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Beirut × “The Heart of Lebanon”

Written by Rana Salloom

Known as the Paris of the Middle East Beirut, Lebanon is a city that never sleeps and is rooted in its traditional Middle Eastern culture dating back thousands of years.

Lebanon is a small country spanning 110 miles off the Mediterranean coast and its capital, Beirut is the 3rd oldest city in the world. Many westerners know little about this eclectic country, but this tiny country has been standing strong for thousands of years. Beirut, the heart of Lebanon, prides itself with its irresistible cuisine and its insatiable nightlife. People from all over the Middle East, come to Lebanon especially Beirut to unwind and relax at countless restaurants and nightlife excursions. This destination city prides itself with its food with numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs offering food 24/7.

It’s a foodie nation showcasing the best of the best of Lebanese food and culture. Each borrow within Beirut has its own twist on traditional Lebanese cuisine such as Shawarma, Chicken Tawook, Manaeesh, and etc.. These delectable items can be found at many hotspots such as Barbar, Maroushe, and Zaater w Zeit. But the best food finds, in my opinion, are at the local shops on every block in this mini metropolis. These shops offer a more traditional take on Lebanese food and are usually made in a more customary fashion.

Side note: most of the shop owners at these places do not speak English so it’s important to have someone who’s a native speaker be present helping you order your goodies. 

Other than its food, Beirut is known for its irresistible nightlife. Beirut, in recent years, has been ranked as the #1 party city in the world mixing both traditional Arabic music and current hits in every nightclub and bar in and around the city. What makes this city so special is it’s night owl effect. People just don’t sleep in Beirut. Visitors and natives alike stay up all hours of the night at lavish nightclubs such as Iris, February 30, Skybar, Music Hall and etc..

If you’re looking for a more mellow bar scene, Mar Mkhayel is the place to be. This street has multiple bars aka pubs and restaurants within walking distance of one another. This street has both the dive bar vibes and the classy rooftop appeals for your visiting pleasure. Basically whatever you are in the mood for, there is a bar for you on this street. What makes this street more interesting is how each bar and restaurant is westernized. For instance, my friends and I walked past this one bar that’s specifically a dive bar for motorcycle enthusiasts and right across from it is a classy rooftop bar called Fabrk (it doesn’t get more diverse than that).

Overall Beirut, Lebanon combines both eastern and western culture in a euphoric twist to keep any party-goer and foodie elated for days. It’s a destination city enveloped in a traditional culture for each traveling enthusiast.

BOOHOO MAN

Boohoo MAN presents Illumanate Festival

WHO: boohoo MAN

WHAT: UK retailer, Boohoo Man presents the Illumanate Festival hosted by DJ Khaled with a special performance by Rich The Kid

WHERE: At The P 832 N. Cole Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

WHEN: Monday, June 11, 2018

8PM – 11PM

WHY: The festival themed party featured an A-List special performance from Rich the Kid hosted by DJ Khaled and carnival activations throughout the space including childhood favorite carnival games, a ferris wheel, games, balloons and custom stations.

NOTABLES: DJ Khaled, Rich The Kid, Saweetie, Brittany Furlan, Elisa Johnson, Mack Wilds, Shaun Ross, Nick Joseph & Dan Rue, Terrence J, French Montana, King Bach, Steph Lecor , Brittany Sky, Jazz Anderson, Lyric, Christina Milian, Myles O’Neal, ETC.

AMSTERDAM × ENJOY & RESPECT

AMSTERDAM LAUNCHES A CAMPAIGN TO STOP OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOUR ENJOY & RESPECT SETS THE LIMITS IN AMSTERDAM STYLE

Thursday sees the launch of the Enjoy & Respect campaign, which brings home the message to Dutch and British people aged 18 to 34 that offensive behaviour will not be tolerated in Amsterdam. This target group frequently visit Amsterdam at weekends to party, drink, go on pub crawls and hold bachelor parties. All too often, the result is drunkenness, noise in the street, litter, and public urination. As surveys on quality of life in Amsterdam have shown, this is a serious source of nuisance to residents, local businesspeople, and other visitors. The Enjoy & Respect campaign aims to inform the target group of the consequences of this kind of behaviour, and raise awareness of what is allowed and – more importantly – what is not allowed in Amsterdam. The campaign was initiated by Amsterdam Marketing, and developed in collaboration with Amsterdam city council and other stakeholders.

