Stuck for ideas for where to find some fun this weekend? Let us guide you towards three top parties taking place. And if none of the below push your buttons, remember there are plenty more club nights, parties, pop-ups and one-off events over at our Clubs page.
Friday Jan 30
Platform Bar, Netil House
It’s all about the austerity at the latest edition of this cunning club concept, which asks the crowd to answer a topical question by deciding with their feet – on the dancefloor. Two DJs play back-to-back, hoping to gain support for their view from clubbers, who hold up ‘yes’ and ‘no’ ping-pong paddles to show which way they’re swaying with each tune. It doesn’t matter if you are/aren’t devoted to whatever cause is being examined on the night – it’s still a whole lot of fun. Think party jams, classic disco hits and a few heartfelt ballads, and as this is an austerity special – a whole lot of money-themed songs. Get on the dancefloor and get deciding!
Saturday Jan 31
This occasional, always-roadblocked party – popular with gay crowds – usually salutes the many, many ladies of R&B with a fantastically female playlist, but this one-off flips the tables with a men of R&B special. Prepare for some seriously smooth anthems. QBoy, David Oh and Neil Prince spin the tunes.
Sunday Feb 1
Old Queen’s Head
Global beats maestro and all-round ace selector Gilles Peterson brings his ocean-deep record bag to a popular Islington party pub in order to play a special ‘bag full of 7s set’. In other words, he’ll be playing only 7-inch vinyl – a treat indeed from someone with a record collection as extensive and eclectic as Peterson’s. Expect anything from deep disco to sweatbox house to Latin jazz to Afrobeat to dub at this show, hosted by Red Bull Music Academy. Also throwing around the beats will be Throwing Snow, who specialises in atmospheric electronica layered with chunky hip hop-ish beats.