Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:45

Thursday 25 September 2014 in London

Snakes! The Musical

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART EXHIBITION: Witches & Wicked Bodies | British Museum | 25 Sep – 11 Jan 2014
A concoction of Albrecht Dürer’s aptly-titled 1501 engraving ‘Witch Riding Backwards On A Goat’, Francisco de Goya’s occult grotesques, and the Pre-Raphaelites sexualised, siren-like enchantresses; the British Museum’s free-entry ‘Witches & Wicked Bodies’ eyeballs representations of witches and witchcraft from the Renaissance era to the late 1800s. Details here.

FILM: Doc N Roll Festival | Hackney Picturehouse | 25-28 Sep
The cool-looking first ever Doc N Roll Festival, a tight schedule of rock-themed film screenings of a doc-like ilk, features the likes of new release ‘Looking For Johnny’ (which looks at the life of late New York Dolls/Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders, who died in 1991 aged 38); Stones Throw Records review ‘Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton'; a strand given over to Brit director Julien Temple (and a Q&A with JT); and, tonight, the London premiere of ‘A Band Called Death’, Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlet’s doc on 1970s rock trio Death, who are oft-hailed as the first black punk band. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Snakes! The Musical | Leicester Square Theatre | 25 Sep – 19 Oct
Quite Nice Theatre play a quite little theatre company searching for a £50 million investment to take their modest-sized musical adaptation of ‘Snakes On A Plane’ to the West End. A cleverly ‘meta’ piece of new writing with a “versatile, creative and energetic cast”, ‘Snakes!’ received a rave 5/5 review from ThreeWeeks at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:25

Wednesday 24 September 2014 in London

Lindsay Lohan

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Greenwich Comedy Festival | National Maritime Museum | 24-28 Sep
Stewart Lee is first-night headliner of this year’s GCF tent, playing to the gallery following appearances by the inimitable Josie Long, Tony Law and Aisling Bea. Also tightly packed in over latter bills are the likes of the great and good David O’Doherty, Milton Jones, Stephen K Amos, Rich Hall, Ardal O’Hanlon, esteemed TWL interviewees Cardinal Burns, and a special screening of ‘Tunnel Club’, a film tracing the rise of comic compere Malcolm Hardee’s famed nightspot of the same name. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: John Kearns – Shtick | Soho Theatre | 24 Sep – 18 Oct
The first and only human to win the main Foster’s Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe only a year after taking the like-prize for Best Newcomer, wig-and-teeth-wearing John Kearns appears ‘in character’ to reminisce on the ways his life has changed since all the critical acclaim. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Speed-The-Plow | Playhouse Theatre | 24 Sep – 29 Nov (pictured)
West End vet Lindsay Posner sits in as director on this considerably high-risk remake of David Mamet’s ‘Speed-The-Plow’ stars ‘Mean Girls’ tearaway Lindsay Lohan (a stage debutante) as Karen, a temp secretary at a film company whose bosses think signing on an A-list actress will make their movie a big box-office hit. Madonna played the part originally on Broadway to less-than-great reviews – so it remains to be seen whether Li-Lo can act it any better. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday September 6th, 2014 16:35

Saturday 13 September 2014 in London

Massive Attack

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY/MUSIC: The Axis Of Awesome – Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas | Leicester Square Theatre | 13 Sep
The very apex of all that is excellent in irreverent singing and viral video-making-based entertainment, ThreeWeeks cover stars Axis Of Awesome are over from Oz to airmail-in their usual mix of titillating original songs and formulaic-pop-hit spoofs. Preview the band’s material right here on the ThisWeek Podcast. Details about the show and tickets here.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: OnBlackheath | Blackheath | 13-14 Sep (pictured)
Come one, come all, and have a dance to the likes of Massive Attack! Grace Jones! Aloe Blacc! Young Fathers! And Slow Club! (and Frank Turner) at this good-looking music/food hoopla situated on top of South East London’s most fun and family-suitable mass burial pit (of old). In addition to all the cool acts playing, OnBlackheath also offers live cooking demos by Michelin-starred chefs and Gizzi Erskine, cocktail mixing classes and craft ale tasting. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Welcome To Busseywood – African Cinema Festival | Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe | 13 Sep
Programmed by local know-alls (in a good way) Orville Kunga and Vashti Henry, this free-entry celebration of African cinema gets into gear at 12.30pm with Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu post-apocalyptic short ‘Pumzi’, and later features screenings of the brilliant ‘District 9′, Zanzibar-based fishing fantasy ‘Jonah’, surreal classic ‘Touki Bouki’, folkloric action movie ‘Oya – Rise Of The Suporishas’ and, to close, the Thandi Newton and Chiwetel Ejifor-starring ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’. Details here.

