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What’s On, London? 8th – 11th June 2017

| Art, Cinema, Clubs, Comedy, Dance, Festivals, Music, Pubs, Things to do | 07/06/2017


Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Last weekend was a tragic one for London.  But we can’t let mindless, hateful morons stop us doing what we do best: making the most of the amazing things this great city has to offer everyone – whatever your tastes and interests.  We carry on.  We must and we will.  With that in mind, the next few days offer plenty of opportunities for Londoners to seek escapism, to laugh and to marvel at the creative contributions people make to our shared culture every day.

Elect to laugh on Thursday night

Ah, Election Night.  Love it or loathe it, nothing ever happens until the early hours of the morning, so there’s no point staying in with a cup of cocoa and your homemade swingometer to watch the results slowly drip down your TV screens.  Instead, get out and enjoy some comedy to help take your minds off the next five years – whatever they might bring.  Here’s a selection of the best laughs across North, South and Central London on Thursday:sarahkendall_2016_5

North: The Bill Murray (N1) hosts BBC Radio 4’s amazing Australian storyteller Sarah Kendall (6.45-7.45pm, right) and the brilliant Brexit-bashing Bridget Christie (9.30-10.30pm).  Click here to listen to Kendall’s compelling Australian Trilogy for a taste of her unique style.  And if these two top acts aren’t enough by themselves to get you off the sofa, the venue – one of Islington’s loveliest little pubs – serves an excellent selection of beers, crisps and lollipops.  Get tickets here.

South: Rye Laughs at The Nines Peckham (SE15) lays on a Musical Comedy Takeover (8-10.30pm), led by the venerable Jenny Bede – probably best-known for last year’s top takedown of misogynistic catcalls.  Further hilarity at ‘South London’s friendliest comedy night’ comes from Harriet Braine, Katie Pritchard and Matt Hutson.  Rye Laughs are also hosting various comedy workshops this weekend, ranging from clowning to improv.  See here for details.

Central: Comedy Carnival at Bar Rumba (W1) presents an impressive international line-up including podcaster Stuart Goldsmith (fresh from the Melbourne Comedy Festival, as seen in thiclip), Pete Phillipson, Colin Chadwick and Pete Jonas (8-10pm).  Once their jokes and anecdotes have successfully wetted your whistle, Rumba’s nightclub runs until 3am – around the time Kate Hoey will discover whether she’s been booted from her pro-Remain Vauxhall constituency for backing the Leave campaign.

Feel sketchy all weekend at UK Illustration Championships LIVE

Then from Friday night to Sunday, you can witness the first ever UK Illustration Championships LIVE at Venues G4 and G5 of The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch (E1).  At this historic event, sixteen top illustrators and street artists from across the globe will do battle before your eyes in a series of 60-minute, quick-draw, head-to-head bouts.

Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 13.58.06It promises to be quite some spectacle, as each illustration starts to take form in front of an intrigued audience, while the competitors concentrate on trying to please the judges across criteria including technical ability, personality and social score.

Who’ll be crowned champion?  Who could potentially be the next Banksy or Osgemeos twins?  See for yourselves by grabbing the remaining tickets for parts, or all, of the tournament here.  The open rounds take place from 7pm on Friday, the quarter-finals from midday on Saturday, and the semi-finals then final from midday on Sunday.

Amidst the excitement of each spray-painted skirmish, you can quench your thirst by grabbing a drink at the bar, well-stocked with beautiful beers from local microbrewery East London Brew.  And if you want to one day emulate the creative competitors, you can take part in a variety of illustration workshops and seminars over the weekend – all included in the ticket price.

Kick back and chill on a Skool night

After a great few days spent laughing, drinking and soaking up street art, you might want something more chilled to bring the curtains down on the weekend.  And what better way to do it than heading along to Old Skool Sundays at retro-styled Far Rockaway in Shoreditch (EC2).

IMG_9176This seriously cool weekly event – organised by leading Hip Hop brands (Faded, Yo Froback and Fix) – seems to tick every box, mixing the best nostalgic tunes, games and TV with great food and drinks.

Grab a beer and dance along to old skool jams, with a special set this week dedicated to Tupac.  Pig out on popcorn in front of the 90s cinema screening Saved by The Bell episodes.  Get your competitive juices flowing with a game of ping pong, Twister or air hockey.  Or just lounge on the sofas playing Ludo, Connect 4 or Super Nintendo.

Still not happy?  Then treat yourself to a stint of Old Skool Karaoke, before tucking into a selection of burgers, pizzas and chicken wings.  What are you even waiting for?  Get your tickets here.

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