As the Easter/May bank holiday glut bleeds into the opening whispers of festival season, we’re getting a little restless over here in Clubland. Maybe it’s time to… do something different?
And, well, what better juncture for it than this strange transitional period in between the time of year that let’s just call “mostly dark” and 4-day cider benders in mud. A noticeable shift is already underway in programming, with daytime and outdoor events insinuating themselves into your regular schedule with increasing persistence. But let’s go further than that! Join us as we venture to spaces, places and times less commonly plumbed for partying.
Though it would be hard to argue that a pub is in any way an un-plumbed source of nighttime entertainment, it’s not often that we find ourselves heading to one for a bonafide get-down. This Saturday 6 May, however, we are; over at Dalston nook The Victoria, Jimpster brings together peeps from Freerange and Delusions of Grandeur to launch his new EP in the venue’s delightfully corniced back room.
The following weekend, take your pick from a plethora of Peckham spots as Peckham Rye Music Festival kicks off. Sprawling across two weekends, there’s frankly way too much good stuff going on to cover here but if we were pressed to choose, we’d tip Friends of Ours x Inverted Audio at Copeland Gallery on Saturday 13th (ft. Martyn and Space Dimension Controller, among others) and Secretsundaze at the Outdoor Stage on Sunday afternoon. That very same Sunday, in no particularly surprising venue but in a slightly WTF timeslot, John Talabot takes over the Pickle Factory from 7pm – 2am, which is sure to start everyone’s week in both the best and the worst way possible.
After that, it’s the return of London’s most elusive venue, the dreaded/beloved “East London – TBA”, as Krankbrother take over/under a bridge for a noon-til-night open air bash featuring the likes of Craig Richards, Konstantin and Paranoid London. Round it off with an intimate live techno/AV gig on Sunday evening (not a combination of words we’re used to seeing) at The Institute of Light, headed up by Rrose and Chronozon.
Coming full circle, among the many undoubtedly excellent parties on offer over the final May bank holiday, we’re heading back to a pub, no ordinary pub, the Flying Dutchman, for AM Trips with Bjørn Torske in its notorious basement. Let the weird vibes commence.