17 bloody brilliant things to do this week

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Well, it is the last full week of February and spring is just lurking around the corner, proving that the sun really does exist and wasn’t just a long lot memory. Last week, Black Panther was a box office hit, Trump was still tweeting baffling stuff and most importantly, the event of the year, the VO5 NME awards, happened in its full glory. Speeches were made, awards were won and the hangovers are now gone (at least, almost). But that doesn’t mean the fun stops with it, check out these great things to do this week and let the rock ‘n’ roll spirit continue.

MONDAY 19th FEBRUARY

NORTH EAST ENGLAND

See: Alvvays
Where? Academy, Manchester
Any Other Dates? Wed 21 Church – Leeds, Thu 22 O2 Academy – Leicester, Fri 23 Roundhouse – London
How Much? £16.50
Why? This indie-pop foursome have come all the way from Canada to put on a show that will beat those weekday blues away.

SCOTLAND

Laugh at: Rich Hall’s hoedown
Where? The Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen.
Any Other Dates? 23rd Feb The Queens Hall – Edinburgh, 20th Feb Eden Court – Inverness
How Much? From £17
Why? Everyone’s favourite Moe Sizlack look-a-like (as self described by the man himself ) is playing live across the UK and for a guaranteed laugh a minute, this is the man to watch!

TUESDAY 20th FEBRUARY

LONDON

See: Rex Orange County
Where? KOKO London
Any Other Dates? Patterns Brighton – 19th Feb
How Much? £14
Why? Otherwise known as Alex O’Connor, the up and coming Rex Orange County can only be described as something beautiful to dance along to. So what more of a perfect opportunity to have a weeknight boogie than going to see this guy live?

See: Kendrick Lamar
Where: SSE Arena Wembley, London
How much? From £50
Why? It’s not often this American rapper come songwriter graces this side of the Atlantic. What better way to enjoy the weekend than checking out one of his biggest hits, ‘Humble’, being performed live?

MID ENGLAND

See: Franz Ferdinand
Where? O2 Academy, Birmingham.
Any Other Dates? Mon 19 O2 Academy & Underground, Leeds. Wed 21 O2 Academy, Bristol. Fri 23 Corn Exchange, Cambridge. Sun 25 Dome, Brighton.
How Much? £30.75
Why? The godfathers of indie are back yet again with another great album, and what better way to rejoice in yet another fantastic bit of music created by them than by seeing them live on stage? You can even sing along to ‘Take Me Out’ with your besties without being in a sweaty night club!

Laugh at: Paul Chowdhry
Where? Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Any Other Dates? Friday 23rd, Dudley Town Hall. Saturday 24th Feb, City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds.
How Much? £22
Why? Having spent years on the small screen, Paul Chowdhry is now taking his funny back on to the stage and he is one entertaining man.

WEDNESDAY 21st FEBRUARY

LONDON

See? Illuminating India
Where? Science Museum, London
How Much? Free
Why? India’s addition to science, culture and thought is often underestimated in modern life, so the science museum has created a collection of all the great things India has brought to the world through these said domains. The exhibition includes photography, films and talks and is great place to visit any day of the week, as it’ll be open until 31st March!

SOUTH EAST ENGLAND

See: Public Access T.V.
Where? The Joiners, Southampton
Any other dates? Tue 20 Crofters Rights, Bristol, Sat 24, The Green Store Door, Brighton.
How much? £7.70
Why? The critically acclaimed New York rockers will be bringing their own brand of  new wave to the legendary Joiners. Catch them for an evening of proper bangers to keep out the winter cold.

THURSDAY 22nd FEBRUARY

LONDON

Drink at: Nuclear Winter
Where? Tottenham Hale, London.
How much? Depends on what you order.
Why? No, this isn’t one of Donald Trump’s crazy paranoid schemes having made it to the UK, this is a unique and interesting pop-up restaurant that takes the diner through a journey of communism and food, but don’t worry, there is more on offer than just spam in a tin.

FRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY

UK WIDE

Watch: I, Tonya
Where? A cinema near you.
How Much? The price of your ticket.
Why? Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would literally do ANYTHING for it? Well pro ice-skater Tonya Harding did, and oh how the tale is told in this new biopic, I, Tonya, starring Margot robbie as a women on a mission to do whatever it takes to win.

Watch: Dark River
Where? A cinema near you
How Much? The Price of your ticket.
Why? This moving film tells the story of a women who after 15 years away, goes back to the farm in Yorkshire where she was brought up to deal with the death of her father. This is one of those films that is although dark at times, is both emotive and visually stunning.

Watch: Finding Your Feet
Where?  A cinema near you
How Much? The price of your ticket.
Why? For those in need of a mid-February pick me up, this film is full of laughs from start to finish.

Watch: Seven Seconds
Where? Netflix
How Much? The cost of a Netflix subscription.
Why? This new thriller meets crime drama from Netflix takes a look at the human condition from a completely different point of view and makes for a very good watch.

SATURDAY 24th FEBRUARY

LONDON

Dance at: Annie Mac
Where? Roundhouse, London.
Any Other Dates? Fri 23 KOKO, London.
How Much? £17.60
Why? For 2 nights only, world famous DJ and radio presenter, Annie Mac, will be gracing the stage to DJ at one of the capitals best music venues. For a guaranteed great night of music and fun, this is one not to be missed! Need any more convincing? For her Roundhouse show Annie is set to be joined by the best in new music, with appearances from Raye, Mabel, Not3s, Stefflon Don, Ghetts, Wretch 32 and Mist & Steel Banglez.

SOUTH EAST ENGLAND

See: Hookworms
Where? Patterns, Brighton.
Any Other Dates? Fri 23 The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool.
How Much? £13.20
Why? Being one of the best underground psychedelic rock bands this side of 1969, Hookworm’s sound can only be described as electro meets guitar resulting in a wonderful musical love child.  And boy, does this lovechild put on a good show.

MID ENGLAND

See: Wiley
Where? The Brickworks, Nottingham.
Any Other Dates? Wed 21 Academy, Manchester. Thu 22 O2 Institute, Birmingham. Fri 23 Motion, Bristol
How Much? £21.25
Why? The Godfather of Grime Wiley has had a career that has spanned over 3 decades. This artist is such a great performer, you will not be disappointed when going to watch him live.

SUNDAY 25th FEBRUARY

SCOTLAND

See: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Where? O2 ABC, Glasgow
Any Other Dates? Wednesday 21st Feb, O2 Academy Brixton. Thursday 22nd Feb, Manchester Academy.
How Much? £20.85
Why? King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s heavy psychedelic rock sound mixed with high-energy performances make for one heck of a night out that will make you envy those even more who experienced the 60’s.

Words: Grace Barnott