As well as the May Day march and rally there will be films, concerts and talks, with Monday evening’s Great May Day Cabaret at Oran Mor sure to be a highlight.
The line-up includes a Marxist magician (you don’t see many of them on Britain’s Got Talent), Ian Saville, and the rumour of an unlikely musical collaboration between Dave Anderson and the Co-op Funeralcare Brass Band, which is bound to be cheerier than it sounds.
Vicious, which begins on ITV on Monday, stars Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi as Freddie and Stuart, a gay couple who’ve lived together for almost 50 years.
Freddie is an ac-torrr; Stuart, his long-suffering one-man support network, and, for them, bickering has become a way of life. It’s sure to be criticised in some quarters for portraying gay men as pursed-lipped, bitching stereotypes, but it looks as if it’s going to be a ground-breaking show for the UK.
The long-time Pink Floyd collaborator produced some of the most memorable LP covers of all time, including the iconic glass prism reflecting a colour spectrum on Dark Side Of The Moon. It regularly tops polls of the best album covers of all time, and Dave Gilmour and co. have paid tribute to him, saying that his vision was inseparable from their music.
For those of us old enough - and lucky enough - to remember the heyday of vinyl, those memories of hours spent in record shops flipping through LPs are surely as much about the cover as they are about the music.
When the BBC airs a clip of the track on Sunday during the official chart show, it’s likely to be preceded by a Newsbeat reporter explaining to the teens and 20s audience why a 74-year-old song is suddenly charting. While they’re at it, they should probably explain who Margaret Thatcher is.
Not an easy task on a TV show in which the star guest is only allowed to speak in 90 second segments, between items on eco-funerals/roller-skating dogs/eco-dogs/roller-skating funerals, or something similar.
Stone’s project, which explores some of the USA’s darkest episodes, sounds interesting, but I’m afraid I can’t provide you with any detail, as I was only able to focus on one element of his chat - his constant references to the UK as England.