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Elton John
The Wind in the Willows
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour
Making Nature: Part II
Festival of Love
Sargent: The Watercolours
Ludovico Einaudi
Agnes Obel
Adele
The Stone Roses
BP Portrait Award
Simple Minds
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Hir
 

 

Adele, Kraftwerk, Elton John and Phil Collins make June a great month for live music in London. Julian Fellowes' The Wind in the Willows opens at the London Palladium and the collapse of Kids Company becomes a musical.

 
 

Elton John

The singer-songwriter performs in Twickenham as part of his worldwide tour.

Twickenham Stoop Stadium - Harlequins Rugby Club, Langhorn Drive, Twickenham, Middlesex, Hyde Park, London, TW2 7SX

Tube: Hounslow East Station

 

Dates: Saturday 3rd June 2017

 

2016 was a busy year for Elton John; he released his 33rd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night, and played live shows in Hyde Park and at the Apple Music Festival. Showing no signs of slowing down, in 2017 he plays at Twickenham Stoop - which has a capacity of just under 15,000 - as part of his worldwide Wonderful Crazy Night Tour. On Saturday 3rd June 2017 the famous singer-songwriter, who has sold 250 million records worldwide and wrote the music for The Lion King, will play well loved classics and new material.

 
 
 

Festival of Love

The summer-long festival returns to celebrate love in all its guises.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 3rd June to 28th August 2017

 

Back at the Southbank Centre for a fourth year, the summer-long Festival of Love celebrates love in all its guises through performance, music, installations and design. Part of the year-long Nordic Matters event, this year's highlights include Outi Pieski's Falling Shawls in the Royal Festival Hall foyers, Jeppe Hein's Modified Social Benches, the return of the Festival of Love Design Challenge and lift lobby installations.

 
 
 

Anatomy Of A Suicide

Alice Birch and Katie Mitchell collaborate once again for this new production.

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 3rd June to 8th July 2017

 

Writer Alice Birch - known for Revolt, She said. Revolt again, We Want You To Watch and Little on the Inside - collaborates with director Katie Mitchell once again in 2017 for Anatomy of a Suicide, to be staged at the Royal Court Theatre in June. The pair last worked together on German play Ophelias Zimmer in 2016 and they now present this elegiac portrait of three generations of women, who are living with the painful legacy of the emotional turmoil in their past.

 
 
 

Phil Collins

The Grammy Award-winning singer performs live for the first time in 10 years.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 04th - 09th June 2017

 

Phil Collins is Not Dead Yet. Far from it. The Grammy Award-winning singer and former Genesis frontman is playing live for the first time in 10 years with five nights at the Royal Albert Hall, followed by a major British Summer Time gig in Hyde Park, all in June 2017. Collins might well be a 'Marmite' musician (you either love him or... not) but there's no doubt these concerts will sell out. Adding to his 40-something year-old fans, "there's another generation who venerate him" according to the NME - won over by the 1999 'Tarzan' soundtrack.

 
 
 

Agnes Obel

Danish singer-songwriter fills the Roundhouse with her melancholic folk music.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: Sunday 4th June 2017

 

Alternative folk by Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel, the angelic Danish singer-songwriter, fills the Roundhouse for one night only on Sunday 4th June 2017. Agnes Obel, whose ethereal tones have won multiple Danish music awards including Best Album, Best Female Artist and Best Songwriter of the Year, is well known for her exquisitely melancholic vocals. The Seattle Times noted her "atmospheric chamber pop held an audience spellbound" at a Seattle gig at St. Mark's Cathedral and in London she appeared at the popular Somerset House Summer Series in 2014.

 
 
 

Simple Minds

The band perform a career spanning collection of songs.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: Sunday 4th June 2017

 

When Simple Minds announced they were taking their new album, Simple Minds Acoustic, on the road the first London gig, at the London Palladium on Saturday 27th May, sold out and a second date had to be added, at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday 4th June. The tour will see them perform a career spanning collection of songs acoustically for the first time and they will be joined by special guest The Anchoress. "Don't be fooled by the acoustic tag!" Jim Kerr has reassured us, and with MOJO magazine declaring it "their best album in 30 years" these shows will be just as energetic as their rock n roll performances.

