Easter parties in London

Here's our pick of the cracking parties going off this Easter holiday

With a bounty of great parties happening in the capital this Easter bank holiday (Fri Apr 3–Mon Apr 6 2015), you can dance till you drop with our round-up of the long weekend’s best club nights. Things kick off on Thursday April 2 so if you’ve got the stamina, there's potential to turn Easter into one helluva four-day shindig.

Nights out on Thursday April 2

3000 with Marcus Nasty + Hatcha

Critics' choice

Get your grime, bass and gritty house on in a big way this Easter with a party helmed by Rinse FM stalwart Marcus Nasty, Hatcha (playing a special UK garage set), Pete Graham and many more. Heavy, heady stuff.

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Basing House Thursday April 2 2015

Art Department

Critics' choice

Hosted by dance music publication DJ Mag, this Easter clubbing special features US house masters Art Department playing an extended set, plus Mark Jenkyns, DJ Mag Allstars and The Mistaa spinning further house, techno, disco and four-four goodness.

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Egg London Thursday April 2 2015

Blueprint and Innervisions with Planetary Assault Systems

Critics' choice

If you're hankering after techno rather than chocolate this Easter, head to this full-on night of banging beats and killer basslines, supplied by the cream of UK techno talent: Planetary Assault Systems (AKA Luke Slater), Surgeon, Ben Sims, Truss, James Ruskin, plus special guest from the US Osunlade, who'll add rootsier flavours.

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Studio Spaces E1 Thursday April 2 2015

Cirque Du Soul: London Easter Special

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The respected, nomadic clubbing brand goes in for an Easter special. Bestival man Rob Da Bank plus soul-spinning legend Norman Jay are the two big-name headliners, and more feelgood funky vibes come from Harry Wolfman, Weaver Bros, Mylo Harvey and more.

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Studio 338 Thursday April 2 2015

Dysfunctional

Critics' choice

Underground house and techno crew Dysfunctional host some truly top-notch parties helmed by some of the best spinners in the game. Look out for their Halloween and Easter specials, which promise even more dancefloor goodness than usual.

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Fire Thursday April 2 2015

Music On: London

Critics' choice

Tech-house kingpin Marco Carola brings his globe-touring Music On party series to London. As well as Carola himself spinning banging beats, super-slick selector Loco Dice will also be on hand to provide deliciously deep house.

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Koko Thursday April 2 2015

Regression Sessions

Critics' choice

Start off the delightfully long Easter weekend in superbly silly style at Regression Sessions. There'll be all the usual games and bizarre activities, plus resident DJs spinning house, hip hop, garage and tons of party bangers.

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Islington Metal Works Thursday April 2 2015 - Friday December 11 2015

Secretsundaze Easter Special

Critics' choice

Giles Smith and James Priestley's immense Secretsundaze party is back with another Easter beats belter, featuring a gleaming cast of superb techno, house and bass producers and DJs, who'll be slinging enough of the good stuff to keep you dancing until Easter Monday, and beyond. Leading the charge is deep house don DJ QU, or you can groove to garage courtesy of top Numbers producer Mosca. Also on the decks will be Virginia, plus Secretsundaze founders James Priestley and Giles Smith. Prime Easter partying.

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The Laundry Thursday April 2 2015 - Friday April 3 2015

Supa Dupa Fly v Rock The Belles

Critics' choice

Much-loved nostalgic R&B and hip hop night Supa Dupa Fly joins forces with another ace party, Rock The Belles, for an Easter special. As you'd expect, there'll be tons of '90s hip hop (plus newer hip hop jams), R&B, garage, pop and much more, spun by Emily Rawson, Fearney, Lisa T and Ellie Prohan. Hosted by Julie Adenuga from Rinse FM.

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Concrete Thursday April 2 2015

Troupe

Critics' choice

Party crew Troupe are going big for Easter, bringing in excellent, wonky disco-infused house producer John Talabot plus Ostgut Ton house and techno fave Roman Flugel, plus many more. 

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Electric Brixton Thursday April 2 2015 - Friday April 3 2015
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Nights out on Good Friday

Above And Beyond

After headlining SW4 festival in 2014, the eternally popular production trio are heading back to the capital for two Good Friday all-nighters, where they'll turn the Brixton Academy into a day-glo heaven with their smooth, polished, euphoric house. The timing is perfect: you may well need the whole bank holiday weekend to come back down to earth.

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O2 Academy Brixton Friday April 3 2015 - Saturday April 4 2015

Artful Dodger

The 2-steppin' duo, known for the hit 'Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)' with Craig David supply slick UK garage and R&B. Bo!

