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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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22 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

50 shades of Cerulean

Celebrating our Evoke Mio Cerulean with food you never knew was blue

We all know that colours affect our mood, but what about the colour of the food you eat? Did you know that you can “taste” different colours?

The Evoke D2 Mio and Evoke D4 Mio come in seven fresh spring/ summer colours thanks to interchangeable trims and we’re currently offering customers a free coloured trim and a ChargePAK, worth up to £59.99. So, to celebrate, we thought we’d share some food that’s – believe it or not – naturally blue!

Blue concord grapes

Often more purple than blue, some crops take on this beautiful blue hue and make great wine, or are great just eaten fresh.

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Blue Chai Tea

Made with the Blue pea flower, this tea not only has some amazing health benefits but the flower’s natural hue is often used a dye.

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Blue cheese

Because mould never tasted so good…

Blue Cheese

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21 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

This week’s Mio mood board – Raspberry

This week’s Mio mood board features our vibrant Raspberry Evoke D4 Mio. We thought this would add great pop of colour to any bedroom. This week we’ve paired our Raspberry trimmed radio with a mixture of white and oak furniture. What would you pair yours with?

 

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All products available here:

Scented Candle: Liberty of London

Cushion: John Lewis

Mirror: The Lollipop Shoppe

Drawers: Nest

Bedside Table: Dwell

Bed: Made

Plant: Ikea

 

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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20 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

First commercial DAB+ service goes on-air in Belgium

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The World DMB Auto Event in Brussels is underway

 

It’s becoming ever apparent that the future of radio is digital. If Norway announcing its 2017 switchover date wasn’t enough momentum, today the World DMB Automotive Event launches the first commercial DAB+ service in the Brussels region of Belgium.
The launch of the commercial DAB+ is set to enhance the offerings of the Belgian public broadcasters VRT and RTBF, which account for 16 different stations already using DAB.
Norking is continuing testing and expects to have DAB+ coverage for Antwerp and Ghent by 2017.

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20 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pure drives away with another award from Auto Express for the Highway 300Di

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Pure’s Vicky Hewlett and Jasper Wybrants collecting their award from Auto Express’s Steve Fowler

We are delighted to announce that the Pure Highway 300Di has been awarded the Auto Express Product Award for In Car Adaptor for the third year running. Highway 300Di is a revolutionary product that, with professional, installation allows users to listen to high quality DAB digital radio in their car. It was first launched in 2011 after the roaring success of Pure’s original Highway and has been met with fantastic reception ever since. Take a look at more of the reviews here.

More information on the Highway 300Di is available on our website.

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18 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pure’s pick of the weird and the wonderful from the Official Billboard Awards 2015 #BBMA2015

Kanye gets booed on stage

Kanye West: love him or loathe him, his commitment to his performances can’t be questioned.  Surrounded by pyrotechnics recreating a scene from, what we consider to be a recreation of the cult horror film “Drag me to Hell”, Kanye could be seen bouncing around the stage dodging both flames and back-up dancers. But amid the roaring flames and Yeezy rapping his new single All Day, were boos from the audience. His sister in-laws, Kylie and Kendall Jenner were also booed as they introduced him onto the stage. Perhaps Kanye’s marmite personality is starting to effect his reception at live shows.

For those watching on the television at home (i.e. the rest of us mere mortals), profanities in his song were censored with silence, leaving gaps up to 15 seconds long in the song.

 

This Tweet from Ed Sheeran

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Taylor Swift unveils the craziest pop video since Miley swung in on a wrecking ball

Taylor Swift – as well as picking up eight awards- premiered her new video, Bad Blood.

Have you ever wondered what it would look like to get Lena Dunham smoking a cigar, Swifty walking through fire and Ellie Goulding shooting a bazooka gun, broken up by a superhero-esque cat fight to the background of a new pop hit? No?!  Really? Us neither, but here it is:

 

 

The amazing Photoshop skills in this pic of Harry Styles from the event

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Sam Smith’s Love Actually style acceptance speech

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At home recovering from surgery on his vocal cords, Sam Smith was unable to be at the awards but gave this charming speech via cue cards, reminiscent of the silent love speech in Love Actually.

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14 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

This week’s Mio mood board

The brilliant thing about our Evoke D2 and D4 Mio digital radios with Bluetooth is that they come in seven different interchangeable colours, which makes them perfect for mixing and matching with your home décor. Our favourite colour this week has to be cerulean, a beautiful deep blue which would look perfect in a coastal inspired room. We’ve shared a few gorgeous home wares that we think fit perfectly with the Evoke D2 Mio in Cerulean.

Mio Mood Board Cerulean

 

All products available here:

White Sofa – Ikea

Wooden Bookcase – Marks & Spencer

Printed Rug – French Connection

White Coffee Table – Loaf

Printed Cushion – Etsy

Antique Wash Wicker Basket – The Basket Company

 

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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13 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Recipe of the week

The weather may not be as sunny as it was a few weeks ago, but we’re determined to get into the spring feeling with Mio’s range of 7 fresh pastel colours. We believe that your home gadgets should reflect your own taste in design, so the Evoke D4 and D2 Mio come in 7 different interchangeable colours.

 

We felt inspired to put some colour back into the rest of our lives as well, so we had some fun with a 7-layered rainbow cake.

 

Read on to find out how to make your own.

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Here’s how you can make your own:

 

Ingredients

For 6 layers, you’ll need 3 x these ingredients, so to make 7 layers for your own Mio cake, just divide the amount below by 2 then multiply by 7.

