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Top Picks: Late May Bank Holiday Weekend
Top Picks: Late May Bank Holiday Weekend

It may seem like the first Bank Holiday in May has only just ended, so it will fill many of you with joy that another is just around the corner. Late May Bank Holiday brings with it another flurry of countrywide events for all persuasions of music taste. With club night, live gigs and festivals taking over Friday, Saturday, Sunday and in some cases the whole weekend, your taste will no doubt be catered for somewhere close by. Here we have listed our favourite picks for each day and let you in on who will be playing at each.

Friday

Dimitri From Paris Hard Times

(Dimitri From Paris will be bringing a healthy selection of Disco to Digital Newcastle)

Jungle Jam Summer Carnival
Mint Warehouse, Leeds
Congo Natty, General Levy, David Boomah, Benny Page, Serial Killaz, Congo Dubs, Commix, Skibadee, Dub Smuggles and lots more
Jungle Jam takeover Mint Warehouse once again with three rooms and a courtyard of beats, breaks, bass and BBQ chicken.

Bugged Out Presents Hot Chip Takeover
XOYO, London
Joe Goddard, Alexis Taylor, Felix Martin, Al Doyle and Owen Clarke
XOYO host Bugged Out! with a number of Hot Chip members 

Soundcrash Presents Levelz
Shapes, London
Black Josh, Bricks, Chimpo, Johnny Dub, Metrodome, Rich Reason, Skittles, T-Man and Truthos Mufasa
Soundcrash takes over the Shapes Warehouse with plenty of bass heavy tunes to sate your appetite for getting down.

Critical Sound
The Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
Ivy Lab, Alix Perez, Kasra, and Mantmast
Critical Sound welcome an all star drum and bass cast featuring a special guest appearance from Alix Perez.

Transmission Funk
Hidden, Manchester
Pangaea, Ø [Phase], Matrixxman, Batu and Facta
Hidden bring another first rate techno line up to their basement and blue room.

Blacklight Presents Perc Trax Showcase
Mint Club, Leeds
Perc, AnD, Tiptoe & Omid
Mint Club turns dark with a label showcase from the British techno powerhouse Perc.

Lost Village Festival
Secret Location, Lincolnshire
Fatboy Slim, Ben Klock, DJ Koze, Mano Le Tough, Eats Everything, Ben UFO, Floating Points, Joy Orbison, Roman Flügel, Jackmaster, Heidi, John Talabot, Gerd Janson and much more
Lost Village Festival returns to their secret Lincoln hideaway location with a hefty line up of house and techno.

Coki + Flowdan + Swindle + Ctrl Sound
The Nest, London
The Nest in London host dubstep originator Coki.

Hard Times – Best Of Times
Digital, Newcastle
Francois K B2B Dimitri From Paris
Leeds house heads Hard Times takeover Digital in Newcastle with two of the biggest names in disco. 

Egg Presents
Egg, London
Klangkuenstler, Sébastien Léger and more
EGG in London will be rife with techy bleeps as two genre favourites fly in.

Saturday
Martinez Brothers XOYO

(Martinez Brothers play XOYO alongside Tiga)

Common People Oxford & Southampton
South Park, Oxford & Southampton Common, Southampton
Duran Duran, Craig David’s TS5, Primal Scream, Public Enemy, Katy B, Soul II Soul, The Cuban Brothers, Ghostpoet, Kurupt FM David Rodigan, DJ Zinc, Prince Fatty, Chas & Dave and much more
Both Oxford and Southampton will be hosting their own Common People Festival with line ups alternating each day.

Circus Presents Elrow
Camp & Furnace, Liverpool
Black Coffee, Yousef B2B Richy Ahmed, Jackmaster, De La Swing, Lukas, Darius Syrossian, Nick Curly, Special Guest, Lee Walker and Lewis Boardman
Circus in Liverpool will be welcoming the fabulous, flamboyant party banner from Spain that will host one of the most colourful, exciting and out there parties you will ever go to.

Sub Dub Weekender
Wire, Leeds
Iration Steppas, Festus Coxsone, Spend Bond, Danman and Exodus
Sub Dub heads to Wire for the first night in a late May Bank Holiday double.

Baby Strange + White
Plug, Sheffield
Sheffield’s Plug welcomes Baby Strange and White

Tiga: Non Stop
XOYO, London
Tiga and The Martinez Brothers
Tiga’s residency series continues with one of the most in demand duos in house and techno.

Blakksheep Showcase
Egg, London
Sam Paganini, Sasha Carassi, Johannes Heil, Markus Suckut, Simo Lorenz and Zoe
One for the techno heads and the Blakksheep label brings a rally of its artists to EGG in London.

The Nest Saturdays
The Nest, London
Ben Pearce and Elliot Adamson
Deep house favourite Ben Pearce alongside Elliot Adamson, the new kid on the block who is making a name for himself thick and fast.

Projekt
The O2 Academy, Leeds
PBH, Harley Sanders and N.O.A.H
Leeds weekly Saturday night at The O2 Academy gets in bank holiday mode.

Sunday

DJ Koze Garden Party 2

(DJ Koze plays The Garden Party part 2)

The Garden Party: Part 2
Canal Mills, Leeds
DJ Koze, Âme, Bicep, Mind Against, PBR Streetgang, Ryan Elliott, The Sonic Emporium, Grainger, Matt Long, Christian Maiden, Audio Chronicles, ALTER, Butter Side Up and On Rotation
Canal Mills’ outside areas will be filled with the finest house and techno courtesy of several of the world’s greatest selectors.

Highness Sound System Summer Carnival
The I Club, Nottingham
Boysie, Special Guest and more
The Highness Sound System brings a carnival atmosphere to Nottingham.

Parked Out
The Old Post Office, Barnsley
Riton, Tom Zanetti & KO Kane, Chris Lorenzo, DJ Q, Jamie Duggan, Danny Bond and much more
Sleepin’ Is Cheatin’ host their first ever festival in Barnsley.

Elrow Birmingham: The Trip
The Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
Special Guest DJs, De La Swing, Toni Varga and Lukas
Elrow travels to Birmingham after their Liverpool show to bring more crazy antics to The Rainbow Venues.

System & Set One Twenty: Terrace Party
Mint Warehouse, Leeds
Ricardo Villalobos, Rhadoo, Nicholas Lutz and much more
A one of a kind line up takes to Mint Warehouse in Leeds, with more than a chance of a very tasty back to back on the cards.

Wilkinson at Tees Valley Arena
Tees Valley Arena, Middlesbrough
Wilkinson, Delta Heavy and Ashley Cain
Wilkinson plays one of his famous arena shows.

Promised Land 12th Birthday
Egg, London
Fast Eddie, Marshall Jefferson, Terry Farley, Brandon Block, Soulavengerz, Smokin Jo, Colin Dale, Huck Finn, Philgood & Ram and much more
Promised Land pay homage to the founding fathers of house music with a classic line up at EGG.

DJ Sneak
XOYO, London
DJ Sneak
DJ Sneak takes over XOYO with his sharp gangsta house and a sharper attitude.

Sub Dub Weekender
Wire, Leeds
Iration Steppas, Dixie Peach, Speng Bond and Exodus
Sub Dub return to Wire for their second party of the weekend.

KISStory May Bank Holiday
SWX, Bristol
Romeo & Harvey, Majestic, Steve Smart, Justin Wilkes, Subz and Squire
KISS continues its residency at SWX in Bristol, joined by special guests.

Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Ricardo Villalobos / Dimitri From Paris / Martinez Brothers / Cohenshi - DJ Koze