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Pick of the week’s top events around the UK

For what it's worth: Liam Gallagher is at Rize PICTURE: REX


Rize Festival

It takes place where the V Festival used to be so Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, James Bay, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Manic Street Preachers should be able to find their way. Whether it’s a rebrand of V or a new thing, there’s no knocking the line-up which is huge and impressive. Until tomorrow, Hylands Park, Chelmsford,

Beautiful Days

With a theme of riot of colour, expect some dazzling displays at this festival where the music — everything from The Hives and The Manics to Suzanne Vega and British Sea Power — shares the limelight with theatre, talks and discussions of the serious matters of the day. All in their brightest outfits! Until Sunday, Escot Park, Devon,

The Great Northern Ska Festival

Start pressing razor-sharp creases into those two-tone trews as the North’s biggest gathering of all things ska-related rides into town (no doubt on a Lambretta). Ali, Astro & Micky of UB40 headline along with Bad Manners and the ever so serious-sounding Manchester Ska Foundation. Tomorrow, Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester,

Glasgow Summer Sessions

As Edinburgh winds up its Summer Sessions, Glasgow kicks in with headliners Kings of Leon, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Kendrick Lamar variously supported by Everything Everything, The Wombats, N.E.R.D. and Bugzy Malone. Pick a date and stick with it. From August 22-29, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow,


The Damned

Spirited: The Damned’s Dave Vanian PICTURE: REDFERNS

Without this lot there would have been no goth rock, but they’re best known for their spearheading of punk, having been the first band of the kind to release a single, 1976’s New Rose. Arguably less punk have been their reformations after numerous breakups, but Dave Vanian and co are still going strong and released new LP Evil Spirits in April. Wednesday, O2 Guildhall, Southampton,, then touring

Paul Weller

He’s released more solo LPs than his two bands combined and his sound has evolved to admit funk, soul-pop and jazz, so the ‘Modfather’ tag doesn’t really apply now. But for many, that’s who he’ll always be. His new album, True Meanings is out on September 14, so expect a taster of that on the first of just two UK, non-festival dates this summer, plus a blast of evergreen Jam hits. Thursday, Barbican, York,


Two shows from Moggers as part of Edinburgh Festival’s Light On The Shore gigs. They’re almost elder statesmen of alt/post-rock, having sculpted their majestic and intensely dramatic sound since 1995. NB: Be prepared to well up (it gets emotional). Wed & Thu, Leith Theatre, Edinburgh,


Southport’s Gomez have staying power. Their line-up hasn’t changed and although their sound may be traditional — indie rock shot through with blues, folk and psychedelia — they were hugely popular in the late ’90s. Their Mercury prize-winning debut LP, Bring It On turns 20 this year and has been reissued, so these shows will be a nostalgia tsunami. Thu, O2 Academy, Oxford,, then touring


Milton Jones

Razor sharp: Milton Jones PICTURE: ALAMY

The classy west London showcase Bush Hall Presents allows the pun maestro with the wild shirts to take centre stage tonight, with help from the equally brilliant Mae Martin, Plebs’s ‘waterboy’ Tom Basden and Jones’s regular Mock The Week cohort Shappi Khorsandi. Expect an evening that’s surreal, smart and chock-full of charm. Tonight, Bush Hall, London,

Benefit in aid of Stroke North East

This mixed bill might lack star power, but it is working for a good cause — proceeds go to help the rehabilitation of stroke survivors. Geordies Mike Milligan and Katherine Tanney will provide the personal candour, while award-winning (and appropriately named) Scottish veteran John Scott will provide the political bite. Monday, The Stand, Newcastle,

Simon Amstell

Until we get his next TV show — come on, we need another Grandma’s House — here’s another round of bleakly gentle candour from this master of self-analysis as he sagely unpicks the things that have kept him in a relationship for seven years. Support comes not from another comedian but from Shock Machine, a solo project of laidback grooves from Mercury-winning ex Klaxon James Righton. Sunday, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London,



Feisty maid: Emilia at The Globe PICTURE: HELEN MURRAY

Emilia Bassano was the first published female poet in the English language — a subversive feminist who liked to remind men they played only one vital role for women and whose debut collection was published in 1611. Naturally, almost no one has ever heard of her. Playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm explores her little-known story. Until Sep 1. Shakespeare’s Globe, London,

The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice

Rafaella Hutchinson has the job of banishing memories of Jane Horrocks in this new production of Jim Cartwright’s classic about a shy Northern lass with a very big voice. Until Sep 15. Park Theatre London,

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

The latest bankable hit from Mischief Theatre (the slapstick mavericks behind the hit farce The Play That Goes Wrong) is, er, a comedy about a bank robbery. A five-star lauded West End staple since 2016, it now embarks on a UK tour, with Birmingham the first stop. From Thursday to Sep 8. Birmingham Rep,


The motives behind the German physicist Werner Heisenberg’s meeting with his Danish colleague and fellow atomic scientist Niels Bohr are explored in Michael Frayn’s classic play, revived here by Michael Blakemore in a production starring the wonderful Charles Edwards and Patricia Hodge. Until Sep 22. Minerva Chichester,


Fowey Royal Regatta and Carnival Week

From giant pasty ceremonies through carnival parades to a whole lot of messing around on the water, there’s no shortage of wonderful activities — crab catching? swimming races? floral dances? — to get stuck into. And fireworks, of course, pictured. From Sunday until August 25, Fowey, Cornwall,

Drag World UK

Fierceness will be in full force at Europe’s largest celebration of drag, with the likes of Tatianna, Jinkx Monsoon and Courtney Act high on heels, while you get to perfect your look at the market or at workshops. *snaps fingers up and down* Tomorrow and Sunday, Olympia, London,

The British Street Food Awards: Welsh Heats

Take a healthy appetite as well as ready cash when you go down to the Welsh heats of the British Street Food Awards. Watch foodies fight it out to the death for their place in the world finals in Berlin while you get to eat the spoils. Tomorrow and Sunday, Milford Waterfront, Milford Haven,


Gender, class, eroticism and everything in between are delved into as the Hayward explores how it’s all evolved from the 1960s. View works by key figures who have explored drag as a political form of rebellion, including Cindy Sherman and Robert Mapplethorpe, alongside portraits by a younger generation of artists who have embraced it as an art form, including Victoria Sin (pictured). Don’t miss this timely show. From Wed until Oct 14, Hayward Gallery,