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Old Queen's Head Friday April 3 2015

Blow Up

Critics' choice

It's been going for over twenty years, but this club night is still a hugely popular event. At the start of 2015, Blow Up found a new home at Soho basement venue St Moritz Club, where it now holds a weekly Friday residency. Luckily, there's still the same mix of DJs, including head honcho Paul Tunkin, spinning British pop, punk, boogaloo, new wave, Motown, mod anthems and soul from the '60s to the noughties, plus guest live performances from bands such as Big Boss Man and Slug. Super-groovy stuff.

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St Moritz Friday April 3 2015 - Saturday August 1 2015

Brodinski

Critics' choice

If chunky house and pounding techy, electro basslines get your blood pumping, acclaimed French producer Brodinski (head honcho of the Bromance label) will push a lot of your buttons. His capable hands will be spinning everything from hefty dancefloor techno to French disco to trap-infused house, all of which refuses to take no for an answer. Get on that dancefloor and don't expect to leave it until the lights go up.

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XOYO Friday April 3 2015

Coffin Dodgers Disco

Critics' choice

Let's get reeeeeady to… er, grumble? Old timers Don and Reg have had enough of those fresh-faced youngsters clogging up dancefloors all over the capital, they're making some space for the golden oldies in the heart of city. How? With a strict no under-28s door policy, of course, governed by no-nonsense mistress Vera at the gate, so bring ID, folks. Once through, you can shuffle to your heart's delight to disco, indie, pop and rock by the likes of T-Rex, Kylie, Tom Jones, Soft Cell, Spice Girls, Kate Bush, Pulp and more. Plus there'll be 'The Oldest Swinger in Town' dance competition – just don't put your back out, eh?

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The Phoenix Friday April 3 2015 - Saturday May 2 2015

Get Diverted

Critics' choice

Get Diverted's ace terrace parties have worked up quite a name for themselves over the years, thanks to a consistently ace DJ line-up and the outdoor terrace of their chosen venue, Brixton's Prince of Wales – unarguably one of the finest in London, offering awesome views over London. The parties often begin in the daytime, allowing you to soak up those (hopefully) sunny vibes on the terrace. When night falls, the terrace fun continues for a while (don't worry, it's covered) before things move into the PoW's club area. Musically, expect anything from deep house to funk to hip hop to soul, spun by scene-leaders such as Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, Derrick Carter and many more.

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Prince of Wales Friday April 3 2015

The Gallery at Ministry of Sound

Weekly big-name DJ line-ups – including some truly global megastars – belting out trance, twisted electro, EDM and big-room house anthems at this south London superclub. It's always an epic night and regularly attracts a suitably heaving and dedicated crowd.
Global DJ superstar Fedde Le Grand headlines Ministry of tonight, with further sets from Chocolate Puma, Patric La Funk and Graeme Lloyd.

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Ministry of Sound Friday April 3 2015 - Saturday May 30 2015

Hejira + Floating Points

Critics' choice

Fuzzed-up London act Hejira launch a new EP, 'Name Surname', on Eglo Records, showcasing their lo-fi, avant-garde take on R&B with a set at central London venue the 100 Club. In some nifty dancefloor synergy, Eglo Records boss Floating Points – a master of forward-thinking, spaced-out jazzy house – will be DJing after the set until 3am.

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100 Club Friday April 3 2015

Mike Skinner + Ms Dynamite

Critics' choice

The mockney urban musings of The Streets may be but a distant memory, but Mike Skinner has now forged a new career spinning tunes, as well as making a few of his own. Hear him spin house, bass, hip hop, garage and a good few bangers to boot, plus fiery rhyming from sharp-tongued rapper Ms Dy-na-mi-tee.

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The Nest Friday April 3 2015

Good Friday with Pastor Norman Jay

Critics' choice

The seminal DJ and main man behind the Good Times Soundsystem beloved of Notting Hill Carnival-goers unleashes one of his funky, rare groove and soulful house to hip hop, disco and reggae sets.

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Paradise by Way of Kensal Green Friday April 3 2015
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Nights out on Easter Saturday

Above And Beyond

After headlining SW4 festival in 2014, the eternally popular production trio are heading back to the capital for two Good Friday all-nighters, where they'll turn the Brixton Academy into a day-glo heaven with their smooth, polished, euphoric house. The timing is perfect: you may well need the whole bank holiday weekend to come back down to earth.

