NICK CANNON DJ’S AT CIRQUE.
A whirlwind of a week! I always think I’m the best multi-tasker I know, but Nick Cannon gives me a good run for my money! Both of us juggle TV, radio and more. Me mostly TV and print press, him mostly broadcast world and business!
This fortnight he was in town to promote his new dancehall artist Kreesha Turner as well as film his American tv special ‘’Lifestyle’s of the rich and famous’’.
Aside from taking him to the south London pattie shop- on his request, and knocking out lots of press and friends debates, he also had a stint at Cirque nightclub djing.
Capital Xtra’s breakfast show host Kojo took a few friends including his right hand man-DeJay Longers, his radio show co-host Jade Avia, and the rest of us all down to the club to support Nick whilst he spun the best in hip-hop and R&B on the decks.
The circus themed performers were all very fun and welcoming. So welcoming in fact that even my mortal fear of snakes didn’t stop me being encouraged to wear a snake around my neck-though I didn’t dare open my eyes to acknowledge that it was actually there! Eek! The performers also had us stroking their midgets -YES- and averting our eyes when the naked burlesque pole dancers became a little too risqué.
SHINGAI SHONIWA AT MONDRIAN ROOFTOP- RUMPUS ROOM.
(ALL SHINGAI SHONIWA PICS COPYRIGHT Paul Hampartsoumian).
Next, man-about-town- or should I say the world- as he’s now head hunted globally- Pardeep Sall, returned to London town and invited us to see musician Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes), perform her solo album set for her new album ‘’Tropical Metropolis’’, at Mondrian Hotel’s rooftop bar the Rumpus Room. Such a dramatically slick and sexy venue.
The stage is set against the floor to ceiling glass wall, that faces the London skyline and St Paul’s cathedral. Stunning! Shingai came, saw and conquered the VERY trendy crowd that had packed out the venue in her honour.
The songs were catchy, diverse and very classic. Shingai leapt from stage to tables and chairs in her bare feet, falling into the audience’s arms and having a whale of a time, which of course meant that we did too!
MTV BRAND NEW PARTY.
Next, I was invited to join my surrogate old MTV family at DSTRKT Club for their annual MTV BRAND NEW party where they announced which ten music acts are the ones to watch next year. Last years nominee Kwabs performed a very soulful set and this year’s nominee George the poet had everyone mesmerised with his very strong poetry.
At one point in time in the past decade, MTV and the BBC’S brands end of year lists were something to behold, but now I’d argue that most on the list annually are already known by their audiences and have been covered up front by other media brands already. For example VICE Magazines music branch NOISEY tens to be ahead of the game musically and always brings a new, refreshing angle to music stories, and huge national news shows like Channel 4 News make mini features introducing you to acts like Charli XCX and George the Poet way ahead of the BBC/MTV lists being made public.
But on the other hand, theres clearly room for everyone and its still an honour for these acts to be associated with the big brands. I would only suggest that the big brands move ahead of the times, and formulate new ideas to move the conversation forwards with more edge, the way they once did.
VICTORIA’S SECRET TAKES OVER LONDON TOWN WITH BRA’S BLING AND BUTTOCKS GALORE!.
Finally, All eyes were turned onto Earls Court Centre for the final big party before the legendary venue is knocked down. A-Listers and supermodels from all over the world were flying in for the annual Victoria’s Secret show.
Its one of the only times the shows been relocated from the USA and boy was it a big deal. Models took over central London as security teams tried desperately to protect their million dollar brassiere sets. Fake tan booths and hair extensions were aplenty and west London was locked down to host the blingiest bra bonanza in history!
Now I’m getting it together to go check out my boy film director Mo Ali’s new film Montana! #TeamUK!