Indecisive? Easily led? Cast your eye over these handy-dandy itineraries.
Kick things off with a visit to Emeka Ogboh’s immersive, gin-driven work BOATS before toddling across to Franko x Mona Foma for some grub (and maybe a boogie). Then, you know. Queens of the Stone Age. Or Darren Hanlon, Bree van Reyk and the TSO, if you’re feeling less-rocky.
Catch the matinee of Justin Shoulder’s Anito for your daily fix of dance, then take your pick between Courtney Barnett’s atmospheric End of the Day and Filastine + Nova’s (also atmospheric) Arka Kinari—take a jacket if you pick the latter, it might get chilly on the docks.
Living legend Paul Kelly’s at the Odeon with songs about time (there’s a Monday show, too), plus Filastine + Nova are at it again if you missed yesterday. Be a good morning to slip out to the museum, too.
A bit of a choose-your-own-adventure to start: pop out to Mona for Mogwai (and more) at the Mona Session, or catch the expressive, exuberant Wayfinder from Dancenorth at the Theatre Royal (if you don’t get to it tonight, there are shows Thursday–Sunday). Either way, follow up by getting proper Friday-frisky at Faux Mo.
Yahon Chang’s monumental live painting performance is a must-see at 3pm (maybe catch a Morning Meditation beforehand), before your evening activity—take in a Shruti Session or make the trip to the museum, where Lonnie Holley + Moor Mother + Irreversible Entanglements will be headlining the Mona Session. Faux Mo will be popping off at the Granada again, if you’ve got the stamina.
It’s your last chance to see / experience / taste Emeka Ogboh’s BOATS, so do that, then head to the Faux Mo Sunday day party (12–5pm) or Isaac Et Nora before rocking out with the tunes of Neu!, Shonen Knife and others at the final Mona Session.
- This weekends Dance event, Wayfinder at the Theatre Royal (Thurs–Sat)
- Choose your own adventure from one or more of the three Mona Foma sessions on the Mona lawns, Friday–Sunday 5–11pm
- Late night parties. Friday or Saturday night roll straight into Faux Mo 10.30pm–2am, or join the Sunday Day party 12–5pm
We’ve snaffled a whole bunch of songwriters at the peak of their powers.
- Paul Kelly
- Courtney Barnett
- Darren Hanlon + Bree van Reyk + TSO: Songs Are Made Of Air
- Frying Pan is always worth a look if you want to see creativity in action