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O2 Academy Brixton Friday April 3 2015 - Saturday April 4 2015

Brixton Boogaloo

Critics' choice

Acclaimed Chicago songwriter, vocalist, DJ and producer Robert Owens, now a London native, plays an always-welcome set at this Brixton session (held at a club which boasts one of the finest club terraces in London) with further classic house groove supplied by Ilija Rudman, Cornershop Disco and Grooveschool.

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Prince of Wales Saturday April 4 2015

Buttoned Down Disco

Critics' choice

Overdose on hip indie-dance tunes spun by resident DJ Christian Laing and guests. As well as electro and indie-pop mash-up madness, you'll also hear a smattering of cheese and student party anthems. Full-throttle fun.

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Koko Saturday April 4 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

Club De Fromage

Critics' choice

London's self-proclaimed biggest – and silliest – pop and fancy dress night supplies its fun-loving punters with oodles of Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Lady Gaga, Elton John and Katy Perry-style goodness (to name a few), plus a few more credible tunes from the likes of Blur, The Killers and other indie-leaning bands. There are silly themes each week and lest we forget the meat pie-giveaway and air guitar hero award. Remember, anyone in fancy dress gets to jump the queue.

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O2 Academy 2 Islington Saturday April 4 2015 - Saturday September 26 2015

Familia: La Ménagerie Fantastique

The sessions at exuberant party Familia are often on the marathon side of things – sometimes lasting over 12 hours – so get those dancing legs flexed and fired-up. Tonight it's top-quality house deep house and twisted techno from Dinky, Dana Ruh, Camea, Deborah De Luca and more. Perfect dancefloor fodder to fuel a weekend of Easter partying.

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Egg London Saturday April 4 2015

Feeling Gloomy

Critics' choice

Eternal pessimists – and proud of it – the Feeling Gloomy crew spin a regular soundtrack of gloom-tinted (but still hugely enjoyable) pop. Think Blondie to Bowie, Abba to The Clash, The Smiths to the Scissor Sisters, Bonnie Tyler to Joy Division. Get ready to do some whistful sighing and then jump on the dancefloor when you realise no-one's watching you anyway.

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The Phoenix Saturday April 4 2015 - Sunday May 3 2015

The Hydra Presents Catz Eats Dogz

Critics' choice

Underground party pros The Hydra return with the second night of Easter fun at their official new home, Wapping's Studio Spaces E1. It's a special back-to-back set, with Bristolian beat ace Eats Everything going up against acclaimed tech-funk duo Catz 'N Dogz all night long. Both acts are masters at playing show-stopping sets full of eclectic dancefloor gold, so prepare for a long night of deep house, disco, sweaty techno, funk, jungle, rave... You get the picture. This should be a belter.

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Studio Spaces E1 Saturday April 4 2015 - Sunday April 5 2015

NTS Fourth Birthday

Critics' choice

Dalston internet radio station NTS celebrates its fourth birthday with a suitably eclectic bash. They're heading south of the river to rave cave Corsica Studios for this one, where you can hear station residents and regulars (Jon rust, Tasker) plus a few special guests, including US hotshot Delroy Edwards, bashment boss Murlo and grime guy Last Japan.

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Corsica Studios Saturday April 4 2015

Old School Indie

Critics' choice

Get your Adidas Gazelles cleaned up, put that old Pulp T-shirt in the wash and sort your floppy fringe by Saturday because it's time to throw yourself around to some classic indie anthems. Brought to you by the team behind the long-running Feeling Gloomy nights, expect top-tier floorshakers all night from everyone including Blur, The Beatles, Bowie and Blondie as well as a healthily-cheesy dose of oldies like Stevie Wonder and Elvis on top of giveaways, drinks offers, balloons and all-round silliness. Wear your favourite indie band t-shirt to jump the queue!

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O2 Academy Islington Saturday April 4 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

Plex Spring Warehouse Party

Critics' choice

Masters of underground sounds Plex bring deep techno and sweaty, warehouse-feel rave sounds to Hackney Wick's Bloc, formerly known as Autumn Street Studios. Taking control will be Bleaching Agent, Datassette and many more underground masters of the dark arts.

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Bloc Saturday April 4 2015
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Nights out on Easter Sunday

Afrojack

Dutch superstar DJ Van De Wall pitches up in Brixton to drop big fat house beats all over the Electric. Cue some Easter Sunday euphoria.