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Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 17:00

Thursday 11 September 2014 in London

Africa Utopia

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Late Turner – Painting Set Free | Tate Britain | 11 Sep – 25 Jan 2015
The first major showcase given over entirely to the highly-significant ‘late bloomer’ phase of English painter man JMW Turner’s life and timeline, ‘Painting Set Free’ showcases a wide panorama of the artist’s unusual square pictures, famed watercolours like ‘Heidelberg: Sunset’ and ‘The Wreck Buoy’, and his last-exhibited pieces circa 1850, of classical lovers Dido and Aeneas. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Africa Utopia | Southbank Centre | 11-14 Sep (pictured)
Taking a juicy bite out of African art, life, history and culture, Africa Utopia will this year play host to all-time Ethio-jazz great Mulatu Astatke, States-breaking (and ThisWeek interviewed) comedienne Gina Yashere, dance pairing Qudus Onikeku & Zena Edwards – who’ll interpret themes of identity, memory and exile through movement – and a capella R&B/soul ensemble Simply Soweto Encha. In addition to the ‘right-brained’ side of the programme will be a series of practical (yet still ideas-driven) seminars and debates led by African activists and entrepreneurs. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: 20 Stories High Young Actors Company – Tales From The MP3 | Unicorn Theatre | 11-13 Sep
In Julia Samuels’ innovative essay on identity and perspective, a group of young actors give voice to each other’s distinct life stories and opinions, listening in via private MP3 players and repeating, line for line and in real time, what they’re hearing, and thus sharing it with the audience too. Find extracts from the show – which features a live score, projected visuals and inevitable inner-city beat-boxing – on the relevant instalment of the ThisWeek Podcast, which will be available on 11 Sep. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 27th, 2014 14:02

Thursday 4 September 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Comedy In The Attic w/ Alfie Brown | Hackney Attic | 4 Sep
Combatant comic (and TW interviewee) Alfie Brown headlines this night of loft-based stand-up in Hackney, with likeable everyman Luke Graves, idiosyncratic entertainer Harriet Kemsley and Funny Women Awards Finalist circa 2013 Saskia Preston adding extra appeal to the bill. ‘Coach Trip’ star Joey Page is MC-ing for the duration, and entry is a mere fiver OTD, or in advance. Details and tickets here.

FILM/FESTIVAL: The Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival | various locations | 4-14 Sep
So, cinema fans, one of a crowd of trendy yet kid-friendly free-entry film fests taking place in the city at various intervals this year, the Peckham & Nunhead FFF with a selection of restored digitised shorts made by the Edwardian-era Gaumont Film Studios, which was based in Camberwell. There’ll be a live piano score playing alongside the films, which will be shown, aptly, at the Dog Kennel Hill Open Space in Camberwell! Latter highlights of the programme at large are a rooftop spool of Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’, a showing of the movingly monochrome ‘Nebraska’ in a deli, a bike-powered ‘Belleville Rendez-vous’ in the open air, a night of 100% free cinema at the usually pay-per-view Peckhamplex. Details here.

FILM/THEATRE: National Theatre Live presents… Medea | Barbican | 4 Sep (pictured)
Beaming live into the Barbican via the digi-miracle of ‘real-time streaming’, it’s the NT’s eerie adaptation of Euripides’ ultra-tragic spine chiller ‘Medea’. Directed by the dynamic Carrie Cracknell, the play stars Narcissa Malfoy aka stage/screen actress Helen McCrory as an exiled wife willing to do anything (anything) to keep her children close. Details and tickets here.

