Going out: Cinema
An unsettling but effective horror told entirely in Welsh (with English subtitles), The Feast, starring Annes Elwy, is a visual and sonic banquet. Its eerie sound design will have you shifting uncomfortably in your seat, long before this slow-burning chiller gets its teeth into some much more gruesome imagery.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
Written by Dragon Ball series creator Akira Toriyama, this is the latest in nearly 30 instalments of the hit Japanese animation franchise. In this chapter a resurgent Red Ribbon Army subverts the public’s opinion of superheroes (it’s about time). Expect monsters and androids galore.
Orphan: First Kill
If you love a ludicrous and gleefully tasteless horror premise, then boy is this the film for you. Romping merrily through various twists and turns, each more WTF than the last, Isabelle Fuhrman is a delight returning to the role that made her name in 2009’s Orphan.
Fisherman’s Friends: One And All
The first Fisherman’s Friends film (2019) was based on the heartwarming true story of the folk band from Cornwall who unexpectedly hit the big time in 2010. Now comes the sequel, which explores what happened next, including an appearance on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury. Catherine Bray
Going out: Gigs
Trish Clowes/Byron Wallen/B: Jazzfest
Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 24 August
A highlight of Birmingham’s B:Jazzfest (22-26 August) is a showcase for two contrasting duets: Byron Wallen partners pianist Nick Ramm on Wallen’s Black Flag project portraying UK-Caribbean family relationships, and saxophonist Trish Clowes joins pianist Ross Stanley for imaginative originals and quirky covers. John Fordham
Australian World Orchestra
Royal Albert Hall, London, 23 August
It’s more than a decade since conductor Zubin Mehta last appeared in Britain. Now in his mid-80s, he joins the Australian World Orchestra at the Proms this week, for Webern, Debussy (in an arrangement by Brett Dean) and Brahms. Andrew Clements
Electric City festival
Gunnersbury Park, London, 21 August
A selection of bass music’s biggest names descend on London for this new festival. Headlined by professional noise merchants Chase & Status, the lineup also includes drum’n’bass pioneer Andy C, Belgian upstart Netsky, and back-to-back sets from chart-botherers Sub Focus and Wilkinson. Michael Cragg
22-24 August; tour starts Glasgow
Ahead of his appearance at London’s All Points East on Friday, Mike Hadreas plays a handful of headline shows in support of 2020’s rich and robust Set My Heart on Fire Immediately and this year’s follow-up Ugly Season, an experimental soundtrack to his recent dance piece. MC
Going out: Art
City Art Centre, Edinburgh, to 16 October
If you were wowed by the Scottish National Gallery’s impressionists exhibition, you can find out in this show how the Scottish colourists were inspired by French art to paint some of the most intense and sensual British paintings of the early 20th century. JD Fergusson, Samuel John Peploe and George Henry stand out.
Marvellous Makers, Wondrous Worlds
Holburne Museum, Bath, to 11 September
Women in 17th-century Britain created striking, strange textiles with rough, 3D surfaces depicting myths and nature. This lost art of “raised embroidery” has a raw, primitive look but was the preserve of gentlewomen with access to expensive materials. Their gorgeous fabrications take us into the imagination of another age.
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, to 3 September
Thomas Picton, who died at Waterloo, was long regarded as a Welsh national hero. However his brutal behaviour as governor of Trinidad – controversial even at the time – has come under renewed scrutiny. Installations by Gesiye and Laku Neg help rethink this figure from history. Pity the land that needs heroes.
