“You know, you won’t ever find your true love in the club.” Pfft. What do these people know? I’m an exception to this flawed “rule” myself. Actually, a lot of my friends are in the same boat, having met their partner on a night out or at a festival. In fact, looking around the office right now, I see many happily coupled-up colleagues who break this stigma. And even if you haven’t been lucky enough to find “the one”, I’d say it’s given you’ve made lifelong friendships on the dancefloor and you and your mates would still die for each other, right? So let’s nip that mistruth in the bud. Even though we might be paired-up, personally, I find few things more appealing than hitting the town together and getting twisted. “Couples that rave together, stay together” Now that’s a motto I can get behind! Point being, whether you’re single and ready to mingle, seven years deep or wed with kids and a mortgage, Valentine’s is a prime opportunity to spend time together doing something you both love or put some graft in. This year it even falls on a weekend. No excuses. Fortunately, clubland has your back with plenty of choice to suit all tastes.
Lovers of techno need look no further than Sphere - the brand new concept from LWE. Taking place at London’s brand new event space, Magazine, the new series of five parties launches on Saturday 15th February. Set to turn our perception of modern-day clubbing on its head, Sphere will be showcasing some pretty advanced technology and production, in addition to a stonking line-up. The opening date will see Hot Since 82, Eats Everything and Special Guest Maya Jane Coles. Want another Valentine’s Day tip? The venue is located in Greenwich Peninsula, not far from the O2 arena. So how about you visit any one of the nearby restaurants beforehand, dine, sink a view cocktails to get you in the mood, and then walk the short distance to get your freak on!
Anyone who prefers their beats softer, slower and more melodic should look to Warm Up. The roaming party community’s next club date is on Friday 14th February - Valentine’s Day itself! Expect closed-eyes and hands on heart moments at The Steelyard with one of the friendliest dancefloors in the whole city. Monkey Safari and Jonas Saalbach are the headline guests, alongside residents Aidan Doherty, Jorge Martins and Gus Emmett. Get ready to be taken on a journey.
Calling all garage girls and roadmen, you’re well catered for as well - literally. Get fed, watered and 2-step at the Valentine’s edition of UKG Brunch. PSG, Ultra, BBBrown, Spin E B and Aurie Styla will be playing all the best back in the day hits, plus some Valentine’s-themed games. Rick Live and Shelley Nelson will perform a live PA. It takes place on Saturday afternoon again at The Steelyard.
Later that night, The Steelyard takes things in a minimal direction with Romanian duo Raresh and Cap, who are set to play B2B. Stump residents Thierry and Chrissy Hope are in support.
Elsewhere in the city, Kings Of Tomorrow reunite with vocalist Julie McKnight at Ministry Of Sound for a special night of slowed house jams. The duo are the creative minds behind one of house music’s most cherished tracks in Finally - definitely a track to hold a loved one close to. Fish Go Deep, The Revenge and new M.O.S. resident Griff join them in The Box for what is set to be a stellar night.
Finally, one for the kinky couples, the open-minded and the sexually adventurous. BDSM and fetish night Berlin Berlin present Tainted Love Affair at their Egg LDN home. Strictly no photography allowed. Bringing a slice of Berlin clubbing to the capital, expect an exemplary electronic music soundtrack coupled with caged, leather-clad dominatrix and transvestites. One for the self-confessed freaks!
Tickets for all of these parties are on sale now.