17 bloody brilliant things to do this week

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The January blues is well and truly upon us, with Monday of this week (15th) being nicknamed “Blue Monday” as it’s allegedly the most depressing day of the year. If the post-Christmas lull has got to you, fear not, as here are some totally brilliant ways to spend your week to cheer you up.

Monday 15th January


Enjoy a pint at: Après London

Where? Flat Iron Square, Southwark
How much? Entry is free!
Why? Everyone knows the best bit of skiing is the après-ski, so why not cut out the skidding about in the snow and just enjoy a warm cocktail in Flat Iron Square’s pop up chalet. It’s open until March 31st – so there’s plenty of time to enjoy it over winter.

Tuesday 16th January


See: The Cribs
Where? Tramshed, Cardiff
Any other dates? 18th January 2018 – Keele University Ballroom, 19th – Preston Guildhall, 20th January – The Foundry Sheffield
How much? From £23
Why go? You survived Blue Monday, so treat yourself on Tuesday with an evening of anthemic indie anthems courtesy of The Cribs in Cardiff.


See: The Academic album release show
Where? Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland
How much? Free, but you need to register for tickets
Why? In 2017 The Academic went viral, when they got tech savvy and managed to use Facebook live as a loop pedal. Now the indie-rockers are releasing their debut album ‘Tales From The Backseat’, and everyone is invited to the (free) launch party!

Wednesday 17th January


See: Yonaka
Where? The Green Door Store, Brighton
How much? From £7.70
Why? The four-piece from Brighton are ones to watch, with their live shows being described by NME as a “blend fiery elements metal and head-banging-rock with slick hip-hop beats and grime’s DIY ethos, to create a volcanic mix that few can replicate.” What more could you want?


See: Starcrawler
Where? The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Any other dates this week? 18th January 2018 – Omeara London, 20th – Thekla BristolHow much? £8.80
Why? Ahead of their slot supporting the might Foo Fighters in June, catch indie-rockers Starcrawler on tour this week.

Thursday 18th January


Watch:  Britannia
Where? All episodes will be available on Sky TV
How much? Your Sky subscription
Why? The historical drama about the Roman invasion of Britain is one to fill the Game of Thrones shaped hole in your life.


See: Lumiere London
Where? Across London, including King’s Cross, Mayfair, Trafalgar Square and Waterloo
How much? Free!
Why? After the success of the first edition in January 2016, light festival Lumiere London will be returning to the capital for four nights. Enjoy the stunning, and totally free, festival from 5:30pm-10:30pm each day from the 18th to the 21st of January.

Friday 19th January


Watch: Coco
Where? Your local cinema
How much? The price of a cinema ticket
Why? Pixar are back with a winner in the form of Coco, the all-singing, all-dancing epic, about a 12-year-old boy who accidentally gets transported to the day of the dead. Wholesome viewing for the entire family.

Watch: The Post
Where? Your local cinema
How much? The price of a cinema ticket
Why? It’s Meryl Streep. It’s Tom Hanks. It’s Steven Spielberg. And it’s got totally brilliant reviews across the board. Do you need anything else?


Watch: Fast & Furious Live
Where? O2 Arena, London
How much? From £42
Why? Immerse yourself in the all the madness and magic of the Fast & Furious series in this epic live show. Need convincing – here’s what you can expect.


See: Riscas
Where? The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
How much? £6.60
Why? With their jangling, guitar-led pop, Riscas are channeling indie-heroes of the past decade like Two Door Cinema Club and Vampire Weekend. Checkout the four piece for an evening of gloriously rousing choruses that’ll make you forget it’s chucking it down with rain outside.

Dance to: VO5 NME Awards Road Trip: The Vaccines – DJ Set
Where? Mama Roux’s and Spotlight, Birmingham
How much? £4
Why? Dance the night away to back-to-back indie anthems, aided by a DJ set from The Vaccines at one of the VO5 NME Awards Road Trip nights.


See: Paramore
Where? Manchester Arena, Manchester
Any other dates? 20th January – The SSE Hydro Glasgow
How much? From £33
Why go? After Paramore’s change in musical direction for jubilant fifth album ‘After Laughter’ they’ve reached even higher levels of success. Enjoy absolute bops ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Fake Happy’ live, as well as old favourites like ‘Misery Business’ at one of their arena dates this week.


See: GoGo Penguin
Where? The Black Box, Belfast
How much? £14
Why? The Mercury Prize nominees are set to entice punters with their own-brand of jazz at Belfast’s Black Box.

Saturday 20th January


Dance to: The 2 Bears
Where? XOYO, London
How much? From £13.50
Why go? Join Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell under their alias for an evening of proper good music that’ll span house, garage and disco.

Sunday 21st January


See: To Kill A King
Where? The Waterfront, Norwich
Any other tour dates this week? 15th January 2018 – The Cluny Newcastle upon Tyne, 16 – Brudenell Social Club Leeds, 18th – Bodega Nottingham, 19th – Drygate Brewing Company Glasgow, 20th The Rainbow Venues Birmingham
How much? £11
Why go? If you’re experiencing the Sunday lull enjoy an evening of rousing, indie-pop with To Kill A King.


Laugh at: Sean Lock
Where? Donald Gordon Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
How much? £23
Why go? Enjoy the veteran comedians latest live show, as you mentally prepare yourself into the next working week.