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The 13 best boutique hotels in Sydney

The 13 best boutique hotels in Sydney

If you're after a trip to Sydney and unsure where to stay, consider booking a few nights in a boutique hotel for a more unique experience of the city. Boutique hotels offer a delicate balance between creatively luxe interiors and intimate (and often innovative) spaces. They tend to feel more homely and local than major chains and can provide the home away from home you might be looking for.  You'll feel right at home in a residential suburb, surrounded by local bars and cute cafés but still within striking distance of the city’s most exciting dining and entertainment hubs. We've tried and tested the best boutique venues Sydney has to offer, found in the central business district and as far out as the city’s beach suburbs. We've done the hard bit for you, you're welcome.  RECOMMENDED:The finest luxury hotels in SydneyThe best Airbnbs in Sydney Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines. 

Best gigs and concerts in London this May

Best gigs and concerts in London this May

Oh London, are you in for a treat. May in our city is truly something to behold. Everyone's spirits are lifted by colourful spring blooms, clement temperatures and the promise of long weekends spent dancing outdoors with all your mates and a can of White Claw always to hand. In fact, if you have a scan through our music festival list you’ll quickly see there’s an abundance of May bank holiday festies you should be booking right now. And as you would with the Hackney Half, you need to make sure you’re properly psyched up and ready for a summer full of live music. So, get stretching, pack your earplugs (safety first) and your vaseline (for the chafing) and run head-first into our top picks of gigs in London this May. RECOMMENDED:  🥂 The best things to do in London this weekend 🎨 The 10 best art exhibitions in London 🎭 The best new theatre shows in London  For a nice sit-down gig Photograph: Inez & Vinoodh Cat Power If you were lucky enough to catch Cat Power’s original Bob Dylan night then you’ll know exactly how exciting this will be. In fact, it was so good that they made a CD of it. This show at The London Palladium is going to be a cracker, as she puts her own spin on the music of The Bard, put. We imagine it’ll be a very chilled-out affair. The London Palladium, W1F 7TF. Wed May 1, 7pm. From £40.50. For world-building alt-pop  Allie X Despite co-writing for Troye Sivan and BTS, Allie X (aka 38-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Alexandra Hughes) has always felt overl

The 12 coolest hotels in NYC to book right now

The 12 coolest hotels in NYC to book right now

While hotels could just be a place to rest when you're visiting somewhere, we know they can be so much more than that. From high-end amenities and cutting-edge technology to stunning attention to detail and fashion-forward design, these incredibly cool hotels in NYC are where it's at. Of course, you could opt for a simple base for your stay, but where's the fun in that? Whether you're coming into New York City from out of town or you're a seasoned New Yorker looking for an ice-cool staycation, we've got you covered.  And it will probably come as no surprise that as well as some of the coolest hotels in the business, New York has some of the best restaurants, bars, museums, and attractions in the world, too. Make sure you check them out to really make your stay as good as it can be. But first? Make sure you take a proper look at our dreamy selection of the hippest places to lay your head. Because from the luxurious and uber-fashionable to the budget-friendly and brilliantly accessible, our experts have hand-picked the very coolest hotels in NYC to book now. Happy travels! RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYCThe coolest Airbnbs in New York CityThe best hotels with breathtaking views in NYC Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affili

The 15 best Airbnbs in Bali from jungle treehouses to oceanfront villas

The 15 best Airbnbs in Bali from jungle treehouses to oceanfront villas

Known for its stunning rice terraces, wild jungle adventures, and those Insta-worthy white sandy beaches, Bali is the ultimate spot for an amazing vacation. Picture lazy days lounging by your private pool, epic jungle hikes that take you right to the foot of a volcano, and foodie adventures at the coolest local joints. This place has it all. Now, if you're planning to escape to this tropical paradise, you're probably wondering where to crash, right? Well, lucky for you, Bali is packed with incredible Airbnbs that are basically like stepping into a postcard. From bamboo eco-houses hidden in the jungle to massive beachfront villas where you can practically roll out of bed into the ocean, there's a little something for everyone. To make your life easier, we've put together a list of the top Bali Airbnbs. So, whether you're a solo traveller on a budget or a big group looking to splurge on a Balinese mansion, we reckon you’ll find the perfect place to stay in our expertly curated list. What are you waiting for? Your tropical getaway is just a scroll away… RECOMMENDED:☀️ The 19 best things to do in Bali🌴 The 11 best things to do in Ubud🏖️ The 11 most unforgettable beaches in Bali🏠 The 10 best hotels in Bali🔥 The best places to party in Bali Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts, and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial

The best music festivals in London 2024

The best music festivals in London 2024

We're a city that's lucky enough to have world-class festivals just a tube ride away. After a long day of drinking, dancing and debauchery, there really is nothing better than going home to a nice hot shower and your own bed. Hahaha, who are we kidding? We're always on the lookout for afterparties too. This year, London's festivals are pulling it out of the bag with headliners like LCD Soundsystem taking over Victoria Park, Doja Cat at Wireless, Robbie Williams at BST and many, many more. Oh yes, we're celebrating the best of club culture, underground electronic movements and massive international bands – all in one city. But be warned, these events are selling out fast. So if you’ve yet to secure a spot, get off your arse and buy a ticket. Right now.    RECOMMENDED: ⛺ The best UK music festivals🎶 The best new music to listen to in 2024

