In this week’s NME, we detail the essential places to be this summer, the food and drink you need to indulge in on the way and all the amazing experiences ready for you to undertake in the coming months. Here are the spectacular gigs you cannot afford to miss in these coming months.
Get off your tits to Haçienda Classical
July 2, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester
High culture meets club culture as the melon-twisting sounds of yesteryear are
reinterpreted by a 70-piece orchestra, with Peter Hook, Shaun Ryder and Bez himself on freaky dancing duties. Better yet, it’s all taking place in the open-air setting of Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl.
Tickets: £38.50, ticketmaster.co.uk
Watch The Last Shadow Puppets play a waterfront amphitheatre
June 24, Bristol Harbourside
This year’s Bristol Summer Series features sold-out performances from Catfish and the Bottlemen, James Bay and Sigur Rós. But there are still a few tickets remaining for The Last Shadow Puppets, whose sun-kissed Californian vibes should go down a treat by the Bristol waterfront. It’ll be everything you’ve come to expect and a little bit more.
Tickets: £29.50, bristolsummerseries.com
Go to the seaside with Noel Gallagher
For his final run of shows in support of 2015’s ‘Chasing Yesterday’ album, the Chief’s visiting some of the UK’s most picturesque seaside towns, including Scarborough, Portsmouth and Portmeirion, where he’ll headline Festival Number 6.
Tickets: check NME.com/tickets
See a play in a caravan
July 23, Canterbury
The Marlowe Theatre take live theatre to new levels of intimacy by staging plays in a mobile home for just nine people at a time. They promise “powerful stories and dreams for the future revealed through video projection, recorded interviews, original
music and interactions”.
Tickets: £8, marlowetheatre.com
Illuminate your life
Various dates, see NME.com for details
The Illuminati rule the world and two rumoured agents tour the UK this summer. Rihanna kicks off a run of stadium shows in June, while Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ world tour arrives in July. Resistance will be futile.
Tickets: £84, Rihanna; £86.75, Beyoncé
Get down at Dreamland’s Birthday Soundclash
June 18, Dreamland, Margate
The long-running amusement park is celebrating its birthday in style, with a soundclash party aimed at celebrating the youth cults and subcultures who’ve played a part in its history. Think Notting Hill Carnival, but with a Margate twist. And probably a lot of Mods.
TICKETS: Free with park entry, dreamland.co.uk
See Biffy Clyro play on the Titanic
June 25, Belfast
Well, kind of. The Glaswegian trio will be getting all intense and topless at the Titanic Belfast – a museum dedicated to the sunken ocean liner where you can wander around full-scale reconstructions of the doomed ship – as part of the Belsonic music festival. Foals, Ellie Goulding and The Chemical Brothers rock the boat on different nights.
Tickets: £32.50, belsonic.com