THE PHOENIX MAGAZINE MUSIC EDITOR RECOMMENDS THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR MUSIC LOVERS
Excerpt Oisin Lunny
EPIZODE MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL PASSES
How about spending New Year’s Eve with your loved ones on Vietnam’s unspoiled Phú Quốc Island? Eco-friendly Epizode festival boasts green-blue tropical seas, epic sunsets, white sand beaches, and 11 nights soundtracked by world-class DJs such as Anja Schneider, Jamie Jones, Kiasmos and Moodymann. ‘Sister Multi-Passes’ allow two ladies to enter for the price of one, so you can gift your BFF as well. 11-day Multi-Passes (27 December–7 January) from €259.
SPRS.ME TRAVEL GIFT CARD
For the spontaneous jet-setter in your life, Sprs.Me lets you give the gift of surprise travel experiences via vouchers. It’s a novel concept where the destination is revealed at the departure airport of your choice. Options include 3, 4 or 5-day mystery city breaks based on your preferences. Beats a pair of socks by several (air) miles. From £20.
ELECTRONIC SHEEP X EDGE ONLY MIXTAPE PENDANT
The editorial team has fallen for this dinky mixed tape pendant from the Electronic Sheep X Edge Only collab, a statement piece inspired by a mutual connection to music, designed and ethically made in Ireland. The A-side label is left blank for your own dedication. €249-€319.
M50XBT HEADPHONES BY AUDIO-TECHNICA
For a pair of studio-grade headphones with superb sound and excellent battery life, look no further than Audio-Technica’s M50xBT. The original wired version is a favourite of pros like Stormzy and Royal Blood, and the new Bluetooth update offers 40 hours of battery life, CD-like quality streaming, and touch controls to activate your smartphone’s voice assistant. £175.
MISTER GOOD TIMES, NORMAN JAY
Here at PHOENIX we always like to gift a book or several, and this year’s selection includes the fascinating Mister Good Times autobiography by one of the world’s best-loved DJs, Norman Jay MBE. It’s a tale of Northern Soul nights, illegal raves, pirate radio and of course the Notting Hill carnival. £13.51.
THE SECRET DJ
Last but not least, The Secret DJ’s hilarious drug-soaked memoir is a hedonistic exposé of what lies behind the glamour and parties of the international DJ circuit. This is fear and loathing in Ibiza, and then some!
Edited from an article originally published in PHOENIX Magazine.
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