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The Camden Crawl – June 21st and 22nd 2014

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The Camden Crawl returns with a fresh look, new dates and new acts for the 2014 edition of the renowned event set to take place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st June throughout London’s NW1 & NW5 postcodes.

More than 25 venues spanning the two mile stretch of NW1 will play host to over 250 live artists, DJs and specialist fringe events throughout the festival. Each evening’s schedule will consist of a varied mix of the best emerging live music talent programmed by the UK’s most prolific independent live music promoters .

The programme of events will commence early evening and run well into the wee hours with DJ and Club events spattered across the festival’s venues both dates. Tickets are to be exchanged for wristbands which allow unlimited entry to each of the participating venues and events as individual capacities permit. Ticket price also includes lanyard programme guide and 2014 compilation album.

The Camden Crawl event has traditionally been seen as one of the opening parties of the summer festival scene, with origins that can be traced back to the first Crawl back in 1995.

The urban location of this event is great for those who love festivals without the mud, Pubs, food-stalls and shops provide the essentials.

Some of Camden’s iconic venues provide the backdrop including ELECTRIC BALLROOM ,THE GRAFTON ,JAZZ CAFÉ, KOKO and the ROUNDHOUSE .

For more information  about the event , visit the Camden Crawl website here

Field Day Festival – Victoria Park , June 7th – June 8th

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A  series of successful Field Day Festivals  in the past few years have led to this year becoming  a whole weekend .

Field Day always look  for the best  alternative acts in the pop and indie rock world to underground dance and folk , this year there is no shortage of variety.

Metronomy headline on Saturday , The  Pixies headline on Sunday

Other Bands include:

Pixies, Metronomy, Jamie XX, The Horrors, Temples, Pond, Drenge, Neneh Cherry, Danny Brown, Jagwar Ma, James Holden, Teleman, Jessy Lanza, John Wizards, Jon Hopkins, Todd Terje, Blood Orange, Thurston Moore, Future Islands, SBTRKT, FunkinEven, Simian Mobile Disco, Courtney Barnett, Omar Souleyman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fat White Family, Seun Kuti And Fela’s Egypt 80, Sky Ferreira, The Temper Trap, Warpaint, East India Youth, Erol Alkan/Daniel Avery

For more information , visit the Field Day website here

The Meltdown Festival – Southbank Centre , June 13 to 22 June 2014

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For the last 21 years, the Southbank Centre has allowed talented  individuals to create their own festival. In previous year’s this honour has fallen to the likes of  David Bowie and Yoko Ono .

What you get is often an eclectic line up of acts, and this year is no exception. This years  Meltdown boss is James Lavelle, founder of the Mo’Wax label ,DJ and creator of UNKLE.

Some of the highlights of the festival are :

James Lavelle and his  UNKLE collective

Grandmaster Flash + Scratch Perverts

Chrissie Hynde

Petite Noir

Joshua Homme

Edwyn Collins And Guests

Neneh Cherry

Goldie/The Heritage Orchestra

For more information and book tickets , visit the Meltdown website here

The LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) Festival – 30th May to 29th June 2014

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The London International Festival of Theatre (Lift) was launched in 1981 by Rose Fenton and Lucy Neal, their remit was to invite theatre companies from all over the world to provoke, stimulate and entertain, expanding our understanding both of the cultures from which they came and of the nature of theatre itself.

In 2014 is  LIFT’s  20th festival. The Festivals key values of LIFT are unchanging: working with artists who have radical imaginations and an extraordinary way of looking at the world, through whose eyes we can see things differently. And we always aim to question what theatre is.

LIFT 2014 platforms a  diversity of work that wouldn’t otherwise be seen in London.

There will  52 shows and events in 17 venues.

Events take place on the streets and squares  of London from Canning Town to Harlesden and major venues include the Barbican Centre, National Theatre, Southbank Centre and Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Some  of the highlights are :

Dmitry Krymov – Lab Opus No 7 at Barbican from 4 – 14 June 2014

She She Pop and their Fathers – Testament at Barbican – 3 – 7 June 2014

The Great War  at Queen Elizabeth Hall –  Tue 24 Jun 2014–Thu 26 Jun 2014

The year I was born at Purcell Room –    Tue 24 Jun 2014–Thu 26 Jun 2014

For more information and book tickets ,visit the LIFT website here

 

Royal Opera: Tosca , 10 May–26 June 2014

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One of the most famous Opera’s, Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was an instant hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas.

A candle-lit church, the darkness of a brooding study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: Jonathan Kent’s naturalistic production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards its fateful conclusion. Puccini’s score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant canon fire during the Act I ‘Te Deum’ to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.

Running Time : About 3 hours  Including two intervals. The first act will last for about 50 minutes followed by an interval of 25 minutes. The second act will last for about 45 minutes followed by a 25 minute interval. The final act will last for about 30 minutes.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

For more information and book tickets , visit the Royal Opera House website here

Royal Opera : Ariadne auf Naxos , 25 June–13 July 2014

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Ariadne auf Naxos is a intriguing  combination of  two very different art forms: tragic opera and romantic farce. The result is a richly textured work that examines the role of art in society, and contrasts true love with cheerful promiscuity. Richard Strauss originally conceived Ariadne auf Naxos as part of a large-scale arrangement of Molière’s play Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. After initial performances in 1912, he abandoned the material from Molière and wrote a new operatic Prologue. The second version of Ariadne auf Naxos had its premiere in 1916.

Christof Loy’s eye-catching production draws on an eclectic range of styles, from 18th-century elegance to 1980s grunge, reflecting the richness of Strauss’s score. The opera is filled with passion and colour, from the intense lyricism of the Composer’s paean to music and the richly scored love duet for Ariadne and Bacchus, to Zerbinetta’s show-stopping aria ‘Großmächtige Prinzessin’. Other highlights include Ariadne’s lyrical arias and the robust, folk-like ensembles for Zerbinetta’s comedy troupe.

Running time – About 3 hours Including one interval.

Sung in German with English surtitles

For more information and to book tickets , visit the Royal Opera House website here

English National Ballet : Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall, 11 June – 22 June 2014

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Following the huge success of Swan Lake, English National Ballet returns to the Royal Albert Hall in 2014 with Romeo & Juliet, starring leading dancers Carlos Acosta and Tamara Rojo.

This production, drenched in passion and tragedy, with Prokofiev’s evocative and powerful score at its heart, has been universally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.

No other ballet so intensely portrays Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of star-cross’d lovers. Set amongst the hustle and bustle, street fighting and rivalry of Renaissance Verona, with all its decadent richness and grandeur, this magnificent staging is brought to life by a Company of over 120 dancers, actors and swordfighters.

In the flickering shadows of the candlelit tomb, the loss and longing of the heart-wrenching final scene is only made more powerful by the passion of the lovers themselves.

A rare opportunity to see one of the most popular Ballets in the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

For more information and to book tickets, go the Royal albert Hall website here