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02 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Top 5 Music Festivals Abroad

With the ‘king’ of festivals, Glastonbury, behind us, the season for summer music festivals has officially begun. Between Reading, T in the Park and Bestival you’re not short of a festival to attend in the UK. However, with the British summer being far from reliable we can understand that it’s not everyone’s desire to spend 3 days in a rainy field. That’s why we’ve picked our top 5 festivals abroad, so you can combine that holiday sunshine with your standard festival revelry.

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Sziget – 10th -17th August

One of the most well-known European music festivals, Sziget in Budapest lasts for a staggering 7 days. The line-up includes huge acts such as Avicii, Robbie Williams and Kings of Leon. However it’s not just mainstream music – therer’s theatre, circus shows and smaller bands playing a range of different music genres.

 

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Festival Internacional de Benicàssim – 16th -19th July

Set in 20 minutes away from the quiet town of Benicàssim in Spain, this is the perfect festival if you’re a beach lover. Its main focus is pop, rock and electronic music, with the bands playing late into the morning. Highlights of this year’s line-up are Blur, The Prodigy and Mark Ronson.

 

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Montreux Jazz Festival – 3rd-18th July

The Montreux Jazz Festival, set on the Lake Geneva shoreline in Montreux, is the second largest jazz festival in the world. Although the main focus is jazz, the festival also showcases all kinds of acts, from blues to soul, pop and rock. This year’s headliners include Tony Benett, Lady Gaga and Lionel Richie.

 

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Way Out West – 13th -15th August

Way out West is a three-day music festival in beautiful Gothenburg, Sweden and this year will be hosting artists such as Beck, Alt J and The Pet Shop Boys. The festival has a strong focus on being environmentally friendly and only serves vegetarian food as a result. As well as music you can also visit various cultural events such as art exhibitions and movie screenings.

 

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Baleapop, 5th -9th August

Taking place by the serene French seaside of the Basque country, this low-key festival focusses mostly on electronic music and brings in DJs from all over the world as well as local artists. The music festival is in its 6th year now, and is definitely one to attend if you prefer a more intimate atmosphere and a lot of sunshine!

Let us know what music festivals you’re attending this year, national or international!

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24 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

This Week’s Mio Mood Board – Almond

This week’s Mio Mood Board is for the kids! We think that our Evoke D2 Mio in Almond would work just as well in the kid’s room as it would in yours.

 

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Radio: Pure

Bed: Tesco 

Chest of drawers: Dwell

Dinosaur rug: Marks & Spencer

Bookcase: Homebase

 

Don’t miss out on our Mio promotion this Spring, where you can claim a free interchangeable coloured trim and ChargePAK on your purchase of an Evoke D2 Mio or Evoke D4 Mio, worth up to £59.

www.pure.com/miocolour

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22 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The Thirst – A new music review by Pure Insider

The first authentic band in a long time with a real thirst for their own sound

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It’s not often that I get really drawn in by music playing in the background at one the busiest areas of London, Piccadilly Circus; usually it just passes me buy as I navigate through the people traffic. On this occasion however, I found myself stopping and losing time watching this energetic and captivating band play to an audience of passers-by. Pulled in by the music, I became part of the crowd, hypnotically head bobbing and foot tapping to the raw energy of these buskers. The scene looked more like a flash concert than city busking.

The magic of live music is that it involves everyone, the entire audience experiencing and sharing the music as the sounds wash over them in open air. And we were all a part of it then. For that brief period of time, everyone who had stopped to watch these buskers had completely forgotten what they had been doing or were going to do – all that mattered were the sounds coming from the instruments in front of them.

Ahead of the crowd were four musicians, who looked like they could easily have been the offspring of Lennie Kravitz- inheriting not only the looks but swag and raw talent (yes we occasionally use the word swag, why not!). The drummer fuelled energy into the performance, while the singer sprung off the beats and sang effortlessly captivating his audience. Cool, but not whiny, indie and rock but refusing to sit easily in either genre. This band’s sound was authentic, passionate, and left me questioning why I hadn’t heard of them before?! This was real unadulterated fresh talent, and clearly a lot of people agreed. In the few moments I had joined the crowd to listen, the mass of people had at least doubled, the throng of people catching passers-by like a spinning cog with fish hooks. The band drew in people like a magnet, drowning out the background noise of this tourist hot spot.

