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Weekend Extra: Open-air and online festivals coming up

Glow on: Bristol’s flagship balloon fiesta will take the form of a ‘virtual nightglow this year’. Below: Ed Harcourt, Jimmy Carr and Sara Pascoe

Virtual Balloon

Fiesta Night Glow The largest hot air balloon meet in Europe, Bristol Balloon Fiesta, was scheduled for this weekend and although it’s not happening, the fiesta will be bringing awe and wonder – albeit in virtual form – to Bristol with its flagship Night Glow event, featuring a dozen glowing hot air balloons for a magical, choreographed show, incorporating special effects and dazzling lights. Tune in via Facebook, Twitter or Insta. Sat, 9pm,

Picnic at the Palace

The magnificent grounds of Blenheim Palace play host to a socially-distanced festival. Order a deluxe picnic, sip on cocktails and ease into your deckchair for some live music and comedy. Tonight, there’s stand-up with Phil Wang and Harriet Kemsley, and this weekend’s music programme includes Mercury-nominated singer /songwriter Ed Harcourt (above, tomorrow), folk-pop star Sam Brookes and White Tail Falls (Sat) and Fairport Convention’s Ric Sanders and Brit bluesman Errol Linton (Sun). It sounds like the perfect, gentle and refined reintroduction to live music in the open air. Until August 16,

Björk Orkestral: Live From Reykjavík

Visionary musician and artist Bjork is performing four matinee shows of orchestral arrangements of her music with a 100-strong orchestra, which are being streamed live to raise money for women’s charities around the world. Each show covers a different part of Bjork’s discography and feature musicians she worked with when recording the original tracks, including members of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, flute septet Viibra, Hamrahlíð Choir, and special guests. It promises to be sensual and spectacular, big time. Aug 9, 15, 23, 29,

The Warren Outdoors

The Warren usually pops up during Brighton Fringe but can be found setting up shop on the seaside town’s pebbly seafront – next to the pier – for a late summer season of outdoor theatre, comedy and family shows. This weekend’s highlights include Krater Comedy Club with Angela Barnes and Hal Cruttenden (Sat), Jimmy Carr (Sun), and three-man physical theatre and clowning show Privates: A Sperm Odyssey (until Aug 23), plus a range of kids’ shows. Until September 27,

Edinburgh Festival

The physical festival may have been cancelled but there’s a huge amount happening online, from the ingenious Shedinburgh Festival – with the likes of Mark Thomas and Sara Pascoe performing shows streamed live from a shed in Edinburgh. The International Festival has high-class, closed-door concerts and specially commissioned plays that will be streamed online. The Fringe, meanwhile, has hundreds of live streamed shows — including spoken word, cabaret, theatre, comedy, dance and physical,,


Underbelly’s StreetEat is a socially distanced street food pop-up taking place on the South Bank (Gabriel’s Wharf) and Wimbledon Park and, as of tomorrow, Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets. Expect a mix of independent street food traders, well-run bars, and performances from DJs, cabaret acts, singers and bands. All of the locations are free entry and this weekend at Victoria Park there’s vintage Parisian jazz from Garance Louis & the Mademoiselle Loulou Orchestra.