Weekend city guide: 21 – 23 October

The fourth weekend of October packs a lot for everyone to enjoy!

There’s so much going on we can barely contain ourselves. Along with an American football game at Twickenham Stadium, see the world’s longest running play, laugh it up with one of the UK’s funniest ladies and get into the groove with The Next Step dancers. Plus, you’ll find awesome gigs and concerts from bands (like Poliça!) in all parts of the country.

Looking to make plans a little further out? Our London, Manchester and Scotland guides are filled with more events sure to pique your interest.


Loudon Wainwright III
21 October
London Palladium

Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster ride. With 26 albums under his belt, Wainwright’s huge catalogue of songs is uplifting, humorous and heart-warming as well as introspective and intensely personal.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Opens 21 October
Apollo Theatre

Play time! This absolutely silly show full of flying glitches and other technical mishaps is returning to the West End for a second disastrous limited season.

Dawn French

Dawn French
Until 22 October
Vaudeville Theatre

Final days alert! Watch this funny lady in her first ever solo show, 30 Million Minutes. French’s no-holds-barred approach when sharing stories about her life and career is sure to crack you up.

International Series
23 October
Twickenham Stadium

Remember when the NFL landed in the UK a few weekends ago? Well, they’re back! Two more fierce teams – the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams – are ready to battle against each other in the first American football game ever played at Twickenham Stadium.

23 October
Electric Ballroom

This 19-year-old Manchester-born rapper is the voice of the future. Come hear Geko perform the hits that everyone is listening to – like Baba and Ghetto Queen – live.


21 October
O2 Ritz Manchester

After killing it early this year at the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival and then again over the summer at Latitude Festival, the Minneapolis synthpop group have crossed the pond once more. See Poliça as they tour the UK in support of their third album, United Crushers.

Band of Skulls

Band of Skulls
21 October
Albert Hall

The Southampton rockers are showcasing their sultry, sleazy and soulful sound in headline shows across the UK. We can’t wait to hear them play Black Magic along with other songs from their latest album, By Default.


The Next Step
21 October
Clyde Auditorium

Calling all fans of the hit tween drama! Immerse yourself in The Next Step world by catching cast members – including newcomer Henry Peck who plays Isaiah in season four – on their Wild Rhythm Tour (Step 2). This weekend The Next Step dancers make a stop in Glasgow before heading on to the O2 Apollo Manchester on 22 October and the Eventim Apollo in London on 23 October.

Petula Clark
21 October
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

The sassy songstress whose career has spanned seven decades merges nostalgia and contemporary musical styles in her From Now On tour. Clark will also play at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London on 23 October.

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg
21 – 22 October
O2 Academy Glasgow

Listen to the guitar-strumming singer-songwriter as he plays a bumper crop of strong songs from his latest release, On My One, along with hits from his first two incredibly successful albums.

23 October
O2 Academy Glasgow

Don’t miss the London-based indie trio’s biggest UK headline shows to date. In support of their second album, Not to Disappear, Daughter is appearing in Glasgow before heading to Manchester Academy on 24 October and then to London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 27 October.


Taylor v Ryan
21 October
Meadowbank Sports Centre

The Commonwealth super lightweight belt is up for grabs and both Josh Taylor and Dave “Rocky” Ryan want it. See these boxers push themselves to the limits in what’s sure to be an engaging and intense fight.

The Mousetrap
Until 22 October
King’s Theatre Edinburgh

Undoubtedly one of the world’s best loved and longest running plays, The Mousetrap continues to captivate and confound theatregoers. See this 60th anniversary touring production of Agatha Christie’s intricate murder mystery before it moves on to Tunbridge Wells.