1 Music. Three Friday Nights. This year’s Three Friday Nights at Goodwood Racecourse, presented by NOW TV, are to feature DJ sets from big names in international music – MK, Gorgon City and Disciples. MK will perform after racing today, Friday, June 7, Gorgon City will take to the decks on the night of June 14 and Disciples will bring the party to an almighty crescendo on June 21. Expect a fantastic night of house anthems as US producer, remixer, DJ and Area 10 label boss, Marc Kinchen (MK) holds an impressive back-catalogue including more than 500 titles bearing the stamp of his signature style. Best known for their platinum single ‘Ready For Your Love’, Gorgon City have established themselves as one of the most influential acts in the industry. Disciples have released some of the most unforgettable tunes including ‘On Their Mind’ and ‘They don’t know’. Adult tickets are from £35 and on sale at: www.goodwood.com or by calling 01243 755055.
2 Comedy. Bill Bailey – Larks in Transit. This compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of Bill Bailey’s 20 years as a travelling comedian arrives at Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday, June 10, 8pm. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald, and re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the brainiest comic of his generation’. Tickets from £40.80. Visit: www.portsmouthguildhall.org or call 0844 847 2362.
3 Cricket. Sussex v Gloucestershire. If the current Cricket World Cup has inspired you to want to watch live cricket, there’s a first class four-day Specsavers County Championship match scheduled at Arundel from Tuesday, June 11, to Friday, June 14. The venue is the idyllic setting of Arundel Castle Cricket Club. The ground can be found at Arundel Park, Arundel BN18 9LH and play will be 11am-6.30pm daily. The event is part of the Rathbones Arundel Festival of Cricket. Adult tickets are £17 and available from the county team’s website at: www.sussexcricket.co.uk while information about the venue is at: www.cricketatarundelcastle.co.uk or call 01903 882462.
4 Family fun. Day of Dance. Traditional Morris dancers will be performing around the re-erected historic buildings of the Weald and Downland Living Museum at Singleton, north of Chichester, on Sunday, June 9, from 11am-3.45pm. With music, song and some chances for visitors to join in too, much of the action will take place in the cobbled market square area. Gail Duff will offer music and dance tuition while dancers expected to appear are Sompting Village Morris, Minden Rose, Fleur de Lys, Fishbourne Morris and Devil’s Jump Clog. Music will also be provided by Jez Smith. All the buildings and other attractions on the museum’s 36-acre downland site will be open and included in the admission price. For a full programme of the day, visit the website at: www.wealddown.co.uk
5 Music. Organ concerts by D’Arcy Trinkwon. Following the successes of his three-concert Franck series and then the closing concert in the Arundel Festival last year, the illustrious musician D’Arcy Trinkwon returns to play the great music of four of the towering 19th century composers – Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Liszt – on the famous 1873 Hill organ in Arundel Cathedral. This presents a unique chance to hear the works of these musical giants in one series. Each of the concerts concentrates on the complete or major organ works of each composer: June 14 – Brahms; June 28 – Schumann; July 12 –Mendelssohn; July 26 – Liszt. Tickets are £10 on the door or call 01903 882297.
6 Theatre. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This summer The Lord Chamberlain’s Men are celebrating their 15th birthday and 425 years since the original company was created. To celebrate this special anniversary, they are touring one of Shakespeare’s most popular and best-loved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This magical and enchanting comedy will be performed in the open air on the south west lawn at Chichester Cathedral on Friday, June 14, at 7.30pm. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men are the modern incarnation of Shakespeare’s original company of the same name. Performing with an all male cast, they present authentic productions of Shakespeare’s plays as they would first have been performed. Bring a rug and a picnic and enjoy the show. Tickets at £16 for adults and £10 for children are available at: www.chichestercathedral.org
7 Musical. Hair. Welcome to the ‘Age of Aquarius’. It’s 1967 and Hair’s hippie ‘tribe’ youngsters in the East Village of New York are yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. Wild, colourful, sexually liberated and free, they are united in protest and song, under the shadow of the Vietnam War. Winner of the 2018 WhatsOnStage Award, this exuberant 50th anniversary production of the legendary rock musical bursts into Portsmouth’s Kings Theatre, direct from a sell-out London run. Starring Dancing on Ice winner Jake Quickenden, Daisy Wood-Davis and Marcus Collins, from June 10-15. Visit: www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk
8 Children’s theatre. Zog. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians. Katie Sykes’ design lifts the book from the page and creates a real and fantastical world. From Freckle Productions and Rose Theatre, Kingston, Zog promises to be roaring fun for all ages. Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. The show, at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre, is on June 14, at 4.30pm, June 15, at 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm, and on June 16 at 11am and 2pm. Tickets at: www.worthingtheatres.co.uk
9 Talk. Smuggling in Sussex. Smuggling was endemic in the counties of southern England during the 18th and early 19th century. At times, Kent and Sussex seemed more like the ‘Wild West’ than the sedate English shires we know today. This talk will also focus on smuggling which took place between the rivers Arun and Adur, including Arundel, and the battles between ‘free traders’ (smugglers) and the excise service and the coastguard. The talk, at Arundel Museum in Mill Road, will be followed by a sea shanty performance. Bar opens at 6.45pm for the event starting at 7pm, on . Entry £9.
10 Concert. Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra. WPO is celebrating 70 years of live music making and in grand style it will be showing off its fabulous wind section in this summer concert. The opening item at the Assembly Hall is the rarely heard Wiener Philharmonic Fanfare which is scored for eight horns, six trumpets, six trombones, two tubas and two timpani. It will be followed by the Wagner Overture to Rienzi then the solo item is the Schumann Konzertstück (concert piece) for four solo horns. Following the interval, the full strength of the WPO will be used to perform Mahler’s Symphony no 1 ,‘Titan’. The opportunity to hear this large orchestra should not be missed. The concert is on Sunday, June 9, at 7.30pm. Tickets at: www.worthingtheatres.co.uk