Starting with what I later learned is their upcoming first single, “Could this be real”, they showed off their latest new material. Later on I downloaded their debut album, “On the Brink”, and found myself driving the longer route home just so I could finish the album. The Thirst’s sound was truly original, with strong acoustics not drowned out by over production in the recording process – a refreshing sound amidst over-played chart tracks that usually turn me off my usual playlists.

A band well worth the listen regardless of your usual type of music. Check them out here.

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19 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide for Music Fans

As you’re walking down that familiar aisle of your go-to shop this weekend to look for that shirt  you think Dad likes, why not do it differently this year?

Why not give Dad something he’ll actually use all year round ?

From less than £60, we’ve got a great selection of last minute gift ideas ideas for a music-loving Dad.

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Voca

Available from all good retailers including John Lewis and Pure.com from £59.99

Hand tuned in the UK by our audio engineers, Voca has the power to fill any room with sound –perfect for those looking for a wireless alternative to a hi-fi or docking system. It may look tiny, but its digital amp, stereo speakers and clever acoustic engineering produce an amazingly clear, full-bodied stereo sound.

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Pop Maxi with Bluetooth

Available from all good retailers including John Lewis and Pure.com from £99.99

If you’re looking for a great stereo digital radio or superior sounding Bluetooth speaker, Pop Maxi with Bluetoot, the daddy of our Pop family gives you the best of both worlds. Listen to your favourite digital radio station or use Bluetooth to stream your favourite song, playlist or internet radio station wirelessly from your mobile or tablet.

The dual speakers create a superior stereo sound, giving greater clarity and volume to the music you love. Like all our other Pure digital radios, Pop Maxi with Bluetooth has been engineered and hand tuned by our audio experts in the UK to ensure the best possible sound.

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Evoke D4 Mio with Bluetooth

Available from all good retailers including John Lewis and Pure.com for £179.99

DAB digital radio brings you a great choice of stations – significantly more than FM, and in unrivalled sound quality. Digital radios automatically find all your available stations and let you select them by name, and there’s even FM for any stations that have not yet gone digital. Like all our other digital radios, Evoke D4 Mio is Digital Tick approved, ensuring that it not only looks good and sounds great in any room, but is also future proofed for the digital switchover.

MOVE 400D

Move 400D

Available from all good retailers including John Lewis and Pure.com for £89.99

Perfect for listening to your favourite radio station while fishing, or even at the golfing range, the Move 400D is a compact DAB digital and FM radio with superb battery life. With support for all current European and Australian digital radio standards and a handy travel alarm, Move 400D is an ideal travelling companion. Despite its compact size, Move 400D delivers surprising volume and audio quality via the built in speaker or using headphones. Simple controls make it easy to use and the alarm which works on battery or mains power makes it an ideal travel alarm clock. Other features including pause and control of scrolling text, 20 presets, an auxiliary input for your iPod/MP3 player and a built-in rechargeable battery pack which charges from the mains while you listen and provides hours of portable listening.

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Highway 300Di

Available for purchase and full installation from all good car manufacturers and Pure.com for £299.99

Why not really treat your dad this year and give him a gift he’ll use every day. Pure’s Highway 300DI is a revolutionary high-performance in-car adapter -  a professionally installed solution providing outstanding DAB digital radio reception, discreet looks, ease of use, additional features such as digital radio pause and rewind, and a wide range of digital music options. Highway 300Di uses a direct input to your car radio for a stronger signal and dual digital radio tuners. These two tuners enable Highway to provide a dynamic station list; while you listen to one station, Highway constantly monitors for new stations, keeping the station list perfectly up to date.

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19 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

This Week’s Mio Mood Board – Scarlet

This week we’ve given you some ideas on how to style your Evoke D2 Mio in your study or home office. We think the Evoke D2 Mio in Scarlet would brighten up any work day!

