How time flies! And so, another year approaches and we’re left feeling like we didn’t even register the last one. Although 2013 won’t include as many bank holidays, jubilees boat parades or a summer of sport quite like this one, it still has a heavy helping of festivals, exhibitions and movie releases that we’re sure will more than make up for it! To ensure you don’t miss out, we’ve scoured our sources and come up with a list of the events that you don’t want to miss. So snap up your tickets, place your reservations and get prepared for another year of fun!
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
The man who brought the Benday dot to the masses gets his much deserved retrospective. The seminal pop artist’s show has already stopped off in Chicago and Washington to grand reviews and now it’s headed to London’s Tate Modern. If ever there was an artist that was supremely cool, commercial and mightly talented it would be this guy. Feel like your inside a comic book and dream you could hang one on your bedroom wall.
London Fashion Week
15th – 19th February
We may be biased but the NEWGEN talent this year is especially exceptional and we just can’t wait to see what will come from all the amazing young talent at London Fashion Week. Whether it’s Simone Rocha, Marques Almeida or, the designer close to our hearts, J.W.Anderson, we can bet there will be plenty to talk about and plenty to see!
Shake Shack comes to London
Sometime mid 2013
One of our favourite places to eat in New York City is opening its doors in London. Resident of Manhattan’s Bryant Park Shake Shack is know for its mouthwatering burgers, fries and frozen custard that draw lines around the block. Trust us, with these sweet treats you’ll be joining the queue when it makes its way across the pond.
The Beagle Opens
The amazing gastronomic team behind Seafood Shack and Bonnie Gull (YUM!) are launching a bar/restaurant/coffee shop under the arches of Hoxton Station. Even more exciting is that it will be headed up by Chef James Ferguson from Rochelle Canteen. We predict smashing seasonal British cooking and delicious aperitifs.
The Great Gatsby
Ok, so we’ve been harping on about it for ages but IT’S NEARLY HERE! Our much loved Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, etc) is behind the much-hyped film that not only features our favourite Leo DiCaprio (don’t pretend you forgot about him) but has the pixie Carey Mulligan donned in Prada for the entire film. Did we mention it’s in 3D, also stars Isla Fisher and looks like it will be pure decadence. We just can’t wait any longer!
We’re usually tired of remakes but when it’s one of our favourite horror films of all time and starring our 2012 girl crush Chloe Moretz, we’re happy to revisit. We’re hoping for more fake blood, high school drama and awaiting with baited breathe Julianne Moore turn as Carrie’s psychotic mum, Margaret White.
The ethereal ambient band from Iceland have been a constant on our Spotify playlist all year long and finally, the time has come when they’ll be hitting a London stage near you! We’ll be at the back, swaying in time and crying our eyes out.
Kraftwerk at the Tate
Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have caused a ruckus with their 8 show performance at London’s Tate Modern Turbine Hall. The minimal German group will take over the iconic hall for 8 performances, each dedicated to a different album and there’s no doubt these guys will have something very special up their sleeves. The website crashed before the tickets even went live but if you’re one of the very lucky few who managed to get their hands on them you’re truly in for a treat!
David Bowie is…
March 23rd – July 28th
You thought the V&A couldn’t get any cooler. But with an exhibition dedicated to David Bowie’s style it has really surpassed all expectations. Whether it’s his Thin White Duke or Ziggy Stardust here’s a musician braver than Lady Gaga when it comes to dressing. We’re anticipating another three hours stint in these galleries glued to the above Kabuki stage costume!
The Book of Mormon
South Park meets Avenue Q meets Mormonism! The New York Post reported the audience sore from laughing so hard after seeing the Broadway production and the New York Times declared it a ‘miracle.’ Unsurprisingly tickets are selling like hot cakes and it’s predicted to be one of the only musical theatre productions you can actually take musical haters too!
Sam Mendes directs Roald Dahl’s iconic book. What more is there to say? If it’s even a patch on the epic Matilda, we’ll be there when the doors first open. But who will play the seminal role of Mr Wonka?
Are you attending any of the above events or are you looking forward to something else? Tell us what you’re excited about in 2013!