Easter parties in London
Here's our egg-cellent pick of the parties going off this Easter holiday
Every Easter London’s clubs pull out the big guns, and this year is no exception. With a bounty of great parties happening in the capital this bank holiday (Friday April 18 – Monday April 21), you can dance till you drop with our round-up of the long weekend’s best club nights. Things kick off on Thursday April 17 so if you’ve got the stamina, there's potential to turn Easter into one helluva four-day shindig.
Cracking Easter parties on Thursday April 17
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Fabric start the Easter Weekend with a big, beefy bang courtesy of London's prime bass purveyors, Rinse, who bring a ridiculous array of DJ talent to the Clerkenwell club. The Rinse crew have got all three rooms of Fabric to play with, and they've done an admirable job filling them. The monstrous line-up includes: molten-hot house producer Route 94, ghostly hip hop master and Kanye bezzie Evian Christ, grime kingpin P Money, dubstep architect Plastician, mashup king Mumdance, electro innovator Jam City and hot-topic glitchy grime aces Wen. Rinse win at Easter, yet again.
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Manchester clubbing institution Sankeys is landing in London for a monthly residency, hitting up hot new ultra-club Studio 338 in Greenwich for some serious partying. Among the dates is this Easter Thursday belter, marking the second instalment. It's an all-dayer, kicking off the weekend in suitably messy style, with US techno hero Stacey Pullen brings some serious Detroit vibes to the party, alongside similar techno wares from Maltese producer The Element. Just Be – Matthew B from Layo & Bushwacka! – brings the tech-house cuts and further deep house tracks will be spun by Anek Jozef K and Shlomi Aber, plus many more. Go forth and rave into Easter!
Popular nightlife this week Soak up some of the capital's best sounds whilst soaking up some of the capital's best views this summer. As soon as the sun comes out, head up to London's best rooftop venues and enjoy a scorcher of an evening at a height. Dalston Roof Park Crane your neck above Café Oto and you might spot this charming pop-up roof garden, which springs back into action for the season, often hosting events organised by London promoters who love their alternative beats and bass. Warm and cosy, with grow bags and solar panels in view and astroturf under foot, the Roof Park should be in full swing all summer. Netil House This unassuming building near London Fields, home to over 90 artist studios, plays host to some seriously vibrant nightlife. When there's not hundreds of sweaty ravers dancing their socks off in its warehouse space, Netil House's decking-clad rooftop offers superb views of the city. Throw in a bar, some music and the occasional open-air film screening and you've got yourself a superb summer nights venue. Queen of Hoxton A cool bar and club all year round, this Hoxton haunt takes the action onto their huge rooftop when summer lands. You'll be able to soak up anything from daytime silent discos (previous spinners at these headphone affairs have included Ashley Beedle and Jazzie B) to film screenings to workshops – rooftop Tie-Dye, anybody? The Prince of Wales Formerly known as Brixton Clubhouse and then The Lambeth, this
Rave on the waves this summer Popular nightlife this week Pacha Boat Party The London arm of super-club Pacha hosts a nautical shinding with the Kinkyfunk crew. Get ready for a glitzy, glamorous voyage up the Thames soundtracked by thumping electro, big-room (big-boat?) anthems, deep techno and euphoric vocal house, spun by Louie B, Edele Andaya, Dirty Minds, Purrr, Nicolas M and more TBA. After the boat moors up, there is, of course, an after-party at Pacha, headlined by house-head Sidney Samson – he of 2009 club smash 'Riverside'. Bangface Boat Party 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 fun. Soundtracking your journey along the Thames will be various masters of jungle, old-school, acid house, nosebleed techno and breakcore, inckuding Ray Keith, The DJ Producer, DJ Vibes, Saint Acid and more. Go hard or go home, basically. Craig Charles Funk and Soul Boat Party 'Red Dwarf''s resident funk and soul expert Craig Charles swaps a giant red space-craft for a slightly smaller but thoroughly party-primed boat, the Dixie Queen Paddle Steamer. Charles will be unearthing all kinds of funky gems and spinning enough soul, rare groove and boogie beats to warm the freezing waters of the Thames below him. Accompanying him on his afternoon groove mission will be Renegade Brass band
Looking for more rhymes and riddims in your life? We've got the rap on the freshest parties in town The Doctor’s Orders For when you want star names The Doc’s Orders have hosted more hip hop legends over the years than you’ve had hangovers. So put yourself in their capable hands and absorb the sounds of awesome artists, including producer-to-the-stars Just Blaze, Will Smith's bessie Jazzy Jeff and hip hop royalty Afrika Bambaataa all of whom have graced London courtesy of The Doc’s Orders. Hip Hop Karaoke For when you’ve been necking gin and juice... Who hasn’t stood in front of a mirror, rhyming (and flexing) along with LL Cool J to ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’. Now’s your chance to wow the public with your rhymes, karaoke-style, at this long-running party. Southern Hospitality's Players Ball For when you want to get low... If you like your rap served on-trend, low-down and Southern US-style (harder and grittier), let Southern Hospitality be your musical sommeliers. Think Rick Ross, Gucci Mane and dirty beats. Gold Teeth For when you want to just wanna grrrind… Hip hop purists, look away now. This gritty club night unapologetically mashes-up hip hop with garage, R&B, grime, bass and pop. In the past, Gold Teeth have hosted a Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child edition and a Kanye West birthday special, which should give you an idea of their varied vibe. Gully Live For when you want something unique Primarily a showcase for live acts rather than a regular c