Ah, t’is the season of numerous bank holidays and once again, we are due another extended weekend to let loose and dance free. While times like these often call for road trips to parties further afield, if you decide to stay put then Nottingham has its fair share of fun to offer.
Here’s what we’ve spotted so far.
Friday 26th May
Rough Trade | 5 – 10pm
This bank holiday, Wigflex is launching its summer series of after work jams. Taking over Rough Trade’s outside area (and inside dance floor on 26th due to popular demand), it will invite its musical pals to start kick off each weekend in style. First up is Lukas Wigflex alongside DJ Skimask, selecting tunes you may not expect but will most certainly be quality, nonetheless.
Expect different vibes to our usual sweaty basement swarp fests with 90bpm chuggers, African magic, krauty goodness and plenty of hip hop.
Red Bar | 10pm – 4am
Red Bar has been getting a hammering in recent times with Wigflex and The Garage hosting events there. Project is the latest night to set up camp in its centrally located basement on Friday, with Where You @ picking up where it leaves off on the bank holiday Sunday.
We rate this night, bringing low key but super fun vibes wherever it goes. Lukas Wigflex will be heading here once the doors shut at Rough Trade, joining the strong and intriguing line up feat. Rupert Clervaux, Andrew Lyster and Goat. What’s more, there will be visuals to feast your eyes upon and a promise of a hidden lair to explore. Bring it.
Rupert Clervaux may go under the radar for some, but we have been wanting to bring this guy to Notts for a while now. Composer, mixer and producer along with mastering tracks for artists such as Machine Woman & Beatrice Dillon. Specialising in free jazz, improvised, experimental and electronic music.
Another solid option to add to the equation.
Recently launched event, Loops, is taking over Bar Eleven for the third time since its inception and again, it’s set to be an evening filled with local talent. Its lineup ranges from established names such as Kinky Movement and Rob & Max of Smokescreen – both units that have been operating since the 90s – to, relative ‘new comers’ Cammy, of pop-up party White Rabit notoriety, Dec Shutts and Dawson of Where You @, alongside Flo Saviano & Joe Garman of the renowned Trent Bass society.
Rob & Max are still an ever present on Smokescreens free party scene as well as playing at their regular club nights at The Maze in Nottingham, coupled with playing at Glastonbury, Boomtown and Love4Life to name just a few.
Angel Microbrewery | 11pm-3am
The fun-filled retro utopia that is Paradisco is turning the Angel into a full-blown LOVE SHACK situation with the help of disco, funk and soul. If you’re wanting to ease yourself in to the bank holiday weekend gently but in incredible style, we’d recommend paying this recently renovated, top-notch venue a visit. Music on offer includes:
2PAC / ANDERSON PAAK. / ANITA WARD / BIGGIE SMALLS / CHIC / DAVID BOWIE / DESTINY’S CHILD / DR DRE / EARTH WIND & FIRE / EVELYN CHAMPAGNE KING / GEORGE BENSON / GWEN MCREA / JAMES BROWN / JACKSON SISTERS / JAMES BROWN / KANYE WEST / KENDRICK LAMAR / KOOL AND THE GANG / LIPPS INC / MARVIN GAYE / MFSB / MICHAEL JACKSON / MADONNA / OUTKAST / PRINCE / SISTER SLEDGE / SNOOP DOGG / TLC / THE B52’S / TALKING HEADS.
And for something a little different…
August Moon Tea | 7pm-9pm
Why not kick start the spring bank holiday in the cosmic style it deserves with a trip to August Moon Tea on Goose Gate? Offering guided meditation and a formal tea ceremony, it welcomes in the new moon with plenty of soothing sips.
A new moon symbolises new beginnings! We should use the energy of a new moon to achieve your goals or to start a new project. During a new moon, take the time to reflect back on our old goals and set new ones. This magical time is the perfect opportunity to start anew.
That’s why we are getting together to admire the beautiful moon and enjoy a New Moon Tea Ceremony.
Nottingham Contemporary | 8pm – late
As dance music is enjoying mass popularity, many people are playing around with its conventions to inject some newness into the genre. As a result, there are a few outfits out there reinventing dance floor classics with the help of an orchestra, to dramatic effect.
This event goes one step further, adding a DMC champion to the mix. Expect the unexpected.
Blending expert turntablist trickery, dance-floor destroying beats and the small task of remixing an orchestra live, this will be a unique gig-going experience and absolutely not to be missed.
Saturday 27th May
Whoops – we can’t find anything on the grapevine, but we’re sure this can’t be true! Speak up if you’re planning something on Saturday to get us groovin’.
Sunday 28th May
NOTTINGHAM | 11am – late
Sure, it might not be ‘underground’ as such, and there probably won’t be much fist pumping on here, but by golly, we’re not one to miss out on an opportunity to open our ears to local, national and international sounds, all within our fair city.
If you want to break up your bank holiday drum machine antics with some solid pop, indie, grunge, and all things in between, this is a day out not to be missed.
Did we mention, dream duo Shelter Point are playing?
We pride ourselves on bringing thousands of music fans an eclectic mix of innovative, exciting and ground-breaking acts in intimate settings we feel compliment the artists.
Red Bar | 10pm – 4am
Let’s be honest – on bank holidays, getting ready for a ‘big one’ on a Sunday, rather than simply ‘cracking on’ during the tail-end of the weekend, is something to be treasured. And Where You @ recognises this need for an unapologetic ‘do on the day of rest, heading back to Red Bar to do so.
Feat. plenty of local names, including the unstoppable duo, Congi, there’ll be toe-taps a’plenty.
Expect to hear plenty of their own productions along with the best in 140 half step. Having released on local imprint Mimm and more recently Chord Marauders, their explosive sets are what drew us to this pair.
Watching them perform a live set when supporting Lone in a 80 capacity venue was a 2016 highlight for us!!
The I Club | 11:30pm – 4am
Because it wouldn’t be a bank holiday in Nottingham without a trip to the Saltwater rooftop. But if you missed out on Mimm’s sold out rooftop ‘do, then a visit to the the I club (or ‘the irish’ to you and me) comes a very close second.
Bringing garage, funky, bassline and halftime – regulars of these crew’s events know to bring their best dancing shoes.
Where are you heading this spring bank hol?
We’re not claiming to be an authority – we simply connect the dots.
If you have a party and think we should hear about it, just get in touch.