Friday 2 October 2015

Selfridges Live + Loud 1-4 October

There's always something exciting happening at Selfridges. Whether the brand is supporting emerging artists, celebrating local producers or offering exclusive products, there's always something to surprise in store.

This weekend, from 1-4th October, Selfridges is hosting Live + Loud, the biggest event to ever be held in the Birmingham store. It's not happening anywhere else and it's just lucky Birmingham shoppers who'll get to experience the exciting events on offer. There's something for everyone, from Bollywood Cinema at Itihaas to a chance to see the incredible Jimmy Choo Cinderella shoe in store.

With so much going on, I've put together a list of some of the events going on instore and at the offsite location in Digbeth on Floodgate Street, where the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) is hosting a pop up arts space.

In store events

Meet The Chef, with Michelin-starred chef Anthony Demetre celebrating his Birmingham homecoming, a one-night-only dining experience at The Balcony restaurant on Thursday, 1st October between 7 - 10pm.

Make-up fans will be able to enjoy a celebration of beauty and wellbeing in store on the Thursday between 5pm and 9pm.

There will be a chance to find out from beauty experts about technology, nutrition and inner wellbeing and how they can create real solutions for your lifestyle. This will be alongside some pampering treatments, a live DJ set by Yasmin Evans and exclusive treats from top beauty brands.

For lovers of celebrity make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, there will be a chance to get an exclusive and complimentary ‘Quick Trick’ treatment in their Tilbury Taxis, which will be parked in Rotunda Square between October between Friday, 2nd October and Sunday, 4th October.

Throughout the four days, there will be a chance for shoppers to see the exclusive Jimmy Choo Cinderella shoe on Level 4.

Film-lovers will also be able to get involved in the festival action. The Itihaas restaurant will be inviting shoppers to enjoy a complimentary taste of Bollywood, screening 20 minute Bollywood movie highlights and serving Bollywood style Street food creations Chilli popcorn and Ghol Gappa. These take place in the popup Cinema in the Foodhall between Thursday 1st and Sunday, 4th October.
Film Timetable:
Maine Pyar Kiya - 12.40 until 1pm
Sholay - 1.40pm until 2pm
Mr India - 2.40pm until 3pm
Dilwale Dhulania Le Jayenge - 3.40pm until 4pm
Songs of Bollywood - 4.40pm until 5pm.

New cult brand This is A Love Song will be launched on Level 3, and denim lovers will be able to get their jeans from Diesel, Religion and Replay customised.

The Birmingham School of Art from BCU will also be showing off their new and emerging talent in store on the Podium on Level 1.

Across the four days, there will be a chance to find out more about the incredible creative minds being cultivated in the city. From a chance to find out more about contemporary art, philosophy, history and the wild sciences, to have a glimpse at their latest work and exhibitions, it will be a must-see to catch the designers and artists of the future before they make it big.

Youngsters with an artistic flair also have the chance to discover how charity The Art Room are supporting children facing challenges in their daily lives, one art class at a time. There will be a drop-in workshop in Kids on Level 1 on Saturday, 4th October and Sunday, 3rd October between 1pm and 6pm (5pm on Sunday). The art sessions are a way for children to see how art can help them be creative and confident, and perhaps find hidden talent along the way.

Punch Records are setting up stage in store on Sunday 4th October and Birmingham-born and internationally renowned British Soul Singer Jacob Banks will be performing acoustically and taking part in a special question and answer session. A worldwide fashion icon, Jacob has just written and produced his second EP with support from artists including Pharrell, P Diddy and Annie Mac. He has previously toured with Emeli Sande and is currently working with Chase & Status, Plan B and Wretch 32.

Live sets will also be played throughout the day by contemporary Birmingham artists.

Energetic rapper and female MC, RoxXxan, who has been described as the ‘one to watch’ by a national newspaper will be performing too on the day. This will be alongside new and upcoming singer songwriter Namiwa Jazz, and eclectic Soul/Jazz artist Call Me Unique, who has opened from international artists such as Rihanna, Beyonce and many more.


Sunday, 4th October between 12pm and 4pm on Level 2, Mens.

1pm - Namiwa Jazz
2pm - Call Me Unique
2.30pm - RoxXxan
3pm - Q & A with Jacob Banks
3.30pm - Jacob Banks

This event is free, turn up on the day to enjoy the music.

There is lots more going on in store so this weekend is a great time to visit if you're thinking of shopping as there's lots of special competitions and gifts with purchase available in store.

Off site, there is plenty going on too.

The ICA Off-Site exhibition will be open from October 2 until October 4, and visitors will be able to see work by top photographer Tyrone Lebon, commercial artist Fergadelic, Filmmakers Tim & Barry / Just Jam, self-taught artist Ben Sansbury and one of the most promising young British fashion designers, Ashley Williams.

The artists have been linking heavily with Britain’s second city, and aim to reference recent trends in contemporary urban sub-cultures. The off-site venue will feature the temporary exhibition and music programme that draw on Birmingham’s mix of industrial and post-war brutalist architecture, celebrating the city as the centre of creativity and a source of inspiration.


Tyrone Lebon - the photographer and filmmaker Tyrone Lebon will present a new work on slide projectors, featuring photographs of local people from Birmingham, interspersed with photographs of both his own family as well as the family of late 90’s fashion designer Christopher Nemeth who live in the city.

Fashion designer Ashley Williams will present a site-specific installation featuring a unique print from her forthcoming AW16 collection, that will be applied to a series of fabrics draped around the space. Situated within the space will be a collection of related objects that will be accompanied by a new video work made in collaboration with Lev Tanju. Ashley was a huge hit at London Fashion Week SS16 so she's definitely worth keeping an eye on!

Tim & Barry, the film and photography duo, will be presenting a video programme of rare and unseen archived footage of past Just Jam broadcasts, alongside the full-length footwork documentary, ‘I’m Tryna Tell Ya’. The film presents an oral history of the ground-breaking Chicago based dance and music genre, delivered by its pioneers and brightest stars.

Tom of England will headline the opening live music event with support from Tim & Barry and their signature psychedelic visuals. On the Saturday night Just Jam will present and broadcast a programme of live performances by Midlands and UK based contemporary electronic musicians including Barely Legal, Crack Stevens, Scratcher and Tsunga. To accompany the exhibition and events programme, Voodoo Rays will provide New York style pizza and drinks inspired by local Birmingham flavours.

Fergadelic is a commercial artist, working as a freelance designer, but uses each of his jobs to explore his artistic expression. He has worked alongside a variety of individuals and their respected brands, including Palace Skateboards, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Paul Smith.

Ben Sansbury is a self-taught artist whose work has evolved from a distinguished career as an art director and graphic designer. He uses a variety of mediums including sculpture, found objects, digital video and collages to suggest alternative perceptions of reality.

ICA Offsite Timetable

Friday, 2nd October:

Tim & Barry present Tom of England 8pm until 12pm. Free ticketed event.

Saturday, 3rd October:

Exhibition opening hours 11am until 6pm.

Just Jam present, Barely Legal, Crack Stevens, Scratcher, Tsunga from 8pm until 12pm. Free ticketed event.

Sunday, 4th October:

Exhibition opening hours, 11am until 6pm.

This is a free, ticketed event. Tickets must be booked onlin at


There are so many reasons to come into store this weekend and if you're free I'd really recommend coming down as there really is something for everyone. I'll be at the Bollywood Cinema for sure!

See you there!

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