Something for the Weekend: Virtual music, film and book festivals galore!
- Arusa Qureshi
- 28 May 2020
This weekend's at home highlights include a massive charity music show, an international film festival and live chats with some incredible writers
It's week 16526 of lockdown (or it feels like it anyway) and as the weather improves, we know it's increasingly difficult to stay put at home. But the sooner we manage to control this thing, the sooner we can get back to partying with all our best pals so we're doing all we can to keep ourselves entertained and thankfully, festivals around the world continue to provide the goods.
Saturday's big event is Stream 4 Scotland, which sees over 40 Scottish artists join together for a 10-hour charity show. Taking place from 3pm–1am, the show will feature performances, Q&A sessions and chats from the likes of Twin Atlantic, Be Charlotte, Clare Grogan, Wet Wet Wet, JG Wilkes, Honeyblood and more, with all money raised going towards music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and Glasgow-based PPE charity ViseUp.
In the world of film, Tribeca and YouTube have announced We Are One: A Global Film Festival, which has 21 film festivals from across the world coming together to broadcast 10 days of programming straight to our homes. From tomorrow until Sun 7 Jun, catch a varying line-up of films on YouTube curated by the likes of BFI London Film Festival, Cannes, Sundance, TIFF, the Mumbai Film Festival and the Berlinale.
Also this weekend, Hay Festival continues online, finishing up on Sun 31 May, bringing together internationally renowned writers for stories, music, film and more. Highlights for this weekend include Hilary Mantel (Sat 30, 2.30pm), Allie Esiri, Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West talking Shakespeare (Sat 30, 5.30pm) and Sandi Toksvig (Sun 31, 5.30pm).
The team behind Edinburgh's Hidden Door festival have been curating a weekly live stream over on their social media channels, featuring a revolving line-up of music, dance, spoken word, interviews and more. Tonight at 7pm, tune into Women and the Pandemic on Instagram Live, where Sarah Calmus and visual artist Camila Cavalcante will discuss how women's independence has suffered from the lack of liberty caused by a global lockdown.
Music and Stage
The Royal Albert Home sessions continue this weekend with the wonderful Imogen Heap performing an exclusive set from her home tomorrow night at 7.30pm. Heap asked fans to choose the setlist via an online vote so you can guarantee that there'll be some real bangers in there.
The equally wonderful Tim Burgess continues his Twitter Listening Parties, with this weekend's chosen albums including Dexys Midnight Runners' Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (Fri 29, 9pm), The Streets' Original Pirate Material (Fri 29, 10pm) and The Cure's Faith (Sat 30, 10pm). And in Stirling, the Tolbooth will have their final Saturday Shindig this weekend with a performance from Siobhan Miller at 7.30pm, in support of Tiny Changes.
Elsewhere, this week's RSNO Friday Night Club concert is Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, directed by RSNO Leader Sharon Roffman and also tomorrow, Dropkick Murphys and Bruce Springsteen will be streaming a performance from an empty Fenway Park in Boston at 11pm BST live on YouTube.
This week's National Theatre at Home show is James Graham's thrilling political play This House, which you can catch from today for one week. If you're after some comedy, check out Saturday Night Live at The Stand at 8.30pm, with this week's show featuring host Mark Nelson with John Oliver, Omid Djalili, Mark Thomas, Katie Mulgrew and more to be announced. Finally, don't miss the next edition of Gilded Balloon's Sofa Set List tomorrow at 8pm with Thanyia Moore, Carl Donnelly, Fred MacAulay, Alasdair Beckett-King, Harriet Dyer and more still to be announced.
Film & TV
It feels like the weekly film and TV offerings just keep getting better, with companies and networks hearing our repeated calls for more good stuff to watch. In terms of TV, our weekly round-up gives you the lowdown on what to watch, with this week's edition featuring stranger-than-fiction story McMillions and inspiring documentary Two Sisters One Body.
The big film releases this week include The High Note starring Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross, 50s-set sci-fi The Vast of Night and impressive Mexican drama I'm No Longer Here. Also, we spoke to Dominik Moll, director of non-linear thriller Only the Animals, to find out more about the film ahead of its premiere on Curzon Home Cinema tomorrow. As always, check out our weekly guide to the best films to stream for more recommendations on home entertainment platforms.
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