The 11 best options for flower delivery in Los Angeles for every budget

The 11 best options for flower delivery in Los Angeles for every budget

So you’re on the hunt for the perfect bouquet that’ll make their day? Well, even if that someone happens to be you, you’re in luck because Los Angeles is full of fantastic online florists offering speedy same-day and next-day delivery for every occasion. From classic roses and orchids to budget-friendly options and unique choices like succulents and dried flowers, there’s something for everyone. A belated birthday gift (we’ve all been there), a simple “thank you,” a surprise for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, or just because. You name it, our guide to the best online flower delivery services in Los Angeles has it all.  Need more help? Round off the day with a booking at one of the best restaurants in the city.  How do we determine the cream of the crop? Our staff picks combine the top, most recent reviews with some of our personal favourites to make sure you get the best deal on the web. Throughout this article, you may notice some affiliate links—these have no influence on our editorial content—we pinky swear. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The 100 best TV shows of all time you have to watch

The 100 best TV shows of all time you have to watch

Television used to be considered one of the lowest forms of entertainment. It was derided as ‘the idiot box’ and ‘the boob tube’. Edward R Murrow referred to it as ‘the opiate of the masses’, and the phrase ‘I don’t even own a TV’ was considered a major bragging right. And for a long time, it was hard to say that television’s poor reputation was undeserved.  A lot has changed. Television is now the dominant medium in basically all of entertainment, to the degree that the only thing separating movies and TV is the screen you’re watching on. Now, if you don’t own a television – or a laptop or a tablet or a phone – you’re basically left out of the cultural conversation completely. The shift in perception is widely credited to the arrival of The Sopranos, which completely reinvented the notion of what a TV show could do. But that doesn’t mean everything that came before is primordial slurry. While this list of the greatest TV shows ever is dominated by 21st century programs, there are many shows that deserve credit for laying the groundwork for this current golden age. Chiseling them down to a neat top 100 is difficult, so we elected to leave off talk shows, variety shows and sketch comedy, focusing on scripted, episodic dramas, comedies and miniseries.  So don’t touch that dial – these are the greatest TV shows of all-time. Recommended: 📺 The best TV and streaming shows of 2023 (so far)🔥The 100 greatest movies of all-time🎬The most bingeable series on Netflix

The 25 best Airbnbs in the UK: the weird and the wonderful

The 25 best Airbnbs in the UK: the weird and the wonderful

Dust off your suitcase, set up your out-of-office, and find those swimming trunks shoved in the back of the wardrobe... there is nothing better than a well-deserved break right on home soil. Yeah, you could fly to some tropical paradise or European city, but the UK has some incredible hidden gems worthy of a staycation.  We're all about celebrating the bits that make the UK great: diverse climates, lush environments, gorgeous coastlines, and good ol' pub grub. With a wealth of countryside, forests and secluded sandy beaches, there are endless opportunities to explore the country. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best Airbnbs in the UK for you to look at. Cuppa anyone? Updated May 2024: If you read this list a while back and thought that it was missing a fairytale vintage cottage and a comtemporary coastal escape with bifold doors that open out onto the beach... we've got you covered. That's right, the mindreaders of Time Out's travel department have added two new properties that are (scarily) just what you've been looking for.  RECOMMENDED:💕 The best romantic weekend getaways in the UK🪵 Amazing cabins and cottages in the UK🧘 The best wellbeing breaks and yoga retreats in the UK RECOMMENDATIONS BY LOCATION:Airbnbs in ManchesterAirbnbs in CornwallAirbnbs in WhitstableAirbnbs in DevonAirbnbs in LondonAirbnbs in EdinburghAirbnbs in Cardiff Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the

15 best hotels in Oslo for a stunning stay in the Norway capital

15 best hotels in Oslo for a stunning stay in the Norway capital

There are few cities as fascinating as Oslo. Its history spans back to the end of the Viking Age, for goodness sake. A hub of Norweigan trade, maritime industry and culture, it's bursting with exciting things to do as a tourist. While it may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, it's not wholly inaccessible. You can still find affordable places to stay in the centre of town, or you can go all-out and splash the cash on one opulent vacation. Whatever your budget it taste may be, have a scroll through our pick of the best hotels in Oslo and book a city break to remember.  More Oslo inspiration: ⛵ The best things to do in Oslo Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The 5 coolest Airbnbs in New York City

The 5 coolest Airbnbs in New York City

Want to rest your head somewhere with a bit more pizzazz (cue jazz hands)? We've got just the thing. From classy pads to luxury lofts, these Airbnbs provide you with the true New York experience, especially for first-timers to the Big Apple wanting to see the top New York attractions. There's an Airbnb for anyone, whether New York newbies or OGs. Check out our curated list of the coolest Airbnbs in the City. Or if you do fancy a hotel, read our guide to the best hotels in NYC. RECOMMENDED: 🏙 Full guide to the best hotels in NYC🗽See the best tours and walks in NYC Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.  Please note, NYC’s 'Local Law 18' has applied restrictions on short-term rentals. All short-term rentals and hosts must be registered with the relevant city authorities, and can only rent properties in which they currently reside. They must also be present when a guest is staying, and additional occupancy is limited to two guests.

