From A 70's Roller Disco To Grayson Perry Here's What To Do In June

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by: Kate Lloyd
1 Jun 2017

Whether you’re looking to have a quiet month watching great TV, or you’re planning to make the most of the first glimpses of summer, there’s loads to do this June. Here are a few of our picks… 


1. Binge watch Riviera
If you were once addicted to Hamptons-based crime drama Revenge, you’re going to love new murder mystery Riviera. The glam Sky Atlantic show, set in the south of France, follows an art curator as she tries to figure out why her super rich husband was murdered. (It happened on a yacht, obviously). The series stars Julia Stiles (from Save the Last Dance) and premieres on 15 June.

2. Shop at the Fashion Illustration Gallery Art Fair

If your Instagram feed’s full of fashion illustration, it’s worth taking a trip to Bluebird on the Kings Road from 30 June – 2 July. The Fashion Illustration Gallery Art Fair’s taking over the space for a weekend this month, showcasing works from the illustrators including designer Tanya Ling, Instagram painter Gill Button (aka @buttonfruit) and portrait artist David Downton. You’ll be able to snap up artwork for prices starting at less than £200.

3. Explore popularity at Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Why do people go to art galleries? Does good art get more love on social media? These are the kinds of questions Grayson Perry is trying to answer with his latest free exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Running from 8 June until 7 September, the show explores modern ideas of what it means to be popular through traditional crafts like ceramics and tapestry.

4. Play pretend house owner at Open Garden Squares Weekend

Craving a green fix? Check out some of the gardens opening their doors to visitors for London’s Open Garden Squares weekend on 17 and 18 June. For £12, visitors will get access inside 230 gardens in the city, including 138 that aren’t normally open to the public. Our highlight? The Roof Gardens, Kensington, where you’ll find three pink flamingoes. Book in advance.

5. Get sweaty and glittery at The Color Run

If running a couple of laps around your local park isn’t doing it for you anymore, you might want to check out one of the Color Runs happening across the country this summer. The next one’s coming up in Wembley Park on 11 June. Organisers promise a 5k like no other: you’ll run through clouds of colour, a “foam zone” and will be joined by unicorn mascots. Tickets cost £28.

6. See John Boyega as you’ve never seen him before in Woyzeck

Star Wars actor John Boyega plays the tragic hero in the Old Vic’s Woyzeck, running until 24 June. Written, but left incomplete, by Georg Büchner in the 1800s, the show’s been reworked by Jack Thorne, one of the original Skins writers. His version follows a British soldier (Boyega) and his girlfriend living in 1980s Berlin as the Cold War rages around them.

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7. Shake it at Parklife

You’ll find one of 2017’s best festival line-ups at Heaton Park in Manchester this month. The iconic Frank Ocean and pop-rockers The 1975 are headlining Parklife on 10-11 June, alongside grime crew Boy Better Know and hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest. Tickets cost £119 for both days. (Let’s hope Frank doesn’t keep up his cancelling spree).

8. Get your groove on at Dreamland

Margate’s pastel pleasure beach Dreamland has reopened for summer. The Wayne Hemingway-designed, ultra-Instagrammable spot is hosting events including a retro tea dance and Gorillaz’ much-hyped music festival over the next few weeks. It’s also home to a ’70s roller disco and stylish takes on the rides you loved as a kid. Wristbands cost £16. Time for a day at the seaside.

9. Get emosh listening to Lorde’s Melodrama

It’s been two years since Lorde released her debut album “Pure Heroine”. Now she’s back with Melodrama, a concept pop record following one night at a house party, and exploring themes of loneliness and break ups. Due to be released on 16 June, we’re hoping for more dancing-on-top-of-an-Uber bangers, like Green Light, the first track from the album.

10. Check out M.I.A’s Meltdown Festival

Find out why smartphones are hugely important to many Syrian refugees at this free talk. It’s one of a programme of events curated by M.I.A for this year’s Meltdown Festival. Running at the Southbank Centre in London on 18 June, the talk will discuss how phones helped refugees share art, protest and even reach Europe without traffickers.


