30 June 2016 City in the spotlight
The youngsters from Reigate in leafy Surrey burst onto the scene in 2012, with the track Latch featuring Sam Smith. It reached number 11 in the UK singles charts and bounced off the walls and ceilings of clubs up and down the UK. The sounds of the two brothers, Howard and Guy, made it into clubs before they were even legally allowed to. Their biggest hit to date has to have been White Noise featuring AlunaGeorge:
You can catch them this summer at T in the Park. An overnight stay in easyHotel Glasgow City the night before to feel well rested on arrival.
Daniel Pearce aka Eats Everything hails from Bristol. And he has come a long way in a fairly short amount of time. He rocked up on the scene with the track Entrance Song and hasn’t looked back since.
He was voted Best DJ in the DJ Mag Best of British 2015 awards. Not to mention the exalted company he keeps, he is part of the J.E.S.u.S. super group that consists of Seth Troxler, Jackmaster and Skream. If you’re wondering what the u stands for, it’s und. That’s and in German.
Catch him in Amsterdam at the Straf_werk Festival 2016. Whilst there make easyHotel Amsterdam City Centre South your base for clean, simple and affordable comfort.
British born Ben UFO is one of the few who has made their name through solely being a DJ. UFO does not produce his own tracks and stands tall as a mixer and selector, certainly not the norm these days.
It is this position as selector extraordinaire that makes his Thursday night Rinse FM sets essential listening for music heads trying to get a first taste of the new sounds on the scene. Let’s not forget he was the man that brought acts such as Blawan and Joy Orbison (industry leaders in their own right these days) to the forefront.
Genre: UK Garage
Pronounced Ee-Zed, he’s been at it for decades. Starting off hosting pirate radio shows he gained mainstream fame during his time at Kiss FM. Hosting the Friday night show, he likely sound-tracked your elder brother’s pre-drinks. Forget copying a sound, this man made the sound. These days he is happy to tour the festival circuit, tearing it up with his legendary ability to whip a crowd into a frenzy.
He was applauded in the last year for taking on a mammoth 24 hour set in aid of Cancer Research UK. He raised just under £60k in the process and earned the respect of thousands of already devoted fans. Catch a taste of the action here.
We knew Birmingham was on the cusp of big change when we finally arrived at its new train station. Yes, when Grand Central opened in 2015 and transformed an embarrassing old New Street station into somewhere visitors wouldn't mind spending more than ten minutes in, we knew things were getting better for the UK’s second city. I also wanted to take the family to the Balti capital of the UK… but more of that later.
Manchester has a rep within the UK for being an incredibly cool, and dare I say it, ‘hip’ city. With a buzzing night life, a huge number of amazing restaurants and bars, and a thriving arts scene, Manchester is the ideal place to spend a weekend away.
May 2017 | City in the spotlight
While Glasgow’s festivals often get overshadowed by the hype around the massive and iconic Edinburgh Fringe Festival, there are absolutely loads of incredible festivals held throughout the city across the summer months. From the huge community Went End Festival covering theatre, dance, art and everything in between, to the techno extravaganza that is Riverside Festival, there is an event guaranteed to tempt all away from the beaten Edinburgh track…