The Week Timeout Hosted A Virtual Festival

Time Out and Instagram host virtual festival in support of small businesses

Time Out is dedicated to supporting the city’s independently run spaces, which is why they’re teaming up with Instagram to host a virtual festival showcasing some of the brilliant independent businesses that make London the city it is.

Taking place between Thursday July 9 and Friday July 10, Experience:LDN is a virtual festival helping Londoners connect with the capital’s small businesses through a whole load of exciting takeovers, from cooking classes and cocktail-making tutorials to garden tours and cultural exhibitions. It will be exclusively streamed on Time Out London’s Instagram and showcase independent POC-, female- and LGBTQ+-owned small businesses that have lifted their communities during the last few months.

Harry Styles Teams Up With Calm App To Narrate Sleep Stories

Harry Styles has teamed up with meditation app Calm to narrate sleep stories for fans. Taking to Twitter, the official account for Calm gave fans a teaser of what they can expect and revealed that said stories narrated by the former One Direction star to help listeners get to sleep at night will be available from 8 July.

Calm tweeted: ‘Wednesday. #DreamWithHarry,’ alongside a video that ended with Harry channelling his inner sleep story-teller and perfecting his silky vocals, as he says: ‘Hello. I’m Harry Styles.’

Instagram Is Testing A Full-Screen Stories Display As Stories Usage Continues To Rise

Back in May, Instagram was testing a new double-story Stories feed with some users. Now, Instagram has confirmed that it’s also testing this somewhat intimidating full-screen Stories display. some users are now seeing a prompt below their double-story Stories display to ‘See all stories’. When tapped, the Stories display then expands to full screen (depending on how many Stories you’re eligible to view), creating a Connect 4-style display grid of tappable Stories.

Really, the new test points to the likely future of Instagram, which will be one where the app opens to a full-screen Stories display, like TikTok does with its video clips, in order to align with increasing Stories use.