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Top Picks: August Bank Holiday Weekend 2018

Top Picks: August Bank Holiday Weekend 2018

Stefan Gandhi | Features & Interviews

No pressure, but the last bank holiday of the year is quickly approaching, and so unless you want to risk wasting the last long weekend (and a Monday off) of this glorious summer, making plans is recommended. Luckily, we’ve compiled a more than extensive list of options, so you won’t be short of inspiration. From full weekend-long festivals to Saturday night fun and Sunday evening debauchery, there’s a slew of exciting happenings going on to signal the end of summer, with Leeds Festival bringing in a mammoth lineup, South West Four hosting the likes of Marshmello, Dizzee Rascal, Craig David, Chase & Status and more as well as fun for the entire family also occupying the long weekend. Take your pick...

North

R&B Summer Jam with Trevor Nelson, Dru Hill & SisQo
Fri 24th Aug
O2 Academy, Leeds

90’s R&B connoisseur brings some legends along for an extensive night in serving the best of the genre to a Leeds audience! He’ll be joined by ‘How Deep Is your Love’ creators DruHill and ‘Thong Song’ mastermind SisQo as they give live performances for this very special and completely one-off event.  

Butter Side Up x The Ghost with Gene On Earth, KRN + more

Fri 24th Aug
Wire, Leeds

The BSU guys know how to throw a party and a bank holiday is the perfect excuse for another one of their insane nights at Wire. Head honchos of Berlin’s hottest mobile record store The Ghost set up and spin some of their prized selections while the likes of Gene On Earth, KRN, Hamish & Toby join them.

Leeds Festival
Fri 24th - Sun 26th Aug
Bramham Park, Wetherby

This year’s edition of Leeds Festival includes impressive lineups that boast some of the most international in demand acts, from hip hop hero Kendrick Lamar, to the bluesy rock of Kings Of Leon all the way to the punk pop sounds of Fall Out Boy - that’s just scratching the surface in the eclectic list of acts that make up 2018’s lineup.

North Brewing Co Brewery Tour
Sat 25th August
North Brewing Co, Leeds

Get ready to experience an exciting 1-hour tour and learn in-depth about the premium craft beer pioneered by North Brewing Co, who have quickly established themselves amongst the leading breweries in the country.

An Evening With Alaska Thunderf**k 5000
Sat 25th Aug
O2 Academy, Leeds

Hiiieeee! The RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar and winner of All Stars 2 takes to Leeds O2 Academy as part of her extensive UK tour to deliver some of the polished drag that won her a deserved title among some of the best in the business. Since her television victories, which saw the performer take on roles within comedy, acting, performance and singing - the latter of which she’s turned into a sparkling recording career - you can expect laughs as well as music and if you hadn’t guessed by her namesake, perhaps some smut.

Jika Jika! Festival
Sat 25th - Sun 26th Aug
Ebrington Square, Londonderry

The inaugural debut of this electronic festival based in Londonderry is building up to be something pretty special this upcoming August bank holiday weekend, and it’s easy to see why when the confirmed lineup features a wide array of acts from the likes of award-winning DJ Patrick Topping, Green Velvet, Charlotte de Witte, and many more over the span of this weekend.

The Garden Party 2018: Part Three
Sun 26th Aug
Canal Mills, Leeds

After two complete sell out parties, the trilogy in Garden Parties is completed with what promises to be a fantastic finale. Techno don Alan Fitzpatrick takes to Canal Mills for this summer celebration, alongside George Fitzgerald, Mella Dee, PBR Streetgang and so much more to see out the last bank holiday of this stunning sunshine we seem to be having. Get ready to dance into the early hours of a Monday free of work.

Bloc:Concept / Hot Since 82
Sun 26th Aug
Grey’s Club, Newcastle

The Concept10 team are back for another BLOC party in Newcastle’s Grey Yard this bank holiday, bringing an eclectic lineup of almost thirty DJs who will be playing across three rooms in the iconic nightclub venue. This night will be fronted by Yorkshire DJ, label boss and Labyrinth curator Hot Since 82, an artist renown for his formidable DJ sets that features some of the hottest club bangers in house on the dance circuit.

Elrow Newcastle - El Bowsque Encantado
Sun 26th Aug
Times Square, Newcastle

Crazy, colourful clubbing brand elrow make heir outdoor debut in the Toon this bank holiday weekend as they bring their infamous partying bran to the Northern city. Loco Dice heads sup this very special affair, and he’ll be joined by Yousef, Waze & Odyssey, Mele, De La Swing and Eddy M. An unmissable event for any electronic music fan.

Midlands

R&B Summer Jam with Trevor Nelson, Dru Hill & SisQo
Sat 25th Aug
O2 Institute, Birmingham

Those based in Birmingham also have the opportunity to bare witness to this exclusive R&B lineup as Trevor Nelson, Dru Hill and SisQo take to the city for a celebration of all thing rhythm and blues.  


