The London Open at Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel’s famous gallery is opening its doors to the art world for a third consecutive year for it’s London Open exhibition. Comprised of works by 35 different artists who’ve been specially chosen by an expert panel, it’s one of the city’s most exciting showcases – presenting brand new and often innovative works by largely unknown artists. We think you should go and check it out.

Until 14th September 
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street – London E1 7QX

John Currin

Perhaps not one for the more prudish amongst our readers, John Currin‘s new exhibition explores the female nude. Ranging from portraits of his own voluptuous wife to recreations of images from, ahem, porn magazines, Currin’s paintings run the gammut of female flesh and back again. You may want to avert your eyes at certain points, but it’s okay. It’s art.

Until 18th August
Sadie Coles HQ, 69 South Audley Street – London W1K 2QZ

Adrian Sherwood ‘Survival & Resistance’ album launch party

Adrian Sherwood is something of a legend already, having been creating his bass-heavy, dub electronica for quite some time now, and acquiring a large underground following in the process. This is the debut of his live set, so expect to be thrilled. Supporting Adrian will be Africa HitechMark Pritchard and Steve Spacek, who will be presenting their live electronic diaspora project; Michachu and Kwes aka ‘Kwesachu’ are set to record a live mixtape in real time and DJ Ross Allen will be on hand to keep it all together.

13th July
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane – Shoreditch London EC2A 3PQ

Hard Rock Calling

Another weekend, another large-scale festival in London. After last week’s disaster at Bloc, fingers crossed this will be a far more successful affair. Hard Rock Calling has been around for quite some time now (six years in fact) so there’s no doubt it will run smoothly – though the weather could be an issue. The Guillemots, Dirty Youth and Daytona Lights are among the many bands you can expect to see working their magic across three stages.

From 13th to 15th July
Hyde Park, London W2 2UH