UK Beatbox Championships

Love music, hate instruments? Well, the most inventive and brain-scramblingingly talented beatboxers come together for this eighth annual all-day face-off. The afternoon holds the judge-scored heats, before the evening’s battles.

Defending men’s champ Ball-Zee will fight it out in a 40-strong competition, while women’s top seed Grace Savage is looking to keep hold of her title. In the team category Hobbit and Marv-III return with stiff competition from Subsonic and Micbsounds, SidFx & Beatfox and more.  

£5, Sat, June 22, 12pm-11pm 
Brixton Jamm, SW9 6LH  
Tube | Brixton 


Coming to America is 25

And this will be celebrated with a special one-off screening of the Prince of Zamunda’s arrival in New York. There’s a quiz on the Eighties flick that made Eddie Murphy a star, a barbershop quartet, rosebearers, African dancers and more. No word on whether there will be any McDowell’s burgers, though.  

£6.50, June 20, 7pm Picturehouse
Stratford East, E15 1BX  
Tube | Stratford


War Games

This newly opened exhibition looks at the role that war and battle has in children playing.Everything from toy guns to strategy games, such as Battleship and Cowboys and Indians even, show that violence is not so much about nature as it is about nurture. The Early Learning Centre would approve.  

Free, Until March 2014, 10am-5.45pm 
V&M Museum of Childhood, E2 9PA  
Tube | Bethnal Green


Two Degrees

The third art and activism festival ponders what is broken in our world and what we can do to change our future. Highlights include documentary Oil City, which looks at the gloopy black stuff’s hold over us, while poet Tom Chivers’ Land Shift explores the changing geography of the world. 

£6, June 17-22, times vary 
Toynbee Studios, E1 6AB 
Tube | Aldgate East

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Does ballet make you think of tiny little ladies in tutus spinning around? If so, this show at the Watford Palace Theatre from Aussie choreographer Shaun Parker will blow that idea out the water. Part dance, part ballet, part outdoor spectacle and part lunacy, it’s a ballet about five shopping trolleys that is told through acrobatics and contemporary dance set to an electro-acoustic score. Epic!

Free, June 20-23, times vary WD17 1JZ  
Tube | Watford High Street



Re: Load Acoustify

Australian musician Mike Gill returns with this impossibly fun and Antipodean-welcoming open mic night showcasing the finest Brit and Down Under unsigned talent. So pick up the guitar – or sit down at the piano – and show them what you have got. Could be the start of a whole new career! 

Thursdays, from 7pm 
The Bacchus Pub, N1 6PJ  
Tube | Hoxton


Meltdown Festival

Pretension can be good sometimes, and to prove this Yoko Ono curates the 21st annual installment in the Southbank Centre’s offbeat music fest. This year, the likes of Thurston Moore, punk turned insurance plugger Iggy Pop, pain-fucker Peaches and indie oddballs Deerhoof are among the eclectic line-up. 

£8+, Until June 23, times vary SE1 8XX  
Tube | Waterloo


Photos: Irven Lewis