The Move Warehouse Special
Sun 26th Aug
China Halls, Stoke-On-Trent

There’s no denying what a big deal this warehouse takeover is, as Sasha returns after 15 years to serve his infamous and iconic mixes to Stoke. A truly historic event, Sasha will be joined by techno hero Alan Fitzpatrick, PBR Streetgang as well as Pete Bromley and Matt Erst. Be a part of clubbing history!

South

Fridays at EGG: Garage Special with DJ Luck & MC Neat vs Artful Dodger, Marky B, Oliver Rant
Fri 24th Aug
EGG, London

UKG legends don’t get much bigger than the ones listed in this EGG garage takeover as DJ Luck & MC Neat go head to head with Artful Dodger for a battle of the breakstep rhythms for what promises to be the ultimate clash of the genre. Get your gun fingers at the ready!  

YARD: Open Air Club
Sat 25th Aug
Motion, Bristol

The ultimate outdoor party is making its big comeback to Motion in Bristol this late August, and with a lineup this killer - made up of acts such as Rodhad, Leon Vynehall, Andrew Weatherall and more - we have no doubt there will be a little something for everyone who makes it down to this all-day festival that is set to feature some of the most respected underground house and techno DJs around.

SASASAS Presents NXTLVL
Sat 25th Aug
The Foundry, Torquay

Collective SASASAS are increasingly becoming an act that is “one to not miss”, with past live appearances at Rampage, Westfest, Creamfields, Let It Roll and Detonate. This DnB supergroup have now confirmed a one-off headline show at The Foundry in Torquay over the August Bank Holiday Weekend for a night that will include some of th                            mne most heart racing drum and bass beats. The band have revealed they will be joined on the bill with support from the likes of TNA, Distress Signal, Sammy Virji, Benny L and many more.

Sun City 23rd Birthday
Sat 25th Aug
29 Great Suffolk St, London

When fans hear that a Sun City show is coming to town, you know it’s going to go above and beyond to demonstrate why it has earnt itself the title as being one of the UK’s leading garage brands. Boasting a wide array of iconic UKG names on the lineup with DJ Luck & MC Neat, Heartless Crew, Norris Da Boss Windross & MC Creed, and many more, this 23rd anniversary event is a true testament of what the brand has accomplished since the 90s.

Jacked Boat Party
Sat 25th Aug
Westminster Pier Docks, London

A boat party? On the River Thames? The only thing that could make this any better is if you had a Monday off to polish off such a weekend - luckily that’s the case and so you can cruise along London’s artillerie dancing and grooving to Jacked’s resident DJs over two-tier decked boat with not a care about Monday.

South West Four
Sat 25th - Sun 26th Aug
Clapham Common, London

Get ready to join the fun at London’s Clapham Common as South West Four festival returns with another lineup of world-class dance music acts that promises to captivate your inner party animal and help you escape from everyday life for the duration of this upcoming August bank holiday weekend. Featuring the likes of Marshmello, Dizzee Rascal, Chase & Status, Craig David and so many more, this major music festival is one for the cool kids on the block.

SW4 Sunday After Party - Welcome to the Carnival
Sun 26th Aug
Electric Brixton, London

A man, DJ and producer not needing much of an introduction, DJ EZ takes on London’s huge Electric Brixton venue to continue the SW4 party vibes. Let the dancing and good times continue into the early hours and see out another year of South West Four in style!

Reasons Summer Soundclash
Sun 26th Aug
Les Mielle, Jersey

No summer would be complete without the sound of positive vibes and that is nothing short of what you will get from a show fronted by broadcasting legend David Rodigan. Rodigan celebrates his long-standing obsession for ska and reggae music with a DJ set alongside a lineup of very special guests for the people of Jersey this August. This incredible coastal location alone is one not to be missed!

Closer: Chris Liebing
Sun 26th Aug
E1, London

Chris Liebing has announced he will be coming back to E1 in London to perform an extended 3 hour set that takes things to another level since his last appearance five years ago at the warehouse venue. With the intention of allowing audiences to dig deeper into his vast knowledge of dance music, this show will also feature be sure to raise the roof with the addition of a Funktion-One sound-system and impressive lighting setup.

Trevor Nelson Presents: Classics at Ministry of Sound
Sun 26th Aug
Ministry Of Sound, London

Trevor Nelson is back after a well-received response last year that marked the DJ’s first year back at the award-winning Ministry of Sound nightclub since the early 00s. Split across four arenas, the music curated by Nelson himself and other hosts will bring classics from old-school, 80's soul & boogie boppers to 90s & 00s hip hop & RnB.

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