 

For the cake

-          125g butter, softened, plus a little extra for greasing

-          225g plain flour

-          150g golden caster sugar

-          3 medium eggs (very important to use the correct size)

-          1 tsp baking powder

-          pinch of salt

-          1 tsp vanilla extract

-          edible food colouring – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, plus optional pink (see below)

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For the icing

-          1 tsp vanilla extract

-          3 x 250g tubs cream cheese or mascarpone

-          350g icing sugar

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Recipe (courtesy of Good Food Magazine)

 

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease 2 x 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment. Tip all the sponge ingredients, apart from the food colouring, into a mixing bowl, then beat with an electric whisk until smooth.

 

  1. Working quickly, weigh the mixture into another bowl to work out the total weight, then weigh exactly half the mixture back into the mixing bowl. Pick 2 of your colours and stir a little into each mix. Keep going until you are happy with the colour – the colour of the batter now will be very similar to the finished cake, so be brave! Scrape the different batters into the tins, trying to spread and smooth as much as possible – but try not to waste a drop of the batter – a rubber spatula will help you. Bake on the same oven shelf for 12 mins until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean.

 

  1. Gently turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool. Wash the tins and bowls thoroughly, and start again from step 1 – this time using another 2 colours. Unless you’re making the optional pink layer, repeat one more time to get 6 sponges, all of different colours. Leave them all to cool.

 

  1. To make the icing, very briefly beat the vanilla and cream cheese or mascarpone with an electric whisk until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and gently fold in with a spatula. Be careful – the more you work it, the runnier it will get, increasing the chance of splitting.

 

  1. Smear a little icing on your cake stand or plate – just a splodge to stick the first sponge. Start with the red, then spread with some icing right to the very edge. Repeat, sandwiching on top the orange, yellow, green, blue and finally purple sponges. Spread the remaining icing thickly all over the sides and top of the cake. For more tips and expert advice on how to create the perfect rainbow cake, check out our tips, below.
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12 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Our Top Drumming Tracks for International Drumming Month

To celebrate International Drumming Month 2015, here’s our pick of favourite drumming tracks:

 

Travis Barker, Can a drummer get some?

 

The first single from Barker’s first album “Give The Drummer Some”, Can A Drummer Get Some, features Swizz Beatz on the hook, and Game, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross turning in vocal performances to make this a stunning debut single from Travis Barker.

 

 

Blink 182, Feeling This

 

Undoubtedly evoking nostalgic memories for most readers, Feeling This is not only a classic Blink 182 track but a 3 minute showcase of Travis Barker’s unquestionably impressive drumming skills. It’s not often that the drumming usurps a track’s lyrical legacy and creates a signature tone for a band, but Travis does just that here (as he does again and again with the band).

 

 

Dain Bramage, Drag Queen

 

Recorded when Dave Grohl was only around sixteen years old, this track might not be celebrated as his best but demonstrates how his skills were honed from a young age. His signature speedy form was already taking shape here.

 

 

Nirvana, Aneurysm

 

Grohl’s drumming skills became better known in his days as Nirvana’s drummer, with the hypnotic beat conducting the uninitiated Nirvana fans to fall in love with the band’s cathartic chords and angst-driven lyrics.

 

 

Led Zeppelin, When The Levee Breaks

 

Not necessarily the most technical drumming in this track, but John Bonham’s background beat is what many Led Zeppelin fans appreciate about this track. It’s the rhythmic chant to a classic band that seems timeless in the world of rock.

 

 

The Beatles, Rain

 

Ringo Starr said Rain was among his favourite performances on a Beatles recording. “I feel as though that was someone else playing – I was possessed! …I think I just played amazing. I was into the snare and the hi-hat. I think it was the first time I used this trick of starting a break by hitting the hi-hat first instead of going directly to a drum off the hi-hat.”

 

 

Elvin Jones Special Quartet, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme: Pursuance


Elvin Jones Special Quartet “A Love Supreme: Pursuance” from Wynton Marsalis on Vimeo.

 

Elvin Jones’ playing here is sensational, complementing Coltrane’s jazzy off-beats and luring listeners into the trance of the track with a vivacious musicality that does Coltrane’s piece justice.

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11 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

New Music Monday – New Found Glory

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An unfortunate guest list mishap means that I missed the first two bands. But soon enough I was safely inside and out of the rain in time to see State Champs. Their sound was a bit more like pop punk by numbers, leaving me a little underwhelmed. A lot of the crowd seemed really into them but a good percentage are using their set time to go and get a drink instead. With vocals doing nothing to stand out from the crowd, they just don’t leave a lasting impression. Although the second half of their set is much stronger, with them finding their stride and managing to make more of a breakthrough with the audience. Overall, it wasn’t that captivating compared to so many other bands within the genre.

A little rougher round the edges (and vocals) than a lot of pop punk, The Story So Far provide a winning combination that really strikes a chord with the crowd. They’re an unlikely looking band but really don’t have to do much more than play the opening half of their first song to have everyone going wild. They play hard and they play fast, their set feeling like it had only just begun when they’ve finished, with every song feeling like it should be screamed along to with your best friend in arm.

With years of touring behind them, New Found Glory have had plenty of time to hone their craft. Showing everyone what pop punk should be, they go about playing an enthusiastic set. With the new songs going down with just as much excitement as old classics, the fans are lapping it up. ‘Kiss Me brings about a sense of companionship – with people hugging whoever’s next to them and snogging their mates,  and My Friend’s Over You as possibly the loudest sing along I’ve ever heard. Kudos to the couple in front of me who seem to have choreographed dance routines for certain songs. With so many albums, and years, under their belts some bands can sound a little jaded but New Found Glory just sound genuinely pleased to be able to play to fans.

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