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Monday August 25th, 2014 14:59

Tuesday 2 September 2014 in London

Katherine Araniello

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart | The Black Heart, Camden Town | 2 Sep
Following a stint sailing the high seas of the Edinburgh Fringe, Cap’n Josie Long re-opens her still-golden comedic trove, inviting fixed guest Nathaniel Metcalfe and some other TBC figures to dig into its spoils. And the premise of ‘Lost Treasures’, by the by, is that comedians present short sets revering people/things they think don’t get the credit they deserve. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Unlimited | Southbank Centre | 2-7 Sep (pictured)
A festival highlighting the vision, originality and capabilities of disabled artists, the SB Centre’s Unlimited will this year feature its patented, glass-ceiling-smashing array of theatre, dance, literature, visual art, stand-up and music. Leading the itinerary are the likes of Robert Softley Gale (who’ll share his show ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’, a collation of real-life narratives of disability), playwright Julie McNamara’s wry portrait of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, a “theatrical piece that plays on life’s crutches” by Claire Cunningham, and ‘The Dinner Party Revisited’, which will see performance artist and character actress Katherine Araniello reprising her TV-screened soiree of 2011. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Whose Gaze Is It Anyway? | ICA | 2 Sep – 5 Oct
The ICA hosts showcase looking at the history of Arab pop culture through various printed matter (rare posters, diaries, book covers and the like) and via the moving media of film AND video. Having taken shape in the archives of Beirut-based cultural aficionado Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh, ‘Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?’ features pieces of art and advertising dating back to as early as the 1930s to the present day, many being presented in Britain for the first time, and all raising pertinent points on how the ‘popular gaze’ is constructed from within the Arab world. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 22nd, 2014 14:01

Friday 29 August 2014 in London

Red Bastard

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

CABARET: The Not Television Festival | Chelsea Theatre | 29-31 Aug (pictured)
Bringing over a heap of solo acts still ripe from the Edinburgh Fringe, this remote festival of comedy, cabaret and physical theatre is led, terrifyingly, by the bloblike spectre of pugnacious clown Red Bastard, who (try to keep in mind) is really a non-scary human man in disguise named Eric Davis. Also prominent on the bill are go-go gameshow host Miss Behave, a shamelessly heathen service by The Sunday Assembly, Tomás Ford’s dizzying Electric Midnight Cabaret, and Iranian writer-actor Nassim Soleimanpour, who reprises his acclaimed one-man show on isolation and exile, ‘White Rabbit, Red Rabbit’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Raw Power Festival | Tufnell Park Dome | 29-31 Aug
Baba Yaga’s Hut pitches on a temp basis at the Dome for the latest cycle of its trippy psych weekender, presenting leftfield elders Acid Mothers Temple, longhaired rock coven Bo Ningen and Liverpool noisemakers Clinic as headliners; and besides them, the likes of The Oscillation, Shopping, Flamingods, and Black Moth. Plus on the side; DJs from pirate radio stations NTS and Resonance FM, a ‘giant’ merch area, and an open-air BBQ. And beer, litres and litres of beer. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Spoiling | Theatre Royal Stratford East | 29 Aug – 31 Sep
Also moving on from a ticket-shifting run at the E-Burgh Fringe, John McCann’s uncannily-timed power-play imagines a newly-independent Scotland, as the renegade Scottish Foreign Minister prepares to make a high-profile speech on her nation’s relationship with the remaining UK. Will she speak against the party? Or give in and toe the line? Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 8th, 2014 15:01

Friday 15 August 2014 in London

See Rock City

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

DANCE: Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella | Royal Opera House | 15-16 Aug
Formerly known as the Kirov, Russia’s formidable Mariinsky Ballet stay loyal to Prokofiev’s grand and magical ‘Cinderella’ score, following nouveau-classical choreography by one-time Bolshoi AD Alexei Ratmansky. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Neutral Milk Hotel | The Forum | 15 Aug
Following the cancellation of the Jabberwocky festival at the ExCel Centre earlier this week, headliners Neutral Milk Hotel and another of the festival’s acts, the Ex, have found a new home at The Forum tonight. Various other acts who were due to play the two-day event have also been moved to gigs in other venues around the capital over the weekend, listings for which can be found here. Details and tickets for the Neutral Milk Hotel show here.

