Friday, 25 May 2007

London Paper 25

A bank holiday means, of course, an additional day of rehabilitation, so there are no excuses not to go all out this weekend.

You could happily spend your whole weekend at the Hearn Street Car Park off Curtain Road in Old Street. This uber-cool spot has hosted DJ elite such as Sasha and Mylo, who have made one-off returns to their warehouse roots. Tomorrow, it’s the Wet Your Trailer Warehouse Party, a spleen-rupturing electro rock and rave with DJs Hannah Holland, Mikki Most, Mr Cormac and Rich Nxt. Entry is only £6 and you can stick around till 4am.

If you’ve got the stamina, return­ on Saturday for ­another Warehouse Party courtesy of Germany’s ­Kompakt Records, purveyors of cutting edge techno and electronica. Headliners the Whignomy Brothers will play alongside DJ Koze (hip hop DJ champion), Oxia and Shane Watcha. It runs until 6am, and it’s only a tenner.

Should you still be up for it on Sunday, there are two worthy options. Thugs & Hugs 2 at The Legion in Old Street puts on an urban affair with hip hop, Baltimore club, Miami Bass, crunksteppin’ electro, and riddim ‘n’ bounce. DJs include Bo Bliz from Philadelphia­, Smutlee, Zombiediscosquad, Patchwork Pirates­, DJ Gigolo “The Mixx” Knight – and it’s free.

For afters, seek out Hub, a secretive East End venue in Goulston Street with two rooms, a floor-shaking 20k Turbosound system and an all-night licence. Nodisko’s Bank Holiday F***-UP features appearances from Berlin’s Gomma Records, kings of wonky avant-dance Munk, Rodion, Skull Juice and one of my current favourites, Daft Punk’s tour DJ, Kavinsky.

Down south, tonight, at the refurbished Plan B in Brixton, heats begin for the DMC World Championships­. Expect turntablism at its finest­, including from last year’s winner, DJ Netik.

Or check out Ministry of Sound tomorrow, when Leeds-based Kissdafunk hit London for an Ibiza send-off and album launch party. Radio­ 1’s Trophy Twins and Rob Tissera will be alongside Moby and Faithless producer, and electro-house DJ, Sharam Jey, while Stereo Sushi will be hosting the bar – while the rest of us prop it up.

A version of this article appeared in The London Paper.

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