October is definitely here. One minute we were enjoying a late surge of next, the next we were turning our central heating on. It all happened so quickly and now we’re on the downhill slope to winter. We could despair or we could rejuice, but clubland comes alive in these months - and it all starts at the end of the month with some pretty speculator Halloween shows. The industry and partygoers always look to this weekend as a source of inspiration - and this year is no different. Let’s take a further look at what’s going on near you.
Let’s start with the biggest - the capital’s definitive Halloween party - it could only be Drumcode Halloween at Tobacco Dock. Yet again Adam Beyer has assembled a cast of label cohorts for the annual haunting. Taking place on Saturday 26th October, you catch the likes of Ilario Alicante, Enrico Sangiuliano and Bart Skils join the boss across three rooms of throttling techno.
It doesn’t end there, as we continue After Dark just around the corner. E1 hosts the official after party with a selection of DJ friends from the main event taking care of business.
At the O2 Academy, CamelPhat have sold out their headline set at the marvelled music hall without releasing any other names. Quite a feat. You might be lucky if you check for resales!
On Friday 1st November, another artist who embodies the best qualities of Halloween has her own party. Landing at Canning Town’s FOLD warehouse, Maya Jane Coles presents Nocturnal Sunshine. The multidisciplinarian will be appearing as both her real name and her alter-ego, whilst she’ll be joined by Benji B, Wax Wings and Jossy Mitsu.
Elsewhere, fans of drum and bass should look to O2 Academy Brixton on Friday 25th October, where Let It Roll Open the Portal with a selection of DJs and MCs. Sub Focus is the big headliner with special guests TBA.
Garage heads don’t miss out on the action either, though they have to wait until Saturday 2nd November for UKG Brunch presents Heartless Crew. They arrive at The Steelyard in Allhallows Lane from midday to 18:00 with their anarchic brand of riddims, party games, chicken wings and rum punch.
Ministry Of Sound call upon Icarus, Anek and the Secret DJ for its Halloween party on Saturday 26th October, while the Secret Garden Rave takeover the Steelyard on the same date. Café Mambo catch a flight to the Dutch Church with Sandy Rivera in tow. Meanwhile, those looking some something a bit different might like to consider indulging in the Candlelight Club’s jazz aged ballroom cabaret show - also 26th October.
Edinburgh and the surrounding area is pretty spoiled as well. The Highland Centre plays host to the enormous indoor Terminal V festival called The Reckoning. Laurent Garnier will play his first set there in 20 years, whilst Ben Klock, Maceo Plex, Michael Bibi and Skream all star in the stacked bill. In Manchester, CamelPhat take on the cavernous new WHP venue Mayfield Depot on Friday 25th October - the night before their Brixton Academy show. A week later, Annie Mac Present has a Halloween special, with the Radio 1 dance music queen inviting the likes of Green Velvet, Denis Sulta, Mella Dee and Kettama for the thrill ride.
Lastly but by no means least, we find ourselves in Birmingham. D&B fans delight, as Hospitality Halloween delivers spooky activity to The Mill with London Elektricity, S.P.Y., Randall, special guests and lots more. Get it in your diary for Saturday 2nd November.
Tickets for all the above shows are on sale now. Remember, it really is one of the best clubbing periods of the year - and seeing as it’s being spread over 2 weekends in 2019 that means you can potentially get double-use of your fancy dress outfit!