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Start planning your weekend now: ten great nights out in London

By Time Out London Nightlife
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Go out and stay out all night. Here's your essential party schedule for this weekend...

Channel One Full System

Low frequencies galore from dub dons Channel One Sound System, who’ll be taking over a Camden venue and filling it with seriously deep dub and reggae. Prepare for plenty of volume and some brainshaking vibrations. Electric Ballroom. Camden Town. Fri May 5.

Garage Rooftop Party with Mike Skinner

It’s May, which means it’s officially the season to start partying outside, hard and true. And where better than the sprawling roof terrace at The Prince of Wales? Steering the sounds will be Mike Skinner (him from The Streets), who’s sure to drop all manner of bassy bangers. Things kick off early with a barbecue to fuel all that skanking. Prince of Wales. Brixton. Fri May 5.

Ghetto Mixtape

This party aims to recreate the sweaty, raucous atmosphere of former Soho basement venue Ghetto, which hosted various semilegendary gay and alternative club nights. Jonny Slut will be bringing his electroclash-fuelled Nag Nag Nag party back to life for the night, with glitzy pop classics, indie and R&B elsewhere. Bloc South. Vauxhall. Fri May 5.

Loefah

Remember dubstep? Loefah does, and he was pretty damn good at it, too. These days you’ll hear him playing anything from amped-up techno to skewed disco to garage – and you can witness him ripping things up at this east London basement. Joining the bill will be jungle pioneer Fabio, so expect some heady vibes. The Nest. Dalston Kingsland Overground. Fri May 5.

m.A.A.d. City: The Kendrick Lamar Party

Do you have either of the following: seven Grammy Awards; a mention in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world? No? Well Kendrick Lamar has both, which is one reason that London hip hop crew The Doctor’s Orders are launching a new party dedicated to the man. DJs including CJ Beatz, DJ Cable and Mo Fingaz will spin tracks from this modern hip hop giant. Trapeze Basement. Old St. Fri May 5.

Buttoned Down Disco

This long-running indie-disco is still as popular as ever with excitable punters looking for a fun-filled club night. You won’t find frills or music snobbery here, just tons of anthems and gems from across the decades, straddling anything from electro to pop to punk to soul. Balloon drops are not uncommon. Koko. Mornington Crescent. Sat May 6.

Egg Birthday Weekend with Green Velvet

Green Velvet is an alias of Chicago house innovator Cajmere, aka Curtis Jones, aka the dude who made ‘Percolator’, which has been dropped in more DJ sets than can possibly be healthy. He should provide an infectious soundtrack to the celebrations at north London bass cave Egg. You’ll also hear techno, slick house and deep disco from Tobi Neumann, Enrico Sangiuliano and more. Egg. King’s Cross. Sat May 6.

Goldsnap First Birthday

The Goldsnap crew are celebrating one year of QTIPOC (queer, transgender and intersex people of colour) parties with a daytime birthday bash. There’ll be lots of food and drink available (including plenty of vegan and jerk options) and rooftop access, while the Goldsnap DJs will be spinning tunes before an afterparty in the venue’s downstairs bar. It’s angled as a QTIPOC-focused event party, but the hosts stress that ‘allies who understand the importance of this are welcome’. Limewharf. Cambridge Heath Overground. Sat May 6.

Jazz Dance Special

Think you can’t dance to jazz? Wrong! Get involved with the UK’s thriving jazz dance scene at this ace event. There’ll be innovative, electronic jazz and Afrobeat sounds from the Huw Bennett Quintet, DJs spinning further grooves and a jazz dance workshop from scene legend Gary Nurse. Total Refreshment Centre. Rectory Rd Overground. Sun May 7.

SGP Presents Pagoda x Labyrinth Warm-Up

Can’t make it to Secret Garden Party’s final blow-out this summer? Fear not, this London bash is led by the crews behind the festival’s Pagoda and Labyrinth stages. It’s loosely themed around iconic US disco haven Studio 54 and is being. That means there should be a fair amount of chaos alongside the twisted disco soundtrack. So long, Monday. Mick’s Garage. Hackney Wick Overground. Sun May 7.

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