• DICE music app


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    Our latest discovery – DICE is a new music app helping music fans to snap up gig tickets
    and since downloading it, we’ve been wondering how we lived without it for so long. The
    idea behind the app is to cut out the middle man when it comes to attending shows –
    there are no booking fees, and no need to print out tickets. Perfect.

    With the landscape of the music industry becoming ever more digital, Dice couldn’t have
    come along at a better time. Launched as a collaborative venture between industry
    veteran Phil Hutcheon and digital studio ‘Ustwo’, the app has already made it into the Best
    New Apps on the Apple Store.

    The founders aim to combat profiteering villains by allowing fans to join waiting lists for
    sold-out shows, and buy tickets at face-value before they make it into the hands of touts.
    The team behind Dice work to provide a handpicked selection of the best gigs in London –
    creating a specially curated platform of must-see concerts. It’s straightforward to use and
    simply designed, and perfect for discovering new artists in a live setting. If you’re a music-
    lover in London, the Dice app might just be your new best friend.


    Russ Tannen



    Hi russ, what do you do at DICE?

    Hey, I’m Head of Music at DICE, which means I’m responsible for making sure we have
    the very best gigs happening in your city, and de-facto responsible for making sure there is
    something decent playing on our office Sonos, which is a full time job in itself.

    How do you see the music/ticket market changing in the next few years?

    We’re going to be entering a new age of transparency and fairness for fans. We’re seeing
    that already with the recent consumer rights bill that is being thrashed out in parliament.
    We’re hugely encouraged by the market in places like France, where secondary ticketing is
    completely illegal to protect fans from overpaying for tickets, and promoters are working
    on reducing booking fees. You’ll also be buying tickets from your iWATCH and paying via
    Snapcash.

    Any artists you’ve managed to see yourself through DICE?

    Many. The first show on DICE was the awesome Adult Jazz at Electrowerkz, check out
    their debut album ‘Gist Is’ which came out last year. The residency series that happen at
    XOYO every Saturday night is always good, next up is Benji B with guests including
    Skepta, Hudson Mohawke and Four Tet which will be fun. I’m also going to head up to
    Manchester to catch Lapsley in April.

    What bands / gigs can we expect from DICE in 2015?

    We’ve just launched in Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow, with an amazing series of events
    from Red Bull Music Academy, we’ll be building on the number of events in those cities,
    so if you live there expect to find much more of your favourite artists in the coming weeks
    and months. We’re adding new events every day, but also importantly we hand pick the
    very best gigs and club nights – so you don’t have to wade through hundreds to
    findanartist you love.

    Will DICE ever stretch into the festival market? 

    We already have! You can buy tickets for Field Day, Farr, Eastern Electrics, Dot to Dot,
    Visions, the British Summer Time events at Hyde Park which includes Taylor Swift, Blur,
    The Who and The Strokes and there is many more coming. All available with No Booking
    Fees which is a huge saving.

    What can we expect from the DICE podcasts?

    The fantastic Jen Long who works here as our Music Editor has just started on a series of
    podcasts, we’ve not limited ourselves to a set of rules or a theme, but expect an in depth
    look into something special that is happening right now. The first is an absolute must listen
    where Jenheaded to LA to meet the founders of the soon-to-be-legendary Burger
    Records. 

    Dice.fm

  • London Terrariums



    We’re welcoming spring at YMC with the return of London Terrariums to our Hanbury St
    and Poland St stores. These self-sufficient ecosystems have been a firm favourite of ours
    since their first in-store stint last year, and this time the London-based company have
    added some beautiful desert terrariums and cactii at our Soho branch, too. We’re keeping
    all the terrariums in our stores for ourselves this time, but you can pick up your own by
    emailing them via their website Londonterrariums.com


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  • Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House


    Beginning next month at Somerset House is the prestigious World Photography Awards
    Exhibition; the largest photography competition of its kind, as well as one of the most
    anticipated. The awards are free to enter, and the organisers accept entries from
    professionals and amateurs alike – there’s even a section for images captured on a mobile
    phone, ensuring visitors can expect some exciting and diverse work. With categories
    spanning photojournalism, fine art and commercial works, the exhibition promises to be a
    definitive showcase of contemporary photography in all its forms. The competition has had
    over 173,000 entries this year, so we’re looking forward to getting down to Somerset
    House to see the hand-picked winners and shortlisted works. The show opens on April
    24th, and runs until the 10th May.


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    “Boy in the Tundra”, 2nd place. Photo by Simon Morris/Sony World Photography Awards/WENN.com


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    “Goreme”. Photo by Carloman Cespedes/Sony World Photography Awards/WENN.com


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    Untitled. Photo by Lise Simoneau/Sony World Photography Awards/WENN.com


  • Hanbury St in wEar magazine


    Our Hanbury St store has just been featured in this months English addition of WeAr
    Magazine. A monthly publication focusing on art and fashion primarily available in the
    worlds top concept stores.


    www.wear-magazine.com


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    Photography by Al Harley  – www.alharley.com


  • Staying Power at the V&A


    Over the last decade the V&A have been working closely with the Black Cultural Archives
    based in Brixton, to showcase the work of not only black photographers but particularly
    those that document the culture and lives of black people in Britain. To celebrate this
    growing collection is Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience
    1950’s-1990’s
    , a project intended to gather the works of black British photographers to
    the V&A archives, as well as photographs of black Britain itself. The collection will highlight
    the social and cultural contributions that black Britons have brought about through
    photography.

    To compliment this collection, the Black Cultural Archives have curated a series of oral
    histories from a range of subjects including the photographers themselves, their relatives
    and their subjects.

    The Exhibition will be showing till 24th of May at the V&A and till 30th June at the Black
    Cultural Archives.


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