Top image: Still, ‘The nice Guys’ (2016) dir. Shane Black

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.



Wear those mutton chops long and trousers flared
Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction…and now, Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe join the ranks of top movie bromances thanks to their new flick, The Nice Guys.

Set in 1977 Los Angeles, we are introduced to two private detectives Jackson Healy and Holland March. Having teamed up to investigate a string of deaths of people involved in making a porn film, the two find themselves face to face with naked mermaids, an Elvis lookalike and a whole lotta trouble.

With Russell Crowe as the muscle and Gosling as a fumbling alcoholic opposite of his cool-guy Drive character, the pair’s camaraderie is a recipe for killer results. Think L.A. Confidential meets The Big Lebowski with plenty of bruises along the way.

The Nice Guys, out now

Shoot ’em up
Iggy Pop head to toe in suede (minus chest, naturally), shotgun in hand, lazing by the pool in Ibiza. What’s not to like? Well… the storyline, according to recent not-so-great reviews of Pop’s new film, Blood Orange.

But don’t listen to those critics, go judge for yourself. Between touring his latest record, Post Pop Depression, and making videos with Biggy Pop, his pet cockatoo, Iggy’s latest turn sees him hit the big screen as gun-happy reclusive rock star Bill. As the sun blares down, tales twist and emotions run high in this erotic thriller. Prepare for temperatures at an all-time high, and we’re not simply talking mercury levels.

Blood Orange, out now


Blow away the cobwebs
FFA The Pixies, Nirvana and raw, unsanitised bliss. Fit the bill? Then Toronto band Dilly Dally are the band for you. With an uncompromising sound the quartet are building up an impressive momentum.

Purveyors of a Cobain-esque quiet/loud dynamic, this quartet come to life on stage. There’s just something about the chaos of bludgeoned guitars, clattering drums, and a impulsive, lip-curled girl vocal that hits the sweet spot – clamping a vice-like grip on the temples, Dilly Dally will leave your eyes adequately bloodshot.

Dilly Dally play at The Shacklewell Arms on Saturday 11th June.


Sexual healing
Exploring a raw, subversive notion of sexuality, photographer Sarah Piantadosi’s latest zine, The City is Abstract takes society’s taboos, ties them up in rubber and gives them a good tug.

Taking its title from a Kathy Acker poem (“Is there a split between mind and body, or rather between these two types of mentality? …Is our city abstract?!”) the zine features Emil Bognar-Nasdor, the notoriously publicity shy frontman of NYC hardcore band Dawn of Humans, and London based writer, editor and dominatrix Reba Maybury. Placing the two cultural agitators in a truly open setting, experimentation and acts of sexuality are free to be investigated.

The City is Abstract runs until 10th June at Ditto, N1 5TY.

The City Is Abstract by Sarah Piantadosi

Park life
What better way to spend your weekend than in a field being serenaded by the likes of PJ Harvey, Beach House, The Avalanches, DIIV and BJTM, amongst many more? No prior plans can live up to this, so cancel everything and set your Citymapper towards Field Day festival 2016.

Grab some bevvies, some mates and descend onto Victoria Park for two days of killer live acts from across the globe. Always a major date in the festival calendar, this year’s line up is a belter. Weather news: the latest report predicts a mini heatwave this weekend, so stock up on that sun lotion. We’ll meet you in the pit!

Field Day takes place on 11th June and 12th June at Victoria Park

Food + Drink

Feelin’ feta!
Admit it, we’ve all been thinking that Peckham is basically the British equivalent of the Mediterranean, right? Well, thanks to C Food you can now eat, drink and party like a our European compardes inside a secret Mediterranean courtyard.

Every Sunday afternoon until 28th August, C Food are taking over the courtyard – inside The Employment Agency on Peckham Road – and dishing up some delicious, home-made plates. Just like mama used to make. With live music and a sunny atmosphere (if not actual sun), this new pop-up offers a mouth-watering taste of the Med – think fresh seafood platters, ice-cold wines, crusty bread, homemade aioli and olive trees.

With the Euros 2016 set to kick off this weekend and the EU referendum creeping up, what better way to rediscover your love for all things European. Viva la fiesta! (Or something like that.)

C Food is open every other Sunday and can be found at 29 Peckham Road, SE8 8UA.