August bank holiday clubbing

Party hard this bank holiday – you've got an extra day to recover



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Take advantage of the extra day in bed over the long weekend and head to one of the capital's biggest bank holiday parties. Whether you're warming up for Notting Hill Carnival or simply looking for one epic night out, we've rounded up our favourite bank holiday big ones from each night of the weekend.

  1. Friday August 22
  2. Saturday August 23
  3. Sunday August 24

Bank holiday parties on Friday August 22

Heavenly Social

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A night that celebrates and recreates the free-thinking musical vibes of The Social's humble and hedonistic beginnings 20 years ago.  With 2014 marking the twentieth anniversary of those sessions and 15 years of The Social as the venue we know and love now, it's high-time for more weekly party mayhem. Only this time it's on Friday, so you don't have to skive work on the Monday. Welcome to the Heavenly Social, featuring a prime cast of established and rising DJs, plus special

  1. The Social 5 Little Portland St, W1W 7JD
  2. Fri Jul 11 - Sat Aug 30
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The Hydra: Resident Advisor with Carl Craig + Zomby

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That faint chaffing noise you can hear is the sound of London's dedicated dance music-heads rubbing their sweaty hands in glee and anticipation at The Hydra returning for a bank holiday belter. Launching in style, the first party in its new programme is a fine one, with a stellar line-up of electronic mavericks. Detroit techno futurist Carl Craig headlines, with an always-welcome set of his spacey, glitchy funk and techno. Other huge sets come from shadowy rave-dub dude Zomby,

  1. Studio Space Pennington Street, E1W 2BB
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Mon Aug 25
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Purveyor of some mighty fine, mighty sleazy, glitched R&B, Jimmy Edgar channels the weirder side of Detroit's electronic music persona at this edition of Kurv, dipping into garage, funk and minimal techno along the way. Supporting are two top underground producers, garage warper Mosca – a favourite of the Numbers label – and new wave US house champion Kassem Mosse. Blinding stuff.

  1. Egg London 200 York Way, N7 9AX
  2. Fri Aug 22
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XOYO Second Birthday Sessions: Oneman + Cashmere Cat

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Celebrating two years of clubbing excellence since its refurb and reopening, Shoreditch club XOYO continues the birthday celebrations after a show with Norwegian disco don Todd Terje last weekend. Tonight it's the turn of UK bass behemoth Oneman to unleash a mix of sludgy techno, dubstep, and skull-shaking house cuts. Supporting are rising talent Cashmere Cat and his twisted hip hop/beat innovations, Canadian R&B glitcher Ryan Hemsworth and underground hip hopper extraordinaire

  1. XOYO Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sat Aug 23
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See more parties in London over the August bank holiday

  1. Friday August 22
  2. Saturday August 23
  3. Sunday August 24

Who cares that summer's nearly over when we've still got the Notting Hill Carnival to look forward to? Carnival's exotic outfits, banging music and strong Caribbean liquor make for a perfect party combination. Check out this year's Carnival warm-up and after-parties happening this August bank holiday day-by-day

See our guide to Carnival warm-up and after parties

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