The 16 best Airbnb cabins near Seattle

The 16 best Airbnb cabins near Seattle

Seattle is a gorgeous city. It's a place that nurtured jazz greats like Ray Charles and Quincy Jones, was the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix, and the origin of Nirvana and the whole grunge scene. Beyond its musical history, it's the motherland of Boeing, Microsoft, and Amazon. But above all, The Emerald City is an exciting metropolis filled with fun things to do but when you need a little break from all the excitement? These cabins are ready for you. All found less than 90 minutes from the city, they're keeping you cozy in the winter and providing idyllic escapes come summer. Whether you're booking a couples retreat, group vacation, or solo ski trip – find your sanctuary with our pick of picturesque Airbnb cabins near Seattle to book now.  Recommended: 🏨The best hotels in Seattle🏉The best things to do in Seattle📍The best attractions in Seattle🌲The best Airbnb treehouses near Seattle Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The 10 best beach house Airbnbs near NYC for amazing ocean views

The 10 best beach house Airbnbs near NYC for amazing ocean views

Every year, New Yorkers flock to the sunshine like moths to a flame, trading the city’s hustle and bustle for a relaxing day trip to one of NYC’s best beaches. And yes, while a day trip is fun, why not make the most of the warm weather and plan an extended summer getaway from NYC?  Luckily, New York is surrounded by tones of beachside Airbnbs, perfect for a few days of relaxation or an extended family vacation. From cozy bungalows along Jersey’s shoreline to sprawling estates in the Hamptons, these rental spots cater to all preferences and budgets. Whether it's a quick getaway or an extended stay for some much-needed R&R, they’ve got you covered. To help simplify your search for the perfect pad, we’ve curated the ultimate list of beach house Airbnbs near NYC. Whether you're craving seaside serenity or a luxurious beach escape, this list has the perfect Airbnb for every kind of vacationer. So, crank up those road trip tunes, grab your summer essentials, and hit the road – but don't forget the snacks or your flip-flops! RECOMMENDED: 🗽 Planning a short trip away? Check out our full guide to weekend getaways from NYC🇺🇸 Discover the best hotels in NYC🍎 Check out our pick of the best cheap hotels in NYC🏨 Feeling fancy? Here our the best luxury hotels in NYC Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts, and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence

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Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero

Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero

3 out of 5 stars

Almost all the greats have concert films. Madonna. Talking Heads. Hell, even ABBA. However, it feels like, since the release of Beyonce’s Homecoming in 2019, a new wave of confessional concert films has hit cinemas and streamers. Audiences are invited into the previously gatekept, ‘intimate’ parts of an artist's life and witness them, supposedly, in their rawest form. But in an age where every pop star, from Taylor Swift to Machine Gun Kelly, has one, how can you stand out? Long Live Montero cuts through some of that the noise. Montero Lamar Hill, aka Lil Nas X, has has successfully transitioned from being the ‘Old Town Road’ cowboy and perpetual shitposter to a legitimate pop star in the past couple of years, and his critically acclaimed debut tour ‘Long Live Montero’ is the embodiment of this. With that in mind, you would hope that Carlos López Estrada (Billie Eilish: When the Party’s Over) and his co-director Zac Manuel would dig into what went into the process of transitioning Montero’s musical talents into genuine, offline connections.  ‘I want to go places no one has ever been,’ he says in the film’s opening moments. And it’s clear he has that star power. He’s a magnetic screen presence, and his cheeky, childlike sense of humour (which made him famous online) makes him instantly likeable.  Then there’s the music. His collaboration with Jack Harlow, ‘INDUSTRY BABY’, is a straight-up banger. And you can’t ignore the wild pairing of sexually suggestive lyricism and graphic

Wide Awake Festival

Wide Awake Festival

Wide Awake bills itself as a ‘musical melting pot’ and ‘counter cultural celebration’, offering up leftfield indie, post-punk, electronica, techno and much, much more. This year the festival takes place on May 25 and the headliners are psychedelic Aussie rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Scottish pop trio Young Fathers and legendary shoegazers Slowdive. Further down the line-up, 2024 is set to be Wide Awake’s biggest year yet. Squid, Sevdaliza, The Dare, Ben UFO, Alice Glass, yeule, Special Interest, Lynks, Hannah Diamond, Dry Cleaning and Johnny Jewel are just some of the names on the bill. 

The Albion Rooms

The Albion Rooms

4 out of 5 stars

Perched right on the Eastern Esplanade – yes, like The Libertines' 2024 album – The Albion Rooms is a striking townhouse hotel made up of dark wooden furnishings, neon light installations and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia.  Opened in 2020 by The Libertines (Carl Barât, Peter Doherty, John Hassall and Gary Powell) to be a meeting place for the band, it’s a sleek spot for indie fans to rest their head by the seaside, sip on the signature ‘defying gravity’ cocktails in the underground Wasteland bar, and maybe make a couple of tunes in the dedicated recording studio. There are just seven rooms, which makes The Albion Rooms feel intimate yet exclusive. The William Blake is very much decorated in Barât's black-and-gold rockstar style, while the Emily Dickinson, designed by Doherty, supposedly houses the bath that Jim Morrison died in. While you don’t have to be a fan to book a room here, longtime followers of the Libs will be starstruck by Peter’s artwork and the original print of the self-titled album hanging above the pub door. You might even catch one of them checking in from time to time. Neighbourhood Overlooking Walpole Bay, The Albion Rooms is a 14-minute walk from the beloved local spot, Shell Grotto and Palm Bay Beach. Margate train station is a mile away. For those looking to recreate an iconic Doherty moment, you’ve got The Dalby Cafe around the corner, where you can take on the mega breakfast challenge (Google it, you won't be disappointed).  Nearby Cliffs: An inviting loc

