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Winter Sports, Cycling Shorts & A Trip to Mars – The Weekly EDIT

Winter Sports, Cycling Shorts & A Trip to Mars – The Weekly EDIT

Ski & Snowboard festival Battersea

There’s a whole heap of capital based events going down over the next seven days. There are some spooky treats with Halloween on the horizon from a haunted immersive dining experience to a candlelit tour of the East End’s docks. Cycling fans can enjoy some world-class racing at the Phynova Six Day and winter sports enthusiasts will be in their element at the Ski and Snowboard fest. You know the drill, it’s The Weekly EDIT.

Phynova Six Day London (Lee Valley Velopark 22nd – 27th)

Lell o'Brian at the Phynova Six Day London

The fifth edition of track cycling event Phynova Six Day London is heading to the Lee Valley Velopark on Tuesday for almost a week of top bike action. Elite riders from all over the world will be battling it out in various speed and endurance disciplines, and along with the goings-on on the track, spectators can enjoy a DJ pumping out tunes and adding a proper party atmosphere to proceedings.

The Ski & Snowboard Festival 2019 (Battersea, 24th – 27th)

Marking the beginning of the ski season, thousands of winter sports lovers will be flocking to Battersea Evolution this week for The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival. Over four days, the fest will unite ski, winter sports and destination experts from across the globe under one roof.

It’s packed full of exhibitors and information for novices and ski fanatics from a host of international professional athletes. Not to mention inspiring guest speakers such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE. There’s also an artificial slope, ice skating, craft beer tasting, a Street Food Village and sports taster sessions.

A Haunted House (Bloomsbury Ballroom, 24th – 26th)

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Fancy some immersive Halloween fun? Then The London Cabaret Club’s ‘A Haunted House’ might be right up your street. It’s a delicious combo of spooky live performances from contortionists and dancers and a mouthwatering 3 or 5 course dinner, all set in a Shining style haunted 1920’s ballroom.

To help you cope with the spirits roaming about you can get stuck into some devilish ‘Trick or Treat’ cocktails then following the dinner and show, guests can return to the decadent dungeon to dance the night away with the LCC’s deadly DJ’s.

Moving to Mars (The Design Museum, runs till 23rd Feb 2020)

Moving to Mars at the Design Museum

Ever wanted the chance to travel to Mars, but also actually return in your lifetime? Well, this new exhibition at the Design Museum invites you to experience the red planet in a new multi-sensory adventure.

Exhibits on display include a full-scale model of a Martian home, which has a panoramic view of the Martian landscape, a hydroponic farm to show how Martians can grow their food and the ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover that’s actually off to Mars in 2020.

Blade Runner Live (Royal Albert Hall, 25th)

Blade Runner poster

If you love Ridley Scott’s sci-fi cult classic, Blade Runner as much as us then there’s a treat in store this week. Scott’s definitive, and in our opinion at least, superior 2007 Final Cut version of the movie will be showing on a large HD screen at the Royal Albert Hall.

It will be accompanied by the Vangelis’ synthesizer-led score, performed by 11-piece group, The Avex Ensemble, for the first time in-sync with the 1982 motion picture. It’s a great way to honour the memory of Blade Runner replicant Rutger who passed away earlier this year.

Docks After Dark (Museum of London, Docklands, dates from 24th)

A man holds up a candle lantern to promote Docks after Dark

Just in time for Halloween, Museum of London Docklands relaunches its Docks After Dark tours. Follow a tour guide for a lamp-lit journey through some of the East End’s most terrifying tales.

Hear chilling accounts of the men, women and children who worked in the docks, and stop off at the most haunted spots in the 200-year old building. You’ll definitely need that glass of prosecco you get on arrival to calm the nerves, if not something even stronger!

Where Light Falls (St Pauls Cathedral, 25th – 27th)

There’s an illuminating event coming to London’s famous St Paul’s Cathedral this week. For three nights only, the building’s iconic facade will be used as a canvas for poetry, photography and other stunning visuals to be projected onto it for a light show paying tribute to the volunteers who risked their lives to keep the cathedral safe during the Blitz.

Instead of taking to shelters during the deadly air raids, the brave people of St Paul’s Watch patrolled the building ready to put out any fires, this unique happening tells their story.


Westfest (Royal Bath & West Showground, 26th)

Westfest 2018

The behemoth multi-arena all-nighter Westfest returns, with multiple arenas of underground dance music at Royal Bath & West Showground.

Covering all manner of hard dance including Hardcore, Hardstyle, Old Skool, Drum & Bass, Gabber, Industrial and Hardcore Techno, Westfest is the ultimate all-nighter for fans who like to have it larger than most.

Bluesfest (O2, 25th – 27th)

Singer John Legend

There are some huge names appearing at London’s O2 this week as part of Bluesfest. This live music event sees veteran and two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones, multi-instrumentalist and renowned producer Raphael Saadiq and last but far from least, American singer-songwriter John Legend (for his only UK live show this year) all take to the stage over three song packed days.

