WHO, WHAT & WHERE TO DISCOVER IN 2018December 26, 2017
Ready for the new year? Looking forward to a fresh start? So are we. Here’s your ultimate guide to all the films, exhibitions, TV shows, bands and people you need to watch out for in 2018…
EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS
18 – 21 January 2018
All across London for three days only, Lumiere will be putting on a spectacular show of dazzling nocturnal art. Free to visit and stretching from King’s Cross to Fizrovia and Waterloo to Trafalgar Square, the light festival’s second edition will be even bigger and even better than last year.
Fashioned From Nature @ V&A Museum
21 April 2018 – 27 January 2019
Fashion and nature are having a collaborative moment, and this is no better explored than through the V&A’s “Fashioned From Nature” exhibition, opening on 21 April 2018. From the cape dating back to 1895 to a dress made from Vegea, a leather alternative made from grape waste, the exhibition is a dive into the ways that fashion and nature join together to create innovative new techniques, fabrics and dyeing processes.
Into The Light: Photography & Abstract Art @ Tate Modern
2 May – 14 October 2018
Kicking off on 2 May 2018, the Tate Modern’s exhibition “Into The Light: Photography & Abstract Art” will be exploring the fascinating ways that photographers responded and contributed to the invention of abstract art. Starting in the 1910s and finishing with present day artworks, the exhibit pulls together works from pioneers such as Man Ray, Jackson Pollock and László Moholy-Nagy.
Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins @ Barbican
Paz Errázuriz – From the series La Manzana de Adán (Adam’s Apple), 1983
28 February — 27 May 2018
Featuring the works of Casa Susanna Collection, Paz Errazruiz, Pieter Hugo, Mary Ellen Mark and Dayanita Singh among many others, the Barbican’s dive into life on the outside of mainstream society in ‘Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins’ is an eye-opening look into the worlds of those whose stories don’t get told. From America to India, the stories of the individuals and communities that the exhibitions explores varies from bikers, street urchins and eccentrics to circus performers, tearaways and survivalists, this exhibitions reflects a more complex and diverse view of our world.
FILMS & TV SHOWS
Black Panther, Dir. Ryan Coogler – 16 February
Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and many other Hollywood stars, Marvel Comics “Black Panther” brings to life the story of T’Challa, who must prevent a world war after two old enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom. Based on the story by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, it’s an action packed thriller that shakes up the superhero genre.
Isle Of Dogs, Dir. Wes Anderson – 23 March
Starring Wes Anderson’s go-to cast – Billy Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton and even Yoko One (yes, seriously) – his latest creation “Isle Of Dogs” is the ultimate stop-motion adventure film. Set a dystopian future where Japan have quarantined all dogs on a remote island, the film follows five local dogs who go on an epic adventure to help a young boy find his beloved pet. Strongly influenced by the works of Akira Kurosawa, Isle Of Dogs will be the ultimate existential quest.
Ocean’s Eight, Dir. Gary Ross – 8 June
With an all star cast of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Damian Lewis, Richard Armitage and James Corden, Ocean’s Eight is the sequel that’s a step above the original trilogy. In this female spin off, Danny Ocean’s sister is attempting to pull off the ultimate heist at the Met Gala with her perfectly assembled crew. Expect a lot of famous faces making cameos (Anna Wintour, Alexander Wang and Zayn Malik are all on the list), ridiculously priced jewels and women that are bad to the bone.
Making A Murderer Season 2
Off the back of the popularity of Season One, Netflix are bringing back Making A Murderer. There are rumours that controversial true-crime documentary will be carrying on from where it left off at the end of the first season, bringing in all the new evidence and looking at the DNA inaccuracies, where the key came from and what the jurors think and what really went on before, during and after their deliberations. These are all rumours however, so we’ll have to wait and see what the verdict truly is…
No one does psychological horror better than Stephen King – that’s a fact. In 2018 we’ll get the chance to be fully immersed in his terrifying world. Taking elements from his best works – including IT (the series also stars Bill Skarsgård, who played Pennywise in the 2017 adaptation), Dolores Claiborne, The Shining, The Green Mile and Rita Hayworth & Shawshank Redemption – the 10-episode series will combine all of the most frightening, horrific and downright scary stories into one twisted tale.
The Skate Kitchen NYC
Changing the face of East Coast skating is the all-female skate crew The Skate Kitchen. Erasing the skate bro stereotype, the crew champion radical diversity and confidence in being who you are. After being picked up by director Crystal Moselle for Miu Miu’s “Women’s Tales” series, the group have been dubbed “New York’s coolest” (by Vogue no less) and are well on their way to dominating the fashion and skate scenes.
As the founder of Gurls Talk and the cover star of Edward Enninfal’s first issue of Vogue, Adwoa Aboah is inspiring women and girls around the world with her honesty and openness about the struggles she’s faced. Devoted to spreading messages of acceptance, positivity and hope, her online community allows young women that are in the same space that she once was to have a voice and share their experiences.
MUSICIANS & BANDS
This year’s breakout indie pop masters were Pale Waves. Formed of goth beauty Heather Baron-Gracie with Ciara Doran, Hugo Silvani and Charlie Wood, the band are bringing guitar pop back to levels not seen since the mid-2000s. For 2018, they’re set to release their debut EP “New Years Eve” and then an album later in the year. Watch this space.
To find out more about the band, read our exclusive interview here!
She’s only 15 (yes, seriously), but Bille Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell is the go to for dark, smart pop. Writing songs since the age of 4, Eilish’s tracks are the musicial equivalent of a Tarantino movie, full of head-turning beats and dripping with attitude.
Having spent the last year relentlessly touring Europe and celebrating the release of their debut self-titled album, Reading band The Amazons have been going from strength to strength. With yet another tour set for the beginning of 2018, the band will no doubt continue their heady rise and bring proper rock ‘n’ roll back to the British music industry.