It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when a ‘vinyl only’ DJ set is a bit of a gimmick, but there you have it – former Dissident Records trendsetter Andy Blake drops nu-disco, funk and techno wih the aid of neither CDJs nor Serato.
21.00 – 04.00. The London Fields, E8 3RH.
Jacking house in a basement at Prologue, courtesy of Nathan Coles, Luke VB and Nick Dare – upstairs UK funky takes centre stage spun by XL and Sean Garnham.
21.00 – 03.30. £10 (£8 adv). East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street.
Turkish trio Pure Filth man the decks at the tumescently named Gash, emitting a ripe old concoction of electro, indie, dubstep and so on.
20.00 – 02.00. The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street N1 6LP.
Saturday 7 August
Another weekend, another festival in Hackney – this time it’s the turn of Little London Fields who focus on hungry, up and coming talent stretched over four stages. Of particular interest is the Celebrity Graveyard Karaoke stage, which resurrects Jacko, Freddie, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. Where else can you get that?
11.30 – 21.00, Free. The London Fields, Westgate Street E8 3RL
Although only just in Hackney, the Fuse Saturday Night Rave is a party in a car park and as such deserves some attention; DJs T (Get Physical) Matthias Tanzmann (Moon Harbour) & Martinez take us back to a more innocent age via the medium of house and techno.
09.30 – 05.30, £15 advance. Hearne Street Car Park EC2A 3LS. Tickets available from 93 Feet East.
More chip shop than hip-hop, Club Philo rocks up with a packet of crisps, a cheeky smile and crate full of no-nonsense, good time party choons, courtesy of Matt Avery, Andy Jenks.
10.00 – 05.00, £3. The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane E8 2EB.
Sunday 8 August
“Please, no more, I have work tomorrow!” you cry, but the Sunday Club shows no mercy, relentlessly dishing out deep house played by the Songama DJs and Miro.
20.00 – 02.00. East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street.
Wednesday 11 August
If it’s live guitars you fancy, head to Rumble and catch Screaming Tea Party and Taigen Kawabe perform live with DJ backup from Black Manila Beach Parade.
20.00 – 01.00. The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street N1 6LP.
The Doctors Orders and Dephect present Roots drummer and all round hip-hop marvel Amir “?uestlove” Thompson taking full charge of the basement, dropping straight classics with Spin Doctor and Eric Lau. Upstairs is no slouch either; Mr. Thing and DJ Lok bring the smackdown…
21.00 – 03.30. £10 (£8 advance). East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street.
Thursday 12 August
Evoking the traditionally successful policy of booking DJs with live bands under a pub, new night Clap Clap Crash have DJ’s Ivan Smagghe and Jonnie Wilkes playing deep techno either side of live act The Eyes in the Heat, who allegedly encompass the epic journey from Delta blues to post-punk.
22.00 – 03.00, £5. The Drop, 175 Stoke Newington High Street (under the Three Crowns) N16 0LH. 020 7241 5511
Bass in the basement courtesy of Nerm and D-Code at R.A.R.E, alongside J Da Flex, Zero T and Tasha – expect lashings of Dubstep, drum n bass, speed garage and other sub-genres
22.00 – 03.00. £5 (£4 before 23.00). East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street EC2A 3HX. 0207 739 5173
Friday 13 August
Friday the 13th – its a spooky old night, and what could be more frightening than a brutal aural assault from DJs We’re Not Cool!, Not Shy and Alejandro Asencio playing grime, dubstep and other bass heavy licks at Do It!?
