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11 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Why Pure has been Sounding On in Italy at #Crespiforum

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Italy’s hidden gem, embracing technology and preserving its history

Located between two rivers in a protected area of Parco Adda Nord, 35 KM east of Milan, lies a hidden gem of Italy: the small village of Crespi d’Adda.

Crespi d’Adda is Europe’s best-preserved company-town was officially made a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995 and on Sunday its future was decided at the #Crespiforum. We’e proud to have supported such a culturally significant event alongside #Expoinviaggio.

While citizens and local authorities descended on #Expoinviaggio, we ensured that every voice was heard loud and clear with the help of our Pure’s Jongo T6 speakers. With everyone from residents, to professors, journalists, authorities and more, all there to have a say and we’re pleased to have provided the tools for the day.

The use of modern audio technology at yesterday’s event may have seemed at odds with the surroundings; Crespi d’Adda hasn’t changed since the 1930s – the houses, the urban structure, the boundaries are all the same! Crespi is considered the most complete and best-preserved company town in Europe, completely designed around a textile factory.

It has a soul of its own, essentially untouched by time. A visit can transport you out of the boundaries of time and space. It’s rare to be able to literally walk into a scene out of history, so it’s clear to see why the preservation of this town is so important.

Crespi is now planning its future, which includes the recovery of the 100.000sqm old factory into new areas and new industrial activities in the digital age. Despite appearances, the village is not just a monument, it’s a lived in thriving community, so these decisions will affect future generations of locals.

Thanks to its perfect preservation, Crespi has become a great international campus. Precious industrial archeological areas have been opened up to international enterprise and investors.

The Milan International Expo, which runs from May to October this year, would be a great opportunity to visit this hidden Italian gem, which balances modern technology with the perseveration of its history.

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16 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Our Best Bits from the Brits

Last night the nominees for the 2015 Brit awards were announced, with some more surprising than others. English singer-songwriter Sam Smith is up for an impressive five awards, closely followed by Ed Sheeran who has been nominated for four. The rest of the nominations can be viewed on The Brit Awards 2015 website, and the winners for the ‘Best British Video’ and ‘Best British Breakthrough Act’ categories can be voted for there as well.

Historically, the Brits has been a celebration and commemoration of great British pop music, with a host of famous acts performing throughout the years. This year’s show will see Paloma Faith, George Ezra and Royal blood give memorable performances.

However, the flurry of fabulous outfits, emotional acceptance speeches and fantastic performances aren’t the only memorable moments of the Brits. We’ve listed five of our favourite controversial, entertaining and funniest clips of the ceremony throughout the years.

5. Harry Styles misses collecting his award.

At the Brit Awards in 2014, One Direction went on stage to collect an award for Best British Video and one member was missing. About halfway through the speech, Harry runs up towards the stage and apologises claiming he was late because he had to go to the bathroom!

4. A little known DJ thought he had won a Brit.

This also happened in the 2000 show. During the presenting of the award for ‘Best  British Sound Track’. The winner was Notting Hill; however a DJ named Brandon Block had a little too much to drink and was convinced by a friend that he had won. Let’s just say it was fairly awkward when he climbed up on stage, and nobody had any idea why he was there. He then attempted to start a fight with Ronnie Wood before being escorted off stage by security.

3. Liam Gallagher throwsIn  his Brit into the Crowd.

You can always count on Liam Gallagher to cause a stir . In 2010, Oasis won  Best Brit Album of the Past 30 Years and Liam came to collect the award. After thanking everyone in the band, except for  his brother who was the cause of the band splitting the previous year, he threw his microphone and then his award into the crowd. Host Peter Kay was less than impressed.

2. Russell Brand Hosting the Brits

It’s hardly surprising that Russell Brand caused controversy in the 2007 Brits, they must have known what they were getting themselves into as ITV received over 300 complaints about his bad taste jokes and Ofcom received another 100.

 

1 Adele’s performance of Someone Like You

This is perhaps one of, if not the most memorable performances in Brit history. In 2011, Adele performed her song ‘Someone Like You’ with just a piano accompanying her. This emotional performance caused sales of her single to skyrocket, leading to her securing a British number 1 for the song.

Make sure you watch 2015’s Brit Awards hosted by Ant and Dec and scheduled to air Wednesday 25th February, and let us know via Twitter and Facebook who you want to win.

