THE AGENDA is TicketSwap’s new weekly event highlights series, where we’ll share the spiciest events taking place in London each week.
F*Ck Me It’s Summer, 26 May
No better way to start the bank holiday weekend celebrations than throwing yourself into one of London’s funnest parties. Expect a giant bouncy castle, rodeo surfboard, truckloads of UV cannons, candy floss, popcorn, Hawaiian dancers, free t-shirts, festival face painters and massive confetti cannons – all while DJs spin the best hip-hop, R&B, rap, drill and trap. Far from the average club night, leave your worries at the door of world-renowned Greenwich club Studio 338 (which boasts one of the largest terrace areas in Europe) and let your inner child run free.
West Coast rapper, producer and self-dubbed “Compton house” king Channel Tres – whose recent EP Real Cultural Shit is a firm favourite – headlines London’s most iconic club, fabric, for the official afterparty of London’s newest festival, Project 6 (a grime, drum ‘n’ bass and hip-hop bash from the Outlook and Undivide teams). He’ll be joined in Farringdon by a stellar line-up of selectors including yunè pinku, Hagan, Jyrrel, Kikelomo, Laelo Black, Lauren Duffus and P5NT0.
The queen of deep house – aka South African-born, Swiss-based Nora En Pure – brings her cinematic soundscapes to the UK, having performed on massive festival stages at Coachella, Burning Man, Tomorrowland, EDC and beyond. After playing Egg’s main room back in February 2022, she’s returning to headline their Friday night party. Fans of progressive house will also want to get down early for support acts David Puskâs, Matt - A - Fact and Just Like Joe.
Techno doesn’t come harder than when Berghain favorite Marcel Dettmann is in control of the decks. Prepare for the walls of Warehouse inside East London club E1 to vibrate, while the legendary DJ Bone takes charge of Black Studio, alongside Nadia Struiwigh, Antonio De Angelis and Ireen Amnes. Completing the line-up you’ll see James Ruskin, Kerrie and Vinicius Honorio, over in Warehouse. Stellar programme, a new state-of-the-art AV and lighting system – impressive all-round.
CREDIT: Jacob Khrist
Sama' Abdulhadi and more, 27 May
Techno fans will recognise Palestinian DJ Sama' Abdulhadi from her viral Boiler Room set. She’ll return this month to headline room one at fabric, but that’s not all. She’s also curated a room three line-up in celebration of Palestinian electronic music talent; led by Union Collective, there’ll be debut sets from DJ Dar, Ya Hu and YA Z AN.
Meanwhile, back in room one, there’ll be Mount Kimbie’s Kai Campos, Ryan Elliott and faux naïf, while room two hosts Dave Clarke, SORAYA and Tapefeed (for a special hybrid set).
HOME, 28 May
CREDIT: Rogier Houwen
With its titular ethos of “bringing good music home”, London's top minimal house and techno party returns to Studio 338 for the first time in a year. Running from 2pm on Sunday to 7am on bank holiday Monday, and boasting extended sets from all artists playing – including Dyed Soundorom, SIT Amphia (Cristi Cons b2b Vlad Caia), Spokenn (Ferro b2b Reiss), Sepp b2b Nu Zau, Alexia Glensy and Kearun – this marathon dance party is one for the heads.
TicketSwap Loves: Slam Dunk Festival 2023, 27-28 May
Every so often we'll highlight a wildcard TicketSwap Parter event in THE AGENDA. From metal festivals to classical music shout-outs, brand new festivals to musical theatre, we'll show something to shake up your plans.
This week we're shouting out the UK's alternative music melting, pot Slam Dunk festival, which kicks off this weekend across London and Leeds. With everyone from Less Than Jake to Enter Shikari on the bill, it's not one to miss if you're craving a bit of nostalgic catharsis.