OK, OK we’re a tad late for this month’s culture guide. Luckily for us (and for you philistines), March still has plenty of life left in it.
Know anything about 80s alt rock? If so, you’ve probably already got your ticket to see Dinosaur Jr. at the Roundhouse on Friday, 23rd March. These giants of the underground scene are in the same ilk as the Replacements, Sonic Youth and the Pixies; those interested in seeing some seasoned performers who know their way around a stage will be well rewarded by taking a trip to the Roundhouse.
Who knows where the UK’s love of rowing comes from, but around this time of the year, everyone gets excited by the prospect of watching two groups of students propelling themselves along the Thames via oar propulsion. This Saturday, 24th March, the age-old university rivalry continues with Oxford vs Cambridge racing for pride, glory and eternal fame. Onlookers can follow the boat race by finding a spot along the Thames between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge, or you can watch the event live on the BBC.
The Camberwell Free Film Festival in London runs until Sunday, 25th March and is, unsurprisingly given the title, completely free! Various silver screen classics are being shown at various locations in and around Camberwell. Tuesday saw spectators bask in the acting talent of ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper in the John Carpenter subversive smackdown known as They Live; tonight sees psychedelic Japanese “nightmare vision” Hausu presented from St Giles Church.
So you won’t be able to do this one in March, but you’ll need to book soon to avoid missing out on tickets. The now infamous Secret Cinema has gone back to the 80s and ended up in Los Angeles in 2019. Confused? The director’s cut of Blade Runner is the inspiration for this performance. What is Secret Cinema? Essentially, it’s a production company that stages an immersive experience that blurs the boundaries between reality and cinema, audience and performers. Check out some of Secret Cinema’s past performances here.
Got anything to add to our list? Is there a vacuum coffee maker exhibit with a free tasting session that we missed? Comment below!