Forget about the excitement of summer, it’s all about autumn and we’ve got a list to prove it. Throughout the week we’ve been providing an action packed alphabet of going-ons for when the gold medals become a distant memory and the golden leaves start to set in.
Erased Tapes, music
The phrase ‘achingly beautiful’ might seem a bit naff nowadays, but it’s still appropriate in describing the artists on the books of Erased Tapes. The label – which has bases in both London and Berlin – is home to neoclassical stars Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds and A Winged Victory For The Sullen, all of whom play this special five-year anniversary gig at Hackney Empire. Eschewing the fragility of cool, and embracing the heaviness of emotion, the Erased artists won’t hesitate to throw the full weight of their gorgeously melancholy melodies down on their audience.
Fire: In Session, clubbing
Usually synonymous with the kind of shirts-off gay clubbing that gives men ample chance to flaunt their gym memberships, Vauxhall’s Fire goes pleasingly mainstream his season with In Session. Some of the biggest names in dance music (like Bugged Out and Kitsuné) will host ten parties until late November featuring Simian Mobile Disco, Detroit house pioneers Juan Atkins and Derrick May, and disco deity Fred Falke.
‘Forever Crazy’, cabaret
Venerable hyperglam burlesque and cabaret outfit Crazy Horse – a Parisian nightlife institution at 61 years old and counting – returns to the capital with a three-month run at a purpose-built venue on the South Bank. Expect typically sexy City of Light performances with some super- slick choreography, and look out for our feature on the show in the next issue but one of Time Out.
Found: Shoreditch Street Party, dance the night away
The joy of dancing in the street doesn’t have to end with Carnival. Found’s daytime party – held on the business side of Norton Folgate, close to Finsbury Square – is a chance for some seriously classy alfresco friskiness. Bringing the block party vibes until 8pm are two heroes of American house music, Marc ‘MK’ Kinchen and Todd Edwards, while an afterparty goes till 6am.
The Great Gorilla Run, go bananas for charity (pictured above)
The premise of this event is simple. You hire a gorilla suit. And then, alongside a thousand other Londoners also dressed as gorillas, you run, jog or walk a 7km route that begins in the City and takes in sights such as Tower Bridge and Tate Modern. Now in its tenth year, this fun run has raised more than £1 million to help save the small number of wild mountain gorillas left.
Herbie Hancock, jazz
Chances are that when we say Herbie’ you think of a Volkswagen Beetle. Tsk, tsk – because Hancock is by far the best Herb: a jazz musician who has helped redefine modern music several times during his 72 years. This show, as part of the London Jazz Festival, is a rare chance to see the great man performing hits from his astonish back catalogue, from groundbreaking ’70s jazz-funk releases through to ’80s electro experimentation. No anthropomorphic cars are involved.
‘Hollywood Costume’ at the V&A, glitz and glamour
This exhibition’s headlines will revolve around it featuring more than 100 iconic film costumes that, for the most part, have never left California, but in truth the togs worn by the likes of Dorothy Gale, Indiana Jones and Scarlett O’Hara are just the YouTube trailer. The main feature comes from the case studies, which dissect the wardrobes of films such as ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’, and the interviews where actors including Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep discuss their use of costume to channel characters.
Inspiring speakers at the Soho Literary Festival, brain food
What do you get if you combine talks from top novelists with provocative debates about controversial topics? The answer is The Oldie magazine’s defiantly un-dumb Soho Literary Festival. A top-quality speaking line-up includes Giles Coren, Michael Frayn, Tim Lott and Tony Parsons. Tickets cost £9 per session, or you can bulk buy five events for £25.
Join us throughout the week for our alphabetical autumnal round-up… or take a peek at our major events calendar.