Gigs in London tonight
Over the last six years We Are FSTVL has established itself as one of the seriously big guns among the new generation of dance festivals. Okay, it’s technically in Essex, not London, but it’s still a firm favourite with Londoners, seeing as you can get there on the tube. Big-name dance behemoths and equally big production values are key to the WAF experience. House and techno of all shapes and sizes are the main ingredients here, but you’ll also find, grime, garage and bassier flavours too. The 2019 line-up hasn't been announced yet, but it's highly unlikely to disappoint. BOOK TICKETS TO WE ARE FSTVL HERE
Returning for a second year after its successful 2018 launch, All Points East is an eclectic 10-day festival that takes over Victoria Park in late May and early June. The opening and closing three-day weekends are given over to music, with 2019 headliners including Christine and the Queens, The Chemical Brothers, Bon Iver and Bring Me the Horizon. In between there are four days of community-driven entertainment on the site, with comedy, film screenings, street food and much more. Those four days are free to enter, with some ticketed events inside. All in all then, a pretty epic event. Line-up includes: Fri May 24: The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Spirtualized, Little Dragon, Danny Brown, Little Simz, Ibibio Sound Machine Sun May 26: Christine and the Queens, Metronomy, Maribou State, Beach House, Honne, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Toro Y Moi, Ezra Collective, Baloji, Rina Sawayama, Cuco Fri May 31: Bring Me The Horizon, Run The Jewels, Nothing But Thieves, Idles, Scarlxrd, Yonaka Sun Jun 2: Bon Iver, Mac DeMarco, First Aid Kit, John Grant, The Tallest Man On Earth, Julien Baker, Snail Mail, KOKOKO!
With summer finally here (fingers crossed) it's time to scout out some bars for an afternoon of sun worshiping and pretending you're on the beach of some Balearic island – rather than by a canal full of shopping trollies. Grow in Hackney Wick's free Saturday session will have DJs spinning tunes on its terrace until 8pm before moving the music inside for a fiery performance from nine-piece afrobeat band Joro. The brilliant named Pineapple Pizza Soundsystem will be on hand to keep the party going into the early hours.
The Seattle metalheads tour in support of their Grammy-nominated album 'Rainier Fog', whose title is almost certainly a comment on Seattle's notoriously drizzly London-esque weather.
One of Chicago's biggest parties is coming to London for a one-off night that is sure to keep people glued to the dancefloor long into the early hours. Hosted by Derrick Carter and Michael Serafini, the shindig was started in the Mid West by the pair alongside the late, legendary Frankie Knuckles. If the parties in Carter's hometown are anything to go by, this should be one glamourously good affair.
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