Rejoice, the long weekend is nearly upon us! We've got your Easter raving needs covered with a selection of the best parties and club nights taking place in London this weekend.
If you absolutely cannot wait until megastar Beyoncé returns to London, The Yoncé Experience may just be the next best option for you. How does five hours of unadulterated Bey tunes sound? Pretty jumpin’ jumpin’, right?
Piccadilly Institute. Thursday.
Tired of the painfully too-cool-for-school attitude that prevails at many London nightspots? There is an answer: Regression Sessions. This continually ace party demands that punters leave any sense of being a grown-up at the door and indulge in a night of gloriously silly shenanigans. This huge Easter special promises to be on a hippy theme.
Fire and Lightbox. Thursday.
It’s a sad sad thing to report that one of the best, most devotional, life-altering club nights in London will be going on hiatus for the foreseeable. World Unknown’s underground philosophy, running one incredible night every month for the last six years, made it a true London club institution. The good news is that there’s one more chance to rave unto the joy, at their Easter special. Join the mailing list at www.worldunknown.co.uk for details.
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The Camden party pub hosts four days and nights of fun from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, with live music and DJs, street food stalls, football on the TV and craft beer (of course). Friday’s line-up features The Proper Ornaments and Blonde Bunny live and psych-rock DJs.
Lock Tavern. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Heavy funk night Edits presents music from the cosmic funk pioneer whose style developed from playing a diverse range of records from African folk and reggae too electronica, often played at different speeds to create an entirely new track.
Queen of Hoxton. Saturday.
Purple Day is a worldwide event to promote epilepsy awareness – but in Hackney it’s also an excuse to play lots of Prince. Get funked to his Purple Majesty’s classic tunes with an all-night Prince set and raise some money for charity too.
Machine No 3. Saturday.
Brownswood boss and broadcaster Gilles Peterson takes to XOYO’s decks for an Easter Sunday marathon of all the freshest jazz, boogie and broken beats, Latin house, global grooves, funk, soul, hip hop and leftfield house rhythms your feet can dance to.
Sunday service with a twist, this: The Church are a twisted gospel troupe whose comedy/cabaret rock ’n’ roll shows have gone down a holy storm at festivals across the country. Your grandma definitely wouldn’t approve.
The Lexington. Sunday.
Ever fancied raving in Littlefinger’s brothel, while Sir Loras Tyrell drops deep house bangers? Well, your dream has come true.
When he’s not busy portraying a giant whose entire vocabulary is his own name, Hodor from ‘Game of Thrones’ earns a crust as a prog house DJ. If you want to experience clubbing in the style of the Seven Kingdoms, you know where to head: close to Blackfriars Bridge.
Bankside Vaults. Sunday.
One of the finest DJs on the planet, Glasgow’s ‘Jackmaster’ Jack Revill pulls out all the stops this Easter for an all-nighter in Brixton. He’s long been known as an authority on house and techno, but then he didn’t get to where he is by playing it safe. Don’t be surprised to hear disco, dubstep, acid and pretty much anything in between.