Foodie Nomads Shuttlecock Inc Present New Marylebone Hotspot ‘Carousel’

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Welcome to Carousel, the new Marylebone home of foodie nomads, Shuttlecock Inc.

Located within sniffing distance of Sherlock Holmes’ pipe, this stylish three-story space will play host to Shuttlecock’s unique adventures in flavour, design, performance and music for the next five years.

But they don’t want to keep it all to themselves.

Drawing on their experiences as purveyors of London’s most irreverent, multi-sensory pop-ups, Shuttlecock will also curate an imaginative and varied programme of fellow ephemeristas’ innovative concepts, welcoming into the fold foodie friends of all different shapes and sizes for an ever-changing carnival of taste.

The plan?
To create a destination that Londoners will associate with great fun, exceptional food and true originality, returning month after month to experience something new, different and exceptional.

Step inside 71 Blandford Street and you might find the glamour and sophistication of 1950s air travel brought to life, Pan Am-style, by the Mile High cabin crew; witness two heavyweight chefs going head to head for three rounds of no-holds-barred culinary one-upmanship at their latest kitchen slugfest; or enjoy a five-course tour de force from one of their resident chefs in the relaxed and intimate dining room.

Whatever the concept du jour, Shuttlecock want Carousel to be known for its exceptional food, its imaginative storytelling and its bacchanalian sense of fun.

The venue is divided into three floors. An expansive basement, a light and airy ground floor and a bright upper level with windows on three sides.

Street Level
Home to Shuttlecock’s unique brand of foodie events, the ground floor will be Carousel’s showpiece – a warm and welcoming restaurant space with a rustic feel, built around a busy open kitchen and bar. With floor to ceiling windows on two sides and outdoor seating front and back, it will really come into its own in the summer months. There will be space for a ribald 50 or a more intimate 40. Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 15.54.46

A stylish and flexible event space which will play host to pop-ups, book launches, fashion shows and parties. Anything. With an industrial finish, there’ll be plenty of scope for drama and intrigue thanks to a professional lighting set up and a versatile layout. Oh, and there’s a kitchen too. Depending on the nature of the event, there’ll be room to squeeze in 150 revellers.

A blank canvass bathed in light. Ideal for day time events, exhibitions and screenings, this monochrome cube will have ample wall space and standing room for 100 people. All this just a stone’s throw away from Bond Street.

Designed by Rise Design Studio, in partnership with Derwent London and The Portman Estate, Carousel is a first of its kind for the capital and the latest addition to Marylebone’s burgeoning restaurant scene.

Want to find out more? Get in touch with Shuttlecock at

To hear more about Shuttlecock Inc’s new permanent venture, Carousel, in Marylebone, click here – there is even an opportunity to show your support and get involved:

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RKZ Releases ‘Science X Soul’ and It’s Highly Recommended By After Nyne

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UK singer-songwriter and rapper, RKZ  has released his highly-anticipated mixtape Science X Soul and After Nyne loves it.

RKZ began his career in 2009 as a rapper before gradually developing his skills as a singer, spoken word poet and writer. His musical style is considered a fusion of alternative R&B, Neo-soul and Hip Hop.

At the young age of 24, RKZ has released several singles and mixtapes, gaining the support and being playlisted on radio stations including BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Kiss and Bang radio to name a few. As well as performing nationwide from acoustic venues such as Hoxton Bar & Grill to major festivals including T In The Park, Reading & Leeds and BBC’s London Mela.

 Stream the mixtape in full here


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After Nyne Founder Co-Judges Dagda Poetry Contest – Submissions Now Open

We’re pleased to announce that After Nyne’s founder Claire Meadows will be co-judging Dagda Publishing’s latest charity poetry competition.

Alongside Claire on the panel will be Reg Davey, Editor-​​In-​​Chief of Dagda Pub­lish­ing Ltd,  Sean Macro: Edi­tor, Dagda Pub­lish­ing Ltd and Philippe Blenk­iron, Author of “The Pustoy”

Submissions for the competition – the theme of which is ‘Overcoming Obstacles’ – are now open, and will be until 20th October.

Full submission details can be found at


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Vermont’s Topnotch Resort & Berklee College Of Music Partner To Host Free Summer Music & Cultural Festival, Aug 30th

DSC_7434“Berkleefest” brings talent from contemporary music school to iconic Stowe resort for an unforgettable experience

This summer, Topnotch Resort, a MetWest Terra Hospitality property, will host the ultimate cultural festival to discover new music. In partnership with Berklee College of Music in Boston, on  August 30 from 2 to 6 p.m., the iconic Vermont getaway will be home to “Berkleefest”, a free concert event showcasing up-and-coming talent from the world-renowned academic institution as an extension of their successful Summer in the City programming. The intimate summer experience will take place on the resort’s Mansfield Overlook Lawn, and will also a beer garden and a menu of casual summer fare, to complement the musical performances. Additionally, Berkleefest will award two scholarships to Vermont students to attend Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance programe.

