Save the date!This is what you should be doing with your time in June.
Royal Albert Hall, London
Coming towards the end of a mammoth world tour that’s taken them across the US, Canada and Europe, pop superstar Lady Gaga and legendary crooner Tony Bennett are stopping off for two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Together they’ll sing their way through a huge setlist of classic jazz hits – including Let’s Face The Music And Dance and The Lady Is A Tramp – in celebration of their duets album Cheek To Cheek. They might seem like an odd couple, hailing from different musical backgrounds and decades apart in age, but the blend of Bennett’s effortless cool and Gaga’s stripped-back vocals has had audiences raving.
Weymouth and Portland, Dorset
Forget leisurely days out on peaceful waters, the ISAF Sailing World Cup pits the world’s best elite sailors against each other in six intense rounds on the world’s oceans. After doing battle in Australia, America and France, the pack makes a splash in Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, at the same venues used to host the London 2012 Olympic competition.
More than 400 boats and 600 sailors, including Olympic medallists and world champions, will fight it out in 10 categories for a place in the Abu Dhabi grand final in November. And for the first time kiteboarders have joined the global series, which stops in China before heading to the UAE for the big decider.
Cholmondeley Castle Garden, Cheshire
The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power has all angles covered: the track, next to a 19th-century castle, hosts cars of all colours and marques, from racers to vintage stars, while formation fliers the Red Bull Matadors and the RAF Typhoon Display Team tempt eyes to the skies. There’s even action on the water, with RIB rides and jetskis on the lake.
Cashel, County Tipperary
Hurling meets history at the Red Bull Longest Day – an event inspired by ancient times, when sportsmen would celebrate the summer solstice with a day of games and an evening of partying by bonfire light. This contemporary adaptation sees 32 teams battling for supremacy, complete with traditional entertainment and hurling legend Joe Canning.
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Goodwood House, West Sussex
A mecca for motoring fans, the Goodwood Festival Of Speed is bigger than ever this year, with hundreds of cars and bikes from the past, present and future racing up the hill in search of a record time.
Highlights of the event will include a smoke-heavy turn by New Zealand drifting legend ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett and the Michelin Supercar Paddock, an exhibition housing more exotic, high-performance motors than all the Fast & Furious movies together.