Eats & Drinks

Vegfest UK (London Olympia, 26th – 27th)

Food at VegFest event at London Olympia

One of the largest vegan lifestyle shows in Europe, Vegfestis heading to London’s Olympia for two days of food, drink, cosmetics and fashion. 325 stalls will be selling cruelty-free products and offering samples and tasters of their wares, while top chefs from all over the globe will host demo sessions. There’s also comedy, documentary screenings, yoga and other activities to get stuck into.

Halloween Oktoberfest Special (West Kensington, 24th – 26th)

Oktoberfest Millwall Park

It’s your usual selection of succulent sausages and steaming steins at this Oktoberfest in West Kensington, but given the date, we’re promised they’ll be a decided Halloween vibe to proceedings. Here, Millwall Park will be transformed into a huge bench-filled beer hall with traditional Ompha-Ompha music so you can sing along while you sink some quality German beer.

Sausage & Cider Fest (Leeds, 26th)

Sausage & Cider Fest Leeds poster

The Sausage & Cider Fest is heading to Leeds for the first time and as you’d expect it does everything it says on the tin. Here you can sample some of the delicious craft ciders and beers on offer, along with a huge variety of the finest butchers sausages to soak up all the booze. Add in live music and you’ve got yourself something of a sausage party.

New Podcast

Striped: The Story of the White Stripes (Third Man Records And Misfire, Out now)

Striped podcast cover

Music journalist Sean Cannon leads us through this new podcast about the story of Jack and Meg White, The White Stripes. Two decades ago, the duo hit the music scene in a real way. Jack and Meg dropped their debut album, blew minds, toured with Pavement, and sowed the seeds of worldwide rock and roll domination — with some well documented bumps along the way. Season one, tells that story from the people who witnessed it firsthand.

New Music

Van Morrison – Three Chords And The Truth (Exile, 25th)

Van Morrison - Three Chords And The Truth album cover

He’s getting seriously prolific in his old age, releasing his sixth album in just four years, and ‘Three Chords & The Truth’ is further proof that Van Morrison is one of the greatest recording artists of all time and remains a creative force to be reckoned with. The album was produced and written by Van the man and features contributions from legendary guitarist Jay Berliner and a duet with The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley (‘Fame Will Eat the Soul’). And it’s a great listen.

Anna Meredith – FIBS (Moshi Moshi, 25th)

Anna Meredith - FIBS

Scottish composer Anna Meredith certainly had a lot to live up to after her brilliant award-winning 2016 debut album ‘Varmints’. The first single ‘Paramour’ off her new record, out this week, showed there was nothing to worry about, with another uniquely crafted track that takes you on a snaking sonic journey. And this second effort shows there’s no re-treading of old ground with Meredith continuing to push her musical boundaries with songs that are both overwhelming and intimate.

New TV

Daybreak (Netflix, 24th)

So what exactly would the apocalypse be like if it did take place? Well, lots of fun if this new post-apocalyptic high school comedy is anything to judge things by. The fun premise sees teenager Josh and a group of other lucky nuclear blast survivors (also mainly good looking teens) making their way in this brave new world as they face zombies (known as ghoulies here) and an even bigger threat. Growing up! Matthew Broderick plays the town’s high school principal.

Bojack Horseman (Netflix, 25rd)

Bojack Horseman fans get your tissues out as Friday marks the start of the very final season of the hit show, or part one at least, with part two airing from January 31. This time around our favourite washed-up horse actor (voiced by Will Arnett) finds himself in rehab with a glimmer that Bojack may be ready to embrace change. But can this equine swine really transform into a better horseman? We sort of hope not. Roll on Friday.

New Movies

Terminator: Dark Fate (Cinemas, 23rd)

He said he’d be back! And true to his word Arnie returns for one more go-around of the Terminator franchise. This movie, which producer James Cameron considers as a direct sequel to his first two films, is set 27 years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where a new, modified liquid metal Terminator (Gabriel Luna) is sent from the future by Skynet in order to terminate Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), a hybrid cyborg human (Mackenzie Davis), and her friends. And there’s another welcome return from Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) who comes to their aid, as well as Arnie’s original Terminator, for a fight for the future.

The Cat and the Moon (Limited release, 24th)

This watchable drama follows teenager Nick (Alex Wolff, who wrote and directed the film aged just 20) as he comes to New York to stay with Cal (Mike Epps), a jazz musician friend of his late father’s, whilst his mother seeks treatment in rehab. During his stay, he makes friends who show him what the city that never sleeps has to offer. A great directorial debut with multi-layered characters that feel genuine.

The Beach Bum (Cinemas, 25th)

This subversive stoner comedy from director Harmony Korine stars Matthew McConaughey as Moondog, a Floridian pot-smoking poet who only knows how to live life by his own rules. But when he’s faced with financial ruin, this slacker has to clean up his sloppy act and try and complete his dormant novel. An all-star cast includes Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron and Martin Lawrence.

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