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Weekend: Metro picks out bank holiday highlights for all the family

Radical Sounds

Salford’s Working Class Movement Library presents an evening of (online) music and readings curated by actor Maxine Peake, featuring sounds from quirky synth-trio Eccentronic Research Council (featuring Maxine), Sheffield’s nerd-disco trio International Teachers of Pop, Peckham post-punkers Goat Girl (pictured above) and more, with readings of celebrated radical texts by local actors including Christopher Eccleston, Carla Henry and Kris Hitchen. Mon,

London Mural Festival

If you’ve felt tentative about going into town, the first London Mural Festival could be the perfect enticement, showcasing more than 50 giant artworks from artists including celebrated French designer Camile Walala, whose bright, uplifting patterns will grace two locations. LMF culminates with a mega paint-jam featuring 100 artists doing their thing on a 500metre hoarding in early October. Who doesn’t need a blast of eye-catching art in the concrete jungle? Tue to Oct 4, various locations,

Wembley Park Art Trail

There’s more outdoor art to savour as Wembley Park launches a brand spanking new art trail, featuring 14 installations by artists including Louisa Smurthwaithe -whose work features red telephone boxes and Brent celebrities George Michael and Twiggy — a special commission from street artist Pref, as part of London Mural Festival, and Frank Styles’ One In Four (above). Download the map, follow the trail in and around Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena, with QR codes on each installation revealing more about the work and artist. From Tuesday, Wembley Park,

SW4 Live

The August Bank Holiday weekend without epic dance music blowout SW4 feels strange, so the festival is filling the gap for its legions of fans by streaming 30 hours of DJ sets, recorded live from down the road at the Electric Brixton. It’s all raising money for mental health charity Mind UK, and the line-up includes bass monster Holy Goof, legends Fabio & Grooverider revisiting rave’s early 1990s heyday, psytrance superstars Infected Mushroom, grime MC Ghetts (above) and some special guests. Tonight to Sunday,

Reading & Leeds Fest BBC Weekend

The rites of passage festival Reading And Leeds is joining forces with BBC Music this weekend to revisit glorious, landmark performances and moments from previous years. Tonight BBC4 shows highlights from the Foo Fighters’ 2019 headline set (above) with sets from Billie Elish, Charlie XCX, Muse, The 1975 and Radiohead available on the iPlayer. Meanwhile, Radio 1’s Rock Show is dedicated to giants of rock who have performed at the festival, and 1Xtra will air live tracks by AJ Tracey, J Hus and Wizkid. Whether it’s rock, pop or grime, there’s music, magic and mayhem galore. Tonight to Sunday,

New Normal Festival

In a quiet corner of south-west London, the walled courtyard of Grade II-listed Royal Victoria Patriotic Building has been hosting distanced performances of theatre, music and comedy, which come to an end this weekend. Highlights include film-inspired improv comedy show Mischief Movie Night (above) and a live recording of comedian Deborah Frances-White’s phenomenally successful podcast, The Guilty Feminist, with guests discussing feminism and their foibles. Until Mon, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building,

Bongo’s Bingo Outdoors

The wacky bingo phenomenon is taking to the great outdoors, with its trademark chaotic mix of bingo, banging tunes, absurd audience challenges and ludicrous special prizes.

Larger-than-life host MC and DJ Johnny Bongo leads the merry dance in two socially distanced, outdoor locations in Norwich and Newcastle this weekend. Tomorrow, Norwich Showground; Sunday, Virgin Unity Money Arena, Newcastle;

Homemade Towersey Festival

Towersey Festival marked 55 years in 2019 and has grown from a folk and world music festival to encompass the arts and a family-friendly vibe. This year it’s going online with a one-day special edition with headliners Kate Rusby and Newton Faulkner (above). You’ll also find ceilidhs, choir singalongs, tai chi and yoga classes, as well as knit and natter. There’s plenty for kids, too, such as circus skills and a lantern procession to join in with at home. Tomorrow,

Heavy Music Awards

Metalheads rejoice as the fourth Heavy Music Awards is taking place online. Kerrang! Radio’s Sophie K and Jon Mahon are hosting the awards, which will feature live performances from The Hunna, UK metal stalwarts Heart Of A Coward, emerging Cardiff quartet Holding Absence, and Wargasm (above). Tune in via Twitch. Thursday,