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This Week July 24-30

24 July 2017 Will Rathbone

July! You’ve treated us well friend. It’s going to be tough to say goodbye – how can we ever do you justice? Fear not, we’ve curated a smashing week to send July 2017 out in style. There’s a poetry night for the masses at the Underbelly Festival and a top-notch vintage fair to banish the midweek meltdown. The weekend includes another storming Tate Late, Ealing Jazz Festival’s stonking line-up and the return to the capital of Feist. August: you’ve got big shoes to fill.

Bang Said The Gun – Underbelly Festival

The Underbelly Festival on the Southbank has played host to some spectacular shows this summer, and the trend continues with acclaimed poetry night Bang Said The Gun. Labeled as a stand up poetry night for people who don’t like poetry, fans of the night include Kate Tempest and Phill Jupitus, and the thundering mix of political and surreal, serious and silly, is the perfect antidote to those Tuesday blues.
 
Bang Said The Gun is at Underbelly Festival, Southbank, on July 25. Tickets are £12.50.
 
Feist – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Leslie Feist doesn’t play in London all that often – this is her first appearance in the city for five years – which makes her three dates at the O2 in Shepherd’s Bush all the more special. Surprisingly, at time of writing, tickets are still available. Feist’s 2007 album The Reminder propelled her into the spotlight after lead single 1234 was featured in an iPod Nano advert, but there’s so much more to her music than that track. Beautiful vocals, accomplished guitar playing and haunting melodies abound – these gigs will be special for anyone in attendance.
 
Feist performs three dates at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire from July 27-29. Tickets from £26.35.


 
Ealing Jazz Festival

If Feist’s gig whets your appetite for some live music, then Ealing Jazz Festival should sate that hunger. Taking place over both Saturday and Sunday, the line-up is extremely good – big names like British soul legend Omar and jazz pioneer Courtney Pine rub shoulders with bands, including Nubiyan Twist and Ebo Taylor, that are guaranteed to bring sunshine vibes and dancing rhythms. Tickets are £5.50 for each day, which is ridiculously good value.
 
Ealing Jazz Festival takes place at Walpole Park from July 29-30. Tickets are £5.50 for either day, or £11 for the weekend.
 
Pop Up Vintage Fair – Wilton’s Music Hall

So your weekend is sorted, but what will you wear? There’s nothing quite like debuting fresh garms at a party, and Wilton’s Music Hall are hosting Pop Up Vintage Fairs – winners of ‘Best London Vintage Fair’ every year from 2013-2015 – on Thursday 27. There’s bound to be something that tickles your fancy here, and the wonderful surrounds of Wiltons – a genuine, Grade II-listed music hall that dates back to 1690 – are a perfect fit for a vintage shopping spree. DJs and cocktails complete the experience.
 
Pop Up Vintage Fairs takes place at Wilton’s Music Hall on July 27. Tickets are £3.


Image courtesy of Pop Up Vintage Fairs

 
Uniqlo Tate Late

The final piece of the weekend puzzle is Friday night. What to do when you clock off and that Friday feeling starts to tingle in your fingers and tingle in your feet? Tate Modern have been holding late night events on the final Friday of the month for nearly a year now, and the mix of exhibitions, talks, food, drinks and AAA DJs – selected by the inimitable NTS Radio – makes for a great post-work shakedown.
 
Uniqlo Tate Late is at the Tate Modern on July 28. Entry is free.


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