The London Acoustic Guitar Show is the country’s premier event in the world of acoustic guitars and is brought to the capital in association with Acoustic Magazine. Fine musicians from all over the world will perform live at this highly anticipated music event. Guitar playing enthusiasts will have the opportunity to play hundreds of guitars until that find that special sound that hits their designated spot.
If the “twang’s your thang” you must get down to the Olympia Conference Hall this September and let rip into the latest and indeed longest-established products of the acoustic guitar manufacturing greats.
You can see English pop and rock musician Matt Cardle in concert, who will headline on the Saturday night. It’s worth the entrance fee alone just to see this platinum album artist! The singer/songwriter will be performing in association with Taylor Guitars.
There are many more artists playing over the weekend, all fulfilling their guitar sponsor obligations. Wolverhampton-based singer/songwriter, Scott Mathews will perform live on stage in association with Guild Guitars.
Multi-awarding winning Italian guitar composer, Antonio Forcione will play alongside Yamaha Guitars UK. There are so many quality acts playing live at this year’s London Acoustic Show that it must be a serious contender for one of the best music events in London of 2013.
Until late September, the British Museum is showing artefacts from one of the most famous and prolific of human catastrophes caused by a natural disaster. The event occurred in AD 79 when the Earth opened up and Mount Vesuvius spewed its red hot innards over unsuspecting Italians going about their daily business.
The cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum lay buried for 1700 years until archaeologists exposed the secrets of their last moments before catastrophe struck.
The Italian authorities have kindly lent the British Museum 250 artefacts, many of which have never been seen before outside of Italy.
There are also life-size casts of some of the hapless victims – their last actions as human beings frozen in time only to be gazed upon by an awestruck audience nearly 2,000 years later. The human casts include a family comprising of two adults and two children, a particularly sobering reminder of how these people met their end. Also on display is an extremely famous cast of a pet dog in the exact same position as the one he died in as Vesuvius struck.
If you are looking for absorbing and thought-provoking things to do in London then it’s really worth visiting the British Museum to muse over the fascinating paraphernalia from this dark period in Italian history.
Imagine the grotesque firework display lighting up the whole Bay of Naples and the sheer power of the pyroclastic flow as red-hot ash, travelling at 200 miles per hour, forced its way into every nook and cranny, smothering and entombing all life in its path.
Only 500 tickets per day are released for this exhibition, so it could be a good idea to arrive early to avoid disappointment. The British Museum is situated on Great Russell Street and the nearest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn or Russell Square.
For more information on the Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition and other impending events at the British Museum, visit the official website at britishmuseum.org.
There are not too many places in London where you can watch a good year’s worth of shows in one weekend for a paltry £4.50 per gig! You may be pleased to learn that great entertainment, which is favourable to your wallet, can be found at the Kings Place festival in September.
The Kings Place opened to the public in 2008 and due to its diverse programme soon established itself as a leading cultural European landmark. This dynamic, award-winning building is now considered as being one of London’s hubs for dialogue, music, art and food.
Every September the Kings Place hosts a diverse music and arts festival and 2013 promises to be the best one yet!
In fact with poetry, comedy, music and other interesting acts suiting a huge range of tastes, diversity certainly sums up the Kings Place Festival 2013. To wash down a heady day of watching some of the finest poets, comedians, orchestras and musicians, you can refresh yourself by joining in the chocolate tasting and beer tasting events – no, don’t worry, not together!
While the arts and the spoken word is fundamentally regarded being an adult’s domain, children are heavily catered for ay the Kings Place Festival. From making some great paper flowers from recycled paper at the Craft Closet to exploring the magical world of Debussy with some of the principle players of the Aurora Orchestra, there are plenty of workshops designated for the youngest members of society.
Musician Sasha Siem was identified by the Guardian newspaper as an artist to watch out for this year. Sasha will be playing songs from her debut album ‘Most of the boys’ on the final day of the Kings Place Festival 2013.
London #Fashion Week needs little introduction. Held twice a year in February and September, this prodigious event is ranked alongside Paris, Milan and New York as one of the “big four” worldwide fashion shows.
This biannual fashion spectacle, which naturally features a heady mix of the world’s biggest designers and world-class emerging talent, takes place in London’s stunning Somerset House. With 55 fountains elegantly pirouetting in the courtyard, this magnificent building on the south side of the Strand overlooking the Thames provides the perfect backdrop for one of the capital’s most publicised events.
For four days Somerset House will be transformed into Britain’s heart of fashion with catwalk shows, designer shopping, hair and beauty and a series of educational talks from a panel of fashion industry experts.
There will be four ‘Trend’ catwalks at the impending London Fashion Week 2013, which will all be styled by award-winning fashion director and British journalist Hilary Alexander. The ‘Trend’ themes for this year are; Graphic Art, Urban lifestyle, Eastern promise and Dolls house. As always at a Fashion Week, the catwalks during September’s event are guaranteed to be rammed to the rafters for this unique and inspiring look at the latest designs in the world of fashion.
You can sort out your entire autumn/winter wardrobe with over 100 designers to choose from, including: Issa London, Vivienne Westwood and Linda Farrow.
If you are looking for an exciting place to take the kids in London this summer then look no further than the LolliBop Festival 2013. What can only be described as being a sort of Woodstock for the under-tens, live bands and acts take centre stage at this particularly colourful and jubilant London festival. Now entering its fourth year, it is safe to say that the Lollibop Festival remains the UK’s biggest festival for kids.
The acts playing at this year’s Lollibop need little introduction, with Skylanders, Dick and Dom, Peppa Pig, Shaun the Sheep, Cloudbabies, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Transformers, Science Museum, Poppy Cat, Animal Man, The Wotwots and Titan the Robot, generating one thrilling festival itinerary for little ones.
Although there is much more to this festival than merely watching some of the biggest names in children’s entertainment buffoon about on the stage! Other attractions include the Lollibop Kitchen, Lollisports, Enchanted Garden, Tween Town and Imagination Stations, all of which will provide an interactive, educational and thoroughly absorbing experience for youngsters.
Similar to the kids who have had the privilege of attending previous LolliBop Festivals, the national press are thoroughly impressed by this magical London event.
“We all loved the performers on stilts. Lots of great Arts and Crafts workshops & Soft Play. Face painting etc. And all the outdoor sporting activities,” states The Guardian.