It’s Halloween weekend: the best excuse you’ll get to dress up like an idiot and drink a little too much, surrounded by dozens of adults doing the very same thing. There’s a shit tonne of freakishly festive events happening around London where you can celebrate, and we’ve compiled them in one handy place for you here. But if pumpkin markets and horror film screenings aren’t really for you, fair enough – you can dip over to the dark side with a hardcore techno party or 20-hour rave. Don’t know where to start? Here’s the best nights out in London this week.
A Rave Odyssey
Now this looks like a good way to do Halloween: a part festival, part rave, eight-stage stomper at north London’s finest party ground. DJs and stage hosts will provide all sorts of sounds to keep you going for all 20 hours – from Neil Landstrumm’s pounding techno to CC:DISCO’s disco-infused boogie cuts. Tottenham’s local fashion hero, Sports Banger (the guy that came up with that viral NHS nike T-shirt), will host a party, and other special ‘XXX’ guests will be revealed very soon. The theme is intergalactic-cosmic-rave-brilliance, and since The Cause is being forced to shut its doors for good very soon, we recommend you get down to join the fun while you can.
A Rave Odyssey with CC:DISCO, Derrick Carter, Kiara Scuro, Neil Landstrumm, Sports Banger and more. The Cause, N17 9LZ. Sat 30 Oct. 10:00 - 06:00. Tickets from £12.50.
Probably the most perfect place in south to prance around in your questionable Halloween attire. Hootannanny Brixton will blast spine-tingling ska, revolting reggae, spooky ska-punk and all sorts of other sounds to get a bit freaky to, with a lineup boasting live music from the Popes of Chillitown, Maroon Town, and The Stiff Joints, as well as DJs who'll keep the party going into the darker hours.
Popes of Chillitown, Maroon Town, The Stiff Joints, Selecta MadMax and more. Hootananny Brixton, SW2 1DF. Sat, 30 Oct. 21:00 - 03:00. Tickets from £10.
Tratratrax X OS Community
This showcase of UK and Latinx club music boasts some really sick names. There’s Manuka Honey, a stellar selector who'll blare everything from Reggaeton and baile funk to hard drum; there’s Hyperdub’s Ikonika, known for her melodic, dubby mixing; and Florentino, who’ll soften the blow with some more delicate Latin rhythms. The party is put on by TraTraTrax, a club crew from Colombia, along with South London's OS community – expect big breaks, big bass and fizzing energy.
Florentino, Ikonika, Manuka Honey, and more. Venue MOT Unit 18, SE14 5RT. Fri, 29 Oct, 23:00 - 07:00. Tickets from £12.
Little Gay Brother's Halloween
For hair-raising Halloween brilliance turned up to the absolute max, look no further than Little Gay Brother's festive dance floor shindig. The names on this lineup are all equally spontaneous in their selections, meaning you’ll literally be kept on your toes. Don’t miss Teki Latex – who’s big on the Parisian party scene – and JAYJAY REVLON, an activist, house DJ, and voguing sensation.
ANGEL D'LITE, JAYJAY REVLON, Teki Latex and more. The Steel Yard, EC4R 3UL. Sat, 30 Oct. 22:00 - 06:00. Tickets from £16.95.
DJ Seinfeld presents Mirrors: Live
DJ Seinfeld’s sound is instantly recognisable – it's lo-fi, fuzzy, left-field house that is catchy and emotional, but also very nice to dance too. Think Palms Trax, meets DJ Koze, meets Four Tet. For this show at EartH, the DJ-producer will be performing material from his new(ish) album ‘MIRRORS’ live for the first time, alongside some earlier classics from his back catalogue. The performance will be drenched in a glorious light show and top production, which is set to be a spectacle in itself.
DJ Seinfeld. EartH, N16 8BH. Thu, 28 Oct. 19:00 - 23:00. Tickets from £20.25.