Plenty of capital focussed fun to be had this week in September. Experience a host of great events at some of London’s most iconic landmarks with Emerge Festival, celebrate the very best in urban arts in Wembley and get some greenery in your life at the Houseplant Festival. It’s the Weekly EDIT.
Soul of Shaolin (Wembley Park Theatre, 26th – October 6th)
Having wowed audiences around the world, martial arts extravaganza Soul of Shaolin is heading for the London stage. The action-packed show features over 30 performers in a troupe direct from Shaolin, China.
The story focuses on young Hui Guang as he’s separated from his mother in a war-torn world and then taken in by the monks of the legendary Shaolin Monastery to be trained in the ancient art of Kung Fu. But when his mother returns he’s forced to make tough choices. There are 18 performances of this spectacle of martial arts, acrobatics & mime from Thursday. Not to be missed.
London Spanish Film Festival (Ciné Lumière, 25th – 29th)
Now in its 15th edition, the London Spanish Film Festival returns to Ciné Lumière to showcase some of this year’s most exciting Spanish films. From enigmatic thrillers to fresh comedies, seasoned directors’ comeback to debut films, expect the best contemporary cinema from Spain.
London Tattoo Convention (Tobacco Dock, Wapping, 27th – 29th)
Calling all tat fans, the very best in the business when it comes to body art will be descending on London’s Tobacco Dock from Friday for the 15th annual London Tattoo Convention. More than 400 of the world’s finest inkers will be in attendance with inspiring exhibitions of wonderful works that might help you make your mind up on your next, or even your first tat.
Along with some top food and drink there’ll also be entertainment from fire performers Pyrohex, a Vans skate ramp which pros will be shredding and plenty of live music.
Plymouth Art Weekender (Various Plymouth locations, 27th – 29th)
Plymouth Art Weekender is an annual three-day arts festival that kicks off on Friday. It boasts over 70+ exhibitions, events, and pop-up performances by artists from near and far across multiple venues. Highlights of the weekend include group show ‘Notopia’, from emerging artists, d0gMilk, will examine the experiences of being a Millennial/Gen Z in contemporary society.
‘Fish in Blender’ will perform a theatre piece on the current state of politics and WestfordNeedles will showcase their ‘Wayne’s War of the World’ mash-up live performance.
Emerge Festival (Various locations, 27th – 28th)
This weekend 42 of London’s most famous museums and landmarks are all involved in the brand new Emerge Festival. Over two-days, partygoers will get the chance to head to gigs, theatre performances, spoken word events, talks and much more all taking place inside some of the capital’s most famous landmarks. Experience a silent disco on London Bridge, head to Banqueting House in Whitehall for a curated night by UK rapper Flohio or sip gin at a pop-up bar on Wellington Arch in Hyde Park. There are loads of seriously unique events to discover at this exciting new fest.
Houseplant Festival (The Garden Museum, Lambeth, 29th)
If you’re someone who favours a bit of greenery in your humble abode then your likely a good candidate for The Houseplant Festival being held at The Garden Museum in Lambeth. Curated by Alice Vincent (author of How to Grow Stuff) this all-day celebration of houseplants will bring the thriving online plant community to life, with the chance to meet your favourite Instagram plant experts, and get top tips on houseplant care. There’s also plenty of plants to peruse and purchase so you can turn your house into a veritable forest.
Urban Arts Festival (Wembley Park, 28th – 29th)
Calling all hip-hoppers and skate rats, there’s an upcoming free fest you’ll want to hear about. Urban Arts Festival bigs up the cultural worlds of graffiti, beatboxing and all things hip-hop with an inclusive event spread across four areas of Olympic Way and Market Square in the day, with an afterparty held at Boxpark Wembley from 7PM till late.
The main stage showcases artists such as singers, poets & DJ’s. Concrete Jam is a freestyle open jam session area for poppers and lockers. And there’s also an outdoor skate park and live mural area.
Loopallu Festival (Ullapool, 27th – 28th)
A festival held in late September in a remote village on the West Coast of Scotland 60 miles from the nearest town, doesn’t sound like it should work. But anyone who’s attended Loopallu Festival will tell you it absolutely does. This friendliest of fests in the centre of Ullapool promises fun whatever the weather gods throw at them. Headline sets this year come from Tidelines and Hunter and the Bear.
Baltic Weekender (Baltic Triangle, 27th – 28th)
Baltic Weekender returns to Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle this September for another weekend of the best in house, techno, grime and bass music. This September’s edition will feature an array of headliners combined with the finest local selectors, with sets from the fiery Helena Hauff, the groove-maestros Horse Meat Disco and bass-hitters My Nu Leng & Dread MC.
Eats & Drinks
Bar of the Week
Tequila Mockingbird (Brixton, Open all week)
The newest bar in the tidy portfolio of award-winning Tequila Mockingbird is this lovely little space in Brixton. Cocktails are the mainstay here with the menu leaning towards experimental over your classics. Their impressive signature Mockingbird punch comes served in a flaming tiki mug. There are also three specials on the menu, each in honour of local hero David Bowie. With rum-based The ‘Ziggy Stardust’ being our favourite.
