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Weekend: Pick of the week

Top boy: Stormzy
headlines Glastonbury’s
Pyramid Stage tonight

FESTIVALS

Glastonbury

Yep… we know it’s started. No doubt campers will be hoping for no mud and looking forward to the highlights. For many, that’ll be Stormzy tonight with The Killers tomorrow. Kylie takes the Sunday ‘legends’ slot, but later those watching from home can feel smug. We won’t have to choose between The Cure and Christine And The Queens — we get to see both. Thank you, BBC. Until Sunday, Worthy Farm, Pilton, glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Barn On The Farm

The big players arrive over the weekend — we’re talking Lewis Capaldi, Sam Fender and Gabrielle Aplin — but Thursday isn’t to be missed, either, with Clean Cut Kid and a secret headliner. Oooh. Thursday to Sunday, Over Farm, Gloucester, barnonthefarm.co.uk

Community

A cool alert will be going out when The Kooks, Blossoms, Don Broco, The Hunna, Kate Nash, Gerry Cinnamon and more gather together. Don’t miss out. Sunday, Finsbury Park, London, communityfestival.london

Stone Valley Festival North

This festival has always been famous for its friendliness. Joining in that vibe will be The Undertones, The Selecter, The Neville Staple Band, Bad Manners and Mike Joyce of The Smiths on the decks. Today and tomorrow, The Castle Park, Stanhope, stonevalleyfestival.co.uk

Garage Nation Outdoor Festival

It sold out last year and this year there’s DJ Luck, Romeo & Lisa Maffia, Artful Dodger, Oxide & Neutrino… the tip of a huge garage iceberg. Tomorrow, Hainault Forest Country Park, Greater London, garagenationfestival.com

Let’s Rock Exeter

And the Let’s Rock juggernaut continues with The Human League, Billy Ocean, Belinda Carlisle (above), Hot Chocolate and Nik Kershaw. Tomorrow, Powderham Castle, Exeter, letsrockexeter.com

COMEDY

Michael Palin: Erebus, Python And Other Stories

Britain’s most amenable comedian/globetrotter is on the road again, bringing to life his new book about the mystery of HMS Erebus, which was lost in the Arctic in the mid-1800s, and weaving in Monty Python, Ripping Yarns and travel tales along the way. As usual, expect raconteuring of the highest order. Tonight and tomorrow, The Lowry: Lyric Theatre, Salford, themichaelpalin.com

Neil Hamburger

Australian-born comic Gregg Turkington returns with his enduring alter ego, throwing more un-PC shade on to life, the universe and the celebrities he can’t stand. His Soho Theatre run of No One Loves A Hater ends this weekend. Tonight and tomorrow, Soho Theatre, London, sohotheatre.com

EVENTS

Made In Leeds

It’s an electronic music extravaganza as five club brands —Federation, Sic, Fibre, Casa Loco and One Religion — take over 18th-century Thwaite Mills for an all-dayer with an open-air stage, woodland arena and two canal-side stages, and DJs including Marc Leaf, Jamie Duggan, Dale Castell, Rob Tissera and Black & Watky. Tomorrow, Thwaite Mills, madeinleedsfestival.com

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

Kensington’s Exhibition Road evokes the spirit of 1851’s Great Exhibition as its famous residents, including the V&A, Science Museum, National History Museum, Imperial College, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Geographic Society, host a weekend of talks (for example Lord Winston, below, from Imperial College talks about where art and science collide). There’s workshops, demos, installations and art including music with The Ayoub Sisters and The Leo Twins. Until Sunday, great exhibitionroadfestival.co.uk

THEATRE

Manchester International Festival

Top drawer: Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah

Manchester’s biennial smorgasbord of new work returns with 12 days worth of headline-grabbing multi-disciplinary performance. Highlights include new commissions from Idris Elba with Kwame Kwei-Armah, and 59 Productions, a David Lynch-inspired season at Home arts centre and Maxine Peake in a new piece about singer Nico. Plus, Londoners, it’s only two hours by train. Thursday to July 21, various venues Manchester, mif.co.uk

Noises Off

Perhaps the best play about putting on a play: Michael Frayn’s fabulously funny backstage farce returns to the theatre where it premiered nearly 40 years ago, starring Meera Syal and Daniel Rigby, right. Until July 27, Lyric Theatre, London, lyric.co.uk

MUSIC

John Newman

Getting up close: John Newman

The Yorkshire singer and songwriter, whose first big hit came in 2012 with Rudimental’s Feel The Love, has had a rough time of it health-wise lately, but is now launching his Out Of The Blue tour, playing ‘real, honest, close-up gigs’ in intimate venues. Sunday, The Crescent, York, and touring, johnnewman.co.uk

Ministry

Al Jourgensen has led these industrial music pioneers for over 35 years and revamped the lineup in 2017 after the death of guitarist Mike Scaccia. Here they promote latest LP AmeriKKKant, inspired by the state of their country’s socio-political landscape. Tuesday, SWX, Bristol and touring, ministryband.com