Land Rover partnership with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic

Land Rover, the British brand synonymous with adventure, has revealed a long-term global partnership with Richard Branson’s pioneering commercial spaceline, Virgin GalacticThe partnership was announced against the backdrop of Space Ship Two, the world’s first commercial passenger carrying spacecraft, together with Land Rover’s new Discovery Vision Concept vehicle.

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The partnership will see Land Rover vehicles become part of daily life for the Virgin Galactic team and for all ‘Future Astronauts’, the space experience will now begin with Land Rover as they arrive in New Mexico for training, and continue to the moment they drive from the space terminal building to the waiting spaceship.  Land Rover will base a fleet of vehicles at the Virgin Galactic test centre in the Mojave Desert, California and at its astounding operational New Mexico base, Spaceport America.

Revealed alongside Space Ship Two was Land Rover’s Discovery Vision Concept, a vision of Land Rover’s future family of Discovery vehicles. The concept car previews dynamic new design and an array of world first technologies. The vehicle uses augmented reality technology to display a ‘see-through’ view of the terrain ahead, making the front of the car ‘virtually’ invisible from inside the cabin.  Gesture Control allows you to open the doors, operate the indicators or turn on the headlamps simply by moving your hand, while Laser Referencing projects visible markings, symbols and imagery onto the ground to aid low-speed or tricky manoeuvres

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Space Ship Two, will remain on display at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum for the public to view between from 15th to the 22nd April.   It will sit alongside other game changing artefacts including the first ever space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for the space shuttle programme and the record-breaking and revolutionary supersonic passenger airliner, the Concorde.

The Discovery Vision Concept will be on display at the New York Auto Show, which opens on Wednesday 16th April.

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Quintessentially Vodka cocktail for Shochu Lounge at Roka

Celebrate Easter with Quintessentially Vodka’s latest cocktail the Coconut & Marzipan Qlip exclusive to the Shochu Lounge at Roka, Charlotte Street, London.

Coconut & Marzipan Qlip

Coconut & Marzipan Qlip

Coconut & Marzipan Qlip
Ingredients:
25ml Marzipan liqueur
50ml Coconut Water
3 Dashes of Aztec Chocolate Bitters
1 Bar Spoon of Simple Syrup
Mint Sprig
Roka Chocolate Slabs

Method:
Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker with cubed ice. Shake, double strain, and pour into julep cup with shaved ice.

To finish, garnish with mint sprigs and chocolate squares.
Price: £11.90

Shochu Lounge

27 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RR

www.shochulounge.com

Indonesia – UK ‘Choralboration’ an evening of songs from Batavia Madrigal Singers & Coro

East Meets West: Journey Through Music“ a collaborative concert of  an Indonesian and a British choir presenting works from both countries and others.

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Batavia Madrigal Singers (BMS) is an award-winning vocal ensemble from Indonesia directed by Avip Priatna. Some of its notable winning awards include winner of the free program category and award for best interpretation of French composition at “Florilège Vocal de Tours”, France; Winner of five awards including Grand Champion, best interpretation and best conductor at “57th International Contest of Habaneras and Polyphony” in Torrevieja, Spain (2011); and Grand Champion of “International May Choir Competition Prof. Georgi Dimitrov”, Varna, Bulgaria (2012). Aside of its appearances in competitions, BMS had performed in music festivals and concerts in many countries, including Hungary, Germany, Austria, France, USA, Japan,  Singapore, and more.

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Coro was formed in September 2000 as a London-based chamber choir for experienced singers dedicated to performing a broad range of choral music to the highest standard. Directed by Mark Griffiths, Coro has undertaken a number of UK and international tours and has successfully participated in many European choral competitions. Some of their achievements include Grand Prix winners at the Tallinn International Choral Competition; Renaissance Music Prize and the Twentieth Century Music Prize at the 54th International Polyphonic Competition “Guido d’Arezzo” in Italy; and grand finalist and special Renaissance Prize winner at the Florilège Vocal de Tours. Coro performs three concerts a year and also takes on other projects. They have released three CD recordings entitled “The Lover’s Ghost”,“This Christmas Night” and “O Jesu Mi Dulcissime”

DATE & TIME

19:00 to 20:30
Wednesday, 4 June, 2014

VENUE

Grosvenor Chapel, 24 South Audley Street, London W1K 2PA

TICKETS

FREE – but registration required

24-Carat Cakes

A special occasion calls for a special cake and it doesn’t get more luxurious than 24-carat gold.

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New from Squires Kitchen is 24-carat edible gold leaf in easy-to-use transfer sheets to add instant glamour to cakes, bakes and desserts.

Metallic-effect cakes are the ultimate in cake couture and these transfer sheets make it easy to cover an entire tier in edible gold leaf for a smooth, polished finish. You can also use the transfer sheets to gild cookies, cupcakes, chocolate work, desserts and even fruit.

Simply brush SK Gildesol or another adhesive medium over the surface of your work and place the square transfer sheet over it. Rub the backing paper well to ensure the leaf is transferred, then peel back to reveal a smooth, gold covering.

What’s more, SK Gold Leaf Transfer Sheets are perfect for use with stencils, allowing you to create intricate designs in no time at all. Each SK Gold Leaf Transfer Sheet is approximately 8cm x 8cm in size and available in books of 5, 10 and 25 sheets.

