Must See Monday – Events of the Month: June 2016

30th June 2016

Must See Monday

This months Must See Monday looks ahead to 70’s music legends, Summer Festivals and Comedy spectaculars:

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What: The Alternative Comedy Trio // Where: The Lantern // When: Thursday 2nd June (8pm)  // Cost: £18.81
imageresizerThe Alternative Comedy Trio is a compilation of three of the most established, exciting, leftfield comedians in the country. All three – Kevin Eldon, Josie Long and Simon Munnery – are star names in their own right, and this summer they take to the road on tour together.

Kevin Eldon is the star of BBC2’s It’s Kevin and Radio 4’s Kevin Eldon Will See You Now and has delivered stand-out performances in nearly every major British comedy television series of the last twenty years.

Josie Long is a triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, a star of several Radio 4 series, a Guardian columnist and a pioneering, comic force for optimism and social change.

Simon Munnery is a multi award-winning, serial innovator and perennial figurehead of innovation in comedy over the last thirty years. He’s a star of numerous Radio 4 series, a true comedians’ comedian and has toured stages all over the world.

To find out more click here.

What: Silver and Gould // Where: The Wardrobe Theatre // When: Fri 3rd June (8pm) // Cost: £8
imageresizer-1Step up to the oche and hit the bullseye! Substance & Shadow Theatre return to the Wardrobe Theatre this June with a new original work: Silver & Gould, taking audiences back to the decade where Sunday tea times just weren’t the same without a ‘bit of Bully’.

This fast-paced comedy follows the fortunes of mismatched cousins, Leonard ‘Len’ Silver and Melvyn Gould, who are reunited after the sudden death of Len’s mum. Left out of his mother’s will and living in the back of his car; Len finds that desperate times call for desperate measures.

Over a game of arrows at the wake, Len realises Melvyn is something of a ‘hot shot’ and hatches a plan to get them on classic TV show, Bullseye. Fame and fortune could be Len’s if he can convince Melvyn to take him on the show as the brains of the operation, but Melvyn has plans of his own for wooing Shirley, the local barmaid.

After some careful ‘persuasion’ by Len, the dream team of Silver and Gould get their chance on TV, but can they hit the bullseye and scoop the star prize, or will they checkout with just BFH – bus fare home? Everything hangs on the throw of a dart…

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What: Television // Where: Anson Rooms // When: Mon 6th Jun (7pm) // Cost: £22.50
74d083a2560163f6cb94a7ceb38e85c2Television were one of the most innovative bands to emerge from New York’s underground scene of the mid-70s, creating an influential new guitar vocabulary. Guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd didn’t quite follow the accepted rock structures for improvisation – they removed the blues while retaining the raw energy of garage rock, adding complex, lyrical solo lines that recalled both jazz and rock. With its angular rhythms and fluid leads, Television’s music always went in unconventional directions, laying the groundwork for many of the guitar-based post-punk pop groups of the late ’70s and ’80s.

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What: Bristol Shakespeare Festival // Where: Various // When: Weds 8th Jun to Fri 29th Jul // Cost: Various
BSF-FINAL-HEADERThe Bristol Shakespeare Festival running since 2004 is passionate about bringing the freshest, most exciting productions of Shakespeare’s plays to some of Bristol’s most beautiful and unusual spaces every summer during the month of July. In previous years the very best national touring companies, including The Lord Chamberlain’s Men and Shakespeare’s Globe, have taken part alongside other exceptional companies, schools, youth groups, special educational needs and disability arts groups.

To find out more click here.


What: King Lear // Where: Bristol Old Vic // When: Sat 18th – Sun 10th Jul (7pm) // Cost: £32

Three daughters are asked to compete for the wealth of their father, a King made weary by age and on the edge of breakdown. Defeated by his own arrogance and baffled by his daughters’ inflated praise, Lear’s sanity begins to slide until he is left in a mental wilderness accompanied only by his faithful fool. In this powerful examination of inter-generational conflict, Lear’s position of authority as both a ruler and a father disintegrates as his mind betrays him.

British theatre legend Timothy West plays Lear in Tom Morris’ production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy with Stephanie Cole (Open All Hours) and David Hargreaves (The Crucible) alongside the stars of tomorrow from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

This production marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and celebrates Bristol Old Vic’s 250th anniversary and the Theatre School’s 70th anniversary.

