UK events: May
50 years ago on 1 June 1967 The Beatles released Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This record has been heralded as the album which changed popular music forever. On release, the New Statesman magazine stated that this album ‘elevated pop music to the level of fine art’.
The Liverpool festival takes place in May and June, split into two halves – one for each side of the LP. All 13 tracks on the record will be reimagined by an array of artists. If you are a fan of the Beatles, this event is for you.
For more information about the anniversary of this ground-breaking record please follow the link here.
19 to 20 May 2017
Over 70 of Newcastle and Gateshead’s daytime arts, culture, and heritage venues will open their doors after dark for two nights of workshops, talks, performances, and parties as part of the annual Late Shows. This free, late-night culture crawl is assisted by a free shuttle bus connecting all the venues taking part.
For an indication of what the Late Show offers please follow the link here.
19 to 20 May 2017
Haworth’s 1940s weekend provides you with a great chance to experience the ‘Blitz spirit’. The event welcomes 25,000 visitors a day, all dressed in costumes reflecting Yorkshire life in the forties, as well as fun-filled nostalgic events. The theme for this year’s event will draw on the contribution made by the Special Forces during the Second World War.
26 May 2017 to 10 June 2017
This annual festival offers a vast range of events in and around Salisbury. Each year the festival takes on a different theme, with art and culture from the Canadian province of Quebec showcased this year. The festival brings some of the best artists from around the world to perform in venues such as Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury Playhouse, Old Wardour Castle, and even Stonehenge.
12 to 28 May 2017
For 17 days in May, Norwich hosts international artists and performers from around the world. Visual arts, music, theatre, dance, and contemporary circus transform the city, with performances taking place in historic buildings, theatres, and unusual open spaces. The free outdoor programme attracts and entertains audiences in their thousands.
Visit the Trade Union Congress for a list of the many events that are happening around the country for International Workers’ Day.