Events
Thursday Blues Night
The Spotted Dog, Warwick Street, Digbeth, Birmingham
Every Thursday
 Head down to Birmingham's best music pub every Thursday for live blues. Artists include DJs Dave le Moderne and Dylan Gibbons + Guests. 
Doors> 8:00 pm Entry> &Free
Record Shop Day 
95 Berwick Street, W1
T 0207 4401596 recordstoreday.co.uk
 19 Apr
For the seventh celebration of the UK's unique independent stores on April 19th you can expect a blast quirkiness from independently owned record stores across the land as they come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, DJ's, in store quizzes and many other events. Check their website for participating stores.
Door >9 am 
Underbelly Festival Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX, underbelly.co.uk
10 Apr – 13 July
 Look out for an upside down purple cow as you're crossing over the Golden Jubilee footbridge to the Southbank Centre from mid-April. Failing that, just listen out for the belly laughs, and you'll fins your way to London's funniest summer event. The Underbelly is two months of comedy, cabaret and theatre from around the globe. The Comedy club 4 kids is a particular winner for a younger audiences. 
Cbeebies Live!
The Big Band Easter Tour Various Locations, cbeebieslive.com
5 - 19 Apr
 Join the fun and make some music with your favourite CBeebies stars in a brand new show for Easter 2014 - CBeebies Live! The Big Band. Mixing-up this fun filled music led adventure will be Justin Fletcher MBE.Joining Justin on the stage for singing, dancing and hilarious comedy sketches will be some of the biggest stars from Britain’s most popular children’s channel Cbeebies including Mister Maker and gardener extraordinaire, Mr Bloom! in his first ever CBeebies Live! Show.
Entry> £15.20 – £25.10
Easter Fun at the National Football Museum
Eltham Palace and Gardens, London SE9 5QE, T 0161 870 9275  
18 - 21 Apr
They've put together a fantastic free family trail of the museum to help your family make the most of your visit during the Easter holidays. Just pick up one of their special guides at the reception desk. It'll point you in the direction of plenty of footbally fun and a few special surprises along the way.
Insomnia 51 Gaming Festival
Ricoh Arena, Coventry, insomniagamingfestival.com
Book Now
18 - 21 Apr
The UK’s Biggest Gaming Festival is landing. Watch live stage shows, explore our thriving Exhibition Hall, compete in tournaments of all levels, meet special guests, and immerse yourself in a world of activities suitable for gamers of all ages. It’s a celebration of all forms of gaming, right in the heart of Coventry. Plus, don't miss Minecraft gaming zone.
Easter Weekend Charity Canoe Race Devizes
Wiltshire to Westminster Bridge, London,T 0118 966 5912
18 - 21 Apr
Celebrating it 66th anniversary in 2014, the Easter Weekend Charity Canoe Race starts in Devizes on Good Friday and finishes four days later opposite the Houses of Parliament on Easter Monday. Spectators are encouraged to head down to Westminster Bridges on the Easter Bank Holiday Monday to witness the arrival of most of the participants.
 Entry> Free
Easter Fun at Seaton Tramway 
Seaton Tramway, Devon,T 01297 20375, tram.co.uk
18 - 20 Apr
 Easter Family Fun Day plus appearances from Peppa Pig. Children and families can enjoy a tram ride, activities plus there will be the chance to see their favourite character Peppa Pig, who will be appearing at intervals throughout the day. Don't forget to bring your camera.
 Entry> £10
Morning Glory
Oval Space , 29-32 The Oval London, E29DY
T 02070 000 000 ovalspace.co.uk
18 Apr
When is the last time you had a pyjama party, pillow fights, and innocent fun with your homegirls and boys? When was the last time you spent an evening getting to know new people completely sober? When was the last time you let yourself sink into a large cuddle puddle and participated in a human massage train? The fun-drenched, booze-free collective invite you to their slumber party, Morning Gloryville! Put on your Pyjamas and cuddly toys and bring your own Sleeping bag and Pillow,Teddy bear, Gifts and Easter eggs to give to each other
Door> 8 pm Entry >£20 
Fairground
260-264 Kingsland Rd, 260-264 Kingsland Rd, Haggerston, London, E8 4DG, fairgroundlondon.com/
19 Apr-16 Jun
One of the biggest hits in late-night London last year was Street Feast – an open-air food market based in an old Travis Perkins builders yard that packed in 3,000 clued-up munchers a night. Following on from its indoor successor, Hawker House, the latest project of founder Dominic Cools-Lartigue (yes, actual name) is Fairground, based in a rundown building on Kingsland Road. It reflects London’s growing desire for nights out that offer the laidback and diverse thrills of a music festival, and as such it’s planned to be a hub of food, dancing and cultural shenanigans spread over three floors.
Doors>10:00 Entry>£7
Goldfish Live In London
Electric Brixton Town Hall Parade, Brixton, London, SW2 1RJ, T 0 207 274 2290
20 Apr
Multi-instrumentalist electronic wunderkinds Goldfish return to London to perform their explosive live show at the Electric Brixton. Their genre-defying mix of live saxophones, double bass, keyboards and pounding house beats has touched a nerve with audiences across the world, performing everywhere from Ultra Music Festival to Pacha Ibiza.  
The Goldfish Three Second Memory World Tour touches down at the Electric Brixton Sunday 20 April (Bank Holiday Weekend)
Doors> 10pm Entry> £15
 
