Our June highlights
Young and brooding Dublin singer Andrew Hozier-Byrne – who's rapidly rising and starting to sell out venues astonishingly quickly – juggles a mix of folk, soul and blues. Our friends across the Atlantic are lapping him up so catch him in London soon, before the steal him for good.
Tue Jun 2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
Those of you who wish your everyday tasks involved more exotic creatures are in for a furry, feathery treat this summer. London Zoo is inviting us all to join its inhabitants for their evening meal and to find out more about animal bedtimes. A self-guided Safari Trail will lead you through a packed schedule of feeds and talks, performances in the Theatre of Life will reveal fascinating insights into unusual animal behaviours and once darkness has fallen you can relax with some live acoustic music in Safari Base Camp. A world food market will provide dinner for any hungry humans.
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Field Day has slowly become one of London’s very best music festivals, with a consistently excellent booking policy. This year's confirmed acts already include Caribou, Patti Smith, FKA Twigs, Mac DeMarco, Savages, Kindness, Chet Faker and Django Django, with a shed-load more to be announced.Read more
Stewart Francis, the slick Canadian one-liner merchant, is back on the road, stopping off at the Bloomsbury Theatre with his 'Pun Gent' tour. As seen on 'Mock the Week' and 'Live at the Apollo', he has a gift for exquisitely crafted gags of the highest order.Read more
Led by actor/singer Olly Alexander, this trendy-looking three-piece are dead set for big success in 2015. Their soulful, bouncy choons draw heavily on ’90s house music, and should soon launch them into the chart stratosphere where they'll orbit alongside Disclosure and Clean Bandit.
Fri Jun 12. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
Although Trooping the Colour is also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade, this prime piece of pageantry doesn't take place on Her Maj’s actual birthday (that's on April 21) but on her official birthday, a Saturday in June being more likely to provide decent weather for the proceedings. Carried out on Horse Guards by fully operational troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry), Trooping the Colour is a military tradition that dates back to the early eighteenth century. Originally it was all about helping soldiers to recognise their own standard in the chaos of battle.Read more
This year, around 200 gardens not ordinarily open to the public will unlock their gates for the weekend to take part in Open Garden Squares Weekend. This annual event spans 27 boroughs and includes all sorts of spaces – from traditional squares to roof terraces and allotments, as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, schools, shops and cafes.Read more
The V&A’s summer blockbuster exhibition is all about shoes – and we aren’t talking ballet flats, cosy boots or erm… Crocs. Pleasure and Pain focuses on the transformative power of extreme footwear, exploring the agony and ecstasy that a shoe might inspire. Over 200 pairs of shoes past and present have been gathered from all around the world, from ancient Egyptian sandals decorated in pure gold leaf to hi-tech shoes created using a 3D printer.Read more
You know the score: mud, wellies and musical legends in bloody huge fields. The Big Daddy of UK festivals lands once again, taking over a chunk of Somerset with live music, mischief, hippies, healing and a lot of cider. It's difficult to convey quite how vast Glasto is, with whole worlds of activity taking place outside the arena as well as an awe-inspiring musical line-up. Quite who that'll be hasn't been revealed yet, and probably won't be for some time.Read more
The last time there was a major retrospective of Barbara Hepworth’s work in London, the First Lady of British modernism attended herself (we’re hoping she wore her fabulous fur coat). That was in 1968. Forty-odd years later, Tate Britain’s summer show looks to reassess the reputation of this sculptor of famously holey forms.Read more