Easter is on the horizon and for obvious reasons it’s one of our favourite weekends of the year (and it’s only partly due to chocolate eggs!) Maybe it’s the fact that the working week either side is only 4 days long? More likely, it’s because we can party all the way from Thursday afternoon to some silly time on Monday morning! Or, for the lightweight amongst us, it means an extended recovery period. And what better way to help get over those hangsovers than a piece of morning chocolate! NomNom! Turning our attention back to the partying, though, and we’re predictably spoilt for choice. Here’s a rundown of our favourite events taking place in London and further afield at the end of the month.
For those needing their retro fix, MOS have you covered on Maundy Thursday with Backto95. Celebrating their 17-year anniversary, the event will feature an A-star ensemble with the likes of Todd Edwards, Matt Jam Lamont and Luck & Neat all present. In addition Creed, DT, PSG and more are on mic duties, plus there’ll be a live PA from legendary vocalist Barbara Tucker.
North of the river, The Magician headlines our favourite King’s Cross hangout, Egg, marking his debut appearance at the venue. Both his productions and sets meander from house to disco to pop, so expect to be captivated by his mesmerizing infusions. Support on the night comes from house don Riton and, for those who prefer things a little tougher, in the basement there’s a live set courtesy of Saytek.
Welsh-based house fans can rejoice on Good Friday, as Shangri-La bring Knee Deep In Sound boss Hot Since 82 to Cardiff’s Tramshed. The last time Daley played here the event sold out weeks in advance and there were absolutely scenes! We’re expecting more of the same this time. So if you’re planning on attending, snap up those tickets sooner rather than later.
But Cardiff, please be gentle with him! The following day HS82 will be crossing the Severn Bridge to headline the UK debut of Ibiza party-concept Labyrinth. Having crafted the line-up himself, he’s invited friends, residents and a few legends to join him at Tobacco Dock. Just a handful of highlights include an extended Dubfire set in the car park, Erick Morillo’s first appearance here, live maestros Guti & Martin Buttrich squaring-off and a secret early set in The (Little) Gallery. Sssh! Of course, Hot Since 82 plays the “go home” set to end proceedings.
Later on that night, Art Peckham invite boundary-pushing label Hypercolour to The CLF Café AKA The Bussey Building. Matthew Herbert, Kowton and more represent the Bristol-based imprint, for a night which promises genre-bending across the spectrum of electronic music. Say no more - this’ll be one for true music aficionadas.
At Corisca Studios, Memory Box fly in Detroit originator and one of the Bellville Three, Juan Atkins in a night dedicated to the city of techno. Atkins is joined by New York’s Frankie Bones while Room 2 is under control of Acid Rave. We love Corisca for being a stripped-back affair in a dark room and killer soundsystem, so this one is strictly about the music. No sugar-coating!
Finally, for those who prefer their sounds more street check-out the diverse sounds of urban London with Rinse FM party-starters SWAMP81 and their merry band of misfits. Oneman, Paleman, Lamont, Chunky and Benton are all on show at Hangar.
Tickets for all of the above and more are available now.
Whatever you get up, Happy Easter for us all at Ticket Tannoy!