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Top Picks: Late May Bank Holiday South 2018

Top Picks: Late May Bank Holiday South 2018

Stefan Gandhi | Features & Interviews

Aren’t we lucky that this beautiful month of May we’re having offers two bank holiday weekends?! That’s two three-day weekends and two opportunities for some serious partying and good vibes! Down South, there’s a lot on offer, whether you’re in Bristol, Southampton, London or further afield from the capital - the Southern section of the UK has got some special things signalling your entry into the summer. With Motion in Bristol inviting Idris Elba to complete a DJ set, Common People Southampton being treating to a headline set from pop songstress Lily Allen, and London’s fabric hosting a Garage takeover - you won’t be short of things to fill these three days.

Britrock Must Be Destroyed

Friday 25th May
Motion, Bristol

Pop down to Motion in Bristol and get ready to be transported back into the mad world of mid-90s British rock. This special rock ‘n’ roll show will feature rock legends Reef, who are best known for the popular indie anthem “Place Your Hands”. They will be joined on the night with support from The Wildhearts, Terrorvision and Dodgy. Expect loud guitars, catchy riffs and an epic battle for the crowd’s attention between these four awesome bands.

Nebula Lock Yard Opening w/ Ruf Dog
Friday 25th May
Motion, Bristol

With a sound that is tough to pigeonhole, Manchester-based Ruf Dug will be bringing his years of experience as a world-class DJ to Motion as Nebula hosts the opening party of the club’s newest canal-side event space, Lock Yard. The original tropical cyberpunk DJ set will include tracks of the dirtiest cassette techno through to tropical island beats, so there is no limit to how wild this party could get!

Idris Elba
Friday 25th May
Motion, Bristol

Starting his career as a DJ from a young age before he ever took to the big screen, Idris Elba has established himself as an in-demand DJ over the world. With a number of club and festival appearances, the actor has established yearly residencies at top Ibiza party destinations, and is now returning to Motion after his unforgettable sold-out show in 2017. For house music lovers, this is one you don’t want to miss.

Macky Gee Presents: It’s A Gee Thing
Friday 25th May
The Steelyard, London

Join the DnB maverick, Macky Gee, at his first headline show over at The Steelyard. This new-themed night promises to get your heart racing, including support on the night from the likes of Annix, Bushbaby, Phantasy, Sammy Virji, and many more.

Fridays at Egg: Origins with Josh Butler, Mark Jenkyns, Audiojack
Friday 25th May
EGG, London

After an array of award wins from Beatport and Dj Mag, John Butler will be bringing his energy as one of the top UK house DJs for one night at Egg in London. This strong DJ act will be accompanied by “Soulfood” Mark Jenkyns and the Leeds-raised, Ibiza-based musical duo Audiojack.

Common People Oxford
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May
South Park, Oxford

Set in the beautiful residency of Oxford’s own South Park, this weekend festival for all the family shares a similar attitude towards diversity for all genres as its popular parent festival, Bestival. The Saturday lineup will be headlined by The Jacksons - who bring their classic Motown sound to the Main Stage - as well as The New Power Generation, who found success performing as the late Prince’s legendary backing band between 1990 to 2013. Sunday then takes a turn to the former night’s entertainment with a celebration of British rock music, featuring the talents of James and Ride. Enjoy the bank holiday with great music in the sun the right way!

Common People Southampton
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May
Southampton Common, Southampton

Located in Southampton Common - a large open space to the north of the city centre of Southampton - expect a range of fun-filled entertainment and activities for this two-day family festival. Saturday will feature the likes of Britpop princess Lily Allen, Manchester-based rock band James and pop girl group All Saints. There is also a little something for everyone at this weekend-long event, as Sunday’s lineup will include legends The Jacksons and The New Power Generation, who, along with a list of more incredible acts, will be taking to the Main Stage with their funky, upbeat rhythms for people of all ages to enjoy.

Critical Sound BBQ - Summer Sonics
Saturday 26th May
338 Tunnel Ave, London

Critical Sound is a daytime festival based in Greenwich, London that will be taking over Studio 338 on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend. Featuring three rooms and over 30 acts, the result is a summer party that is definitely going to be the talk of the town - specifically the people of South East London. The Critical Sound room will include the jungle vibes of Brazil’s DJ Marky, Critical Music’s very own Kasra, DnB DJ Emperor, and many more. The second room - S.P.Y Presents Dubplate Style - is a curation of acts headed by the man himself, with support coming from DJ sets from Dillinja, Bladerunner, Krust and many many more. The third room will be headlined by Hyroglifics and also includes DJ sets from Synth Ethnics, Was A Be, Survey, as well as a number of other emerging acts.

Creamfields Presents Steel Yard London
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May
Finsbury Park, London

Journey to The Steel Yard - a colossal 15,000 capacity superstructure - over the late-May Bank Holiday weekend in Finsbury Park for a lineup of international acts, including DJ sets from two of the world’s biggest electronic acts: Tiësto and Above & Beyond. The weekend’s lineup will also feature Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello, Faithless, Eli & Fur, and many more acts over the span of this two-day event in the festival calendar.

Get Rich or Die Tryin': The 15th Anniversary Rendition
Saturday 26th May
XOYO, London

With over 15 million album copies sold in its first year, 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of 50 Cent’s debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. To celebrate this milestone, XOYO in London will be hosting a one-night only showcase in the form of a live orchestration that will be exclusively performing an interpretation of the rapper’s best-selling album with a classical twist.

Love Saves The Night
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May
Motion, Bristol

Bristol’s Motion will be hosting the highly-anticipated Love Saves the Night after parties following from Love Saves The Day. The Saturday lineup features in-demand Glasgow DJ Jackmaster and dance music veteran Artwork, as well as the Trinidadian Soca rhythms with heavy basslines of Jus Now, and Bristol-based duo My Nu Leng. The second night of after parties will consists of acts from the likes of Yorkshire-based DJ & producer Hot Since 82, P3 Guld award-winning Swedish DJ La Fleur, Hospital Record’s High Contrast, Lenzman, and a great deal more to discover over the two nights.

SHIFT with Heartless Crew, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Wookie & More
Sunday 27th May
Fabric, London

Fabric host a night dedicated to UKG with Heartless Crew, DJ Luck & MC Neat and more, as Shift takeover one of their rooms. With Good Life taking over the other, is guaranteed good vibes all night as they’ll be offering their unrivalled immersive themes met with high end production and an eclectic mix of just about everything from house to hip hop and from bass to basement.

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