Maiden Voyage

Maiden Voyage

Maiden Voyage is back for 2024, this time in a brand new home of Burgess Park. And it's now moved to September, meaning you'll get to wrap up your festival season with the likes of Venezuelan multidisciplinary artist Arca, rising R&B talent Erika De Casier, former Time Out cover star Jayda G, Australian producer Mall Grab and many more.  This year also features new stage hosts including London Queer club Adonis and Berlin-based collective Live From Earth. Curating this year’s main stage will be PXSSY PALACE, while Sunday party UNFOLD are returning to elevate their sound and stage production for the festival's new south London home. 

Julia Masli: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Julia Masli: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

5 out of 5 stars

  You have a nagging problem in your life, who are you turning to? Your friends? Your therapist? What about your favourite agony aunt? Ultimately, the concept is flawed because it’s impossible to expect some celebrity journalist to sort your life out. Getting a clown to do it makes just as much sense, really.  Julia Masli’s widely acclaimed live agony aunt show was a runaway hit at the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. On its opening night at Soho Theatre, the Estonian comedian comes out in a kind of deconstructed pantomime gown, bowling shoes and on her left arm, a full-sized mannequin leg with a microphone at the end. Beaming a light from the bike helmet on her head like a kind of ‘X-Files’ alien, she approaches audience members with laser-focus, asking, ‘Problem?’. The idea behind this wonderfully odd setup is that a problem shared is a problem halved.  A clown by trade, Masli’s 2022 show ‘Choosh’ traced a migrant’s journey from Eastern Europe to the US through Chaplin-style slapstick. This nonsensical humour underpins her style of stunt comedy, yet you can’t escape the sense of real earnestness coming from our hipster host. She plays the part of an innocent, otherworldly naif with aplomb.  The show is part-meditation (our host enters to the slow voiceover of ‘ha, ha, ha,’), part-group therapy session. And the direction of it is completely determined by the audience. Tonight, the issues range from the mundane ‘my dog barks at foxes’ to the all too relatable ‘my boss is shit’

Wide Awake

Wide Awake

Wide Awake bills itself as a ‘musical melting pot’, offering up leftfield indie, post-punk, electronica, techno and more. This year you've got psychedelic Aussie rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard headlining, alongside Young Fathers, Slowdive, The Dare, Ben UFO and Alice Glass among other indie stalwarts. There is no doubt it'll leave crowds surprised as it celebrates artists that defy traditional genre boundaries.

City Splash

City Splash

If you love nothing better than the idea of grooving to reggae, Afrobeats and dancehall in the sun, this is the festival for you. City Splash is once again taking over Brockwell Park to celebrate the impact of Caribbean and African culture in the UK and beyond – giving you a chance to dance, connect over music and have a bloody good time. This year's line-up includes Capleton, Beenie Man, Shenseea, Busy Signal and Queen Omega.   Find more London music festivals.

7 Deaths of Maria Callas

7 Deaths of Maria Callas

3 out of 5 stars

Autumn has truly been the Marina Abramović season in London. The legendary performance artist has already completed a full takeover of the Southbank Centre, has an ongoing retrospective at the RA, and is now completing the trifecta with a pivot to opera in ‘7 Deaths of Maria Callas’.  Why’s she done this? Well, Callas had long been a fascination for Abramović. The opera singer’s life was never quite separated from her performances (perhaps there’s a parallel there); she became a superstar in her scene, had a public affair with Aristotle Onassis and eventually died alone in her Paris flat in 1977. But Abramović also believes she ‘died’ onstage dozens of times. So it’s only right that she’s immortalised here, through ‘La Traviata’, ‘Tosca’, ‘Madame Butterfly’, ‘Carmen’, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ and ‘Norma’ – all performed like a greatest hits medley.  Combining art and live music, '7 Deaths of Maria Callas' is a hipster opera. A cool spin on an intimating genre. It feels like a good entryway for first-timers like myself who may only be a little familiar with the music. I very much fitted in with the Central Saint Martin-types speculating what ‘the mother of performance art’ had up her sleeve.  I couldn’t help but notice ENO’s fervent attempt to reach out to a younger audience. Posters advertise free tickets for those under 21 (you can sit anywhere! Even the front!) and hefty discounts for under-35s. The merch stand is flogging black T-shirts embellished with glittering gold ‘Choos

