Cool things to do this weekend
Sep 06 2012
A look at the various gigs, shows and just-plain-fun events you can check out this weekend.
After one of the wettest summers on record, the news that we're set for temperatures pushing 25 degrees in some parts of the country this weekend will no doubt be music to the ears of men who want to warm up before the inevitable onslaught of autumn.
Fortunately there's all manner of awesome events to ensure you have fun in the sun over the next 48 hours, so from beer festivals to musical must-sees here's our guide to some of the best bloke-oriented activities on offer this weekend.
Bestival - Robin Hill, Isle of Wight (until Sunday)
Now in its 8th year the award-winning Bestival is an end-of-summer treat for festival fans who flock to the Isle of Wight for the laid-back atmosphere and star-laden line-up that this four-day event traditionally offers. This year there's a truly stellar selection of talent to choose from with the likes of Florence + The Machine, Stevie Wonder, Orbital and New Order all performing. And with forecasters predicting wall-to-wall sunshine 2012 could be one of the best Bestivals yet.
Al Murray - The Courtyard, Hereford (Saturday)
All hail to the ale! Al Murray is back serving up an all-new tour of home-brewed hilarity, which gets underway in Hereford this weekend. The Only Way Is Epic tour follows hot on the heels of his twice-extended Barrel of Fun show, which sold out arenas up and down the country. Even though he first donned the now famous burgundy blazer all the way back in 1994, Murray's irrepressible innkeeper is as enjoyable as ever, touting a familiarly funny line of pub philosophy and misguided opinions that have made him a beautiful British institution over the past 18 years.
Hops 'n' Harvest Festival - Kent Life, near Maidstone (Saturday & Sunday)
Something Al Murray's ale-loving alter ego would no doubt approve of is this weekend's Hops 'n' Harvest festival; a home-grown celebration hop-picking and beer drinking. As well as having the chance to pick hops by hand and get up-close-and-personal with the last working coal-fired oast house in Britain, beer-lovers will get the chance to sample more than 60 beers and ciders, which sounds like a pretty decent way to spend your weekend if you ask us.
Itunes festival - Roundhouse, London (Until 30 September)
If muddy fields and overflowing portaloos aren't you're idea of a good weekend then perhaps the month-long iTunes festival at London's Roundhouse is the thing for you. Featuring 30 days of free live music from more than 60 artists in one of the country's most intimate venues, it's a must for all music fans. This weekend's line-up includes gigs from Elbow, Jack White and Deadmau5. However, be warned that getting a hold of free tickets is quite literally a lottery, but one that's well worth winning.
England v South Africa - NatWest International T20 (Saturday)
There are few better ways to spend a sun-soaked Saturday than watching some pyjama-clad cricketers swat a visiting fast bowler through the covers while you swill a cold one from a plastic cup. Thankfully there's all that and more on offer down at Durham this weekend where there's a double bill of T20, with England's women taking on the West indies in the morning before our world No 1 men's side face the South Africans after lunch. Spiffing stuff.
Ice Hockey: Braehead Clan v. Belfast Giants - The Braehead Arena, Glasgow (Saturday)
If well-creased trousers and stiff upper lips aren't your idea of sporting spectacle then why not head north of the border where the Braehead Clan will get their Challenge Cup campaign underway against the Belfast Giants. We are of course talking about ice hockey, a sport that's struggled to find its way into British audiences' affections despite encouraging its athletes to partake in a spot of fisticuffs for our amusement.
Future Cinema: Grease - secret location, London (Friday - Sunday)
Event cinema is all the rage at the moment and inventive sorts are coming up with increasingly imaginative ways for us to enjoy the spectacle of the silver screen. Future Cinema is perhaps the best of the bunch and this weekend is set to transform a secret London location into Rydell High for an all-singing all-dancing night dedicated to everyone's favourite 50s-based sing-along.
So those are our suggestions but what do you have planned this weekend? Let us know what you're up to in the comments section below and if we've missed a top-notch event then be sure to tell us all about it while you're down there.
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