AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our Best Theatre Actor of 2020 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2019 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2020 so far and what’s to come. James McAvoy, George MacKay, Andrew Scott, Arinzé Kene and Daniel Monks are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best theatre actors of 2020 so far and our hopes for the next three months

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: SAWAYAMA by Rina Sawayama (July 2020)

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

OUT: now

TRACKLIST: Dynasty; XS; STFU!; Comme Des Garçons (Like the Boys); Akasaka Sad; Paradisin; Love Me 4 Me; Bad Friend; Fuck The World (Interlude); Who’s Gonna Save You Now?; Tokyo Love Hotel; Chosen Family; Snakeskin; Tokyo Takeover

Renowned for his encyclopaedic pop knowledge and his hits-filled back catalogue plundered in last year’s film Rocketman, none other than Elton John last month named this the ‘strongest album of the year this far’.

  • Read on for reasons including why you should get ready to fall in love with SAWAYAMA

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GIG REVIEW: Alphabeat, 86 metres above Copenhagen, Denmark

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: 26/6/20

WHERE?: 86 metres above Copenhagen

SETLIST: I Don’t Know What’s Cool Anymore; Vacation; The Spell; 10,000 Nights; Sometimes 2020; Shadows; Fascination

Singers Anders SG and Stine plus band members Anders B, Rasmus, Anders and Troels must enjoy playing midsummer gigs because a year ago they performed their first UK gig since 2013 while at the weekend they staged a Danish show on a hotel roof.

  • Read on for reasons including how to watch this high-rise 27-minute show

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FILM REVIEW and ALBUM REVIEW: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga starring Will Ferrell

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

OUT now on Netflix

This film is well-timed because in the 65-year history of the Eurovision Song Contest it has been held annually apart from 2020 when Covid-19 caused its cancellation.

  • Read on for reasons including why we shed a little tear at this film’s surprising and moving conclusion

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for July 2020 starring I May Destroy You

  1. I May Destroy You continues

Box sets and binge watching have highlighted how much brilliant TV there currently is but this series, written, co-directed and starring Michaela Coel has actually benefitted from a dripfeed release of 2 30-minute episodes per week. Give it a chance because we really weren’t sure about it until episodes 5 and 6 (aired in the UK Monday 22/6 and Tuesday 23/6/20) which drew on some rather complicated strands and pulled them tight to devastating effect. There’s 6 episodes to go and all are aired on the next 3 Mondays and Tuesdays on BBC1 and available at BBC iPlayer. We should’ve known it would be good because we last saw Coel dancing on stage at one of our favourite gigs.

  • Read on for reasons including new Rufus and The Streets albums and the return of Like 1999

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SONG OF THE WEEK: Take Care Of You by Ella Henderson (week beginning 21 June 2020)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: now

Last year Ella had a top 10 hit with Jax Jones as a featured artist on his song This Is Real and the tropical house of this new self-penned single feels like a conscious decision to try to repeat that success.

  • Read on for reasons including why it’s time for Ella to release that second album

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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our Best Song of 2020 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2019 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2020 so far and what’s to come. Goodbye To Yesterday by Stig Rästa and Elina Born, Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, New Rules by Dua Lipa, Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae and C U Next Tuesday by Shakespears Sister are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best songs of 2020 so far and our hopes for the next three months

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