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Opening of LIV Night Club

11 Apr


So I’m actually only two days in to my internship at I Love Manchester and it’s already pretty damn amazing. Last night, Simon and I went to the press launch of new fancy-pants club LIV.

On the way down the steps (hazardous for some of the platform-happy heels I was seeing in there) we were greeted by the smug slogan “LIFE IS A PARTY”. Personally, I’m all for mottos that smack of hedonism, but I can’t help but feel that in a place this elitist, they mean it literally.

Apart from the oodles of white neon – because I like white neon as much as I like creme eggs – I’m not too sure about the place. Don’t get me wrong, I love a little bit of healthy capitalist competition but there’s a line between playful and poser and these guys have crossed it. For a night club, there’s an awful lot of space to sit your expensively clad bum, and the dance floor is positioned almost stage-like between the rows of leather alcoves.

What kind of person wants to dance in full view of seating probably filled with lecherous businessmen and flowery footballers? I can think of a few, and they’re not the kind of people with whom I’d like to spend a Saturday night.

But they do make a nice cranberry vodka.

Watch out for tomorrow, as I’m off to the Supersonic event tonight!


Stilettos – Zara

Leather Jacket – Barney’s Leather

Dress – Ark


Resultant Magazine

30 Apr

After a month’s (and then some) hard work for VIVA magazine, the results can finally be admired online at and on the streets of Manchester and Cheshire from tomorrow. Here are just some of the articles I wrote

none of the design work is mine, but I sourced all of the items for the hotlist!







Gay Pride Featuring The Feeling And The Concorde

7 Apr


Yet again, my internship outdid itself! It was another event to attend on behalf of VIVA magazine: Supersonic for Manchester Pride. The venue was the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport and the stage and tables were laid out beneath the vast belly of the awesome plane. Upon early arrival for the press call, we were ushered up the steps and into the plane itself to conduct the interview with The Feeling. I was so nervous: they were all sat halfway down the aisle on the leather seats and I was directed next to Dan, the lead singer, where we chatted about their upcoming album – the interview will feature in the print magazine.



During the interview, I told them that I remembered listening to their ‘I Love It When You Call’ where it was played all day at Blackpool Water Park when I was about thirteen. Later on when they played it with us stood directly in front of the stage, Richard the bassist was smiling at me. He later told me (fuelled by the many Coronas and neat swigs of gin they’d had on stage) that he’d been thinking of me hearing the song when I was younger as they played it. I could have cried!

The set they played was amazing, and they treated us to Fight For Your Right by The Beastie Boys as a drunken extra (complete with a rock ‘n’ roll jump from the bass drum).


Relevant Anagram

When the dance floor came alive with gay men (who are astonishingly excellent dancers), we were coaxed up by one of them: Joe, who we danced with to Beyonce (naturally) and Kylie (of course).

The food was mouth-wateringly good: poached salmon and spinach tartlet, braised lamb shank with seasonal vegetables and herb mash, finished with a citrus tart and berry compote. The entertainment during dinner was great too; Alexander Stewart and Ren Harvieu are definitely artists to check out if you’re into swing and soul.


All in all, a ridiculously amazing night that ended in us sharing Richard (the bassist’s) birthday cake, that lay in a crumbled mess after it’s slicing by drum stick in the absence of a knife.

Tribal Necklace and Cupcakes

4 Apr


Tuxedo Blazer and T Shirt: Both Zara

Jeans: Topshop

Wedge Sneakers: River Island

Necklace: My Mum’s

Also, these cupcakes happened today for us to review!

They’re from Hey Little Cupcake in Spinningfields, Manchester – check them out!

Clockwise from top left: Pimms, Strawberry Lemonade, S’more, Salted Caramel and Butterscotch, Raspberry Ripple and Cherry Pie.




4 Apr




Tuxedo Blazer: Zara

Skirt and Boots: Topshop

T-Shirt and Necklace: H&M

Lipstick: Kate Moss for Rimmel 107 (essential – buy now!)


This Is The Cold One Hundred

25 Mar

tcoh (533x800)“Don’t put that in” – it’s the request that fills the interview. That and Josh’ (already pissed at 2pm) giggles. Luckily for them, I obliged…on VIVA.

On my blog however, I feel it appropriate to tell you that they think they are ‘all bastards’ (I’m not convinced), that they definitely won’t be asked back to play at Kendall Calling (thievery of beer) and that Jacob is in love (“not with you, Jess”). Oh, and apparently, Josh hates playing the guitar.

I discovered that they find fashion trends ‘naff’ and that they prefer to dress according to the classicism of the nineteen eighties, and in turn the nineteen fifties – which is probably why they look so great.


A question I left out entirely in the VIVA version was the one concerning their support of The Vaccines. Not only did I immediately receive the response that it was “underwhelming”, but an extended discussion that suggested naming my article: “The Vaccines: Exposed” – “They’d smoked a lot of street weed before their set”, I was told; “The Vaccines take drugs – we’ve seen it!” sniggered Josh.

I absolutely loved interviewing the guys; apart from their impeccable dress sense and obvious talent, I was impressed by their love of literature, the resounding “no” I received when I asked if they are gamers, and their hushed reverence of the magic of pizza.


It was the gig though, that really deposited the gigantic chocolate button (does anyone love glacé cherries?) on top of the VIVA cake. It really did feel like a house party – albeit with over three hundred whiskeys to choose from downstairs. The set they played was honestly incredible and the atmosphere was so intimate and pleasant. Dancing afterwards to the greatest playlist of all time, I can’t help but agree with Jacob that The Briton’s Protection is the best pub in Manchester. They’re hoping to make the free party/gig a monthly thing and I know I’ll be coming back from Sheffield whenever this is even a possibility.

Familiarise yourself with the band and come down to their next gig (Be sure you’ll hear from me when it’s approaching!). Maybe in the future  it’ll be them and not Tony Wilson that makes the Briton’s Protection so iconic.

Read the full interview at

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Playlist To The Week

25 Mar


Ready For The Floor Hot Chip

Matilda alt-J

Man Down Rihanna

Ballroom Blitz Sweet

She Said Plan B

Let Me Go Maverick Sabre

On To The Next One The Cold One Hundred

This Is Not A Love Song Nouvelle Vague

Down The Line Jose Gonzalez

Help I’m Alive Metric

Lightning Bolt Jake Bugg

Norgaard The Vaccines

My Number Foals

Moving To New York The Wombats

Carson The Cold One Hundred

God & Satan Biffy Clyro

Fool’s Gold The Stone Roses

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths

More Than This Roxy Music

Rude Boy Rihanna

Pompeii Bastille

Kush Dr Dre

Killing In The Name Rage Against The Machine

I Fought The Law The Clash

Somebody Told Me Jake Bugg

I Need Maverick Sabre

Don’t You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds

Mary In The Garden The Cold One Hundred