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Pick of the week’s best events nationwide

Noel it all: It’s a busy weekend for Noel and those High Flying Birds PICTURE: REDFERNS


The Downs

You might think that with September just around the corner, the festival season is over but, oh no, there are still some humdingers on the schedule. Like this. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Paul Weller, Orbital, Goldie & The Ensemble with Basement Jaxx on DJ-ing duties… Quite a lot to squeeze into a single day of revelry. Tomorrow, Clifton, Bristol,

Bingley Music

Another biggie that’s been saving itself (and another featuring Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, come to think of it) is this northern powerhouse, which this year is bringing you the likes of Shed Seven, Jake Bugg, The Cribs, Ride and The Lightning Seeds. Until Sunday, Myrtle Park, Bingley,

Electric Fields

They think it could well be the best outdoor festival in the whole of Scotland, located in beautiful countryside just an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, deep in a forest. With a line-up that includes a certain someone and his High Flying Birds, Leftfield, Idlewild, Ride, and added extras like the Alan Partridge Dance Party and some light burlesque. Until Sunday, Drumlanrig Castle, Scotland,

One Love

Dig out your red, gold and green as this unity festival reaches its eleventh instalment with a whole lot of delicious reggae from the likes of Johnny Clarke, Johnny Osbourne, The Twinkle Brothers and the famed Battle Of The Dubplates. Until Sunday, Gilcombe Farm, near Glastonbury,


Vintage By The Sea Festival

Crack out your zoot suit ready for this celebration of classic design, whether it’s clothes or tech or music or food. With an RAF flyover, a bar on an old Routemaster bus and an old-style variety show, it’ll take you back in a totally good way. Now, where are those bobby pins? Tomorrow and Sunday, Morecombe Bay, Lancashire,

Totally Thames

The river takes centre stage at this annual arts festival on, around, next to and celebrating Old Father Thames. From the oldest boat race in the world to a hip-hop party, and from chamber music to a celebration of life on Bengal’s rivers and loads of mucking about on the beach – yes, the Thames has a fairly decent beach with golden sand and everything – there is a lot to celebrate. Tomorrow until September 30, various locations, London,


The Humans

Another acclaimed New York import, this blistering reunion drama (pictured above) by Stephen Karam is about three generations of the same family assembling at Thanksgiving, and features the original American cast. It won four Tonys on Broadway. Until Oct 13, Hampstead Theatre, London, (CLAIRE ALLFREE)

Sweet Charity

Bill Buckhurst’s revival of the wonderful Cy Coleman musical is a fitting tribute to the peerless playwright Neil Simon, who passed away this week. The story of a New York girl (Rebecca Trehearn) with a massive heart, it boasts Bob Fosse’s fabulously weird choreography and classic songs like Hey Big Spender and The Rhythm Of Life. Until September 22, Nottingham Playhouse, (CLAIRE ALLFREE)