May bank holiday parties and club nights
An extra day off means an extra day to recover. Head to one of the capital's biggest shindigs this bank holiday
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A three-day weekend (Sat May 25–Mon May 27) only means one thing: more time to party. With a bounty of great parties taking place in London this bank holiday, dance 'til you drop at one of the ten best club nights over the long weekend. If you're really going for it this May bank holiday, however, why not hit all ten.
Party on: the ten best nights out this May bank holiday
This consistently great night always sees intimate rave den Corsica Studios heaving, as the guests and resident DJs throw down some seriously deep and seriously great house vibes, stirring in various techno, disco and bass elements, creating a delicious semi-illicit rave atmosphere which the punters dig again and again.
After showcasing plenty of quality US techno in earlier events, Bloc brings one of the key figures in UK techno, Surgeon, to hypnotise the dancefloor. A veteran of well over two decades, Surgeon initially modelled himself on the minimal, warehousey styles of Detroit's finest (particularly Rob Hood), but his repertoire soon expanded to encompass acid, trance and other experimental tangents, all of which give him a rich back catalogue with which to devestate the Bloc crowd. Joining him will be the huge dub-techno atmospheres of producer Scion and reggae vocalist Tikiman, adding an even deeper current of delight to the evening.
Serious house scenes going on at the shiny new(ish) Oval Space tonight, as acclaimed Brooklyn house and disco duo Metro Area (AKA Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani) step into the Oval to relay a treasure chest of boogied-up classic grooves and crisp beats. House music's hippest bloggers, Bicep, will be joining the party to set their own Chicago-dipped dancefloor schedule, as will eclectic Glasgow clubnight duo Optimo, completing a pristine line-up. Read our interview with Bicep here.
If you want to get a party jumping and bumping in record time, there are few better crews than Sancho Panza to get things underway, particularly in 2013 when the duo – Matt Brown and Jimmy K-Tel – are celebrating 20 years of party-starting antics in various clubs, warehouses, cinemas, gyms and boats. Known for blasting house and electro through their huge soundsystem whenever Notting Hill Carnival rolls up, Sancho Panza also hold down a residency at Shoreditch's East Village, where they return to celebrate two decades of too much fun. Joining them in the basement for a house, pumping techno and electro frenzy - until the heady hour of 5am - are Soul Mekanik and Stuart Patterson, while Femi Fem keeps the funk, soul and reggae flowing in the lounge upstairs.
So you've been to Field Day and had a blast. What now? Bedtime? Not when there's an official after party to be grabbed by the horns and wrestled with. Unsurprisingly, the FD team have sorted a glistening line-up for afters, including progressive bass producer and Hessle Audio co-owner Pearson Sound, superb dub-technoist Objekt, razor-sharp space-funker Daniel Avery, BleeD resident Volte-Face and a very special secret guest, complementing the special secret location. Field Day may be officially over when Viccie Park empties out, but the fun sure ain't. Check out the Field Day festival line-up here.
Veterans in the weird and wonderful, TLTS host another of their popular masked balls, this time in aid of homlessness charity Crisis. Feast your eyes and ears on all manner of delights, including a waltz to The London Gay Symphony Orchestra, carnival samba with El Paraiso, opulent life drawing and the cinema of broken dreams. Or simply dance the night away with the impeccably styled David Wood, co-founder of Torture Garden, who'll be whipping out a great mix of flashy electro; and Mr Larry Tee, the man behind NYC club nights Love Machine and Disco 2000, and a god of electroclash and house music generally.
The Victorian, steampunk-styled spectacle of costume, dance, music and cabaret is back with another massive bash of curious vaudeville, vintage DJing with electro-swing and showtunes on the decks, interactive theatre and eccentric, dressed-up characters across multiple rooms. This time it's on a sci-fi tip, with anarchic acts including rockbilly chick and 'Britani's Got Talent' contestant Beatrix Von Bourbon, Howard Read from children's TV programme 'Little Howard's Big Question', although he'll be doing a distinctly grown-up show tonight, and live acts Sam And The Womp and The Correspondents. Plus DJs jiving to vintage jazz, electro-swing, rock 'n' roll and showtunes; make-up in the Happy Slap Boutique; improvised sci-fi storytelling and loads more. Think nerdy and dress up for this one, folks, and maybe even have your photo taken with a giant alien tripod. Ooh err.
There are surely few better ways to spend your Bank Holiday than at the ace new(ish) Oval Space venue, smack bang in the middle of a big party thrown by the Secretsundaze crew. Joining James and Giles tonight are Berlin producer and Panorama Bar res Nick Hoppner, excellent Bulgarian wonky techno producer KiNK and Joey Anderson. And what's more, you don't have to get up early tomorrow 'cause it's a day off. Raving bliss.
You might be looking forward to sunning it up at Croatia's Soundwave festival in July, but don't you think you ought to limber up first? Even if you're not going, get a taster at this all-dayer, which invites acts from the festival to prop up the line-up. Including LA crate-digger Kutmah and former Scratch Perverts dude Mr Thing, who goes B2B with highly promising beatsmith Kidkanevil. Plus sets from live sampling, electro-pop magician Anchorsong, General Roots, Lea Lea & DJ Gilla and more.
Get bopping and jiving at this cool dance class, which features a live swing band and DJs. There's beginner and intermediate lindy hop classes from 7.45-8.30pm, hosted by swing authority Simon Selmon. Bring dancing shoes and jazz hands.