 

 

 

 

 

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15 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

London Fashion Week – The Pure Collection

Friday kicked off the bi-annual showcase of some the world’s leading fashion talent as well as the celebration of British design. Five days packed with parties, catwalks, presentations and showrooms from the most prestigious names in the fashion world. As well as exclusive invitation only shows, London fashion week hosts numerous events that are open to the public such as free workshops and discount shopping.

One of the most interesting aspects of this season is the focus on pairing technology with fashion. London is dubbed as the ‘tech savvy capital’ of the world and with Topshop showcasing their collection on Facebook and Instagram before the catwalk and Twitter’s new ‘buy’ button for Burberry this couldn’t be more true. Live-streaming of the catwalk shows allows everyone to be a part of London Fashion Week, and allows engagement like never before. This year, social media is put at the forefront of London Fashion week with designers, models and guests using Twitter and Instagram to give people a peak into the events.

At Pure, as well as producing high quality audio products, we pride ourselves on British design and as such, want to make our radios look as stylish and “current” as possible.  With such a big focus on fashion meets tech this year we have decided to have a little fun and showcase our new Evoke Mio D4 collection using Flipagram. The new digital radios have interchangeable colour trims that can take its look from autumn/winter to spring 2015. Take a look at our colourful collection here:

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11 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Barclaycard Mercury Prize

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Last night the nominations for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize were announced. The Mercury Prize is an annual music prize awarded to the best album in the United Kingdom. The shortlist is selected by an independent panel of musicians, music executives and journalists. All genres of music are eligible for the prize as can be seen by this year’s nominations which showcase a variety of different music.

There are seven debut albums shortlisted this year, and five more established acts. The nominated albums include artists such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Nick Mulvey and previous nominee Anna Calvi. If you want to take a listen to those up for the award have a listen to our PureConnect Playlist.

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11 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

 

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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival kicked off last week which hosts an array of entertainment including music, comedy, theatre and dance. This year the Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs for a period of 25 days (1st August until the 25th) in which the population of Edinburgh doubles with people all over the word visiting to become a part of it all.  In keeping with the start of the festival and the celebration of one of the largest arts festivals in the world we have put together a playlist on Pure Connect of famous Scottish music artists in a host of genres. From indie rock from the likes of Franz Ferdinand and The Fratellis, electronic with Chvrches and Calvin Harris or if you’re feeling extra cultural give Celtic rock band Runrig a listen.

You can listen to the playlist here.

Alternatively if radio is your channel of choice, the BBC is broadcasting the best from the Fringe. Check out BBC Radio 3’s Queen’s Hall series which presents fifteen episodes featuring concerts from the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. You can listen to BBC Radio 3 live here, or on any of our digital radios.

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06 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pure and 7digital bring stereo back to the home

SXSW 2014 LogoSouth by South West (SXSW) is arguably one of the biggest events on the music industry’s calendar. The first conference was held in Austin in 1987 and ever since then has been a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop careers, to bring people together, to meet and share ideas. To give you an idea of how big the event is it started with 700 registrants with numbers now reaching 16,000.

Noam MeppenThis year Pure’s director of sales for the US, Noam Meppen, will be joining President of 7digital – North America, Vickie Nauman, for a panel to discuss the return of the home stereo.

The home is arguably the most natural listening environment for music, so how important is the return of the home stereo? As the digital age has advanced many technology innovators have prioritised connected mobile devices and services meant for people on the go. Households have found themselves neglecting their home stereo to make do with portable alternatives such as MP3 players, iPods and the like. However, as more connected speakers emerge, such as the Pure Jongo multiroom music system, listening is returning to the home.

As well as Noam, Vickie will also be joined on the panel by industry experts, Tim Grimsditch, Marketing Director for Spotify and John Hamm, CEO of Pono Music.

If you’re attending SXSW there are some great artists taking to the stage. As well as thousands of up and coming new acts and established artists, you can also see the likes of Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, London Grammar, Soundgarden, Pitbull and Keith Urban who are all playing the iTunes Festival at SXSW. If you can’t wait until then you can find these artists on Pure Connect now!