 
 
 

Fahrelnissa Zeid

Tate Modern puts the spotlight on the influential Turkish artist.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 6th June to 8th October 2017

 

One of the first female artists to exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London in the late 1950s, influential Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zeid, is best known for her large-scale abstract paintings. These works are shown with her figurative paintings at Tate Modern from June 2017, exploring her obsession with geometrical details. One of the few women to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul in 1920, she also studied in Paris and her work was shown at almost 50 exhibitions in Europe, the United States and the Middle East in her own lifetime.

 
 
 

Tape Face

The Boy With Tape On His Face is back with a new show.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 6th June to 22nd July 2017

 

The Boy With Tape On His Face returns with his new show, Tape Face, and serves up a Neapolitan ice cream of genres: mime with noise, stand-up with no talking, drama with no acting. Drawing on a heritage that includes silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, Motown and the films of Patrick Swayze, The Boy With Tape On His Face is a pensive, curious soul approaching every object and audience member as a potential friend - or plaything. "A deliciously skilful hour, some of the set pieces are simply joyous, sometimes mesmerising," says The Times. "Great vaudevillian routines reinvented and invested with real personality. Wills is the last word in silent comedy," adds The Guardian. The show is at various times slapstick, refreshing, inventive, sublime and lunatic, with Wills' time as an apprentice clown and his interest in traditional circus freak shows shining through.

 
 
 

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Grayson Perry touches on popularity, art and masculinity in this new exhibition.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 8th June to 10th September 2017

 

As part of the gallery's popular summer season, the Serpentine Gallery presents Grayson Perry's The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!. An astute commentator on contemporary society and culture, Perry will touch on many themes in the show, including popularity, art, masculinity and the current cultural landscape. The exhibition will 'tackle how contemporary art can best address a diverse cross section of society, confronting subjects that are universally human'. Presenting new pieces, Perry will question what kind of art people like, what subject and why people like going to art galleries in the present day.

 
 
 

Crystal Palace Overground Festival

After a year off, the festival returns and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, Penge, London, SE20 8DT

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 12th to 18th Jun 2017

 

Having taken 2016 off, the Crystal Palace Overground Festival returns in 2017, moving from Westow Park to Crystal Palace Park. The line-up of this year's festival is yet to be announced but it promises to be bigger and better than ever, with the usual combination of fringe theatre, gigs, events and stalls. The main event takes place on Saturday 17th June while the community fringe festival is on between Monday 12th June and Sunday 18th June.

 
 
 

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The largest regular contemporary art exhibition returns.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Mayfair, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 12th June to 20th August 2017

 

Anyone can submit to the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition which gives it a wonderful element of surprise. Over 12,000 pieces are sifted through from relative unknowns to famous artists and members of the RA. The fun part for visitors is choosing a favourite and, with the majority of works on sale at varying price ranges, you can even buy one if you really fall in love with it. First held in 1769, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is the largest regular contemporary art exhibition in the world. It's an impressive show that gives an excellent cross-section of contemporary art every summer and each year, a prominent sculpture greets visitors to the exhibition as they walk through the Royal Academy's great courtyard.

 
 
 

Live At Chelsea

Long weekend of open air concerts at historic home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Jun 2017

 

Ludovico Einaudi and Belle & Sebastian play at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners as part of Live At Chelsea, a long weekend of open air concerts at the historic home of the red uniformed Chelsea Pensioners. Glasgow band Belle & Sebastian kicks off the music festival on Thursday 15th June with lead singer Stuart Murdoch promising "a fragrant evening of modern rock and roll" and dressing up. Sunday 18th June sees Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi close the open-air concert series with his unique brand of classical music influnced by African, rock and electronic sounds.

 
 
 

Belle and Sebastian

The indie band from Glasgow plays as part of the Live At Chelsea concert series.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: Thursday 15th June 2017

 

Introspective indie-pop from the Glaswegian septet fronted by lead singer Stuart Murdoch who formed in the mid 1990s and received an Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at the 2014 NME Awards. The "indie darlings" Belle & Sebastian "are finally in danger of shaking off the stereotype" ran a Guardian headline and this Chelsea concert certainly confirms that. In a career spanning eighteen years the band, who won the "Best Newcomers" BRIT award in 1999, has produced their ninth album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, eight years in the making. "A very weird album, but a very intriguing one too" says NME, "a confident, expansive record injected with disco and synthpop" says The Guardian.

