There’s no need to be in a February funk when there’s an array of culture and entertainment events happening across the capital, from concerts, exhibitions, to new theatre productions and festivals. Check out this month’s event guide.
An Evening With Floacist and Friends, 20th February, Brooklyn Bowl
Fresh from sell out shows following her Reunion Tour with band mate Marsha Ambrosius, spoken word poet The Floacist, invites us all to celebrate her birthday at The Brooklyn Bowl on 20th February. The star will be joined onstage with some of her fellow-artist friends including Terri Walker, Cherri V, Misha B and Kele Le Rock plus many others. Tickets are priced from £20, visit here for details.
The Maids – 20th February – 21st May, Trafalgar Studios
Back by popular demand, the provocative and irreverent play, The Maids, will be making its way to Trafalgar Studios from 20th February to 21st May. Starring Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton and Laura Carmichael, the production is a modern adaptation of the Jean Genet masterpiece telling the story of two maids who fantasise about killing their employer, playing out their sinister plans as they plan her death. With such a powerhouse cast we definitely look forward to seeing Jamie Lloyd’s interpretation of this tense psychological play. Tickets are priced from £29.50, visit here for bookings.
Fun DMC – 21st February, Royal Festival Hall
Throw your hands in the air if you love hip-hop. Now keep them up if you are are parent. Although the two necessarily don’t seem to go hand in hand, some genius folk have decided to create an event where parents can saddle up their offspring(s) and head to the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank during half term for a hip-hop inspired party called FUN DMC (ha, what a genius name). The day will consist of three hours of non-stop profanity-free hip-hop jams, disco classics and block party anthems that will ensure you have an afternoon of family memories, and no doubt some knackered kids at the end of the evening.Entry is free, visit here for further information.
Soul II Soul – 21st Feb, Brighton Dome
A happy face, a thumpin’ bass, for a lovin’ race‘ is still the mantra of Soul II Soul nearly 30 years after they exploded onto the musical landscape with the iconic Club Classics Volume One album. On February 21st the collective are set to perform at the Brighton Dome for a one night stint. Expect all the classics such as Back To Life and Keep On Moving orchestrated by frontman Jazzie B, with the vocal powerhouse that is Caron Wheeler on lead vocals. Click here for details
En Vogue – 1st March, Indigo 2
Although they’ve gone from a quartet to a trio, R&B luminaries En Vogue are still going strong on the touring circuit. With Cindy Heron and Terri Ellis sharing lead vocals and newcomer Rhona Bennett assisting on those unmistakable harmonies, fans of this trailblazing outfit are in for a treat as they take over the IndigO2 for one night. Click here for further info.
In Celebration of My Sisters – 4th – 5th March
On March 4th and 5th the 20th anniversary edition of In Celebration of My Sisters will take place in Luton and London respectively. Highlights will include an appearance from Terry McMilian who will be reading extracts from her new novel, music from the Queens of Lovers Rock including Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson, special performances from Jennifer Phillips and Floetic Lara, comedy from Felicity Ethnic and Maureen Younger, plus appearances from Angie Le Mar, Brenda Emmanus and Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE. For tickets visit here.
Muhammad Ali ‘I Am The Greatest’ exhibition at The O2 – 4th March – 31st August
The life and legacy of Muhammad Ali will be honoured at The O2 in a spectacular exhibition which commences in March. One of the most iconic sporting figures the world has ever seen, visitors can expect an up close and personal window into the life of the outspoken and charismatic boxing legend. The display contains treasured items such as the Olympic Torch from the games in Rome as well as a signed pair of boxing gloves from Ali to Elvis. Tickets are priced from £9-£18 plus service charge, visit here for further details.