Lad Bible Content






















Last Minute Christmas Stocking Stuffers

IT’S the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is creeping closer and closer, we’ve already eaten our body weight in mince pies, drank copious amounts of mulled wine & are christmas shopped out! However, if you’ve not quite finished all your gift purchasing, we’ve put together a last minute gift guide full of our festive faves which make perfect stocking fillers – from beauty to booze, we’re sure there’s something on our ‘nice’ list that will make the ideal christmas present. 

Eylure brows

Our babes are Eylure have completely changed the brow game this year. Their brow paint is a felt tip like product – similar to the Soap & Glory archery pen. I’ve been using this product none-stop since i’ve got it and it’s well and truly wowed me. My go-to-brow product has always been the Nyx brow gel which is a pomade product and it waterproof, sweatproof, everything proof. Conveniently at the time i was sent the Eylure product, I’d run out of my trusty Nyx brow gel and I’m usually sceptical to stray from my make-up comfort zone but boy am I glad I did! The Eylure brow paint is super pigmented, stays all day and is waterproof (and by this I mean I wore it to the gym and my brows did not budge). With a lot of pen like brow products, I’ve found you can’t see to blend them, but just take a spooly to this on your brows and it’s surprisingly blendable. So for all my fierce brow lovers out there, this is definitely the crimbo gift you NEED.

MEMI Liquid Liner & Palette  

MEMI is a super cool brand. Not only are their products cruelty free and vegan, but their package and the products themselves are gorgeous, which make for perfect prezzies. I got my hands on one of their eyeshadow palettes and their liquid eyeliner pen and all I can say is I was very impressed. First, the liner. It’s super black, doesn’t bleed when you use it and doesn’t budge – I’m able to wear this all day without moving noticeably. Next up we have the palette. The shades are gorgeous, they’ve provided us with some mats as well as some pressed shimmery shades and although some of the shadows aren’t as pigmented as I’d like them to be, they still work like a dream (also the names of the shades are really cute and my fave is All Ass)

Stick on nails – my new favourite thing!

Now don’t get me wrong, I love getting acrylic claws done, fresh nails make me feel so put together but I can’t always afford a fresh set on a student budget so I’ve found the next best thing — Elegant Touch’s stick on nails are the best thing since sliced bread and their Christmas range is sparkly and everything you need on your nails this festive season. The glue that comes with the nails is super strong so your stick-ons won’t be flying off left right and centre, which leads me onto my next nail find, Primark stick ons. £2 for some stunning chrome nails? Oh go on then. The Primark fake nail range is huge but my faves are the new chrome ones. I’ve had them on my nails for nearly a week now and I’ve had so many compliments – everyones so surprised when i tell them where they’re from! One thing I’ll add though is don’t rely on the glue that comes with them, it’s a bit naff, I’ve been using the one that comes with the Elegant Touch sets.

Boozey favourites 

For all my fellow alcohol lovers out there, I present you with two lush drinks for the festive season. The first is an old school favourite, Warnicks Avocate. It’s definitely a love or hate it drink but I love it – it tastes like egg nog and it has a lovely creamy consistency, its fab for the festive season.

My absolute favourite boozey find this which will make a perfect gift, is the Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur. Oh. My. God. This stuff tastes like orange starburst and is dangerous, because it barely tastes alcoholic. The orange flavour is strong but not overpowering, and the packaging of the drink is gorgeous and almost looks festive!

We hope our last minute gift guide has helped you a little bit and if not for Christmas, then we hope you can go into the New Year with some ideas for fierce make up products and two new additions to your alcohol cupboard.

From all of us at VIVA, Merry Christmas & Happy 2018 X

REVIEW: Feel My Bicep // WHP17

DJ duo Bicep have come from trendy bloggers to trend setters in the DJ and underground techno world. Their iconic three arm logo has been plastered everywhere, from merchandise and album covers, to fire hydrants around cities.

Now, they return to The Warehouse Project for their second self-titled appearance. Their ‘Feel My Bicep’ event last year is still talked about by fans and hardcore tech-heads today, so it came as no surprise that their performance this year was just as remarkable.

The Belfast-born duo have followed suit of huge names such as Skream, Eats Everything and they’ve essentially created a brand by ‘flexing their muscles’ in the music industry. In 2012, the pair won DJ Mag’s ‘Best British Breakthrough DJ Award’ and their collaborative EP with Will Saul (which included the tracks ‘Don’t’ and ‘You’) hit number one in the 2012 Juno Charts. The lads have been dominating the dance scene for the last few years and it was pretty clear to see what the hype was about during their euphoric performance at this Warehouse Project.

