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Top Picks: Early May Bank Holiday

Top Picks: Early May Bank Holiday

Jonathan Coll | Features & Interviews

Just as we’ve returned to work and remember what it is we’re supposed to be doing, another bank holiday comes along. The advent of May unfortunately means one less day off and rather few chocolate eggs but nonetheless, there are some great events to whet your whistle ahead of the summer season. We've done all the hard work and picked out what's truly worth spending your extra day off nursing a hangover for, and all you have to do is pick which to attend... 

Leeds International Festival
Thu 2nd - Sun 12th May
Various venues, Leeds

The Leeds International Festival is a lovely way to kit things off. Headquartered in the city’s iconic Tetley building, the festival draws together artists, thinkers and innovators for a more cerebral bank holiday experience. Crazy P grabs the headlines from a musical perspective, while wordsmith John Cooper Clark will be showcasing his razor sharp wit.

Lost & Found Boat Parties
Sat 4th & Sun 5th May
St Paul’s Bay, Malta

Securing a ticket for the festival itself, of which Denis Sulta and The Black Madonna are two of the stand out names, may be rather more troublesome. There are however boat and beach party packages for those of you looking to top up your Malta experience. You can set sail on the good ship Skream or join Honey Dijon on the beach, provided you act fast.

Music & Memory
Thu 2nd May
Sheaf St, Leeds

This is the second instalment of Chew The Fat’s series of panel discussions centred around the relationship between music and our mind. With the esteemed panellists having comprehensively covered off the memory element, Love Muscle are on hand to provide the music. Which is fortunate, as they’re perhaps the finest DJ collective in Leeds. Their parties are the stuff of legend, and should provide the perfect soundtrack to an illuminating evening.

Crucast Bournemouth
Fri 3rd May
O2 Academy, Bournemouth

Crucast are one of the country’s biggest independent bass music labels, having recently played to sprawling crowds at Parklife, Printworks and Boomtown. Skepsis, Darkzy and TS7 top the bill for the Bournemouth edition.

Fri 3rd May
The Mill, Birmingham

This bassline collective are becoming synonymous with the second city, having recently turned in an electrifying performance at Birmingham’s MADE Festival. The Mill is the venue for their bank holiday outing, an otherwise unassuming spot beneath the arches. You can expert typically heavy bassline and infectious energy from some of bass’ finest.

Hospitality Summer BBQ
Sat 4th May
Studio 338, London

The only bangers on offer will be of the drum & bass variety, Hospitality occupy London’s Studio 338 venue for yet another day-long party of bass-fuelled sounds. The likes of Camo & Krooked, Metrik, London Elektricity, Nu:Logic, S.P.Y, Etherwood and more will be blasting their bass across multiple stages.

Open Air Club | Joseph Capriati
Sat 4th May
Motion, Bristol

Motion have long since been pulling together the finest lineups that Bristol has to offer, but their bank holiday weekend edition is impressive even by their lofty standards. Joseph Capriati headlines under the cover of darkness, but Heidi, Eats Everything and rising star Kettama are on hand during the daytime.

Taste the Punch | Solardo
Sat 4th May
UK Centre for Carnival Arts, Luton

Solardo enjoyed a meteoric ascent, ever since Skream picked up some of their early releases and started playing them out in 2016. They’ve been unstoppable ever since, tech house and questionable shirt choices are hardly a new combination, but they’ve managed to make it their own by doing it better than anybody else. They head along for a 3 hour set at Luton’s Carnival Arts, supported by Monki and Coco Cole.

The Move Warehouse Special
Sat 4th May
China Halls, Stoke

The Move have done an outstanding job of bringing some of the biggest names in house and techno to Stoke on Trent. Not an area previously synonymous with clubbing, but that’s changing rapidly as the likes of Jamie Jones and Eats Everything throw-down in a converted warehouse space.