1. Watch “Master of None”

The second series of Aziz Ansari’s cult rom-com series lands on Netflix on 12 May. Equal parts heartwarming and hilarious, the show follows New Yorker Dev (Ansari) as he looks for love. The new season starts where the last left off: with Aziz’s Dev living in Italy to learn how to make pasta. Watch out for stand-out episodes on religion and Tinder dates.

2. Go to the Great Escape

Festival season officially kicks off on 18 May with annual seaside bash the Great Escape in Brighton. Headlined by (your teenage crush) Kano as well as Rag’n’Bone Man, the three-day event is known for showcasing the brightest up-and-coming artists. Plus, it gives you an excuse to explore the city’s cool venues and have an ice cream on the pier. Weekend tickets cost £65.

3. Listen to Lana Del Rey – ‘Lust for Life’

Lana Del Rey first teased her new album earlier this year with a hologram-like video showing her as a witch. She followed it up with haunting ballad “Love” and Weeknd collaboration “Lust for Life”. The full record is expected to drop on 23 May and is sure to be sexy, spooky and spellbinding. In fact, its release date marks a waning crescent moon – a time astrologists think will rid you of stress and negative energy.

4. Eat while you make jewellery at Ritorno, Chelsea

Get green-fingered without touching a speck of dirt at London cocktail bar and Italian kitchen Ritorno this month. They’re marking the Chelsea Flower Show with a “Botanical Brunch” on 24 May co-hosted by The Makery. For £45, you’ll get an hour-long floral jewellery workshop, followed by a two course lunch and a cocktail. It’s the perfect start to a day at Chelsea.

5. Explore “The World of Anna Sui”

There’ll be more than 100 looks from Anna Sui’s archive on display at the London Fashion and Textile Museum from 26 May – 1 Oct. The exhibition’s the first retrospective of the American designer’s work and how her “rock-n-roll romanticism” shaped interiors, accessories, beauty and pop culture around the world. Tickets start at £9.90 and you’re encouraged to book in advance.

6. Be shocked at “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”

Hit the theatre this month to see Damian Lewis as a married architect who falls in love with a goat. “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” is a dark, funny and Tony Award-winning look at the consequences of a nightmare love affair by playwright Edward Albee. Tickets start at £15 and the show’s running at Theatre Royal Haymarket in London until June.

7. Get fit at Balance Wellness Festival

If you feel like you’ve landed in an unhealthy rut this winter, this festival of fitness might be just want you need. Held at the Old Truman Brewery in London from 12-14 May, tickets to Balance cost £24 and include cooking demos, talks and workshops from the likes of Deliciously Ella and The Detox Kitchen. Plus, for an extra £6 a go you can get access to fitness classes from Another Space, Barry’s Bootcamp and more.

8. Immersive yourself in “Moulin Rouge”

It’s 16 years since classic movie “Moulin Rouge” was released. Now, you can live the film in real life. Secret Cinema has transformed an undisclosed area of London into 1890s Montmartre and its infamous club, with grand performances, one-on-one immersive theatre experiences and a special screening of the film. Tickets cost £49 and the event runs until 11 June. Reviewers are hailing it one of the best Secret Cinemas yet.

9. Watch “I Love Dick”

The most exciting show to hit Amazon Prime this month? “I Love Dick”. (And, it’s not just because of its racy name.) The series is an adaptation of Chris Kraus’s famous feminist book by the same title. An exploration of obsessive love, it follows a husband and wife who both fall for the same male professor, and it stars Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn.

Amazon Original series I Love Dick is available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video from 12th May

10. Learn at Winging It

Want to learn how to make braver business choices? Head to this acclaimed evening led by talent strategist Caroline Britton on 24 May. Held at The Garden in Hale near Manchester, the event features talks from women who’ve started their own businesses and a vision board workshop. For the £25 price tag, you also get a cheeky glass of wine. They promise future events in London soon too.


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