Independent Music Monday: BERRIES

Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature.

This week, we caught up with Holly from London based rock band BERRIES find out more about them…

You can read the full interview over at Merryn Music:
https://merrynmusicblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/independent-music-monday-berries/

Happy birthday Merryn Magazine!

anniversaryYay, it’s now been a year since I started running Merryn Magazine! It’s been a crazy year; we’ve brought out two magazines, posted many features and created Merryn Music, Merryn Charity and Merryn Books. We’ve achieved so much in the first year and I can’t wait to see what we produce in the next year.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us along the way: here’s to many more years! 🙂 x

Independent Music Monday: Chris Haze

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature.

This week, we caught up with Chris Haze find out more about him…

You can read the full interview over at Merryn Music:
https://merrynmusicblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/independent-music-monday-chris-haze-2/

Gift ideas: BUBABLOON

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Well time is marching by, and now it’s only nine weeks tomorrow until Christmas! With that in mind, we bring you another fabulous gift idea called BUBABLOON.

Babies and children love playing with balloons, but the safety aspect of them bursting is always a worry. With BUBABLOON, they can play safely without the worry of getting injured. BUBABLOON is simple to use:
1. Insert balloon
2. Inflate, then twist or tie
3. Tuck inside and play!

BUBABLOON is a washable, portable and safe fabric balloon cover that has been specially designed to reduce the risk of choking or injury. It is perfect for outdoor or indoor play, bounces like a ball, is light as a balloon and can be thrown like a volleyball.

We love the idea of BUBABLOON, please can you tell us more about it and how it came about?
I was approached by a friend 2 years ago to help her develop an idea to commercialise a product she had received as a gift for her 8 month old daughter from Australia. I researched the concept, wrote the business plan and found an ethical manufacturer who could sample what is now the BUBABLOON. I then became an investor and have now taken over the majority interest in the business due to my partner having a second baby. I’ve subsequently rebranded and launched a variety of new products to the Buba family.

We saw you were recently on an episode of Dragon’s Den, what was that like?
To be honest it wasn’t as tense as it looks. I’d participated 10 years ago with another of my businesses. This time around I was so relaxed I surprised myself. The feedback was encouraging and even the shortened version of my pitch showed the product in a positive light. I wasn’t there for the funding merely to give BUBABLOON some key exposure.

Do you have any plans for the future for BUBABLOON?
The BUBABLOON is now available in a selection of independent retailers across the south of England with more stores stocking every week. We are listed on two European airlines with several more interested.

I launched BUBASAUR in the summer to test the soft toy market. It was so successful it sold out within weeks. BUBABEARS are now in production as are the BUBABAG and our unique travel themed colouring in version of the BUBABLOON. Beyond this I’ll be launching BrandBloon for the corporate gift market and BUBAGEMS for little girls who love pearl and silver jewellery.

You can find out more about BUBABLOON below on their website, their Facebook page, their Twitter account or on Instagram.

 

Independent Music Monday: Joy Atlas

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature.

This week, we caught up with Newcastle band Joy Atlas to find out more about them…

You can read the full interview over at Merryn Music:
https://merrynmusicblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/independent-music-monday-joy-atlas-2/

Independent Music Monday: Gold Tooth Reptiles

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature.

This week, we caught up with Rich from Harlow unsigned band Gold Tooth Reptiles to find out more about them…

You can read the full interview over at Merryn Music:
https://merrynmusicblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/independent-music-monday-gold-tooth-reptiles/

Gift ideas: Unicorn Adoptions

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With only 11 weeks to go until Christmas (where has the time gone?!), we’ve already started thinking about what to buy for family and friends.

One of our favourite gift ideas is Unicorn Adoptions: a super cute pack containing many unicorn-related goodies and we’re secretly tempted to buy one for ourselves!

We caught up with co-founder James Smith to find out more…

Please can you tell us how Unicorn Adoptions came about?
My business partner Mark Swift and I felt as if there was so much pessimism and negative press in the world right now. Every news story we read or heard about was negative and so we wanted to develop a product which brings pure escapism, to help everyone forget their troubles. That’s when Unicorn Adoptions was born!