THEATRE: See Rock City And Other Destinations | Union Theatre | 15-30 Aug (pictured)
Winging in from off-Broadway, this acclaimed all-American road musical by song/script-writing team Brad Alexander and Adam Mathias follows a young man’s tour of the US’s most famous tourist hotspots, all this backed with a score incorporating pop, rock and folk. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 28th, 2014 14:46

Monday 4 August 2014 in London

San Domino

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Camden Fringe – Professor Bennison’s Life Of Pi | Camden Head | 4-6 Aug
“Disgraced” ex-math (maths?) teacher James Bennison has a go at making maths (math?) funny with his solo show ‘Life Of Pi’. Aiming higher than simply tapping ‘80087355’ into a calculator, he’ll instead be sharing a quantity of jokes on integers, algebra, silly children and a “universally accepted qualification – the JCSE”. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Grim | Charing Cross Theatre | 4-30 Aug
A ‘Romeo & Juliet’ kind of tale on a fantastical scale, theatre co Untold’s all-singing, all-dancing ‘Grim’ imagines ‘what if’ the Grim Reaper (who in this case is a lady) fell deathly in love with Cupid, a winged man-god with a penchant for matchmaking. Will their affair prove complicated? I’d say it maybe might. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Grimeborn Opera Festival – San Domino | Arcola Theatre | 4-6 Aug (pictured)
Back for its eighth year active, Grimeborn Opera Fest once again showcases rising composers and artists, under-appreciated and rarely-aired works, and bold, innovative adaptations of the classics. It starts off tonight with Tim Anfilogoff & Alan Whittaker’s facist-era-Italy-based ‘San Domino’, which follows a band of friends imprisoned on an island because they are gay. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 28th, 2014 13:18

Saturday 2 August 2014 in London

The Forbidden Zone

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY/FESTIVAL: Phoenix Fringe | The Phoenix, Cavendish Square | 2-9 Aug
A closer-to-home Fringe option worth considering (only if Edinburgh is a no-go, that is), the Phoenix ignites one long, hot week of comedy. Opening with shows from Ed Byrne, Lee Nelson and Gavin Osborn, it burns on c/o Frankie Boyle, Nick Helm, Danielle Ward, Aisling Bea, Joe Lycett, Brian Gittins, and also a go on ace panel-game podcast ‘Do The Right Thing’ starring two-thirds of Pappy’s, Matthew Crosby and Ben Clark, and Isy Suttie. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Visions Fest | various locations | 2 Aug
Criss-crossing various sites in East London, the all-day bank of Visions 2014 has locked in an (opposite of shit) ton of cool original bands and acts, not least party aficionado Andrew WK (who’s doing a ‘very special’ solo show BTW), sensitive singer-pianist Perfume Genius, moody pop ring Polica, scraggly trash-rock band Fat White Family, Weird World-signed synth whizz Jaako Eino Kalevi, and still many local/international imports besides. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/FILM: The Forbidden Zone | Barbican | 2 Aug (pictured)
An ‘immersive’ film event live-streaming via this year’s Salzburg Festival, Katie Mitchell’s ‘The Forbidden Zone’ posits the sad and strained story of the Habber family (whose patriarch, Fritz, first developed poison gas as a weapon), remade with five video cameras and innovative set-pieces, like a moving subway train. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 24th, 2014 14:03

Monday 28 July 2014 in London

Anthony Jeselnik

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Anthony Jeselnik | Soho Theatre | 28 Jul – 2 Aug (pictured)
Anthony Jeselnik is over from the States to fill the Soho Theatre with his own brand of dark stand-up for a six night run, starting tonight. A regular on US TV, including his own show ‘The Jeselnik Offensive’, this is a must-see. There, I said it. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: The Camden Fringe | various venues | 28 Jul – 24 Aug
Our sister mag ThreeWeeks is heading off to Edinburgh this week, but we’re not bitter because, despite what you might have heard, there’s still plenty going on down in London. Much of it thanks to The Camden Fringe, now in its eighth year and so full of comedy, theatre and more that its slightly breaching the borders of the borough of Camden. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Drag King Richard III | Riverside Studios | 28 Jul – 3 Aug
Terri Power’s award winning production reworks Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ into a black comedy examining transgender identity. The story follows Laurie, as she becomes a he, and her friend La Femme, a lesbian who also plays with her identity, switching between ‘butch’ and ‘femme’, but who struggles to come to terms with the prospect of Laurie’s more physical change. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 14th, 2014 15:20

