It's Fridaaaaaaay! And while many of us might be heading to Parklife to and Field Day to soak up the great music and sun chine *cough* thunder storms *cough* - there's a lot more on over the next couple of days than just festivals. Here are 10 ideas for things to do this weekend...
1. Watch True Detective
Serious TV sensation of the year makes it to DVD release. Eight-episode, dual narrative Southern drama. Proof positive of Matthew McConaughey's mumbly McConnaissance. Not many women involved. Out Monday.
2. Remember Pulp
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets is an affectionate documentary tribute to the Britpop legends as they play a reunion concert in their home city. Beguiled by Sheffield as much as by the band, it’s a deft, funny examination of what makes Jarvis and cohorts tick. Out Friday, with a live satellite Q&A with the band in cinemas nationwide on Saturday.
3. Listen to Kasabian - 48:13
These Glastonbury highlights get the record out in hot anticipation of their first headline slot. Fronted by the one who looks like a hot plumber and the one who looks like a hot Italian waiter, there’s something for almost everyone across the aesthetics of Leicester’s limited stadium rock spectrum.
4. Listen to Dolly Parton's - Blue Smoke
A pre-Glastonbury return to bluegrass roots for the rhinestoned, lacquered, ash-blonde queen of country pizzazz. Upside: contains brand- new duet with Islands In The Stream co-star Kenny Rogers. Downside: also contains Dolly-fied Bon Jovi cover.
5. Read My Salinger Year
Joanna Rakoff’s coming-of-age memoir about being a literary office girl with dreams of making her own way to print in pre-digital, late ’90s NewYork. Think of her as the even more bookish Lena Dunham, witha bit of Mad Men claustrophobia thrown in on this mid-brow page-turner.
6. Book for Festival Number 6
Charming boutique festival for mid-life ravers, now into its third year, with best headline acts yet: Beck, London Grammar and Pet Shop Boys, all in the delightful North Wales setting of Portmeirion.
7. Don't miss 22 Jump Street
21 Jump Street was a gleefully silly vehicle for the charms of its stars ChanningTatum and Jonah Hill, and the follow-up is even more of a freewheeling fun ride, full of knowing jokes about sequels as our idiot cop heroes go undercover in an American college.
8. Go see Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The world’s biggest open-submission media gallery show, handily placed around the corner from Bond Street for pre-show shopping, Cecconi’s for post-show cocktails and opposite The Wolseley for mid-show star-spotting. A very Piccadilly afternoon out.
9. Read The Pink Suit
Vaguely trashy, totally readable ‘faction’ novel about the seamstress behind Jackie Kennedy’s famous wardrobe on the most iconic day of her life. Can someone do the same treatment on the Emanuels and Princess Di’s wedding dress next?
10. Don't Miss Fruitvale Station
Winner of the top jury and audience prizes at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, this searing US indie flick reconstructs the last day of a young father (The Wire’s Michael B Jordan – above – in a star-making turn), slain by San Francisco transport cops. Prepare to cry.