With the bank holiday weekend ahead of us, London is buzzing with nights for discerning clubbers. From rare groove gems in Brixton, D&B rollers in a new central London clubbing hub to a 17-hour techno rave hosted by one of Berlin’s hottest club crews in the outskirts of town, there’s something for pretty much everyone.
These are London’s best club nights for the May bank holiday weekend.
Brixton Rare Groove Disco, 27 April
Back in the 1970s, British pirate radio DJ Norman Jay coined the phrase ‘rare groove’ to describe under-the-radar imported records (think Loleatta Hollowa’s “Runaway” or “Expansions” by Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes) that catalyzed UK styles like acid jazz, neo-soul, and trip-hop. Groove into the weekend with an evening full of vinyl gems at Brixton’s Rare Groove Disco. Set a ticket alert now
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Dubfire And Sam Paganini, 28 April
Rolling along E1’s SS23 season, Dubfire and Sam Paganini, two of Drumcode’s finest ambassadors, join forces with TREGAMBE boss Juliet Fox, Anna Unusyan and Akoriz. Clubbers can experience E1’s new, cutting-edge AV and lighting system, a slick addition to one of the best sound systems in town. Set a ticket alert now
Interplanetary Criminal - The Residency, 28 April
After topping the charts with Eliza Rose’s smash single “BOTA (Baddest Of Them All)”, Manchester garage tastemaker Interplanetary Criminal concludes his month-long XOYO residency with a final blowout. We just know it’s going to be a big one: banging breaks, raging basslines, and gun fingers blazing. Set a ticket alert now
Shogun Audio, 28 April
Iconic Drum & Bass label Shogun Audio takes over Outernet, London’s new immersive entertainment destination just off Tottenham Court Road. It’s going to be a night to remember with DJ Marky and MC GQ, Pola and Bryson, Monrroe, Emily Makis, Duskee, GLXY, and more, all coming together to create an unforgettable atmosphere on Outernet’s powerful Funktion One sound system. Set a ticket alert now
Printworks Closing Weekend, 28 April
Few venues in London have been able to boast a space quite as iconic as the Printworks. A former printing factory, Printworks hosted some of the biggest names in electronic music throughout its six-year-long stint. For the first night of its epic four-night closing weekend, Black Coffee, Maya Jane Coles, Danny Howard, and many more are sending the club off with a bang. Set a ticket alert now
Fold x Mala Junta, 29-30 April
With its open-minded crowd, anything-goes attitude, and fast techno sound – championed by residents Hyperaktivist, DJ Tool, and D.Dan – Berlin-based Mala Junta has quickly become one of the most exciting club nights in the German capital. In true Berlin club kid fashion, their London party looks like an affair of endurance, playing out over 17 hours at FOLD. Set a ticket alert now
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DVS1, Rrose, Akua, 29 April
An extended set by Berghain resident DVS1 is always cause for celebration. At E1, the Midwest legend blesses the decks for a four-hour-long set on the East London venue’s bespoke Funktion One sound system. Paired with Akua, one of New York’s most exciting techno selectors, and Rrose, a specialist in psychoacoustics, ravers can expect a night full of evocative and mind-bending sounds. Set a ticket alert now
Daniel Avery & Richard Fearless present: Goo
Sun, 30 Apr, 16:00 • The Pickle Factory, London, United Kingdom
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Good news for fans of daytime clubbing: Goo is the new Sunday party hosted by Daniel Avery and Richard Fearless at the Pickle Factory. While most widely known as one-half of Death in Vegas (along with Steve Hellier), the latter is a keen selector in his own right. Together, the two will whip up hypnotic, driving beats and otherworldly melodies, taking listeners on a journey into uncharted territories.