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Desk – Habitat

Chair – Dwell

Lamp – Tesco

Bookcase – Barker and Stonehouse

Mug - Debenhams (Le Creuset)

Lamp – Tesco

Don’t miss out on our Mio promotion this Spring, where you can claim a free interchangeable coloured trim and ChargePAK on your purchase of an Evoke D2 Mio or Evoke D4 Mio, worth up to £59.

www.pure.com/miocolour

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05 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

This Week’s Mio Mood Board – Aloe

Being the first week in June, this week’s Mio Mood Board features some lovely outdoor furniture – perfect for the summer! We’ve picked our Evoke D4 Mio in Aloe which is a gorgeous pastel green that we think would look fantastic in the garden.

 

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Evoke D4 Mio Aloe: Pure

Garden chair: Made

Sofa: Ikea 

Patio Table: Neputune

Parasol: Ikea

Cushion: Zazzle

Don’t miss out on our Mio promotion this Spring, where you can claim a free interchangeable coloured trim and ChargePAK on your purchase of an Evoke D2 Mio or Evoke D4 Mio, worth up to £59.

www.pure.com/miocolour

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03 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Introducing Pure’s Pop Midi and Maxi with Mini Moderns – a design collaboration

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London, 3rd June, 2015: Pure presents a new designer edition of the award-winning Pop Midi and Maxi digital radios. Both digital radios, which also include Bluetooth for wireless streaming, feature a Mini Moderns signature design called “Whitby”, which has a nautical theme. “Pop Midi by Midi Moderns” and “Pop Maxi by Mini Moderns” will be available through John Lewis, Mini Moderns’ online store and independent retailers at an SRP of £89.99 and £109.99 respectively.

Inspired by 1950s linocuts, Mini Moderns’ Whitby design captures the majesty and beauty of the open sea. London based Mini Moderns designers Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire explain how the design came about: “Coincidentally, we both spent all our holidays on the North Yorkshire coastline… so when we think of the seaside, it’s not beach huts and yachts, but the vibrancy of a working fishing harbour that comes to mind. The linocut style offered the perfect way of expressing the movement of the waves and the ruggedness of the coastline we know so well.”

“We’re really proud to be collaborating with such an iconic British brand as Pure, particularly as they share our ambition to combine quality with unique design. Pure’s Pop range showcases our Whitby design perfectly and we are sure the radios will be a big hit with fans of both brands.”

Says Nick Hucker, Pure’s Senior Director of Global Marketing: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Mini Moderns as we really identify with their creativity and influence in British interior design. The Pop family has already won a prestigious Red Dot design award[1] for its innovative design and we think its style marries perfectly with the attention to detail in Mini Moderns’ Whitby collection. We recognise that our customers love our designer collaborations and this new range champions Pure’s focus on design in home technology. Pop by Mini Moderns is the next step in our focus on bringing fashion and customisation to our products.”

Designed and hand tuned in the UK by Pure’s audio experts, the Pop range is designed using insights from extensive research with radio listeners. Its key design elements are derived from a study into how people want to use and interact with their radios. The result is a trio of products, Pop Mini, Pop Midi and Pop Maxi, with instant access and ease of use at the forefront of its design, while delivering high quality audio.

Benefitting from Pure’s heritage of British design and engineering, the practical and stylish Pop family uses highly energy efficient digital audio amplification to deliver the best possible sound quality, excellent battery life and low power consumption. The Pop family comes with three years warranty as standard and is mains powered with the option to take regular alkaline batteries or an eco-friendly rechargeable ChargePAK D1 for portable use. As with all Pure’s current range of digital radio, Pop is Digital Radio tick approved, meaning the range is future proofed and ready for a Digital Radio switchover.

The range starts from an SRP of £89.99 up to £109.99.

The Pop by Mini Moderns range will be available from John Lewis and Mini Moderns’ online store http://www.minimoderns.com as well as selected independent retailers.  For more information, please visit www.pure.com

About Mini Moderns

Often described as “cult Brit homewares brand”, Mini Moderns was established in 2006 by London based designers Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire.

The brand specialises in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, bedding and ceramics.

Customer Enquires

Readers can call John Lewis on 08456 049 049 or visit www.johnlewis.com

About Pure

Pure is a world leading consumer electronics manufacturer and leads the way in music streaming and radio systems, multiroom audio and entertainment cloud services with the Pure Connect portal www.pureconnect.com as well as innovating in new areas. Designed and engineered in the UK, all of Pure’s products are manufactured with the environment in mind and at ethically audited facilities. Pure is a division of Imagination Technologies Group plc. See www.pure.com.           

