As we enter the busiest period of the events calendar, we take a look at the hottest raves and parties over the festive period. Christmas is the time to over-indulge in the finest of shape-cutting and dance merrily into the new year.
We cannot wait to have the ‘just one beer’, turn into a three-day bender. Waiting for the first train home, sitting outside the train station with an eggnog latte as passers-by throw a quid into your red cup.
Welcome to the ‘[email protected]!k it, it’s Christmas’ Mr. Afterparty event picks.
Friday, 3rd December
Booka Shade Live at Electric Brixton
Lineup: Booka Shade | Klangkarussell ++
Booka Shade has become more than a household name, the duo have become synonymous with the spirit which drives electronic music and has set a precedent to which electronic music is still held today. A simple must-attend status is firmly pinned to this gig as the duo return to London.
Tickets: Booka Shade – Electric Brixton
Saturday, 4th December
Cocoon W/ Sven Vath at Studio 338
Lineup: Sven Vath | Michael Klein | Andrew Kay ++
After Cocoon’s last party that saw Sven Väth and crew take London by storm, the legendary imprint returns to the 338 terrace this DEC 4 for their final party of 2021 in London. Expect incredible production and the typically mesmerising Sven Vath masterclass.
Tickets: Cocoon – Studio 338
Sunday, 5th December
Bamboleo at Village Underground
Lineup: Yaya | Neverdogs | George Smeddles ++
Bamb HOHOHO. It’s the festive instalment of the expertly crafted vibe of Bamboleo. No holding back here as the high-profile event returns with a stacked line up of the finest underground DJ selectors. The Sunday party has amassed an incredible following lured by the soul and energy of its heartbeat. YAYA leads the way as The Neverdogs deliver another fresh curation.
Tickets: Bamboleo at Village Underground
Friday, 10th December
Pan-Pot at E1
Lineup: Pan-Pot | Luigi Madonna | Nastia
The ultimate in techno showcases! Berlin-based Pan-Pot, Awakenings & Drumcode mainstay Luigi Madonna and Serious Kitchen’s own Skizzo will champion the E1 Warehouse, while the Black Studio will be home to Nastia – All Night Long. Definitely one for the techno heads.
Tickets: Pan-Pot at E1
Saturday, 11th December
Anjunadeep at Printworks
Lineup: Jody Wisternoff | CRi | Dosem | Icarus | Monkey Safari
A sure thing! Anjunadeep will close 2021 with an end of year showcase at the iconic Press Halls with an eclectic mix of rising stars like CRi, and globe-trotting veterans such as Tinlicker, ICARUS, and Dosem. Local heroes Richie Blacker, Just Her and Jon Gurd are joined by a special b2b between James Grant, the label’s founder, and legendary Bristol producer Jody Wisternoff.
Tickets: Anjunadeep – Printworks
Friday, 17th December
Fabric Presents: PIV at Fabric London
Lineup: Chris Stussy | Prunk | Jesse Maas | Project89 ++
It has been another solid year for the PIV brand. The year closer will be at the church of venues, Fabric. After a memorable night with Forms back in 2019, PIV records return to fabric this December. The Amsterdam-based deep house ensemble will come fully armed with their heavyweight artist roster, joined by some of their UK affiliated performers across all 3 rooms.
Tickets: PIV – Fabric
Saturday, 18th December
Telehaus London at Fold
Lineup: FJAAK | Guedes | Anetha | Hadone
Telehaus returns to Fold with a 24-hour party. FJAAK leads the way with a strong supporting cast ready to deliver a journey in the Telehaus defined sound. A pre-Christmas treat in store at Fold.
Tickets: Telehaus – Fold
Sunday, 26th December
Eastenderz at E1
Lineup: East End Dubs | Rossi | Luuk Van Dijk | Kepler
East End Dubs brings his Eastenderz showcase back to London for one last shindig of 2021. The lineup is typically in beast mode as the label welcomes Rossi, Luuk Van Dijk and Kepler to the party. This will be one of the most hyped events of the year and should not be missed!
Tickets: Eastenderz – E1