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More Reasons To Be In London This Summer

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Whether you’re into sports or not, there’s so much going on in London this summer. Come for the Olympics and enjoy everything else that the Cultural Olympiad has to offer. So, here’s where you’ll find me this summer in London:

The Brown Bomber, 21/22 June. I really want to see this – a new jazz dance suite from the fabulous Julian Joseph. Apparently all about a boxing battle in 1938, but so much more behind the story.

Tim Minchin – Eden Project Comedy, 23 June. If I can get down to Cornwall, this promises to be bonkers comedy.

BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, 23/24 June. Jay-Z, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Plan B, Florence and the Machine. Say no more.

• Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee, 25 June to 7 July. At some point, everyone will get to see Damon A in London this summer. This is the London premiere of his opera!

The BBC Symphony Orchestra – Urban Classic, 5 July. Bear with me on this one. Fazer, Ms Dynamite, Devlin, Skepta and one of our best classical orchestra will be breaking down genre barriers.

• BBC Proms are part of the London 2012 Festival – lots to see and hear through the whole summer from 13 July to the famous Last Night on 8 September.

• Rhythms of the World, 14/15 July. Fortunately, I can take a weekend out of the Olympic themed events for a secret joy of my own. A weekend of music from around the world, with some awesome acts, in a lovely, rural setting.

• BT River of Music, 21/22 July. A whole fleet of stages is going to be set up along the River Thames, with artists from around the world, it will also showcase performances by young people and specially-produced collaborations. Artists include Scissor Sisters, The Noisettes and the gorgeous Wynton Marsalis.

Torch relay concerts. It’ll be hard to get to them all: they’re across the UK in Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and Birmingham, with a finale concert on 26 July. Various artists at the gigs include Emeli Sande, Dizzee Rascal, The Wanted and Mark Ronson.

• And, of course, not forgetting the Olympics opening and closing celebration concerts, 27 July and 12 August. Blur, Specials, New Order and more acts to be announced.

Better start preparing for a seriously cultural, amazingly fun couple of months.