Celebs Cara Delevingne and Leonard DiCaprio flock to Coachella Festival
A-list celebrities can’t seem to get enough of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Palm Springs, California. Leonardo DiCaprio, with new girlfriend, Calvin Klein model Toni Garrn, was spotted busting some serious shapes watching MGMT and Beyonce and Jay Z rocked out to Skrillex’s set in the Sahara tent. Cara Delevingne, ever the party animal, also attended the festival with sister Poppy. The pair posted various photos on Instagram of themselves arriving at the event by helicopter before partying the weekend away.
The tragic death of Peaches Geldof
Any death in celebville always causes shock and speculation and none more so than the sudden and, so far, unexplained demise of Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof on 7 April 2014. Young mother, wife and daughter of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, 25-year old Peaches was never the partying ‘It’ girl you so often see falling out of exclusive London clubs. She spent several years as a columnist for The Daily Telegraph then The Guardian commenting on socio-political issues. Peaches also wrote and presented her own TV documentary Peaches Geldof: Teenage Mind in 2005 and in 2011, she presented a six-part series on ITV2 called OMG! with Peaches Geldof, a magazine-format chat and guest show with audience participation.
But it seems that the young Geldof girl never truly grieved for her mother after she passed away from a heroin overdose in 2000. ‘I remember the day my mother died, and it’s still hard to talk about it,’ she told Elle magazine last year. ‘I just blocked it out. I went to school the next day, because my father’s mentality was, ‘Keep calm and carry on’ So we all went to school and tried to act as if nothing had happened.’
All we do know is that Peaches’ final Instagram posting on the evening before her death was a photo of her and her mother,captioned simply ‘My mum and me’. As SOCIETY MARBELLA went to press, the cause of Peaches’ tragic death, at only 25 years old, was still unknown.
Bad boy James Arthur
It’s been a bumpy old road for X Factor winner James Arthur who won the talent show back in 2012. Amidst Twitter slurs, homophobic rants and lyrics that seem to promote terrorism, it is hardly surprising that rumours have been circulating that say the 26 year-old has been dropped by his record label, Syco. Speaking to Heat magazine, Simon Cowell commented, ‘He’s still on our label. I would say to him, like I would say to any artist ‘you won the show, you’re selling millions of records - be happy’. We couldn’t agree more!
Victoria Beckham turns 40
The fashion designer-cum-Spice Girl celebrated her 40th birthday last month and what better way to spend the big day than a stay at an exclusive spa resort in the Grand Canyon – oh, and a dinner at elite eatery Nobu in Los Angeles? Victoria and David, her husband of nearly 15 years, were spotted leaving the A-list haunt alongside celebrity pals, Gordon and Tana Ramsay. To many, this may seem a rather staid affair for such a landmark birthday but Victoria apparently favours a dinner with a small group of her closest friends and family to any big birthday bash. A source told The Sun: “Victoria wanted family time so it has been kept very intimate and low key. Their lives are 100 miles an hour so she wanted to be away from the limelight and city life as they have that all the time.”
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin split
Yet another shock in the world of celebrity was the announcement that Chris Martin, 37 and Paltrow, 41 have decided to divorce. The couple, who have been together for 10 years, have two children Apple, nine and Moses, seven. In a statement issued by the pair, they said that they are and “always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time.” Such situations are always that much harder when played out under the celebrity spotlight so we hope the family can get through it with relative ease.
Lindsay Lohan ‘meltdown’ on own reality show
Rarely out of the headlines these days, some may have been fooled into thinking that LiLo’s new documentary series was an attempt to repair her tarnished image. Unfortunately, the series led by the Oprah Winfrey has done the exact opposite. In the final episode, Lindsay reveals she recently suffered a miscarriage and begins to sob on camera. The eight-part reality show has also shown the 27-year old actress open up about her so called ‘sex list’ amongst other trashy revelations. Oprah is said to be furious with Lindsay’s behaviour and has pulled the plug on a second series.
