Here are this week’s Hot Tickets in the UK. Check back every Wednesday at noon, GMT for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.
Friday, January 20 Identity Parade: The Deadly Winters, Paul Gilbody & Steve Heron The Village – Edinburgh Showcasing the best in Scotland’s growing music scene in an intimate and informal manner, each ‘Identity Parade’ features three bands, one compere and many tunes in the unique setting that is The Vilage in Leith, Edinburgh. ‘Identity Parade’ is a showcase which is aimed at supporting the Edinburgh music scene. Originally set up by musician Alan R Davison and Woosh Entertainment’s Keith Easton, ‘Identity Parade’ brings together musical talent from all over Scotland, offering a variety of different sounds. This week’s instalment features The Deadly Winters whose latest release was called “an accomplished and mature piece of work..stuffed full of lovely melodies and toe-tapping charm” by Radar of The Scotsman New Music Blog.
Friday, January 20 Drags Aloud Party Night Hendersons Bar – Royden, Essex With more costume changes than a Kylie concert – don’t miss a great night of fun which includes a disco to follow the show. After their previous sold-out shows, Royden Marina Village is welcoming Australia’s (and now Harlow’s very own) comedy queens back to the stage direct from sold-out shows around the world, to present more comedy madness and mayhem. Join the girls for laughs a-plenty, glitz, glamour, foot-stomping hit songs, sequins and an explosion of feathers. Table seating & full bar available.
Sunday, January 22 DAN HAYWOOD’S NEW HAWKS with ADAM STEARNS & THE GLASS ANIMALS and guests. The Third Door – Edinburgh Dan Haywood’s New Hawks are a collection of songs, and also a band, whose epic scope marries transatlantic cosmic roots music with a deeply poetic English folk soul. A rambling, rolling band whose crazed stage presence, with band members swapping instruments and psychic powers amongst themselves and with the audience, has ensured them cult status. The British Isles finally have their own Lambchop – a collective of kindred spirits from across Northern England carefully assembled over time by Haywood, who brings flesh to the album’s smart and ever-shifting arrangements with guitars, fiddles, cellos, drums, percussion and more. The Wire magazine called their most recent release a “strong, 32 song album…positively livid with ideas (that) resists easy categorisation.”
Sunday, January 22 Glenn Wool – No Mans Land Le Monde – Edinburgh Thank God. Glenn Wool is coming to Edinburgh! Picture this. The year is 2008. A delighted Wool has been nominated for the Chortle ‘Best Headliner’ award along with Jim Jefferies, Michael McIntyre and Rhod Gilbert. Drunkenly crawling off a flight from Shanghai, he goes directly to the ceremony and loses….to Michael McIntyre. After spending all night at the bar and vomiting on the bar, the floor, the walls and the stairs of the beautiful function space, Glenn decides he’s had enough. Literally and spiritually he goes home. Back in North America he stops drinking and starts again, then stops again, ad nauseum. Who knows where Glenn would be if he’d stayed in the UK with those other fairly successful chaps from that nominee list? Impossible to know. However, what we do know is where he’s been after that. For the last three years Glenn has been travelling the world from Ireland to Australia, via India, NZ, Singapore, HK, China, Holland, Dubai, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, America, Canada, Indonesia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Malaysia, cracking jokes, getting in scrapes with Indonesian customs officers, watching beavers, seeing ufos in Manhattan, visiting the Creation Museum in Kentucky and everything in between. A pioneer of the world circuit and with no fixed abode, this show will let you peep through the window into a life jam packed with experiences, distilled to perfection and poured into a laughter packed hour of straight up honest stand up comedy. Time Out Sydney says “Wool is extraordinarily funny side-splittingly, jaw-hurtingly funny.”
Tuesday, January 24 to Saturday, January 28 Way Out West The Nightingale Theatre – Brighton Two men walk into a pub – and then it stops being normal. Pints are drunk; conversation spans the creation of the universe, the meaning of happiness, the chemical construction of pork scratchings and how they seem to know more about each other than complete strangers could, or should. And they both seem to recollect dreams in which they met Laurel and Hardy, and each other. As the alcohol kicks in Simon and Peter find themselves lurching towards an unnerving philosophical and spiritual world, where it becomes a distinct possibility that they are Laurel and Hardy reincarnated… but that’s simply laughable, absurd and beyond comprehension isn’t it? This funny, tender, melancholic and puzzling play comes from the company who created recent hit shows ‘Meeting Joe Strummer’ and ‘Don’t Shoot The Clowns.’
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