Happy New Year, Happy New Snow Boots

6 01 2010

Hello hello, it has been a while since I’ve blogged… apologies but the festive season has got in the way. The bad news now though, is that my brain has a backlog of things I’ve been meaning to blog about so sorry if you get sick of seeing random things from me over the next week.

So, how was everyone’s Christmas and New Year? We all set and ready for 2010? I am; completely. I don’t know why but I’m really excited about this year; there are so many things going on and being the start of a new decade makes me think there are even more possibilities.

On the personal side, there is lots going on, including an exciting house move this Friday. Stay tuned for pictures of the housewarming…

Work-wise there are some amazing things on the horizon, including some exciting plans for Style Birmingham; International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010; some great projects with Punch Records; and the fantastic Pop: Jann Haworth exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. There is also the looming final of The F Word, which features Birmingham’s very own Lasan. Fingers crossed they do it… tune in to Channel 4 tomorrow night at 9pm to find out. There’s loads more happening at Rewired, so I’ll be sure to share it with you.

But for now, I just want to say how bored I am of the snow. It was exciting when it was Christmas but Mr Jack Frost, IT ISN’T CHRISTMAS ANYMORE. I’m not using the white stuff to have any time off work either; what’s the point, you’ll only end up doing more when you’re back anyway. The drive home tonight was a tad horrendous as the snow is turning to ice, but most of the problems are caused by bad drivers!

Anyway, rant over… I’m off to finish packing for the big move. Catch you later.





A year in the life of Rewired

27 11 2009


The Rewired team with Rob Markwell (Pitch Consultants) and Michael Collie (BBC)

I can’t believe it has already been a week since we were getting dolled up in the office ready for the CIPR PRide Midlands Awards. Held at the ICC, the awards celebrate PR professionals and agencies across the Midlands region. Rewired was up for Outstanding Small Consultancy and I’d tried not to think about it too much for fear of being disappointed, but as soon as we sat at the table, my heart starting going. Luckily, my first trip on the stage was to collect a bottle of Veuve (I was one of the raffle winners!) so we popped the cork to settle the nerves.

The night was amazing and 21 awards into the show, Rewired was announced as the CIPR PRide Midlands ‘Oustanding Small Consultancy’. I won’t go into details but let’s just say the night didn’t end when the awards did and my bottle of Veuve was one of many.

It was such an amazing achievement for us as a company and a team, especially seeing as though Rewired was only been born 18 months ago.

Winning got me thinking about what an amazing year and a half it has been at Rewired. Everyone knows how much I love my job and the people I work with, but more than that I was proud of Rewired for having such a fantastic year in such a difficult economic climate.

This time last year, we had already begun working on some amazing clients; Taste of Birmingham, Hello Digital, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and The Big Picture, but since then the client list has gone from strength to strength. We’re working with some amazing organisations on some really exciting projects and clients.

We’ve maintained our niche of creative, digital and leisure companies but developed each of these client bases to include some amazing companies. As well as regional organisations like Screen West Midlands, Audiences Central and Ormiston Trust, we’re also working with innovative companies and projects like Mudlark.We’re still heavily involved in the region’s arts scene and continue working with Wolverhampton Art Gallery; currently on the amazing ‘Pop: Jann Haworth’ exhibition, which you MUST go and see.  We are also working with Punch Records on some amazing music and arts projects, and so far have brought some brilliant music to the city!

We also have also strengthened our events arm; both PR and event management. We’ve done PR for BASS Festival, Style in the City and Birmingham Book Festival. As well as the event management of Producers’ Forum ‘Celebrate the Future of Film’, Royal Television Society Awards and a number of high profile film premieres and industry events for Screen WM.

As well as Style in the City, we have also moved in to the fashion world (much to my delight), working with Retail Birmingham. Style Birmingham, the consumer brand for Retail Birmingham, had a fantastic rebrand earlier in the year (courtesy of 383 Project, who I love working with). Since then, Style Birmingham has gone from strength to strength and is fast-becoming the city’s voice for style and shopping. This project is a major part of our leisure/consumer work, which also includes work with Lasan, Birmingham’s premier Indian Restaurant, who have recently won Best Indian Restaurant on The F Word.

There are so many other clients to mention but you’ll get bored if I keep going, but it’s just amazing for me to see how much we’ve grown since last year. We’ve just been taken on by a couple of new clients, which I’m sure I will be blogging and twittering about very soon.

2010 looks to be a very exciting year so hopefully, this time next year, I’ll be writing a post about event more exciting times at Rewired HQ!





Stepping into the world of Dub

23 11 2009

Coming from a musical background – Google Barry Tomes and Norma Lewis (Momma and Poppa Bear) and you’ll see what I mean – I’ve always been pretty open minded in the music department. My iPod has the most random mix of music on it.