Aztec Hotel & Spa

Aztec Hotel & Spa

Bristol is a lovely city: charming, artsy and buzzing with activity. Sometimes, though, you just need a little R&R. Aztec Hotel & Spa is the kind of place that’s fit for both locals and tourists thanks to its convenient location close to the city. Found about ten minutes from Bristol Parkway in a pretty bog-standard hotel – located in what appears to be a business park – the spa itself is anything but ordinary. With fluffy comfortable seating, a self-service bar and rows of private lounge chairs for mani-pedis, the newly opened Relax Lounge looks like it could be Kim Kardashian’s house. A soft, floral aroma wafted through the space: bliss. Fresh juices, ice cold water and bottles of fizz were all available, alongside light snacks (which I decided to skip, following a hefty full English in the hotel restaurant). The fitness facilities were of just as high a standard: there’s a large pool, which means you can get a few laps in pre or post glow-up, alongside a fully equipped gym if you want to build on your muscles ahead of a massage. There’s also the option to hop in the sauna or steam room whenever you feel like it.  I was booked in for the ‘Ultimate Glow’. It’s the full works: back, face and scalp, including a massage and facial. I can vouch that it was an hour and a half of pure relaxation: the massage pressure was just right, the skin treatments smelt amazing and I left feeling like a glowing goddess. I was also given a guide to what products were used as well as recommend

The Hoxton, Holborn

The Hoxton, Holborn

4 out of 5 stars

Set in a Grade II-listed former telephone exchange on High Holborn, The Hoxton channels its heritage into a vintage-meets-modern aesthetic. The metropolitan rooms feature warm interiors with touches of leather and dark wooden furniture, the bathrooms come decked out in black and white tiles with large waterfall-head showers, and the large lit-up mirrors encourage a new age of Instagrammers to show off their digs.  Yes, it’s a little hipster, but it’s charming. The hotel has clearly put a lot of thought into the guest experience, with Roberts radio clocks championing form and fashion, stylish Blank toiletries in the bathroom and Hoxton-branded mugs, maps and pens adding a homely feel. There’s even the opportunity to fill your mini-bar fridge with snacks at supermarket prices, so no eye-watering bills at check-out.  While there are plenty of great places to eat around the hotel, its onsite restaurant is a must for at least one night. Headed up by Chris Gillard (ex-St John chef), it champions the best of British cuisine alongside an expertly paired wine list in a bistro-style setting. You can also choose to head here for brunch or hang a dedicated ‘little breakfast’ bag on your door for £4 and have it filled up overnight.  Neighbourhood A shopaholic’s haven, the Hoxton sits right on the edge of one of London’s busiest shopping districts, with Covent Garden, Soho and Oxford Street all nearby, and it’s just a minute from Holborn tube station. Up the road, you’ll find Theatreland a

‘Ghosted – Another F***ing Christmas Carol’ review

‘Ghosted – Another F***ing Christmas Carol’ review

3 out of 5 stars

Being one of 11, yes, 11 productions of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol’, at least ‘Ghosted’ is self-aware enough to subtitle itself as ‘Another F***ing Christmas Carol’. Created by Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper – formerly responsible for the cult gay pantomimes at Above the Stag Theatre – this shameless retelling is brought into the modern age by Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper at The Other Palace’s Studio.  As expected, this adults-only version of the story is a lot. Scrooge is a cruel, borderline homophobic, letting agent and housing manager in modern-day London. She’s on a crusade to make everyone’s lives miserable, fucking over her nephew – the show’s Tiny Tim character – in the process, before being visited on Christmas Eve by three spirits. The twist is, they’re all queer, so they mercilessly read her and drop in the occasional joke about fisting other ghosts – which I don’t remember from the original text.  It’s a riot at points, with only four actors (Natalie Boakye, Christopher Lane, Liam McHugh and Nikki Biddington) juggling the roles of countless characters. Thus encouraging gags about them all ‘mucking in’ or pointing out how Scrooge's house looked similar to her office. Moments of self-deprecating humour such as this got a rapturous response. As did Lane’s trio of ghosts, all of whom had a loveable, hammy chaos to them.  It reminded me very much of the kind of ‘Drag Race’ humour that basic sorts like myself enjoy, with jokes about how the Ghost of Christmas p

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The Libertines’ Carl Barât on his favourite places in Margate

The Libertines’ Carl Barât on his favourite places in Margate

The moment you step off the train and see a band name-emblazoned footie shirt, you know Margate is Libertines territory. Fans of the rockers will be well aware of the band’s hotel, The Albion Rooms, which is on the seafront street they’ve named their new album (‘All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade’ – out now) after. Current Margate-dweller Carl Barât and ex-Margater Pete Doherty’s band are just as much a part of the arty seaside town’s DNA as arcade games, salt and vinegar chips and aggressively oversized seagulls.  When explaining his decision to move to Margate, Barât tells us, ‘Margate had artistic heritage, and it was cheap, and there was the sort of arty exodus from London, and it was cheap, and there was the sea… and it was cheap.’ He adds, ‘I've given so much of my life to London and London's given me so much of my life that I wanted to try somewhere new.’ So who better to take Time Out through the finest Margate has to offer? Here the legendary indie singer-songwriter picks out his favourite spots, from that viral caff where Doherty demolished an olympic-sized breakfast to the underground dive bar Barât and his partner restored to its former grimy glory.  Eat  The Dalby Cafe The best place to eat in Margate is The Dalby Cafe. It’s that one where Pete actually won a free breakfast by doing the all-you-can-eat challenge in 20 minutes or something. I have a feeling that he might’ve been feeding his dog under the table. But anyway, it’s the highest quality classic British