Squires Kitchen 24-carat edible gold leaf sheets are available from www.squires-shop.com and from good cake decorating suppliers nationwide.

RRP 5 sheets £17.95, 10 sheets £31.95, 25 sheets £49.95.

Squires Kitchen’s shop in Farnham is open from 9am to 5.30pm on Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

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Fruitvale Station

Altitude Film Distribution will release Ryan Coogler’s powerful, unflinching and award-winning feature film debut, FRUITVALE STATION in UK and Irish cinemas on 6 June.
Written and directed by debutant Coogler, the Independent Spirit Award and Sundance Film Festival winner, stars Michael B Jordan (CHRONICLE), Melonie Diaz (A GUIDE TO RECOGNISING YOUR SAINTS) and Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer (THE HELP). FRUITVALE STATION was produced by Forest Whitaker (LAST KING OFSCOTLAND) and Nina YangBongiovi.

FRUITVALE STATION tells the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Oakland, CA resident over the course of December 31, 2008 as he works on being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz) and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter.  As the day goes on Oscar realises that change is not going to come easily and as he and Sophina celebrate the New Year and a fresh start, one truly shocking, tragedy shakes his community – and the entire United States – to its very core.

The critically acclaimed film will receive its UK premiere at Sundance London Film and Music Festival on 26 April with writer and the director in attendance.

Running Time: 84 min
Cert: 15

Sia’s new single “Chandelier”

Focussing on Sia’s iconic blonde bob, the striking new lyric video for Sia’s new single “Chandelier” has been released through Vevo.

Multi-platinum, critically acclaimed songwriter, recording artist and hit maker Sia releases her brand new single entitled “Chandelier,” the first single from her forthcoming album due out this summer on RCA Records.

Click here to listen now.

“Chandelier” was written by Sia and Jesse Shatkin and produced by her longtime collaborator Greg Kurstin, along with Shatkin.

An astonishingly prolific hit maker and songwriter, Sia has penned several monster hits over the last few years. In 2013 alone, she’s crafted songs for pop icons including Rihanna (“Diamonds), Katy Perry (“Double Rainbow”), Britney Spears (“Perfume”), Beyoncé (“Pretty Hurts”) and Celine Dion, as well as working with Diplo, The Weeknd, Kylie Minogue, Angel Haze, and executive producing label mate Brooke Candy’s forthcoming album.

Sia is also the featured vocalist on some of the most massive hits she has written for others including “Titanium” with David Guetta, “Beautiful Pain” with Eminem, and “Wild Ones” with Flo Rida.

Her most recent release is her hit single “Elastic Heart” from “The Hunger Games Soundtrack” written by Sia featuring The Weeknd and Diplo.

Her last studio album We Are Born was released over 3 years ago.

Click here to read her Billboard cover story from fall 2013 entitled “This Artist is Responsible for over 12 Million Track Sales, Has a New Single on ‘The Hunger Games Soundtrack’ and Doesn’t Want to Be Famous,” which will fill you in on what she’s been up to since her previous release.

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Fabio & Grooverider play a ‘Rage Set’

On Sunday 4th May rave legends Fabio & Grooverider play a special ‘Rage Set’ at the Memory Box Social Bank Holiday special at Horse & Groom. Capturing and celebrating defining moments in the last few decades of electronic music, Memory Box delves deep into its rich history, trawling the archives to produce a broad selection of sonic memoirs to enlighten, inspire and educate a new generation.

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Fabio & Grooverider

Rage was the iconic weekly London club night of the early 90’s where Fabio & Grooverider were the masters at the helm. Thursday nights at Heaven in Charing Cross were a magical time for many UK clubbers. Up to 2000 ravers would turn out weekly to hear Fabio & Grooverider experiment with their new rave sound. Running from 1990 to 1994 its legend surpasses its years. This was a new phase. The move from acid house to a darker London sound called Jungle. This was the original birth of London bass sound.

It started in Heaven’s upstairs Star Bar, where Fabio & Grooverider would play tough dark sped up breakbeats from the likes of Frankie Bones and Lenny Dee alongside Strictly Rhythm house tracks, European techno from labels like R&S, warehouse bass tracks like LFO, and Detroit classics. This clubbing institution inspired a generation of artists including GoldieStorm and Kemistry, who used the club as a prototype for their Metalheadz night.

For this special Bank Holiday party, Memory Box joins forces with DNB But DFRNT, the Horse & Groom’s Sunday drum n bass residency who will take over the 2nd room upstairs with an almighty line-up of Original SinBrian G and Ruffstuff.

LISTING INFORMATION 

Event Title: Memory Box 
Venue: Horse & Groom, 28 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3NZ 
Line Up: Fabio & Grooverider / Robin Ball
Date: Sunday 4th May 2014
Time: 8pm – 4am 
Price: Free before 10pm / £5 after on the door / £4 in advance via Resident Advisor
Social:  facebook.com/memoryboxparties // @memoryboxparty // #memoryboxrage
Info:  memoryboxparties@gmail.com / tumblr.com/blog/memoryboxparties / thehorseandgroom.net  

Other linksdjfabio.net // grooverider.co.uk