Princess Di at the RVT, Nordic music, and the BFI Film festival
Back by popular demand, Royal Vauxhall returns to the RVT, telling the untold story of Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury, and Kenny Everett’s secret night out at the iconic gay club. The cabaret commemorates the 20th anniversary of Princess Di’s death by reliving the night of her life.
August 30, 31, and September 6 and 7 at 8pm. Tickets: £10-£15.
Phone: 020 7820 1222.
SOUTHBANK IN SEPTEMBER
Hear Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist Christy Moore live as he performs songs from across his career, of over 25 solo albums at the Southbank Centre.
September 13 and 14, at 7:30pm.
Nordic Music Days showcases pioneering contemporary music performances and workshops by Nordic composers, performed by British artists.
Free events from September 28-October 1 include the launch at 6:45pm (September 28), Northern Lights musical sculpture, the virtual orchestra: Sibelius 360, Northern Lights lounge.
GET THE CRAFT
Now in its seventh year, the Crafty Fox is adding two autumnal markets to their calendar: Design Circus as part of the Brixton Design Trail (September 23 and 24 from 11am-5pm), and the Peckham festival (September 16 and 17 from 11am-5pm).
A treasure trove of handmade, artisan and lovingly curated treasures –the Design Circus, in Brixton, also has roaming performers, music, installations, and drop-in family workshops.
The Department store, 248 Ferndale Road, SW9 8FR. Entry: £1.
The Peckham Crafty Fox market boasts art prints, homeware, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and gifts from over 50 makers, spread across two floors at the Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST.
Entry is free.
THE LITTLE THINGS
Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Imagined Hymns and Chaingang Mantras, the Little Unsaid are performing at the Omeara on September 12.
Hot off the heels of a packed out performance at Glastonbury this summer, the band, compared to Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen, has been mentored by the likes of Four Tet and Gilles Peterson.
6 O’Meara Street, SE1 1TE.
PARADISE ON EARTH
Stranger than Paradise celebrates their 14th anniversary at the Hootananny on Saturday 16 September.
Lineup includes Dom Durner and the Dynamite playing jazz, gypsy, Spanish and Italian music, Rhino and the Ranters with Cow-Punk, Gospel Blues, and a mixture of Roots, Rock and Roll and Bluegrass, delivish Detroit diva Scarlette O’Harlette, DJ Ms Manray and special guest DJ Rouni from Switzerland .
Headliners the Urban Voodoo Machine Marching band started out as a funeral marching band, but have evolved to a New Orleans/Mardi Gras/touch of gospel sound packed with enough punch to wake the dead.
And it’s a party so there will be cake.
9pm-3am. Free before 9pm, £3 after.
95 Effra Road, SW2 1DF.
The First Saturday of the month is northern soul night at Clapham’s Bread and Roses. Host DJs Curtis Taylor and Jonathon Dabner are welcoming DJ Richard Anker back to the decks, playing northern soul, Rhythm and Blues, Motown and Boogaloo all on original vinyl.
Saturday 2 September, 9pm-midnight.
LONDON CINEMA SEASON
Book your tickets to the 61st BFI London Film Festival, featuring the European premiere of Breathe on opening night (October 4).
Andy Serkis makes his directorial debut with the inspirational true story, starring Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) and Claire Foy (The Crown).
This year’s American Express Gala film is Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell, as women’s world tennis champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s champ Bobby Riggs, following the 1973 match that became one of the most watched televised sports in history.
Battle of the Sexes premieres on October 7.
The BFI London Film Festival runs from October 4-15.
The full programme is being announced in August 31.
Lordship Lane is tarting itself up with the arrival of Tart London. Starting out life as a market stall at Herne Hill Farmer’s market, the company opened its first shop in Clapham, and is now expanding to launch a second store on 65 Lordship Lane.
Founded by Head Chef at Stationers Hall and a former Facebook exec who describe themselves as “two guys avoiding a mid-life crisis”, the café opens in mid September with a launch party, and 50 percent off for the first week.
Tart will open for early morning commuters serving Volcano Coffee Works, and stay open late on Friday and Saturday nights.