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What: Discussion event: A City without Artists // Where: Spike Island // When: Sat 18th Jun (3-5pm) // Cost: Free
‘What would a city without artists look like?’. This discussion event on the closing weekend of Artspace’s 40th anniversary exhibition addresses the future of studio provision in Britain.

Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To celebrate Artspace’s 40th anniversary, Spike Island presents an archival display, film and discussion event. Artspace was founded in the mid-1970s by a group of painters, sculptors and printmakers who sought out and administered affordable studio spaces for artists in Bristol. Working co-operatively, the collective was able to reduce costs by sharing space and equipment, and securing discounts through bulk purchasing art materials. 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the initial lease of Artspace’s first home, the McArthur’s Warehouse on the Harbourside.

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What: Bristol Summer Series 2016  // Where: Lloyds Amphitheatre // When: Weds 22nd – Sat 25th Jun (7pm) // Cost: Various

Bristol Summer Series will return to Bristol’s Harbourside from 22nd to 25th June 2016 with a series of concerts headlined by James Bay, Sigur Rós, The Last Shadow Puppets and Catfish and the Bottlemen.

The concert series will get underway on Wednesday 22nd June with 2016 British Solo Male Artist BRIT Award winner James Bay who will be followed the next night by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. With an ethereal set this will be their return to Bristol after nine years.  

The Last Shadow Puppets, featuring Miles Kane (The Rascals) and Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) will be heard across the amphitheatre on midsummer’s eve, Friday 24th June. This will be their first show in Bristol and one of very few in the UK this year, following the release of their upcoming new album Everything You’ve Come to Expect in April.

Catfish and the Bottlemen, 2016 British Breakthrough Act BRIT Award winners, will play on Saturday 25th June.

The four concerts will see over 20,000 fans enjoying live sets on a spectacular stage on Bristol’s Harbourside. Last year’s Summer Series saw George Ezra and the Kaiser Chiefs playing to sold-out crowds of 5,000 on Wednesday and Thursday, while more than 4,000 people turned out to see blues guitarist Seasick Steve.

James Bay will be supported by JOSEPH, a group of three sisters from the Pacific Northwest who are quickly gaining a reputation as a force of nature with their pastoral acoustic music and three-part harmonies. James Canty will support Sigur Rós and Ivor Novello and Brit award winning rock star Gaz Coombes will support The Last Shadow Puppets. 

Ticket options include a VIP experience with access to an exclusive viewing platform, VIP bar area and dining packages with local restaurants.

To find out more click here.

What: North Street Fair // Where: Bedminister // When: Sat 25th Jun (10am-5pm) // Cost: Free
north-street-fair-1445351501North Street fair has become a fixture on the South Bristol calendar. Over 40 stalls, music, dancing, great food, face painting,mini fairground ride and a chance to browse the independent shops in the street make this a fantastic day for all ages.

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What: Bristol Comedy Garden 2016  // Where: Queens Square // When: Tue 28th – Sun 3rd Jul (7pm) // Cost: Various
88a669ca9ddfc7759b2f69d9c2bbd12f353010f6The mighty Bristol Comedy Garden returns this June with yet another quality crop of comedians and once again Queen Square, in the heart of the city, will be transformed into a comedy wonderland complete with legendary line-ups in the Big Top and Apple Top venues.

The fifth edition of the Comedy Garden is set to be the best yet with a line-up that includes names such as Stewart Lee, Katherine Ryan, Reginald D Hunter, Al Murray, Adam Buxton, Rob Delaney, Sara Pascoe, and Jason Byrne.

The South West’s brightest comedy festival will be bursting with bars, live music, gourmet street food and lots more. Get your tickets now and arrive early to make the most of this year’s blooming brilliant Bristol Comedy Garden!

To find out more click here.

What: Into the West // WhereTobacco Factory // When: Weds 29th Jun – Sun 17th Jul // Cost: £13/£9/
Into-The-West-final-square-0021-940x470Bristol favourites, and our long-time friends, Travelling Light, join us this summer with their multi-award-winning tale of two Traveller children on a wild ride across Ireland.

Imagine a glorious white horse comes out of a sea-mist and into your troubled life. Imagine trying to keep her on the 14th floor of a Dublin tower block. Now imagine the police are after you, and your only escape is to ride into the west…

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this much-loved play, Travelling Light are bringing to a new generation of audiences their internationally-acclaimed story of grit and magic, love and loss, hope and discovery.

To find out more click here.

Kevin McGough