 
 
 

Hir

A sly and subversive comedy about the blurred lines between masculinity and femininity.

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line), Goldhawk Road Station, Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)

 

Dates: 15th June to 22nd July 2017

 

Nadia Fall directs Taylor Mac's sly and subversive comedy about the blurred lines between masculinity and femininity. Set in a mid-West American home, Hir centres on marine Isaac, who returns home to discover his brother Max is now called Maxine and their mother Paige has decided to usurp her husband as the head of the household.

 
 
 

The Wind in the Willows

Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe bring the classic story to life.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: From 17th June 2017

 

Following successful runs in Plymouth and Southampton, The Wind in the Willows transfers to the London Palladium in June. Kenneth Grahame's classic story is brought to life in the new musical by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewe. Rufus Hound stars as Mr Toad while other cast members include David Birrell as Badger, Fra Fee ad Mole, Sophia Nomvete and Mrs Otter and Thomas Howes and Rat. Producer Jamie Henry is also ensuring little ones across the capital get to enjoy the classic story by sending free copies of the book to every school and library in London.

 
 
 

The Stone Roses

Mancunian indie-rockers play tunes from their impressive back catalogue at Wembley Stadium.

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: Saturday 17th June 2017 - 4pm

 

Four years ago The Stone Roses played their first official London concerts since the band split in 1996. Now the Mancunian indie-rockers are back for a very special gig, at Wembley Stadium. The Manchester-based group comprising of Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni play the massive west London stadium for one night only in June. Expect hit tunes from the band's impressive catalogue of seminal indie and psychedelic pop classics. Tickets are likely to get snapped up quick - all 220,000 tickets for their Heaton Park gig sold within 68 minutes, earning them a Guinness World Record for the fastest-selling rock concerts in British history.

 
 
 

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame's classic story is brought to life in this new musical.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: From 17th June 2017

 

Following successful runs in Plymouth and Southampton, The Wind in the Willows transfers to the London Palladium in June. Kenneth Grahame's classic story is brought to life in the new musical by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewe. Rufus Hound stars as Mr Toad while other cast members include David Birrell as Badger, Fra Fee ad Mole, Sophia Nomvete and Mrs Otter and Thomas Howes and Rat. Producer Jamie Henry is also ensuring little ones across the capital get to enjoy the classic story by sending free copies of the book to every school and library in London.

 
 
 

Ludovico Einaudi

Minimalism, pop, jazz, chillout and world music from the classical Italian pianist.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: Sunday 18th June 2017

 

Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi plays for one night only at the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea, as part of the Live At Chelsea concert series, on Sunday 18th June, 2017. Blending minimalism, pop, classical, jazz, chillout and world music, the bespectacled 60-year-old from Turin has played at venues as varied as the Royal Albert Hall and Fabric Nightclub. He has performed at the iTunes festival, at the BT River of Music ahead of the 2012 summer Olympics, and he has given us the wonderful soothing scores for the British TV-drama 'This Is England' and the French film 'Untouchable'.

 
 
 

Kraftwerk

An immersive 3D experience from the German electronic music group.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June 2017

 

The critically-acclaimed electro pioneers Kraftwerk have been making waves on the techno scene since 1970. The German electronic music group sold out eight live performances in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2013 and now they've been forced to add a third and final date show at London's Royal Albert Hall due to overwhelming demand - the first two dates in June 2017 sold out instantly. Expect an immersive 3-D multimedia experience at this 3-D concert... if you're lucky enough to get tickets.

 
 
 

Sargent: The Watercolours

The first major UK exhibition of watercolours by John Singer Sargent.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 21st June to 8th October 2017

 

This June, the Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts the first major UK exhibition of watercolours by John Singer Sargent. Sargent: The Watercolours brings together nearly 80 works from what is arguably the artist's greatest period of watercolour production, between 1900 and 1918. Renowned as the portraitist of his generation, Sargent mastered the medium of watercolour while on painting expeditions to Southern Europe and the Middle East, where he developed a unique way of seeing and composing. The exhibition will showcase 80 of his landscapes, architectural structures and figurative scenes from private and public collections, drawing attention to the most radical aspects of his work.

