Slapstick features at Bristol venues

On Wednesday next week Bristol gets nostalgic for a bit of slapstick, with a five-day showcase of silent movies. Dating back to 2005, the annual Slapstick Festival brings audiences an opportunity to see some extraordinary films in unique circumstances. The festival showcases and celebrates archive film predominately from the silent era (1895-1930), accompanied by live…

Ink Brighton into the calendar

Stigmatophiles from all corners of the UK will converge on Brighton next month when 300 of the world’s top tattooists will be giving it the needle for the 12th year in a row. From its humble beginnings at Brighton Race Course in 2007, the Brighton Tattoo Convention has grown year on year into a major…

Thrill-filled show of shocky horrors

When it started back in Glastonbury in 1995, people thought it wouldn’t run for 25 weeks let alone 25 years, but a quarter of a century later the Circus of Horrors is still running amok around the globe. An amazing amalgamation of bizarre and breathtaking circus acts, the “shocky horror” show pulls together a series…

The Book of John

After a a six-year break from touring, Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert is back on the road in 2019 with a new show, The Book of John. The tour kicks off on Saturday, 2 February, at the William Aston Hall in Wrexham and spans 52 venues over six months, with two nights at both London’s Eventim…

No Such Thing as a Fish

Few could have predicted what a live draw it would become when the podcast No Such Thing as a Fish launched five years ago. A spin-off from the BBC panel game quiz QI, featuring the show’s researchers impressing each other with surplus facts that couldn’t be crammed into the television programme, it is about to…

London A Cappella Festival

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the London A Cappella Festival resonates around the capital from 23-26 January 2019. Bringing an epic line-up of international headliners and vocal super-groups to the city, this year’s programme features internationally acclaimed composer and singer Laura Mvula with Europe’s finest female vocal quintet Black Voices; American pop-jazz vocal sensations M-Pact, legendary…

Manchester Tattoo Tea Party

Ink it into your calendar, Manchester plays host to the Tattoo Tea Party from 2-3 March this year. Celebrating everything that is wonderful about the tattoo scene in the UK and Ireland, the 2019 Tattoo Tea Party will be held in EventCity, next to The Trafford Centre. The convention, now in it’s eighth year, hosts…

Harbour festival to dock in Bristol

It’s one of the highlights of the year in Bristol and it will be docking in the harbour next weekend. Bristol Harbour Festival returns to the city from 21-23 July when the harbour will be filled with two miles of vessels, food markets, circus acts, live music and performers. This year highlights include three visiting…

Fuse lit for Lichfield festival of music

Lichfield Fuse Festival returns to Beacon Park for it’s 16th year this weekend. A free family event, the festival was originally set up back in 2001 by Lichfield Arts with the aim of providing a live music event that was accessible to all. These days Fuse has grown beyond its humble beginnings in a small…

Expo of the art that spawned Spider-Man

A day after a young Peter Parker starts to come to terms with his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming in cinemas across the UK, fans of the genre can get a first-hand experience of the art that spawned such Hollywood blockbusters at the sixth annual incarnation of the Cardiff Independent…