Brit Awards 2024: 6 of the most surprising things that happened

Brit Awards 2024: 6 of the most surprising things that happened

It’s the biggest night of the year for British music. And where else (apart from maybe Chiltern Firehouse) are you going to see Dua Lipa, Kylie and Roman Kemp all dressed up to the nines in one place? Like the Grammy’s earlier in February, women are the champions of this year’s Brits; former Time Out cover star and famous Londoner Raye was named songwriter of the year earlier this week, and broke records as the musician to receive the most Brit nominations in a single year. We also got to see the UK’s unofficial royals Stormzy and Maya Jama on the red carpet together, and a Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding reunion, which proves once and for all that we are, actually, back in 2014. It’s enough to make us rock platform trainers and cover ourselves in Dream Matte Mousse. Of course, it wouldn’t be the Brits without plenty of weird things going on too. This was the stage from which Madonna fell not once but twice in one performance, where Geri Halliwell rocked her Union Jack dress for the very first time, and where Jarvis Cocker mooned the whole country during Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’. So let’s see how this year’s awards stack up, shall we? Surprising things that happened at Brit Awards 2024 1. Lady Di rising from the dead  Obsessed with Mother Diane reading her script off the back of that board #BRITs #BritAwards pic.twitter.com/6g5jmaB1fj — Alex (@alexr_241) March 2, 2024 2. Dua Lipa defying gravity  how is Dua Lipa making peo

The best gigs and concerts in January

The best gigs and concerts in January

It’s the start of the new year. Crimbo bingeing means your house is overflowing with empty Rennie packets and unopened bottles of Baileys. And now, you’re ready to kick-start your 2024 as a transformed person, with a long list of resolutions that you absolutely definitely will not break. Like you, London is gearing itself up for another year of bloody good events. Just look at the festival line-ups that have been dropping. Instead of doomscrolling through in and out lists (in: snogging on the dancefloor, wearing capris to the club, Ke$ha; out: Lost Marys as accessories, Bluetooth wireless headphones, Taylor Swift) have a looksie at what our venues have on this month. From fabulous pop to post-punk-blasting fundraisers, there’s something for all tastes.   🥂 The best things to do in London this weekend 🎨 The 10 best art exhibitions in London 🎭 The best new theatre shows in London  For gigging for a good cause  EYOE fundraiser  Gig promoter and record label Eat Your Own Ears is once again hosting their annual ‘Recommends’ series this January, showcasing a plethora of new artists that it backs to be big in 2024. Taking place at Dalston’s Shacklewell Arms, it’ll not only help to you broaden your Spotify playlists but also help raise money and awareness for two great charities: food poverty charity Hackney Foodbank, and Help Musicians, which supports music creators in times of crisis and provides career opportunities. We recommend checking out Talia Goddess, Reuben’s Daughters

The best gigs, live shows and concerts in London in December

The best gigs, live shows and concerts in London in December

It’s that time of year, when London throngs with tourists photographing festive light displays, the pubs overflow with office parties (try not to be sick in front of your boss, lads) and the streets fill with the sound of discordant carolers. Instead of putting yourself through the misery of nativities and pantos starring 2012 ‘X-Factor’ rejects, spend your money on something that’ll bring you whatever the heck ‘festive cheer’ might be. This December, you can indulge in noughties smash hits, hypnotic hyperpop and radical punk – with a smattering of indie Christmas partying thrown in for good measure. Not a bloody choir in sight.  For noughties pop perfection   Photograph: False Idols Sugababes at False Idols We saw them filling out a stage at Glasto and selling out the O2 in quick succession. After a massive summer reunion, Sugababes–the original trio–are bringing pop music back around. Yes, you will hear ‘Overload’ and ‘Caught Up In The Middle’, but they’ll also perform new stuff and come as part of a line-up that includes Shygirl, Eliza Rose and Ross From Friends. Taking place in the indecently large Drumsheds, it’ll attract a young crowd of Buffalo boots and leg warmer-wearing kids alongside the OG fans. Drumsheds, N18 3HF. Sat Dec 2, 12pm. From £33.50. Sophie Ellis Bextor She’s a hitmaker, what can we say? ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’, ‘Groovejet’, ‘Take Me Home’. All of them go off. Of course, we saw Sophie Ellis Bextor bring pure joy to the masses during lockdown with h

‘You can’t give monetary value to art and music’: Thurston Moore on his favourite London music venue

‘You can’t give monetary value to art and music’: Thurston Moore on his favourite London music venue

Thurston Moore’s early music may seem synonymous with 1980s New York punk rock, but he’s been a Londoner for well over a decade. Having previously lived in Stoke Newington, the 65-year-old has moved south of the city (the exact location he keeps vague), where between making solo albums and running his record label, Ecstatic Peace, he’s embraced London’s improvised live music scene. Fitting perhaps, given the DIY nature of his work as Sonic Youth’s frontman. The band’s abrasive, free-natured sound often paired rapid guitar riffs with droning basslines and slowly clattering drums that always felt very in the moment. His new book ‘Sonic Life’ is, as he says, ‘All the musical inspirations I have from all the different ephemera, books and recordings that defined my growing years. ‘Then the advent of Sonic Youth and how we moved through the course of the 80s and 90s.’ To tie in with the launch of his new book, the musician spoke to us about his favourite London music venue, IKLECTIK, an independent space that champions new, free-form music. With the threats of closure ahead of planned redevelopment, Moore is keen to highlight the importance of this personal sacred space.  ‘IKLECTIK is found underneath the Waterloo Bridge in Old Paradise Yard. It’s been there only nine years, so right after I relocated here. I was living in Stoke Newington at the time, very close to Cafe OTO, which is sort of the critical listening room for experimental music. But I started hearing about this new pl