The 12 weeks of madness that Manchester’s Warehouse Project brings is coming to an end, but the party definitely isn’t. Feel My Bicep on November 18th fully exemplified this.

Photos By Louis

Although the line up was not one of the most prestigious of the season, it was undoubtably a perfect concoction for techno lovers to take ravers into the early hours of the morning and keeping energy levels at a high until 5:30am.

When it was time for Bicep to take to the decks, they created a truly unforgettable experience, one that many DJ’s performing at Warehouse Project probably only dream of delivering. They made Store Street Warehouse their temple for the 1 hour and 15 minute set, with the most incredible visuals and perfectly executed mixes.

The duo opened with the unmissable track ‘Just’ – if the crowd wasn’t already infatuated by Bicep’s performance, they definitely were after they dropped this absolute tune. They could not have picked a better track to start with, the crowd were cheering and bopping as much as they could in the jam packed Room 1 of Store Street Warehouse.

Tracks form their new album such as ‘Rain’ and ‘Glue’ followed on from the fantastic opening from the boys. Every track gave the crowd goosebumps, with the infamous eery echoes that are so quintessential of Bicep’s style.

The most breath taking part of their set was the visuals and light show. Bicep are renowned for having a spectacle of lasers and visuals during their shows but to witness it first hand was extraordinary and I have never seen anything quite like it – I’m used to a few strobes and some lasers during big DJ’s sets but to be totally mesmerised by the lights rather than by the music at times is definitely saying something – It was the whole package for both sight and sound.

Each track had a different light show, keeping the crowd gripped, from rainbow lasers that danced right to the back of Store Street, to an incredible projection of lights and smoke creating the most unique and incredible sky lines as backdrop to their iconic sound.

The Belfast duo outdid themselves this time with their mind blowing performance, arousing all our senses.


REVIEW: 15 Years of Metropolis // WHP17

THE end of the Warehouse Project season is slowly coming but the last few weeks are full of some of the most anticipated events on the 2017 calendar.

For drum & bass fans, 25 Years of RAM and 15 Years of Metropolis have definitely been the ones to look out for.

The majority of the shows hosted at Store Street Warehouse focus mostly on techno/house music, so sometimes, us bass heads feel a little left out. However, the line up for Metropolis included some of the biggest names in the DnB scene and we were very excited to see what the night had in store.

Photos By Louis

Unlike RAM, the night didn’t focus solely around drum & bass but still featured some fantastic names like Chase & Status, My Nu Leng & Darkzy along side many other notorious DJ’s to mark the 15th birthday. Metropolis have spent the last 15 years pulling together some of the most iconic line ups and jaw dropping events in the electronic music industry and they did not disappoint with their work at Store Street this year.

As I arrived at Store Street (which seems to have become my second home), I was greeted by the thumping sound of Darkzy on the decks. Even though he’d actually broken his ankle prior to his performance for Metropolis, he still put on an impressive show and played banger after banger.

Photos By Louis

Of course, My Nu Leng did not disappoint. They have really made a name for themselves over 2017 and they are constantly creating a quintessential sound for the genre.

Slightly different to the heavy line up of room 1, Redlight play an hour & a half set in room 2. This room was a slight breather from the gargantuan stable, heavy weight bass of the main room.  I’d been waiting to see Hugh Pescod behind the decks for months now, after missing him at his sell out show at Antwerp Mansion… I was not disappointed. He played some of his own tunes as well as some I wasn’t familiar with, but his set worked flawlessly and it was nice to have more of a boogie than the throwing about that was happening in the other room.

Photos By Louis

Of course the most anticipated name of the night was Chase & Status. As they were one of the last to play, they had the task of keeping the crowd ‘alive’ for the last three hours along side Dimension & Friction. They did exactly that, just as everyone thought they were ready to leave, the duo took over the decks with some mad visuals and some great tunes.

Photos By Louis

We do not want Warehouse Project season to finish, but it’s sure to come to an end with a bang. Check out the events to come HERE.


DEAD LEGACY X MCR FASHION INDUSTRY: “That’s what Dead Legacy is about, we’re here to disrupt the fashion industry.”

LAST Friday, the brand Dead Legacy completely tore the roof off of Spinningfields’ Neighbourhood to showcase their new AW17 collection. The venue was bursting with photographers, models and celebs such as last years love island contestant Scott Thomas.

Born in Manchester, Dead Legacy is a premium lifestyle-clothing brand for men and women. Their main focus is that their customers are 100% satisfied with the products and shopping experience and they have strived for this over their 6 years of trading all over Europe and the UK.