‘The Silkworm – A Comoran Strike Novel’ by Robert Galbraith
J. K. Rowling (under her Robert Galbraith pseudonym) brings us another thrilling adventure tale, courtesy of private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott. Hot on the heels of their last mystery in the novel The Cuckoo’s Calling this ynamic duo sets about uncovering the sinister truths about novelist Owen Quine who disappears for an unknown reason. A difficult-toput- down, compelling read to the very last page.
‘Personal’ by Lee Child
As one of the world’s leading thriller writers, Child delivers yet another heart stopping read in his latest offering, Personal. Jack Reacher is brought back into the detective game as he is tasked with tracking down a hitman who has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Child takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris and then to London in this fast paced tale of mystery and personal vendettas.
‘Stone Matress: Nine Tales’ by Margaret Atwood
Atwood delivers some serious storytelling punch in this novel made up of nine tales. With hints of the fantastical, readers of Stone Mattress will be seduced by stories such as that of a woman born with a genetic abnormality meaning she is constantly mistaken for a vampire and a recently widowed fantasy writer who is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband.
‘Us’ by David Nicholls
He did it with One Day and he has done it again in new novel Us; Nicholls intertwines wit, sadness and brutal realism into a tale of family relations. Waterstones has predicted that this publication will be “one of the major events in the world of books in 2014”
and we wholeheartedly agree.
‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’ by Haruki Murakami and Philip Gabriel
Selling more than a million copies in its first week in Japan, you can expect big things from this book by internationally acclaimed authors Murakami and Gabriel. It tells the story of a man whose four best senior school friends, Mr Red, Mr Blue, Miss White and Miss Black, ostracise him because he is ‘colourless’, that is he is the only one without a kanji symbol for a colour. Murakami’s UK publisher, Liz Foley at Harvill Secker told The Guardian that she predicted the novel would “inspire a whole new raft of fans for his work”.
Luxury hotels and clubs are boosting efforts to cater to their littlest guests and the Marbella Club Hotel is leading the curve with the recent unveiling of their Kids Club. Open to hotel guests and local/visiting families as part of the membership programme, the club was built to bring education and recreation to life.
Not your regular “kids club”, the Marbella Club Kid’s Club includes everything from a dance studio, music room, library, and art and pottery area to an aroma workshop, garage kitchen, vegetable garden, outdoor chill-out and green area, computer room and enchanted lagoon. Kids can also interact with majestic birds such as eagles and owls during regular visits from a local bird handler. On special nights, the club extends its hours for an open air cinema night. Kid’s get to indulge in specially prepared healthy treats while lounging in the chill out area and watching their favourite movies.
Those who visit often or are based here will be thrilled to learn that the club is not only open to hotel guests. It also offers a membership program for local families. During the school term the Club is running after-school activities that include teacher led homework support, cooking, music, drama, dance, languages, computer skills and art lessons as well as sports and other fun activities. The club is offering Full Year memberships and Holiday/ Overseas memberships limited to 16 weeks per annum for those who visit often or have a holiday home here.
Interview with Marbella Club Kid’s Club Director, GUY LELEU
We heard that the Marbella Club Kid’s Club offers family memberships. Can you tell us a little about what that would entail?
The Kid’s Club annual membership offers access to our Kids Club all year round. During term time we have an afterschool programme that runs from 16:30 to 19:30 which includes homework support and a wide variety of activities such as dance, drama, art and design and tennis at Puente Romano. Our most popular activity is definitely cooking in our amazing kitchen. During the school holidays and on weekends we are open from 10:00 to 16:00 and we have a full programme of activities ranging from kayaking and surfing on the beach to making perfume in our aroma workshop. We also include lunch from our healthy menu. All the activities are included in our membership package. We offer a weekend and holiday membership for local families as well as a special membership for families who visit Marbella frequently or have a holiday home here.
What makes the Kid’s Club so special to the Marbella Club?
