At a certain time of year, Londoners start pretending they're in Cannes and begin a season of partying hard on the waves. There are all kinds of brilliant boat bashes taking place, so find your sea-legs, learn your port from your starboard and hit one of these nautical but nice events.
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Boat parties in London
One of the few certain truths in dance music is that industrial strength rave crew Bangface know how to party. Thus, this pirate-themed boat bash from them hosted on party vessel The Dutch Master should be all kinds of ridiculous fun. Soundtracking your journey along the Thames will be various masters of jungle, old-school, acid house, nosebleed techno and breakcore. Head starboard for starry eyes aplenty.Read more
The grand HMS President vessel (covered in camouflage ‘dazzle paint’ from artist Tobias Rehberger) hosts this dapper do, fuelled by a seven-piece Harlem swing band. Smart period dress is essential, say organisers, so chuck on that fancy ’20s gear you use for your one posh party a year and get jiving on deck.Read more
Swedish master of melodic house Jonas Rathsman will be throwing around all kinds of deep grooves at this boat party, alongside various DJ pals. It's a daytime affair (2pm-6pm) and after mooring up, the action switches from water to dry land, hitting Dalston club The Nest for an all-nighter from 10pm.Read more
The rip-roaring indie disco climbs aboard moored party barge Tamesis Dock. Resident DJ Christian Laing spins the usual infectious blend of electro-rock and hip hop, plus indie-pop mash-up madness, peppered with cheesy hits and student party anthems. Dress up in nautical garb to get into the spirit, and even though Tamesis is moored, don't leave your sea-legs at home – this baby sways with the Thames tide like a one-legged pirate after too much rum.Read more
You think Duran Duran enjoyed lording it up on a boat in their ‘Rio’ video? You’ll have even more fun at this boat party thanks to top promotions team Soundcrash. Just swap yacht rock and sleazy visual metaphors for genre-masher DJ Vadim blasting out hip hop, reggae and breaks. Also supplying the sublime sounds are Real Roots and DJ BobaFatt.Read more
A series of summer boat parties in London, featuring DJs spinning anything from house to hip hop to garage to disco aboard various party vessels on the Thames. Nomadic clubbing collective Cirque Du Soul will be selecting the tunes at the launch, and there’ll be two on-board bars serving grogRead more
Celebrated jungle music figurehead Congo Natty, AKA Rebel MC, will be putting on his captai's hat to bring beats and bass to a party boat on the Thames. As ever, Natty will be on the mic and his canny crew of low-frequency addicts – including Tenor Fly plus Nanci and Phoebe – will help supply banging basslines and deep, dubby treats.Read more