21.00 – 02.00. Free. Dalston Superstore, 177 Kingsland Road E8 2PB. 0207 254 2273
If book clubs at school were as much fun as this one, juvenile illiteracy would be a thing of the past; Filthy Dukes, Sophie Lloyd, Olly Rant, Atticus, nauti.cool and BabyStarr drop a 90’s/ electro/pop/filth compendium at Spank the Squirrel
20.00 – 02.00. £5. The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street EC2 4RH. 020 7684 8618
‘Barrel chested genius’ DJ Risco mans the wheels of power with a furious blend of hip-hop, funk and modern party music at Mumbo Jumbo
20.00 – 01.00. Bar Music Hall, 134 – 146 Curtain Road EC2A 3AR. 020 7613 5951
Saturday 14 August
Arriba La Cumbia! you cry, swaying gently to the seductive rhythm of the Cumbia band – Palamera Kanibales to be precise, supported by DJs Russ Jones, Cal Jader and Keita.
21.00 – 02.30, £8 (£5 before 22.00). Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, E8 4AA.
It may sound like a cry from a Welsh Scooby Doo, but Shabba Dabba Da is in fact a new electro night, billed as ‘Blitz meets Studio 54, with Jacuzzi’s’. Clad in speedo’s will be DJ’s Larry Tee, Erol Sabadosh and Maximus Crown.
21.00 – 02.30, £10, Avalon, 141 – 143 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE.
With an interesting take on the theme, the StayinUP Freelove Festival is an indoor/outdoor all day/night affair with headliners Makam, Leif and Burnski dropping both alternative and big rooms sets as the day progresses. Fancy dress optional.
All day and night, Free before 22.30. Cargo, 83 Rivington Street EC2A 3AY. 0207 739 3440
Sunday 15 August
If you really haven’t partied enough by Sunday morning, you should take a long hard look at yourself, but not before tracking down the Odyssey 2020Vision After Party at a secret location in the vicinity of Old Street.
05.00 – 11.00. £5. Somewhere in Hackney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wind yourself down good and proper with the Future Balearic all dayer, as DJs Mudd, Coyote and The Project Club take you back to the white isle.
12.00 – 12.00, Cargo, 83 Rivington Street EC2A 3AY. 020 7739 3440.
Thursday 19 August
A Love from Outer Space continues its unsurprisingly busy monthly residency under the Three Crowns; regular jocks Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston bring the psyche-disco flavour.
22.00 – 02.30. £4. The Drop, 175 Stoke Newington High Street (under the Three Crowns), N16 0LH. 020 7241 5511
Thursday wouldn’t be Thursday without lashings of ass-shaking South American funk, fortunately Club Popoduza brings you just that; DJ João Brasil turns up the heat.
20.00 – 01.00. £5 (£3 before 21.00). Favela Chic, 91-93 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HZ. 020 7613 4228
Friday 20 August
Like an unexpected but welcome growth of facial hair, Death by Misadventure sprouts on Stoke Newington’s countenance, hiding a rack of indie pop anthems in its bristles.
21.00 – 03.00. Nish. The Moustache Bar, 58 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XB.
Reminiscent of the latter stages of a bleep test, Buzzin Fly label boss Benn Watt and Chris Woodward spin high-pitched squeals over stomach-rumbling basslines, lovingly reproduced by a Funktion One soundsystem.
22.00 – 04.00, £10, Plastic People, 147-149 Curtain Road, EC2A 3Q. 020 7739 6471
Kick and Clap provides the rare pleasure of seeing Tom Furse (of The Horrors), Rodaidh (XL) and Hugo Paris (Django Django) come together to play a diverse collection of indie, rock, funk, soul and house.
21.00 – 03.00. Nowt. The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB.
From the Beetroot Field to London Fields, Casper C joins Matt Walsh armed only with a laptop, a penchant for electronic music and a laissez faire attitude towards speaker cones.
21.00 – 02.00. The London Fields, 137 Mare Street, E8 3RH.
Saturday 21 August
Jazz and swing dragged into to the new millennium by DJs Tofu, Tall Will, Typo Boy and Eldoko at The Electro Swing Club – sounds very interesting indeed
20.00 – 02.00, £10 (£5 before 22.00), The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH. 020 7684 8618
Underground dance music abounds at Yeah, Maybe as Fife, Lex Darker and The Colonel plus guests Elephino (Brownswood Recordings), Makka and Corsini rinse out Dubstep, garage and UK funky.