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Electric Brixton Sunday April 5 2015 - Monday April 6 2015

Balls to Dating: An Easter Ping Pong Party

Critics' choice

Ping pong and cocktail bar Bounce is teaming up with dating website DoingSomething.co.uk to host an alternative dating event on Easter Sunday. As you can guess, there'll be a lot of smashing balls about the venue, meaning you can beat your potential soulmate at ping pong before you decide to settle down and buy a Doberman together. There'll be dating games (including a special version of spin the bottle), couples ping pong and UV ping pong. DJs will also be on hand to spin party tunes and there'll be cocktails and pizza available.

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Bounce Sunday April 5 2015

Le Beat Bespoké Weekender

Live the vintage ’60s dream at the tenth annual LBB festival, which brings bands old and new to London alongside all-night parties, fairs and markets. Live highlights this year include a double bill featuring the current versions of The Misunderstood and Kaleidoscope, plus top prog-folk-metal band Wolf People.

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229 Thursday April 2 2015 - Sunday April 5 2015

Bedrock with John Digweed

Critics' choice

It may be named after the home city of a prehistoric cartoon family, but there's nothing two-dimensional about Bedrock Records, the label set up by progressive house main man John Digweed. Helping Diggers burn up the dancefloor with sharp house, deep techno and a few sweatbox rave vibes are Danny Howells, Will Saul, jozif, Luke Solomon and more.

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Heaven Sunday April 5 2015

The Date Easter Special with Nicky Siano + Danny Krivit

Critics' choice

Disco fever at Loft Studios tonight, as two US disco kingpins, Danny Krivit and Nicky Siano, swoop into London to celebrate lauded NYC nightspot the Gallery with two sure-to-be-sublime DJ sets of funky belters. There'll also be a film about the history of disco and - as it's Siano's 60th birthday - a lot of good vibes in the air.

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Loft Studios Sunday April 5 2015

Dimensions Festival Warm-Up Party

Critics' choice

This launch party for Croatian dance festival Dimensions, hosted by Electric Minds, should be a belter for anyone who enjoys high-quality dance music. Mano Le Tough's colourful house grooves sit next to Omar S's raw, minimal house, which rubs shoulders with Midland's psychedelic techno. Then there's Jay Daniel, Moxie, Dolan Bergin and more tba. Plus, the whole thing takes place in the mighty Studio Spaces, now established as a semi-permanent venue after The Hydra crew revamped it and worked their magic there with various top parties in 2014. Forward-thinking dancefloor fodder of the highest degree. 

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Studio Spaces E1 Sunday April 5 2015

Eglo Records Bank Holiday Special

Critics' choice

Eglo Records, the future-thinking jazzy, housey, soulful beats and bass label co-owned by progressive producer Floating Points, takes over south London's Corsica Studios this Bank Holiday, with a great cast of electronic voyagers ready to get busy. In Room One, funky NYC producer Love on the Run joins Eglo label boss Floating Points for a session of boogie, disco and soul, while in Room Two, broken beat jugglers Dego and Kaidi Tatham join eclectic selector and Rinse FM regular Alexander Nut, plus many more special guests.

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Corsica Studios Sunday April 5 2015

Half Baked

Critics' choice

This Sunday daytime party provides weekend warriors with the perfect excuse to keep dancing long after Saturday night's antics are over. A stellar cast of names from house, techno and disco regularly prop up the decks, so if you're still searching for clubbing kicks when Easter Sunday daytime rolls rudely into view, go and get Half Baked to your heart's content. Tama Sumo, Hold Youth, Enrico Mantini and Dan Andrei head a seriously sharp DJ line-up.

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Studio 338 Sunday April 5 2015

Hip Hop Karaoke Easter Special

Critics' choice

What better way to spend your bank holiday Sunday than pretending you can rap to a crowd of strangers? Seriously, though, it's actually pretty damn liberating. This bank holiday edition of the hugely popular HHK night features Southern Hospitality DJ Rob Pursey spinning hip hop anthems, plus Bobby Champagne Jr. hosting. We're guessing that's not his real name, but boy would we love it if it was. Either way, this will be a lot of fun.

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Jazz Cafe Sunday April 5 2015

A Night of Hip Hop

Critics' choice

Hip hop DJ and producer The Last Skeptik and top London promoter Emily Rawson (Supa Dupa Fly, Rock The Belles) team up to present a night of Bank Holiday weekend beats. Hosted by rapper, comedian and actor Doc Brown, you can hear Skeptik and Rawson spin all kinds of classic rap, from the likes of Biggie, De La Soul, Mos Def, The Roots, Outkast, DMX and many more.

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Birthdays Sunday April 5 2015
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