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“Blink” Events: Bacardi Beginnings feat Rudimental and Bipolar Sunshine

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Every Monday we try to feature some new music. Something that has got under our skin or feels in tune with where we’re at or what we need to get us through what we’re in. Yes, we have been a little slack of late, but when we have been on it, we have featured some ace new artists. One of those was Rudimental. Our love for these East London guys has grown with each new track that they have released. With all of that in mind, you can imagine the excitement when we received this email announcing a FREE, yes I said FREE, Rudimental gig happening in London on Thursday 11th July. And guess what? You’re invited!
Rudimental and Bipolar Sunshine, will kick off the first of the unique series of creative projects for 2013’s BACARDÍ® Beginnings music mentoring programme and undertake the entire A&R process in just 24 hours. Starting in the studio in London at 7am, the pair will write, record, release, and then perform an original track all within 24 hours. Fans can experience the culmination of the 24-hour creative project and the exclusive live performance of the track with a special gig at The Vaults in Waterloo, London at 7pm. Tickets to the gig are free, just email

This is the first in a series of events masterminded by BACARDÍ®. They have essentially created a platform for up and coming, innovative new music talent to showcase their sound to an enthusiastic audience, by teaming them up with more established ‘mentor’ bands. Fans can watch the whole collaborative process at The tracks will also be available for free streaming at

Right, here’s the critical info for you…
What:             BACARDÍ Beginnings 24hr A&R with Rudimental and Bipolar Sunshine
When:                        7pm, Thursday 11th July, 2013
Where:                       The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
Tickets:                      Apply by email to Applicants must be 18 or over and must show ID on the night.
Price:                          Free!!!!!

Here’s some more from Rudimental for you

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“Blink” Music: Hot Chip, ‘Dark and Stormy’

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Not only one of my favourite cocktails but also a rather delicious new track from London based, electronic music smoothies, Hot Chip (incidentally one of my favourite foods…).

This is so fresh that we don’t even have a video for you yet; just the official audio track, so after reading this and pressing play, just shut your eyes, tilt your chair back a touch and open up your ear holes.

You can open your eyes now. For more great music, just click here.

“Blink” Music: Carnival Special, Mantronix

Monday, August 27th, 2012

I dipped my toe back in to Notting Hill Carnival yesterday, after several years of ducking it. Luckily for me, I found myself at a great party where my good friend, Russ Cuban was DJ’ing. One of the highlights of his set, for me, was this Mantronix classic. If you’re a youngster, you may not have had the joy of hearing this before. If you’re around the same age as me (ahem, let’s not even go there) then enjoy the trip down memory lane that this classic is bound to inspire.

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“Blink” Music: Beastie Boys ‘Intergalactic’, RIP MCA

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

We have decided to dedicate all of today’s posts to music, to give us the chance to commemorate the loss a massive musical talent. This post is in memory of Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys, who has very sadly died after a long battle with cancer. I may be a middle class girl from the Home Counties, but in my heart I’m a hip hopper to the core, and that’s in no small part due to these cats. Thanks for opening my eyes to your amazing styles. MCA, you will be missed.

This is one of my most favourite Beastie Boys tracks (from a long list).

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

As it was a Bank Holiday Monday here in London, we didn’t post our usual #MusicMonday. Just so you don’t feel too disappointed with us, we’ve decided to drop in a #TuesdayTune instead…

This is the one that it getting us boggling around the studio. Oh my, Nas, you are truly spoiling us with some proper old style rap genius. I hope you love it as much as we do. Just sorry there isn’t a video to share with you just yet.

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“Blink” music: Crushing on Friends

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Happy #MusicMonday! We wanted to share our new favourite tune, and tip for the top. We’re loving ‘Friends’ and we’re sure you will too…

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Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: Secret Garden Party, Part 1

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

We’re knee deep into festival season and last weekend saw the most fantastic of them all take place. When I say fantastic, I mean it in the truest sense of the word. Secret Garden Party is all about escapism, an alternative reality, a fantasy festival when your imagination can really let its hair down. The theme this year was ‘Origins and Frontiers’, but as you’ll see from the shots this was by no means the only direction to take when it came to wardrobe choices. Yes, when you want to dress fancy for SGP, you really, truly do go for fancy dress.

The line up was pretty much as eclectic as the attendees sartorial tastes, but we were really excited to see Benjamin Francis Leftwich on the line up (a new “Blink” fav) as well as I am Kloot, Blondie, Leftfield and Toddla T who is our current hangover cure…

So to set the scene we decided that this first post on SGP should feature the most fantastical of those that we shot. We salute all the SGP attendees who put so much time, energy and thought into their looks. I have no idea how you all managed to do it, but I’m very glad that you did! Thanks to Victoria for the ace shots. Great work from the newest member of the “Blink” family.

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

If you’d like to see more festival coverage, just click here. Enjoy!

