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I was a massive festival goer in my younger years, sadly as you grow up and take on more responsibility, less money and become attached often your festival going days tend to dwindle. You also find a sudden distinct dislike of discomfort and certainly don't want to be reminded of your advancing years by being pushed and shoved around by a load of 'youth' during the headliner acts.

Having said all that there are festivals and there are festivals and it would make me way to sad to not go to any at all. So the Isle of Wight is my chosen keeper. It's a festival that's not going to leave you with cold feet and an achy back or feeling like you're a parent before you even have your own kids worrying about the state of youngsters around you. You also don't need to feel as though you need a holiday afterwards because you can combine it with a bit of sightseeing turning this into a festi-mini-break which is far more adult and civilised.

The Isle of Wight Festival really welcomes all ages, no one is going to get 'I feel old' pangs here, you can even introduce the next generation of festival goers as it's massively kid friendly. It always has a great line up, extra entertainment, a variety of bars, luxury camping options and you get to go there on a ferry for God's sake!

It's hard to top. The perfect festi-mini break (I think I'll coin that phrase), plus - and it's a bit plus - it always seems to land on the great weather.

If you go this year, please combine it with a little Isle of Wight sightseeing and definitely book yourself into The Hut for a seafood platter. I have been missing that place all year and can't wait to go back.

This year is the festival's Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary and acts I'll be jostling to the front for include Hurts, The Wombats, Depeche Mode, The Killers and Kasabian.

Thursday 21st June - stick it in your diary and start planning your weekend, tickets can be found here.


Becky Hill has been a busy pop star of late, impressing crowds at her sold out headline show at London's Scala and championing the airwaves with her new single 'Rude Love'.

The video follows Becky as she belts out the lyrics "you don't show me no love anymore" through an abandoned building, relying on dark colours and smart lighting for a stand-out sultry video.

Produced by MNEK and Dmitri Tikovoi, the track is heavily championed by BBC Radio 1Xtra, Annie Mac, MistaJam and more. There's certainly no stopping this firehouse singer and with  several live performances later this year - we can't wait to see what she'll do next!

Watch the video for 'Rude Love' below:

Words: Corrie Parris

secret-garden-party-picIt's always a big one - we've had space, we've had under the sea and now we're going current age with VIPs.

Secret Garden Party organisers plan on holding the biggest VIP –LOL-Off ever, (we all VIPs) as theme for 15th edition 2017 is announced……SWEET DREAMS.  Are made of these? And who are we to disagree…

Fame, celebrity, a media that obsesses over both and huge business that sells us access to, and relics of, them: the one thing that’s clear is we have ourselves a new religion…  of sorts. But this is a doctrine that offers us a troubling vision of Heaven on Earth; a room, full of our idols, guarded behind doors, with a strict entry criteria…

So, in this Strictly X Factor Love Island I’m a Kardashian #get-me-out-of-here social, instant, online world; what should we do?  How much do we embrace this idea of the universal right to fame and, if we do, should we all start immediately baking, blogging, dancing, cooking, singing and redecorating our little hearts out, to get 'there’?  You know that place down the red carpet and behind the velvet rope…

Well this summer the Secret Garden Party invites you to join it ‘there’ and finally find out if it’s anywhere we want to be.

In the tradition of the bacchanals, we will satiate this worldly distraction to the point we can break free from it - to finally gain a true perspective.  And in doing so, set a new, true precedent. So we’re donning our finest threads and polishing up like never before for the biggest VIP LOL-off you’ve ever seen. Where everyone likes / follows / adores you, the bouncers all know your name and the Sweet Dreams are made by You…

Also - calling all London artistic types - Art Applications are now open:

SGP is calling out for next year’s creative wonders. Since launching the Grants Programme in the Garden, there’s been an explosion of creative work adorning the site with imaginative installations year on year.  Now SGP is on the hunt for the new and spectacular, theme-inspired pieces for 2017. Artists, Designers & the wildly creative, be a part of this credible arts collective. With commissions, grants and development funds available contact: art@secretgardenparty.com

Thinking_Drinkers_7482[1][2]Get yourself to The 1800 Brunch Saloon for 2pm, at the Sunday Papers Live stage at Citadel Festival this Sunday in Victoria Park.

