The British summertime may have officially kicked off, but a certain sunshine-and-showers pattern seems to be sweeping across the UK. Our July To-Do List follows a similar 'mixed bag' approach. We've rounded up a guide showcasing the hottest festival spots of the month – stay tuned for our August edition for more. What about those rainy days, we hear you ask? A brand new Sky Atlantic thriller and a hotly anticipated Lorde album should do the trick! Read on to find out our top picks from the worlds of television, tech and the internet.
WATCH: Riviera (Sky Atlantic)
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This intoxicating thriller follows the moral descent of American art dealer Georgina Clios, whose idyllic life is shattered when her billionaire husband is killed in mysterious circumstances. But his death leads Georgina into the shadowy, criminal underworld that lurks beneath dazzling fortunes. All episodes available on Sky Atlantic. For more new releases and good old classics, check out our DVD's and Blu-ray films.
LISTEN TO: Melodrama by Lorde
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Four years after Lorde burst onto the scene with her Grammy award-winning debut album, Pure Heroine, she captures the dizzying agony of adolescence on Melodrama. "Everyone has that first proper year of adulthood," she told Beats 1. "I think I had that year." As Pitchfork put it, Melodrama is "a masterful study of being a young woman, a sleek and humid pop record full of grief and hedonism, crafted with the utmost care and wisdom."
GO TO: A festival
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Renowned around the world as the ultimate festival hub, the UK really does offer something for every music fan. But which one to pick? Check out our guide to all the major dates in July (and look out for lots more in our August edition):
For: RAP & RNB ROYALTY
Wireless, Finsbury Park, London: 7-9 July 2017
Headliners: Skepta, Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd
For: ALL-ROUND ENTERTAINMENT
British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London: 30 Jun-9 July 2017
Headliners: Phil Collins, Green Day, Justin Bieber, The Killers, Kings of Leon
For: INDIE FOLK FANS
Latitude, Henham Park, Suffolk: 14-16 July 2017
Headliners: The 1975, Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes
For: TRAILBLAZING TASTE
Lovebox, Victoria Park, London: 14-15 July 2017
Headliners: Frank Ocean, Solange, Jamie XX, Chase & Status
EXPLORE: Joe Webb
Stirring Up A Storm - Credit: Joe Webb
British artist Joe Webb is drawn to the 'fuzziness' of vintage imagery and the comforting warmth of their aesthetic. With a particular fondness of the fifties, he juxtaposes magazine cuttings and printed ephemera collected from charity shops and book shops to make low fi, mixed media collages - the results are a treat for the eyes and very often, politically charged.
He's also created an album cover for singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe, and members of the band Coldplay say he influenced the aesthetic for one of their music videos. More via Joe Webb.
TAP INTO: Five Minute Journal
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Based on the original Five Minute Journal paper notebook, the mobile app offers a simple yet effective journaling technique built on proven principles of positive psychology - and lets you keep track of your thoughts even whilst you're on-the-go. These techniques make for an interesting read and can be found within many of our self-help and personal development books.
The app gives you a writing prompt in the morning and evening - no more than a line or two each - to populate your journal. For example, it may ask you to jot down something you're grateful for, then something you've learned today, something that went well or didn't go well, and how you're feeling. The app leverages the proven benefits of journaling and mood tracking to help you improve your life, and it only takes a few minutes each day. Available on iOS & Android.
Which will you be ticking off your list? Let us know in the comments section!
Remember: this is a monthly series, so keep your eyes peeled for lots more – oh, and get in touch with your suggestions for August!