Weekend Shakedowns: 16-18 February
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Come one, come all, for it is the weekend once again. Throw off those ties, throw them in the bin if you want to, because these next two days are all yours. Yes, come Monday you'll have to pick that tie out of the bin and go back to your bank/insurance/marketing/estate agency jobs, this time with added hangover, but don't think like that, nerd. Let's party.
Partying until 6am on a weekend can be hard, especially if you're reaching 30 and are inexplicably tired at 3pm everyday. You still want to let loose but jeez, not THAT much. Enter, the KALLIDA crew, the festival party starters who will be hosting Daniel Avery for their summer shindig. Until then, they're bringing you a free London jaunt on 16th February, an early evening affair that still packs a punch with techno heavyweights Redinho, Morriachi, Lean Low and Make Me on the controls.
OK, so it's not technically Valentine's Day anymore, but that doesn't mean you can't spend your time dancing to slow jams until 5am in Tottenham, does it? No, is the long and short of it, and few DJs cater better to that than Madam X, known for her shows on Rinse FM and BBC Radio 1Xtra and shelling it down the world over.
'Come rain or shine, let’s wine', says the tagline to Camden Assembly's new club night, Fine Wine. Given, it literally does not matter one iota whether it rains or shines in the snug confines of this Camden boozer-cum-club space, but whatever the weather, Fine Wine will be delivering a mix of bashment, Afrobeat, dancehall and ragga to the ragamuffins of Camden.
So Solid Crew is a name that conjures up images of early years spent drinking in parks on a Friday night. Now you're older, fatter, balder, greyer, more wrinkly and the most current record you own is a Susan Boyle album you got for Christmas five years ago. But So Solid Crew are still kicking, and if you're into that sort of thing, they'll be rolling through Fire for a Valentine's Day spesh, because UKG never dies.
Whities is the techno imprint from Young Turks, the label that brought FKA Twigs into this world and helped make The XX a thing. They're to be trusted when it comes to music, and for their show they've really pulled it out the bag. Cue Avalon Emerson, the selector who's been rising through the ranks with a kaleidoscopic and euphoric take on house music.
Good Block are one of our favourite club nights here at Dojo, so put them with the immersive party starters Social Joy and you have a match made in Balearic heaven. This time the two nights team up to bring Music From Memory label owner, Jamie Tiller, and John Gomez together for a truly globetrotting night of music from all corners of the world.
We were told February was supposed to be better, there was hope in February, but we're still sat here shivering in five layers. Let's dream of pastures new, to Summer, where the shitstorm is warm at least. Soundtracking your wistful thinking is Hipsters Don't Dance, the longstanding dancehall masters who bring fresh dubs and ridiculous riddims to Birthdays with their Winter Carnival.
You're covered in an inch of dirt and your hair is matted together thicker than Glastonbury mud. Your tinnitus has reached its peak and you've forgotten what the concept of a shower is, having not had one for 3 months. But anyway, who's counting? Plus, it puts you in perfect condition to take an early Sunday morning trip to Jaded for some techno face melters. We wish you luck...