Introduction to my Final Major Project

Here you will find a series of articles which focus on ‘Social Media and its contemporary capabilities’. They will explore the threats and dangers that social media poses for users today, as well as the life changing opportunities it can offer.
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Revenge Porn Charity & victims slam slut shaming and the gap in Social Media user policies

“It’s never the victim’s fault, they put their trust in someone and that trust is broken.”

Adolescent sexual exploitation has never been easier, in a world where photo sharing is the everyday norm.

The world has seen celebrity stories such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst’s nudes being exposed to the public eye – the epidemic of non-consensual pornography has affected a-list celebrities as well as the general public.

One example of this is Leah Juliet’s story. When she was 15 years old, she sent intimate photos to a love interest in her high school, “I was in class when I was first told that my nude pictures had been shared online” Leah told Seventeen.

“My face was in the photos; my name was in the photos. I could not hide, not from anyone.” Her photos were uploaded to a website that allowed users to anonymously upload nude photos of non-consenting victims, “I went completely numb. I tried to throw up, I tried to cry – but nothing came out. “My shame led me to partake in acts of self-harm and suicidal ideation for several years. I cancelled my future plans and relegated myself to a short life of depression.”

A survey created about revenge porn for this article showed that 86% of people have sent intimate content of themselves to another person. This is usually done over Snapchat (74%) or text/iMessage (44%). People are still sharing sexual photos and videos of themselves even though there is the risk of revenge porn, an anonymous survey response said, “I think the risks that come with sending a nude make it a bit erotic.”

According to Grazia’s article, from April to December 2015, there were 1160 reported incidents of revenge porn. Shockingly, 3 of the victims during this period were 11-years-old and 30% of these offences involved younger targets.

Although some people are not aware of it, non-consensual pornography was criminalised in the UK in April 2015. Rebecca Sharpe from the Revenge Porn Helpline, a charity set up to support victims says that “many of the victims we encounter aren’t aware that it is against the law to expose someone’s intimate photos.

“A situation we frequently deal with is: people know it is an offence, but are terrified to take their situation to the police due to being blackmailed or threatened.”

The Revenge Porn Helpline “provide support and advice to victims over the age of 18 who are resident to the UK about the crime.”

The Helpline was set up in 2015 and since then, it has made 11 thousand contacts with clients and dealt with 2800 cases. Around 75% of the cases involve female victims and 75% to 88% of victims identified dealing with domestic abuse, harassment or stalking via social media.

“Many of the victims we support and help are hysterical when they contact us. It’s really hard to maintain a professional and supportive exterior when it’s clear to hear the target is emotional and scared by that has happened.

“A lot of people just want us to tell them it’s going to be okay and comfort them. Some even tell us that they want to die and don’t want to deal with the awful consequences a perpetrator has caused them.”

Other victims say that their situation triggered panic attacks, anxiety and even made them feel suicidal due to the level of exposure their perpetrators gave to them. In a recent article by The Guardian, research carried out by the campaign End Revenge Porn revealed that 51% of US victims have contemplated suicide.

Rebecca also highlights the ease of the issue: “To commit the crime, it has never been easier. People are able to access the cameras on your phone and laptops without you knowing to record you.

Because of the internet, the way it works and the access to how quickly someone can post something, it can be done almost instantly whether it’s out of anger, revenge or for blackmail.”

In September 2016, it was announced that a total of 206 people had be prosecuted under the revenge porn law since it came into effect.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) revealed that social media was an ever-growing trend connected to revenge porn, as in many cases, defendants used platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to expose their victims.

Hannah’s private photos were shared on Twitter by a jealous ex-boyfriend. Her photos were visible to anyone for half an hour before her friends reported them and they were eventually taken down: “They were removed quickly, sure, but people still could have screenshot them and I was probably the talk of people’s group chats.”

“It was horrible and so embarrassing. I’m not really that outspoken of a person back home, so for this to be dumped on Twitter about me, it really was awful. Some girls wrote statuses about me, called me disgusting and a slag.

“I feel like I was lucky though, because people had my back. The guy was called out more than I was and many people publicly said that he was out of order on social media.

“I feel like anyone that I date now I can’t trust because of what happened. You really put your trust is someone when you show them something that intimate and for that trust to be broken, it really affects you long term.”

Rebecca Sharpe also expands on the trust that a victim puts into their perpetrator: “a victim is never to blame for what’s happened to them because they’re perfectly within their rights and they have not broken the law if they trusted someone and shared an image with that person.

“What is not okay is when that person feels that they have the control to break that trust and share it with whoever they want.”