We believe that the Unicorn symbolises love and acceptance for all people and because of this we set ourselves out on a mission for everyone to discover their inner fabulousness no matter what age!

By creating the Unicorn Adoptions product we wanted to support the work of three fantastic charities embodying our values. Every Unicorn Adoption pack helps supports the charities: Alder Hey Children’s Charity, Stonewall and Community Integration Care, all of whom do fantastic work.

What lovely goodies can people expect to receive in their Unicorn Adoption pack?
The Unicorn Adoption pack comes in lots of different forms. You can choose one of a number of Unicorn soft toys with each pack or purchase the pack by itself.

Each pack contains:
A blank Unicorn adoption certificate – name your Unicorn!
A confirmation letter
A Unicorn badge
A Unicorn key ring
A Unicorn face mask (self assembly)
A Unicorn bookmark
A Unicorn colouring in sheet
2 x A4 Unicorn posters
2 x Unicorn postcards
3 x Unicorn stickers

It makes a great gift to show your loved ones how fabulous they really are. A unique gift they will treasure forever!

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Do you have any plans to include any new kinds of packs?
Yes, keep a look out on our website – more exciting news to follow shortly…

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We think this is such a brilliant idea, and the fact that charities benefit means that your thoughtful gift idea will help so many other people too.

You can find out more about Unicorn Adoptions at their website, on their Facebook page, on Instagram or on Twitter.

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Writer Wednesday: Jamie Bernthal

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On Wednesdays on social media, people use the hashtag #WriterWednesday to chat about all things author, book and writing, including authors promoting their own work. As we love to support self-published authors, we thought we’d join in and we will be featuring a UK self-published author every Wednesday on the website. This week, we met Jamie Bernthal to find out more…

You can read the full interview over at Merryn Books:
https://merrynbooks.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/writer-wednesday-jamie-bernthal/

Independent Music Monday: Coco Peri

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature.

This week, we caught up with Coco Peri to find out more about her…

You can read the full interview over at Merryn Music:
https://merrynmusicblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/independent-music-monday-coco-peri-2/

Upcoming event: Oxjam Leeds Music Festival

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Oxjam is Oxfam’s month-long music festival and each year in October, hundreds of volunteer led events happen across the UK, all with a view to raising money to help Oxfam combat poverty and suffering around the world. Oxjam Leeds Music Festival will be taking place in Leeds city centre on Saturday 22nd October 2016 and this year is its its 10th anniversary.

Events will be taking place is multiple venues in the city centre, such as The Old Red Bus Station (Vicar Lane), North Brewing Co. (Sheepscar Grove), Temple of Boom (Millwright Street), Crowd of Favours (Harper Street), Santiago (Grand Arcade) and Milo (Call Lane), with more venues to be announced.

Oxjam Leeds 2016 Takeover Manager Fiona Dillon said “We’re really turning up the volume this year – Oxjam Leeds is going to be huge. This festival is all about offering emerging artists a platform and I’m so proud to say that we’ve already signed up some of the best new talent in the country to perform. Every music fan wants to say that they were the first to see the next big thing and Oxjam Leeds is one of those festivals that offers punters that rare opportunity. I passionately believe we can use music to come together to help eradicate poverty and suffering.”

Interesting facts
* For every ÂŁ1 donated to Oxfam, 84p goes directly on emergency, development and campaigning work, 8p is spent on support costs, and 8p is invested to generate future revenue.
* Over 1.3 million people have been to an Oxjam gig.
* So far there have been over 5,200 Oxjam events across the UK.
* Since 2006 Oxjam has raised over ÂŁ2.8 million for Oxfam.

Tickets are ÂŁ10 each and will give festival-goers access to ten hours of live music. Tickets can be purchased online at www.oxjamleeds.co.uk.

You can find out more about Oxjam Leeds below:
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