James Featherstone, founder of Dead Legacy explained that “we’re here to disrupt the fashion industry and f**k sh*t up!” in his speech which kicked off the fantastic evening, “How can I not talk about our amazing autumn winter collection, I know you’ll like it, I know you’ll like what you see, how can I have that confidence? Well a lot of people here tonight have already bought it and I know lots more of you will be buying it as well.”

Not only was the room full of gorgeous models and social media influencers, but Love Island 2016 contestant Scott Thomas made an appearance and we got chatting to him, “I love Dead Legacy, I wear their clothes all the time; its such a cool brand.” Scott not long ago featured Dead Legacy on his personal Instagram, “Its just a little bit different in terms of the styles… they’re a little bit out there instead of just playing it safe, its an exciting brand.”

We were graced by a catwalk of all of the pieces included in the AW17 collection and it was safe to say, we didn’t think it was possible to cram so many attractive models onto one catwalk… we were shook.

You’re welcome.


Check out our video of the show case: 

Remi, the man behind the amazing event said that Dead Legacy is an “amazing brand, I think its turned a corner. It’s a lot more on trend now and it’s a bit more adventurous. The quality has improved and there’s so many products coming out.”

“Their new AW range is definitely taking the brand to the next level.”


You can find Dead Legacy on Instagram, Twitter and on their website where their new AW17 range will be available soon.

The brand is definitely going to shake the fashion industry, so keep your eyes peeled for what they have to offer.


REVIEW: Jamiroquai at Manchester Arena

I have been listening to Jamiroquai with my dad since I was in nappies, so I could not miss the opportunity to attend their tour opening gig at Manchester Arena.

From dancing around my living room to Cosmic Girl to seeing the band perform in such an iconic venue was definitely a dream come true. It’s been quite a while since I have been to a concert with a reception quite like the one I experienced throughout Jamiroquai’s performance at Manchester Arena, the warmth felt throughout the venue for Jamiroquai’s first gig of their UK tour was quite infectious. The arena was completely rammed – from standing to the two tiers that looked like there were up in space.

The band were undeniably tight and flawless throughout every song throughout the gig, and Jay Kay’s vocals, partnered with his infamous LED-crown, still has that unmistakable soulful, crisp voice that could be recognised anywhere. His hilarious and funky dancing was definitely one of the highlights of the show, as he boogied in his ‘appropriate Jamiroquai’ logo trackies.

Jay Kay and his band wove together a clever set, with songs old and new that the entire venue screamed their hearts out to. I was completely exhausted after the gig from dancing and singing so much which is definitely a good sign.

For the duration of the gig, Jay Kay strutted the stage, throwing himself about while maintaining his fantastic vocals. Half way through his performance, Jay announced “Shit… The batteries have died!” (in his iconic LED-crown), definitely adding to the humour and upbeat atmosphere of the evening.

Overall, the performance was literally out of this world and like nothing I have every experienced before. It was the perfect way for Jay Kay and his band to begin their tour. They continue to take their magic and intergalactic energy around the world throughout November.


5 Artists to check out at Together’s Closing Party, Ibiza

This September, VIVA are jetting out to Ibiza for the Together Summer closing party.

Every Tuesday for the last 15 weeks heavy basslines and iconic beats have been making their mark under the roof of Amnesia, Ibiza in both their main room & terrace. Last years Together was undoubtedly successful and this year has been even better, with the most sought DJ’s from around the world to combine their iconic blend of musical styles. With names like Hannah Wants, MK, Claptone and Chase & Status completely taking over the venue until September, we’ve devised a list of the DJ’s at the closing party that you really aren’t going to want to miss.

Chase & Status

Infamous duo Chase & Status formed in 2003 at the University of Manchester and their music along side with their performance are a flawless representation of the UK urban scene.

Our favourite track: Blind Faith

Hector Couto

Couto’s blend of Chicago house and old-school techno are not to be missed at this years Together closing party and you can check out our interview with him HERE where he told us all about his love for Ibiza and his excitement for the closing party.

Our favourite track: We Both Loco

Sub Focus

Nick Douwma, better known as Sub Focus is arguably one of the most interesting and influential DJ’s on the British electronic music scene today. He has been in the background of tracks for names like Chase & Status, Example as well as remixing huge names like Dizzie Rascal and The Prodigy.

Our favourite track: Lingua


Marc Kinchen is definitely a favourite in the dance music scene. With number ones since 1994, he is the daddy of the electronic scene with his seamless transitions between techno, house to R&B, not to mention his discography includes over 500 titles.

