Three cool and covert parties this week are about to raise the temperature underneath London at the Red Bull Studios Future Underground series. And the first of the three secret headline hosts has just been announced as production genius Hudson Mohawke. Oh, AND it's in an incredible, unique venue – pictured above – which we exclusively revealed in yesterday's Time Out.
There's a lot going on here, so let's break it down a little.
Just what’s going on, then?
Back in August, Red Bull Studios announced three secret September parties with the emphasis on ‘secret’. Both the line-ups and the venue were kept strictly hush-hush, and all that was revealed were the dates – September 9, 10 and 11 – plus the fact that the top-notch artists involved would be announced 24 hours before each event, at the point when people could start applying for tickets.
Well, it was meant to link in with the launch of the Night Tube, which was originally scheduled for September 12 but has since been delayed. But why cancel three awesome parties as well? The series is also intended to show how secret, unused locations in the city can be utilised for some prime partying at just 24 hours’ notice.
So what's Hudson Mohawke got to do with it?
He's just been announced as the headliner of the first party – tonight, September 9. The mind-warping electronica genius – who's worked with Kanye West and released tons of awesome, innovative tunes on Warp Records – will present his recently debuted live project, also featuring Two Door Cinema Club's Ben Thompson and producer Redinho. HudMo has also handpicked the rest of the line-up, including top DJ Eclair Fifi and contemporary classical outfit London Sinfonietta performing work by Steve Reich and Philip Glass. There'll also be one more unannounced special guest.
Great! What about the other two headliners?
They'll be announced 24 hours before their shows, just like HudMo has been. Keep an eye out on the Red Bull social media channels. Red Bull have a tidy track record when it comes to getting big names from dance music on their bills and organising awesome clandestine parties, so this shouldn’t be any different. Trust us: we know who the A-class artists are and we’re gagging to spill the beans, but we just can’t. Sorry.
You heartless swine! Okay, what about the venue?
Now you mention it, we can actually tell you that: the venue is Collins’ Music Hall (pictured above), an incredible building that dates back to 1863, hidden away beneath a busy stretch of Islington Green. The vast interior has a multi-tiered gallery overlooking the main stage area – a little like a gladiatorial coliseum, but with musicians belting out on-point bangers instead of lions tearing apart human flesh. It really is a unique, amazing space.
Sounds dreamy. So how can I get tickets?
Keep a close eye on @RedBullUK and #FutureUnderground, and at redbull.com/futureunderground, where exclusive codes that can be redeemed for tickets will be given out. Tickets are £5 each and all proceeds go to spinal injury charity Wings For Life.