A high price for bad behaviour

Amsterdam is famous as an open, creative, innovative and tolerant city, where the limits of what is allowed are wide. The city has an international reputation for freedom – the freedom to be who you are, believe what you like, and say what you think. But this freedom depends on a crucial precondition: mutual respect. And respect is often precisely what is lacking among the specific target group that causes trouble.

“We take the growing aversion to this group of visitors very seriously,” says Frans van der Avert, director of Amsterdam Marketing and initiator of the Enjoy & Respect campaign. “The group is only a source of nuisance and hardly offers anything positive to our city. Certain areas of the city have become difficult to live in, and everyone loses out.”

The campaign focuses on four kinds of behaviour that cause the most trouble: drunkenness in public spaces, noise, littering, and public urination. Where city guards or the police catch people committing these offences, they are immediately issued with substantial fines.

The key message of the campaign is that everybody is welcome in Amsterdam provided they behave appropriately. You can enjoy your freedom, as long as you respect the city and its residents. If you fail to show the necessary respect, you face a hefty fine.

The Enjoy & Respect campaign has deliberately taken a creative approach, taking freedom of choice as its core theme. To communicate a message effectively, it is vital to make contact with the target group, and research has shown that a patronising approach only has a negative effect on the target groups that tend to misbehave, especially when drunk. The best way to raise their awareness of what is and isn’t allowed in Amsterdam is therefore to take an original and creative approach. At the same time, members of this young target group are generally on a budget, and are very sensitive to fines.

Who are the target group?

Research has shown that greatest nuisance is caused by men aged between 18 and 34, often in groups, from the Netherlands and the UK. They visit Amsterdam with only one purpose in mind: to go wild and party all night. Their rowdy behaviour is a nuisance to many other people. A growing number of Amsterdam residents have made it clear that they have had more than enough of it, and justifiably so, says Frans van der Avert:

“More and more residents, public authorities, politicians and local businesspeople in our network no longer accept this behaviour. This is why we took the initiative to set up this campaign, which is quite a challenge. It’s not enough just to show a fun video or put up signs saying that things are prohibited. The approach needs to be appropriate to Amsterdam, and hit a nerve. What we have created is a campaign that tackles the problem without running counter to Amsterdam’s distinctive character. Everybody is free to choose, but if you choose to be a public nuisance, you have to pay for it. For this group, money is very important, and this is how you hit them.”

Agency and media use

Amsterdam Marketing developed the campaign in collaboration with Wavemaker, an agency with expertise in media and content production, and a wide knowledge of and experience with the target group. The visitors who cause public nuisance are sober when they are planning their visit, and on the whole, they are cooperative when they are boarding the plane and during their stay. The campaign targets the audience at all these specific points, from searching online, to booking the trip, to the reception desk at the hotel or hostel, and also at breakfast, in pubs, in the red-light district, and the Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein nightlife areas.

The campaign is available to the target group online all year round, and is targeted in the city centre by means of geofencing. As soon as a member of the target group enters the red-light district, Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein or the area around Amsterdam CS, they will receive content and messages via social media. At the same time, responses will be made to social media posts by troublemakers in consultation with the Amsterdam police.

The ultimate aim is to reduce public nuisance. Changing people’s behaviour takes time and demands patience, but everything starts with awareness of the issues, and this campaign is the starting point.

Financial promoters and content advisors

Pim Evers, Amsterdam chairman of the hotel and catering trade association Koninklijke Horeca Nederland, explains that his organisation has been involved from the start:

‘In consultation with the police, residents, local businesses, transport companies and representatives from the tourist sector, such as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, we have contributed to ideas on content, visuals, situations and follow-up actions. Ultimately, we all benefit from a good living environment and a positive, sustainable image, so in future we will continue to appeal to enthusiastic visitors who specifically choose to come to Amsterdam. Target groups that harm this image should be addressed, and that’s precisely what this campaign does.’

The campaign is financed by Amsterdam Marketing, the City of Amsterdam and the commercial sector: Schiphol, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (Amsterdam division), the Oudezijds Achterburgwal business association, and the local campsites. The local transport company GVB and the outdoor advertising company JC Decaux are making media space available. This shared responsibility emphasises how important it is to cooperate to make sure that Amsterdam remains a pleasant place to live, with a positive reputation.

