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Metro rounds up this week’s top digital — and live! — events…


Virtual Monterey Jazz Festival

This year, the jazz festival founded in 1958 in the coastal Californian city is a YouTube affair and features a spellbinding mix of archive footage and exclusive performances. Marvel at the haircuts and style through the decades, with highlights including performances from Herbie Hancock (pictured), Diana Krall and Jamie Cullum. There’s tributes to super-producer Quincy Jones, jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and hard-bopping saxman Sonny Rollins, plus in-depth conversations with director, actor and jazz hound Clint Eastwood and civil rights icon and academic Angela Davis. Tonight to Sunday,

Arts by the Sea Festival

This year Bournemouth’s arts and culture festival combines live events with a digital programme. Physical events include Luke Jerram’s beach-based large-scale In Memoriam installation, Ithaca Studio’s dazzling sound and light spectacle Sea Of Light, and flaming family sculpture trail Fire Garden. There are also online gigs from Mercury-nominated Sam Lee, and Mariachi Las Adelitas, shows from Wired Aerial Theatre, comedy dance piece Topiary Trauma, and podcasts and workshops for all ages. Today to Oct 4,


Henley Literary Festival

This year the picturesque Oxfordshire town’s book bash is happening digitally, with more than 50 virtual events featuring stellar novelists (Joanna Trollope, Lynda La Plante, David Mitchell), historians (Greg Jenner, Andrew Marr) children’s authors (Michael Morpurgo, Ben Fogle, David Baddiel) and TV personalities (Graham Norton, Fern Britton, Susie Dent), plus Russell Brand (pictured) reading the Tiger Who Came To Tea. Tomorrow to October 4,


An Evening with Graham Norton

Settle down for a cosy Sunday evening chat between Graham (above) and journalist Elizabeth Day, discussing the cheeky TV personality and chat show host’s third novel, Home Stretch. On Wednesday, Love Island 2019 dreamboat Ovie Soko shares his wisdom and personal journey, as he launches self-help book, You Are Dope. Graham Norton (Sun); Ovie Soko (Wed),


Clapham Grand reopens

Tonight, you can see RuPaul Drag Race Canada star Jimbo The Drag Clown, alongside anime queen Rock M Sakura and Erika Klash; tomorrow it’s Vivienne and Baga Chipz. And there are intimate stand-up shows from Russell Howard (Sun) and Jimmy Carr, pictured, too (Mon & Tue).

Journeys Festival International

ArtReach’s multi-arts festival’s inspiring mix of music, visual art, performances and workshops includes poetry with Innua Ellams, the magnetic Magid Magid in conversation, and a VR experience transporting you to a spot in Tehran known for protest art and graffiti. Mon to Oct 18,


The Box

As part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations, The Box — a striking new contemporary art gallery, museum and archive — opens in Plymouth. You’ll see Royal Navy figureheads (right) plus inaugural exhibitions including Mayflower 400: Legend & Legacy, sharing myriad histories bound to a ship of pilgrims sailing from Plymouth to the Americas in 1620, and featuring Native American items and a specially commissioned Wampanoag piece. Making It, meanwhile, focuses on contemporary art and shares work from artists including Antony Gormley and Kehinde Wiley, Obama’s official portrait artist. From Tuesday,


A National Poetry Day Special

To celebrate World Poetry Day, independent publishers Seren Books, hosts a virtual event with a trio of poets. Award-winning Rhian Edwards (above), Poetry Book Society-endorsed Marvin Thompson and Yorkshire’s Sarah Wimbush all share their work, followed by a poetry open-mic. Thursday,

Reimagining Wordsworth

For World Poetry Day, Dove Cottage, the restored 250 year-old home of William Wordsworth in the Lake District, hosts a virtual poetry reading from poet laureate Simon Armitage. Wednesday,


Brighton Music Conference

The seventh edition of the electronic music conference is taking place digitally, with a mix of panels, Q&As, workshops, tutorials and DJ sets. Alongside Carl Cox in conversation, a keynote from Faithless, an in-depth interview with Fatboy Slim (pictured), and live shows, there will be discussions on mental health, diversity and inclusion, climate change and the impact of Covid-19 on dance music. Thu & Oct 2,

Reading is Magic Festival

Bath Children’s Book Festival has a delightful free online book fest for children from four and upwards, inspired by and featuring UK children’s laureate Cressida Cowell (above). Kristina Stephenson reads Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, Alex Wheatle discusses latest book Cane Warriors and there’s loads to captivate young readers. Sun-October 2,