What's on in East London this weekend, 7th and 8th September, 2019

Soul Legends

Entertainers is delighted to bring you the smash-hit spectacular Soul Legends. Bringing to life the hits of Barry White, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Wilson Pickett, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire, and more. Jump aboard the soul train as it takes you on an unforgettably smooth music journey from its sixties origins, to present day, via all the classic seventies and eighties floor fillers.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Sunday, September 8, 7.30pm. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

Buble Meets Sinatra

Michael Buble & Frank Sinatra fans will experience the closest thing to the superstars themselves in this irresistible tribute musical. The ‘concert of the century that never was’ sees Michael Buble welcome into his world his idol Frank Sinatra - who’s time-travelled from his 1950s prime to meet the sensational Canadian modern-day contender for his crown.

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS, Saturday, September 7, 7.30pm. Details: 01279 431945 playhouseharlow.com


If there’s a genre called “urban country”, Rangoon claims it. Thumping rhythms underlie blues-based original material with country overtones and gritty street cred. Building around Will’s original songs, the band has developed its own feel. Sometimes described as “high energy Americana”, Rangoon dips into bluegrass, west-coast and alt-country, Irish folk and roots music of all kinds. Influences from as far afield as Greece and Australia help create a story-telling narrative in which melodrama, passion and humour abound in stories of love and loss.

Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG, Saturday, September 7, 8pm. Details: 07904 525639 lunalounge.info

So Here We Are

Smudge, Pugh, Pidge and Dan are four mates in their mid-twenties. Sitting on a crumbling sea wall in Southend at the end of summer with beers in hand, they plan the five-a-side for Monday night. But there’s something else the lads really don’t want to talk about. This funny and moving play is about secrets and lies – feeling trapped by childhood, making those big choices and perhaps wanting to start again from the very beginning. Tightly packed with laughs, but underscored by limited horizons and lives lined with loss, this is a Bruntwood prize-winning play from Luke Norris.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Saturday, September 7, to Saturday, September 28, various times. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

Supersonic Science Workshops

There’s hands-on experimenting in these interactive demonstrations, where you’ll have tons of fun investigating and testing rockets, making lava lamps, making slime, riding an indoor hovercraft and plenty more.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Saturday, September 7, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

The Feminist Jack the Ripper Tour

You may have heard the story of Jack the Ripper, but how much do you know about his victims? This Jack the Ripper tour looks at history from a different angle focusing on the lives of Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly, bringing them centre stage. This is a chance to hear about the real women behind the glorified vision of ‘Jack’, visiting the streets they would’ve known and seeing the physical reminders in an area that has changed almost beyond recognition. The walk will concentrate on women’s lives rather than their murders and aims to inspire you with the stories of brave and brilliant East End women, past and present.

Aldgate East Station, E1 7PU, Saturday, September 7, 2pm. Details: lookup.london

London Wing Fest

London Wing Fest is a celebration of the chicken wing and has grown into Europe's largest and most popular chicken wing festival. Every year the event showcases the best chicken wings the UK has to offer, with 10,000 lucky ticket holders and a judging panel deciding who really does the best wings. In 2019, 120,000 wings will be served by 35 different street food traders, restaurants and BBQ teams.

London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST, Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8. Details: wingfest.co.uk

London Podcast Festival

Since launching in 2016, over 18,000 visitors have attended the London Podcast Festival. This year’s programme features lots of returning favourites as well as brand-new faces. Over two amazing weekends experience some of the best British and international podcasts live, meet the podcasters and discover new talents.

Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG, Friday, September 6, to Sunday, September 15, various times. Details: kingsplace.co.uk