In the kitchen, residents Dip & Flip provide hearty fare in the shape of homemade burgers, wings, fries and sharing plates. Remember it’s probably considered rude no to order some of their signature gravy to get your dip on. Happy hour every day is from 5pm until 9pm, no wonder we’re smiling.
Lost Lagoon Experience (Birmingham, 26th)
There’s a boozy buccaneering adventure heading to Birmingham’s Bullring & Grand Central this week. At Lost Lagoon, guests will undertake a series of cocktail-based escapades as part of an extravagant immersive theatrical production. You get to navigate a boat around a series of islands, receiving rum-based rations and instructions making up rum punches.
Armed with the recipe, you head to Captain Morgan’s island lair, party palace where you can drink and feast like a pirate. Shiver me timbers!
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival (Snape, 28th – 29th)
The Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival is now in its 14th-year with over 100 Suffolk producers taking part in this two-day event. A two-week food-related fringe programme surrounds the fest with a Macaron Masterclass and Sconeathon among the tasty highlights.
The festival itself promises a jam-packed weekend of fabulous food adventures, from tastings and demonstrations to masterclasses. Georgina Hayden, Kwoklyn Wan & Kenny Tutt are on the list of exciting chefs attending.
St George’s Hall Beer Festival (Liverpool, 26th – 28th)
St George’s Hall, one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings will play host this week to a huge annual beer bash. 200 different real ales and ciders will be available to quaff as well as a gin garden offering boutique gins, spirits, wine and prosecco. There will be entertainment through the sessions to aid your boozing and food will be provided by the likes of Peninsula Pies to soak it all up.
Passenger List (Radiotopia, Out now)
Fans of mystery and thrills might want to check out this brand new cast from the people at Radiotopia. It follows the fate of a plane that vanishes between London and its destination of New York. Marie Tran voices Kaitlin, a student whose twin brother was on board the flight, she fights to discover the truth of what’s gone on with frantic phone calls. Expect plenty of plot twists.
Girl Band – The Talkies (Rough Trade Records, 27th)
There’s a sort of beautiful chaos about this long-overdue offering from Irish four-piece Girl Band. Their 2015 debut ‘Holding Hands with Jamie’ saw them on the cusp of huge things before their subsequent tours were cancelled due frontman Dara Kiely’ mental health issues, so it’s great to see the band back and on fantastically unpredictable form with The Talkies.
You wouldn’t call it a comfortable listen, with sonic challenges around every corner, but that’s probably what also makes it one of the most rewarding albums of this year. Take a listen to their brilliant single ‘Shoulderblades’ HERE.
Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury (Atlantic, 27th)
Fans of Sturgill Simpson might not recognise the artist on first listen to his new record, a marked departure from 2016’s acclaimed ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,’ which won ‘Best Country Album’ at the 59th Grammy Awards. Although still retaining his distinctive vocal twang, here we get a hard rock sound mixed with electronica and even an accompanying Netflix anime film, who would have guessed this is what we’d get from album number four.
Each song on the LP is set to a different anime-inspired segment developed by Japanese anime legend Jumpei Mizusaki. Listen to single ‘Sing-Along’ HERE.
The Politician (Netflix, 27th)
This new Netflix comedy follows the uber ambitious, wealthy high school kid Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) from Santa Barbara as he pursues his dream of one day being the President of the United States. But before he makes it into the White House, he has to navigate the treacherous political landscape that is high school. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Payton’s mum in what is a very talented comic cast that also includes Jessica Lange.
Ed Stafford: Man Woman Child Wild (Discovery Channel, 29th)
Never shy of a new challenge, brilliant adventurer and former MALESTROM interviewee Ed Stafford is putting himself to the ultimate test in his new Discovery Channel documentary, ED STAFFORD: MAN WOMAN CHILD WILD.
He’s fended for himself off-grid on remote islands before but this time he’s joined by wife Laura Bingham and 20-month-old son Ran, where they will have to survive as a family. How will this family unit survive for a month with no provisions on an Indonesian island? You’ll need to tune in and find out for yourselves.
Ready or Not (Cinemas, 25th)
This smart American horror sees newlywed bride Grace (former Home and Away star Samara Weaving) experience the worst wedding night you could imagine when her hubby’s family try to hunt her down and bump her off.
It’s part of a long-held tradition that befalls all-new family members on wedding nights where they have to pick a game from an antique deck of cards. What ensues is a deadly game of cat and mouse that keeps us guessing all the way through. Who said romance was dead.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (Netflix Original, Out now)
Everyone will recognise the scruffy-bearded comedian Zach Galifianakis from his roles in The Hangover series, but not everyone might have seen him in his former guise as host of ‘internet talk show’ Between Two Ferns.
It was a massive hit on Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die website and here it’s turned into a feature-length Netflix funny that sees Zach’s boss Ferrell send our hapless host out to travel the States getting together 10-episodes with a host of A-listers. Along the way we get some seriously funny interviews with questions to make you laugh out loud like this one to Matthew McConaughey, “I noticed that you’re wearing a shirt. Is everything okay?
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