Friday 18 July 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall – Success Arms | Soho Theatre | 18-19 Jul
Though his name sounds like that of an anxious Scottish aristocrat, Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall is in fact a Canadian-Australian with ‘attitude’. The UK debutante’s solo show du jour finds him doing a lot of jokes about things that are grim, but “in a fun way!”. So take that as you will. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Lovebox | Victoria Park | 18-19 Jul (pictured)
With a whirlwind of acts playing live all day (and later, heading on to play parties after dark), this year’s Lovebox weekend is blessed with twice the headliners in Chase & Status, MIA, Nas and A$AP Rocky, with the slightly lesser-billed (yet still very kissable) likes of Katy B, Bonobo, Banks, The Horrors, Duke Dumont, Mount Kimbie and Annie Mac also due to light up the two-day line-up. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/FESTIVAL: InTransit Festival | various locations, Kensington + Chelsea | 18-27 Jul
A sprinkling of live art and performance taking place in the city’s SW7 areas, InTransit is this year directed by ‘immersive design’ firm O’Neill/Ross, who’ve chosen shows like avant-dance work ‘Flock’, kids’ physical theatre piece ‘The Little Witch’, and ‘Salvage City’, an installation space/hideaway based on city living. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:09

Saturday 12 July 2014 in London

Agnes Obel

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: Chelsea Handler – Uganda Be Kidding Me | London Palladium | 12 Jul
She dated 50 Cent, sliced and diced Piers Morgan live on TV, and now close-to-the-bone US comic/chatshow dame Chelsea Handler is flying in, first class, to sock it (‘it’ being her live show, ‘Uganda Be Kidding Me’) to you. Based on a book of the same name, it’s about an African safari trip gone-wrong, and her many extra travel misadventures besides. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Agnes Obel | Somerset House | 12 Jul (pictured)
A Danish nightingale with a crisp and timeless trill, singer-pianist Agnes Obel released her new LP ‘Aventine’, the follow-on to her first, ‘Philharmonics’, earlier this year. She celebrates it tonight as part of Somerset House’s Summer Series festival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Hyde Park | 12 Jul
Following appearances by Arcade Fire and Black Sabbath, it’s folk-rock grandaddy Neil Young’s turn to headline this year’s British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, winding up the night following support slots by The National, Tom Odell, and others. Neil and his long-time jam band Crazy Horse will rattle through their many, many, many Americana classics, and, it’s likely, select tracks off their latest LP, ‘Psychedelic Pill’. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 10:27

Friday 11 July 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY/FESTIVAL: Balham Comedy Festival | The Bedford, Balham | 11-19 Jul
The Bedford alehouse in Balham gives up its many rooms to this full-to-busting bag of top stand-ups, doling out solo shows from Reginald D Hunter, Susan Calman, Phill Jupitus, Tony Law, Milton Jones and Shappi Khorsandi over the next nine nights. In addition, Banana Cabaret will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a nightly ‘Best Of’ live review, and also Paul Daniels is coming down to do some magic. So, um, that’s a thing. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/FESTIVAL: Ealing Comedy Festival | 11-18 Jul
A westerly rival to Balham Com-Fest’s SW12 appeal, this year’s five-day ECF presents entertaining revelry with David Baddiel, The Boy With Tape On His Face and Kerry Godliman, who are all providing the laughs at today’s first night gala. The remainder of the bill features Trevor Noah, Rich Hall, Paul Chowdhry, Andrew Maxwell, Hal Cruttenden and Lucy Porter. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: LeeFest | Highams Hill Farm, Warlingham | 11-13 Jul (pictured)
Having started life as a party in enterprising then-teen Lee Denny’s back garden, LeeFest has since earned its title as a legitimate event, with big headliners and everything. This year’s LeeWeekender features myriad live showings by rag-tag Wakefield three The Cribs, Danish pop dyna-mo Mø (pictured), Scottish folkoids Frightened Rabbit and glitchy rap ubermenschen Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. That plus family (or non) camping, the finest food trucks, a no-tears paint fight, and an activity named ‘disco dodgeball’. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday June 17th, 2014 15:00