 
 
 

BP Portrait Award 2017

The popular annual competition returns to showcase the shortlisted and winning images.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 22nd June to 24th September 2017

 

The increasingly popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 38th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which attracted 2,557 entries from 80 countries last year, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The three shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 or so selected works in a free exhibition which returns to the National Portrait Gallery for three months this summer. Prizes include the BP Travel Award, BP Young Artist Award, open to 18 to 30 year-olds, and the 30,000 first prize. But this competition is not just about money, it's also about prestige; many previous winners have gone on to gain important commissions. Craig Wylie, for example, who won the award in 2008, was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create a portrait of Dame Kelly Holmes.

 
 
 

Making Nature: Part II

This exhibition considers the idea of a museum of nature.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station, Euston Station, Warren Street Station

 

Dates: 22nd June to 10th September 2017

 

The second part of a year-long exploration by the Wellcome Collection into how humans relate to other animals and the world around us. Making Nature asks the question that has captivated philosophers, anthropologists, scientists, ethicists and artists for centuries. With contributions from visitors to the Wellcome Collection, this exhibition considers the idea of a museum of nature. Discover the many and varied ways we are personally connected to the natural world and the implications this has for the planet. The first part, 'Making Nature: How we see animals', continues until 21st May 2017, overlapping with this second instalment, so both can be seen together.

 
 
 

Committee

This new production transforms the real life collapse of Kids Company into a musical.

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 24th June to 12th August 2017

 

Hadley Fraser, Josie Rourke and Tom Deering have transformed the real-life event of the collapse of Kids Company into a musical to be staged at the Donmar Warehouse. The absurdly titled production, The Public Administration And Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence On Whitehall's Relationship With Kids Company, looks specifically at the evidence given by Camila Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob to The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. It asks the public to consider how civic life in the UK is really governed and what happens when something goes wrong. Who holds us accountable?

 
 
 

Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour

This installation-based exhibition explores how colour behaves.

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 28th June to 24th September 2017

 

Designer Hella Jongerius draws on years of research to present Breathing Colour at the Design Museum. The installation-based exhibition explores how colour behaves and looks into shapes, materials, shadows and reflections. Through a series of phenomenological studies and experiences, it questions whether we appreciate how colour shapes what we see and makes us question one of the most elemental aspects of design.

 
 
 

Adele

The hugely successful singer performs four sold out gigs at Wembley Stadium.

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 29th Jun, 30th Jun, 1st Jul and 2nd Jul 2017

 

The global superstar with an impressive 10 Grammy awards and an Oscar to her name caps off a sell-out world tour with four home town gigs at Wembley Stadium. Despite the massive size of the venue, you'll be lucky if you can get tickets to see Adele at these sold old gigs. The pop star has dominated the BBC Music Awards for a two years in a row, picking up two of the main prizes - song of the year, for Hello, and album of the year, for 25 - her third studio album which became the fastest million-selling album ever when it sold over one million copies in just ten days.

 
 
 

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Phil Collins, Green Day and Kings of Leon perform this year.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 30th Jun to 6th Jul 2017

 

British Summer Time Hyde Park is back for a fifth year in 2017 with another impressive line-up. This year will see Phil Collins, Green Day and Kings of Leon headline and there are more acts to be announced. Support for the Kings Of Leon, playing on 6th July, comes from fellow US rock legends Pixies and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. Between two weekends of live music in Hyde Park there's free entertainment with open-air movie nights and tennis screenings, street food stalls and daytime DJs. Free sports sessions and after school multi-sports for kids are also part of the mid-week entertainment.

 
 
 

The Maccabees

The London-based indie-rockers perform a farewell gig following their split.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July 2017

 

Last August London-based indie-rockers The Maccabees split, much to the dismay of the musical community. Now fans have the chance to say goodbye at two farewellgigs at London's Alexandra Palace and one show at the Manchester Apollo in the summer. In the past 14 years they've headlined Latitude Festival, produced number one album 'Marks To Prove It', and played a stellar set at Glastonbury as well as a secret show at The Great Escape. Now the five-piece bid a fond farewell with a series of special concerts not to be missed.

 
 
 
 
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