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Things to do: Pick of the week


Liverpool International Samba Carnival

The UK’s only samba carnival [main picture] features all-drumming and all-dancing samba schools from London, Liverpool, Europe and Brazil, plus floats, and the carnival king and queen leading a city centre parade, alongside live music stages and club nights as part of a week-long festival. Tomorrow, Liverpool,

Bristol Pride Day

Last year 36,000 turned out to stand up for LGBT+ rights with 12,000 people taking part in the parade alone. This year’s Bristol Pride Day begins with a parade, followed by a festival with headliners Sophie Ellis-Bextor and club collective Sink The Pink collaborating with Melanie C, plus stages dedicated to cabaret and dance performance. Tomorrow,

Manchester International Festival

MIF is in full swing and this weekend has a daily programme of 20-plus events, performances, talks, tours and shows. Highlights including Laurie Anderson [pictured, inset] exploring the meaning of mans’ landing on the moon, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive art show Atmospheric Memory, a brewery tour under Manchester Victoria station and Anna Calvi performing a show inspired by cult filmmaker David Lynch. Until Jul 21, various venues,



Based on a true story, about a boy who blinded six horses, Peter Shaffer’s 1973 play was famously chosen by Daniel Radcliffe as one of his first projects after leaving Harry Potter, a daring transitional move as the part demands a good five minutes of full frontal nudity. Ned Bennett’s new touring production stars Ethan Kai as the troubled Alan Strang and rides into the West End on a tide of five-star raves. Until Sept 7, Trafalgar Studios London,

Measure for Measure

Shakespeare’s tricky play about sexual politics in puritanical 17th-century Vienna has been given a new lease of life by the #MeToo movement, and Gregory Doran’s new production for the RSC is a critical hit. It starts on a UK tour in September. Until Aug 29, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon,


The musical about a love triangle on a Claremore farm in 1906 is this year’s summer spectacular at Chichester. Josie Lawrence stars. Mon to Sept 7. Chichester Festival Theatre,


Jerry Seinfeld

These are his first UK shows in eight years but the master of observational comedy [pictured] is worth the wait. Whether you know him from his smash-hit US comedy Seinfeld, or, ahem, Bee Movie, you’ll be guaranteed lots of neurotic dissections of the little things in life. Tonight and tomorrow, Eventim Apollo,

Robin Ince

Expect abstract art, black holes and wonders of the universe in his Chaos Of Delight lecture, so named after Charles Darwin’s description of his senses while witnessing the dizzying tropical wildlife of the Brazilian rainforest. Friday and Saturday, Soho Theatre,


Graham Nash

Hopes of a CSNY reunion now seem futile but while fans still cross their fingers, the light-voiced Lancastrian who wrote many of their biggest hits goes on the road, promoting his 2018 compilation, Over The Years. Tuesday, Southport Theatre, Southport and touring,

Travis Scott

His recent set at Wireless was a high-energy affair with pyrotech and a giant teddy bear, but the Texan rapper, (pictured), will be upping the ante at this one-off headliner on his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here tour. Tuesday, The O2, London,

KD Lang

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Canadian’s second LP, Ingénue, which introduced cabaret and torch songs to her country pop, helping it go multi-Platinum. Mass swooning to Constant Craving is on the cards. Tomorrow, Bonus Arena, Hull, and touring,

Living Colour

The NYC heavy rockers — who embrace funk, blues, hip hop, punk, soul and jazz — perform 1988 debut LP Vivid in full, plus hits from across their 35-year career. Tuesday, The Waterfront, Norwich and touring,


Olafur Eliasson In Real Life

He lit up the Tate Modern in 2003 with his genius transformation of the Turbine Hall, The Weather Project. Now the Danish-Icelandic artist is back with his epic visual musings on how we respond to nature. Expect to be moved. Until Jan 5,