The inflatable purple cow grazing on Southbank is officially open. For the next 12 weeks, it will showcase moovers and shakers from the worlds of comedy, cabaret, theatre and music. Highlights of this year’s festival include whirlwind Irishman Jason Byrne; a truly excellent, thought-provoking new show from Scott Capurro; the return of old school comics Roy Walker and Paul Daniels; gloriously silly physical quartet Spymonkey; and cheeky Middlebrough magic chap, Pete Firman. Not forgetting, of course, Time Out Live’s comedy and cabaret showcases, ‘Alternative Eurovision’ and ‘Friday Night Freak Show’. Udderly brilliant.