We’re about to hit the last weekend in January, after which, life gets a little easier. So stomp out those final shreds of January blues and have some fun this weekend. Whether you’re looking to bounce yourself silly on a space hopper, rave the night away to top DJs or even celebrate Burns Night with a ceilidh and plenty of whisky, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And if our picks below don’t light up your day, head to our Nightlife page for lots more party options.
Friday Jan 23
Islington Metal Works
Tired of having to choose between quality music nights and unpretentious fun? This continually ace night combines both with a house, ’90s hip hop, garage and drum ’n’ bass soundtrack, plus plenty of interactive fun. Cue a huge array of activities and retro games, such as a bouncy castle, giant ball pit, space hopper emporium, vintage porn posing boards, photobooth, fake moustache reception, extreme knitting live art and much, much more – all in place to help you recall the carefree days of your youth. DJs Moucha, Naked Jake, Jack Swift and other residents on rotation spin the classics. Go get regressed!
Saturday Jan 24
Ministry of Sound
There’s a fine line-up at this weekly clubbing institution, including tech-house veteran James Zabiela and spookily facepainted rave-pop ace Drums of Death. Most intriguing, though, will be the debut live soundsystem show from Zed Bias, a highly respected veteran of the garage and breaks scenes who hung up his headphones last year when he officially retired from DJing. But that doesn’t mean he can’t indulge us with a new live show instead, featuring the razor-sharp vocal skills of Manchester MC Trigga.
Sunday Jan 25
St John-at-Hackney Church
Surely the best-named Burns Night event of 2015, this riotously fun party to celebrate Scotland’s randiest poet features all the traditional Burns festivities, given a modern twist. There’ll be a three-course Burns supper (featuring that orgy of offal, the haggis), recitals of Robbie Burns’s poetry, a lot of hearty toasting with a good few drams of whisky (from a specially built Whisky Bar) and a huge, delightfully rowdy ceilidh – led by the Ceilidh Liberation Front band – to get everyone moving after all the grub and booze. Produced by London folk club The Nest Collective and immersive events crew Adamotions, the party takes place in the beautiful St John-at-Hackney Church over three nights, so there’s no excuse not to indulge. It’s what Rabbie would have wanted. It’s actually a three-night affair, so if you can’t make the Sunday, grab a ticket for Friday or Saturday instead.
Don’t forget to check our Nightlife page for more top parties and club nights.