The campaign content was presented to residents, local business people in the city centre, and an umbrella representation of the tourist, hotel, bar and restaurant sectors. British Embassy representatives also participated. The City of Amsterdam and the police are closely involved in developing, implementing and following up the ideas.

Putting a stop to bad behaviour: a lot is allowed in Amsterdam – but not everything

Edwin Schölvinck, a member of the residents’ discussion group Binnenstad Offensief, is positive about raising awareness among the target group that Amsterdam is not simply a free-for-all:

“A lot of people will claim that law enforcement to curb this behaviour is the only means to achieve the desired result. This is partly true, of course. But it all starts with the realisation that not everything is allowed here. That’s what this campaign is about. There are also restrictions in Amsterdam. We are very pleased with this initiative in our city. You have to start somewhere to put a stop to the bad behaviour.”

Testing and evaluating

The campaign was presented to the various stakeholders, and extensively pre-tested with the target group, says Rogier Leliveld, Managing Director of Wavemaker:

“It was clear from the very start how important the right tone of voice and visuals are for this campaign. It’s crucial to the interest and commitment of the city and its residents.

That’s why we closely collaborated with Amsterdam Marketing and its partners while developing the campaign. We also tested the content among the target group to make sure that we don’t use the wrong tone of voice, or that we simply fail to reach them, despite our know-how and our good intentions. Based on our expertise in developing content, our experience with the target groups, and the test results, we knew that we had to design a straightforward and transparent campaign, so that the target group can understand the message at a glance. We believe that the campaign’s simplicity is also its strength.”

The promotional material will be monitored during the course of the campaign, and a study will be conducted to assess whether the media are sufficiently reaching the target groups. Qualitative evaluations over the next few months should also indicate whether the target group are recognising and responding to the message.

LIL XAN × FUSE

Lil Xan talks Total Xanarchy, SoundCloud artists dominating and his Diplo collab in an all new Fuse First premiering on Fuse’s Youtube Channel.

The “Betrayed” rapper says he’s here to stay, confirms going into “album two and three mode” after promoting his Total Xanarchy debut and expresses satisfaction with his debut album. Xan also details the response he’s received from the Xanarchy Gang, how he linked up with Charli XCX for “Moonlight,” and other artists on the 16-track project.

Lil Xan recently took Fuse’s Lie Detector and unveiled his deep, dark secrets

Link: https://youtu.be/GLatczgC–s

Check out his Fuse First interview below!

Link: https://youtu.be/SzT7THFuuZE

SMOKER’S CLUB FESTIVAL

The Smoker’s Club Festival experience is more of a paradise than a membership. Tailored entirely for the Californian smoker culture, everything from the lineup to the food proves that. With some legendary performances from headliners such as Wiz Khalifa and Kid Cudi, this event is impossible to pass up even for the average concert goer. The diverse arrangement of artists shows that these people know their crowd and every type of sound they love. There’s something for everyone with artists like Mac Miller, Lil Skies, and Dom Kennedy. Based in the hip-hop heavy area of Long Beach every artist that comes through shows love to the OG’s such as Snoop Dogg and the new comers like Vince Staples. Even if you don’t take part in the smoking activities some artists will even share from their supply as well. As someone that went alone I found the crowd and it’s people to be extremely friendly as far as festivals go. They all came for a good experience with some of their favorite artists playing classics and older mixtapes. The buzz for this festival grew the moment the line-up was announced and I’m sure many are impatiently waiting to see what they have up their sleeve for next time.

 

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TK KRAVITZ × JACQUEES

TK Kravitz “Ocean Ft. Jacquees

WATCH NOW

Songwriter, TK Kravitz teamed up with fellow ATLien and R&B sensation, Jacquees for their new music video, “Ocean.”

Ocean” comes right after TK’s smash hit, “Space Ft. Sexton,” which reached the Top 10 on Urban US Radio and garnered over 50 million total streams. After dominating radio and embarking on a US tour with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie this past fall, TK Kravitz is definitely off to a great start in 2018. The seductive and clever “Ocean” perfectly showcases the effortless combination of TK and Jacquees’ incredible vocals.

Look out for TK’s newest EP coming this spring and watch the “Ocean” music video below!

