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The 2013 A to Z of London Cool: from non-secret bars to Scandimania

Posted at 3:15 pm, January 13, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment

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Yes, 2012 was a pretty good year for London, but this city never rests- and neither do we. From the rise of Deptford to the triumph of barn dancing, here are our predictions for what’s going to be big in the capital over the next 12 months…

N is for… NON-SECRET BARS All hail this revolutionary new movement where you don’t have to knock on an unmarked door or walk through a bloody fridge to get into a bar. Yes, going to the pub is back (see HOPS). BRUCE NORRIS The US playwright’s ‘Clybourne Park’ hilariously put race back on the middle-class agenda on both sides of the Pond. Now 2013 could be an even bigger year for the king of the discomfort zone: capitalism basher ‘The Low Road’ will be Dominic Cooke’s last big production at the Royal Court, while Notting Hill theatre The Gate has a hit on its hands with the UK premiere of his ‘Purple Heart’. NINETIES RETRO Baggy is back: the Stone Roses are gigging again. Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets and 808 State are touring. There are Haçienda club nights and dance pioneers like house music legend Todd Terry are finding a new wave of fans. On the downside, ‘The Big Reunion’ (coming soon on ITV2), sees Five, B*Witched, Liberty X and other pop acts re-form for our collective enjoyment. Altogether now, ‘Eezer Goode, Eezer Goode…’

O is for… OLD MEN BEHAVING BADLY Hollywood stars are clinging to their fame for longer than ever, so it’s unsurprising that films featuring irascible elderly gentlemen will be filling our screens this year. First up it’s ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’, in which Bill Murray’s crotchety President Roosevelt gets up to some decidedly icky business in a flowery meadow, followed by Frank Langella (Skeletor, ’80s fans) and a cybernetic pal cracking safes in ‘Robot & Frank’. Later in the year we’ll see Al Pacino snorting up his medication in conman comedy ‘Stand Up Guys’, while the entire gang of aged assassins return for ‘Red 2’. ONE IN, ONE OUT Nope, not the UK’s new immigration policy. It’s getting rid of something when you buy a new garment. H&M is launching an amnesty service in February where you get vouchers for old clothes, plus swapping events and resale sites are popping up all over the place. Thrifty, eco-conscious and sure to catch on.

P is for PECKHAM, MATE It’s already got the artists and now it’s joined to Dalston and New Cross on the Overground too. A live art and theatre scene is burgeoning around the Bussey Building and the eating and drinking culture is catching up too. Peckham is everything and more than Dalston was supposed to be ten years ago, and quite unlike ‘Only Fools and Horses’ in almost every respect. SUE PERKINS This will be the year that she officially becomes a national treasure – with ‘The Great British Bake Off’ in the bag, and a new semiautobiographical comedy, about coming out, on TV at the end of January. POP-UPS AND POSH JUNK FOOD Big in 2012, even bigger in 2013. POST-INTERNET ART The way images lose their context and currency on the internet is informing a generation of artists. Some of the most interesting being Ed Atkins, James Richards and Bryan Dooley, whose first solo show is at the Rod Barton Gallery. See , or, you know, Google him.

Q is for… QUEER RAP As well as a current New York scene revolving around Le1f, Zebra Katz and (to an extent) Azealia Banks, London now has a gay hip hop night – the brilliantly titled It’s a Hard Cock Life for Us. We can’t really vouch for the seriousness of this, or for the appropriateness of grouping musicians by their sexuality, but you can’t deny it begins with a Q. QUENTIN TARANTINO He’s back on form and probably getting awards nominations in the new year – his ultra-violent western ‘Django Unchained’ is released on January 18. QUIET NIGHTS IN Especially in Islington. In October, Islington Council voted to create ‘saturation’ zones which make it extremely difficult to open new licensed premises. Plus, the borough is currently debating introducing a ‘levy’ on any licensed premises that stay open after midnight. Expect a rise in teetotal chess.

R is for… RUSSIAN BALLET After vodka, oil and oligarchs, ballet is a big export for the Russians. The coming year sees visits from Andris Liepa’s Ballets Russes-inspired troupe (July, Coliseum), a gala of global ballet stars dedicated to legendary Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (March, Coliseum) and a three-week season from the mighty Bolshoi Ballet and Opera (August, Royal Opera House). Plus more blockbuster trials at the Old Bailey. ROOOOOONEEEY! Nope, not Wayne. Rooney Mara. She was Lisbeth Salander in the American version of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, she’s in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Side Effects’, Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’, the new Terrence Malick movie and the film version of Colm Tóibín’s amazing book ‘Brooklyn’. This is the year she goes seriously A-list

S is for… SCANDIMANIA Loads of people are only just discovering ‘The Killing’ (what took you so long?), and with a new series of ‘Borgen’ out in the new year, and a second series of ‘The Bridge’ being shot now, 2013 is going to be Scandi massive. SCI-FI In 2012 we had ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Prometheus’ and ‘John Carter’, but they were mere appetisers for the sci-fi feast to come. The biggies this year are eagerly awaited sequels ‘Star Trek into Darkness’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, not to mention the return of Superman in ‘Man of Steel’. But there’s a raft of original titles too: ‘District 9’ director Neill Blomkamp casts Matt Damon in political space actioner ‘Elysium’, and Guillermo del Toro brings on the giant robots in ‘Pacific Rim’. There are no fewer than three movies set on a ravaged, post-apocalyptic Earth: ‘Oblivion’, starring Tom Cruise; ‘After Earth’ with Will Smith; and alien war drama ‘Ender’s Game’. All this and Steven Spielberg’s ‘Robopocalypse’, due in 2014. SOUTH BANK RENOVATIONS Rambert Dance Company – Britain’s oldest, FYI – gets a shiny HQ on the South Bank in a flash new Allies & Morrison-designed building. The public will be able to take part in dance classes and watch open rehearsals in the space. The National Theatre’s getting a makeover too…

Read our predictions from A-F and G-M.

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