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All-night DJ sets in London

Playing a start-to-finish set is a rare badge of honour for DJs at the top of their game. Here are some unmissable all-nighters coming up in the capital

Joy Orbison

A huge influence on the current gaggle of bass-humping, vocal-chopping kids creeping up the charts, the Big O goes all night at the third of his Just for You parties. It’s a rare chance to see an extended London set from a man whose track ‘BRTHDTT’ has been omnipresent all summer. The tune’s monumentally throbbing bass hook has been a fixture in sets from the likes of Julio Bashmore and Daphni, and an influence on Breach’s Top Ten hit ‘Jack’. He’s known for his big sets, so it should be fascinating to see him work this small 200-capacity club.

Dance Tunnel. Fri Sep 20.

Listen to Joy Orbison’s ‘BRTHDTT’:


Sitting on an aeroplane for six hours is usually pretty boring – unless you’re sat next to Alec Baldwin while he’s being thrown off a flight for playing Words With Friends during take-off. Watching modern disco icon Aeroplane for six hours sounds more appealing. Originally a duo (best known for their remix of Friendly Fires’ ‘Paris’), Aeroplane is now just Belgian/Italian producer Vito de Luca who flies solo on wings of blissed-out Balearic disco, old-school boogie funk and fruity house.

The Lightbox. Sat Sep 21.

Listen to Aeroplane gearing up for his all night session below

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Four Tet

The idea of Four Tet playing an eight-hour set at Fabric is like watching a dodgem car being driven by a chimp – it could go absolutely anywhere and you’ll end up telling your grandkids about it. The man known to his lawyer and accountant as Kieran Hebden is simply impossible to pin down as a DJ – glitchy techno or garage classics one minute, a Bollywood soundtrack  the next. The only things to expect are songs from his forthcoming ‘Beautiful Rewind’ LP, as well as tunes he’s been producing of late with Syrian singer Omar Souleyman. Otherwise, expect him to go deeper than Jacques Cousteau.

Fabric. Oct 4.

Listen to Four Tet's ‘Parallel Jalebi’:


While most DJs make their reputations as producers first, London’s Ben UFO is almost unique in being solely dedicated to bold selections and technically flawless mixing. It’s made him a refreshingly unique DJ hero, someone who’s able to draw on 25 years of underground dance music (including techno, house, dubstep and jungle) and weave it together in a way that makes fans wax lyrical. It’s not dissimilar to the way musos first talked about Eric Clapton’s guitar playing, in fact. Expect his set for Make Me at this excellent Hackney Wick venue to be a place of worship.

Autumn Street Studio. Oct 12.

Listen to Ben UFO’s three-record BBC Mix:

You have to feel sorry for Australian DJ Smokin’ Joe Mekhael. In 2012, he tried to break the Guinness World Record for the longest ever DJ set. After 132 hours of pumping electro, his expectant bubble was burst when he discovered that, in fact, the record to beat was 150 hours...

Not going to such lunatic lengths but still playing from opening to close, here are a handful of DJs planning an all-nighter in London very soon.

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