Watch “Ocean Ft. Jacquees” Music Video: https://youtu.be/pllOwLWU3eY

Follow TK Kravitz: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / Soundcloud / YouTube

SPENCER MAKENZIE’S × CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

SPENCER MAKENZIE’S FISH CO. CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH WORLD’S

LARGEST CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

Award-winning Fish Taco Eatery to Offer Bigger Prizes for 9th Annual Cornhole Throw Down

The nation’s largest cash cornhole tournament will take place in beautiful beachside Ventura as part of Spencer Makenzie’s 9th annual End of Summer Block Party. This California-classic multi-day party will feature the coast’s best food, cold drinks & craft beer, and a free concert with the best local bands on Saturday evening, as well as DJs spinning great music throughout the tournament for players and spectators alike.

Spencer Makenzie’s is a celebrated seafood staple of Ventura’s local food-scape, celebrating its 11th anniversary in this quintessential California beach town this year. Masters of this family friendly sport, outdoor activity enthusiasts, music lovers and foodies alike will want to mark their calendars to descend upon Spencer Makenzie’s to send off the summer in style.

Cornhole team registry for the tournament is open now. Registration is $190 per two-person team, with over $36,000 in guaranteed cash payouts going to winning teams over the course of the weekend. Early signup is encouraged, as space is limited to 192 teams and will sell out. There are no age restrictions.  Ventura County residents will compete for an additional $2,500 in prize money.  The Throw Down Tournament is sanctioned and hosted by the California Cornhole Association.

For those who want to play cornhole just for fun, an open-to-the-public court will be on site, in the midst of the excitement but without the high stakes. Spectators are encouraged to visit the recreational courts to see who will become 2018’s unofficial “King of the Court”.

Spencer Makenzie’s 9th annual End of Summer Throw Down will take place from Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26, 2018. Friday’s activities are from 6 to 10 pm and include check in for players, a D.J. and live music provided by local bands TBA.  Saturday and Sunday are devoted to the tournament and freeplay, accompanied by a D.J., with food and drink available for purchase.  Saturday night features live bands.   For check-in times, entertainment details and tournament scheduling, please see here.  There is no charge to attend the all-ages End of Summer Block Party and Throw Down. Must be 21+ with valid I.D. to purchase and consume alcohol. Spectators and participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. The Throw Down will take place at Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Co., located at 806 East Thompson Blvd, Ventura CA 93001. For more information, please visit www.spencermakenzies.com or call (805) 643-8226.

About Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company

Originally founded in 2007 by John Karayan and his wife Jennifer as a festival concession, the Karayan’s named their award-winning restaurant after their two children – their son Spencer and their daughter Makenzie. With the goal of offering fresh, healthful food at consumer friendly prices, its reputation was quickly established at such popular Ventura events as the Ventura County Fair, the Aloha Festival and the C Street Long Board Classic.

During that time, they perfected such signature dishes as Clam Chowder, Shrimp & Fish Ceviche and Giant Fish Tacos into unique recipes that provide a tastier, healthier and delicious alternative to typical “Fast Food”.  Everything is made to order, they only use sushi grade fish, produce is purchased from local vendors and 100% of their famous sauces are homemade.

Along with health consciousness, Spencer Makenzie’s makes going “Green” a priority. All of the cooking oil they use is 0 Trans fat and is repurposed as biodiesel for vehicles.  They use environmental products and recycle whenever possible.

About Cornhole

Cornhole or Corn Toss is similar to horseshoes except that you use wooden boxes called cornhole platforms and corn bags instead of horseshoes and metal stakes.  Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the inclined platform until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points.  A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point.  Scoring can be swift and the lead may change hands several times in a match before the winner is decided.  The game is generally played tournament style with an individual or team being named the champion at the end of the tournament.

Thought to have originated in Germany in the 14th Century, the game surfaced in the Ohio Valley in the 19th Century.  Also known as corn toss, bean toss, dummy boards, doghouse, soft horseshoes and Baggo, cornhole became widely played at tailgate events, contributing to its nationwide popularity.

MIAMI MUSIC WEEK

Miami Music Week has arrived!

Scroll below to see WALL’s highly anticipated lineup, including Benny Benassi, Nervo, Gianluca Vacchi, Guy Gerber and more.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @Wallmiami for updates and surprises.

