On sale this week: Film4 Summer Screen, Ella Eyre, George The Poet, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, BBC Proms and more
Get that refreshing finger ready: tickets for all these London gigs, film screenings and comedy shows go on sale tomorrow morning. And for more of this week’s biggest and best London gig announcements head to our just announced page.
Somerset House, August 6-19
Watching a movie under the stars in Somerset House’s beautiful courtyard on a balmy summer evening is a near-perfect London experience. This year’s Summer Screen programme is the usual mixture of classics (‘The Graduate’ and ‘The Silence of the Lambs’), cult hits (‘Withnail & I’ and ‘The Warriors’) and cool premieres. Annoyingly organised people always snap up tickets early, so book early for your best chance at tickets.
O2 Academy Brixton, November 10
Just like Sam Smith, 21-year-old Brit School alumna Ella Eyre has been catapulted from a guest vocalist to the British pop big league. Catch her at this Brixton show, her biggest London headline date yet.
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, October 16
Hailing from Stonebridge Park in north-west London, 24-year-old wordsmith George The Poet backs his politically conscious poetry with some cool party beats. He’s been nominated for a Brit Award and the BBC Sound of 2015, and already supported high-profile rappers Nas and Angel, so GTP’s star really is rising fast.
Adelphi Theatre, June 20-July 5
For the first time ever (officially, at least) legendary TV improv show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ is becoming a live show in London, with ‘Whose Line’ regulars Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Josie Lawrence, Brad Sherwood and host Clive Anderson all on board. After an unofficial revival at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, this time it’s legit. There’ll be no letters from lawyers, just classic improv games and made-up-on-the-spot hilarity with full branding.
Old Queen’s Head, Islington, July 7-14
One of favourite comedy clubs in the capital hosts a whole week of work-in-progress shows from big-name comics. Iconoclast comedian Stewart Lee, TV favourite Katherine Ryan, Foster’s Award-winner Bridget Christie and loads more are workshopping their Edinburgh Fringe shows, and tickets for a double-bill are £8 max.
BBC Proms 2015
Royal Albert Hall, July 17-Sep 13
Booking opens this Saturday for two months of world-class classical concerts, including the ever-sold-out Last Night of the Proms. As well as 76 main concerts at the Albert Hall there are all sorts of side events, including an open-air concert by The Jacksons at Proms in the Park on September 12. And the programme goes way beyond Beethoven and Brahms: there are late-night proms with Jarvis Cocker, Pete Tong, Seth MacFarlane and Naughty Boy, and even the first ever grime prom.