Weekend Shakedowns: 19th-21st May
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America is 'great' again, we're back to chasing foxes on horseback and in just under two weeks we may have a Prime Minister who wants to kill us all. Yes, everything's a little weird at the moment but if the 1984 Kevin Bacon hit Footloose has taught us anything is that in times like this we must dance, dance and dance some more. Thankfully you live in London which is just perfect for that kind of thing...
Fusing bass music with hi-energy, 140BPM forms of African music in Kizomba and Kuduro, Príncipe bring their sun-kissed tracks to one of north London’s favourite boozers. Label stalwarts DJ Marfox, DJ Ni**a Fox and DJ Firmeza hold it down on the night, so for an evening of truly world-unifying inspirations, make your way to Camden.
Shoreditch is dead, but thankfully Shorebitch lives on and as they celebrate five years of confetti-fuelled fun, they’re doing better than ever. For their birthday celebrations Shorebitch heads south to Electric Brixton, inviting Croydon’s Queen MC Nadia Rose, grime newcomer Abra Cadabra and Future Beats Records founder Complexion along for the ride.
All the best things in life are illicit and that includes this basement rave called, er, I L L I C I T. Celebrating their first year of Hennessy-fuelled mayhem and trap music madness, I L L I C I T bring the party to the Ace Hotel’s basement venue, Miranda, for an evening of high-octane rap, DIY grime and (hopefully) many, many, MANY balloons.
From the minds that brought us Dalston's The Alibi Five Miles toast their opening with a night hosted by Oscillate Wildly, who'll be christening the space with a live London-debut from reggaeton sensation, Bad Gyal. With a custom-built dancefloor, impeccable beers straight from the tap and a 4am license, Five Miles could well become one of our favourite haunts.
Saturday 20th May
Breath it in. Can you taste that? It’s the thick London smog entering your lungs, beautiful, right? Thankfully all of that and more is on offer at the Summer Open Air Shindo at Tottenham’s Styx. Taking you through 12-hours of music from 4pm to 4am, Berlin house maestro XXXY heads up this sunshine celebration, with Parisien BOg and the ominously named Just Her taking you from daylight to dusk. It’s party time, lads.
Assuming that most of us are too young to have experienced the euphoric dance music days of Studio 54 and Paradise Garage, we went and found the next big thing - sort of. Cutting his teeth in the debauched late-night house and disco clubs of late-80s NY, few others can boast a record collection as diverse as DJ Nature’s.
By day, Flamingo Pier pirate a 70-capacity barge on the Hackney Wick canal and pack it with a beefy soundsystem, playing disco, funk, afro and house music as you float along the water. But by night, the party moves indoors as they welcome Scottish-disco don The Revenge, Mark E and Rhythm Sister boss Jess Farley to Mick’s Garage. Landlubbers, rejoice.
Summer is great. It’s sunny at least 20% of the time and aside from Christmas Day it’s the only time of year where being drunk at 11am is OK and Krankbrother’s summer staple Under The Bridge is the perfect excuse to do just that. Kicking off at 1pm, electronic music heavyweights Craig Richards, Konstantin, Marcel Fengler, Paranoid London and the Krankbrother duo themselves takeover a TBA east London venue next to the River Lea.
Sunday 21st May
As long-standing stalwarts of the Sunday soundclash, the Channel One duo somehow lug their chest-rattling speaker stacks to the rooftop of Brixton Jamm for yet another instalment of their famed all-dayers - where the selections are as strong as the rum and gingers.