London bank holiday preview

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  • Are you banking on a big one? Clubbers in the capital are spoilt for choice this long weekend. RA previews the myriad of options...
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  • Ah, banks. What is there to say? The best thing about banks is when they have a holiday, you have a holiday, so come five o’clock this evening the bankers in the city will be swapping their suits and ties for rave pants and head off out clubbing. Or so we imagine. What else is there to do? Clubbers in the capital are spoilt for choice this bank holiday in the capital (and environs). RA previews the myriad of options... *** FRIDAY Lawler at The End 11pm-6am Dirty electro/prog/tribal go-to guy Steve Lawler kicks off the weekend at The End, but this is only the beginning… [details] Stompa Phunk feat. Ivan Smagghe (Brighton) From 7.30 Londoners, Brighton's got you beat on Friday. Those wanting to make a full weekend of it (and we do mean full) should get themselves down to the seashore where Ivan Smagghe, Serge Santiago and Caged Baby will be serving up the electrohouse and other surprises until morning. [details] Then take a train back for… SATURDAY TDK - Day 1 5pm-5am Two of the original stages (including Gilles Peterson's) have been scrapped from this day, but there's still plenty of big names. Queen of the mullet Ellen Allien (no doubt sporting the latest in Berlin crumpled paper bags) is appropriately headlining the Mulletover stage joined by Alex Smoke. There's also Ivan Smagghe, Optimo, Ata and RA podcaster Serge Santiago. Bundles of live acts including Hot Chip, Ladytron and Spank Rock and attitude aplenty in the Vice tent... [details] Ministry of Sound 11pm-7am Swedish house mafia duo Steve Angello and Axwell are in the Box at Ministry of Sound while Paul Jackson and DJ Touche command the bar… Axwell’s newie is out on Monday on MOS so he should be on his best behaviour… [details] Dirty Habit 10pm-6am Unofficial afterparty for SW4 featuring Meat Katie, Audiojack, Richard Dinsdale and Toby Tobias. House and breaks on the menu in Brixton…[details] Fabric 10pm-7am Craig Richards, Carl Craig and Bodycode in Room One, while Terry Francis, Adam Beyer and the legendary Robert Hood play Room Two on Carnival Eve. Make friends with the person bouncing next to you to Revelee and invite them to join you for two days of raving… [details] SUNDAY Notting Hill Carnival Sunday 27 - Monday 28 August 12pm-7pm Europe's biggest street party is a traditional bank holiday institution. Those in a dub/roots/ragga/reggae mood will of course be well served, elsewhere Sir Norman Jay OBE and his brother Joey play the classics at the Good Times stage, while the Sancho Panza party boys cater for more contemporary tastes. [full list of sound systems] Lasermagnetic vs Warm Sunday, August 27, 2006 12pm-1am Holiday Carnival party in Canal 125 in Kings Cross with heated roof terraces overlooking the Regents Canal and a special BBQ. What more could you ask? Music? Oh. Looks like a soul, disco, house affair with Reverso 68, Hugh Herrera from San Diego, Joel Martin from the Quiet Village Project, Marcus Worgull [Innervisions], Rob Mello and residents. Also rumoured are some top secret guests [details] [full article] Golf Pro's & Tennis Ho's Lockside Lounge 1pm-2am General Midi, JDS, Soul Of Man, Atomic Hooligan, Dumb Blonde, Heidi et al team promises breaks, beats, electro & house all day long. Be sure to dress up - prizes for best costumes. Expect Tombola, apple bobbing and more… Proceeds go to the dolphins (!) of this world so do something good by skiving off to a party, etc…[details] [full article] Underline Party Sunday, August 27 7pm-4am Underline has a house party bash at the plush and dandy 43 South Moulton which features two RA podcasters Troy Pierce and Margaret Dygas. If you want meeenimal, the venue looks cool, very fallen aristocracy/English country mansion vibe in the centre of town. Plus a Funktion 1 sound system! [details] Superfreq at The End 10pm-7am Superfreq put on a bank holiday special with Deutchlanders Tiefschwarz (playing a five-hour set) and Anja