#WALLMiami @WALLer

FABICH

Fabich x A-Minor – Naked Lines (Ft. Aaron Pfeiffer)

Released 12th January

LONDON FOSTERS FEARLESS NEW SINGLE FROM RECORD PRODUCER FABICH

“[Fabich’s] appeal is much more wide reaching than you might think, with ‘80s, ‘90s and contemporary influences.EARMILK

“Fabich has been on a roll this year.” CAVEMAN SOUND

Fabich has had a reel of successes in his career. Having previously made music at Bob Marley’s house, and achieving US chart success as a producer for platinum-selling R&B and soul singer-songwriter Lyfe Jennings and Missy Elliott collaborator, Trina. Now, alongside London producer A-Minor and vocalist Aaron Pfeiffer, we hear the opening chapter of an unfolding story… the first single Naked Lines.

After Fabich’s move to London he felt the overwhelming creative force of the city. Totally inspired, recent single Hold On was born. Accompanied by a VMA nominated video that held surprising humorous twists, delicately reflecting Fabich’s multi-faceted personality. As characterful as ever, this humble record producer finds inspiration in equal measure within art, design and music.

A-Minor is the perfect partner in crime for this release, bringing his trademark drum patterns and seriously soulful melodies. Also recognised for remixes on Raleigh Ritchie, Yousef and Bipolar Sunshine’s work, his own Ministry of Sound release Be Mine shows serious flare by hitting 800,000 plays on youtube alone. After making the epic move from the USA to Berlin, vocalist Aaron began to discover himself sexually and mentally. Unusually and uncharacteristically open, a new place, new scenery and a new atmosphere allows Aaron and this song the space it truly needs.

Fabich’s passion for all things creative doesn’t shy away from an unspoken and uncontrollable thirst in this emotionally charged new release. We look forward to Fabich’s subtle and refreshing tunes to settle us into the utterly altruistic journey that Naked Lines has invited us on.

BUY & STREAM LINK / EMBED

http://hyperurl.co/hb51xb

https://open.spotify.com/album/1kWv431n5Beck0ifmzi8qN

SOCIAL LINKS

https://www.facebook.com/fabichmusic

https://twitter.com/fabichmusic

https://www.instagram.com/fabichmusic/

https://soundcloud.com/fabichmusic

VIRGIN RedFestDXB

Written by: Amardeep Singh

VIRGIN MUSICFEST PAINTS THE TOWN RED IN DUBAI

The city of Dubai reels in a slumber usually as the weekends draws closer and closer but something was different last weekend when the city became awestruck at a trove of musicians and artists that wrapped the audience in a frenzy of music and performances.

The country’s number one hit music festival was back for its 5th edition on Thursday 8th and Wednesday 9th at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre held by Virgin Radio 101.4. Among the big names that studded the stage were The Chainsmokers, Russ, Kelli-Leigh and Anthony Touma on Day 1. Day 2 saw the crowd going crazier as artists Kesha, Marshmello, Bebe Rexha and Craig David took on to the stage ascending the profile of the festival to a whole new level.

Popular DJ Dany Neville performed for the closing set as the audience gathered to wish the local radio’s most popular figure-Kris Fade, a very happy Birthday.

Last year, the lineup consisted of Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter Chris Brown who had made his sixth No.1 album entry on the Billboard R&B and Hip-Hop chart with the album titled ROYALTY.

Supporting him was artist Daya with her debut single “Hide Away” and the Australian band-The Veronicas. Electropop, a pop rock duo from Brisbane also made their debut in Dubai last year.

The Virgin RedFestDXB marked a milestone in the country’s history of connecting stellar worldly performances with modern music. The events attracted a massive crowd from both neighboring as well as local regions, full of people dying to catch a glimpse of their favorite social icons and artists.

The Amphitheatre ground was teeming with stalls and sponsors who spent a great deal of time interacting with the attendees, engaging in competitions, drink offs and several other festivities with loads of prizes to give away.

Fans are eagerly looking forward to what the radio group has to offer next year as the performances came to another end.

This is merely the first step. Ricky Martin will be arriving this Valentine’s Day as will Dua Lipa performing some of her biggest hits.

For those in the UAE, the party has just started.

Website Link:-

http://virginradiodubai.com/redfestdxb/