In need of some inspiration for fun things to do this week? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There’s a whole host of happenings to get down to from top food fests such as the annual bash in Abergavenny, two film festivals showcasing some top talent and a chance to have a snoop round some of London’s most iconic buildings. It’s The Weekly EDIT.
Immersive Wolf of Wall St (East London, from 19th until January 2020)
If you’re a fan of Scorsese’s film about infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort then you might want to get involved in this piece of immersive theatre coming to East London. The production takes over a 2,000 sq m landmark building in the City this month complete with four floors and 25 rooms.
The building has been transformed to recreate 90s New York and the world of Belfort, where a cast of 16 play multiple characters from Belfort’s memoirs, plunging audiences into a world of greed, power and excess in a night of top-notch entertainment.
Liverpool Comedy Festival (Various locations, 20th – 29th)
The annual comedy festival that takes place all across Liverpool begins this week for nine-days of laughs. The event, now in its 16th year, is run by the Liverpool Comedy Trust, and it promises a mixture of top comedians from around the UK, complemented by the very best of home-grown Scouse talent. Also, with a wide range of health and humour workshops, Liverpool Comedy Festival has something for everyone.
Little Wing Film Festival (Walthamstow, 20th -22nd)
The 3rd Little Wing Film Festival is headed for Waltham Forest from this Friday, celebrating the very best in grassroots films from talented emerging filmmakers.
The event will also feature an exciting line-up of panels, networking events and workshops. Plus, the festival has several thousands of pounds worth of prizes to give to its winning filmmakers, including one-to-one advice sessions with BBC Films, with the aim of providing sustainable compensation for young artists trying to get their foot in the door.
Antony Gormley (Royal Academy, 21st – December 3rd)
Saturday sees the start of a new exhibition dedicated to arguably Britain’s greatest living sculptor Antony Gormley. The show at the Royal Academy celebrates his 45 years in the art business, with a focus on his newer works. The exhibition will see people climbing the walls, well, Gormley’s iron sculptures of himself that are positioned sideways on walls and upside down. Promises to be a good one.
The UK Drum Show (Manchester Central, 21st – 22nd)
This two-day event taking place at Manchester Central is for anyone who values drumming above all else in the musical spectrum. Some of the greatest exponents ever to pick up sticks will be turning up to show off their considerable skills to an expectant crowd. Along with the live shows they’ll be the chance to show what you can do with drumaoke, and learn from masterclasses so you can one day become a modern-day John Bonham.
Underwire Film Festival (Various locations, Now till 22nd)
Underwire Film Festival is the UK’s largest film festival celebrating female talent across the industry with short films, Q&As and talks that spotlight a range of female made stories. Originally founded by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell back in 2010 with the goal of transforming the industry from the inside out, Underwire has screened over 500 films while supporting and training a whole host of filmmakers. There’ll be a ton of events and more screenings than you can shake a stick at.
Open House Weekend (Various London locations, 21st – 22nd)
If you’re a bit of a nosey parker like us then Open House Weekend is the perfect opportunity to have a snoop inside and even on the roofs of a host of London buildings which are usually off-limits to the public.
Over 800 buildings including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and The Reform Club from which Phileas Fogg began his 80-day trek around the world will be open to the public. Some buildings require pre-booking, but with many, you can just turn up on the day to get inside, although there may be a queue.
Aphex Twin (Mayfield Depot, Manchester, 20th)
This epic warehouse show in Manchester sees the always innovative Richard D James aka Aphex Twin curating and headlining a line-up of dance music’s most forward-thinking acts. Techno impresarios Nina Kraviz and Aleksi Perälä will be among some of the names driving the crowd wild. There’ll be plenty of experimental brain-scrambling sounds to be heard, not least when James turns up at the end of the night to blow collective minds.
Eats & Drinks
Restaurant of the Week
Florentine (Lambeth North, Open All Week)
The wonderfully relaxed Florentine is an absolute gem of a restaurant in the heart of Lambeth. With an eclectic dining menu that offers everything from belly-busting breakfast choices through to sumptuous starters and classically cooked mains, there’s also the sharing plates which aren’t for the faint of heart.
Try the Ostrich Egg Full English Breakfast or the instantly Instagrammable Herculean Burger that weighs a whopping 2.2kg and features black truffle and a range of delicious dips. Sundays are of course about roasts, aged rib of beef or corn-fed chicken anyone?
But next month, it’s the October special menu we recommend you venture out for. Throughout the month Florentine will be serving a honey-based extravaganza thanks to a new initiative that’s seen the restaurant create a rooftop residence for 150,000 bees. The fruits of which have been used to create a delightful set menu, that’s well worth stepping out for.
With a starter of smoked burrata, roasted beetroot and parsnips drizzled with honey & rosemary dressing, honey and soy glazed roasted duck breast with sautéed girolles for main and a crunchy honeycomb panna cotta topped with fresh blackberries for desserts, trust us (we’ve had the pleasure) this is as tasty and tantalising as it sounds. All dishes are available to enjoy individually or as part of a three-course set menu, priced at £36pp which includes a specially created Madame Bee cocktail. Wonderful food in a classic and spacious setting.
