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Red Stripe’s Make Session 003 at Boiler Room to celebrate this year’s Notting Hill Carnival was unreal. Reminisce with King Tubby’s…

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This weekend saw Red Stripe’s exhibition of the ‘makers’ of Notting Hill go live in one of the busiest routes of the Carnival – Portobello Road. Red Stripe collaborated with the legendary photographer Pennie Smith to capture eight unsung heroes preparing for the big weekend which were pasted up, poster style, on the wooden chip boards protecting Goldsmith’s Vintage.

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Coming to the Notting Hill Carnival this Bank Holiday? We’ve got a treat lined up. Red Stripe have collaborated with the legendary photographer Pennie Smith to capture the ‘makers’ of Notting Hill preparing for the big weekend. You can get down to see the exhibition of Pennie’s work at Carnival itself, showcased on the wooden chipboards covering the corner of Portobello Road and Lancaster Road, and also visit the different ‘makers’ in situ. Adrian Luckie, manager of Mama’s Jerk Chicken, will be cooking up a storm on Portobello Road; Bert Clement, TFL’s station supervisor at Westbourne Park, will be opening its doors to the general public; Lionel McCalman, steel band leader, will be drumming out some tunes under the Westway; Rosaria Gracia, dancer and choreographer, will be sambaing her way down Ladbroke Grove; and the infamous Norman Jay MBE will pumping out tunes from his Good Times soundsystem at the far end of Portobello. See the Red Stripe map for details.

Coming to the Notting Hill Carnival this Bank Holiday? We’ve got a treat lined up. Red Stripe have collaborated with the legendary photographer Pennie Smith to capture the ‘makers’ of Notting Hill preparing for the big weekend.

You can get down to see the exhibition of Pennie’s work at Carnival itself, showcased on the wooden chipboards covering the corner of Portobello Road and Lancaster Road, and also visit the different ‘makers’ in situ.

Adrian Luckie, manager of Mama’s Jerk Chicken, will be cooking up a storm on Portobello Road; Bert Clement, TFL’s station supervisor at Westbourne Park, will be opening its doors to the general public; Lionel McCalman, steel band leader, will be drumming out some tunes under the Westway; Rosaria Gracia, dancer and choreographer, will be sambaing her way down Ladbroke Grove; and the infamous Norman Jay MBE will pumping out tunes from his Good Times soundsystem at the far end of Portobello. See the Red Stripe map for details.

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The Makers of Notting Hill Carnival: more behind the scenes

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The Makers of Notting Hill Carnival: Pennie Smith and Adrian

The Makers of Notting Hill Carnival: Pennie Smith and Adrian

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The Makers of Notting Hill Carnival: Pennie Smith and Rosaria

The Makers of Notting Hill Carnival: Pennie Smith and Rosaria

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The Makers of Notting Hill Carnival: Pennie Smith and Norman Jay

The Makers of Notting Hill Carnival: Pennie Smith and Norman Jay

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Red Stripe at The Great Escape

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The Great Escape 2012: Review

After weeks, but what really felt like months of miserable rain, gloom forsaken winds and an overall cull in most people’s social plans, it was a refreshing and more than welcome surprise travelling on the train with sunglasses at the ready. As the train was fast approaching and pulling into Brighton station, the rays of sun stood parallel and ready to be of service.

First act. First venue. Hailing from Newcastle, Lulu James bought forth her unapologetic brand of 21st century soul at The Haunt. In the midst of alternative, quirky female singers coming from every direction, Lulu James did her best to step forward as one that you should definitely take notice of. Tracks like ‘Halfway To Hell’ definitely set the afternoon off well. Haunting, tribal drums and James’ rough Morcheeba edged tone, it was a stark contrast to the striped back mellow set I saw next by Our Featured Embers…

Missing out on hotly tipped Mercury signing Karima Francis, due to a ‘beverage’ break, I headed over to The Alternative Escape to fill some time. At an intimate pub just before the coast line, Fishbowl, two guys, their guitars and a bar full of chatty punters and I got to hear a homely slice of comfy folk. Melodic ambient waves of strumming guitars and soft spoken songs  casually filled the space. Although on CD, Our Featured Embers would probably be the perfect soundtrack to a chill out Sunday soundtrack but unfortunately, at times it didn’t seem to win over the sun happy talkative crowd. Nevertheless a great band to check out.

In need of something a bit more energetic, I made the right decision to check out the CC Smugglers. An eclectic jukebox of sounds where offered in the darkened basement of the Latest Music Bar from gypsy folk, to razz tazz blues. We were juking, twisting and clapping along like we were in a barn dance in Southern Alabama, rather than a basement in back street Brighton. Oh the joys of music!

Back to the serious stuff and back on track with the Escape evening plans. Gearing up for a great night of music, the artists definitely delivered. Playing with the sun set were pop/dance husband and wife duo New Look, we danced away at Digital, without care and only the joyful synths as our energy. Later we caught every A&R’s current favourite tip for the top, Haim. 3 sisters from LA who deliver great cross genre. Hints of Destiny child harmonies echoed throughout Audio and feet were stomping in sync to the addictive bassline during ‘Forever’. Definitely one to watch in my books.

On a musical high and with a Red Stripe in hand, we breezily took our time to the pier side, only to realise Willis Earl Beal had unfortunately cancelled his show at Life last minute. Upset, we mustered up enough strength to walk back to Komedia, just with enough time to catch Alabama Shakes. The whole venue was electrified, as lead singer Brittany Howard commanded the stage, with her powerful voice, demanding everyone within immediate distance to pay attention. Brilliant end to full day of music in Brighton.

By Tosin Adeniji

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Red Stripe at The Great Escape 2012

Red Stripe at The Great Escape 2012

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Make Art On The Street: Stop Motion Animation

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Make Art On The Street: Stop Motion Animation

Spaceboy’s incredible stop-motion animation has just dropped. As part of Make Art on the Street the supremely talented Scot transformed a set of waterside shutters in Edinburgh into an extraordinary evolving artwork that now forms the basis to the piece. Using spray paints and pasted-up drawings, Spaceboy and his group of Edinburgh College of Art Graphics students took inspiration from the Jamaican studio culture of the 1970s and paid homage to some of the great Jamaican reggae artists. The work features many images of old school tape decks and references to Lee Scratch Perry’s Black Ark Studios. Immense. See it here and above.

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The Great Escape

One of our favourite festivals, The Great Escape, is taking over Brighton from 10th – 12th May. TGE is one of the best places to discover new music, and we want to discover some new writing talent. We’re giving away a pair of tickets, and need someone who loves festivals and music to come down and write a review for us. If you’re interested, email redstripe@taylorherring.com with your name, D.O.B and contact info and tell us why we should give them to you. Good luck… 

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Make Art On The Street: Manchester

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Make Art On The Street: Making of the vans

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