Top image: Still, ‘Studio 54’ dir. Matt Tyrnauer
We bring you our guide to living well in the world’s capitals, from exhibitions to cinema, food, drink, fashion, music and beyond. Just call it culture and take it, it’s yours.
LONDON, FRIDAY 6th JULY – SUNDAY 8th JULY 2018
Bianca Jagger on a white stallion
April 16, 1977. New York’s infamous club Studio 54 opens its discerning doors for the first time. Populated by celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Truman Capote, Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton and Andy Warhol, the venue became an underground hedonistic palace.
Rumours of Studio 54’s exclusive glitter covered dance floor (presumably to mask the excess of cocaine) are the stuff of legend, while for Bianca Jagger’s 30th birthday, a costumed show was performed by staff and professional dancers, and right at the end, Ms Jagger came riding out on the stage on a white stallion. And that’s how it’s done.
Telling the story of the club’s inception in 1977, and its eventual downfall, Matt Tyrnauer’s new film – simply titled Studio 54 – brings the sex, drugs and debauchery to the big screen. Expect indecent anecdotes and a whole lot of glam. The perfect way to kick off your weekend bender.
Studio 54 is out now.
“That’s just what this country needs: a cock in a frock on a rock.”
Ever since he marched alongside his older brother at New York’s annual Pride festival as a teenager, the issue of LGBTQ+ rights have been at the core of photographer Ryan McGinley’s conscience. Through both his edenic, uninhibited portrayal of youth and participation in protest groups like Voices4, he has shown us the value of freedom and individual liberty.
Spirit of Pride is an extension of that. From the carnival of New York’s annual march to demonstrations around the world protesting against violence and discrimination, McGinley’s exhibition arrives in time with London’s own Pride celebrations this weekend. So have a peek and then head to the streets to turn this city into one giant disco.
Presented by Soft Opening, Unit 7 Piccadilly Circus Underground Station, from 5th – 8th July.
The Pride parade begins at midday on Saturday 7th, setting off from Portland Place and ending at Theresa May’s gaff, where the LGBTQ+ community have a lot to shout about.
Is June’s payslip weighing down your pockets? Here’s your answer. This weekend, Europe’s biggest sneaker and streetwear convention is heading to London. Setting up shop in the city’s new Printworks venue, the event offers sneakerheads the chance to buy, sell and swap pieces with some real grails in the mix.
What’s more, Adidas will be on site scouting nascent designers and Bird and Mama’s Jerk will be providing a bit o’ spice. Plus, with the World Cup being beamed directly into the venue, why would you ever want to leave?
Sneakerness takes place 7th – 8th July at Printworks.
Oh my goth!
Fresh from curating this year’s Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre, Robert Smith is linking up with the rest of The Cure for a special open-air performance as part of BST Hyde Park.
We know what you’re thinking: Goths? In this heat? We know. But with a smothering of Goth Block SPF 50, nobody need panic. Instead, enjoy a hit-filled set that’s bound to include classics such as Boys Don’t Cry, A Forest, The Lovecats and Just Like Heaven. The sound of love, heartbreak and backcombing: best enjoyed with a goblet of absinthe and a pack of clove cigarettes.
The Cure play as part of BST Hyde Park on Saturday 7th July.
Psychedelic grooves beneath a glitter ceiling
Alternatively, if you can’t manage to scalp a ticket for The Cure – or manage to fling yourself over the fence – nip down to The Moth Club for a night of soothing psych with Canadian songstress Tess Parks. A frequent Anton Newcombe-collaborator, Parks’ sound is a little bit Patti Smith, a little bit Hope Sandoval, and 100 percent compelling.
Tess Parks plays at The Moth Club on Saturday 7th July. Tickets are available here.
New home, same top grub
Now wash all that culture down the new Angel outpost of Andy Jones’ Jones & Sons. Like the original Dalston space, the new N1 venue echoes the same core belief in innovative British classics. Familiar faces return in the Honey Miso Cod and bottomless brunch, but with new additions like the smoked Iberico pork carpaccio with raddish and duck fat crumb, this refreshed menu demands revisiting from regulars and newbies alike.
Combine that with the typically outstanding cocktail selection and the fact that this new restaurant is far easier to find than its Dalton relative, and you have the perfect spot for a meal that feels a lot more expensive than it is.
We recommend the bottomless brunch. Quick tip: don’t eat the day before and get your money’s worth – although that level of speed eating is not recommended for a first date.
Jones & Sons is at Angel Central, Upper Street, N1 OPS