Biggest entertainment events in London at the start of 2020
Aside from being one of the most popular cities in the world, London is also an entertainment hub. Last year alone, the city hosted over 20 major festivals, from the multi-sensory festival Re-Textured to the multi-award-winning dance festival, We Are FSTVL. It also played host to Slade, Wolverhampton’s own iconic band, during the Christmas holidays, truly ending the year with a bang. In addition, London also hosts annual festivals such as the Notting Hill Carnival and Mayor’s Thames Festival, and this year won’t be any different. So take a note of these big festivals to start off your year right:
London Games Festival
This one is for gamers. Though, anyone up for a good time might find something fun to do in this annual multi-day festival organised by Games London. Last year’s edition ran for 13 days with a turnout of more than 97,000. This year, the London Games Festival promises to be even better, with organisers expecting over 100,000 attendees. If you are one of them, you’ll get to witness one of the industry’s most prestigious awards events in the BAFTA Games Awards. You’ll also get a peek at some of the best games developed by black, minority and ethnic developers via Ensemble. EGX Rezzed, an exhibit of the best PC and indie games for release, is also set for a return, along with usual favourites such as cosplay parades and gaming workshops and summits. London still represents one of the world’s greatest hubs for gaming, with events of any kind, bringing fans from all around the world, such as the PPPoker Festival’s main event.
When: March 26 to April 6
Where: All across London
RuPaul’s Dragcon UK
London has been championing the LGBT+ community for years and has been the host of the annual London Pride. We reported how the city hosted One in the Park in 2013, bringing together some of the world’s most internationally renowned gay brands. But this year, London is set to host another LGBTQ+ event, RuPaul’s Dragcon. Starting as RuPaul’s Dragcon LA in 2015, the con has been one of the largest celebrations of drag culture ever. This year, it’ll make its way to London at Olympia London, aptly named RuPaul’s Dragcon UK. DigitalSpy details that RuPaul will come over, and lead the rousing party. Michelle Visage and a slew of the world’s favourite drag queens are also expected to star in the much-anticipated Queen Walk. Notably, the event will be educational as well, featuring panel discussions about LGBTQ+ rights, fashion, and the history of drag.
When: January 18 and 19
Where: Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, Hammersmith
Theatre fans are in for a treat at the start of the year. Renowned actors Daniel Radcliffe (playing Clov) and Alan Cumming (Hamm) will team up for the Samuel Beckett macabre comedy classic, Endgame. Theatre veterans Jane Horrocks and Karl Johnson will add star power to this new adaptation, which will be directed by Richard Jones. Endgame will be shown at the Old Vic Theatre following an adaptation of another Beckett masterpiece: the vaudeville-influenced “Rough for Theatre II.” That’s two classics in one great night of theatre.
When: January 27 to March 28
Where: The Old Vic Theatre, corner of the Cut and Waterloo Rd, Lambeth
London Remixed Festival
Music lovers, rejoice! Great music will usher in 2020 at Richmix, where artists like Latin Grooves, Afrobeat, Tropical Bass, and Urban Roots will converge. The two-day festival will be a colourful celebration exploring different genres and emerging musical talent. It will be a carnival atmosphere, so expect lots of partying and getting your groove on.
When: January 31 to February 1
Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
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