WATCH: 7 reasons why VICELAND will be your new favourite Sky channel
Today it was announced that connoisseurs of cool VICE Media will be partnering with Sky to offer brand new channel VICELAND to Sky and NOW TV customers. Launching in the UK & Ireland this September, the 24-hour channel will be programmed, developed and produced entirely in-house by VICE’s creative team, including Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Jonze as co-president, and will be available for all Sky TV customers in their basic TV subscription packages either live, on demand or on the go through Sky’s mobile TV service, Sky Go. We’re far too impatient to wait til September, so here’s a sneak peek at some of the exciting original programming VICELAND has in store.
1. Balls Deep
Veteran VICE journo and straight up cutie pants Thomas Morton goes all Louis Theroux by hanging out with some of the world’s strangest subcultures and giving their lives a try. In episode one, entitled “Tent Preachin'”, Morton heads to Arkansas to see how the holy spirit stacks up against secular temptations like drugs, movies, and sleeping in on Sunday. Watch it here.
2. F*ck, That’s Delicious
You won’t want to be watching on an empty stomach as foodie rapper Action Bronson goes on a mouthwatering food odyssey with the help of his friends and collaborators Meyhem Lauren and Big Body Bes. In episode one, Action is on the road touring to support his album, Mr. Wonderful. With stops in DC, Atlanta, and Miami, he manages to eat in the hottest restaurant in the country, sample true southern BBQ, and learn how to make a new bay scallop and papaya dish. Watch it here.
Filmmaker Lance Bangs (who’s famously directed music videos for the likes of Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Green Day and Kanye West) explores the underground circuit of broke young comedians, documenting their network of couches and the stand-ups that crash on them. Episode one entitled “Thunderstorm at Babe Island” kicks off with stand-up comedy in a backyard with Clare O’Kane, James Adomian, and more. Watch it here.
World’s most likeable young actress Ellen Page and her best friend Ian Daniel set off on a personal journey to explore LGBTQ cultures around the world. From Japan to Brazil, Jamaica and America, Ellen and Ian discover the multiplicity of LGBTQ experiences, meeting amazing people and hearing their deeply moving stories of struggle and triumph. First up the duo hit Japan, embarking on a journey which includes getting friendship-married at a Buddhist temple and joining the party in the world’s smallest gay bar. Watch it here.
5. Huang’s World
We fans of Fresh Off the Boat have long wanted to know more about the real Eddie Huang, whose childhood provides the basis of the hit family sitcom. Now, Eddie’s travelling around the world, meeting all types of people and sampling their food, believing that national cuisines provide a distillation of history, culture and identity. Judging by the trailer, we even get to meet the famous Jessica and Louis Huang. Oooh er!
Noisey has always been our go-to for on-the-pulse music journalism, and this new show promises to bring us a first-hand look at the cultures and artists behind some of the world’s most compelling music scenes. In episode one, “Bompton”, Zach Goldbaum travels to Compton to meet Kendrick Lamar and the friends he grew up with, many of whom are members of the notorious Piru gang. Watch it here.
VICE correspondent Krishna Andavolu explores our heady times by meeting the people whose lives hang in the balance of the new pot paradigm. Provocatively titled first episode “Stoned Kids” looks at the families whose children have life-threatening cancer, and are taking matters into their own hands, getting their kids super stoned on medical marijuana in the hope of saving their lives. Watch it here.