Meltdown Festival 2018
It's not often we get #blessed with a perfectly curated festival right on our doorstep, but that's the beauty of London and the annual Meltdown Festival, this time curated by none other than the original sadboy Robert Smith (of The Cure fame). And it's very much a nostalgic, indie affair this time around with plenty of big names from the 90s and 00s. Think Deftones, Death Cab for Cutie, My Bloody Valentine, The Libertines and the like. There's a huge bill to scope with plenty of contemporary acts too, plus lates and free events to boot.
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Playing with the Wrong Toys
Childishness, gender and performance are the hot topics Hester Chillingworth has chosen to close her residency at Chisenhale Dance Space. Playing With The Wrong Toys is set to be a myth-busting non-binary bonanza. Now we won't fool you, some deep shit is on the itinerary, so you'll be expected to bring your gender-neutral thinking caps with you. The lineup includes Hester's own piece, SHORTY, which looks at the role of the non-binary child by creating a deconstructed drag-child (mind already blown). Also putting her two cents in is Eilidh Macaskill, who'll be questioning how she might be protecting children from her own queerness in Gendersaurus Rex. This is some good stuff, and there's no chance you'll walk away from it less enlightened.
Coming Clean: Life As A Naked House Cleaner
Cumming to a home near you, Ethan Mechare’s play about unconventional sexual desire has been a persistent feature in London’s queer theatre calendar. There’s a lot to love about Coming Clean: it embroils you in a world you might not have encountered before, and it feels voyeuristic because it’s normally set in a random person’s flat. If you’ve ever wondered what life as a naked house cleaner was like - and really, who hasn't - Ethan’s experiences really are the best education you’re likely to get. You know, straight from the horse’s mouth and all that. The show will be in Wood Green on 15th April, a secret location to be confirmed on 22nd April, and Bounds Green on 4th, 5th and 6th May.
Rinse X Tate Exchange
Sunday is fun-day at the Tate Exchange where a feast for the eyes and ears awaits with an all-day programme of live art, music, and discussion. Rinse, a homegrown East London pirate music radio station are the guests of honour, bringing with them breakout artist Jonatan Leandoer 127, whose self-released "Psychopath Ballads" cassette is a raw and haunting mix of vocals, electronics, and acoustic instrumentation. Multidisciplinary artist Athena Padadopoulos will be on site creating installations in real time, in conjunction with the music. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty — visitors are encouraged to participate, discuss, and collaborate.