Flavour of the Month
By Veronica Aloess
Album: Alt-J, This is All Yours
September sees the release of this underrated rock band’s second album, building their profile by playing all the big festivals this year and last, Alt-J indie sound is worth a listen.
When? 22 September
Gig: Kate Bush
Living legend, Kate Bush has added seven more nights to her forthcoming series of UK shows at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, bringing the final tally of shows to 22 in total. Kate decided to add the extra shows in a bid to make sure as many people who wish to see a show can do so.
When? 26 August-1 October
Where? Hammersmith Apollo
Film: The Boxtrolls
A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow, and from the wacky animators who created Coraline and Paranorman.
Play: The Play That Goes Wrong
After successfully touring the UK, this excellent farce transfers to the West End. The Play that Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they attempt to create an ambitious 1920’s murder mystery (Murder at Haversham Manor) to The Edinburgh Festival. Inevitably, disaster ensues.
When? 5September 2014 – 1 February 2015
Where? Duchess Theatre, WC2B 5LA
Also following a successful tour, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical about Eva Peron to the Dominion Theatre, with former member of Wet Wet Wet, Marti Pellow in the narrating role of Che. Fans of the 1996 movie with Madonna and Antonio Banderas ought to take this opportunity to catch this story on stage.
When? 16 September – 1 November
Where? Dominion Theatre, W1T 7AQ
Comedy: Lee Evans: Monsters
As part of his mammoth Monster tour, the comic and actor Lee Evans will be stopping by both the 02 and Wembley Arena.
When? 25 September – 4 October
Where? Wembley Arena, HA9 0AA
#events #londonevents #gigs #comedy #music #theatre #musicals #film #album
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ****
By Veronica Aloess
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was adapted by Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek in 2004 from the 1988 film of the same name (which starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine). The story centres around Lawrence Jameson (Robert Lindsay), who yearly travels to French resort Beaumont-sur-mer to con lonely, beautiful women out of their money. He bumps into budding con artist Freddy Benson (Rufus Hound) and they end up making a bet to see who is the best, by competing to con the beautiful Christine Colgate (Katherine Kingsley – however on the night, we had understudy Alice Fearn).
Despite becoming a household name for playing Ben Harper in the sitcom My Family, Lindsay is a seasoned thespian on the London stage. There’s an episode of My Family in which Lindsay gives a one in a million performance of Mr Bojangles, but aside from that, he hasn’t sung in a professional acting role since playing Fagin in Oliver! in 1997. So the minute I heard he was going to be in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels I knew I had to see it. And he does not disappoint in the role of Lawrence Jameson, absolutely stealing the spotlight at every possible moment. His gravelly tone, age-defying pizzazz in every dance number, and absolutely effortless silver fox suave prove he was a born leading man.
The rest of the cast put up a good fight for the spotlight, with a superb slapstick performance from Rufus Hound who proves exercising his acting chops over the past couple of years has paid off. Alice Fearn has a belter of a voice, and her comic timing rises to the standard of the play’s seasoned comedic actors. These leading three are supported by top notch dancers, as well as Samantha Bond as Muriel Eubanks (a con artist’s dream target – a lonely, rich woman), and John Marquez as Lawrence’s assistant Andre Thibault, whose sub-plot romance will makes even the hardest heart melt.
Aesthetically, it’s everything you should expect from a West End production, there’s not much more to say than that. It checks all the right boxes, and is definitely worth catching. Rotten Scoundrels will make you laugh until you cry.
#dirtyrottenscoundrels #review #theatre #musical #westend #robertlindsay #rufushound #alicefearn
Events: September 2014
By Veronica Aloess
What? iTunes Festival
Have you entered the draw for tickets yet? The iTunes Festival returns to the Roundhouse in Camden offering the chance to win free tickets to anybody who enters the competition through the iTunes store, there’s a month of gigs so it’s pretty likely you’ll get a ticket to one, I’ve won most years. This year sees names like Elbow, Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue, Jessis J, Lenny Kravitz and The Script amongst the line up.
