Visit London Blog » snow patrol Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Where To Watch The Olympic Opening Ceremony in London Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:00:56 +0000

Sheep, a huge bell, a miniature Stonehenge, David Beckham and some NHS nurses. This much we know will be in the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday evening. A global audience of four billion people are expected to tune into the show which is called Isles of Wonder, inspired by a line in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Artistic director Danny Boyle has kept most details under wraps, but we can say with certainty that it starts at 9pm, and that you’d be mad not to watch it.

London Live
Friday is the opening night for the Olympic London Live sites at Hyde Park and Victoria Park. In Hyde Park, the ceremony will be shown on screens alongside a celebration concert with acts representing each part of the UK – Snow Patrol from Northern Ireland, Stereophonics for Wales, Duran Duran representing England and Paolo Nutini waving the flag for Scotland. Tickets are £60 and are still available. If you just want to watch the ceremony in a crowd, you can head to the Victoria Park site which is free entry.

Tower of London
If you’re feeling flush, you could pay for an exciting Opening Ceremony dinner at the Tower of London House of Nations for just £139. Hosted by four-time record breaking swimmer and Strictly Come Dancing star, Mark Foster, you’ll enjoy a champagne and Pimm’s reception in the Tower of London’s moat, an exclusive private tour of the Crown Jewels, a delicious three-course meal with all inclusive drinks, footage of the Opening Ceremony and live entertainment.

You can also catch all the Opening Ceremony action at Greenwich Summer Festival’s Gala Weekend. As well as the big screens, there’ll be live entertainment, starting with music on the bandstand at 6pm. Greenwich’s very own Hangar Arts Trust will then perform a cabaret of aerial circus in a high-impact, thrilling show full of beautiful and apparently impossible human feats, before the Opening Ceremony kicks off at 9pm.

General Gordon Square, Woolwich
General Gordon Square in Woolwich is hosting one of two big screens set up by the BBC in London for outdoor summer screenings. It will show the ceremony outside for free in the newly landscaped square, which offers bench seating and food stalls and street performers to get you in the party mood.

Walthamstow Town Square
Another BBC big screen will be beaming the ceremony to Walthamstow Town Square in North London. Seating will be set up so crowds can watch in comfort.

The Broadgate development in the Square Mile is home to some of the world’s biggest companies, and this summer it is also the base for three big screens which will all show the Opening Ceremony. Take your pick from Exchange Square, Broadgate Circle and Finsbury Avenue.

Novikov’s Beach Party at Waterside House
Top Mayfair restaurant Novikov is heading east this Friday to set up an all-day Opening Ceremony beach party – complete with sand and beach loungers – at Waterside House in Royal Victoria Dock. You can watch the show while sipping cocktails and listening to DJ sets. Tickets are £25.

In The Pub
Hundreds of top London pubs will be showing the all action on big screens, so have a look at the watering holes near you. We suggest The Hanbury Arms in Islington, The Lauriston in Hackney, the Water Poet in Spitalfields and the Clapham Grand in Clapham Junction, all of which will be putting on amazing parties.

Where will you be watching? Let us know below.

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Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Duran Duran and Paolo Nutini to Headline Olympic Opening Ceremony Concert Tue, 01 May 2012 09:32:58 +0000

The line-up for London’s Olympic Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert was announced this morning. Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Duran Duran and Paolo Nutini will headline the concert in Hyde Park on 27 July.

As well as seeing some of the UK’s biggest bands on stage, ticket holders will be able to watch live BBC coverage of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony from the Olympic Park on giant screens.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 4 May at 9am.

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Black Watch at the Barbican Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:00:03 +0000 Black Watch was recommended to me by a friend at work, who swore it was the best piece of theatre she had ever seen.

After that bold statement, I couldn’t resist experiencing it for myself.

The Black Watch is an esteemed army infantry battalion from the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Their name allegedly came from the dark tartan they used to wear to watch over the Highlands. This regiment has an important history which is explored through the play. I particularly enjoyed the sequence in which we watched one soldier being dressed and undressed continually by all the other men to display the regiment’s changing uniform over time. It was quite beautiful.

The music that occurs intermittently throughout the show is haunting and moving: various clips of Scottish band Snow Patrol and Michael Nyman as well as authentic regimental songs are cleverly used, interspersed with sounds of mortars, IEDs and C-bombs. Often the men sing enthusiastically along to the tunes, with an endearing pride. The language is crude, even filthy, throughout, and yet it soon feels natural to hear them speaking this way. There is also an element of dance in the production – violence is shown through stylised miming that is quite balletic, a dramatic juxtaposition with the hard army demeanour.

The narrative focuses on the Black Watch’s involvement in Iraq. Jack Lowden is superb as the devoted yet understandably bitter Cammy. Jamie Quinn is sweet playing Fraz, a strangely evocative performance as a less fortunate soldier. The rest of the all-male cast create a powerful and intense piece of theatre.

I forgot these men are actors, I completely believed for the 110 minutes of the play that they were soldiers. The Black Watch is known for its exceptionally strong sense of identity and camaraderie, a mindset that is portrayed immaculately by the lads on stage.

Many nights are already sold out, so be quick about getting your tickets for Black Watch, this is a play not to miss.

Black Watch is at the Barbican Arts Centre until 22 January. Buy Black Watch tickets here

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