Another misconception that accompanies Revenge Porn victims is slut shaming. Many targets are called ‘easy’ or are meant to ‘expect’ being exposed due to sending the intimate content in the first place, however, as Rebecca explains, “it’s a perfectly normal thing to do in our society today.”

The Guardian article also expands on that: “Adolescents exploring their sexuality isn’t new, but the fact that their sexual experimentation takes place in an online world where he footprints are easily stored doesn’t make the process any easier.

Non-consensual pornography is causing people to take their own lives and is an epidemic that doesn’t seem to be coming to an end. Rebecca’s message for men and women dealing with this issue is, “You don’t deserve to be exposed in this way. Victims are more than just a leaked photograph on the internet and we hope that there comes a time that perpetrators realise that what they’re doing is not ok.”

If you have been a victim of anything discussed within this article, please visit the Revenge Porn Helpline.

 

 

The ‘Cyberbully’ has evolved and schools say that more need to be done to combat it

“He was a happy laddie, not depressed and the last type of person you would think would take their life. We’re a very close family and I just wished he had come to me and said something.” These are the words of Daniel Perry’s mother to the BBC. Daniel took his own life after he was blackmailed and bullied by someone online, who he thought was a girl of his age.

We have entered an age where the bully doesn’t need to be the toughest kid on the playground. As soon as the world was gifted with the internet and social media, we were able to digitise bullying.

Daniel received anonymous messages on the social networking website Ask.fm, where people would tell kill himself and ‘just die’. His story shows how distressing being a target of online hate is and how horrific the consequences can be.

Prior to society’s addiction to social media, there was a fluidity between face to face and online bullying. Hecklings would begin on the playground and cafeteria, and the continue in the safety of people’s homes, on computers and smartphones. Nowadays, the majority of contemporary bullying takes place online. It has become hard to pin point those dishing out the abuse and is extremely widespread.

According to Bullying Statistics, more than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats online and over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their mobile phones or over the internet.

Our lives now revolve around the attention we get on our online profiles, unfortunately, with the ease of cyberbullying, not all of this attention is positive. The Cyberbullying Research Centre found that over 80 percent of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most popular form of technology and a common medium for cyber bullying.

Infographic using responses from a survey created for this article.

Our popularity and attractiveness is defined by the amount of likes we get and who comments or notices our posts. Psychologist Emma Kenny told Cosmopolitan that, “It’s a reward cycle, you get a squirt of dopamine every time you get a like or a positive response on social media.”

“It’s like a hit, similar to the way you feel when you have a drink. The social media like triggers a reward cycle and the more you get it, the more you want it.”

Not only can likes and comments be a form of appreciation or even an addiction to many people, but they allow someone to have a public opinion on your posts very easily. Romy explains that her previous Facebook profile received 800 friend requests a day and hundreds of comments on her photos from people she didn’t even know. To this day, Romy has no idea why the attention began, but it was the start of her cyberbullying experience.

“It was more like harassment” says Romy, “I had to turn off all of my notifications. I tried to reply to these people to just tell them to leave me alone but then they started to message my friends.

“They would comment inappropriate things on my photos, I didn’t even know who they were but it was constant, I couldn’t escape it. I couldn’t block enough of them before a hundred more had added me.”

Romy says that people would call her a “fat whale” on her Facebook & Instagram pictures, she’d get daily ‘reminders’ that she was “ugly” and on a few occasions, she was told to kill herself, “I still don’t understand why all of this happened, or what these people had against me”.

Luke also had an experience with someone leaving comments on his Instagram photos, “He was a boy at my old school. When we first met, he seemed really nice but then all of a sudden he just took a disliking to me.

“When I moved school, he’d start to spam me on Snapchat to try and get my attention. He wasn’t being friendly, just annoying so I blocked him, which obviously hit a nerve. After that, he started to comment on my Instagram photos, picking out my flaws and being rude. He just decided to pick on me when I had done nothing to hurt this person.”

Even though both kids blocked their perpetrators, there were still ways for them to be targeted. A Facebook block is permanent; however, people can make new profiles to work around this, Luke says that: “The extremes that people go to, to bully you is stupid. It’s so easy for someone to make a new profile just to message you again and again.” DoSomething.org says that 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person.

Many teenagers are told to ignore or block those on social media who are making them feel uncomfortable or who are being rude to them, however Romy doesn’t feel that this is enough, “It’s annoying because most people’s response to it is just ‘ignore them’ or ‘block them’ but how many times can you block someone?