The best gigs, live shows and concerts in London in November

The best gigs, live shows and concerts in London in November

Autumn is in full swing. The city is a sea of Moon Boots, fisherman hats and Northie puffers. But you know what? November in London is about more than just surviving the cold. You’ve got Bonfire Night (an excuse to unleash your primal urges on watching things burn and blow up), the beginnings of our obsession with Christmas and a whole bunch of exciting gigs at your disposal. In fact, the capital's live music scene is busier than ever this month. Just look at how long this list is! We’re giving you old-school punk from Sleater Kinney, sexy club anthems from rising star Babymorocco and the return of British/American rap sensation 21 Savage, alongside heaps more to get excited about. Have a scroll through and see why November in London is elite, actually.  RECOMMENDED: 🥂 The best things to do in London this weekend 🎨 The 10 best art exhibitions in London 🎭 The best new theatre shows in London  For when you wanna get loud  Meet Me @ the Altar  Olivia Rodrigo is selling out arenas, Blink 182 has made a mighty comeback and Paramore absolutely smashed a global tour. Pop punk is back, baby. And it’s a trend that’s simply not stopping. Meet Me @ the Altar is an American three-piece, endorsed by legends of the scene, such as Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low and Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years. Catch them as they take over the notorious Camden’s Underworld for a night of powerful pop-punk bangers with a Gen Z twist. Listen to ‘Say It (To My Face)’ for a taste.  The Underworld, NW1 9D

Up-and-coming acts to catch at Pitchfork London

Up-and-coming acts to catch at Pitchfork London

Ever looked at a music festival line-up and realise, with abject horror, how desperately out of touch you are? Several of Time Out London’s editorial team felt like that when Pitchfork released the line-up for its London festival, which is taking over some of the capital’s best-loved music venues this week for its third edition.  Among big hitters like the Mercury Prize-winning jazz quintet Ezra Collective, riot grl legends Sleater-Kinney and dance music protégé Yaeji are a frankly concerning number of head-scratchers, even for us NTS-listening, ‘Crack’ magazine-reading Cafe Oto regulars.  Luckily for you, we’ve spent the last few weeks swotting up on the lesser-known artists appearing on the eclectic bill, so that we can tell you who is worth buying a ticket for. Here are some of our favourite up-and-comers to look out for.  Balming Tiger Who are they?: Balming Tiger are a South Korean multi-national alternative K-pop collective consisting of rapper Omega Sapien, DJ Abyssm director San Yawn, music video directors Jan'Qui and Leesuho, singer-songwriters Sogumm, Wnjn, Mudd the Student, and editor Henson. The hip-hop single ‘Sexy Nukim’ with BTS’s RM is a good entry point. For fans of: BTS, NewJeans, So!YoON. Village Underground. Wed Nov 8.  CHAI Who are they?: A sugary sweet experimental pop group blending elements of Tom Tom Club, Basement Jaxx and CSS to create punchy anthems inspired by female empowerment and redefining ‘kawaii’ culture.  For fans of: Confidence Man, Kero

‘The roar was something I’ll never forget’: Duran Duran on the Birmingham venue they love the most

‘The roar was something I’ll never forget’: Duran Duran on the Birmingham venue they love the most

Duran Duran started their careers in Birmingham more than 40 years ago. Since then, the band have sold over 100 million records, achieved 30 Top 40 UK singles (‘Rio’, ‘Girls on Film’, ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’: you know them) and, in 2022, they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In the build-up to their 16th album, ‘Danse Macabre’ – a collection of covers and new songs exploring the band’s darker melodies – drummer Roger Taylor tells us why performing in their native Birmingham this year was a symbolic return for the group.  ‘I’ve got really special memories of the night we played at Utilita Arena back in May. We felt so much love from the audience and it was a real homecoming show. It’s an arena but it doesn’t feel cold, it feels quite intimate. The location is really beautiful because it’s in the area where all the canals in the town meet, so it feels like you’re really in the centre of Birmingham.  ‘That was also our neighbourhood when we were growing up. We’d play ‘Rum Runner’ in the early eighties to 100 people, so to go back there more than 40 years later, playing to 10,000 or 12,000 people, it really was quite a moment. We can be playing New York’s Madison Square Garden or the Hollywood Bowl in LA, but Birmingham is always the most important show ‘The roar when we walked out to the crowd is a particular standout memory: we started the show [like we were] coming in from space via screen footage, on this kind of spaceship which landed at the back of the arena.

