In case you hadn’t noticed (doubt it), it’s the Queen’s platinum jubilee this weekend. Which means it’s a bumper bank holiday across the land. Cheers, Liz.
FRIDAY 3rd JUNE – SUNDAY 5th JUNE
God save the Queen, a fascist regime
Let’s kick things off with an alternative ode to the Queen, courtesy of Danny Boyle‘s new Sex Pistols TV mini-series. Transporting us back to the early 70s, we’re dropped in the eye of the storm that was punk, as Malcolm McLaren does his svengali magic, collecting together the Pistols as a bunch of brilliant rotters set to kick up a stink in the face of the establishment. Starring Anson Boon as John Lydon, Toby Wallace as Steve Jones, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious and Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, it’s a wild watch that lands with a trademark snotty Lydon snare. Read our in-conversation between Thomas Brodie-Sangster (aka Malcolm McLaren) and Emma Appleton (aka Nancy Spungen) for some insider info.
Pistol is streaming now on Disney+.
A floating garden, an AI future and a silk scarf
Burberry have gone jubilee mad this weekend, hosting a series of events celebrating the occasion. At the Tower of London, the British fashion house has created a Burberry Art Wall in collab with artist Jon Emmony, envisaging a utopian future landscape that can be brought to life through AI tech. Elsewhere, a “floating meadow” will be moored on the River Thames bursting with plantlife – open to the public and made from recycled plastic collected from rivers around the UK. And while you’re waiting for the bus to see all this, clock a special bus stop project that sees children from Leeds write a special message and drawing dedicated to the Queen. Excited but don’t know what to wear? The answer is simple: a limited-edition Burberry commemorative scarf inspired by all that makes Britain great.
Timing with his memoir, Good Pop Bad Pop, Sheffield’s lithe musical son Jarvis Cocker has been digging through his attic and found a plethora of mementos, artefacts and memories from his life. Like Cash in the Attic gone Britpop, this personal curation is currently showing at The Gallery of Everything on Chiltern Street.
On show, you’ll find the original exercise book in which a teenage Jarvis wrote The Pulp Master Plan (“The group shall work its way into the public eye by producing fairly conventional, yet slightly off-beat, pop songs,” he writes), never-before-seen photos by Jarvis’ grandfather and a Yamaha keyboard used by the musician to write songs after famously falling from a third-storey window in Sheffield. Elsewhere, step inside a partial reconstruction of Jarvis’ teenage bedroom and be sure to pick up some sketches and drawings editioned by the musician on the way out.
While the exhibition was only meant to run until 29th May, it’s been kindly extended to the 12th June. To miss it once would be careless, but to miss it twice…
Here’s to you, Liz!
For many, the Queen’s jubilee means only one thing: four days of prime pubbing. We know this, you know this, and artists Corbin Shaw and Sam Nowell certainly know this. To emphasise the fact, the northern artist duo have made some lovely commemorative t-shirts featuring a picture of our dear old Queen-y holding a cold pint surrounded by the words ‘Royally Pissed’ – you’ve nailed it again, lads!
Corbin and Sam will be selling these tees out of an old luggage trunk at The Plimsoll pub in N4 this Friday. Get down, haggle a deal and whilst you’re there, be sure to scoff down some excellent food courtesy of the Four Legs team.
Record collection addition
Chicago trio Horsegirl have been on our radar for some time. Having first bonded over a shared love for the likes of Sonic Youth, Belle & Sebastian, and Flying Nun Records, the band give those influences a fresh spin, rocking an experimental no wave-influenced sound that belies their age: their debut AA single Ballroom Dance Scene/Sea Life Sandwich Boy not only impressed for its inventive track titles, but for its voluminous sonic output. This week, Horsegirl release their debut record, Versions Of Modern Performance, and we’re very excited. Buy it, play it, enjoy it.
Horsegirl’s Versions Of Modern Performance is out Friday 3rd June.
The Barbican is feeling the blues – and loving it. Step inside a new exhibition at the venue’s Music Library and immerse yourself in a sonic trip through Britain’s rich blues history: from the explosive youthquake that shook both sides of the Atlantic in the 60s to the waves that continue to this day. Tracing the genre and its enduring influence, exhibits include rare instruments, books, sheet music, posters and even an original Howlin’ Wolf 78rpm release we very much want but promise not to touch.
The British Blues Exhibition runs at the Barbican Music Library until September 19th, more info here.
We’ve spent many an hour in Nightjar’s Shoreditch location, sipping on some extra tasty extraordinary cocktails while soaking up live jazz and forgetting about the Old Street chaos happening just upstairs. Now, the folks behind the renowned venue have opened a second bar on Carnaby Street. Embracing a hefty dose of old-school London glamour, with its round tables, plush seats and gold curtains, you’d be mistaken for thinking you’d just stepped into your favourite 60s movie – especially after a few hefty cocktails.
Nightjar Carnaby is located inside Kingly Court, W1F 9PY, more info here.