Exploring Our Oceans
Natural History Museum, London, until January
A giant spider crab caught off Japan in 1875 is one of the strange sights in this exhibition marking 150 years since the first ever voyage to get the measure of the deep oceans. HMS Challenger proved for the first time there was life far below the sunlit ocean surface. Jonathan Jones
Going out: Stage
Zoo Southside, Edinburgh, 22-28 August
Choreographer Andrea Walker and 201 Dance Company have a great record at the Edinburgh fringe. This year they premiere Sad Book, based on Michael Rosen’s award-winning book about grief. Lyndsey Winship
Big Boys and Friends
Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh, 23–27 August
Recent Channel 4 hit Big Boys was one of many TV comedies over the years to have its roots in the Edinburgh festival fringe – in creator Jack Rooke’s solo show Good Grief, to be specific. What better way to celebrate its success, then, than with a for-one-week-only, late-night cabaret performed by Rooke, his co-star Jon Pointing and friends from the series? Brian Logan
All of Us
National Theatre, Dorfman, to 24 September
A powerful new play about living with disability in UK, where social care is increasingly squeezed. Directed with exacting compassion by Ian Rickson and written by Francesca Martinez. Miriam Gillinson
A Little Life
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, to 22 August
Four men, bound by friendship and trauma. Ivo van Hove directs Hanya Yanagihara’s devastating novel in this Dutch production from Van Hove’s very best collaborators, the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam. MG
Staying in: Streaming
House of the Dragon
Monday 22 August Now
There is so much sex in this Game of Thrones prequel that even its star Matt Smith, who plays heir presumptive Prince Daemon Targaryen (alongside Emma D’Arcy), has reportedly raised an eyebrow. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, House of the Dragon also has power-wrangling, back-stabbing and of course plenty of flying dragons.
Selling the OC
Wednesday 24 August, Netflix
Selling Sunset’s combination of high-end property and highly confected drama proved irresistible when it launched in 2019. Five seasons later, it’s time to pivot to a new, more youthful crew in the Newport Beach satellite-office spin-off.
Welcome to Wrexham
Thursday 25 August, Disney+
Essential viewing, this documentary series follows the Hollywood actors Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds as they team up to buy and run north Wales non-league football club Wrexham. Underdog stories don’t come much flashier.
Lion: The Rise and Fall of the Marsh Pride
Friday 26 August, BBC iPlayer
Here’s the BBC’s Natural History Unit doing what it does best: epic wildlife doc meets family saga, filmed over 30 years in Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve. Humans play bit parts: it’s the Marsh pride who take centre stage. They’re big cats with big emotions to match. Ellen E Jones
Staying in: Games
Out 23 August, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One
The ridiculous open‑world gangster adventure series gets a reboot with a new instalment, set in the chaotic and violent county of Santo Ileso. Urban warfare with gigantic guns, furious muscle cars and customisable street thugs – it’s like GTA: The Zack Snyder Cut. Keith Stuart
Out Now, PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4/5
Turn an old launderette into a thriving amusement arcade in this throwback to 90s arcade culture. Every machine in the game is playable, too, so it’s a mix of management sim and arcade tribute anthology. Keza MacDonald
Staying in: Albums
Aitch – Close to Home
Since arriving in 2015, 22-year-old Manchester rapper Aitch, AKA Harrison Armstrong, has scored five UK Top 10 singles and collaborated with Giggs and Stormzy. On this debut album proper – there have been two big-selling EPs – Aitch shows his playful side, sampling 00s mainstay Ashanti on the summer anthem, Baby.
Hot Chip – Freakout/Release
Out nowThe dance-pop boffins are back with their eighth album. Recent exuberant single Eleanor is classic Hot Chip while The Evil That Men Do and Not Alone expand into darker lyrical themes such as toxic masculinity. The beefier title track, meanwhile, was influenced by the White Stripes.
Demi Lovato – Holy Fvck
At the start of the year Disney alumna turned pop superstar Lovato held a (tongue-in-cheek) funeral for her former career. As its title suggests, this jet-black eighth album sheds any vestige of Lovato’s earlier persona, utilising a heavier pop-punk framework to house lyrics about mortality, depression and addiction.
Panic! at the Disco – Viva Las Vengeance
On this third album since OTT Las Vegas pop-rockers Panic! at the Disco downsized to a solo project in 2015, Brendon Urie reflects on fast living and burning out. Elastic single Middle of a Breakup muses on complex broken relationships, while Local God pitches its ire at small-town mentalities. MC
Staying in: Brain food
The Last Movie Stars
Saturday 20 August, Sky Documentaries
Ethan Hawke directs this nostalgic six-part series about two of his acting heroes: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward . Based on in-depth interviews Newman made for an unfinished memoir, Hawke paints an intimate portrait of performance.
Part podcast, part album, this experimental series features 10 musicians talking about their unique ways of listening to the world, before making a new audiophile composition. Featuring ambient musician Laraaji, Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar and more.
This long-running educational channel has an effective formula: one expert exploring a topic of their choosing. Begin with musicologist Michael Spitzer’s 40,000-year history of music, or psychologist Clay Routledge on the power of supernatural thinking. Ammar Kalia