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The best parties in NYC this month

Check out the best parties New York's nightlife has to offer, from club nights to globally renowned label takeovers

Photograph: Vivienne van Vliet

Have the urge to party but don't know where to go? Play our collection of the 20 best dance music albums of the year, and browse through the list of our favorite danceworthy events, with house music, techno, minimal, acid, hip-hop and more on the bill. Don't miss out on all the secret parties (we recommend bookmarking this page so you're the first to know!). And make sure to satisfy that after-party (or pre-party) appetite on weekends by checking out one of the absolute best brunches NYC has to offer.

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Best parties in NYC this month

Demdike Stare

This electronic production duo traverses sickly netherworlds of techno and dark ambient in post-apocalypse—but though often dark and brooding, their ominous soundscapes are always beautifully produced and hauntingly powerful.

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Until Fri May 5

New Jack Swing: The Hype Dance

Red Bull Music Academy spotlights one of the city's most formative late ’80s music scenes. The term "New jack swing” was coined to mark the crucial cultural moment in Harlem where hip-hop and R&B first converged in hybrid music, fashion and dance styles. Iconic DJs from the era like Brucie B take to the decks alongside contemporary legends like Just Blaze.

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Until Fri May 5

Moodymann Plays Prince

Armed with deconstructed samples of jazz, blues, funk and gospel, Moodymann (a.k.a. Kenny Dixon Jr.) helped re-invent Detroit house and techno music in the ’90s with his own grimy spin on the genres. Here the turntablist legend pays tribute to an idol of his own for Red Bull Music Academy, spinning nothing but Prince all night long—B-sides, unreleased tracks, party-starters, deep cuts and more.

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Until Sat May 6
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A Bed-Stuy Function

At this afternoon club event, Red Bull Music Academy platforms the most innovative waves in the city's underground queer party scene, bringing together inventive DJs from various local Brooklyn collectives. Helming the decks you'll find: art-world luminary Juliana Huxtable, Brooklyn-via-Jamaica producer Tygapaw of Fake Accent, stud1nt and FXWRK of local queer collective KUNQ, Discwoman's Bearcat and members of Papi Juice.

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Until Sun May 7

Omar S

Label FXHE's idiosyncratic and brilliant head honcho, Omar S, is a Detroit contemporary of Theo Parrish and Moodymann with a sound that jacks, grinds and grooves like nobody else’s. He helms the decks with Eli Escobar, a mainstay in the New York club underground.

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Until Fri May 12

DJ Harvey

Wildest Dreams. Locussolus. Map of Africa. Ersatz, a punk band. Tonka Sound System, a collective of alernative DJs. You can call Harvey Bassett many things, just don't call him lazy. He's been playing music in one form or another for the past 40 years, and has been a postpunk drummer, a dance producer, the frontman for his own psych-rock band and, predominantly, a disc jockey. One of the last DJs to work with Larry Levan, his sets are the stuff of legends.

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Until Fri May 12
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Ben UFO + Pangaea + Pearson Sound + Faso + Turtle Bugg + Sagotsky

U.K. techno enthusiasts Ben “UFO” Thomson is one of those rare artists known solely for his impeccable DJ sets—no need for a production oeuvre. Instead, he’s considered something of a DJ’s DJ, capable of spinning a wider array of genres than almost anyone in the insanely competitive U.K. music scene. Ben is also known for cofounding the groundbreaking dubstep-meets-techno-meets-house label Hessle Audio.

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Until Fri May 12

GQOM: Durban → NYC

A minimal, lo-fi version of South African house music, gqom—which means "hit" or "drum" in Zulu—is an emerging dance trend in the coastal city of Durban. The stripped-down, percussive genre has an avid fandom abroad. Red Bull Music Academy brings a number of the genre's primary creators—including DJ Lag, Rudeboyz and DJ Twitty—this side of the Atlantic for the first time.

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Until Fri May 12
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18 comments
Mandana T
Mandana T

Celebrating 10 years of THE RED PARTY this Saturday at MERCURY LOUNGE!

Adam T
Adam T

I'm Adam Zach your new address to all the best clubs and rooftops in NYC (I work with most of the clubs here: Up&down/Lavo/1OAK/Gilded Lily/PHD/Catch/Hudson Terrace...etc) so if you're interesting to get free drinks and table every night TEXT ME

917-714-3063 🏼

Catie A
Catie A

Nice read. Worth metnioning the fullglass app which gets you free drinks in many bars

Al S
Al S

I'm a New York Event Host and Promoter at the Top 10 nightclubs and lounges in NYC plus 50 more! Text me 917-617-5236 any day of the week! Instagram: a_list_nyc

- FREE VIP Guest list!

- BEST Table Reservation/Bottle Service Deals in NYC!

- FREE Complimentary Bottle and Table service for groups of 15 or more (Bachelorette, Birthdays, Girls-Nite-out) !

- Express Entry into the club!  


Caroline J
Caroline J

Hey guys! I'm working as a promoter for exclusive clubs in NYC. I have access to get pretty ladies in for free and get free alkohol - whatever I want. I'm making parties every week/weekends. Text me now 917-443-3829 to party in the city which never sleep and feel like a star by skipping the lines for free!! Have a birthday? Text me now!! Will make it special for you and your girls!! I guarantee you won't forget it!! Tomorrow I gonna do Up&Down. JOIN NOW AND CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE!!

MS
MS

NYC oldest after hour club is back, Club Shelter with Timmy Regisford, aka, The Maestro.
Sunday's from 3am - 3pm at 301 West 39th St.
 

Krystle L
Krystle L

Hey nice move bring back the underground

Troy D
Troy D

Certainly some great events listed above, but points lost for not including Verboten StageONE with Sasha, Scuba, Agoria and Joris Voorn.

Nicholas A
Nicholas A

Everyone go follow NICKGQ on instagram. all the BEST parties in NYC WEEKLY plus the most amazing rooftops and brunches ! never a cover ! free drinks and vip entry weekly

Illustrious B
Illustrious B

(((This Sunday, March 22nd)))


ASTRO DISCO (The Afro-futuristic Intergelectrosoul Soiree) w/THE ILLUSTRIOUS BLACKS at Meridian 23! Hosted by André D. Singleton & Ricky TheJones + live performances by Monstah Black & Audra Isadora and beats by Manchildblack! 6pm-Midnight.




https://www.facebook.com/events/408619855973304/

Christina A
Christina A

Very much eager for the party-time in New York, from there to the party city Vegas! Already in my favorite http://www.travoline.com to book my hotels….. Can't wait.

Nomad
Nomad

Those in the know know this list is mostly childs play - the real parties can't be found here you gotta dig deeper friends. Use your imagination the underground is thriving - nyc 's still got it if you can get it.

nv
nv

WHERE DID ALL THE PARTIES GO? THE PAGE IS BLANK! FIX IT!!!

Tumisang
Tumisang

Wish i could be in NYC rolling in the deep.