Not only has Romy been on the receiving end, but she has also retaliated to some bullying she dealt with a few years ago, “I’ve left a mean comment to someone before yeah, I think it’s pretty common for people to do it without thinking twice about it now.

“I’d taken abuse off of this girl for months and I never responded or even spoke back to her. However, one day, I just thought it wasn’t fair anymore so a comment battle began between us on social media and ended up fat shaming her.

“I feel awful for it now, but at the time I wasn’t thinking and I was sick of being a virtual punching bag for this girl.”

In a survey created for cyberbullying.org, 14.6% of people said that they had cyberbullied someone and 65% of people with eating disorders say cyberbullying and fat shaming comments contributed to their condition.

The Studio allow their students to use their mobile phones in and around the school and head teacher Jill Davies expands on why this is in place, “I think you have to move with the times, if we ban phones, they’ll do things in secret. What we’ve done is create a culture where if its misused, the students tell us.”

She explains that, “The kids here aren’t social media junkies and I think that’s because we have adjusted the way we use phones in the school. However, we are always dealing with stuff like ‘they posted that on Instagram, and that on snapchat and they’re being mean’ but it is down to how you deal with that.”

The Studio have a policy where they have the right to look on the student’s phone if any cyberbullying cases arise. Each student signs an agreement on their first day which says that if there is ever an incident, any teacher has the permission to go through their phone, “I think that stops an awful lot of situations, because then you are seeing everything. The thought of having a teacher or an adult looking at their photos, videos and messages really scares them, they hate it!”

Many teachers and parents are doing what they can to tackle the issue of cyberbullying, Facebook groups have been created and talks about internet safety take place in schools. However, a lot of adults feel that the government could be doing more to stop it. Jill says: “I think there is a lack of understanding in certain sectors about how to be safe online and what actually qualifies are cyberbullying.”

“Many teachers and parents don’t know how to address it so there seems to be a lack of awareness. We’re quite lucky, we have a high profile police officer that comes in to talk to the kids about all of this, and I know not every school has that but it really does help us.

Jill feels that where the problem starts, is that children are not taught early enough as to what cyberbullying is or how to deal with it, “I think educating the youth needs to start at a much younger age. Some schools that teach much younger kids aren’t aware of how important it is to make them aware of what’s around them on the internet and on social media from a young age.”

In a recent article for the BBC, Jeremy Hunt explains that social media isn’t doing enough to protect the children using it. In a letter he composed to the internet firms, Mr Hunt says, “I fear that you are collectively turning a blind eye to a whole generation of children being exposed to the harmful emotional side effects of social media prematurely.

“This is both morally wrong and deeply unfair to parents who are faced with the invidious choice of allowing children to use platforms they are too young to access.”

In regard to cyberbullying and issues caused to children on social media, Mr Hunt says, “None are easy issues to solve I realise, but an industry that boasts some of the brightest minds and biggest budgets should have been able to rise to the challenge.”

Jill gives her advice, as a parent and teacher to anyone suffering in silence: “We have to speak up, and that’s so much easier said than done.

“They just need to tell someone and speak up and parents and teachers need to teach them to spot the signs. If anything is making them feel uncomfortable, they need to talk to someone about it.

“But, as adults, when a child builds up the courage to tell us, we need to do something about it. It’s heart-breaking that some children do pluck up the courage to tell someone and then nothing is done.”

 

Could the end of ‘The Social Media’ career be upon us, thanks to algorithm changes?

Instagram and Youtube star Zoe Sugg earns £50K a month – These once common citizens now earn millions every year by creating content online for their huge fan bases. Social media has become the platform for internet star’s careers, but what happens when algorithms change and their content becomes less popular?

A timeline of the most notable social media influencer moments. 

Influencers and Vloggers earn these huge sums of cash through brand collaborations and advertising. Lyzabeth Lopez, an Instagram fitness influencer with 2 million followers, earns between $3,000 to $5,000 per post and $20,000 to $100,000 per campaign. However, the platforms which our favourite influencers use to build their empires have recently changed their algorithms. To explain what this all means in the simplest way: social media algorithms are the way that photos, tweets, posts and videos appear on feeds, based not on the time which they were uploaded, but on their engagement and relevancy.

Georgie Cavanagh, head of creator and brand partnerships at TRIBE tells The Independent the typical earning rates for Instagram profiles:

The posts we now see on our social feeds no longer appear in chronological order or as soon as they are uploaded by someone. However, each platform has different rules when it comes to choosing which post appears when and where. An article for later.com explains that since Instagram changed their algorithm, “it’s estimated that only 10% of your audience is actually seeing your posts”.