Our favourite track: Electricity


London based production tri Disciples have taken the music scene by storm in the last 4 years. After being acknowledged by the king that is Pete Tong, for their track Catwalk and being picked by Radio 1 for track of the for their banger, They Don’t Know, their success seems to be never ending.

Our favourite track: They Don’t Know

For more information about Together, check out their Facebook Page.



VIVA’s Top 10 Must See Warehouse Project Shows

We can’t quite believe it’s already here, but it’s that time of year again. That time of the year when Manchester’s most anticipated music event returns.

At 9am this morning, Warehouse Project released the line up for the 12 weeks of music that will be shaking venues all around Manchester from September 16th. From September until January 1st, some of the biggest DJ’s in the house, drum & bass and
techno world will be coming to Manchester to perform along side each other at some phenomenal venues such as Store Street Warehouse and The Albert Hall accompanied by
some snazzy visuals and a passionate feel good atmosphere.

Warehouse Project will take over Manchester for 12 weeks from September 16th and tickets are on sale this Friday at 9am so set your alarms because they will sell out in minutes.

We’ve managed to pick our top 10 must see Warehouse Project shows (in no particular order because it was hard enough trying to narrow it down to 10 shows, let alone rank them).

1. Welcome To The Warehouse Part 1 & 2 

When: Friday 22nd September and Saturday 23rd September

Where: Store Street Warehouse

Who: The Martinez Brothers, Eats Everything, Patrick Topping B2B Richy Ahmed, Solardo, De La Swing, Latmun, Bicep, Seth Troxler, Ben Klock and this is just a handful.

Why: The Welcome to the Warehouse nights are always unforgettable and really get people into the spirit for the upcoming weeks. WHP have definitely outdone themselves with the DJ’s they’ve chosen to open up such an iconic music event with this year with some massive names that cannot be missed.

2. Yousef presents Circus

When: Friday 20th October

Where: Store Street Warehouse

Who: Yousef, Loco Dice, Skream, Joseph Capriati, B.Traits and more

Why: The Circus events are absolutely iconic and never disappoint house and techno fans. Yourself always ensures he has some talented big names a long side him at his Circus events and this year, once again, he’s done exactly that.

3. Feel My Bicep

When: Saturday 18th November

Where: Store Street Warehouse

Who: Bicep, Carl Craig & Moodymann, Avalon Emerson and more

4. Nina Kraviz presents трип 

When: Friday 8th December

Where: Store Street Warehouse

Who: Nina Kraviz, Jeff Mills and more

5. Annie Mac Presents 

When: Friday 6th October & Saturday 7th October

Where: Store Street Warehouse

Who: Annie Mac, J Hus, My Nu Leng, Dusky, Moxie and more

Why: Annie Mac has rounded up a fantastic selection of DJ’s with her two nights of music, from house to drum & bass, it will undoubtedly be a night that goes down in history if Annie Mac has anything to do with it.

6. Mastermix

When: Saturday 16th December

Where: Store Street Warehouse

Who: Robert Hood & Lyric Hood, Jackmaster, Hunee, Jasper James and more

7. Drumcode

When: Friday 3rd November

Where: Store Street Warehouse

Who: Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick and more

Why: If Adam Beyer’s sets are anything like they were at Warehouse Project 2016, we highly recommend getting tickets to this event because last year he blew minds with his track choices and flawless mixing.

8. Dekmantel

When: Friday 10th November

Where: Store Street Warehouse

Who: Marcel Dettmann, Robert Hood, Fatima Yamaha and more

9. Paradise

When: Friday 17th November

Where: Store Street Warehouse

Who: Jamie Jones, Richy Ahmed, Detlef, Latmun, Pirate Copy and more

10. Solardo Sessions

When: Tuesday 26th December

Where: Store Street Warehouse

Who: Solardo, Skream, WAFF, Detlef, Monki, Latmun and more

Why: Solardo are arguably the kinds of the techno world right now, performing at every well-known festival and music event around the world. They’ve partnered up with the likes of Skream and WAFF for a night that you’d be silly to miss.


Dress To Impress During Your Workouts

So, it’s been a while since New Year now, your resolution to completely change your life and get fit with chiseled abs and a bubble butt most likely went out of the window when the McDonalds monopoly came around. However, it’s almost time to start getting out those bikinis and getting back on track to get that summer body! One thing that motivates me the most to work out is buying new gym clothing, I love having new, flattering leggings and tops to look funky & fresh when I’m working out but it’s important to know where to get the best quality clothing (especially clothing that’s not see through… no one wants to see your g-string when you’re squatting!) So here our some of our favourites…


@laurenbones via Instagram wearing the Gymshark Flex leggings.

