THE SUMMER SEASON KICKS INTO GEAR WITH THE IBIZA BURLESQUE FESTIVAL 32

As summer approaches and the festival season slowly gets into full-swing, one of the hottest upcoming events is the second annual Ibiza Burlesque festival, which takes place Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May.

Founded by singer-songwriter Sapphira, who has found the music of the white isle a lifeline during her struggles with bipolar, this years’ event, organised by the globally established company Sapphira’s Showgirls which champions self-expression and fundraises in support of mental health, includes a tribute of her debut single Money$hot as well as a special guest appearance by Billboard Top 20 and Grammy Award winning artist, Kim Cameron with DJ Halo.

Other highlights of the festival include performances from several world class artists, hailing from seven different countries, with Innocence Bliss and Jamilia Wardknott, both from the UK, and Italy’s Scarlet Lovelace among those confirmed to entertain those in attendance. There’s also a swimwear parade, a couple of pool parties and, if you fancy learning a little bit of burlesque yourself, you can take a beginner class in Sex A Peel with Sheila Starr Siani or Fantastic Fans with Sapphira.

The festival works in partnership with premium venues on the island, with the premier event – the Bass & Tease gala – taking place at the distinguished Heart Ibiza, a state-of-the-art restaurant come nightclub. From the first day to the last, the festival is set to delight and excite all those who attend.

For a full programme of events and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.

 

 

 

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SUPERSTAR DJ AVICII FOUND DEAD AGED 28 39

The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman.

Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old DJ, born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman.

“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time,” the statement said.

Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tour. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. His biggest hit was “Levels.”

His death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP “Avicii (01).”

His hits include “Wake Me Up!” ”The Days” and “You Make Me.” He is the subject of the 2017 Levan Tsikurishvil documentary “Avicii: True Stories.”

Avicii had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in attempt to recover. He quit touring in 2016 but continued making music in the studio.

“It’s been a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into 100 percent,” Avicii told Billboard magazine in 2016.

“When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price – a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me – but it was the best journey of my life.”

REVIEW: JOSH WHEATLEY – ‘I KNOW YOU’ EP 47

Having first caught the attention of Radio 2, and in particular, Janice Long, Josh Wheatley has only seen the interest in his talents rise over recent months. Inspired by the likes of David Gray, in his own words, he has a “self-diagnosed addiction to writing” and now, he’s shared just a sample of what he’s been working on with the world via his ‘I Know You’ EP.

There’s a rather psychedelic, disco-dance sound to opening number “Calling” and although the instrumentation often overshadows Wheatley’s voice, it makes for a considerably strong start. With a toe-tapping, hip-swaying melody that will be stuck in your head after just one listen, and a smooth almost angelic vocal, “I Know You” was a great choice for a single release, and is easily a contender for the strongest track on the collection.

“Worry” maintains the uptempo rhythm the EP’s running with and I dare you to try and not tap your fingers along to it if you’re working at a desk, sat at a table or even driving in your car. “Notice” is a tad slower – and I do mean just a tad – and is the most lyrically simplistic of the tracks featured. With that said, it does showcase Wheatley’s vocal well and like its predecessors, it’s sure to have hands clapping and toes tapping.

Closing number “Savior” has a rather Paolo Nutini-eqsue vocal to it (imagine it performed with a distinctive Scottish accent and you’ll know what I mean) and although it’s far from bad, it could be considered as the weakest of the EP’s five tracks, purely because it’s lacking the power and exciting ‘flair’ of the others. Nevertheless, it ends the album on a good, rather solid note.

With a lot of new talent popping up all over the country, Wheatley’s EP helps cement the young singer-songwriter as one of the top, hot picks for 2018. Whether he can maintain his position there however, only time will tell.

Josh Wheatley’s ‘I Know You’ EP is available now.