Weekend Combo

Nicholas Cage oddness, an unholy communion and a club for wineheads
22 April 2022
This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

FRIDAY 23rd April – MONDAY 25th April


Nicholas Cage is Nicholas Cage
Love him or hate him, Nicholas Cage is one of Hollywood’s most intriguing characters. His latest move? Playing himself in a wild, meta spy comedy film titled The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. No, this isn’t a joke – well, it could be from him, tbh. Here, we find Cage in a midlife crisis, no longer the Hollywood hotshot he once was, living in a hotel estranged from his wife and daughter. Cash-strapped, he accepts a million-dollar appearance fee to turn up to a billionaire superfan’s spectacular home, but it soon turns out Cage’s new biggest fan is also a dangerous cartel gangster wanted by the CIA. Cue Cage in James Bond mode.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is in cinemas now.

Record Store Day

Hot wax
It’s Record Store Day this Saturday, so head down to your local vinyl seller and dig out some gems. This year’s special releases include a Patti Smith RSD curated record in collaboration with War Child, an album of unreleased tracks by Joni Mitchell, a cassette recording of Keith Richards live at the Hollywood Palladium and Pixies’ Coachella 2004 set on wax. Drop the needle, get involved.

Record Store Day is on Saturday 23rd April – full information here.


This Friday, cancel all plans – Alex Cameron is in town. Touring his brilliant new record, Oxy Music, the Aussie crooner woos and wows on stage – all snake hips and pouted lips. Compelling as ever, Cameron’s fourth album glows with 80s synths and lyrical wit, chocked full of the self-aware social commentary he’s synonymous with.

Buy a ticket and then read our interview between Cameron and Sleaford Mods frontman Jason Williamson, who features on Oxy Music.

Alex Cameron plays EartH on Friday 22nd April – tickets.


Praise the lord
Sinners rejoice, Aro Archive are hosting a confessional where you are all invited to repent and wash away your sins by having a drink, a dance and partying until the early hours. Now, there’s a religion we can get behind. A secular take on Sunday’s holy significance, the event celebrates its influence in fashion, with the guys behind Aro Archive diving through runway history and emerging with gems.

Whilst there, don’t forget to visit the unique confessional booth where you can confess your sins on camera. We may be in there a while…

Aro Archives Presents: The Confessional takes place on Saturday 23rd April, 8 ‘til late at 1D Prince George Road London N16 8DL.


Art Fair

Get some culture down ya
London Art Fair returns to the city this weekend, featuring works from over 100 worldwide galleries. Spanning established and emerging artists, the Fair also boasts a full programme of events including talks and tours. Plus, many works will be available to buy – perhaps you’ll pick up the next masterpiece.

London Art Fair runs until 24th April, more info here.

Cruzeiro Seixas, Untitled, 1999.


Read all about it
In recent years, news coverage has been both scrutinised and celebrated in equal measure; from the terrifying prevalence of fake news to brave reporters on the ground in Ukraine. A new exhibition at the British Museum explores five centuries of British news coverage, challenging how we think about the information we’re being fed. From #BlackLivesMatter to Jack the Ripper, the Profumo Affair and the Grenfell Tower tragedy, across broadsheets, blogs and social media, the exhibition is a fascinating insight into the news cycle that guides our daily lives.

Breaking the News runs at the British Library until 21st August – more information here.

Food + Drink

New favourite spot
If you like good wine, tasty food and stylish decors, you’ll like Planque, a newly opened self-styled ‘wine drinkers’ clubhouse’ in Haggerston. Inside a railway arch, the space has been transformed into an elegant hideaway inspired by Parisian caves à manger. The wine list is full of natural and low intervention bottles, while the food is headed up by Seb Myers (ex P. Franco and Chiltern Firehouse), serving up modern French cuisine such as beef tartare with mussel mayo and pommes allumettes, and lamb cutlets with wild garlic and sunflower seeds.

What’s more, if Planque really floats your boat they offer a membership that provides access to a member’s lounge, winemaker dinners, tastings and free drinks. They’ll also cellar your bottles for you, handy.

Planque is located at 322-324 Acton Mews, London E8 4EA.


Read Next