Anderson .Paak, A Tea Festival & The Night of the Living Dead Live! – The Weekly EDIT
Here’s the latest edition of The Weekly EDIT letting you know the very best of what’s on in April in the UK. There are some great events going down from a very British festival dedicated to Tea, as well as some serious treats for film fans. We start with some video game goodness.
Power UP (Science Museum, till 22nd)
Returning for its fourth year, this mega show of all things video gaming at the Science Museum features the very best games, computers and consoles from the past forty years.
Fans will be able to get hands-on with retro arcade classics right through to the latest in VR technology. 160 consoles will be there, representing all the very best from gaming history. Here’s hoping Pac Man is free when we next pitch up.
Chloe Wise Exhibition – Not That We Don’t (11th – May 18th)
The young Canadian artist with a mammoth Instagram following, Chloe Wise, has a second solo exhibition opening at Almine Rech London, called ‘In Not That We Don’t’.
In the show, Wise continues her exploration into arresting portraiture. The canvasses on display feature a touch of the artist’s signature humour in how she uniquely captures her subjects and will likely bring a wry smile visitor’s faces.
Night of the Living Dead Live! (Pleasance Theatre, 9th – 19th May)
Residents of North London beware as the first ever UK stage adaptation of George A. Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead is coming to a theatre near you. This live version of the undead tells the same story of a group of people trapped in a farmhouse as hordes of zombies try and get in, but this play at the Pleasance in Islington, repositions the film as a comedy.
There’s music, more brains than a genius convention and the chance to buy seats in the ‘splatter zone’. You don’t need much imagination to know not to dress up if sitting there.
Frames of Representation (ICA, till 20th)
Now in its fourth year, film season Frames of Representation at the ICA, will be presenting the UK premieres of 12 features and six shorts, all considering how filmmakers address intersections art, society and environment.
The festival opens with Black Mother, a documentary centred around sex workers and the church in Jamaica.
Back To The Future (Southbank Centre, 13th)
A real treat here with the classic 1985 sci-fi film Back To The Future set to be screened in HD at Southbank Centre on Saturday, all with the backing of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra who will perform the famous Alan Silvestri score live. Great Scott!
James Blake (Bristol, 9th/10th)
After the success of his Assume Form album which showed an altogether jollier side of the usually downbeat Blake, chiefly down to his relationship with Jameela Jamil, he’s about to hit the road to showcase these new tunes.
He’s in Bristol for two nights this week before heading to London next month.
Robyn (Alexandra Palace, 12th/13th)
One of the best of whats on in Aprill gig wise will be the always interesting Swedish pop star bringing her Honey tour to Blighty for two dates at Alexandra Palace on Friday and Saturday. And if it lives up to the good vibes she brought to the States last month the shows should send fans home very happy indeed.
Expect a great set that shows off the light and shade of her fantastic voice, surely including the likes of bangers ‘Dancing on My Own’ and ‘Hang With Me’.
Eats & Drinks
FesTeaVal (Tobacco Dock, 13th – 14th)
There’s nothing more British than a good old cuppa, so why not celebrate National Tea Day at this two-day festival at Tobacco Dock. Tasty artisan tea infusions will be brewing throughout the day and you’ll have the chance to rebalance with mindfulness workshops, yoga sessions and meditation.
And when it all gets a bit too much you can cool off with an iced tea at the beach area.
London’s First Hot Sauce Festival (Peckham, 13th)
30 of the UK’s best artisan hot sauce makers will come together on Saturday in Peckham’s Copeland Park. Here you can get your hands on some of the most unique hot sauces around and meet the people behind them.
Sample some of London’s best spicy street food from Lord of the Wings and En Root, who serve delicious fragrant vegan curries. And sip some choice craft beer and cocktails while enjoying music from the Hot Sauce Society DJs. Sound like Saturday sorted.
Forest 404 (BBC4, Available now)
This new 27-episode eco-thriller of a podcast stars former Dr Who assistant Pearl Mackie, as a 24th Century sound archivist who uncovers recordings that act as evidence of the existence of forests in a world which has almost forgotten what they even were.
To draw you deeper into the narrative the series is accompanied by a national experiment looking at how listening to natural sounds could boost well-being and a factual guide to the story’s environmental themes.
Anderson .Paak – Ventura (12 Tone Music, 12th)
It was only November when Anderson .Paak dropped his last album and now less than a year later he’s following up on that momentum by releasing new record ‘Ventura’.
With great guest appearances from André 3000, Smokey Robinson and the late Nate Dogg, this looks set to be just as popular. Brilliant recent single ‘King James‘ is a shining signpost that you’ll need this in your life.
The Chemical Brothers – No Geography (EMI, 12th)
The Chemical Brothers are as reliable as Swiss clockwork when it comes to putting out quality records that hit the mark every time. No Geography, their ninth studio album, is another belter, although decidedly more back to basics than previous efforts, but still one that makes you want to destroy that dancefloor.
New rave-up of a single ‘We’ve Got to Try‘ shows not only have the bros not lost it, they’re actually better than ever.
Black Summer (Netflix, 11th)
This prequel to the brilliant Syfy zombie show Z Nation (think The Walking Dead if it took itself less seriously), stars Jaime King as a mother separated from her daughter during the zombie apocalypse, who leads a team of refugees as they fight for hope, and search for her girl in the darkest hours of the planet.
If the show mixes comedy and horror in a similar vein to its predecessor then we should be in for an exciting ride.
Special: Season 1 (Netflix, 12th)
This new eight-part Netflix series based on Ryan O’Connell’s memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, follows O’Connell, starring as himself, as a gay man living with cerebral palsy, who’s not entirely accepting of his disability.
It sees him breaking out from the constrained life he lives with his mother, moving into his first flat, getting his first real job and entering the world of dating. A great central performance and a genuinely unique narrative looks set to make Special… well just that.
Hellboy (Cinemas, 11th)
Reboots are de rigueur in Hollywood these days, often needlessly so. Hellboy you’d think would fall into that category with Guillermo del Toro’s noughties films being celebrated efforts. But the fact that Stranger Things star David Harbour is cast as the demon Big Red made us think it’s worth our consideration.
Previews have been kept under wraps for the Neil Marshall (The Descent) directed film, but what we do know is Hellboy’s origin story will be done fresh and he’ll be facing off against the Blood Queen played by Milla Jovovich, a sorceress after revenge. Fingers crossed it delivers.
Mid90s (Cinemas, 12th)
Jonah Hill has swapped his usual role in front of camera to write and direct this engaging coming of age drama. It focusses on 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Suljic) as he drifts away from his dysfunctional family to hang out with a group of skateboarders in L.A. But it’s not all fun and games as his new friends bring about a whole new set of issues.
With its perfect soundtrack and wardrobe choices, this is a big baggy jeaned shot of nostalgia for anyone who grew up in the 90s, especially those who were skater kids.
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For more of the best of what’s on in April in the UK as well as all the other goodness, check back next Monday.
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