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Early May Bank Holiday Events Guide | Gigs, club nights, terrace parties and beyond...

Early May Bank Holiday Events Guide | Gigs, club nights, terrace parties and beyond...


The early May Bank Holiday is on the horizon, which means next weekend there will be no shortage of things to do. Whether you're looking for an evening of live music, a night long assault on the senses or a weekend long outdoor festival, cities will be stirring up and down the country, waiting for you to arrive.

Those searching for some live treats in the capital will be well catered for at The Jazz Cafe on Friday, where John McCallum will be performing his new album, whilst clubbers will be able to look forward to Egg's two part 12th anniversary on Friday and Saturday, which will see world class DJs of the ilk of Cuartero, Green Velvet, Nicole Moudaber, Nick Curly and German Brigante playing across the whole club. Boys Noize lead the charge on Sunday with their 10th anniversary label party, joined by a rally of guests including Tiga and Busy P (check out Boys Noize's special BNR10YR mix below now), with Building Six's Hospitality party on Saturday welcoming one of the biggest drum & bass line ups the capital has seen, High Contract, Logistics, Spectrasoul and London Elektricity being highlights here. XOYO London and Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green will also be alive and kicking with Neneh Cherry, Shadow Child and Friend Within playing across the weekend.





Looking to the North there will be just as many musical treats popping up in various places, with Live At Leeds taking over the majority of the cities live music venues on Saturday. As always, Leeds' nightlife will be continuous throughout the entire weekend, however it is SubDub's 17th Birthday that really catches the eye here. With events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this will be a marathon event celebrating 17 years of the Leeds sound system institution. The West Indian Centre will welcome all time friends, favourites and UK exclusives with sound systems provided by The Iration Steppas, Mungo's Hi Fi, Word Sound & Power and Young Warrior. Playing across the weekend are the likes of Digital Mystikz, Gentleman's Dub Club, Pinch, The Bug & Daddy Freddy and a special Exit Vs Metalheadz showcase on Saturday.

System and Set One Twenty will also be keeping Leeds' house and techno heads happy this Bank Holiday with a Fuse showcase. Having invited many of the faces you will have seen representing the label at Mint Club over the past 2 years, with some extra special additions including Soul Capsule, Dyed Soundorom and Rich NxT making mouths water, this will be a terrace party to remember. On the other side of town at The Warehouse Hard Times and Into The Light team up to present a special set from The S Man (aka Roger Sanchez), whilst The Faversham is transformed for The Garden Party (pictured above) that will see Innervisions boss Dixon heading the bill.





Manchester's club heavy programme is also turning lots of heads as Darius Syrossian, Sante and Sidney Charles stop on the Manchester leg of their Road To Ibiza tour at South Nightclub on Friday, whilst DJ Luck, MC Neat, Pied Piper and Kele Le Roc play Garage Nation on Saturday. James Zabeila will also be making an appearance at Gorilla. The Steel City of Sheffield will be rumbling until the early hours as Spring Fest takes over The Magna Science Centre on Sunday, bringing the likes of Duke Dumont and Clean Bandit to a number of huge arena stages inside a unique venue just outside the city. Fusion and Foundry and Plug also provide some action that will definitely pull in both fans of drum & bass and house as Wilkinson, Dusky and Timmy P play here.

Finally, Liverpool will be seeing their monthly house and techno injection from Yousef's Circus, which will be playing host to the mighty Carl Cox as well as Tube & Berger, Miguel Campbell, AndHim, Lewis Boardman and of course, Yousef.  Check out our full picks below and click here for a full run down everything to choose from this Bank Holiday.


Friday 1st May


The Haggis Horns
The Jazz Cafe, London

Neneh Cherry (DJ Set)
Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green, London

XOYO Presents Shadow Child, Friend Within, Chris Lorenzo & More
XOYO, London

Hospitality with Camo & Krooked, High Contrast, London Elektricity & More
Building Six, London

SUBDUB 17th Birthday Part 1 (Outlook Festival Launch)
The West Indian Centre, Leeds

Egg LDN 12th Birthday Part 1 with Hector Couto, Cuartero & More
Egg, London

Road To Ibiza with Darius Syrossian, Sidney Charles and Sante
South Nightclub, Manchester

Digitalism (DJ Set), Damon Martin and Ben Pistor
The Nest, London

Oioi 1st Birthday with Newham Generals & More
Fire, London

Soundwave Launch Party with Henry Wu & Alexander Nut
The Hifi Club, Leeds


Saturday 2nd May


SUBDUB 17th Birthday Part 2
The West Indian Centre, Leeds

Garage Nation - DJ Luck & MC Neat, Kele La Roc & More
Bowlers, Manchester

The Orbit - Dave Clarke, Happa & More
The Warehouse, Leeds

Egg LDN 12th Birthday Part 2 - Green Velvet, Nick Curly, Nicole Moudaber, Dimitri From Paris & More
Egg, London

Fury Fest with Motion City Soundtrack, Man Overboard, Trash Talk & More
Arts Club, Liverpool

Dub FX
The Institute, Birmingham

Deviation with Benji B, Sampha, Lil Silva & More
XOYO, London 


Sunday 3rd May


The Garden Party Part 1 - Dixon, Midland & Axel Boman
The Faversham, Leeds

Yousef Presents Circus with Carl Cox, Miguel Campbell, Tube & Berger, AndHim & More
Arts Club, Liverpool

System & Set One Twenty x Fuse Terrace Party with Dyed Soundorom, Soul Capsule & More
Mint Warehouse, Leeds

Spring Fest '15 - Duke Dumont, Clean Bandit, Tough Love, Preditah, Chris Lorenzo & More
Magna, Sheffield

Hard Times & Into The Light - Roger Sanchez Presents S-Man
The Warehouse, Leeds

SUBDUB 17th Birthday Part 3
The West Indian Centre, Leeds

Boys Noize Records 10th Anniversary - Boys Noize Vs Tiga, Xavier De Rosnay, Busy P & More
Heaven, London

Fez Presents Dusky, Several Definitions, Timmy P & More
Fusion & Foundry, Sheffield

Estate with James Zabiela & More
Gorilla, Manchester

Gloria's with Klangkarussell, Kim Ann Foxman & More
XOYO, London

DJ Yoda (Live AV Show)
Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds

Detonate Festival 2015 Launch Party with Friction, Goldie, Break & More
The Brickworks, Nottingham

DUSK with ZDS and Franky Rizardo
Warehouse LDN, London


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Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Daniel Watson Photography

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