We hope you all had a good Easter! Whether you were out on the dancefloor until 6am or tucked-up eating chocolate under the duvet, it’s not long to wait until the next run of bank holidays. As ever, these dates throw-up lots of party options. It can be hard managing your diaries! So we’ve compiled this guide to what’s on to make your planning a little easier.
May Day Bank Holiday alights with full-fanfare as the Arcadia spider makes its nest at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. Saturday is tailored towards fans of house and techno, with Leftfield, Sven Väth, Groove Armada, Norman Jay and more guide you through a minefield of lasers, fireballs and trapeze artists with their soundtrack. Sunday is aimed at fans of bass music, with a heavy emphasis on D&B. Rudimental and Noisia are the star-attractions on a day of programming which also includes bouts of dubstep, hip-hop and grime. Of course, the ever-evolving Metamorphosis show will be the centre-piece across both days, not to mention the debut of the indoor Reactor structure. For those who don’t want to call it quits at 22:30, fear not: we’ve got you covered…
After dark on Saturday we head to The Steelyard in Allhallows Lane, where Eats Everything and Dense & Pika will continue the party, albeit more stripped-back. On Sunday fabric host the Afters, with Bad Company UK and an array of RAM Records affiliates taking you through to the early morning! But don’t worry – no work on Monday. So you can fully let loose on the dancefloor!
May 5th also marks a milestone for EGG LDN. The Kings Cross venue are celebrating 15 years strong with a stellar techno line-up consisting of Radio Slave, Tobi Neumann, Phon.o and Special Guest TBA. It’s been another busy year of regeneration for the North London club, and their endeavours were rewarded with the Best Large Club gong at DJ Mag’s end of year awards. Expect this one to continue into the daylight hours! Earlybirds are a snip at a tenner each.
Another birthday celebration is going down on the south-coast, as Patterns mark 3-years. They’ve invited Glaswegian party-starters Optimo and Jasper James down for the occasion, so you know there’s going to be fireworks! Sticking with tradition, the first weekend in May also coincides with the opening of their terraced area. The new look design is still a closely guarded secret. Dancing from 14:00 ‘til late.
Art Peckham return to the Bussey Building with a trio of Hypercolour B2Bs on Sunday 6th May. Ilian Tape’s Dario Zenker locks horns with stable-mate Skee Mask, while Swede Axel Boman tangles with Matt Karmil.
On the other side of town, LWE launch their brand-new venue with help from Bronx natives, The Martinez Brothers! Chris & Steve Jnr present a showcase from their label Cuttin’ Headz to kick things off. Also on the bill are FUSE pair Rossko & Archie Hamilton performing together as Arkityp, Argy and Matt Tolfrey.
At the end of the month, Shanti Celeste is back at Patterns Brighton with the second edition of her curated-by series, Peach Party. Promising to blur the boundaries between house, techno, soul and disco, expect to hear music inspired by her Peach Discs imprint. Call Super is our hostess’ esteemed guest.
Across the Severn bridge and in Cardiff, UKG Brunch roll into town with DJ Luck & MC Neat in tow. The craze that’s sweeping the nation features 90mins of bottomless rum punch, 90mins of bottomless fried chicken and a full-throttle garage soundtrack. It’s gonna get rowdy!
You can find tickets for all the shows above on our site.