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August bank holiday parties and club nights

An extra day off means an extra day to recover, so take your pick of these great parties happening across London over the August bank holiday

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By Charlie Allenby |
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A three-day weekend (August 24-26) means only one thing: more time to party. And while Notting Hill Carnival is bringing its usual array of dance hall, reggae and bass to the streets and clubs of London, there’s a bounty of great events taking place if you want a vuvuzela-free experience. So whether you’re looking for pop-ups, boat parties, house music or general immersive larking about, there’ll be something for you in our comprehensive bank holiday party listings below.

RECOMMENDED: Read our full guide to the bank holiday in London

Friday August 23

Clubs, House, disco and techno

Il Telefono: Weimar Edition

icon-location-pin Dalston Superstore, Dalston
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The female-led rave will be decamping to Dalston Superstore for an evening of electro sounds with an Art Deco twist. Berlin-based Doc Sleep will be joining forces with Field Maneuvuers' resident Iona for an eclectic back-to-back set that will keep your feet moving all night. Dress to impress and get ready to enter the pleasure palace.

Clubs, House, disco and techno

Spiritland by Night: Balance

icon-location-pin Spiritland, South Bank
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It's now been more than four years since the iconic London club Plastic People closed its doors for the last time, and it's fair to say that nowhere in the city has managed to match its forward-thinking approach to dance music ever since. For one night only, the club's owner Ade Fakile will be gracing the decks of Spiritland's Royal Festival Hall space, and you can expect to hear a lot of grooves that made the spot stand out over its 20 year life.

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Clubs, House, disco and techno

Trouble Vision with Skatebård, Perel and Mandredas

icon-location-pin Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle
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Trouble Vision is taking on a disco flavour this Bank Holiday courtesy of scandi star Skatebård. The Norwegian is taking to the Elephant & Castle space's main room for a set crammed with blistering breaks, hands in the air middle eights and the best of Italo house.

Saturday August 24

Clubs, House, disco and techno

One Day At The Disco Festival

icon-location-pin Three Mills Island, Bow
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If you ever needed any more proof that disco is back, this one-day fest on Three Mills Island will get you dusting off your dancing shoes in no time. Norwegian disco don Todd Terje and the Belgian masters of fun 2ManyDJs are the main attractions, but with an undercard including Derrick Carter, Inner City and CC:Disco!, this is one festival you're going to want to get there early for. 

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Clubs, House, disco and techno

Little Gay Brother presents 'Queer Carnival'

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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If you believe in the 'go hard or go home' approach, this could be the August bank holiday bash for you. LGBT+ club collective Little Gay Brother are taking over Flat Iron Square and Omeara in SE1 for an epic 13-hour street party that includes performances from Wes Baggaley, Coco Cole and Jeffrey Hinton. There will be an outside stage, drag queens on treadmills, and if you doubt that the LGB crew have the dance moves to keep them entertained, you obviously haven't been to one of their parties before.

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Clubs, House, disco and techno

Secretsundaze Turns 18!

icon-location-pin Oval Space, Bethnal Green
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Most 18th birthday parties are a blur of shots, sick burps and having to be taken home early because 'you had something dodgy at lunch'. But Secretsundaze's shindig is set to be the polar opposite. Floating Points will be swinging by to offer up his usual selection of jazz, funk and soul, while rising stars Chaos In The CBD make their Secretsundaze UK debut with a session jam-packed with deep house bangers.

Clubs, House, disco and techno

R&S Records: In Order To Dance

icon-location-pin Studio 338, Greenwich Peninsula
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The Belgian electronic powerhouse R&S Records will be bringing a roster of artists to the Greenwich space for a 16-hour party that will be non-stop from the off. Techno heads will be provided for with sets from Surgeon and Shed, while Actress will be representing the burgeoning UK scene.

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Clubs, House, disco and techno

Dusky Take A Trip 5

icon-location-pin Mick's Garage, Hackney Wick
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The London-based duo Dusky are returning with their fifth Take A Trip party, where they will again showcasing their musical tastes and influences during an eight-hour set. Body Hammer's Scott Fraser and Joe Hart will be bringing the groove, while GiGi FM rounds off proceedings and is set to bring some amazing out-there picks.

Sunday August 25

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Horse Meat Disco Summer Gymkhana

icon-location-pin The Eagle, Vauxhall
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The awesome Horse Meat Disco crew keep London's party going on the August Bank Holiday Sunday for a full 12-hours – and if you needed any more convincing, a certain Mick Jagger was spotted at their bash back in May. Expect the usual impeccable blend of disco, funk and house from resident DJs Luke Howard, Jim Stanton, James Hillard and Severino. 

Clubs, House, disco and techno

Night Tales: Roy Davis Jr & Very Special Guest

icon-location-pin Night Tales, Hackney
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When one of the living legends of Chicago house comes to town, you've got to cancel all your plans and bag yourself a ticket. Roy Davis Jr. has been doing his thing for more than 30 years, so expect a decade-hopping set and an obligatory spin of his 1997 hit 'Gabriel'. 

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Clubs, House, disco and techno

The Hydra: Larry Heard, Theo Parrish, Carl Craig, Moodymann, DāM-Funk & More

icon-location-pin Printworks London, Canada Water
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The Hydra is bringing three days of programming to Printworks over the Bank Holiday weekend, but it's the final day that's worth your attention. Chicago house legend Larry Heard (aka Mr Fingers) and Detroit giants Moodyman, Dâm-Funk and Theo Parrish top a bill that spans everything from funk and soul to deep techno. Rising star of the London jazz scene Joe Armon-Jones is a highlight in the space's room two.

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