Couples that rave together, stay together. It’s true. As well as many relationships being forged in bars, pubs and clubs, it’s shared time on the dancefloor that reinforces that bonds between lovers. With that in mind, we compiled a list of must-do events around Valentine’s this February.
After much-hyped B2Bs at Junction 2 and Innervisions’ showcase at Royal Albert Hall last year, our favourite DJ bromance reunite in London on Sunday 17th February. Playing all-night-long from 17:00 until 02:00, acclaimed selectors, colleagues and best friends Dixon and Âme link-up at Ministry of Sound.
For those of you based outside of London - or maybe fancying a romantic getaway to the south coast, you can’t go far wrong than liberal and creative hub and LGTBQ+ capital, Brighton. Aside from ice cream on the pier, late breakfasts in artisan vegan cafés and getting lost exploring North Laine, Saturday 16th February sees revered underground selector Henry Wu responsible for providing the energy at Patterns. Sounds like a weekend away we can get onboard with ourselves!
Perhaps one aimed at those couples who are a few decades each and began their love-affair wayback when UKG ruled the dancefloors or for those who simply fell in love with the soundtrack of a generation, you can skank and two-step you way to garage heaven at UKG Brunch. Whatsmore, there will be plenty of chicken wings and fries to provide the gusto! Bottomless, in fact. Well, they do say that the route to any man’s - and let’s be honest, women too - heart is via their stomach! And let’s not forget the legendary rum punch and anarchic party games.
Those with more upfront desires can’t go far wrong with Romanian deep tech peddler Raresh at Stump, The Steelyard on Saturday 16th or tech house dynasty and winner of 2018’s DJ Award Best Label Deeperfect hooking-up with The Little Festival at Studio 338 the night before.
For those who prefer the tempo a little slower - dare we say, “baby-making music” - R&B specialists A Night Of return for two shows at Camden’s Jazz Café. The first on Monday 18th January, is a Valentine’s special featuring the music of the late-great Whitney Houston. Though if you prefer your lyrics red-hot and , perhaps you’ll gravitate towards the March date with neo-soul slow jamz crooner D’Angelo the centre of attention.
Tickets for all of the above shows are on sale now.