Summer is upon us, and although the actual sun has yet to make a solid appearance, the temperature is definitely rising. And with that, comes the onslaught of summer parties, brought to us by some of the finest music makers and noise distributors in the city. This week marks the return of Wigflex’s summer season, taking over Brickworks for a master class in how to get down. Resident DJ and programmer of many a night at the infamous Fabric, Craig Richards, is gearing up to take his rightful place on the ones and twos, alongside up and coming music maestro, Objekt. Make sure you have an afternoon nap, cos this one ain’t gonna finish until the early hours. Read, 6am. You should probably clear your weekend, too. We don’t reckon you’ll be up to much after this biggun.
Friday 2 June, 11pm, £17.50, Brickworks, event link
Like the warm bosom of a mother hen, Nottingham Trent University has been nurturing the chicks of the art and design world for yonks. Poking their heads round studio doors with brains full of ideas, the final-year students, guided by NTU, have honed their craft. Now, the time has come for the class of 2017 to show us what they’re made of. The bar has been set sky high by previous NTU Degree Show exhibitions that have blown our bleddy socks off, so we’re proper excited to see what 2017 brings. Plus, you can win big prizes by taking a photograph of your favourite piece of work, uploading it to Instagram or Twitter and tagging us lot – @LeftLion on Twitter, or @leftlionmagazine on Instagram – and using the hashtag #NTUDegreeShow. Give us a shout, let us know what you’re enjoying, and there may well be fifty quid’s worth of Rough Trade or Broadway vouchers in it for you.
Saturday 3 - Saturday 10 June, free, Nottingham Trent University, event link
The sleepy village of Thrumpton lies along the River Trent, and is home to around 160 villagers, a Grade II listed church, and not much else. That’s all about to change, this week, as the four-piece rock and roll band, Glass Onion, gear up to turn up. Determined not to make live music the reserve of cities and big towns, the powers that be have booked the Sleaford-based band to play at the village hall for all them, cos there’s not a village pub. Serious. If you fancy making the venture to the sticks, or if you live in Thrumpton yersen and wanna make a night of it, you’ll need to book tickets online cos as you might have guessed, space is limited in the venue. There’ll be food and drink available at the venue, too.
Saturday 3 June, 7pm, £7.50, Thrumpton Village Hall, event link
What a bleddy treat that there Rough Trade have got for you lot this week. Billy Bragg, the singer-songwriter who, politicised by the miner’s strike in 1984, has become a mainstay political activist and outspoken representative of the working class. This week, he’ll be on the first floor of the Broad Street venue to discuss his latest book, Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed The World, that outlines Britain's first indigenous pop movement, skiffle, that sparked a revolution and shaped the popular music we all know and love. You’ll need a wristband to get in, so get over to Rough Trade and bag yours before they’re all out.
Sunday 4 June, 3pm, entry with a wristband only, Rough Trade, event link