Here’s our “first cut” of recommended bar and club nights and events over the August Bank Holiday weekend that of course marks the end of summer for the UK. Events include the return of Brazil’s The Week to London, a triple header from Brut, the return of Dannii Minogue to London, the launch of Project Soaked and regular August Bank Holiday weekend fixtures Horse Meat Disco and the GMFA/RVT Sports Day.
Friday 28 August 2015
Push The Button’s “Spice Up Your Life” celebration of the Spice Girls returns to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern from 9pm. Tickets for the pre-club Spice bus tour of London are sold out, but tickets for the club are on sale now.
Men Inc. at The Eagle (349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY) hosts a special party with Scruff and guest appearance by Tribal DJ Paulo from Los Angeles. More on Facebook.
Saturday 29 August 2015
Project Soaked, a calendar and photobook to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK launches at Ku Bar/Klub (30 Lisle Street) from 8pm with a DJ set from Andrew Hayden-Smith from 11pm. More on Facebook.
Brazil’s The Week makes its second visit to London this year with return of Safado at The Coronet Theatre (28 New Kent Road, SE1 6TJ) Expect high production values and a multi-level stage set. General and VIP tickets are on sale now. A gentle reminder that The Coronet does require valid ID to be scanned on entry.
Staying in South London, Madonna Celebrate and Madonnalicious present the Confessions Ball at The Eagle (349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY) in celebrations of Madonna’s birthday and (gulp!) the tenth anniversary of “Confessions On A Dancefloor”. Tickets are £6 in advance (link TBC) and £10 on the door. Ticketholders gain entry from 7.30pm with general admission from 9pm. Amongst the many items on offer are your chance to win tickets to see Madonna perform her Rebel Heart tour at The O2 in December.
Wayne G returns to XXL at Pulse (Invicta Plaza, SE1 9UF) as part of a new series of monthly residencies which has also seen The Hoxton Whores and Funkybear join the XXL DJ roster.
One of the more successful launches in recent years, Brut returns with the first of three bank holiday parties Beefy-Tea during the day at The Egg (200 York Way, N7 9AX). More on Facebook.
Back to the West End Dannii Minogue returns to G-A-Y at Heaven with her first performance at the club night in (we think) nearly ten years.
Sunday 30 August 2015
Beyond continues its residency at the Ministry Of Sound (103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP) with a 12 hour+ party from 5.30am. Advance tickets from £11 are on sale now.
East Bloc hosts a special daytime terrace party on “The Magic Roundabout” (Old Street Roundabout, EC1Y 1BE) from 3pm with an after-party in its nearby subterranean home. More on Facebook.
San Francisco’s Honey Soundsystem (Jason Kendig, Jackie House, Josh Cheon and Beziér) make their collective debut in London with their brand of hard NRG courtesy of Chapter 10 at Bloc (Unit 3, Autumn Yard, Hackney Wick, E3 2TT) from 11pm to 6am. Advance tickets are on sale now. There’s more on Facebook.
No mention of a Bank Holiday weekend would be complete without a perennial favourite Horse Meat Disco at The Eagle. Early arrival before does open at 8pm is recommended.
For the benefit of our readers across the pond planning for Labor Day weekend, Horse Meat Disco play the The Black Eagle Toronto (457 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C5) on Friday 4 September and Cielo New York (18 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014) on Sunday 6 September.
The second of Brut’s Bank Holiday parties Brut #9 is at at The Steel Yard (Unit 13 Allhallows Lane, EC4R 3UL) from 10pm. More on Facebook.
Monday 31 August 2015
GMFA and The Royal Vauxhall Tavern’s Annual Sports Day returns to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens from 1pm with its blend of unapologetically daft games and acerbic commentary. Unfortunately, this was a bit of washout last year, but hopefully the weather with hold out this time. More on Facebook.
This is followed by a special Monday edition of Anthem in the RVT until midnight with an, as yet unconfirmed, guest appearance.
Brut completes its trio of weekend parties with another day party, this time on the Magic Roundabout, Old Street, from 2pm. More on Facebook.
West End bars New Bloomsbury Set (76 Marchmont Street, WCN1 1AG), Circa (62 Frith Street), The Yard (57 Rupert Street), Ku Bar (30 Lisle Street), Ku Soho (25 Frith Street) Rupert Street Bar (50 Rupert Street), Edge Bar (11 Soho Square, W1D 3QE) and Freedom Bar (66 Wardour Street, W1F 0TA) will of course be open throughout the weekend.
And for viewers in The North..
Many will be heading north this weekend for Manchester Pride. We Party makes its second appearance in the city this year with We Party Love Boat from 10pm at the Manchester Club Academy (Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR). Tickets are on sale now. Beyond also makes an appearance as the official after-party of Pride at The Ritz Manchester (Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NQ). Tickets are on sale now.