Life Drawing               
LEAF, 65-67 BOLD STREET, LIVERPOOL, L1 4EZ, W thisisleaf.co.uk
13&27Apr
A mini holiday for the creative mind – equipping you with a variety of art materials and challenging the typical conceptions of Model Drawing, all levels are welcome. Guidance provided.
Follow the cohorts of Liverpool Life Drawing on Tumblr: lifedrawingliverpool.tumblr.com
Doors> 7pm Entry>£9
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB
T 0844 800 1110, shakespearesbirthday.org.uk
23 -26 April
 The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday this year with a spectacular firework display on April 23rd on Shakespeare’s actual birthday. Later that week, on Saturday 26 April and as part of Stratford-upon-Avon’s weekend-long annual Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations, the RSC will also offer a range of free family theatre activities. There will also be family craft sessions available. 
The Phantom of the Opera
Her Majesty's Theatre, 57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL, T 0844 482 9672,  reallyuseful.com
Till 26 Apr
This is the most successful entertainment event of all time. Phantom is title song have a black hole-like immensity, sucking you in with sheer juggernaut bombast. It’s totally OTT – in one scene the Phantom zaps at his nemesis Raul with a staff that fires actual fireballs – and very romantic.
Doors>19:30 Entry>£20-£95
Urinetown – The Musical
St James Theatre, 12 Palace St, London SW1E 5JA, stjamestheatre.co.uk
Til 3 May
In a city of the future that has been inflicted with a terrible drought, business tycoon Caldwell B. Cladwell has made his fortune through bribery and the monopolisation of all public toilets...This is the set for the infamous Urinetown, which has been hailed by critics as one of the more unusual but brilliant shows. Directed by Olivier Award-winner Jamie Lloyd and designer Soutra Gilmour, this promises to be THE stand out musical opening in London.
Blithe Spirit
Gielgud Theatre, 35 Shaftesbury Ave, London, W1D 6AR, T 844 482 5130, theatrepeople.com/Gielgud-Theatre
Till 7 Jun
Whilst researching the occult for his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. As she is consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles' dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much - to the consternation of Charles' new wife Ruth. One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air - who will win in Coward's unworldly comedy?
Doors> 7:30 Entry> £41.75
The Lion King
Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St, London, WC2E 7RQ, T 0844 871 3000, lyceumtheatrelondon.com
Till 20 Jul  
For a global blockbuster, 'The Lion King's absolute theatricality is astonishing. Techniques from all over the world – African masks, Japanese Kabuki costumes, Malaysian shadow puppetry – are smashed together in an explosion of spectacle. It's perfect for a musical, allowing both distinct flavours and an eclectic carnival spirit. It's a cacophonous cavalcade that genuinely stops you breathing.
Doors>19:30 Entry>£25
I Can't Sing
London Palladium, Argyll St, London W1F 7TF, UK, T 844 412 4655, londontheatredirect.com/Palladium
Till 25 Oct
Irreverent, mischievous, packed full of side splittingly funny songs and eye popping sets, I CAN’T SING! is the irrepressible new musical comedy that goes behind the microphones and under the judges’ desks to reveal big bust ups, huge voices and the cutest young love story the West End has ever seen.
Entry> £20
Billy Elliot the Musical
Victoria Palace Theatre, 126 Victoria St, London, SW1E 5EA, T 020 7907 7071,  victoriapalacetheatre.co.uk
Till 16 May’15
This Musical continues to mark itself out as one of the best nights in town. By taking the miners' strike as the backdrop to Billy's tale, he taps into a period of history that powerfully resonates as the last great iconic clash between left and right in British politics.
Doors>19:30 Entry>£19.50 
Aston Villa Festival Kit Launch
The Villa Park Store, 218 Witton Ln, Birmingham B6 6HT 44 800 612 0960 avfc.co.uk
Book Now
15- 16 Jun
Want an amazing way to spend Fathers Day? Try live music, food and drink, football and fun for the Kids for size. Aston Villa FC has announced that on this Years Fathers Day Weekend they will be hosting their very own Music Festival alongside the launch of their new Kit. In the planning we can look forward to 16 live, local music acts who will be playing original music across the two day period. Additional attractions will include fairground rides, inflatable games ( there may be a cost for these) football activities, stadium tours and a food and drink court.
Entry> free

 

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