“Topnotch and Berklee are pioneering a revolutionary partnership structure between academic institutions and private businesses,” said Jordan Hollander, Business Development Officer, MetWest Ventures. “With funding cut for arts programs in Vermont public schools, we wanted to create a way to encourage our local students. Berkleefest will not only entertain festival-goers, but will help award scholarships to Vermont residents to attend the summer program at Berklee, creating a two-way flow of arts between Vermont and Boston.”DSC_7403

Topnotch and Berklee aim to bring Stowe alive through Berkleefest with performances ranging across pop, rock, jazz, Latin and more. Berklee’s alumni have collectively won more than 270 Grammys and Latin Grammys, and the school is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today and tomorrow. Berkleefest gives visitors to Stowe unprecedented access to experience budding musical talent amidst the beautiful Green Mountains.

In addition to funding two annual scholarships, the resort has also arranged for Berklee alumni to visit local schools to promote music education and encourage students to pursue their passion for the arts. The student talent performing at Berkleefest will be eligible to win a $1,000 prize for their selected charity, by having fans vote on social media for their favorite story.

“We are excited to be partnering with Topnotch Resort for Berkleefest,” said Berklee President Roger H. Brown. “In addition to showcasing the world’s next chart-toppers and Grammy Award-winners in a stunning setting, Berkleefest will contribute to the local community and enrich the lives of musical students.”

For more information on Berkleefest, visit or the Berkleefest Facebook page.
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Fashion Space Gallery Announces Opening Of Simon Costin’s Impossible Catwalk Shows

Simon Costin, Street presentation imagined for Meadham Kirchhoff, 2014

Simon Costin, Street presentation imagined for Meadham Kirchhoff, 2014

Fashion Space Gallery, located at London College of Fashion is delighted to announce its latest exhibition opening on Friday 12 September. Simon Costin’s Impossible Catwalk Shows will see visitors immersed into his magical and mythical world of set design. The exhibition will feature a series of model sets, each exploring what catwalk shows could be, if the possibilities were limitless. The exhibition will give insight to the working processes of set design and will enable visitors to experience the relationship between fashion and its environment.

A myriad of real and imagined spaces have been chosen to stage these innovative presentations: from a disused nuclear power station to a cardboard forest. Each fictitious show challenges current formalised ways of viewing garments; from searching for them amongst the branches of a baroque forest, to seeing deconstructed parts of a garment through giant lenses.

Costin says: ‘What I want to present here are a series of suggestions as to how fashion presentations could be; an invitation to dream and speculate. A collection shown as graffiti strewn across a deserted street; a collection displayed in a forest where guests are handed binoculars and invited to spot the models, perched like exotic birds among the branches; or a deserted nuclear power station, the interior encrusted with crystals with a collection that slowly decays.’

Accompanying the model sets are Costin’s sketches and notebooks, which give an insight into his own working process. To acknowledge and reveal the collaborative nature of set design for fashion shows, the exhibition will also show a moodboard by Gareth Pugh (Costin has worked as set designer for the Gareth Pugh brand for the last 8 years) and some behind-the-scenes footage from Alexander McQueen’s infamous Spring Summer 1998 show Untitled (formerly called The Golden Shower), for which Costin designed the set.  

The exhibition not only presents Costin’s unique creative vision but also displays the impact set design has on a catwalk. A fashion show is a transient moment presented to a small section of the industry and its function to sell clothes has seen it become creatively inhibited. This exhibition suggests different ways of putting the designer’s creative output back into focus, thereby exploring one of set design’s most important roles.

The exhibition, commissioned and curated by Ligaya Salazar, will be accompanied by an events programme that will be announced in early September. Visitors will be able to join tours of the exhibition and take part in hands-on workshops and masterclasses, as well as attend talks and discussions around the theme of set design.

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After Nyne’s Editor in Chief Reads From #ToTheLions, Debut Poetry Collection For Dagda

A little #ToTheLions teaser ahead of the book’s publication by Dagda Publishing on Sept 30th.

It’s After Nyne’s Editor in Chief, Claire Meadows, reading ‘Mortal’.

If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the Kindle version (links in the video description).

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Frank Zappa’s Acclaimed ‘Apostrophe (‘)’ To Be Re-Issued On Vinyl, October 20th

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 14.00.16“Truly a mother of an album.” – Rolling Stone (1974)

Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe (‘) was originally released on March 22nd 1974 on DiscReet (Zappa and Herb Cohen’s label). An edited version of its lead-off track, “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow”, was Zappa’s first chart single, reaching position 86.  The album also peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Charts, and would end up becoming Zappa’s highest-charting album.

