The great and the good
Friday and you are firing on all cylinders. The theme has got you all excited – and you and your best mate are dressed identically in rainbow lycra.
Today’s headliners are the insanely upbeat wonders Two Door Cinema Club.
The eclectic beast that is the Main Stage (with BBC music) also welcomes Swedish harmonising trio First Aid Kit. The Turbans have migrated from the Folk Barn fixture onto the main stage and this will be an all-stomping, dust-rising session to go down in history. Norwegian fairy-tale Aurora and the – also Norwegian – star Sigrid will be enchanting and attitude-laden in equal measure.
The Valley – your most perfect forest dancefloor – kicks off. Tonight the space opens, with the ex-Magnetic Man Artwork heading things up. PBR Streetgang will be laying down those golden four-to-the-floor essentials for which they are famed.
The Atrium is bursting with gold – with a Ronnie Scott’s takeover providing the unbeatable atmospherics that only they can present. Lucky Peterson is in the house – be upstanding.
A fringe highlight of Sadler’s Wells’ annual festival of hip hop dance theatre – Breakin’ Convention, Freestyle Funk Forum will be throwing down. Artistic Director Jonzi D hosts an evening of improvised theatre in hip hop’s answer to “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” – a series of skits are brought to life through the elements of hip hop including dance, beatbox, turntablism and rap. Unmissable.
Folk protagonists Woodburner are at the helm over at The Folk Barn, welcoming the mesmerising bluesy folk songstress Alice Phoebe Lou. The hotly tipped My Baby combine the folk and blues-roots of the deep South with out-and-out funk and dance.
The Love Hotel throws open their doors today – the Petersham Road created secret underworld where conformity is rejected and losing your inhibitions is encouraged. Blue Lab Beats, Cosmo Pyke and glittery performers a-plenty.
The Playhouse welcomes fringe highlight Katie Bonna with her five-star, hilarious, moving show All The Things I Lied About. Yes it’s hard hitting. Yes, it may well bring you to tears. Yes – it was the best thing we saw at Edinburgh Fringe… All The Things I Lied About will floor you – and keep you thinking.
In other theatre highlight news, Marcel Lucont – the flâneur, raconteur and bon-viveur returns to Wilderness. Marcel has toured the world with his deadpan observations, bawdy chansons and exquisite sex poetry, and international burlesque siren Missy Fatale has curated an entire Tricks and Tease Cabaret Show to thrill you.
Ideas to be explored by our Talks and Debates include What Makes A Real Woman? Generation M: Being a Muslim Now, Making A Man: Fatherhood & Masculinity. Reni Eddo-Lodge: Why I am no longer talking to white people about race.