2018 in culture

Film

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Books

  • Michael Palin - A Sackful of Limericks
  • Michael Wolff - Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House
  • Ben Loory - Tales of Falling and Flying
  • Robert Macfarlane - The Gifts of Reading (printed essay)
  • George Orwell - Politics and the English Language (printed essay)
  • Haruki Murakami - Hear The Wind Sing
  • Jonathan Coulton & Matt Faction - Solid State
  • Haruki Murakami - Pinball, 1973
  • Richard Ayoade - The Grip of Film
  • Douglas Coupland - Microserfs
  • Franz Kafka - The Trial
  • Mitch Grinter & Brendan Dando - Homer's Odyssey: An Embiggened Simpsons Guide
  • Douglas Coupland - Shampoo Planet
  • Adam Kay - This Is Going To Hurt
  • Charlie Jane Anders - Six Months, Three Days, Five Others
  • Derren Brown - Happy
  • Thomas Hancock - A Boat Called River
  • Russell T Davies - Rose
  • Douglas Coupland - The Gum Thief
  • Brett Anderson - Coal Black Mornings
  • Steven Moffat - The Day Of The Doctor
  • Patrick Ness - More Than This
  • Kazuo Ishiguro - The Unconsoled

Live music

  • The Go! Team - 22/01, Rough Trade Bristol
  • Typan, Martyrial, and Flowerpot - 29/01, The Mother's Ruin
  • Damon & Naomi - 13/02, Rough Trade Bristol
  • Dead! (+Rxptors, The Kenneths) - 21/02, The Louisiana
  • Bon Iver - 25/02, Eventim Apollo
  • Everything Everything (+Pumarosa) - 05/03, Colston Hall
  • Caro (+Youth) - 06/03, The Crofters Rights
  • Pale Waves (+Bloxx, Our Girl) - 08/03 - Thekla
  • All We Are (+The Desert) - 15/03 - The Louisiana
  • Novatines (+The Rumble, Ill Will) - 17/03 - The Louisiana
  • Blitzen Trapper (+Mannish Boy) - 09/04 - The Fleece
  • Gengahr (+Low Island) - 28/04 - Thekla
  • We Are Scientists (+The Pale White) - 02/05 - Thekla
  • Bloxx (+Kalpa, Dame Jean) - 07/05 - The Louisiana
  • LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, George Fitzgerald, Despacio, Hookworms, Confidence Man - 25/05 - All Points East festival, London
  • The xx, Lorde, Soulwax, Lykke Li, BADBADNOTGOOD - 26/05 - All Points East festival, London
  • Bjork, Beck, Father John Misty, Friendly Fires, Django Django, Alexis Taylor - 27/05 - All Points East festival, London
  • The National, Future Islands, Gengahr, Warpaint, Broken Social Scene, All We Are, Spoon, Public Service Broadcasting, This Is The Kit, Rostam, The Districts - 02/06 - All Points East, London
  • Courtney Barnett (+Loose Tooth) - 05/06 - O2 Academy Bristol
  • Thom Yorke (+Oliver Coates) - 08/06 - The Roundhouse, London
  • Matt Maltese - 11/06 - Rough Trade Bristol
  • The Naked And Famous (+x) - 15/07 - Trinity Centre
  • Suede (+The Horrors) - 12/10 - Eventim Apollo
  • Our Girl (+x) - 14/10 - The Louisiana
  • Beach House (+x) - 18/10 - Troxy, London

Live comedy

  • Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast (+ Barry Castagnola) - 24/01, Colston Hall
  • Mat Ewins: Adventureman 7 (+Steph Browne & Joanne McNally) - 04/02, Smoke & Mirrors
  • Steve Day - 07/03, OPPO
  • Jake Lambert - 14/03, OPPO
  • Ben Van Der Veide - 19/03, Smoke & Mirrors*
  • Christopher McArthur Boyd - 21/03, OPPO
  • Rhys James - 26/03, Smoke & Mirrors*
  • Matt Rees - 28/03, OPPO
  • Simon Feilder - 02/04, Smoke & Mirrors
  • Stu Goldsmith - 04/04, OPPO
  • Rosie Jones - 11/04, OPPO
  • Gavin Matts - 17/04, The ComedyMIX, Vancouver
  • Suzi Ruffell - 25/04, OPPO
  • Nish Kumar - 11/05, 1532 Performing Arts Centre
  • Nigel Ng - 16/05, OPPO*
  • Tom Lucy - 23/05, OPPO
  • Steve Bugeja - 30/05, OPPO
  • Joe Sutherland - 06/06, OPPO

Stand-up specials

  • Sean Lock - Keep It Light - 06/01
  • Adam Hills - Clown Heart - 07/01
  • Henning Wehn - Westphalia Is Not An Option - 08/01
  • Chris Rock - Tamborine - 18/02
  • Todd Barry - Spicy Honey - 18/03
  • James Acaster - Recognise - 27/03
  • James Acaster - Represent - 28/03
  • James Acaster - Reset - 28/03
  • James Acaster - Recap - 28/03
  • Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity - 07/04

Theatre

  • Punk Rock (wri. Simon Stephens, dir. Lisa Gregan) - 13/01, The Lantern
  • The Muppets Take The O2 - 14/07, The O2

TV

  • Black Mirror - Series 4
  • Inside No. 9 - Series 4
  • The End Of The ****-ing World - Series 1
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine - Season 4
  • Broad City - Season 3
  • Roast Battle UK - Series 1
  • Big Mouth - Season 1
  • The Good Place - Season 2
  • Great News - Season 1
  • Great News - Season 2
  • Black-ish - Season 3
  • The Marvelous Mrs Maisel - Season 1
  • The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale - Season 1
  • Strike - Career Of Evil
  • Not Going Out - Series 9
  • Nailed It - Season 1
  • Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience - Series 7
  • Santa Clarita Diet - Season 2
  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events - Season 2
  • Travel Man - Series 7