If you need a nudge, here you can discover why you should be drinking tequila at brunchtime!

The brunch revolution is here to stay but the Bloody Mary is a bit passé. 1800 Tequila is bringing the versatile Bloody Maria to brunchtimes – a modern and adventurous rendition of the Bloody Mary, using tequila instead of vodka. Come sample one for yourself and enjoy a lively, informative, thought-provoking conversation hosted by The Thinking Drinkers, award-winning drink writers and comedians.The 1800 Bloody Maria and Bottle 0774 copy The Thinking Drinkers are Ben McFarland, triple-crowned winner of ‘British Beer Writer of the Year’, and Tom Sandham, the former editor of leading cocktail and spirits magazine CLASS. Their latest show, ‘Around the world in 80 Drinks’ will be touring the UK over the summer.

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This summer La Maison Maille, the gourmet French mustard brand, is launching Fête de la Gastronomie. A two-week celebration of food, the festival will celebrate London’s finest flavour creators with a French twist, running from 18th – 31st July.

Maille has teamed up with eight unique tastemakers to create a bespoke collection of delectable dishes available during La Fête. Food lovers are invited to visit each of the specially chosen ‘Flavour Creators’ to discover each new delectable creation - bursting with the greatest flavours the capital has to offer.

The Maille Flavour Creators include the classic Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Bruno Loubet’s veg-centric Grain Store, Michelin starred choux pastry specialist Maître Choux, Bibendum at the original iconic Michelin Building, North London neighbourhood hotspot Finks Salt and Sweet, meat connoisseurs Cobble Lane Cured, urban cheese makers Wildes Cheese and master fishmongers Moxon’s.

To celebrate Fête de la Gastronomie, Maille will host an alfresco dining experience - La Rive Gauche. For one night only, London’s Southbank will be transformed into Paris’s iconic Left Bank – creating the perfect setting to enjoy a culinary adventure from all eight Flavour Creators.

150 guests will enjoy an indulgent tasting menu that brings together all the flavours created and celebrated during Fête de la Gastronomie. Against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Pauls and the Thames, the long-table banquet will embody the essence of Parisian gastronomy paired with the vibrant London food scene.

The dishes served throughout the duration of La Fête and during the long-table banquet will be:

  • Galvin Bistrot de Luxe: BBQ & southern fried rabbit, rosemary & honey mustard mayonnaise and watercress
  • Grain Store: Ricotta and wholegrain mustard, stuffed courgette flower, potato and parsley velouté
  • Bibendum: Sauté scallops with samphire, pancetta and grain mustard beurre blanc
  • Fink’s Salt and Sweet: Seared tuna tataki with a ponzu dressing and a mustard crisp hat
  • Cobble Lane Cured: Nduja and wholegrain mustard scotch egg
  • Moxon’s: Beech smoked haddock croquette with Dijon mustard, served with spring onion mayonnaise
  • Wildes Cheese: Trio of mustard washed cheeses
  • Maître Choux: Duo of éclairs: Strawberries, basil & mascarpone and caramel

Guests will be treated to drinks from Maille’s official drinks partner, Vranken Pommery UK, who will be providing their flagship Champagne Pommery and still Provence rosé wine from Château La Gordonne.

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To continue celebrations throughout the year, food aficionados can visit La Maison Maille’s Piccadilly Boutique for a series of one-off culinary events. As London’s embassy of French flavor, the boutique will host exclusive sessions from a variety of inspiring food experts, plus the opportunity to preview brand new Maille flavours.

Fête de la Gastronomie was established in France to promote the survival of Paris’ gastro-heritage. In celebration of this respected cuisine, and as a purveyor of food and flavour, La Maison Maille is reimagining the event to London, a fellow culinary capital.

For more information on Fête de la Gastronomie, including recipes from the Flavour Creators, please visit: www.maille.com.

Share your own foodie fetes at #MailleFete to win.