Continuing from the commercial breakthrough of Over-Nite Sensation (1973), this album is a similar mix of short songs showcasing Zappa’s humour and musical arrangements. The record’s lyrical themes are often bizarre or obscure, with the exception of “Uncle Remus”, which is an extension of Zappa’s feelings on racial disharmony featured on his earlier song “Trouble Every Day”.

Frank Zappa is a man that needed no introductions being a guitar virtuoso, songwriter, composer, record producer, and bandleader. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995, and was listed as No. 71 in Rolling Stone’s ‘100 Greatest Artists Of All Time’, as well as No.22 in Rolling Stones ‘100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time’. Zappa continues to remain a timeless influence on many modern artists, and this album showcases what is to be considered his best work.

Track Listing

Side one
1. “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” 2:07
2. “Nanook Rubs It” 4:38
3. “St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast” 1:50
4. “Father O’Blivion” 2:18
5. “Cosmik Debris” 4:14

Side two
1. “Excentrifugal Forz” 1:33
2. “Apostrophe” 5:50
3. “Uncle Remus” 2:44
4. “Stink-Foot” 6:33

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Solo London Show For Jeffrey Kroll, First Artist to Wed Mobile Photography to Painting

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 16.12.32Mead Carney Fine Art in conjunction with Samsung presents, “Strata” an exhibition by Jeffrey Kroll, from September 23, 2014.

The exhibition will present groundbreaking artworks wedding mobile photography to painting, the first use of mobile photography in the service of fine art.

The “Strata” works by Kroll are a visual drama, a subtle and deceptive interaction of painted space and digital space; a fusion of monoscopic space from the eye of the camera and stereoscopic space from the vision of the painter. The use of mobile photography in tandem with painting is an unprecedented innovation. The power of painting imbues the digital medium with a deeper more profound resonance.

Jeffrey Kroll is the first solo visual artist to be supported by Samsung. It is Kroll’s intention to humanise the digital format and bring it under the control of the painterly sensibility. In a world glutted with digital reproduction “Strata” reintroduces the hierarchical force of painting.Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 16.12.41

Acclaimed American printmaker, Ken Tyler, who has worked with artists from Lichtenstein to Hockney and has exhibited at the Tate Modern was quoted recently: “the marriage of new technology and ideas with art techniques ancient as civilisation itself; this is a dichotomy ideal for artistic collaborations. The art business isn’t doing enough to celebrate and combine the technology of digital imagery with the power of the human hand. Yet there are great possibilities, maybe even the greatest artistic opportunities lie ahead.”

New York born Kroll is based in California and the UK. His work is widely collected from a diverse audience like the famed French lm director, Francis Veber, to the de Rothschild family.

He has exhibited in many countries and in venues as diverse as the Louvre, Le Carrousel de Louvre, the Saatchi Gallery, the Velan Foundation of Contemporary Art, Turin and many others. He was an artist of the 2012 Olympic Games, invited to launch the Cultural Olympiad. e Times described his work as “striking, colourful and beautiful”, by Tatler as “extraordinary and beautiful” and by Anthony Hayden Guest, “Kroll conducts us through a shiing space, which is phantasmagoric but as “real” as geometry or physics, enabling him to make paintings of haunting beauty”.



September 23 – October 4th, 2014.





STRATA An exhibition of new works by Jerey Kroll Mead Carney Fine Art Sponsored by Samsung Co-sponsored by Leviev Diamonds and Jetrix

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Shining Like A Diamond, North London’s Delaire Releases Debut Single ‘Sold Our Love’, October 1st

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 14.45.40Based in Islington, North London, Delaire  is set to release her debut single ‘Sold Our Love’, produced by Julian Simmons (Ed Sheeran, Midlake, Bleech), this October.

Citing her key influences as Fleetwood Mac, Blondie and Donna Summer,  24 year old Delaire (aka Jenny Burdon) creates disco infused pop laced with clever hooks and oodles of character.

This summer DELAIRE has performed alongside the likes of Daniel Avery, Woman’s Hour and Rosie Lowe at Farr Festival, and she sold out her first headline gig at St Pancras Old Church on July 23rd.

Drawing inspiration from the spectacular Delaire Sunrise Diamond, her addictive melodies are only matched by sensual, yet subtle lyrical stylings.

See the video for Sold Our Love here


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‘I’ve Got Some Fire Back In Me’ – After Nyne Meets….Tinchy Stryder

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 17.20.54Tinchy Stryder is a man who really needs no introduction, but we’ll do it anyway. Since the self-funded, independent release of his debut album ‘Star In The Hood’ in 2007, Tinchy has sold over 2.5 million records in the UK alone. He has had 2 x no.1 singles, 7 x top 10 singles, 12 x radio 1 playlisted records and 1 x top 3 album to date.

