With a bounty of great parties happening in the capital this Easter bank holiday (Fri Mar 25–Mon Mar 28 2016), 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 Good Friday
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.Read more
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?Read more
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.
One of the many sour points of Soho institution Madame Jojo's closing at the end of 2014 was the initial loss of much-loved mid-week club night White Heat. But after a storming NYE party, WH has found a new home at iconic north London music boozer and venue The Lexington. The White Heat crew have secured a weekly Friday night residency at the pub, featuring the same intoxicating mix of alternative dancefloor tracks of all shapes, primarily spun by resident DJs and special guests, but also supplied by rising underground bands in the occasional performances. So it seems that there's no cooling off for White Heat, which is a great thing indeed.Read more
Nights out on Easter Saturday
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.Read more
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.Read more
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!Read more
Get your beard trimmed while you soak up some disco bliss at monthly pop-up musical barber shop The Rhythm Parlour, set in Rye Wax Records in Peckham's Bussey Building. Turn up, put your name on the list for a haircut or beard/tache trim, sift through Rye Wax's ace selection of records, grab a cocktail, munch some Vietnamese street food and listen to resident DJs spin disco, house and funk while you wait for Ryan MacGregor to trim your fuzz in the barber's chair. The funkiest follicle-trimming in London.Read more
Rapidly rising tech-house duo Butler and Bontan play a four-hour back-to-back set at the Easter edition of Ministry of Sound's acclaimed weekly party. Also stopping by to play a guest DJ set are phenomenally popular synthpop act Hot Chip. The band's new album, 'Why Make Sense?', is relased in May, so you might even hear a few new tracks in the air. Over in the 103 there'll be high-quality house from Copy, Paste, Soul, Dom Townsend and Joziff Jordan.Read more
At this movie song-themed club night, DJs spin the hits from a range of films, both cult classics and mainstream blockbusters, covering indie, pop, rock and power ballad classics. Plus, there are Dirty Dance-offs, free popcorn, one-off specials and even an Oscar podium to ensure maximum fun.Read more
This much-loved, super-fly and super-fun club night busts out all the classic R&B, hip hop and garage jams you know and love from the '90s and early 2000s. Think Biggie, Tupac, Destiny's Child, Missy... There's also a big nod to golden-era UK garage, plus live performances from special guests and a focus on smoother sounds at the Kings or Queens of R&B specials. Who knew nostalgia could sound so damn sweet?Read more
Nights out on Easter Sunday
Upping the potential for 'your mum' jokes wherever they go, the YMH team are back for an Easter party of epic proportions. Karen Harding (she of Eurovision and 'Say Something' fame) and Meridian Dan ('German Whip' dude) will perform live PAs and DJs including Kartel Brown, Myth and Bukowski will be spinning all kinds of party bangers.Read more