CRAIG DAVID PERFORMS NEW SINGLE ‘HEARTLINE’ TO STAR-STUDDED CROWD AT THE VODAFONE VAULTS TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF NEW VODAFONE PASSES

Joined by Professor GreenDonna Air, model Daisy Lowe, Tom Daley and husband, Dustin Lance Black at The Vodafone Vaults, Craig David performed his latest hit single ‘Heartline’ to celebrate the launch of new Vodafone Passes –  a new way for consumers to enjoy more of the video, music, social and chat apps they love without using up their monthly data allowance.

Craig David at The Vodafone Vaults

Packed with endless surprises, the intimate party, hosted by comedian Jon Culshaw at London’s Bankside Vaults, saw guests from the worlds of music, sport and fashion, guided through the ever-expanding space and immersed into the world of music, video, chat and social media. Dancing to the beats of Capital FM’s Marvin Humes, were celebrity attendees including Team GB’s Greg Rutherford, fashion designer Henry Holland and more.

 

Henry Holland at The Vodafone Vaults

Vodafone Passes are split into four categories: The Video Pass – including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube; The Music Pass – including Spotify, TIDAL and SoundCloud; The Social Pass – including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest; The Chat Pass – including WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook Messenger.

 

Professor Green at The Vodafone Vaults

Vodafone Passes

Passes are a new way to enjoy more of the video, music, social & chat apps you love without using up your monthly data allowance. Passes zero rate the data costs associated with the apps in the ‘category’ of the Pass chosen – offering endless data on a wide range of apps.

 

Video Pass £7/month

(intro offer, normally £9/month)

Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, DisneyLife, Vevo, My5, YouTube, UKTV Play and TVPlayer, which includes channels like HISTORY, Lifetime, MTV & Comedy Central

 

Music Pass £5/month

Spotify, Deezer, Napster, SoundCloud, TIDAL, Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music

 

Social Pass £5/month

Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter

 

Chat Pass £3/month

Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber

 

Combo Pass £15/month

All the passes in one

FAULT reviews: Vogue’s Fashion Night Out in Manchester

For the first time in its four-year history, Vogue Fashion’s Night Out was held outside of London. The 2013 event, widely referred to by its hashtag #FNO, travelled north to Manchester, bringing with it some of the most influential figures from the world of fashion. British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, designer Matthew Williamson and Kate Phelan, creative director for both Topshop and Vogue, were just some of the members of sartorial royalty in attendance.

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#FNO was born in New York in 2009 and has since been held in Paris, Berlin and Sydney, to name a few. The UK event, however, has always been confined to London, an obvious choice with its glitzy flagship stores and exclusive hangouts. Surprisingly, though, #FNO is not about exclusivity, nor is it merely a vehicle for the fashion elite to rub shoulders with each other while sipping expensive cocktails and telling each other how wonderful they are. Testament to this was a chilly October evening in Manchester, when magazine editors, designers and top stylists mingled with crowds of eager shoppers, happy to stop and talk or pose for photos.

In the Emporio Armani store in Manchester’s trendy Spinningfields, we chatted to British Vogue’s fashion editor Francesca Burns. “I helped curate the window display here, as well as choosing some editor’s picks,” she explains. “I’m really glad we brought this to Manchester; it’s a great city. Fashion shouldn’t be exclusive to London.” We tell her that Twitter is overflowing with Tweets from residents of other UK cities, asking when #FNO will be coming to them. “Yes, I think that’s a great idea,” she says. “I’d love to take this on tour.”

The Maccebbes prepare to DJ at Emporio Armai, Manchester, for Vogue's Fashion Night Out

The Maccebbes prepare to DJ at Emporio Armai, Manchester, for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out

Arielle Free, 4music presenter and DJ, agrees. “I love Manchester!” she says. “I actually think this is better than [the London event]. It’s great to see Manchester getting this kind of exposure and to see so many people shopping. Although I think the free booze probably has something to do with that!” Indeed. In Armani, a pop-up cocktail bar has amassed quite a queue, while waiters from hip restaurant Australasia are weaving through the crowds with trays of fresh sushi. The Maccabees were about to take to the decks, but we caught them for a swift chat before their set. It appears they were slightly immune to the excitement. Guitarist Felix White told us that they’re “just here to play some music for an hour or so.” This throwaway comment should not be mistaken for nonchalance, though – he and his fellow band members happily posed with shoppers wanting ‘selfies’ with the band.

Jameela Jamil DJing at Vogue's Fashion Night Out in Manchester

Jameela Jamil DJing at Vogue’s Fashion Night Out in Manchester

On the way round to Selfridges to catch Jameela Jamil’s DJ set,we came across Rosie Blake, the blogger behind Rosie Glow and social media assistant at Boohoo.com. “I think this is great for the city,” she concedes. “Everything seems to be based in London, which is irritating for someone like me as a blogger, who doesn’t live there. It’s great to see a big event somewhere else.” And what does she think Manchester’s general consensus is? “To be honest I was worried this might bomb, because it’s the first time anything like this has been held here,” she says. “But it’s gone amazingly. So many people are out shopping, and there’s even a crowd doing the Harlem Shake outside Selfridges…I’m not sure why!” Ah, the perils of free alcohol.

sushi (Medium)

(The food was pretty good too…)

The after party at Malmaison was open to all attendees of the event, with not a guest list or door policy in sight. We spotted Matthew Williamson sporting a navy crushed-velvet blazer while throwing some serious shapes in the bar and asked him if he had anything to say about the night’s events. “I’ve had the time of my life,” he gushes, before twirling off into the night with his entourage. Personally, we think he spoke for everyone in attendance. The verdict on Manchester’s first #FNO? A resounding success.

Words and images by Thea de Gallier