A Day in The Life of A Digital Native – NOISEfestival

 NOISEfestival launch featuring Alistair Darling and Badly Drawn Boy

In between covering social media usage amongst FTSE 100 companies, I try and post blog articles sharing interesting industry events I attend.



Real Fresh TV wins Manchester Evening News Blog of the Week award

Real Fresh TV - Manchester Evening News Blog Of The Week

 Wow, I’m completely blown away by this.

Paul Robinson, seasoned tech blogger and contributor to the Manchester Evening News, the widely read regional newspaper that shares a venerable heritage with the Manchester-born Guardian newspaper has awarded this site ‘Blog of the Week’ on the site’s The Mancunian Way blog!



Get Your Music Video on YouTube’s Most Viewed List In A Week

PRSNewMusicStageThis is a bit of a social media experiment.

A few hours ago, I discovered that if you searched for ‘New Music Videos’ on Google.co.uk, this humble website was the fifth search result returned.

That’s Real Fresh TV’s New Music Videos page, listed higher on Google than MTV UK, NME.com and Channel 4.

Go ahead and try it… hopefully nothing has changed.



An Evening With Fred Wilson, a New York VC visiting Leeds England

PiratesOfSiliconValleyDVDI was privileged to meet Fred Wilson, prolific blogger and pioneering Internet investor on Friday evening at the Evening with Fred Wilson event at Leeds Metropolitan university’s Old Broadcasting House.

Organised by uber-connected Leeds entrepreneur Imran Ali, the evening took the form of an informal presentation and interactive Q&A session with the co-founder of Union Square Ventures, the New York based venture capital firm behind web services like delicious, Feedburner, Etsy, Disqus and Twitter.

Delicious was sold to Yahoo in 2005 whilst Google bought Feedburner last year.



Better Late Than Never: That PUMA Manchester Gig Review

5 Day PUMA Manchester GiveawayThe eagle-eyed amongst you may recall that a few weeks ago we announced the winner of the 5 Day PUMA Manchester Giveaway, Nathan Keller.

Nathan was kind enough to write a review of PUMA’s exclusive gig in Manchester headlined by chart riding grimesters Hadouken!  He delivered it a day after the gig as requested.  Unfortunately, there was a bit of a delay in hearing back from PUMA about his prize and for that reason his review hasn’t been published until now.

PUMA came through and sent him his USAN trainers so here’s his review.   You can see some pictures he took on our Flickr page.

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b.TWEEN08 Conference Highlights – Day 2 – 20th June – Part 1

b.TWEEN 08 conference, Manchester, UK, 18-20 JuneWhat a brilliant event! The highly anticipated b.TWEEN08 conference has come and gone and Manchester is richer for it.

Here’s what happened on Day 1. There is also a pretty good write up at the Manchester Evening NewsThe Mancunian Way blog.

Here is the first part of my conference highlights for Day 2. As before, I’ve tried to post my account of each speaker’s session in their own words using favourite quotes and notable points.

I’ve decided to type more of my notes than I did yesterday so this is a rather long post. You have been warned.

For this reason Day 2′s highlights will come in two parts. I will finish the riveting Aggregators & Integrators session and also report on the very interesting Channel 4 Cross Platform Innovation session in a follow up post. Update: Here’s the follow up.



b.TWEEN08 Conference Highlights – Day 1 – 19th June

b.TWEEN 08 conference, Manchester, UK, 18-20 June

I didn’t get a chance to blog this yesterday, got in late after attending and presenting at the extremely interesting QuickFire event at Manchester’s Circle Club.

QuickFire is the b.TWEEN conference‘s take on Pecha Kucha presentations and you can find out more info about them here. You can also watch the videos from all the events at b.TWEEN on their YouTube page. The webcast is here.

I’ll put my slides up on Slideshare over the weekend. Follow today’s (and yesterday’s) events on Twitter by tracking the #btween and #btween08 Twitter hash tags using summize.com. You can also check out a pretty impressive preview here at Conference 2.0.

Now onto the Day 1 highlights…    (You can also check out Day 2′s highlights)



Real Fresh TV Partners with PUMA On A Social Media Search To Find Manchester’s Most Promising Band


Real Fresh TV is excited to announce it has partnered with leading sportswear fashion brand PUMA to find Manchester’s most promising band.

Barely weeks after opening the third ‘new concept’ PUMA store in the UK in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre, PUMA is sponsoring a band search competition to find Manchester’s most promising musical talent.



Manchester Band Spotted by Real Fresh TV Performs Glastonbury Festival

Allow us the self-congratulatory whoop but a Manchester band Real Fresh TV spotted and filmed back in 2006 is performing at this year’s Glastonbury festival!

Meet the The Ting Tings!

Back then they were Dear Eskiimo and you can watch their highly entertaining performance at the Futuresonic 2006 festival here.

The lucky few of you that will get coveted tickets to Glastonbury 2008 can see them perform on the John Peel stage on June 27.

Well done Katie and Jules! All that hardwork paid off…

UPDATE: Apple have also selected the Ting Tings song “Shut Up and Let me Go” for US TV adverts for the iPod+iTunes. Awesome. Watch on Apple and YouTube.


Hot Wire – Episode 2

Downloads: iTunes | WindowsMedia | 3G Phone | PSP

Episode 2 of Hot Wire features live music and backstage interviews from the Cohesion Live 2006 festival in Manchester.

Join intrepid Real Fresh TV presenter Emma Harvey as she meets Guy Garvey, lead singer of Elbow, Graham Coxon, Andy Rourke (The Smiths), Lou Rhodes and many more.

With music from Graham Coxon, Lou Rhodes, Nine Black Alps, The Answering Machine, Snowfight In The City Centre and more.


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