Friday 20 June 2014 in London

The Valley Of Astonishment

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: The Camden Crawl | various locations | 20-21 Jun
Whilst the Camden-wide #CC14 fest (which is spread over 25+ stages in the NW1 area, all accessible all weekend with wristband), is headliner-less per se, it certainly isn’t lacking in big acts. Playing over the two-day span are weirdo psych-poppers Of Montreal, mind-bending electro sprite Laurel Halo, Croydon producer Plastician, NYC-based nu-rap pack Shabazz Palaces, Belfast band Girls Names, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and The Beta Band’s Steve Mason. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: In Dreams – David Lynch Revisited | Barbican | 20 Jun
Villagers’ Conor O’Brien, Savages’ Jehnny Beth, Japanese alt-pop pairing Cibo Matto, choral folk flock Stealing Sheep and Tindersticks’ Stuart Staples pay live homage to the original scores and borrowed soundtracks to a host of films from master-of-darkness David Lynch. With David Coulter directing, tonight’s eerie repertoire features covers of songs by Roy Orbison, David Bowie, Chris Isaak, Marilyn Manson and Elvis Presley. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Valley Of Astonishment | Young Vic | 20 Jun – 12 Jul (pictured)
Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne’s new play examines the very zeitgeisty effects of synaesthesia (or blending the senses), integrating real-life stories of those with the condition to look at the world in all kinds of radical ways. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday June 7th, 2014 10:08

Sunday 15 June 2014 in London

Waltz With Bashir

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: Downstairs At The King’s Head w/ Caroline Mabey + Kai Humphreys | The King’s Head, Crouch End | 15 Jun
As meaty and filling a Sunday staple as roast beef and gravy, tonight’s twist on King’s Head’s Downstairs showcase stars oddball lady Caroline Mabey, “lovely Geordie comic” Kai Humphreys, “slightly deranged” entertainer Tony Dunn, and Aussie stand-up Josh Dolin. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Celebrating Sanctuary London | South Bank | 15-22 Jun
The 2014 edition of Refugee Week gets going today with a launch party jammed to the brim with live speakers, performers and foods of the world, featuring the likes of leading Brit comedian Prince Abdi, grime MC Afrikan Boy, poet Avaes Mohammed and a one-off collaboration by Jewan Mohammad and Gaby Young & Other Animals. Details here.

FILM/MUSIC: Waltz With Bashir + Live Soundtrack | Royal Festival Hall | 15 Jun (pictured)
This year’s James Lavelle-directed Meltdown festival offers a rare screening of the multi-award-winning animated film ‘Waltz With Bashir’, and with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Max Richter playing the latter’s acclaimed score right alongside. A free Q&A with the movie’s maker, Ari Folman, will follow. Details and tickets here.

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Friday June 6th, 2014 16:00

Saturday 14 June 2014 in London

CHloe Howl

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: The Saturday Night Show w/ Bridget Christie + Joe Lycett + Phil Wang | The Invisible Dot | 14 Jun
Taking the biggest bite of The Invisible Dot’s Saturday showcase tonight is the peerless Bridget Christie, who’s still on a high following her big-selling, big-winning ‘A Bic For Her’. Bridget’s co-performers, relaxed comic technician Joe Lycett and the biggest Wang in stand-up, Phil (Wang) will still get a look in, mind. Details and tickets here. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: The Big Noise Fest | Bussey Building | 14 Jun
The Big Issue Foundation’s annual Big Noise blowout fills the Bussey Building to its brim with a multi-coloured line-up of live music, spoken word, comedy, theatre and art, all, of course, for charity. With co-headliners Perc, Dillinja, The Correspondents and Channel One Soundsystem (and beatboxing ace Shlomo, turntablist Mr Switch and Slovenian DJ Nightwave) taking care of the sonic side of things, this year’s event features additional attractions in the shape of comic hot rods Richard Herring and Chris Martin, award-winning poet Inua Ellams, and even Booty School Dropout, who’ll teach a seminar in ‘twerking’. Oh lord. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Bushstock Festival | Various Locations, Shepherd’s Bush | 14 Jun (pictured)
The W12 district’s yearly Bushstock festival, which is spread liberally over several sites in Shepherd’s Bush, sets a bit of the city’s West side alight via live showings over 30 bands all told, from the likes of pop siren Chloe Howl, to chiselled singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh, rad folk trio Peggy Sue, splishy-splashy NYC dance clique Rubblebucket and young indie foursome Bad Suns. Details and tickets here.

