Being the organised one can be a logistical nightmare at this time of year. If that’s you, then you have our sympathies. As keen scheduling enthusiasts ourselves, we know all too well the stresses of being the nominated party planner. If you (or your bank balance) is still suffering after the long weekend just gone, then buckle in! Like buses, you wait four months for a bank holiday and then three come along at once! Thankfully, the calendar gods have gifted everyone a weekend - and payday - inbetween. So with that in mind, let’s dive in and take a look at what’s going on this May Day.
Starting-off with arguably the capital’s two biggest late-night venues, both fabric and Egg LDN are going all out for the occasion. Weekend-in, weekend-out you can always rely on this pair to cater to your clubbing needs. Especially useful if you’re just heading out on the town last minute on a whim. But even they go the extra mile for an extended weekend.
In Kings Cross on Saturday 4th May, Egg invite Brazil’s ANNA and Irish hardware fanatic Matador for an all nighter that’s sure to have everybody dancing until sunrise. Whilst in Farringdon, fabric have called upon Swiss-Chilean sensation Luciano to play an extended set as part of their huge XX anniversary celebrations. Unbelievably, it’s been almost a decade since Lucien last graced the hallow turntables of EC1, so this is an especially prominent appearance. Expect carnival-like flair in RM1, with Bas Ibellini on support duties on Sunday 5th May.
For those of you who prefer you sounds a little bit tougher, Closer return to E1. Following the riotous success of Chris Liebing’s open-to-close masterpiece last summer, the outfit again call on audiophiles capable of making the most of the venue’s self-styled Wall of Sound Funktion One system. German duo Pan-Pot headline in the Warehouse, with support from countrymen Fjaak and newcomer Ben Stirling. Meanwhile, Big Al’ Fitzpatrick looks after the Black Studio, with La Fleur also on hand. Stripped-back and industrial - this one is going to be all about the music. Proceedings start at 23:00 on Saturday evening and roll all the way through to 06:00am the following day.
Personally though, we’re very excited about Percolate’s ambitious plans for their annual Queen’s Yard Summer Party. Taking place across both days of the weekend - and spread over an incredible 22 venues all within walking distance in Hackney Wick - the promoters are cramming a lot into an action packed 36 hours in East London. Some of the stars of Saturday include Dan Shake, DJ Storm of Metalheadz, Kowton and Peverelist. Meanwhile, Sunday hosts a girth of talent, including electro connoisseur Alex Downey, DJ Boring, Pangeaa, Christian AB and Jane Fitz & Jane Seatle of Night Moves. In total, there are over 150 artists. The best part is that not one of them is an international DJ. Instead, the event choses to focus on grassroots talents and key labels within the UK scene.
Music aside, the event also champions local culture, art, food and drink and will feature galleries, talks and pop-up shops. Installations courtesy of Adrienne Peterffy, Elly Maddock, Matilda Skelton Mace and Shred-It, providing visual, thought-provoking stimuli. There’s even a designated wellness area.
One wristband gives access to all, so you can trawl your way through the likes of Mick’s Garage, Studio 9294, GIANT Steps and Number 90 Bar & Kitchen at your heart’s content. It’s no more than a 15-minute stroll between each venue, so regardless of what the weather has in store, you’ll be sound.
Tickets for all of the above events are on sale now.