17 bloody brilliant things to do this week

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Spring has finally sprung, the days are getting longer, and it looks like we could be heading full pelt (well, a slow 30 along the back roads) to summer. Celebrate the recently rediscovered blue skies with these 17 totally brilliant things this week.

Monday 16th April

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER

See: Isaac Gracie
Where?: The Crescent, York
How much?: £13.20 (inc. fees)
Why?: With the release of his debut album on Friday there is a lot of excitement gathering behind former choir boy, Isaac Gracie, who will grace York with his smooth tones on the 16th.
Any other dates?: Gracie’s tour will see him play 13 UK dates altogether, finishing at London’s Hackney Empire on Thursday 26th April.

SCOTLAND

See: Arcade Fire
Where?: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
How much?: £35-£63
Why?: The Canadian indie-rock heavyweights are back and have hit the road with all guns blazing. The band finish their UK tour in Glasgow before heading across Europe and you can expect to hear the classics as well as tracks from last year’s ‘Everything Now’.

Tuesday 17th April

LONDON

See: Global Citizen Live
Where?: O2 Academy Brixton
How much?: Tickets for the concert had to be earnt by engaging with Global Citizen. The last draw took place last week.
Why?: Featuring the likes of Emeli Sandé, Professor Green and Naughty Boy, Global Citizen host a night for freedom and quality. Gabrielle Aplin, Lady Leshurr and Kojo Funds will also be taking to the O2 Academy Brixton stage. If that wasn’t enough, there’ll be comedy and poetry from Luisa Omielan and Hussain Manawer too.

NORTH WEST ENGLAND

See: Tom Oxley’s Moving Portraits
Where?: The Lowry Theatre, Manchester
How much?: Free
Why?: Combining striking visuals with his love for pop culture, Tom Oxley presents his moving portraits of established and emerging icons alike. You can expect to see images including the likes of Liam Gallagher, Azealia Banks and Tom Grennan up close and personal.

Wednesday 18th April

LONDON

Go to: Magic Roundabout’s Official Summer 2018 Launch Party
Where? The Magic Roundabout in London, United Kingdom
How much? Entry is free – but you’ll have to RSVP
Why? The Magic Roundabout is returning for one last season, so head along to their special summer launch party – including cocktails and an Urban Jungle theme.

SCOTLAND

See: Cathy
Where?: Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
How much?: £12-£16.50 (exc. £2 online booking fee)
Why? Inspired by Ken Loach’s 1966 drama Cathy Come Home, Cathy was a roaring, five-star success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. The play, which tackles the issues behind homelessness, returns for a week of performances and discussions in Glasgow.
Any other dates?: Cathy runs every night from 17th-21st April.

Thursday 19th April

LONDON

Go To: Artist’s Talk: Faith Ringgold
Where?: Tate Modern, London
How much?: £6-£9
Why?: Born in Harlem, New York in 1930, artist Faith Ringgold’s work has traversed poetry, painting, sculpture and performance. Get your culture fill as she discusses her work from the 1960s up to today in a special event at the Tate Modern.

Friday 20th

UK WIDE

See: Wilding
Where?: Cinemas nationwide
How much?: Prices depend on your local cinema.
Why?: Bel Powley (Mary Shelley, The Bell Jar) takes centre-stage in Wilding, a horror which sees a young girl battle with the dark memories of her past. This is a horror film that will have your palms sweating.

NORTH EAST ENGLAND

See: Little Comets
Where?: O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle
How much?: £17.40 (inc. fees)
Why? Indie-rock trio Little Comets conclude their UK tour with a date in the band’s home county. It looks set to be a lively show – definitely one to check out for fans of Vampire Weekend.

 

LONDON

See: R3hab
Where?: Ministry of Sound, London
How much?: £26.88 (inc. fees)
Why?: On a Friday night in London there are few more prestigious venues than the Ministry of Sound. Add a DJ who has 12 million monthly Spotify listeners and has remixed tracks for the likes of Rihanna, Rita Ora and Rudimental – a perfect combination.

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER

See: Goat Girl
Where?: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
How much?: £11
Why?: There’s a lot of people tipping Goat Girl to be the next big thing. Need proof? Six of their seven UK tour dates are already sold out, Leeds being the last with tickets remaining.

 

Saturday 21st April

SOUTH WEST

Play: Bingo Lingo
Where? Motion, Bristol
How much? £6.50
Why? Think table dancing, raves and classic bingo mixed into one – you’re in for one extravagant night.

EAST MIDLANDS

See: Rejjie Snow
Where?: Cambridge Junction
How much?: £22 (exc. fees)
Why?: After the release of ‘Dear Annie’, awarded five stars by NME, rapper Rejjie Snow has sold out all but two of his UK tour dates. Cambridge is one of those, so act fast before the final tickets are snapped up.
Any other dates?: April 24th at Waterfront, Norwich. The Oxford, Birmingham and Manchester dates are already sold out.

NORTH EAST ENGLAND

See: Gengahr
Where?: Think Tank, Newcastle
How much?: £14.30
Why?: Formed in London, Gengahr’s brand of psychedelic rock has seen them on the rise since the release of their debut album, ‘A Dream Outside’, in 2015. With their sophomore record, ‘Where Wildness Grows’, out now, the band are heading out on an extensive UK tour.
Any other dates?: Plenty! After kicking off in Newcastle there are another 14 dates on the tour, including a show at Koko, London on May 3rd.

LONDON

Go to: Feast of St. George 2018
Where?: Trafalgar Square, London
How much?: Free
Why?: Grab your St. George’s cross and prepare for a day full of music, arts workshops and old-fashioned rides.

SCOTLAND

See: Her’s + Pizzagirl
Where: The Mash House, Edinburgh
How much? £8.80
Why? Catch two of the most exciting new acts at The Mash House this saturday, with dreamy pop courtesy of Her’s and glorious, soaring indie from Pizzagirl.

Sunday 22nd April

NORTH WEST ENGLAND

Go to: Vegan Life Live
Where?: EventCity, Manchester
How much?: £6-£13
Why?: As the vegan lifestyle continues to grip the nation, Vegan Life Live provides all you need to know with cooking lessons, food stalls and health tips. If one day isn’t enough Vegan goodness for you then fear not – the event runs all weekend.