He has embarked on 5 headline UK tours, performed regularly on the festival circuit and amassed over 100 million YouTube views. Alongside his career as an MC, songwriter and producer, Tinchy Stryder has proved himself to be a thriving entrepreneur with the launch of his Star In The Hood clothing In 2008, and his Cloud 9 headphones (in partnership with electronics brand Goji) in 2012.

He’s back with a new album 360º in the autumn. The remix for his single ESG was released on Monday, and we caught up with him to chat about his new work, how he’s treading uncharted emotional territory, and find out what advice he has for up and coming artists.

Tinchy, your latest album 360º  has been described as your most ‘sonically ambitious’. What makes it so?

I feel like I’ve got some fire back in me. I don’t want to say I was ‘content’ – but it feels like something sparked in me. It’s got that fresh feel to it, I haven’t held back on the production or anything – it’s more like an album of music, everything blends in and we weren’t making this song for this or that song for that, I’ve learned that music is emotions and feelings and you can’t keep trying to add everything up and work everything out. 

You’re delving into previously unexplored emotional territory with this album. What made you want to open up in this way?

I’ve grown up as a person. I say that when you first meet someone, it’s just a hello, but as you meet someone more you start to open up more – this is my fourth album so I feel like it’s the right time and I’m at that stage. A lot of people might know me but I’m not someone who lets people in as much. Once you get to know me I’m easy going so this time round I thought you know what, I’m going to be speaking about how I’m feeling – it’s all good and everything happening in my day to day life and over the past few years I’ve just put into one project.

Why have you steered away from using mega names on 360?

To be honest there were some tracks that I had ideas to do with some people who are quite successful in the industry, but it was more of a thing where whatever sounded right to me was more important than trying to get this person or get that person. If I feel like someone’s voice can feature in this better than someone with a ‘bigger’ name I’m not just going to go with the bigger name. I didn’t purposefully steer away it just happened naturally. Not saying anyone who’s got a name is lesser than anyone on the album, this was just how it naturally happened

Tell us about the single ESG. What inspired the track?

Its one of those cultural things. I’m from east London and I felt like I wanted something that had that vibe and bounce to it from when I first started writing lyrics and spitting. It’s the same with the album, just in case you might not know, well this is where I’m from.

Was it a tough call to abort the fourth album that already spawned three hit singles? Take us through your thought process a little.

Yeah, it was in a way – I was thinking woah, people might have been waiting for this album, but I didn’t want a compilation of tracks, and that’s what it started feeling like. Too much of something is never good, I had too many songs and I was lost to pick what to use and I started to think, OK, I need to start afresh, and so that’s how that came about. It was tough but it was a decision that had to be made. That’s how I’ve approached this album, you have to be tough on yourself – even if people are saying I have to do this or that, I have to go with my heart.Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 17.20.40

More than one string to your bow indeed – not only music, but your clothing line and the Cloud 9 range. Was it always your plan to branch out past music?

In a way yeah, I’ve always thought bigger, it’s a bit world and there’s a lot of things you can do – luckily for me, everything from the headphones and the clothing line came naturally off the music and it’s what I do, headphones, I use that daily and I guess everyone does one way or another, and clothes – we all wear clothing – and it’s part of my image. It was never really my plan, I just started to think, imagine if one day I could have my own clothing line and then it all just started coming – so you never know what’s around the corner, I just keep focused and I understand that there’s a lot of things that can be done and don’t just limit yourself.

How important was it to you to set up your own label? What advantages/disadvantages do you find this gives you?

Well the disadvantages are probably like, when you’re with a major label it’s like a big machine and everything’s on different levels and the money they have to put on a project, but the advantages on my side having my own label are that now everything’s up to me and the full creative control is back with us – I’m at a stage where I can go a bit bigger and do things my way –  might take a different route, and maybe it’s not as quick or sudden without a big machine behind you but that’s all part of it and to me, those are the big advantages, because now there’s no set rules, I’ve learned more about music having my own label, educating myself.

You were still a student when you had your first Top 3 hit. What advice does the Tinchy of now have for the Tinchy of then?

You know what, just to enjoy all the moments and take it in because when you’re in it it’s hard because you’re just part of the life and you’re like ‘woah’ but when you look back you realise that you’ve done and achieved quite a bit. So if I could advise myself it would be to enjoy the moment an embrace it, embrace the journey and stay focused – a bit more that you were!

Finally, what’s your advice in general for someone trying to break into the music industry?

It sounds a bit cliché when people say ‘be yourself’ but really and truly that’s all you really have to be – there’s only one of you and trying to be someone else is harder than being unique. So be yourself, focus, have faith and work hard – what’s meant to be will be, nothing great is easy so you have to just embrace the journey.

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