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Gossip return to London for an intimate date at XOYO in EC2. Beth Ditto and bandmates will be promoting tracks from their latest album, A Joyful Noise (out on 14 May).

03 MAY-12 AUG: The Barbican hosts Bauhaus: Art As Life – a major summer exhibition examining the work of the students of the renowned German arts school, Bauhaus, (not to be confused with the 80s goth rockers of the same name!). The biggest Bauhaus exhibition to be staged

in the UK in over 40 years, it will traces the school’s influence from its Expressionist beginnings to its pioneering model of education and innovation, uniting art and technology. Online tickets £10.

04 APR-12 MAY: Catch the exhibition In

Forward-Reverse, curated by Patrick Michalopoulos, at Hackney Wick’s Schwartz Gallery. It features Joshua Bilton, Jack Brindley, Elena Damiani and Ismail Erbil, among others. The group show seeks to “destabilise the idea of the gallery space.” www.schwartzgallery.

02-03 MAY: New Order bring their inimitable brand of atmospheric synth rock to the O2 Academy Brixton – part of their first UK tour in six years.

04 MAY:

Selfridge’s flies the flag for the Olympic and Jubilee summer with the launch of The Big British Bang – a celebration of all things British featuring exclusive products from a range of leading designers, plus the The Big British Tea Party on the store’s rooftop.

05-13 MAY: Always a great place to get ideas for decorating and design, the annual Grand Designs Live returns to London this month, taking over ExCel at Royal Victoria Dock (E16) for nine days. The show will feature over 500 exhibitors across seven

SUN 06 MAY: The annual Stonewall Equality Walk returns to Brighton, with celebrity walkers Jane Hazlegrove and Harry Derbridge. You can still take part by registering at uk

WED 09 MAY: Garbage are back, with new album Not Your Kind Of People out 14 May, and a one-off date on this evening at the Troxy in Limehouse, east London. www.

SUN 20 MAY: The annual Walk For Life fundraiser for Terrence Higgins Trust takes place today. For full details, including how to take part, go to

22 MAY-09 JUN: Following a run last


Wotever World has a special evening of performances at the Hackney Attic (270 Mare Street, E8 1HE). ‘The Beards & Tongues @ Hackney Attic’ will feature the amazing Dorian Wood (pictured), SEF, Nathaniel Robin Mann and Tabitha Benjamin. Expect avant-garde rock, bluesy soul and folksy singer-songwriting. L.A’s Dorian Wood is a Wotever favourite, and an all-too-rare visitor to thre UK. Doors open 7pm. Check Facebook for more details of this exclusive show (‘The Beards and Tongues @ Hackney Attic’).

year, Sadie Frost is back starring in Zoe Lewis’ one-woman musical show, Touched… Like A Virgin. The comic show explores one woman’s adoration and love for her musical hero, Madonna. Catch it running for three weeks at the Soho Theatre.

30 MAY-12 AUG: Making a return to London for a limited-period is the

classic gay-themed play Torch Song Trilogy (made famous by a film adaptation in the late 80s starring Matthew Broderick and Harvey Fierstein), which explores a gay New Yorker’s search for love and acceptance. This new production has been directed by actor Douglas Hodge. Catch it at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 30 May until 12 August. www.menierchocolate

16-17 MAY:

The Scissors Sisters are back in town! Ahead of the release of their fourth album, Magic Hour (out 28 May), the band take over the Shepherd’s Bush Empire for two intimate gigs. www.scissorsisters. com



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