HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLOURS
Following on from last year’s hugely successful event at Battersea Power Station, the Holi Festival of Colours returns this month, but to east London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Expect live music, a wide selection of alcoholic drinks and, of course, hourly explosions of rainbow coloured powder. Wear white, and make sure that you leave your best clothes at home. Takes place on the 28th and 29th of June.
Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST. Closest tube: Stratford
Steeped in over 300 years of history, June sees horses, hats and high society come together for one of the summer’s most fondly-cherished traditions. From the 17th-21st of June, lovers of all things equestrian will don their finery (adhering to those famous dress codes of course) and have a flutter on the horses whilst quaffing champagne.
Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX. Closest train: Ascot
Field Day started out as a left-of-centre festival, but it has now become a bona fide fixture in summer’s live music season – attested to by the fact that this year the event will span two days. Housed in the knowingly hip Victoria Park, the festival will play host to the best of alternative music – think indie rock and electropop interspersed with some folk and offbeat dance music. And it wouldn’t be a well-rounded festival without a fine selection of street food, craft beers and independent coffee. Thankfully Field Day promises all three in abundance. Takes place on the 7th and 8th of June.
Victoria Park, Victoria Park Road, E3 5SN. Closest tube: Bethnal Green
LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN
Though still in its relative infancy, London Collections: Men continues to be a key part of the menswear landscape, generating the all-important street style images which will grace the world’s Tumblrs, reams of fashion editorial and help to set the agenda for what sartorial concerns stylish men should be troubling themselves with. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the shows which will see the great and good of the menswear world gaze upon the boundless creativity of our very own capital city. Runs from the 15th-17th June.
It’s indisputable, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs has become the blockbuster exhibition of 2014. It’s fitting then that for the first time in its history the Tate Modern will be broadcasting a film on the exhibition live to cinemas across the country. For one night only, Matisse Live will shed light on all the behind the scenes action from the creation of this behemoth an exhibition – a must see for those whose appetite for Matisse’ twilight works has not yet be sated. Takes place on the 3rd of June.