Instagram explained that this change was so that users would be able to “see the moments (you) care about first.” What sparked this change was a study conducted by Instagram before the reword, it revealed that, on average, users missed about 70% of posts in their feeds. Users were so unimpressed with the adjustments that a petition was started for Instagram to revert back to its old ways, which gained over 27,000 signatures.

Not only have these changes taken place for Instagram, but Youtube also jumped on the trend and now, Youtube videos are ranked higher based on the amount of time people spend watching the video rather than the amount of views people get. This was conducted so that our favourite vloggers are challenged to create more compelling and valuable content, which is better than ever.

According to PRnewsonline.com, “the changes don’t really affect brands andinfluencers as long as time is invested into the content that is posted”. Emma Graceland has over 316 k followers on her public Instagram profile. Her online presence really took off about 3 years ago, when she started to post regular outfit posts and tag brands in these. She now earns £700 per photo post. As regular user of social media, she has noticed the algorithm changes and explains that “they’re really hard to keep up with”.

“My likes seem to come in over a few days rather than hours. Not everyone sees my posts straight away either so I’ve had to make sure I get more comments to make it reach the top of people’s feeds, and also remind them to turn my post notifications on.”

This is something you might hear a lot from those with big followings on Youtube and Instagram. The intro to vloggers videos usually include a “don’t forget to hit that bell button!” and this is purely so that their subscribers are notified when a video is uploaded so that it doesn’t get lost somewhere in the algorithm. The same goes for Instagram, fans are encouraged to turn post notifications on to stay up to date and to maintain success for the influencers.

Emma misses out on her favourite bloggers posts from time to time, “I’ve had to turn on their post notifications so I can catch up with what they’re posting and visit their accounts regularly.” What we could once see by scrolling down our social media feeds, has become a chore and we need to be notified to view this content.

In a recent poll on Instagram, people were asked if the algorithm changes stopped them seeing people’s posts – 81% said that it did.

Many internet famous stars have made content complaining about all of these changes, however, Emma explains that it doesn’t put her off, “It hasn’t put me off just because I love posting, however it has made me more aware of what time I post and whether anyone will see it. It’s hard to keep up with the changes but it’s not too bad.”

Another user who the adjustments have had an effect on are Cassius Hirst, who has 67 k followers on Instagram. He created his profile in 2014 but collaborated with Instagram late last year, which is when his profile really took off. He gained 35k in one day and has been getting noticed ever since. Hirst’s content focusses on finger boarding videos and he has collaborated with Red Bull on a couple of his posts.

Just like Emma, the algorithm has become a challenge for his career too, “There’s definitely less consistency with my posts and some just don’t get viewed nearly as much as others.

Many people have commented saying that they very rarely see my posts anymore. It’s quite a shame but it’s out of my hands.” He also encourages his followers to turn on post notifications, but says that doesn’t really make a difference for his followers.

Unlike Emma, Cassius is really put off by all of the modifications, although the Instagram adjustments would not put him off posting, they do make the process less enjoyable:

“Since the algorithm changes I’m much less motivated to put effort into posts and don’t think about how I can get more views anymore, seeing as it’s not really up to me.”

“Some posts do really well but others don’t reach anyone and it doesn’t really seem to depend on anything else like time of posting, thumbnail, caption.”

In regard to working around this, Hirst says, “Personally, I don’t do anything to make sure people see the posts. I have followers all around the world so there’s no point trying to find the perfect hour and I’m quite against the idea of posting it on my story telling people to check it out, although many people do that. If people care enough then they’ll find it in the end.”

In regard to working around this, Hirst says, “Personally, I don’t do anything to make sure people see the posts. I have followers all around the world so there’s no point trying to find the perfect hour and I’m quite against the idea of posting it on my story telling people to check it out, although many people do that. If people care enough then they’ll find it in the end.”

 

Click on this image to listen to the Tape Write featuring Emma Graceland.

In September 2017, Instagram collected over 800 million users from around the world. It has become an effective platform for brands and influencers to reach their audiences and make money. However, since the changes took place, the platform has become nothing but a problem for many users, putting people off due a drop in their likes and reach. Jake Johnston told his Twitter followers that “this new Instagram algorithm is garbage and it’s just going to hurt small artists like myself, I went from getting 600-1000 likes to getting a hefty 300.”

The app is not reverting back to its old ways, however, Kevin Well, the vice-president of product at Instagram tweeted in March this year, “We’re working every day to improve your Instagram feed—with your feedback top of mind! We want to start talking more about what we’re changing and why. Today is our first step, focused on making the feed fresher, with newer posts closer to the top.”

 

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.

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