Egg LDN Pres: Matador, Anna, Luther Vine
Sat 4th May
EGG, London

Egg is one of London’s unique and most cherished nightclubs. The lineups are consistently impressive and its late license & relatively secluded location make it the perfect spot for some late night London shenanigans. This is Matador’s final stop before he embarks across the USA via a show in Ibiza. Equally adept as both a DJ and a live performer, Matador wins over dancefloors by taking a journey through the more melodic side of techno.

Subdub 21st Birthday
Sat 4th May
Beaver Works, Leeds

There really is something for everyone in the fair city of Leeds this bank holiday. Beaver Works is firm favourite among the city’s student population, slightly out of reach of the city centre and benefitting from a late license and affordable drinks. Subdub is a collaboration with Outlook Festival, who will be celebrating their final year in their Croatian fort headquarters. The lineup is typically stacked, with b2b between Loefah and Pinch catching the eye.

Forbidden Forest
Sun 5th May
Wild Oaks Forest, Grimsthorpe

This is only the third edition of Forbidden Forest, but the Midlands based festival collective are going from strength to strength. Forest based raving is all the rage at the moment, and they’ve capitalised by knitting together excellent sound systems, picturesque locations and exciting lineups. Although typically geared towards bass and house, this year Alan Fitzpatrick and Nicole Moudaber are catering for the techno crowd.

Pierjam Blackpool
Sun 5th May
North Pier, Blackpool

Pierjam’s mission has always been to bring the best in garage and jungle to the country’s otherwise idyllic seaside resorts. It’s a typically bass-heavy lineup, with man of the moment James Hype joined by Darkzy and My Nu Leng. More radio friendly sounds can be found over on the Sunset Stage, with Jax Jones and Danny Howard

System & Set One Twenty | Margaret Dygas
Sun 5th May
Mint Warehouse, Leeds

You know it’s nearly summer when Set One 20 parties start rolling around. Ricardo Villalobos is usually never far from the action, but this time we’re left in the very capable hands of Margaret Dygas and Rhadoo. Expert typically sleazy, laid back house from two of the industry’s best, before they head off for sets at Gottwood, Houghton and across Europe.

Kaluki | Joseph Capriati
Sun 5th May
Greys Club, Newcastle

The Italian techno aficionado is renowned for his marathon sets, typically played to cavernous warehouses or sprawling festival crowds. Block Party affords a rare opportunity to see him perform in a more intimate setting. Greys club is nestled away in one of Newcastle’s most prestigious streets; making it one of the more picturesque spots for late night hedonism.

Muzik | Hot Since 82
Sun 5th May
Code, Sheffield

Hot Since 82 has enjoyed a rapid ascent ever since his Knee Deep In Sound label became synonymous with Ibiza’s superclubs and label showcases across Europe. He’s a bona fide superstar, with a staggering rate of progression from early releases such as Knee Deep in Louise and his take on Bigger Than Prince. He’s always improving, from what was a high bar to begin with. If you’re around Sheffield this bank holiday there really is only one place ot be.

Trevor Nelson’s Bank Holiday Classics
Sun 5th May
Ministry Of Sound, London

This is the third edition of Trevor’s Nelson’s Classics, but the first one to be held in May. The success of August’s yearly instalment prompted Ministry of Sound to double down and have two each year. Trevor balances his residency at Pacha Ibiza with regular slots on Radio 1xtra, showcasing the best in R & B, soul and rap classics.  

Pierjam By Night
Sun 5th May
Home & HQ, Blackpool

Pierjam’s official afterparty won’t be for the feint hearted, with another seven hours of bass tunes stacked on top of the daytime edition. Low Steppa and Mike Reevey are on hand for those who have the stamina, with Home & HQ providing the venue

Kaluki presents Solid Grooves
Sun 5th May
Manchester Academy, Manchester

Solid Grooves are fresh from a sold out show at London’s Printworks, which gives a good indication of the label’s standing in the house music industry. They’ve enlisted the help of Ants resident Andrea Oliviea for this edition, while Paco Osuna will be banging it out at a slightly higher BPM. Manchester Academy also benefits from a 6am license for this one, giving each selector the time to take a deep dive through their record collection.

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