Congratulations, everyone: you’ve made it halfway through January. Reward yourself for completing this arduous task and enduring the cold, the rain and the general misery by partying your (newly gifted over Christmas) socks off this weekend. Just because it’s the first month of the year doesn’t mean there aren’t loads of great club nights and other fun things happening, so take your pick from the three gems below or head over to our Nightlife page for lots more options.
Friday Jan 16
Ian Watson and guest DJs deliver a wonderfully nostalgic mix of indie pop, northern soul, Motown and ’60s heartbreak at this much-loved club night. After the closure of the Buffalo Bar, where HDIFTBL was located for a good few years, the night has moved to a new home, Dalston’s Shacklewell Arms. As ever, the dancefloor should be packed with bearded guys and cardiganned gals dancing as if their vinyl collection depended on it.
Saturday Jan 17
The tenth annual Worldwide Awards from superb selector GP also acts as a showcase for some of the very freshest talents around, plucked from the worlds of funk, hip hop, jazz, dub, house, electronica and more. Performances come from Fatima, Dorian Concept, The Heliocentrics, Marshall Allen, Taylor McFerrin, Clap! Clap!, Lone, Adrian Younge and many more. As well as an actual awards ceremony, it’s very much an indicator of who’s likely to be making waves over the coming year, so if you’re willing to splash out a little for the ticket (it’s a pricey one, admittedly), you’re in for a treat.
Sunday Jan 18
Former Shoreditch Underground Station
Yes, we know we keep going on about Pillow Cinema, but this is the very final day of the rogue film project, so get booking tickets quick if you want to grab a pillow, veg out on a bean bag, order a drink and watch some great movies in Shoreditch’s former tube station. But don’t worry, there won’t be any bits of old rail track lying around – the venue has been converted into a seriously cosy kick-back palace for the occasion. You just need to buy an advance ticket, bring your own pillow and you’re set. The final three screenings are ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ at 1.30pm, ‘The Skin I Live in’ at 4pm and ‘Man on Wire’ at 6.45pm. Get cosy, just don’t forget to bring your own pillow.
Don’t forget to check our Nightlife page for more top parties and club nights.