Easter isn't all about overindulging in chocolate eggs as, of course, Easter weekend provides the first bank holiday of the year, meaning live music venues, clubs and festivals will be kicking off up and down the country. Here’ we’ve devised a little list, separated by city, so you can see what’s going on near you.
With a hoard of clubbing events set to take place in London over Easter weekend, this is where the choice will be toughest for all types of electronic music fan over the four glorious festive days. With house and techno at The Steelyard, XOYO, The Brixton Electric and The Dance Tunnel, drum & bass at Alexandra Palace and disco vibes at The Nest, there’s something for just about everyone. The likes of Jackmaster, Paco Osuna, Black Coffee, Andy C, Gilles Peterson and Idris Elba will be playing throughout the weekend.
London International Ska Festival
Thursday - Sunday - The Garage, London
Four days of music at The Garage celebrating Ska. Featuring David Rodigan, Bad Manners and more
Andy C All Night
Thursday - Alexandra Palace, London
Andy C plays one of his famous all night long performances
Nic Fanciulli VS Paco Osuna
Thursday - The Steelyard, London
Nic Fanciulli and Paco Osuna play back to back for the first time ever
Mono_Cult Easter Thursday
Thursday - Dance Tunnel, London
Leeds born party Mono_Cult hosts Nick Anthony Simoncino and Bobby Pleasure
EGG LDN x Industry Presents Idris Elba
Thursday - Egg, London
British icon Idris Elba plays a DJ set alongside special guests and local talent
Regression Sessions 4th Birthday Blowout
Thursday - Fire & Lightbox London
Be transported back to the summer of love courtesy of Regressions Sessions DJs spread across four rooms
Tribal Sessions London
Friday - Fire, London
Duo Audiojack take the reigns with support from Tribal Sessions ever reliable Jozef K and more
Soul Clap All Night Long
Friday – The Nest, London
Disco deviants Soul Clap play first tune to last
We Dance Again
Saturday – Electric Brixton, London
South African DJ Black Coffee headlines proceedings
Magna Carta Easter Special
Sunday - Fire & Lightbox, London
Line Up TBA
The Kool Kids Klub
Saturday – Talk Nightclub, Southend On Sea
Jackmaster and O’Flynn provide music for kool kids
12 Weeks Of Techno
Saturday – XOYO, London
Scuba goes back to back with a special guest all night long
Second State: Pan Pot
Studio Spaces E1, London
Pan-Pot bring a Second State label showcase to one of London's top event spaces
Promised Land Easter
Sunday – Egg, London
House music heroes Robert Owens, Shades Of Rhythm, Kaiserdisco and Rozalla play across 5 rooms
Music On: London
Friday – Electric Brixton, London
Marco Carola’s infamous Music On party hits London
Gilles Peterson brings his eclectic taste to XOYO
Bristol’s reputation for drum & bass and urban music has never been more present. With SWX having recently opened as the cities newest club and Motion still being one of the best clubs in the south, Easter bank holiday weekend in Bristol will provide plenty of exciting goings on.
Claptone & Bontan
Thursday - SWX Bristol, Bristol
Codec bring one of the biggets names in tech house to Britol in the form of the mysterious Claptone
Codec Presents: Jaguar Skills
Saturday - SWX Britstol
Master of the mashup Jaguar Skills will weave through all things hip-hop and beyond
Sunday – SWX, Bristol
KISS FM residents play the very best old skool anthems
Liverpool is one of the North’s leading lights when it comes to clubbing. Chibuku, Circus, Camp & Furnace, The Magnet, The Shipping Forecast, the list goes on of impressive venues The Pool holds within its limits and there’s no doubt there will be something exciting suited to you coming this Easter.
Circus Daytime Bank Holiday Special
Saturday – Camp & Furnace, Liverpool
An all-star bill that includes Marco Carola, Yousef, The Martinez Brothers, Alan Fitzpatrick and Guy Gerber takes to Camp & Furnace for an all day affair.