Firstly the setting, we are based in the original Villa of Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe which he built when he first came to Marbella 60 years ago. It is right in the heart of the Marbella Club and you can really feel it. The villa has been superbly renovated by a Madrid design company, Mini Mec. They have included some incredible details that make the space a real paradise for children.
In your opinion why are parents so happy with the afterschool programme?
The feedback from our members has been very positive. I think the fact that we have experienced and well qualified teachers providing both the homework support and the activities is a genuine benefit. Some of our parents are not native English speakers so having a teacher available to help with the homework is very important to them. Also the fact that we can offer so many activities in one place means that parents no longer feel like a taxi service taking kids from one venue to another.
What are the most popular activities for Kids?
It is difficult to say as we offer so many activities. Over the summer, definitely the most popular activities were kayaking, the weekly visit of our friendly owl and eagle and the make your own pizza activity - where the children pick fresh ingredients from our garden and use them to create their very own pizza with our chef. The regular table tennis tournaments and sports activities are also very popular, as well as swimming in our special organic pool. During the summer everybody loved our movie nights where we use our open air cinema.
Is there one special programme that you recommend at the Kid’s Club?
Definitely, the new Junior Master Chef programme! Kids will learn how to cook, the skills required to make a series of recipes and which ingredients to use. They will be awarded their certificates by our Michelin starred Head Chef at the end of the course.
We heard that you host Birthday parties at the Marbella Club Kid’s Club, tell us about a recent birthday. Can you share a few highlights?
The last party we had was really incredible. We had jugglers, clowns, our Owl and Eagle came too. We finished with an open air Disco complete with a DJ.
What sort of activities can you plan for a Birthday party?
We offer a bespoke service as there are just so many activities and themes we can plan for any event. The client shares their ideas and we share ours and we make sure they have an unforgettable birthday party.
What can parents do while the kids are enjoying the party, can you cater for adults?
Yes, we can in fact at the last party here we hosted 41 adults. They enjoyed great paella while the kids had fun. Alternatively you can leave your children with us and just enjoy the Marbella Club’s superb restaurants and bars!
Open: 365 days a year
Ages: Children ages 4 – 14. (Children under 4 are welcome to take part in the programme when accompanied by a parent or custodian)
Opening Hours: Participation is on a full or half-day basis: the full day program runs from 10:00– 16:00, including lunch. The after-school program runs from 16:30 -19:30 and full days on weekends.
Languages: Spanish, English, French and German. Additional languages are available upon request.
Activities: Arts and Crafts; Music and Dance; Beach Activities and Sports; Mini Gardeners program; Garage Kitchen and cooking; Creative Play; Supervised Swim; Evening Sessions (BBQ, dance at the mini disco, or watch a movie under the stars) and Sports Training (tennis academy, golf lessons from a PGA instructor, horseback riding)
Membership: For more information about the Kid’s Club, please contact Guy Leleu
Summer feels just around the corner and, with the opening of the Coast’s many beach clubs, this May we take a look at which tunes are going to be the sounds of summer ‘14.
Calvin Harris 'Summer'
This song’s uplifting lyrics, “When I met you in the summer to my heartbeat sound” make it destined to dominate the dance floor in the coming months. It is hard to imagine a summer when Calvin Harris doesn’t kill it with his statement sunny beats.
Chris Malinchak ‘If U Got It’
He has done it again! Summer 2013 was filled with the mellowed-out house tune ‘So Good to Me’ and now this year Malinchak’s ‘If U Got It’ is going to be another summer banger. The American DJ provides a masterclass in sugary melodies.
Sam Smith ‘Stay With Me’
The 21 year-old Brit took the world by storm as the voice on Disclosure’s super successful track ‘Latch’ back in 2012 and the sensation that is Sam Smith shows no signs of slowing down. ‘Stay with Me‘ - released in June - is likely to be one of the hottest tracks this summer with its emotive harmonies and listener-friendly lyrics.
