Weekend Shakedowns: 14-17 June
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It's World Cup season, the time when everyone decides to become a football fan for an entire month before inevitably forgetting about it come August. But if football isn't your thing even during the World Cup then forget the packed pubs and Carling drinkers and indulge your inner club kid with our Weekend Shakedowns.
Camden's Jazz Cafe is having a birthday, and with London label Rhythm Section dictating the party vibes for the night you know it's going to be a pretty great occasion as Rhythm Section signees 30/70, Vels Trio, Laura Misch and label-founder Bradley Zero bring the jazz.
There ain't no party like a hip hop karaoke party, so warm up those MC vocal chords, dust off your disses, and join the gang at the Queen Of Hoxton to watch white dudes rap the wrong lyrics to Biggie classics. It'll be a riot.
Dancehall, a rooftop and lots of alcohol is probably a recipe for a health and safety disaster, but boy will it make for a great party. DJs Becca D, Shabba and Tropical Mas Dancers will be on hand with the Jamaican riddims all night long.
Everyone loves a bit of Italo disco, so we're happy to tell you that the Hypnotic Tango crew are inviting some Italo royalty to Moth Club with Heartbreak and Italoconnection, who will both be performing rare live sets this Friday.
The influential music publication The Quietus are making some noise at Oval Space, curating a line-up that's perfect for chin stroking techno fans. Come down and let Andy Stott, Lee Gamble, Demdike Stare and Ikonika melt your mind with hard-hitting electronica.
Come and immerse yourself in the contemporary sound of Chinese electronic music as Hong Kong artists Youngqueenz, Fotan Laiki, N.O.L.Y. and Flora Yin-Wong bring the techno-tinged noise of the Far East to South London.
When it comes to possibly fictional music genres 'dystopian dancehall' sounds like something we're making up. But were not. If you don't believe us, come check the If-Only crew as they showcase the dreaded sound of dark dancehall with Low Jack and Leif in tow.
Since their formation in 2005, Vessels have pushed electronic music to be weirder and more experimental. Now, they're heading to the Southbank for a rare live set and DJ set, so grab yourself a ticket and prepare for a musical education.
If techno bros pumping their fists in deep v-neck t-shirts isn't your jam then head to Emily's Bar with the Co-Select crew, a techno collective advocating gender equality in DJ culture by curating back to back sets with a focus on balanced representation.
Join the NVWLS gang at Number 90 as they sing for England (EN-GER-LAND) with an all-day house and disco World Cup party. The imaginatively titled DJs in Dennis Bergchamp, Ample Man, House Husband and more will be on hand to cheer you up once England inevitably crash out in the first round.
Put on your favourite disco garms and dig out your platform shoes as Fever 105 return to Oval Space for their annual summer shindig, welcoming the disco dons Soul Clap, Gerd, Jamie 3:26 and many more for over 14 hours of funk.
When it comes to rare reggae and only the most ferocious dubplates, few do it better than Channel One Sound System. If you haven't witnessed one of their all-night jams at Village Underground yet then boy, are you in for a roots, dub and dancehall-heavy treat. Pull up.