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Roísín Murphy, 11 May
Fresh from releasing her addictive new DJ Koze-collab CooCool, cult hero Roísín Murphy is sure to deliver an evening of effortlessly cool alt-pop delights when she steps on to the stage at the globally-renowned Royal Albert Hall. Prepare to sweat while dancing along to understated disco-infused bangers like the sensual Stimulation and Jealousy.
Brighter Days, 12 May
This Brighter Days takeover – which spans garage, hip-hop and grime – is unbelievably stacked. With founder IZCO at the helm, he’s inviting Capo Lee, Liam Bailey, Natanya Popoola, Osquello, P Wavey, Ramonie, Rebelclash and Reek0 to join him at Camden’s legendary Jazz Cafe. Catching this roll call of the best of London’s underground scenes is not to be missed.
Klub Kiwi And ec2a, 12 May
One for the nu-school UKG heads, Conducta brings his Klub Kiwi party to London’s most iconic nightclub for an unmissable FABRICLIVE get-together. Many of the label’s regulars – Notion, Sharda, Oppidan, Gemi and Prozak – will join the garage legend by providing the energy in Room 1. But that’s not all: Room 2 is an ec2a takeover, as founder Dr Dubplate welcomes top-tier selectors Nikki Nair, DJ Swagger, Fliss Mayo and Yemz.
Old school ravers assemble, and get ready to step back in time to the golden era of drum‘n’bass – “a time when”, as promoter Def:inition Events puts it, “classics were made and legends were born”. Continuing to celebrate the collective’s one-year anniversary, this all-day party will boast sets from scene-starting pioneers Ed Rush, Optical, Adam F, Mampi Swift and Ray Keith.
KOKO Electronic, 13 May
As part of its expertly-curated electronic event series, gospel techno titans Floorplan – AKA father-daughter duo Robert and Lyric Hood – will take the KOKO crowd on a rapturous journey when they land in Camden. Completing the line-up is Glaswegian duo Optimo (Espacio), who this year celebrate 25 years in the industry. Then there’s India Jordan, a DJ and producer who is known for their high-energy, fast-paced sets, as well as upcoming selector Ceri.
For those who like their club sets hard and fast, look no further than this divine onslaught of European heavy-hitters. Indira Paganotto, Airod, The Brvtalist and LO-LOW will undoubtedly shake the walls of E1’s Warehouse, while Cera Khin, Séxstasy and Lockhart push the sound-system inside Black Studio to its limit.
Following the success of a 24-hour party in February which celebrated two decades of Ricardo Villalobos playing at fabric, it’s time for round two. With the minimal techno king once again self-curating the DJ programme, 16 hours of uninterrupted music will feature sets from Zip (playing his first London set in six years), Margaret Dygas, Edward, Vera and Ata.
LoveJuice Garden Party, 14 May
Known for hosting some of the best all-day parties of recent years, Studio 338 in Greenwich welcomes house promoter LoveJuice for a garden shindig that’s spread across three stages. Dennis Quin, Robbie Doherty and Sammy Porter are just some of the DJs who are bound to ensure good vibes all round.