Faul & Wad Ad vs Pnau ‘Changes’
Unmistakeably summery, it is impossible not to feel excited about the summer months when listening to this single. French producer Faul has taken the chorus from ‘Baby’ sung by a children’s choir and transformed it into a deep house summer anthem with the help of some sax-on-the-beach riffs.
Duke Dumont ‘I Got U’
Steel drums and a blissful background beat make this song a summer essential. Duke Dumont seems unstoppable at the moment and this track is just as good as ‘Need U (100%)’, which skyrocketed the British record producer into big name territory.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, P!nk opened her performance at the 2014 Grammys with a spell-binding spin, hanging upside down from a rope. As I sat watching the performance, it became obvious why the world of music fans has such a penchant for this outlandish singer – P!nk (real name Alecia Beth Moore Hart) is quite simply fearless.
Never scared to break the rules or push the boundaries of what a pop star should look like, P!nk began her music career back in 2000 with her single ‘There You Go’, but it was dance-floor favourite ‘Get the Party Started’ which really hurtled the singer into Billboard fame. The video to the track features P!nk stealing a skateboard from two boys in order to get to a party which she is subsequently refused entry to and so climbs scaffolding to get into the building instead. And so began P!nk’s no-nonsense music career.
‘Get the Party Started’ was the leadtrack on the 2001 album M!ssundaztood, which achieved global commercialand critical success and featured chart topping singles ‘Just Like a Pill’ and‘Don’t Let Me Get Me’. The album had a resounding urban influence and wasmarked throughout with P!nk’s signature nonconformist mentality.
Behind P!nk’s seemingly ‘don’t care’ attitude on this album, the lyrics pack some serious punch on gritty topics such as divorce, drug abuse and teenage angst. In particular, the final track ‘Family Portrait’ reveals a rarely seen vulnerable side, as she sings about the separation of her parents when she was a child. Her treatment of such hard-hitting topics seemed to speak volumes to teenagers and young adults throughout the world who took notice of this singer who was ‘real’ and flawed like any normal human. Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times comments, “P!nk stood up for her music, broke the music industry’s mould and scored a breakout hit, challenging a school of teen singers to find their own sounds as well.” He adds, “[P!nk] also started a race among other teen pop stars like Christina Aguilera add substance to their own sound.”
It was not until I went to see P!nk in concert that it dawned on me how vocally talented the singer is. As well as consistently delivering electric performances, P!nk has a rocky edge to her voice which allows her to create a uniquely raw rasp on certain notes while also being able to access higher notes with brightness and clarity. The Star Tribune commends the singer by saying, “Her slightly raspy, slightly soulful voice made you feel the dysfunction in ‘Family Portrait’, the longing of ‘Who Knew’ and the empowerment in ‘Perfect’.”
British soul singer Adele considers P!nk’s performance at the Brixton Academy in London as one of “the most defining moments” in her life, telling Spinner, “It was the M!ssundaztood record, so I was about 13 or 14. I had never heard, being in the room, someone sing like that live. Before that I was into the Spice Girls and stuff like that and they can’t sing obviously. I know that now. I remember sort of feeling like I was in a wind tunnel, her voice just hitting me. It was incredible.”
Nearly 15 years on, the 34-year old artist has ditched the vivid fuchsia pink locks for a more ‘mature’ pale rose, but still remains one of the boldest and outspoken artists of our generation. She has recently released new album The Truth About Love which features the successful single ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ that has gained international acclaim. With a Brit nomination last February for Best International Female as well as the coveted Best Song of the Year nomination at the 56th Grammy Awards, P!nk ontinues to produce music which speaks from the heart.
Her philanthropic exploits should also be congratulated. As a prominent campaigner for PETA, P!nk spoke out for causes such as the protest against KFC. She is also involved with many charities including UNICEF, the Prince’s Trust, Save the Children and has recently been officially recognised as an advocator for the RSPCA in Australia. Aside from this, P!nk has shown support for marriage equality and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights.
In a society where we obsess over size zero celebrities, it is a joy and a delight to see a pop singer use her fame to promote inner beauty in such a fabulously fearless way.