NME Lifehacks 2017

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Islington Metal Works



Sustainable fashion charity TRAID and NME’s fashion partners at the #Lifehacks event. During the afternoon, they ran an Anti-Fashion Workshop  helping guests to adopt their Secondfirst Styling approach to putting together outfits. The TRAID reps were really nice, all you had to do was choose the anti-fashion slogan that most resonates with you, and then they showed you how to screen print it by hand onto a T-shirt provided by TRAID. Second-hand T-shirt, of course! They had a fun photoshoot experience for everyone that made one, here I am with mine – #StopTheWaste


“What I wish I knew at 18”.

So, I couldn’t get a seat in the actual panel room so I sat in the Network & Chill area which had a furry 90’s vibe going on. I really enjoyed what last years panel spoke about when asked ‘What I wish I knew in my twenties

I was really looking forward to this years line up which included;

Jonathan Badyal (Universal Music UK)
Dr Kirsty Fairclough (University of Salford)
Kanya King MBE (MOBO Awards)
Liv Little (gal-dem) 



Bearing in mind I’m half deaf and listening from the busy Network & Chill area right, I managed to catch some of their answers;

LIV LITTLE “I don’t think I was as aware of what was happening in the world when I was 18, in a political sense. 18 year olds today are much more politically aware and its important.”

JONATHAN BADYAL – “Don’t pigeon hole yourself into one area. Find out as much as you can as possible. There have never been as much opportunities as there is available right now.”

KANYA KING MBE – From a young age King had a strong role model in her mother and always felt her life had purpose. 

The panelists took a few questions from the audience and it was explained to us that 85% of being successful is more about being positive and believing you can do it! the key to success is a positive mind.


Once the panel had ended, DJ’s BBZ were on top of the music until the secret gig star was revealed as upcoming singer – songwriter Tom Grennan


Originally from Bedford, now London based, he described his inclination towards blues and soul, and this is illuminated on his debut EP, ‘Something In The Water’, which was produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence + The Machine, The Maccabees). 

I had not heard of him prior to this event but trust me the boys got vocals. I love the intimate performance feel and this was perfect for Tom. 

His album is out on the 9th march 2018.





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