Don’t stay in – go out and stay out all night. Here’s your essential party schedule for the weekend.
He’s the DJs DJ. He’s a totemic disco deity. He’s the Flashman of dance music, seemingly present at every great twist-and-turn in dance music since the late ’80s. He’s a big reason why DJs in their twenties fetishise vinyl and super-expensive rotary mixers. In short, DJ Harvey is almost too legendary. Yet, somehow, XOYO managed to snag him for a month-long residency at the Shoreditch club – meaning Londoners have three more chances to hear the shamanic beauty play all night long. XOYO. Sat Aug 13.
For those yet to tune in, Balamii is an excellent online broadcast channel based in Peckham, that frequently gets some of London’s most choice selectors in for a session. Every Saturday and Sunday in August, they’re taking transmission duties out of the studio to Peckham venue The Nines – so pop in all day for sets from Horse Meat Disco’s Severino and Raf Daddy of The 2 Bears. The Nines. Sat Aug 13.
It’s hard to be miserable at a boat party in summer, and when said event is led by soulful selector Norman Jay MBE, it’s scientifically impossible. With Jay’s legendary Good Times system at Carnival now officially at an end, this boaty bash is an alternative way to leave your cares behind. Temple Pier. Sat Aug 13.
Twenty years ago this week, 500,000 Oasis fans piled onto the grounds of Knebworth House for what can only be described as Britpop’s Woodstock. It drew together the entire panoply of youth culture: from lads in hats, to lads walking with an affected Liam-like gait, to lads who weren’t lads at all: lady lads, ladettes, Oasis-ters, whatever. Anyway, with Oasis in absentia as a band, its up to the folk from Old School Indie to celebrate 20 years since peak Oasis –which they’ll be doing by playing every tune from Saturday’s setlist, plus more from supports like The Charlatans, Manic Street Preachers and Prodigy. O2 Academy 2 Islington. Sat Aug 13.