When? 1-30 September
Where? Roundhouse, Camden, NW1 8EH
A festival of dance, theatre and comedy celebrating the artistic vision and originality of disabled artists. I love the insight work like this gives a wide array of audiences, so I’m glad to see this event which featured as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012 return.
When? 2-7 September
Where? Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX
What? Fire Garden by Carabosse
I don’t really know how to describe this, which is why I mention this one off event. French artists Carabosse create an extraordinary display of fire and light, transforming the Battersea Power Station into a furnace.
When? 5-6 September
Where? Battersea Power Station, SW8 5BP
What? London Fashion Week
Inviting 200 of the industry’s most creative designers and businesses, in the UK and internationally, the week includes catwalk shows, exhibitions and award ceremonies. The event is wildly exclusive and entry is invite-only, however, the whole city is sure to be taken over by fashion fever.
When? 12-16 September
Where? Somerset House, WC2R 1LA
What? Last Night of the Proms 2014
One of those things you have to do once in your life really, unless you really hate pomp and circumstance, round of the Proms with flag waving and patriotic choruses.
When? 13 September
Where? Royal Albert Hall, SW7 2AP
What? Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival
Mmm, one for geeks like myself – although the area’s a little bit too middle class. This event puts the spotlight on north London authors, with nearly 60 festival events taking place including creative writing workshops, sales and signings.
When? 14-16 September
Where? London Jewish Cultural Centre, NW11 7SX
What? The Art of the Brick
See the Mona Lisa in LEGO when you visit The Art of the Brick, a display of over 75 sculptures created out of more than a million LEGO bricks at the Old Truman Brewery. The 3D art models are made by American artist Nathan Sawaya.
When? 26 September 2014 – 4 January 2015
Where? The Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QL
What? The Turner Prize 2014
Duncan Campbell, Ciara Phillips, James Richards, and Tris Vonna-Michell are the four shortlisted artists.
When? 30 September – 4 January
Where? Tate Britain, SW1P 4RG
#events #londonevents #mustsee #thingstodo #dontmiss
Concert Review: Blink-182
By Danielle McGrath
They celebrated their 10 year anniversary as a band last year and ahead of their headline performances at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, the Californian rock band Blink-182 took to the stage at Brixton’s O2 Academy for two nights, to put on unforgettable performances of their most loved songs. Despite announcing a new album, no new material was played at the event. But that didn’t stop the trio and their fans from rocking out to some of their all-time favourites. Welsh pop-punk band Neck Deep warmed up the sold out crowd with their incredibly catchy tunes and even welcomed special guest Laura Whiteside to perform their most well-known song ‘A Part of Me’.
Eventually it was time for the stars of the show to hit the stage and it was proven that the trio were still as popular as ever, as the crowd went wild. Purple lights flooded the stage and Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus opened up the show with their memorable hits, ‘Feeling This’, ‘What’s My Age Again?’ and ‘The Rock Show’. The band had played most of their hits, including the song that everybody and their grandmother knows, ‘All The Small Things’ before leaving the stage for the first time. It was obvious that the crowd wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the stars, with the entire venue chanting for them to return. They soon rocked up on stage again with a huge backdrop behind them revealing the F-word engulfed in flames, proving that although the rock stars have aged, their humour and charisma have remained the same. The band finished up their 22 song set with the controversial ‘Family Reunion’ (you’ll understand why it’s controversial once you’ve YouTubed it) and a drum solo from Mark Hoppus, it was safe to say that the crowd were more than pleased with what they were delivered.
Regardless of their age and their four year hiatus from 2005 to 2009, it was clear from the outset that Blink-182 are still able to rock their hearts out and still perform just as well as they did back in the day. It was a show that fans, old and new will never forget.
#blink182 #blink182comeback #brixtonacademy #gig #concert #music #review #travisbarker #markhoppus #tomdelonge #neckdeep #laurawhiteside