Television Centre may have closed for business, but the BBC’s only live music showcase of any prominence will live on in Maidstone, of all places. This eight-week long, 42nd (!) series starts with another simultaneously eclectic and conservative line-up.
Featured acts including a revived Suede (back with their first album in more than decade), hotly tipped soul Brummie Laura Mvula, Irish R&B whippersnappers the Strypes and the ever-wonderful Cat Power. As with recent runs, this truncated live version will be followed by a fuller-length recording on Fridays, for all those who can’t get enough boogie woogie piano in their lives.
Swingers West End
When Swingers opened in the City in 2016, it was pretty much a hole in one: 16,000 square feet of 1920s-themed crazy golf in an office block next to the Gherkin. Now that site in Suitsville is getting an even bigger, more outlandish sibling in the former BHS flagship store on Oxford Street. An ode to the English Riviera, the Swingers West End course includes a helter-skelter and big wheel, with beach huts and bandstands – plus lush palms for added ‘Miami Vice’ vibes. Think of your best childhood seaside holiday, then add booze. Lubrication will be provided on-course in the form of cocktails delivered by roving caddies, and you’ll be able to refuel between rounds with street food by Made of Dough, Patty & Bun and Hackney Gelato. Striped blazers and straw boaters at the ready, old sport – we’ll see you on the first tee. RECOMMENDED: The best crazy golf in London.
Venue says: “A West End sibling to the popular crazy golf club over in Aldgate.”