Wrangler SS13 ‘When the Music’s Over’

If Wrangler’s new summer campaign ‘When the Music’s Over‘ isn’t getting you excited about summer then I honestly don’t know what is. Click here to shop the collection.

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Celeste Tesoriero High Summer 13/14

Who: Celeste Tesoriero

What: Designer

Where: Sydney based

Why: She’s designed for other labels in the past but only recently invested herself into her own project. Her brand is a mere few seasons old, however if you suss out her 13/14 summer collection titled ‘High Summer’ you will come to realise that it’s no surprise that things have taken off very well and very fast for this emerging Aussie. She is different, she bends the rules that everyone seems to stick by when summer comes round. You think bold splashes of colour and clashing patterns for summer, whereas Celeste goes against this and creates a refined collection with an active wear vibe. Think of a monochrome colour palette, with textured fabrics that just speak for themselves – it’s just fresh and invigorating. I can definitely see myself wearing one of these pieces on my tanned body this Summer.

 

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KS Swim SS 13/14 Lookbook ‘Ruins’

I want to purchase one of Karla Spetic’s  sophomore swimwear pieces and demonstrate a testament to the history of my home country – Egypt. Her latest collection soon to rein supreme come summer is an obvious ode to the pyramids, hieroglyphics, ancient desert inspired prints and anything monumental to the lavish era of ancient Egypt.  Click here to have a look into making some of this rad swimwear yours.

 

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Future Music Festival Melbourne Review

Sunday last week was show day in Melbourne for the iconic Future Music Festival. With a day-of-the-dead-set-awesome theme there would be no rest for the hombres (and when I say hombres I mean everyone from the organizers to the artists to the festival goers and anyone else in between that made it a sweet day to remember). Hola my amigos, let me take you back to how it all went down.

Arriving at Flemington Race Course at exactly 2pm meant that I had already missed out on the first act that I had planned to see, young Melbourne duo Gypsy & The Cat. I had heard a lot of great things about this local band and was really looking forward to starting my day off with some mellow tracks, especially ‘Jona Vark’ which to me is one of those songs that is so reminiscent of what a good summer festival vibe should be like. Before any disappoint could sink in I realized that I was at the right stage to see Ellie Goulding and wow is she a megababe or what? The English singer-songwriter settles comfortably in-between indie folk and electro-pop, you wonder what exactly that might sound like then she belts out tunes like ‘Don’t Say A Word’ and ‘Anything Could Happen’ and you know, you just know.

I’m sure by this time my skin had burnt at least four shades darker, so I made my way into some shade, had a few drinks, lunch and enjoyed Rita Ora’s performance of ‘Radioactive’ from afar. Next on my itinerary was an easy move to the Future Music stage where British electronic outfit Rudimental would it rip up live (for the very first time to Australian audiences) and awaken the crowds dancing senses. Boy did they deliver. With majority of their tracks resonating that summer-time-feel-good soundtrack feel I knew Rudimental were doing it good just by looking behind me and sussing out the crazy vibe of the crowd.

At the Mazda stage large crowds began to gather for the highly anticipated young Harlem rapper, Azealia Banks. The weather at this point in time was definitely hovering in the mid to high 30s and with little breeze for comfort the crowd was getting restless – just wanting their good fix of the liquorice bitch to take their minds of the sweltering heat and lack of shade. 4:15pm came and there was no sight of Azealia (can I feel a sense of déjà vu?). The crowd continued to linger for Miss Banks however the delay was too much for some and those who couldn’t handle the wait moved on over to get a pick me up from Korean YouTube sensation Psy. As the Mazda stage continued to look baron (except for one of Azealia’s dancers whom took to the stage to get a sneaky shot of the massive – and extremely patient – crowd) the Future Music stage was going off with the all too familiar Gangnam style tune.

You either love her or you hate her, but when Azealia finally came out on stage it didn’t matter what you thought of her because the energy was high and love was clear. Clad in a teeny tiny leather ensemble and infamous 30+ inch weave the young rapper promised to ‘make some f*cking noise for Melbourne’ and she sure did. Performing her provocatively ruthless tracks from her Fantasea mixtape and 1991 EP, I was impressed by the amount of fans in the crowd that were able to keep up with her lyrical flow. Not even 30 minutes into her performance Azealia brought an end to her set by stirring the crowd with her career launching ‘212’. Once it was over the crowds ears were ringing to the 212 beat and everyone was left either bitter because of the promptness of her appearance or in awe that they had just seen the Yung Rapunxel do her thing.

