Show the incoming weekend who’s boss by hitting some truly great parties and club nights. We’ve picked out three gems below, but there are lots more options over on our Nightlife and Clubs page.
THE CANDLELIGHT CLUB: PROHIBITION PARIS
Secret London location
Masters of the retro party The Candlelight Club host a party themed around 1920s Paris, complete with oodles of swing and gypsy jazz, speakeasy-style cocktails galore and plenty of nostalgic glamour. Ernest Hemingway would surely have approved, or at least necked all the booze and shouted at people, which is pretty much the same thing when you think about it. Get tickets quick, as these covert parties (the location is secret and only disclosed after to attendees after tickets have been purchased) usually sell out.
WHERE WERE YOU? WITH LISA MAFFIA
Nowadays, you can hear grime and garage tunes soundtracking an advert for a goji berry smoothie and no-one bats an eyelid. But it wasn’t always like this. Both scenes were nurtured in dingy underground London clubs for years before the mainstream muscled in and sweetened it all up. Celebrating this legacy is Where Were You?, a party presented by clothing brand Boxfresh, showing that at least parts of the mainstream seem to know what they’re doing. The event brings together various crucial players from both scenes from across the decades. Repping garage is Lisa Maffia of 2-step upstarts So Solid Crew, soulful UKG producer Groove Chronicles (who’s produced some superb, underrated garage tracks during his career) and scene veteran Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont. Flying the grime flag is genre-splicing innovator and glitchy bass ace Preditah, plus DJs Logan Sama and Sir Spyro going back-to-back, with MC Big Narstie adding lyrical wallop.
A NIGHT IN PARADISE
Ministry of Sound
Seminal New York venue Paradise played host to countless nights of disco and early house bliss during its ten-year run (1977-1987), many of them helmed by revered resident DJ Larry Levan. Countless selectors from across generations cite both the club and Leven as key influences in their career (whether they were lucky enough to attend in person or not), and London’s own Ministry of Sound was even inspired by Paradise Garage. Thus, MoS seems a fitting location to celebrate the club and its music. New York stalwarts David DePino, Danny Krivit and Victor Rosado play the Box, spinning classic PG-style house and disco, and funky French sensation The Reflex will also be busting out his remix skills. Horse Meat Disco will also be getting involved in the funk fun, as will Ministry co-founder Justin Berkmann, There’ll even be an appearance by turbo-lunged disco heroine Jocelyn Brown. It’s also a fundraising event, hoping to net £20,000 for two HIV charities, Terrence Higgins Trust UK and New York-based Gay Men’s Health Crisis.