16 things The Version can't wait for in 2016!

Happy New Year! Here we are at the beginning of 2016 and despite the poor weather, a month of no drinking and no money either, there's plenty to look forward to! 

 

Television

1. Sherlock

They're back! It feels like an eternity since Benedict and Martin graced our small screen and there's no better way to see in the new year than with a feature length special which sees the classic sleuths back in their natural environment, the Victorian times.  Catch it on iPlayer if you missed it on BBC One.

2. The X-Files

 

Ditto, Mulder and Scully! Yes, they're also back for 2016, in a brand new series consisting of 6 episodes. Expect the classic sci-fi series to be brought bang up to date with big production values and some meaty plot lines.

3. Game of Thrones

Despite the biggest plotline of the new series being leaked (he ain't dead, folks!), there's plenty to look forward to when the new season of the epic drama returns to Sky Atlantic this April. 

4. War and Peace

Another epic drama, War and Peace is likely to be epic viewing on BBC One. Starring Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Lily James and James Norton expect some VERY spicy scenes in this fantastic adaptation.

Film

1. The Renevant

While exploring the uncharted wilderness in the 1800s, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack.  He then puts his survival skills to the test in an adventure that makes Bear Grylls look like Bambi.  The film has won critical acclaim and is out in January.

2. Batman Vs Superman

 

When we first heard Ben Affleck was to play the Caped Crusader we were worried the franchise was at risk of going all "Batman and Robin" on us, BUT it looks as though the twist on the Man of Steel franchise might just be a masterstroke. It's out in May.

3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Potter fever is set to reach boiling point when Eddie Redmayne hits the big screen as Newt Scamander in this spin-off, later in the year.

4. Suicide Squad

There's no let up on the super-hero movies this year but this movie has the makings of a box office smash, not least because of Jared Leto's AMAZING portrayal of the Joker.  It's out in August. 

 

Music

1. Rihanna

In 2016 we had to make do with Primark versions of Rihanna (hello Fleur East) but this year, the queen bee herself is back with brand new album ANTI, and we're expecting it to be HUGE.

2.  Sia

Gaga is old news, Madonna is... well, just old, and Britney can no longer shock us - but Sia remains an exciting and intriguing artist and her new album 'This Is Acting' will be epic.

3. Bastille

When we bumped into Dan at Festival No.6 he told us the band were itching to get back into the studio and record their next album, which we think will be out in time for the Summer festival season.  Apparently, it's even more anthemic than the last one.

4. Kings of Leon

It feels like an eternity since KOL released their previous album, but they're busy working on the post-production on their new one and it'll be out before the end of the year.

 

Events

1. Snowbombing

Imagine a music festival set in the Alps.  Snowbombing has it all - an amazing lineup, alpine bars, ski-ing and snowboarding... check out snowbombing.com for all the details.

2. Festival No.6.

There's no other festival quite like it, largely thanks to the incredible setting of Portmerion in Wales but also thanks to an eclectic lineup, fantastic organisation and some bloody good food outlets. It's magical.

3. Glastonbury.

Apparently Glasto is going back to its rock and roll roots with the headliners this year, following the ghastly set from Kanye in 2015.   That's likely to mean the Foos, Coldplay and Muse but we'll see.

4. Flow Festival.

Euro festivals are very much a thing and Flow Festival is one of the best. This year will see Sia, Jamie xx and Chvrches take to the stage. BOOM!

The Version