There's loads of great music, TV, movies and sport coming up in July, and as usual, we've got the rundown of all this month's highlights...
Is your summer in full swing? It seems the true British summer has arrived, complete with all the flash flooding, crashing thunder-storms and indoor barbecues we know so well.
So, what better time to settle into some quality TV, movies, music or sport? When you pick up one of our Red Value 4G Bundles, you can nab yourself a subscription to the likes of Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass at no extra cost, bringing a world of entertainment to you via your phone.
Thankfully, there’s loads going on with our entertainment partners this month, so we’re here with a rundown of all the latest, greatest music, TV and sport, starting with NOW TV…
NOW TV Entertainment Pass
If you opt for a NOW TV Entertainment Pass when you pick up one of our Red Value Bundles, you can stream all the best TV from 11 top TV channels – including the likes of MTV, FOX, Sky1, Sky Living, and Sky Atlantic – as well as access to over 250 on-demand TV Box Sets.
This month sees the return of Showtime’s Ray Donovan to Sky Atlantic. The crime dramas 4th season kicks off on 4 July, and focusses on the eponymous ‘fixer’ played by Live Schreiber, who’ll do just about anything to ensure that his celebrity clients and his family affairs stay out of trouble. Check out the trailer below:
And there’s more crime shenanigans over on Sky Living, as Jennifer Lopez stars in Shades of Blue. J-Lo plays Harlee Santos, a tough detective forced by the FBI to help weasel out corruption in the NYPD, all while her home and personal lives spirals out of control. The season starts on 12 July, but you can take a sneaky look at it here:
And if those don’t float your boat, there’s still NOW TV’s whopping collection of 250 box sets to choose from, including unmissable cult TV drama like The Sopranos and Billions, and hit comedies like New Girl and How I Met Your Mother.
Spotify Premium brings a world of music to your fingertips, with millions of tracks, carefully curated playlists, and cutting edge features like Spotify Running, Discover Weekly and Spotify Concerts.
This month’s big album release belongs to American rockers Blink-182, who are back with seventh studio album, ‘California’. This is the band’s first release since 2012’s Dogs Eating Dogs EP, and is the first to feature Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, who replaces former Blink frontman Tom DeLonge. It sounds like a return to form for the American three-piece, with Rolling Stone saying that “California shows Blink trying new ways to freshen up yesterday’s racket.” You can listen to the latest single below, and jump onto Spotify for the whole album on 1 July.
And that’s not all you can look forward to this month. Biffy Clyro’s new album, Ellipsis, lands on 8 July, while a fourth album – called ‘The Bride’ – from English singer-songwriter Bat For Lashes will drop on 1 July. There’s also the promise of a debut album from synthpop sensation Shura, who drops her record ‘Nothing’s Real’ on 8 July. Check out her latest single right below!
Sky Sports Mobile TV
We’re in the midst of the football off-season but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for sports-fans to be excited about this month. The Premier League might be off for a few months, but the Major League Soccer (MLS) is still in full flow across the Atlantic – there’s loads of LMLS on Sky Sports throughout July, so you don’t need to go without your football fix.
But there’s no doubt that this month’s major sporting event is the 145th Open, held this year at Royal Troon in Scotland. For the first time ever, The Open will be live and exclusive on Sky Sports, with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Masters winner Danny Willett all heading to Scotland on 10 July to try and bag the biggest prize in golf.
And there’s still lots going on in the cricketing world too! England’s ODI series against Sri Lanka continues, before they host Pakistan for a four match test series. Head over to Sky Sports Sky Sports 2 on 14 July to catch the first test from Lords. Oh, and while you’re at it, take a look at our interview with James Morgan from The Full Toss, as we chatted to him about the future of English cricket!
Have you been watching the new season of Orange Is the New Black? The critically-acclaimed Netflix Original series kicked off again last month, but if you haven’t been watching it already, don’t panic: the whole lot is on Netflix right now for you to get stuck into, or you can catch up on seasons 1-3 with our full recap.
And that’s not all – Netflix is home to a whole catalogue of other brilliant originals. You can watch award-winning series like House of Cards and Narcos, Netflix’s superb Marvel tie-ins like Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s Jessica Jones, and Netflix Original Movies like Special Correspodnants.
That outstanding line-up of Netflix originals is about to get bigger too, with the addition of Stranger Things – a supernatural drama that follows the story of a missing boy and the journey of the family and police who’re trying to find him. The whole of season one drops on 15 July, so watch out for that one.
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By Pete Dreyer