Soul singer Yazmin Lacey on how to make the most out of a trip to Nottingham

Soul singer Yazmin Lacey on how to make the most out of a trip to Nottingham

‘I probably wouldn’t be making music if I hadn’t moved to Nottingham,’ says Yazmin Lacey, between playing festival slots. ‘When I was living in London, I was around a lot of creative people. But you know, it’s so intense and fast paced and saturated, that I think if you’re like me and come into music late, you don’t have the space to just try things out.’  Born and raised in east London, Lacey would occasionally sing in her church choir, but had never considered music as a career. When she left the capital for Nottingham (a night out in the city inspired her to make the move), she found herself surrounded by artists and musicians, as well as a producer ex-boyfriend who convinced her to start recording. This led to her playing shows around her adopted hometown – where she stayed for 11 years – and to Lacey eventually being picked up by Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubbler series, a compilation focusing on unsigned, up-and-coming artists.  Her critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Voice Notes’ came out earlier this year, which she’s been performing at festivals across the country. Here, Lacey takes us through her favourite places in Nottingham, from a Japanese fusion restaurant to a pub with underground caves.  Eat  ‘Kushi-ya used to be a vegan cafe back in the day. It’s actually where I had my first gig: it was really small, you could probably fit about 30 people in there, and it was bloody dreadful. I remember thinking, ‘‘who intentionally stands in front of a room full of people lik

5 emerging acts you’ve got to see at a music festival in 2023

5 emerging acts you’ve got to see at a music festival in 2023

Festival season is well and truly here. You’ve bought your tickets, you know your headliners and you’ve sorted out some kind of ironic costume (most likely a onesie) for the last night of music. But instead of just lazing around a campsite, accruing various stages of sunburn and listening to your neighbour’s non-stop – and quite frankly, terrible – playlist of heavy drum ‘n’ bass, get yourself up and dance to these acts. Because you never know, they might just be the next big thing. These musicians have at least three major festivals booked for summer, have already garnered cult-like status and are definitely set to impress. And really, is there anything better than bragging, ‘I saw them before they got big’? We think not.  1. CMAT  Photograph: Sarah Doyle Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson, aka CMAT, is an Irish singer-songwriter who channels the essence of Nashville into her tongue-in-cheek country-pop tunes. Her tacky glam aesthetic is a fun contrast to the seriousness of her songwriting, with lyrics that are mournful, accessible and emotionally literate in a way that’s ever so charming. Also, if you wanted an excuse to pack one of those pink cowboy hats with a plastic crown, this could be as good as you’re going to get. Yee-haw. Key track: ‘I Wanna Be a Cowboy, Baby!’ Where to see them: South Facing, Isle of Wight, Bluedot 2. High Vis  Photograph: James Edson If there’s one word to describe High Vis, it would be hardcore: like Turnstile, PiL and Stone Roses all whizzed up in

The Balham community centre donating aid to Ukraine

The Balham community centre donating aid to Ukraine

From the moment that Russian troops invaded Ukraine in February, Balham’s Polish White Eagle Club knew what was needed. A call-out for donations on Instagram and Facebook left its community centre flooded with duvets, pillows, clothes, toys and sanitary products. ‘We were humbled by the support we received at the beginning,’ says its media officer Kate Frolova. She’s speaking to me from a busy café in Lviv, a city in western Ukraine. The background hum indicates that life is carrying on almost as normal, just with the occasional air-raid siren. The day before, she spent 19 hours in a car in the Donbas region so she could donate aid packages from the Polish White Eagle Club to a local orphanage. She’s also been working in Donetsk in an area that’s inaccessible to most officials. Back in south-west London, the club’s organisers have found a waning interest in Ukraine’s plight. ‘We’re seeing a decline in donations because the war’s not on front pages any more,’ explains Frolova. To tackle the fatigue, the charity has arranged a fresh burst of activity. ‘We’re accepting funds because we know what’s needed on the ground and it’s easier to buy the products ourselves,’ she says. ‘We’re also helping refugees in the UK, integrating them into society and getting them education through Wednesday night meetings. And because lots of people arrive with few belongings, we’re providing them with quality clothing.’ What started as a local community appeal has evolved into a full-scale operati

The best of Tottenham, picked by a cool local

The best of Tottenham, picked by a cool local

Ifeyinwa and Emeka Frederick are the owners of Chuku’s, a Nigerian tapas restaurant in Tottenham. Here are their picks of the best places to hit up next time you're in the area.  1. Electric Grubb Ifey ‘The food at this Caribbean takeaway is one thing, but the owners embody what we love about Tottenham. They have so many regulars. When I walk in, I feel a sense of belonging.’ 286 High Rd, N15 4AJ. 2. Yinka Ilori art installations Ifey ‘When I pass the wall on the bus it brightens my day. I’m reminded that there’s a number of people on this journey together and that hard work can pay off.’ Opposite Tottenham Hale station.  Photograph: Walthamstow Wetlands 3. Walthamstow Wetlands Ifey ‘The first time I went was in spring 2020. I was having a bad day and wanted to be outside of London. The whole time I was there, I felt like I was somewhere else. It had such a calming effect.’ 2 Forest Rd, N17 9NH. 4. Beatles mural Emeka ‘There’s a mural that says “The love you take is equal to the love you make” [from ‘The End’ on ‘Abbey Road’]. It’s art for the community. It helps me think: Let me try and have a positive impact on others.’ Watermead Way. 5. Las Delicias de Juancho Emeka ‘We both speak different languages: French and Spanish. It’s a real joy to go to this Colombian coffee shop to have a chat in Spanish. The coffee’s very good!’ 276 Tottenham High Rd, N15 4AJ. Photograph: Shutterstock 6. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Emeka ‘A match day always brings an amazing energy to the st