It’s time to start planning for the bank holiday weekend. Here are seven parties that should be at the top of your agenda…
What started as a night inspired by Fever 105 – the funky playlist on ‘Grand Theft Auto’ – has blossomed into a sweet party in its own right. To celebrate three years, they’ve gathered three exceptional disco icons to get the glitter balls shaking – Paradise Garage veteran François K, remixer extraordinaire John Morales and totemic London disco torch-bearer Joey Negro.
Oval Space, Friday.
The word ‘tastemaker’ gets bandied about loads, but the gents behind Just Jam – aka photographers Tim and Barry – are the real deal. Through their excellent online shows, they’ve carved a niche as champions of underground music, which makes this rare, in-the-flesh version – featuring grime legends D Double E and Darq E Freaker – an essential night out.
Electric Brixton, Friday.
Chaired by actor/rad dude Samuel L Jackson, cancer charity One for the Boys is hosting a fundraising party featuring dance music mavens Jamie XX, Faithless and Benji B. Not only do all proceeds go towards fighting male cancer, it’s also a black-tie masquerade. Don’t miss this feelgood one-off.
Party team Krankbrother (aka brothers Danny and Kieran) have given Londoners some of their best nights out over the last ten years, thanks to their nomadic house and techno nights across the city. It’s that form that makes us excited about their new project, a glossy, big production affair high up in the Millbank Tower, with drag queens and club freaks in attendance, and the excellent Bill Brewster and PBR Soundsystem working the disco rarities.
Millbank Tower, Saturday.
It’s official! Summer begins on Saturday. That’s according to the good people at Secretsundaze, who kick off another year of excellent parties with a two-parter. Head to ecclesiastical hotpot St John-at-Hackney from 2pm to see Lil Louis and Steffi spin house on a biblical level, then follow the flow for an after party at a secret nearby location that runs until 5am. Hallelujah!
St John-at-Hackney, Saturday.
The perfect way to ease into a Sunday rave-state is at this afternoon hip hop jam that begins on Oval Space’s beautiful terrace with barbecue and cocktails, before heading into the main room come sundown for an evening of break dancers, scratch DJs and live boom-bap business.
Oval Space, Sunday.
If you’re still standing after three days of fun, this is a rather special showcase from the folks at NTS Radio, featuring ASAP Nast – of the sprawling, Harlem-based ASAP Mob. His most recent spot was on Skepta’s ‘Ladies Hit Squad’ so finger’s crossed for a pop-in from the grime supremo.