 

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19 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

New family of Evokes launched at the Urban Tea Rooms

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Last Tuesday 12th November, we invited press to celebrate the evolution of our iconic Evoke and see the launch of the Evoke D4, Evoke D2 with Bluetooth and the Evoke Deutsche Grammophon Edition radios.

Tucked away down a old wooden staircase in one of Soho’s excellent coffee shops, guests were invited to drop by and sample the wonderful coffee and pastries on offer.

We had great feedback on the products shown and a lot of interest was generated around the Evoke Deutsche Grammophon Edition in particular.

Journalists were shown all of the new Evoke range that is coming into stores in time for Christmas. Our new look Evoke D4s are available in domino, glacier, oak and walnut and are packed with features. The new Evoke D2 is also available in these colours, with even better audio than the original D2.

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The models that come in Domino and Glacier also have Bluetooth, meaning you can stream Pure Connect and your favorite music straight from your smartphone or device.

With its distinctive Deutsche Grammophon plaque and two-colour finish, the Deutsche Grammophon edition of our iconic Evoke Mio portable digital radio is the perfect way to spread the joys of classical music.

Check out the new D4s, D2s and our lovely Evoke Deutsche Grammophon at pure.com.

For hi-res images, please email lena.palmer@pure.com

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27 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Jongo goes Stateside

Last week, Chloe and I headed on an epic trip to the US of A to showcase the new Jongo T2 and T6 speakers - which will be available at leading North American stores, Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon.com - and announce the arrival of our music service stateside. We covered both the East and West Coast taking in New York, San Francisco and LA which meant taking four flights in just six days!

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We were joined by Noam, Pure’s US sales director and kicked off our tour at Hearst publishing in New York to meet with Good Housekeeping magazine and followed this with a number of tech and trade publications. The day was rounded off nicely with a dinner with the lovely guys from Laptop magazine at the highly recommended Lupa Italian restaurant.

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After our whirlwind tour of the Big Apple, we took a flight to San Francisco and visited numerous titles including the iconic Time magazine. By this time, jet lag was really setting in but we bravely continued onto LA to set up an industry dinner at Soho House. Before setting up for the dinner, we met with a new freelance contact at British pub, the Cat and Fiddle where I noted it’s possible to get marmite and proper tea! The dinner was a great success and was attended by tech and music press and music industry guests.

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For more information on the availability of Jongo and Pure Connect in North America, visit http://www.pure.com/us/press/ and email any review sample requests to vicky.hewlett@pure.com

 

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20 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Rose Evoke Mio is auctioned at Delicious magazine’s charity afternoon tea at Lord’s

On Sunday 18th August, 120 lucky readers of Delicious magazine were treated to a Champagne afternoon tea at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London to celebrate the magazine’s 10th anniversary and raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.

As well as enjoying a scrumptious feast and a tour of the grounds the guests took part in a silent auction, with a whole host of foodie related goodies up for grabs.

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Amongst the 8 other kitchen themed lots, Pure donated a Pure Evoke Mio digital radio in Rose. The winning bidder for the radio was Pam Fairclough and all together the event raised as whopping £2,500 for Breast Cancer Care.

For more information about the event please visit Deliciousmagazine here  http://tinyurl.com/mp9frpd

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15 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

New Jongo speakers unveiled at Dolby

Yesterday, journalists and guests from the music and broadcast industry were invited to see and hear Pure’s new Jongo family line up at Dolby’s HQ in central London. Pure’s new marketing director, Nick Hucker, delivered the news to a packed house in Dolby’s Atmos theatre and also unveiled Pure’s new Violet subscription music service that allows users to listen to unlimited music offline wherever they are for £9.99 a month.

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After the presentation, guests were treated to a sonics and synchronisation demo in one of Dolby’s sound rooms run by two of Pure’s top audio and software engineers. Audio engineer, Dax, showcased the sounds of the Jongo T6 and T2 that he and his team  hand-tuned and software engineer, Ian, was on hand to talk about how the engineering team developed Jongo with a focus on how the audio synchronisation was achieved.

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Canapes and drinks were served in Dolby’s impressive reception area where guests could get hands on with the product and try out the new music service and see how to pair speakers via the Pure Connect app.

Please visit pure.com for more information on the new Jongo line up and the Pure Connect music services. Anyone interested in high resolution images or review samples, please contact Pure PR Assistant, lena.palmer@pure.com

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