End of Summer Yard Party (The Five Points Brewing Company Warehouse, E8, 21st)
For the first time in two years and for one day only, Five Points Brewing Co. are opening the gates to their Hackney digs for an exclusive End of Summer Yard Party. Hackney’s biggest independent brewery will be supplying a handful of limited-edition special drinks and a brand new collaboration beer with Swedish craft pioneers Dugges called ‘Pining for Mangoes’.
Alongside a host of mouth-watering brews, guests can expect all-day DJs, incredible street-food from Oli Baba’s and if you register now you can grab yourself a free beer! We’re in.
Daylesford Harvest Festival (Daylesford, 21st)
Located on a farm in the Cotswolds, this most seasonal of festivals that signals the cooler temperatures, darker nights and a landscape awash with fallen leaves and the colours of Autumn. With a focus on organic food and drink, there’ll be a plethora of activities, demonstrations and tasting sessions all focussed on sustainability and living off the land.
Expect an abundance of seasonal veg and delicious meats. With barbecues, wood-fired pizzas, homemade cocktails, fermented goods, classes and talks, there’s a bit of something for everyone.
Abergavenny Food Festival (Abergavenny, 21st – 22nd)
A fixture for 20 years now, the Abergavenny Food Festival gives serious foodies the chance to get up close and personal, with some of Britain’s leading chefs, artisan producers and experts all gathered in one space for a weekend of excess to signal the end of summer.
Whatever takes your fancy, you’re sure to find it here, from masterclasses in butchery, foraging, fermentation, wild cooking, food photography and fire – this really is a foodie haven with a party atmosphere an endless array of activities.
Broken: Jeffrey Epstein (Stitcher, Out now)
The New Yorker’s Ariel Levy hosts this new podcast which looks into the nefarious world of recently deceased Jeffrey Epstein. The wealthy convicted trafficker of underage girls who was was a friend and confidant of many of America’s most powerful politicians, billionaires, and entertainers. This cast, aided by reporter Julie K. Brown, looks at how the vast amounts of money hid the levels of abuse taking place.
Sam Fender – Hypersonic Missiles (Polydor, Out now)
We spoke with Sam Fender a couple of years ago and we knew he had star quality written all over him. After winning the Critic’s Choice Award at this year’s Brits it’s been full steam ahead to the release of his debut album Hypersonic Missiles.
The North Sheilds musician showcases his serious writing chops with sharp lyrics tackling pertinent subjects like men’s mental health. It’s a trailblazing debut that leaves you wanting for more. Listen to the single ‘Will we Talk’ HERE.
Liam Gallagher – Why Me? Why Not. (Warner Records, 20th)
It’s second solo album time for Liam who’s back with another batch of tunes after the success of his first LP in 2017. His usual humble self, Liam recently said he was glad he was about to take to the stage again as, “let’s face it, it’s boring without me.”
Recorded in Los Angeles and at RAK Studios in London, the album features the soulful track ‘One Of Us’, which includes Liam’s son Gene Gallagher’s debut on bongos and the title track, ‘Why Me? Why not’, which Liam describes as “having a Beatles on Come Together vibe.” Modesty will never be Mr Gallagher’s strongpoint.
Criminal (Netflix, 20th)
Netflix have cast their net wider than ever with this new global police drama set across four countries, filmed in four different languages, with episodes set in police interview rooms.
Each episode in every country sees a team of investigators try and get a suspect to spill the beans on a crime over 60 minutes. Spain, Germany, France and the UK are all represented, with the Brit cast led by David Tennent and Hayley Atwell.
American Horror Story: 1984 (Fox, 19th)
Having taken on pretty much every horror genre, the makers of the more hit than miss American Horror Story have focused on the familiar territory of slasher movies with this ninth season. Conjuring thoughts of Friday 13th and its relentless antagonist Jason Voorhees, this nostalgic nightmare sees a group of teenagers and their chaperones at sleepaway camp faced with a crazed killer on the loose. That’s our last camping trip of the year fully cancelled.
Ad Astra (Cinemas, 18th)
Brad Pitt heads into space for this thinking man’s sci-fi flick. Set in the near future, where mysterious ‘surges’ are threatening the survival of humans on earth, Pitt plays astronaut Roy McBride who is tasked with traveling to the edge of the solar system to find his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones), a legendary astronaut long thought dead who might be causing the problem. A serious but sumptuous looking space film that may just see Brad bag an Oscar nomination come award season.
2001: A Space Odyssey + Presentation by Professor Peter Robinson (Barbican, 17th)
Continuing the space theme, half a century has passed since Stanley Kubrick’s seminal sci-fi flick, 2001: A Space Odyssey, was released, but it still more than stands up to this day. See for yourself on Tuesday at this special screening at The Barbican.
Before the screening, Professor Peter Robinson will discuss progress in the development of human-like machines and compare their threats to those posed by computer systems hidden in the fabric of the world around us.
Rambo: Last Blood (Cinemas, 19th)
It’s nearly forty years since Sly took on the role of the one man army who is John Rambo. Last Blood (thankfully) marks the last in the violent series and sees the grizzled war veteran, who’s been whiling away his days working on a ranch, faced with crossing the Mexican border to find the daughter of one of his friends who’s been kidnapped.
He soon finds himself up to his neck with Mexico’s most violent cartels. Although as you’ll know from experience, it’s them that need watch their backs.
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