What’s on in London for August 2016

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If you are coming to London this month there is lots to do and see. Listed below are our top 10 things going on in August with new West End shows opening and lots of music for everyone. So enjoy your stay and take the opportunity to take in one of the many events happening around the city.

No 1. 5th August to 4th September “Marco Polo: An Untold Love Story” at The Shaw Theatre.

Discover the untold love story of explorer Marco Polo and Asian princess Kogajin, in this brand new, limited-run musical. Tickets from : £40 to £80

No 2. 6th August ” Visions Festival” at St John -at -Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Rd E5 0PD.

Now in its fourth year, Visions brings Hackney a big dose of creative fun this summer. The promoters have earned their reputation for booking up-and-coming artists, with this year’s acts including Young Fathers, Anna Calvi, Mykki Blanco and Gengahr. There’s also a range of non-musical activity: markets, exhibitions, street food stalls and the like. Visions has completely sold out for the last two years, so book now for guaranteed entry and cheaper tickets.   Tickets are £30 in advance.

No.3. 6th to 7th August “Caught By The River Thames“.

Head down to the banks of the river for a civilised weekend of bands, books and beer.

Offering music, literary talks and summer delights, Caught By The River Thames is a genteel new festival for the capital. Indie favourites Low and Super Furry Animals play headline sets and there’s an eclectic support bill: freaky jazz from Mulatu Astatke and the Sun Ra Arkestra, offbeat singer-songwriters Beth Orton, Darren Hayman, Ryley Walker and Gwenno, and even a symphony performed by human musicians and thousands of bees.

Beyond the music lies a strong literary line-up including Kate Tempest, Amy Liptrot, Chris Packham and leading poet Don Paterson, and international food stalls and the Ten Mile Beer Festival will be on hand for refreshments of all sorts. All in all, a very attractive prospect for a sunny August weekend.

No.4. 14th August “Indonesia Day” at Trafalgar Square.

Celebrate all things Indonesian and learn more about the Southeast Asian nation.

Tuck into delicious treats from the food stalls, enjoy traditional music, get hands on with cultural arts and crafts activities, and catch the elegant Indonesian folk dancers and more performances on the main stage.

No.5.   18th to 21st August “Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries” at London Palladium.

In this brand new family musical SCOOBY-DOO and the MYSTERY INC. gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery. A trouble-making ghost is haunting the London Palladium and SHAGGY, FRED, DAPHNE, VELMA and SCOOBY-DOO are on their way, and bringing the MYSTERY MACHINE to crack this spooky and theatrical case.

SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES will have the whole family on the edge of their seats in traditional SCOOBY-DOO fashion from the moment this fun, musical show begins.

Ticket prices: £15 to £30.

No.6. 20th to 21st August “Canary Wharf Jazz Festival” at Canada Square Park.

This a great opportunity to catch some of the best and most envelope-pushing jazz acts from London and beyond, free at the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, bringing you top performers including Red Snapper, Julia Biel and Nérija (Saturday) and Beats & Pieces, J-Sonics and Binker & Moses (Sunday) .

No.7.   20th August to 12th November “The Entertainer” at the Garrick Theatre.

See Kenneth Branagh in The Entertainer.

Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborne’s The Entertainer is a modern classic conjuring the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private moments.

Tickets: £17.50 to £110.

No.8. 27th to 28th August “South West Four” on Clapham Common.

Enjoy the return of South West Four on Clapham Common this bank holiday weekend.

With newly-announced headliners, Rudimental, joining the likes of The Chemical Brothers and DJ EZ, this will be one weekend not to forget. Grab some well-needed bank holiday sunshine and dance the night away in South London with South West Four.

No.9.   28th to 29th August “Notting Hill Carnival 2016”.

Join London’s biggest street party as the Notting Hill Carnival fills the streets of West London with Caribbean colours, music and flavored.

Elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets to the sound of steel bands and calypso music. Watch the carnival parade, join in the fun and visit the tempting food stalls at one of London’s biggest and best annual events.

No.10.   29th August “Madness presents House of Common” at Clapham Common.

The ska brigade headline their own festival, with Toots & The Maytals also on the bill. Suggs’s Nutty Boys are north London to the core, but on bank holiday Monday they’re taking over Clapham Common for a one-day festival of skanking hits. As well as a headline set by Madness themselves you’ll catch Jamaican ska legend Toots Hibbert and his long-serving band The Maytals, and DJ sets by the nation’s two funkiest MBEs: David Rodigan and Norman Jay.

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