FAULT Magazine attends James Bay X TOPMAN Launch Party

The fashion and music industries have always shared a close bond with artists such as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Tinie Tempah making genuine waves and turning heads within the fashion world. Today we’ve been blessed with a new collaborative capsule collection from Brit Award-winning artist James Bay and Topman.

 

Last night we attended the official launch party at London’s Ace Hotel to get a closer look at the 13-piece line and to see the man behind the collection.

The collection is personal and the pieces are all items which we can imagine James Bay would wear himself as opposed to the old ‘Slap a famous name on a predesigned collection’ which we’ve seen so much of from other brands in the past. As with many things, the true beauty of this collection is in the details; the effort put into the meticulous embroidery, addition of personal lyrics, intrinsic patterns truly show and elevate the collection above the norm.

FAULT Magazine alumni were out in full force last night with Ella Eyre, Vanessa White and Becca Dudley all showing up to give their support.  Sipping Patrón Tequila, including Patrónics, Patron Margaritas on the rooftop bar the space was completely decked out like we were on the set of the lookbook shoot – guitars and all!

A wonderful evening of fashion, friends and music – we’re looking forward to seeing what other exciting strides Topman can continue to make!

Q Magazine reveal nominees for the Q Awards 2016

 

Last night FAULT attended the Q Magazine nominations party to find out just who had been nominated for the upcoming Q Magazine Awards 2016. While 2016 hasn’t been the best of all years, there has been a plethora of great music and we wanted to find out just who was in for a shot at the prestigious award this November.

We can now reveal that the nominees below.

Q Best Breakthrough Act presented by Red Stripe

Blossoms

Let’s Eat Grandma

Jack Garratt

The Amazons

Nothing But Thieves

Spring King

Lady Leshurr

Christine And The Queens

Rat Boy

Gallant

Q Best Track

Catfish And The Bottlemen – Twice

Biffy Clyro – Howl

Skepta – Man

Bastille – Good Grief

The 1975 – Somebody Else

Q Best Video presented by Boxplus

Coldplay – Up & Up

The 1975 – A Change Of Heart

Beyoncé – Formation

Wolf Alice – Lisbon

PJ Harvey – The Community Of Hope

Q Best Album presented by Absolute Radio

Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams

Bastille – Wild World

The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

Christine And The Queens – Chaleur Humaine

David Bowie – ?

Q Best Live Act presented by StubHub

Savages

Muse

Coldplay

Wolf Alice

U2

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Help Musicians UK

Skepta

PJ Harvey

Michael Kiwanuka

Noel Gallagher

James Bay

Q Best Act In The World Today presented by The Cavern Club

Coldplay

Muse

U2

The 1975

Biffy Clyro

 

While some acts above come as no surprise, namely The 1975 who stormed to number one with their album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It’ back in February and FAULT Favourite, Biffy Clyro, who’s 7th album Ellipsis proved to be their most experimental with inclusion  of trap beats, children’s choir recordings and even exploring country themed music.

While no less talented, grime musicians Skepta and Lady Leshurr being nominated did take us back but in a great way. We were pleasantly surprised to see Grime nominated for such prestigious awards and we hope to see more judging panels taking the genre into consideration. Both have had amazing years, Sketpa’s track for which he is nominated ‘Man’, while a catchy and quote worthy tune, also took us on a journey into his artistry as he raps about his need to control his privacy and explains just why when it comes to social media, “man” truly doesn’t “care about all that”. 2016 also saw Lady Leshurr take her seat at the throne of female grime music with the release of Queen Speech 5 and Panda Remix proving Leshurr’s consistency to slay without being too bound to stereotypes of what a grime artist should be.

In short, we’re excited! If you’re as excited at us then you’re in luck because this year tickets are open to the public! To pick up yours, head over to Stubhub HERE  and for more info, head to the Q Awards website HERE

FAULT Magazine Attends Way Out West Festival

 Way Out West, Gothenburg. Nestled deep in the beautiful park of Slotskogen in Gothenburg, this year Sweden’s Way Out West promised us the likes of Jamie XX, Skepta, Morrissey and PJ Harvey.

We arrived on Thursday to the distinctive sound of French electronica band M83 who performed a healthy mix of old favourites amongst a great selection of new tracks from their recently released album, ‘Junk’. The set spanned from the upbeat and catchy ‘Do it, Try it’, to the hauntingly beautiful ‘Outro’; a perfect start to our three day festival weekend.

Priding itself as a completely meat free festival, it seemed fitting that Morrissey should headline the first day. “No meat for sale” he exclaimed, pleased with the festival’s ethical policies and then thanked us for being so “open minded” after performing ‘Meat is Murder’, through which disturbing footage of animals being tortured in slaughter houses was shown. Other sing-alongs included ‘First of the Gang to Die’, ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’, and ‘I’m throwing my arms around Paris’. One thing for sure, he’s still got it. His voice was impeccable and it seemed the whole festival, young and old, was captivated by his presence.

The morning of day two treated us to ‘Danny Says’ in the film tent, which documents the life and times of music manager and influencer, Danny Fields. Music from artists such as James Bay, Julia Holter and the legendary Grace Jones then filled our afternoon before we eagerly headed towards the Azalea stage for The Libertines; who, despite the messy set, were extremely well received by the Swedes. PJ Harvey then took to the Flamingo stage with a mesmerizing performance filled with power and passion.

Due to the diversity of the lineup, Way Out West is great for discovering new artists. We went eyes shut to our third and final day, trying our luck at stumbling across musicians we hadn’t heard of. Swedish singer songwriter Amanda Bergman was a pleasant surprise and British born instrumentalist Mura Masa got the muddy crowd moving at the Dungeon stage in the afternoon. Jamie XX was an eagerly anticipated act and he did not disappoint as the entire festival flocked to the Azalea stage for his solo performance. Despite the great music and positive vibes we couldn’t help but feel his set would have been better suited to a later evening slot.

The best was saved to last with a thoughtful and energetic performance from Massive Attack featuring Scottish hip hop group Young Fathers, who elevated the experience with their enthusiasm and rhythmic sound. As the light faded and they played into the night, the impressive light show added to the spectacle and the political messages that flashed up on screen encouraged roars of unity from the dancing crowd.

An all-around feel-good festival, Way Out West is a unique experience unlike any British weekender you’ll encounter. The park is kept impressively clean and tidy throughout the event; the food is thoughtful and healthy, focusing mainly on vegan options. This isn’t always what you fancy when feeling the cold and ankle deep in mud, however embrace the Way Out West spirit and you’ll discover numerous delicious dishes including generous sized pizzas, halloumi burgers and many falafel options. Way Out West is great for those looking for a chilled weekend away to enjoy music. Here you will find a diverse range of acts, friendly people and beautiful landscapes ready to be explored.

 

Words: LXN