You may have noticed that it’s cloudy and wet in London today.
But if you look reeeeally carefully you’ll spot a few rays of sunshine breaking through those clouds….
Not actual rays of sunshine, of course – it’s only the beginning of July and we’re in the UK, that’d be ridiculous – but metaphorical rays of sunshine represented by both the promise of scorching weather to come later in the month, and by Boris announcing that hundreds of covid restrictions will be lifted on 19th July (opening the doors – and to keep you fully updated, we’re speaking literally now – to thousands of hospitality, event & entertainment venues across London).
And what better way could there be to celebrate this rare combination of good weather and your impending liberation than by booking tickets to see something fun at an outdoor, two month long festival in Earl’s Court featuring live music, fairground rides, two gigantic tents’ worth of eye-widening shows, several alfresco bars, lots of street food, a lineup of DJs and a beach that’s free to enter?
Well, maybe there isn’t one.
Landing in mid-July, London Wonderground – which this year is relocating from its regular digs on The South Bank to sunny Earl’s Court – is going to be sticking around until the end of September. It marks a sort of merger of both Wonderground itself and the Underbelly festival (which once again promises to bring you “the best in circus, comedy and family entertainment”), next to which you’ll find – if you look really carefully – a gigantic, 1000 person-capacity Big Top hosting a diverse lineup of shows.
You could be having this much fun soon.
So what’s on the menu? Well too many shows to list, but here are five we’ve managed to settle our wandering eye on –
1. The Choir of Man – Fresh from playing the Sydney Opera House, this high-energy song-fest takes place in an onstage (working) pub, with actors foot-stomping their way through pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock, and more. It’s absolutely joyous.
2. Dead Ringers Live – A live version of the stone-cold-classic BBC Radio 4 impressionist comedy show, with Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson, and Duncan Wisbey.
3. Austentatious – An award-winning comedy act that will see the performers create “an improvised Jane Austen novel” right before your eyes.
4. Film Reads – Reenactments of your favourite movies (The Shawshank Redemption, The Lion King, etc.) only funnier.
5. A Night At The Musicals – An “all singing, all dancing, all jazz hands” journey through iconic musicals from Les Mis to The Greatest Showman, this show has a cast of eighty.
A previous year’s shenanigans.
London Wonderground’s also going to be channeling the energy of the Edinburgh Fringe by putting comedians like Al Murray, Rhod Gilbert, Stephen K Amos, Lucy Porter and Josh Berry in the spotlight, too. “But what’s outside of the tents?” you likely weren’t wondering, but now possibly are. Well a bandstand playing live music; old school fairground rides (helter skelter, swing rides etc.); lots to eat & drink from a variety of food stalls & trucks; and Earl’s Court City Beach, where you can finally get some sand between your toes...
This year, we’ll take it.
NOTE: London Wonderground takes place from July 15th until September 26th in Earl’s Court. You can find out more, and book tickets to the various shows at the website right HERE.
London Wonderground | Empress Place, Earls Court, SW6 1TT
Fancy a drink before the show? You can always pop into The Prince…