Schneider [Mobilee] in the main room, while Mr C, Dollz at Play and Misstress Barbara command AKA. Expect a night of German vs. English bleeps and bloops with an electro edge. Hey what's Italy doing on England's side? [details] Lost 11pm-7am Jeff Mills and Laurent Garnier team up with legendary dub-Germans Rhythm & Sound for a night at The Bridge. Last time Mills and Garnier were together in London they blindsided the special Thursday night Fabric crowd – this time they're teaming up with the R&S crew for a night of the deep and dubby vs. banging old school techno. As they say in Berlin – tip! [details] TDK - DAY 2 6pm-6am Warehouse fest TDK is suffering from artist withdrawals in questionable circumstances, but if you're still game, Sunday looks like the day to toddle along with Booka Shade, Annie, Moodymann, Dan Ghenacia, Matt John, Zip, Dinky, Audio Werner and Losoul still pencilled in. Best check their website if you don't want to be crying in your beer, but that's a lineup like that is not to be sniffed at. Get thee to a warehouse…[details] Wax at 93 Feet East 12pm-12am 93 Feet East features the usual open bar, dodgy food and good tunes all for a pound. This weekend in celebration of the bankers having a day off Dutchman Alden Tyrell from Clone Records plays a live set. Tyrell doesn't release many tracks, but when he does, they simply stonk. It'll be interesting to see how he strings them together… [Details] Get Loaded In The Park 12pm-9pm Green Velvet, Tiga, Erol Alkan, Digitalism and Serge Santiago pack out the Bugged Out tent at Get Loaded in Park on Clapham Common… [Details] Turnmills 10pm- 6am Big man Tony Humphries gives a 4-hour lesson in upfront and classic soulful house in Room 1 joined by Marshall Jefferson and dance diva Kathy Brown. Humphries new Masterclass comp for MN2S is out on Monday so if you enjoy the gig, pop by HMV later in the week. [Details] Faith Summer All-Dayer 2pm-11.30pm Damian Lazarus from Crosstown, Dixon from Sonar Kollektiv and Gilles Peterson from you-know-where promise a day of souled-out house groove with a dash of electro at The Light Bar in Shoreditch. This one comes recommended. [Details] The Boat Sessions Part 4 7pm-12am It's a techno boat party! Tech hard men James Ruskin, Oliver Ho, Christian Smith and Ben Sims will be lurching from starboard to bow in this early evening alternative for those who like their techno harder and faster. Best get down to Phonica to pick up tix Friday if you want to be in, there's only 50 seats available on the day… [Details] T-Bar 6pm–midnight Sunday evening at the T-Bar you can catch Matthew Styles, Rob Mello and Pier Bucci [live] in Shoreditch. Just where is Rob Mello going to be getting his energy this weekend? [Details] Pool Bar 9pm-6am Cabanne from Perlon head and Arnaud Le Texier head a lineup up of minimal at the Pool Bar in Shoreditch, which might be worth poking your face in the door, but don't expect to stand still… [Details] The Soultree 9pm-3am If you're up in Cambridge, check out Carl Craig at the Soultree. Carl has been on fire with his productions this year, and rumour has it his sets are sparking too. Should be a night to remember… [Details] MONDAY T Bar Midday-midnight Still not dead yet? If you've run out of money, or are yet to run out of energy, this might be the party for you. Lineup features Dinky, Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, Matthew Styles and special guests (who?) and it's Monday so it's free. After a whole weekend of dancing, it kinda turns into a competition, doncha think? [Details] The Lodge meets Sunkissed Carnival Party 5pm-2am Todd Terje, Jesse Rose, Victor Simonelli and others celebrate Monday (and Tuesday) in a bid to catch the stragglers and wayfarers. Expect house with a dollop of disco… [Details] *** Comprehensive RA event details for London for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. That's it. Remember, the carnival runs both Sunday and Monday, and SW4 is sold out. And if you haven't already, click Event Details on the top left of RA, set your area to London and let the front page do the work for you for upcoming events. And god bless the bankers this weekend!