A little about the company:

Established in 2012 by 25 year old Ben Francis and a group of his school friends, Gymshark is a fitness clothing and accessories brand, creating high-quality and durable products in the United Kingdom, supported by a huge social media following, worn by celebrities and loved by customers in over 180 countries.

Gymshark caters for both men & women with their ranges of gym leggings, shorts, tops, hoodies and fitness accessories.

VIVA’s favourite product:


The seamless leggings & Flex leggings! They’re so flattering, completely squat proof and make those glutes pop! They brand new seamless leggings even have special contour lines to make your bum look bigger; its magic.

Visit Gymshark HERE.


A little about the company:

DW Sports is a fitness business and retailing company founded in 2009 by Dave Whelan. The company sells both a sports clothing service, stocking big brands such as Nike, Puma and Reebok as well as having many gyms all across the UK.

VIVA’s favourite product:
We love the fact DW stocks the big brands and has a huge range of sizes and selection of products. We love the Reebok sports bras, they’re really bright and colourful and super supportive, especially for the ladies with the bigger boobies!

Visit DW Sport HERE.

Lifestyle shot featuring the Boudavida Swagger Tee.


A little about the company:

Boudavida is an amazing newly launched active-wear company. The initial line is made up of 12 items that bring function
and fashion together, enabling women to feel confident and comfortable in the gym. Their products are simple and high quality, light weight and fashionable. Bouvida also donate 5% of every purchase back to women sport.

VIVA’s favourite product:

The jazzy leggings by Boudavida are flawless. They have mesh cutouts that sit behind your knees for a breathable fit which is fantastic for cardio. The Plucky Vest and Swagger Tee are two completely different designs of tops, both of which are made from a similar material which feels amazing on your body – its soft, completely sweat proof and doesn’t stick to you when you’re working out.

Visit Boudavida HERE.


Proskins Zigzag Crop Top & Full Print Leggings


A little about the company:

Proskins are a british company, founded in Nottingham in 2005. Their mission is to empower their customers to create their own fitness story and to ensure people feel good, look good and perform at their best when their working out. Their clothing is light weight, form fitting and their patterns are funky and eyecatching.

VIVA’s favourite products:
Proskins have recently launched a
range called ‘Zig Zag’ which
includes pair of full length leggings and a croptop. The patterns are amazing and the feel of the products is so high
quality and feels like you’re barely wearing them! The leggings are a tiny bit see through when squatting so we’d recommend wearing them for more cardio based or upper body focused work outs. The crop top however is really supportive, flattering and completely sweat proof.

Visit Proskins HERE.


Matthew Williamson x USA Pro Collection Launch

If you’ve ever needed motivation to work out, Matthew Williamson’s USA Pro active wear launch is all the inspiration you will need.

British fashion designer, Matthew Williamson has launched his second his second collection of active and yoga wear, collaborating with the well-known sportswear brand USA Pro, “I noticed there was a gap in the market for sports wear that was more than just what you wear in the gym, but more of a leisure wear collection” explains Matthew. The collection features six stunning pieces which includes leggings, crop tops and zip-up jackets. The capsule collection is made with two different patterns, inspired by the pure beauty of nature and travel from exotic parts of the world, “My inspiration is always different countries and climates and the flamingos are a bird that I use a lot and I love them.”

Matthew Williamson is internationally known for his signature aesthetic, as well asbeing known for being the master of print, embellishment, attention to detail and the eye catching colours that can best be described as the beauty of looking through a kaleidoscope as a child.

The collection is created using fabrics that are based around polyamide. This particular type of fabric is soft to the touch, making it the perfect fabric to keep you comfortable while you exercise. As well as being soft, polyamide is a stable type of yarn which is known to be hardwearing and durable. Not only are Matthew’s designs comfortable, but also practical as well as being great value for money.

“My favourite piece in the collection are definitely the palm leggings, I painted the design myself and they are just a more adventurous take on the typical black work out legging.”

The capsule collection really is made to last, by using this particular type of fabric it can take a day to create just 50 metres of fabric due to the intensive printing process to ensure the colours stand out. The base fabric for the clothing is also double-bonded, giving the garments flexibility, muscle-compression and stretch recovery. The numerous elements that are required to create Matthew Williamson’s range all contribute towards extremely high quality but also vibrant and attractive clothing that is guaranteed to turn some heads.

We would absolutely recommend Matthew Williamson’s capsule collection for not only practicality but to make you feel incredibly confident while you exercise.

Not only do we love his collection, but we are desperate to see what comes next, hats off to you Matthew, a true genius.


Photo credit: Lauren Bones & Leanne Owen