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Friday June 6th, 2014 12:00

Friday 13 June 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

FESTIVAL: James Lavelle’s Meltdown | Southbank Centre | 13-22 Jun (pictured)
And so kicks off another too-hot edition of film and music combo Meltdown, which this year is curated by Mo Wax label boss and UNKLE man James Lavelle. High points of this year’s event? Try live sets by Queens Of The Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Neneh Cherry, DJ Shadow, Edwyn Collins and Chrissie Hynde; plus Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner’s large-scale classical composition ’41 Strings’, Max Richter and the Royal Philharmonic live-scoring ‘Waltz With Bashir’, and an also live soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer’s acclaimed alien horror ‘Under The Skin’ by its creator Micachu. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Return Of The Rudeboy | Somerset House | 1 Jun – 25 Aug
A select rack of images, installations and set pieces arranged by photog/filmmaker most-wanted Dean Chalkley and style director Harris Elliot, ‘Return Of The Rudeboy’ shows that the sartorial subculture of the Jamaica-originating ‘Rudie’ or ‘Rudeboy’ is still alive and thriving in the present day. Over 60 sharply-clad individuals have had their pictures taken for the show, each choosing an apt playlist to sit alongside their photo. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Adler & Gibb | Royal Court Theatre | 13 Jun – 5 Jul
Based on the lives of Janet Adler and Margaret Gibb, two conceptual artists working in NYC in the 1990s, this new play marries its writer/director, creator of 2009’s divisive and provocative ‘The Author’ Tim Crouch’s ‘fascination with form’ with a ‘thrilling story of misappropriation’. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday June 1st, 2014 18:40

Saturday 7 June 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: Live At The Chapel w/ David O’Doherty + Tony Law + Phil Wang | Union Chapel | 7 Jun
Perrier-winning mild man David O’Doherty sits amiably in the driving seat at this month’s instal of the always-roadworthy LATC, which tonight also carries zany Canadian woodsman Tony Law, fast-mouthed young gun Phil Wang, and safe bet Ed Gamble. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Sheffield Doc/Fest x BFI | BFI Southbank | 7-9 Jun
Sheffield’s annual Doc/Fest of faction film links up with the BFI to share some of its 2014 programme. Tonight’s bill features the ‘Senna’ creative team’s new film ‘All This Mayhem’ – which charts the rise and fall of Australian ramp skaters Tas and Ben Pappas – and ‘Pulp’, a movie about the band Pulp, and in particular Jarvis and co’s comeback-come-homecoming 2012 show at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, plus live satellite Q&As with the makers and stars of both. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Field Day | Victoria Park | 7-8 Jun (pictured)
Besides an array of of trendy-indie-fete-style activities, stalls and refreshments, the main asset at this year’s Field Day (which in reality is a weekender in a park) is its elite line-up of international and native indie/rock/pop/rap types, not least Future Islands, Danny Brown, The Horrors, Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry, SBTRKT and Sky Ferreira. Synth eccentrics Metronomy head the bill today, whilst the one, the only, the still-here Pixies close the show tomorrow. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday May 31st, 2014 13:50

Friday 6 June 2014 in London

Ladies Live Longer

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: Ladies Live Longer – Volunteerology | Canal Cafe Theatre | 6-7 Jul (pictured) Funny Women Award (and 5/5 ThreeWeeks review)-winning twinset LLL are back, and courting a cult-like show in which they pose as recruiters from the in-no-way suspicious Volunteerology Society. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Messages For Posterity / The Outsider Inside – The Complete Dennis Potter | BFI Southbank | 6 Jun – 30 Jul The BFI fires off iconic TV writer Dennis Potter’s vast body of dramatic work, which still burns so brightly in the likes of ‘Pennies From Heaven’, ‘The Singing Detective’ and ‘Visitors, Brimstone & Treacle’. Starting with his radical youth at Oxford, to his last creation ‘Cold Lazarus’, this two-part season of talks and screenings looks at Potter as artist, innovator and man. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Skylight | Wyndham’s Theatre | 6 Jun – 23 Aug Run, don’t walk, to save a place at ‘Skylight’, David Hare’s psychological thriller circa 1995, which, by the way, stars acting A-listers Carey Mulligan and (‘age gap’?? What age gap?) Bill Nighy. Ably directed by Stephen Daldrey, Carey plays a penniless teacher visited by her former love interest (aka Nighy), rich restaurant owner, and his son. Details and tickets here.

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