Blink Events: Roskilde Festival, Denmark part 1

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Our wonderful intern, Rebecca, was at Roskilde festival, held in a field about 40 minutes drive outside of Copenhagen. Here’s her account of the event, and we have some great style shots to follow tomorrow…

The festival is pretty commercially focused, and this year’s line up featured some really big names with Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, The Strokes and Portishead all making appearances, but its primary focus is still on showcasing new, smaller names. Portishead played an amazing set on ‘the Orange stage’. This stage is the biggest at the festival with a capacity of 60,000 people. This stage has been designed to represent the logo of Roskilde festival, and was actually originally the Rolling Stones’ tour tent- a nice bit of recycling by the Roskilde team! Another great concert was the Charles Bradley gig, which was on one of the smaller stages. The band created a really relaxed and harmonious atmosphere which was really cool after some of the more hectic shows. Overall, the crowd was very mixed, with a slight majority of indie/rock fans, a fair amount of hip hop fans as well as a rapidly growing segment of electro/house fans.

The atmosphere at Roskilde was, as always, very relaxed, friendly and fun. It is, in many ways, a continuation of the hippie traditions and mindsets that founded the festival 41 years ago, and all profits go to charitable causes with a promise from the organizers that it will all be allocated before next year’s festival. The tree like, wooden constructions on some of the pictures were made by architecture students. They were really beautiful and great to hang around and sit on. The festival organizers work really hard to create an atmosphere that feels really calm and safe, with a big emphasis on encouraging the festival-goers to avoid drugs, go easy on drink and instead focus on the brilliant music.

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

For more great festival posts, just click here. Enjoy!

Blink Events: Distortion, Copenhagen (guest post by Rebecca Krasnik)

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

I’m Rebecca and I’m an intern here at “Blink London”, helping out with collecting, selecting and retouching all the creative and inspiring stuff for the monthly reports. I am a photography student at University of Westminster on my first year of the Bachelor degree. I just moved to London in September 2010 from Copenhagen and I find it very exiting to live, study and work in London. It is such a vibrant and inspiring city.

Now I am back in Copenhagen for a long weekend to join all of the party-happy people at the amazing city centre festival, Distortion.

The festival is all about experiencing Copenhagen in a new way, having fun and dancing to good club music. This is exactly what people have been doing from Wednesday afternoon until Sunday (June 1st-5th), with big block parties in the streets all around Copenhagen, focusing on a new neighborhood each day. Every evening Club Clash gathers everyone up for special club nights in spectacular locations in Copenhagen, with loads more music, dancing and general partying until the early morning.

Artists from both the Danish and the international club scene played at this year’s Distortion. Some of my favourite artists playing were Theo Parrish, Crookers, Mathew Jonson, Acid Washed and Uproot Andy.

Distortion has been celebrating Copenhagen street life and club culture since 1998 and has been growing and growing in popularity year on year. This year the amount of guests has surprised everyone with more than 100,000 people in the streets every day. The atmosphere has been full of joy, really relaxed and pretty calm. The weekend of the festival, surprisingly enough, had a lower crime rate than in a normal weekend in Copenhagen (six people got arrested throughout Distortion!).

In celebration that the sun is shining again after a long and dark winter, everybody is working their new Summer outfits. It’s pretty clear that this is to be a Summer of bright colour. I spotted lots of bold colour combinations but also some really striking solid colour looks too. We cannot deny that it is a Nordic country and it gets chilly in the evening, even in the height of Summer, so the Danes know how to keep themselves stylishly warm too, so there’s some great knitwear and layered looks too.

Here are some shots to help you feel the atmosphere of the event, and over the next couple of days there’ll be some style shots for you to enjoy too. Can’t wait to be able to share more festival coverage with you soon…

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

If you’d like to see more inspirational posts about “Blink” events, including festivals, just click here. Enjoy!

Blink Events: Little Noise Sessions

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

We had an amazing evening at the Union Chapel. What a stunner of a venue! The occasion was the Little Noise Sessions. This was the 5th year for the week long acoustic festival in aid of Mencap.

The Union Chapel, Islington

The event was expertly hosted by the very glamorous Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley, and we had picked the night when Hurts were playing. We fell in love with them at Camp Bestival– what style, panache and those lyrics! Delicious.

Even though one half of the duo, Adam, had to bow out due to injury, Theo still enchanted us. I have to say that their theatrical streak maybe took a little step to far with the addition of a petulant looking lady seated on stage plucking petals from a few dozen white roses throughout the set, but the charming Theo managed to compensate with his sweet repartee and soaring singing voice.

Hurts play the Little Noise Sessions at the Union Chapel

We had only expected to be treated to night with Hurts and were delighted when we found out that they were to be joined on the bill by a few other acts, for us the most notable of which was the stunning Clare Maguire.

In a few short steps, even before we heard a single note, we had fallen for Clare. Her outfit was stunning. She seemed a wonderful Gothic heroine but also thoroughly modern at the same time. Perhaps a brooding, more introverted version of Florence? Our images don’t really do her justice, but the black lace, peignoir style maxi dress was lined in peachy nude and slashed from hemline to waist and neckline to naval, held in place by a dayglo orange belt. Enough of her look and on to the music- which was spine-tinglingly atmospheric and even more dramatic in the Chapel setting. A new favourite for ‘Blink” and a style icon in the making we think!

Clare Maguire plays the Little Noise Sessions at the Union Chapel

Clare Maguire at the Union Chapel

In this video I think she’s wearing the same frock… Beautiful.