Contact:

UK Press Contact

Roxanne Kingsman

Pure

t: +44 (0)1923 277427

m: +44 (0)7468 697210

roxanne.kingsman@pure.com



[1] Red Dot Awards 2015

 

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01 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

New Music Monday – The Used

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With two gigs on within the same building, the crowds are piling in. The Used fans are swarming the merchandise desk as soon as they’ve stepped foot inside. Hoodies and t-shirts are being worn straight away as people rush upstairs to the venue.

The venue itself is filled with couples, well it is Valentine’s Day, all seemingly having the best date of their lives.

Having been away from our shores for so long, The Used’s return is highly anticipated. The chatters from the crowd all seem to be whether they’ll play ‘their best song’, however, what song that is happens to be up for debate between fans. Everyone is eagerly awaiting The Used to start. Once the house lights go down, the band are greeted with a raucous welcome, screams piercing the darkness, showing just how excited they are.

Bert McCracken is a powerhouse of a frontman. His stage presence falls somewhere between over excited child and entrancing showman. Even without guitarist, Quinn Allman, the band storm through their set and have everyone captivated.

If you want a slick, polished band, then The Used aren’t for you. But, if you want a group with heart and passion and talent, then they’re one of the best around.

Take It Away has people moving from the very front barrier to the back by the bar. Nobody seems to be able to resist getting lost in the music. With Taste Of Ink, McCracken rallies the troupes with almost a battle cry.

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28 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

This week’s Mio mood board – Charcoal

If you’re in need of some décor inspiation you’re in luck as we’ve created another Mio mood board. This week we have decided to pair our Evoke D2 Mio in Charcoal with some monochrome kitchen homewares for a Scandinavian interior effect.We love this modern simplistic look but as always, feel free to share your own interior ideas!

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Evoke D2 Mio (Charcoal) – Pure

Dining table – John Lewis

Chair – Made

Fridge – Smeg

Toaster – House of Fraser

iKettle -Firebox

Smart plant pot – Parrot

 

Don’t miss out on our Mio promotion this Spring, where you can claim a free interchangeable coloured trim and ChargePAK on your purchase of an Evoke D2 Mio or Evoke D4 Mio, worth up to £59.

www.pure.com/miocolour

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22 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

May Bank Holiday Weekend

Another bank holiday means another three day weekend and with the weather heating up there is plenty to do – from music festivals, food festivals to street parties galore. So, if you were planning on setting up camp on the sofa with some box sets, think again…

As always we like to suggest some of our favourite live music events, so here are our top recommendations for the weekend across the UK:

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Hozier

On Friday 22nd May, Irish musician Hozier will be playing the O2 Academy in Newcastle. His self-titled debut album was released just last year and was met with great success. If you’re an indie fan this is a gig not to be missed.

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Take That

Take That are playing shows all weekend at the Manchester Arena as part of their Arena 2015 tour. With support from former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson this will be an incredible event. If you were a fan back in the 90s and are feeling a little nostalgic take yourself down to the Manchester Arena on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.

 

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Eric Clapton

As part of his 70th birthday celebrations, guitarist legend Eric Clapton is playing a series of shows at the Royal Albert Hall one of which is taking place this weekend, on Saturday 23rd May. He will be performing with his band members; Paul Carrack, Michelle John, Chris Stainton, Sharon White, Nathan East and Steve Gadd and will no doubt wow his audience as he has done time and time again.

 

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Paul McCartney

 

Former Beatles star is playing The London O2 on Saturday and Sunday night. It’s been more than 50 years since he started in the music business and Sir Paul McCartney is still putting on a great performance for all his fans. With his most recent single, fourfiveseconds, collaboration with Kayne West and Rhianna receiving rave reviews, he doesn’t seem to be fizzling out any time soon.

 

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Foo Fighters

 

Foo Fighters, one of the world’s most popular rock acts are playing the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on Monday. You may not have the next day off work, but the Foo Fighter’s are sure to put on a performance not to be missed.

 

Let us know if you’re planning on attending any of these gigs, or any other gigs you’ve got lined up this weekend! Have a great bank holiday weekend!

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