I’m quite in to drum ‘n’ bass and recently this has developed into a love of dubstep. It seems to be pretty popular at the moment, with Skream and Rusko making it on to Radio 1 playlist thanks to remixes of La Roux and Mr Hudson.

As part of Rewired’s work with Punch Records, I’m really excited about working on their latest tour, Dub to Dubstep, which kicks off later this week.


Mikey Dread

The six-date maverick tour is an exploration of the connection between dub, reggae and dubstep. Such a massive genre across the world, people don’t often understand the difference between these three types of music so Punch is working with Channel One Sound System and Vagabondz to bring this tour to life.

Who’s involved?
Celebrating their 30th Anniversary, Channel One will bring their custom-built soundsystem to each venue, with Mikey Dread as Selector and Ras Kayleb as MC. The tour will also feature four leading dub artists; The Uplifter, JazZstepPa, Kromestar, and Rob Smith aka RSD.

Who are they?
A fixture on the scene since 2003, The Uplifter is an established DJ, who brings his performances to life with animated art projections, live percussion and vocalists. He will be joined by JazZstepPa, one of the UK’s leading dubstep acts that have already attracted attention from BBC Radio 1. Another sought-after dubstep DJ, and BBC 1 Xtra and Rinse FM resident, Kromestar, will also feature in the line-up. The final act to take to the stage as part of the exciting tour is Rob Smith aka RSD, who has produced a number of songs including Massive Attack’s first single ‘Any Love’.


The Channel One Sound System

When is it?
Dub to Dubstep is taking place between 28 November – 12 December:

28 November: Beaver Works, Leeds
3 December: The Rainbow, Birmingham
4 December: Trinity, Bristol
9 December: The Den, London
10 December: Digital, Brighton
12 December: Old Firestation, Bournemouth

It’s exciting to see a different type of tour happening and from what I know so far, it’s definitely going to be explosive, so make sure you check it out. I will be going to a couple of the gigs so give me a shout if you’re going too!

For more information, check out www.punch-records.co.uk.





The Trend of the Jack-in-the-Box Shop

18 11 2009


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The term ‘pop-up shop’ seems to have been thrown around quite a lot recently; with fashion designers, artists and well-known brands opening temporary shops across the country. The trend for these fashionable units is a result of both the recession and throw-away fashion; what better way to stay on top of the style game than to close shops after just six months and move on to ‘the next big thing’?!

Last year London became thoroughly ‘pop-tastic’, with shops, restaurants and art galleries taking over the city’s coolest areas. There was a massive rise in portable restaurants, like the Reindeer Restaurant and Flash, and also art galleries like the Proud Gallery, which started merely as a marquee over a car park. Even retail expert Mary Portas opened a hyper pop-up, open for just one hour and selling vintage clothes, and again this year she teamed up with Grazia to open a charity shop in Westfield.

The trend has continued to grow with On|Off, Doc Martens, and heritage brand Baracuta joining the list of pop-ups. Even London Fashion Week fuelled a host of pop-ups across the Capital.

But it’s not just London benefitting from these shops, this year the trend has come to Birmingham.

Back in September, Councillor Martin Mullaney headed up the Style in the City fringe, Pop Up in the City. Using an empty unit on Corporation Street, he worked with a 14 local designers to open a market-place for shoppers during the three-day fashion and beauty festival.

Now that Christmas is here, Harvey Nichols has re-opened their Christmas pop-up gift shop on Level 3 of The Mailbox, selling the best Christmas gifts and to-die-for hampers. They are also holding a Festive Fete for shoppers on 30 November.

Jewellery festival Brilliantly Birmingham has also jumped on board the pop-up train. Teaming up with Pavilions, the temporary boutique will be open from 5-24 December and will showcase a number of designers, giving shoppers the opportunity to buy original hand-crafted jewellery and commission bespoke pieces.

But the latest and one of the most exciting of the pop-ups to arrive in the city comes courtesy of Punch Records and the Sauce Gallery. Pioneering typographer, sleeve designer and artist Swifty will be setting up shop at the Sauce Gallery in Custard Factory from Saturday 12 December 2009-10 January 2010. From originals and one-off prints, to T-shirts, skateboards and stickers, Swifty fans will have plenty to choose from. Partly inspired by Peter Blake’s ‘Toy Shop’, it will also feature Swifty’s Newsagents installation and be home to the A-Z of Swifty Show. For more info, go to www.punch-records.co.uk.

So, it looks like the pop-up trend is going strong, and I have to say that I’ll champion it all the way. An article by The Times summed pop-ups up perfectly, calling them “The epitome of our high-speed, short-attention-span culture.”

Not only do pop-ups keep the cool crowd entertained but they also gives artists and young designers a platform to showcase their work. They also makes the most of empty and under-used units. A win-win all round, I’d say!