The next few hours of my Future experience were quite a blur. Not in the sense that I was drunk or anything but more because the heat was getting intense and a lot of acts were happening back to back and all at once. Being the keen festival-goer that I am I did not want to miss out on anything. I started with A-trak’s banging set, was wowed by Steve Aoki (his hair is immaculate considering the humid heat Melbourne was hosting) and his crazy crowd surfing antics, puzzled by how young French-Progressive-House producer Madeon’s set was one capable of challenging the most mature industry professional and of course smitten by The Temper Trap. I will always have a soft spot for Dougy Mandagi and will always go weak in the knees when I hear the ‘Sweet Disposition’ riff (obviously even more so when it is live).

It was just after 7pm and I found myself back at the Future Music stage, this next act that I saw was bonkers. Absolutely bonkers. That is the perfect word to describe the amazing performance that was delivered by British babe Dizzee Rascal.  I mean if there is an act that can deliver on a level beyond entertainment and also engage with a massive crowd it’s got to be Dizzee. I was quite mobile throughout the performance starting out at the front, moving through the centre of the mosh pit and all the way to the back but it didn’t matter where I was the energy resonating from the English MC was infectious. Playing perfect dance tunes like ‘Here 2 China’, ‘Dance Wiv Me’ and ‘Bonkers’, I could totally see why he is a favorable addition to any music festival line up.

The day (or should I say night) was coming to a close and I was faced with a bit of a cacophony having to choose between The Prodigy the pioneers of the big-beat sound, Swedish DJ Avicii or Bloc Party one of the bands I grew up listening to. Although the stage set-ups were faultless (thank you Future organizers) and everything was fairly easy to access, by this time even a 200m travel seemed like an uncomfortably tedious battle. Surviving on water, chilled drinks, an array of junk food and the thriving party vibe; I mustered every bit of musical devotion in me and decided to catch a bit of all three. I was in challenge mode. 8:45pm. Warrior’s Dance Arena. The Prodigy. Amazing. One of the best live acts to ever be seen.

I really built up the suspense to seeing Bloc Party, as they were one of those bands I regularly had on repeat throughout my high school years. They also had the added pressure of maintaining the high I was on from the little bit of The Prodigy I had just experienced (I now understand why they are regarded as legends as far a dance music is concerned). Making my way through a seemingly lifeless (perhaps due to the heat) crowd of people at the Mazda stage I found myself front and centre of the Bloc Party set, and unfortunately uninterested and disengaged. I don’t know if the band members were drained from the weather or half asleep but it wasn’t all there. I really enjoyed their performance of ‘So Here We Are’ but that was as far as it went.

Disappointed that Bloc Party didn’t live up to my expectations and annoyed that I left The Prodigy early there was nothing like Avicii’s ‘Levels’ and ‘I Could Be The One’ to bring me back to finish the night on a high. Not necessarily a fan of the Swedish skyrocket I was taken aback by what I was experiencing. Each individual in that crazy crowd was one in the same, hearts were open and Avicii was absolutely killing it. The atmosphere was surreal. The official EDM headliner of the FMF 2013 was actually insane and despite me not thinking twice about it I am glad I ended my first ever Future experience with Avicii.

That post-festival depression you get after such a good day but also that sense of relief that its over just consumed me wholly. I can’t even comprehend what a day it was. I loved every moment of it and can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

Photos by C-PASH for AAA backstage will be posted soon!

Peace,

A!

LANEWAY 2013

Weekend before Laneway was good let me describe it very briefly: Experienced the Red Hot Chili Peppers live at Big Day Out. Wow. It was out of this world. I died in that mosh though. Worth it. Saw Nina Las Vegas grind to a Flume track during her set. Was pretty sexy. Got accepted into the bachelor of PR at RMIT. City campus here I come. Also I turned 19. Last teen year come at me… And before I knew it was Sunday. Show day for Laneway 2013!

Melbourne Laneway was ten outta fucking ten! It was exactly what I thought it was going to be like and even better!  Held at the very modest location of the Footscray Community Arts Centre, all I can say is that Laneway delivered, delivered and just fucking delivered! It delivered with its panoramic views of the river and beautifully set up stages (one was nestled among trees and food stalls making it a garden or haven for the hipsters, another was smack bang in the heart of a car park lot proving a great dance scene for those keen for space to get down and durrrty with the tunes), it delivered with its chilled out Sunday funday vibe and it delivered with an array of outstanding artists! I had a few standouts for the day:

Shlohmo (also known as Henry Laufer), because the talented teen seemed to enjoy his set as much as his crowd did and that instantly created a sick vibe at the Future Classic Stage. He didn’t disappoint by playing some of his original work and also some of his well-known remixes, all in all I just wish he played for longer!

