language of chance, improvisation, and surface.
Taking its inspiration from surrealist French philosopher George Bataille, whose use of language embraced risk and chance to undermine cultural structures, Ceremony brings together a group of artists fascinated by how paint moves — both in terms of plastic immediacy and subjective potential.
Mike Ballard uses the territorial markers that form the boundaries between public and private property to re-evaluate visual codes and image hierarchies of contemporary urban society. Teresita Dennis makes direct and physical contact with the surfaces she works with, developing processes and strategies for creating from her body in movement. Philip Gurrey’s paintings explore the tension between gesture and surface via a vernacular of political slogans and twenty-first century signifiers. Exposing the sediment of material process, Arthur Lanyon uses compositional tension to trigger unreliable memory and association.
Claude Temin-Vergez develops forms that traverse identifications: from sexual connotation, through Baroque ornament, to nature. Jim Threapleton explores the figurative possibilities of abstraction through historical remnants of vanitas painting and the kinetic, indeterminate potential of mark making. Sarah Shaw employs a process of improvisation that allows her to excavate fragments of form to investigate memory as an abject state.
No 20 is a new centre for Contemporary Art in the heart of Islington. Envisioned as a multi-functional space, No 20 hosts a programme of exhibitions, performances and events that support emerging and established artists working across all media.
Ceremony will be running until 9 June.
20 Cross Street
London N1 2BG
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm
We love Sirens of Titan at 55HQ..
Not only is kingpin, John-Paul Pryor our issue 12 cover star, he is a man with many talents: author, writer, host, editor, singer/songwriter and actor. All of which he manages to squeeze in alongside his general galavanting around the globe!
When I first heard the latest release, 'Sweet Surrender' from his musical project, The Sirens of Titan, I had it on repeat. Filled with haunting lyrics which are strangely upbeat, Pryor sings from the soul to create a beautiful modern bluesy sound. With much to be said about the cyclical nature of music, which ebbs and flows with constant reconstructions, this song cross-contaminates so many genres, and this track is addictively fresh.
The song Sweet Surrender is taken from the album Apocalypse Sessions, and the video has been picked up for it's premier on Playboy France, which obviously know a thing or two about beautiful women. The beautiful woman in question, and star of the video is actress and model Jade-Lorna Sullivan, who epitomises the ghostly memory, and explores how psychologically-complex women can be.
Directed by Bonnie Foster, the real is morphed with the surreal, and in the barren landscape of an LA desert, the hypnotic lyrics, like the fire mesmerise and invigorate.
Watch, listen and get inspired!
See more of the band here:
By Sara Darling
Imagine you get into work early as the new boss starts today, would you be excited at a new leader, nervous of what will happen, what changes they'll make, how they are as a person, or seething with anger that one of the greatest injustices for decades has reached its start.
Imagine that you've worked hard to climb the later, get to a respected company in your industry, a journey that has been hard and difficult as so many colleagues of high standard and great regard have lost their jobs, a profession that has been decimated from its once proud base and here at the front door is a man that took the job out of entitlement.
That man is George Osborne, the man who has spent nearly all his working life in politics or allegedly working for his family business, one that has given him a salary while holding an interesting position on business taxation. His degree was in modern history, not journalism, he spent two decades working for the Tories and yet here he is as the new editor of the Evening Standard after his chosen career fell flat and he faced the back benches.
Ha you might say, he worked as a journalist, yes on a small column for a matter of months, he was rejected by The Times and The Economist. Since then he has been involved in the ruination of this country.
One aspect of his sense of entitlement has been removed, he won't be cheating his constituents now May has called the election, though he was prepared to take a full time job and leave them with little representation in the Parliament they elected him to, he won't be doing two jobs or be an MP from the 9th of June.
His arrogance is born out in the idea that he could just walk into the newspaper industry to a top job and it not be an issue, the hubris that makes him think he can do a job he has no practice of or experience in, and his entitlement in believing he deserves to be there.
While he is editor I will not read The Evening Standard, I won't retweet their content or share it to others. This man who has deceived and attacked so many Londoners should not be allowed anywhere near our newspaper, he has proven time and again he can't be trusted. I hope his tenure is short and the job reverts to someone who deserves it and has actually earned it. But in the mean time I also hope that the staff at the paper keep stealing his lunch from the fridge, he stole food out of many peoples mouths as Chancellor so lets see how he likes it?
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Lisbon Kid - Electronic/ downtempo Ibiza, just in time for the summer season. The Portugal electro group spend much of there time in London, blending the Mediterranean with gritty city life.