Local hero, Skepta tops the bill and other headline acts include Jorja Smith and original Afrobeat pioneer, Femi Kuti from Nigeria. The action is spread over two nights and there will plenty of food stalls, bars and merchandise points on hand should you need a quick meal or a hoodie celebrating your favourite grime star.
Only the top two qualify automatically. The third place is decided via dogfight between four other teams that culminates in a climatic Wembley duel to see who goes up. This year’s contenders have big ambitions and fans of clubs like Leeds Utd will believe that they belong in the top flight. Prepare for war!
The film, which seems to be paving the way for a series of reboots in the coming decade, has smashed all box office records, grossing over a billion dollars worldwide in its first weekend. Although the different narratives can be complex, Marvel productions, which are best appreciated on London’s imax mega screens, can be enjoyed as standalone events. The sheer Hollywood star power on show in these movies is reminiscent of how, over two hours, Harry Potter seemed to showcase the entire British film industry.
Take That can do cheesy. They can also do moody. What they excel at, however, is an unwavering focus on pleasing their fans that rarely exists outside the rarified pressure cabin, inhabited by pure pop acts. It’s a greatest hits tour and that’s what the fans will get. Take That don’t “reimagine” or “reinterpret” their songs. They put them out there in all their bombastic glory. If you want gloomy introspection, go visit the London Dungeon.