The clubbing capital of the north will no doubt be a live with a ripe selection of house and techno this Easter as it is all year round. There’s no rest for the wicked here at Mint Club, Mint Warehouse, The Warehouse, Canal Mills, Wire and a host of brand new venues set to show the town what they’ve got for the first bank holiday of 2016.
Selective Hearing 6th Birthday
Thursday - Wire, Leeds
One of Ostgut Ton's leading artists, Steffi, will be at the controls as one of the North West's leading parties as it celebrates its 6th Birthday
Abstruse x Slam
Thursday – Mint Club, Leeds
British techno stalwarts and Soma spearheads Slam play a 3 hour set
Overflow 3rd Birthday
Friday - Wire, Leeds
Hazard & MC Biggie will be in effect as Overflow celebrate three years of drum & bass parties in Leeds
Funk Soul Nation Presents Cosmic Slop DJs
Friday - HiFi, Leeds
FSN team up with one of Leeds best loved parties for a coming together of resident DJs
Shine Easter Sunday Special
Sunday – The Warehouse, Leeds
Expect classic house music from Ce Ce Rogers, Marshall Jefferson and residents
Lost Property Opening Party
Sunday – Wire, Leeds
PBR Streetgang’s new party featuring Artwork, Maxxi Soundsystem and Reeshy
Knee Deep In Leeds
Sunday – Mint Warehouse, Leeds
Hot Since 82’s record label comes to Leeds with Nic Fanciulli, Cristoph and more set to play
The Rainbow Venues in Birmingham has always been a standout venue for bank holiday parties not just in its home city, but also in the UK. This Easter it will be rocking once again to celebrate its birthday, with a number of other exciting events taking place across the weekend.
Wobble x Hard Times
Sunday – Spotlight, Birmingham
Hard Times and Todd Terry are recruited to help celebrate 24 years of Wobble
Sun City Meets Urban Rewind
Saturday – O2 Institute, Birmingham
Line Up TBA
The Rainbow Venues Chapter XII
Saturday – The Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
A huge birthday celebration spread across all of The Rainbow Venues spaces. Dubfire, Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Pan-Pot, Maya Jane Coles and Richie Hawtin to play amongst over 25 other DJs.
Chapter XII by night
Saturday - 119 Floodgate Street
Spanish party starters Elrow, take over Chapter XII festival from the night well into the early hours
Sun City meets Urban Rewind
Sunday - O2 Intitute Birmingham
A host of DJs will be on hand to celebrate Easter Sunday as Sun City comes together with Urban rewind
Sheffield’s club scene has been hugely on the rise this year. With new venues opening up in various places and Tramlines festival becoming bigger and better than ever, things are getting good. Just outside of the city, Magna will is known for its bank holiday knees ups and will be in action this Easter weekend.
Sunday – Magna, Sheffield
DJs such as MK, Amine Edge & DANCE and a crew of Hot Creations favourites including Denney, wAFF, Richy Ahmed and Patrick Topping play across 4 rooms of music
Manchester is another jewel when it comes to bank holiday nights and days out. The Albert Hall in Manchester in a particularly exciting place to be this Easter, however there will also be lots of goings on at the usual haunts, excelling more so in underground house and techno.
You & Me Presents Phil Weeks & The Mekanism
Thursday - Hidden Manchester
Phil Weeks & The Mekanism kick off the Bank Holiday Weekend with only the finest cuts from the world of house
Dixon & Âme All Night Long
Friday – The Albert Hall, Manchester
The Innervisions spearheads play an all night long performance at Manchester most iconic live music venue.
Hidden Events x House Of Wax
Friday - Hidden Manchester
Amsterdam producer and DJ Young Marco brings the party to Hidden alongisde Fort Romeau
Carl Cox & Friends
Saturday – The Albert Hall, Manchester
British techno legend and 3 deck pioneer Carl Cox plays alongside Yousef and Jon Rundell
Kaluki Present Patrick Topping
Sunday - Gorilla Manchester
Hot Creation's Patrick Topping provides the soundtrack for one of Manchester's top party starters this Easter Sunday
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Jamie Jones
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