Jessie Ware for her capacity to bring Laneway an amalgam of pop, neo-soul, R&B, dub step and deep house tunes. The 27 year old seduced the crowd with her sultry british accent as well as her incredible vocals. I would’ve loved to see her play at one of the bigger stages next time though..

High Highs simply for playing Open Season. It was really beautiful!

Chet Faker for blessing the River Stage with his sexy, smooth soul. Goddamn something about that man and his music is just outstanding, laying amongst the rose bushes on the gentle slope that hosted the River stage listening to Chet Faker live made me forget that it was only just six in the evening, I was sober and just at Laneway in Footscray. I enjoyed his beard as well.

Snakadaktal for winning Triple J’s Unearthed High in  2011 and proving that it has been a dream run for them ever since by playing a fun, ethereal set at the infamous Eat Your Own Ears Stage (also known as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Car Park)

Flume because let’s be honest we all need to enjoy a bit of Flume before the rest of the world snatch him from our shores for being too fucking good at what he does! The young producer/dj attracted most of the festival goers and by the time he was on doing his thang it was all over! He KILLED it! Flume had taken over playing lots of favourites like Holdin On, Sleepless and his remix of Hermitude’s Hyperparadise along with heaps of new stuff too!

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Be sure to hop onto the official Laneway website by clicking here to have a look at photos of how the day went down!

LANEWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

I’M GOING LANEWAY MELBOURNE! Click here to get yourself a ticket and join me on the 3rd of Feb in Melbourne for a great day/night of baben tunes!

 

The Laneway Festival is thrilled to present its most forward-thinking and eclectic line-up to date. It’s all classic Laneway: the newest and most exciting acts from here and around the globe, programmed by music-lovers for music fans, delivered to you in an intimate, metropolitan setting.

 
ALPINE – ALT J – BAT FOR LASHES – CHET FAKER – CLOUD NOTHINGS – DIVINE FITS – EL-P – FLUME – HENRY WAGONS & THE UNWELCOME COMPANY – HIGH HIGHS – HOLY OTHER – JAPANDROIDS – JESSIE WARE – JULIA HOLTER – KINGS OF CONVENIENCE – THE MEN – MS MR – THE NEIGHBORHOOD – NICOLAS JAAR – NITE JEWEL – OF MONSTERS AND MEN – PERFUME GENIUS – POLICA – POND – REAL ESTATE – THE RUBENS – SHLOHMO – SNAKADAKTAL – TWERPS – YEASAYER

 

 

For more information:

melbourne.lanewayfestival.com.au

facebook.com/lanewayfestival

youtube.com/LanewayFestival

 

Wildfox Couture

It’s getting pretty hot in Melbourne (all of Australia actually) so as the beach becomes the place to be, the search for the perfect swimwear becomes quite the challenge. This is where I introduce to you the 2013 Wildfox swimwear collection titled Diamonds are forever. You’re welcome. I am drawn to the delicate nature of the collection; the pastel colours, the feminine frills, the high-waisted bottoms, the plunging back-lines and the simplicity of the pieces.  According to Designer Kimberly Gordon ‘the new collection is inspired by a totally American girl who lives for traveling. She dreams of England and hotel rooms, she loves flowers and diamonds, and she loves decadence!  She’s a Bond Girl, a 60’s bombshell who dyes her hair all shades of colors and meets beautiful men everywhere she goes.  She wakes up at six in the morning to catch the sunrise and does laps in her giant, turquoise pool. She is always ready to pack her bags and fly to another country, stay in another hotel, she travels lightly, packs bikinis, sparkly dresses and beach cover ups. This girl always has her swimsuit in her purse or her glove compartment, she’s always ready for her next big adventure, and she’s always ready to make new friends… wherever she goes’. That all sounds pretty rad to me!

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BIG DAY OUT 2013!

Normally the line up announcement for BIG DAY OUT is released around August, however this year the organisers of the iconic Australian music festival  have put an end to the anticipation of many as early as today! Summer of 2013 will see the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers headlining along with 30 new bands (first timers on the BDO tour and for some the first time to hit our Aussie shores) most of which have new records. I know exactly where I’ll be in six months time so if you love experiencing live music under the baben’ summer sun with good mates and good vibes, then this one is definitely for you! It’s pretty fucking exciting so do yourself a favour and check out the official festival website www.bigdayout.com for more information about the line up, tickets, dates and venues.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

THE KILLERS

YEAH YEAH YEAHS

BAND OF HORSES

CRYSTAL CASTLES

FOALS

CHILDISH GAMBINO

MORGAN PAGE

B.o.B

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SAMPOLOGY

AND HEAPS HEAPS MORE! (get on it with a $165 general admission ticket or $265 ‘like a boss’ ticket! SEE YOU THERE!)