21.00 – 03.00. Free. The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB.
A civilised afternoon barbeque soundtracked by Canary Fontaine & Zippy, Soho and Tulani should be delightful way to spend your Saturday.
15.00 – 21.00. Free. Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY. 020 7739 3440
Sunday 22 August
In an attempt to stave off Sunday dread, Beatnik have put together a free BBQ, finger puppet making, face painting and a live musical jamboree, including Matt Witt, Tough Lover, Stef Bernardi, Dan Clews, Grace Banks & The Band and DJ Jonny Drop. Let’s hope it works.
19.00 – 01.00, £5 (£3 in your Sunday best). The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP.
Tuesday 24 August
What on earth could be exciting than seven hours of hip-hop, funk and old time b-boy electro? Absolutely nothing, unless it was spun by TBX and Cuddles.
20.00 – 03.00, Mother Bar, 333 Old Street, EC1V 9LE.
Wednesday 25 August
Drum and Bass TV Live continues its impressive run of booking drum and bass legends midweek; Alix Perez, J Majik, Wickerman and Krust lively up your Wednesday this time around.
21.00 – 02.00. Free. East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street.
Friday 27 August
A world class sound system on your doorstep: Choose Your Own Adventure returns to its cavernous home and this month the theme is Montego, so it’s rum and reggae ahoy courtesy of Trojan Sound System.
21.30 – 03.00, Question Mark Bar, 129 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0PH. 020 7682 1346
Punk, krautrock and psychedelia at The Beat! courtesy of a live show from The Detachments and DJ sets from Andy Blake, ZNTN and Simon A. Car (ThisIsNotAnExit) – leather trousers a must.
21.00 – 03.00. Free. The Alibi, 91 Kingsland Road E8 2PB.
Saturday 28 August
While the whole of London takes a collective deep breath in anticipation of the carnival, those cheeky Urban Nerds take on Bigger than Barry with Sheffield export Toddla T, MC Serocee, Lady Chann, Rattus Rattus, Klose One, and Tomb Crew doing the business.
21.00 – 05.30. £12/10/8/5. Hearn Street Car Park EC2A 3NN.
Scrutton Street Studios leaves us for a better place, but at least it’s going out with a bang; DJs Ivan Smagghe, Thomas Von Party, Matt Walsh, Nathan G Wilkins (Drop) and Miloo Smee (Chrome Hoof) roll back the years and hold back them tears. Dollop.
22.00 – 06.00. £5. The Camp, 70-74 City Road EC1Y 2BJ.
As the summer draws meekly to a close, the last few festivals try in vain to conjure up a sunny weekend – LED runs on Friday and Saturday but the latter day offers the superior lineup; Leftfield jostle for top billing with Friendly Fires, Goldfrapp, Aphex Twin and Annie Mac.
14.00 – 22.45. £37.5/day. Victoria Park, Victoria Park Road E9 7BT. 020 7364 3074
The Hotoneten & Bullet Train Carnival Party delivers a free BBQ and Capcom classic Street Fighter 2 on the roof terrace, while muscially Newham Generals (LIVE) and DJs, EI-B, DJ Yasmin, Mano Del Horno, DJ Cable and Last Japan play UK Garage, Dubstep, Hip Hop, Grime and 2 Step.
20.00 – 02.00, £5/6. The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street N1 6LP.
Sunday 29 August
Regular Sunday chill-athon Back II Boogie returns with Jazzie B, Sean P, Red Greg and Johnny Reckles playing them soul and funk grooves, a perfect antidote to the hectic goings on out west.
14.00 – 02.30. £5. East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street EC2A 3HX.
It’s an all day bank holiday beats bonanza at The London Fields, DJs Ross Allen, Dan Beaumont, Andy Blake, Sophie Lloyd, Damon Martin, Ben Rymer, Nathan Wilkins and Mick Wilson throw it down, because no one has work tomorrow.
15.00 – 03.00, 137 Mare Street E8 3RH.