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Posted on April 22, 2011
Home-clubber. Illustration: Jon & Mick/moderntoss.com CYOA! London
If you ever owned a Choose Your Own Adventure book as a child, then this is probably the party for you; do check by turning to page 39 first, though. Celebrating their first birthday this Friday, CYOA! will let punters decide just where in the world they want to go, with a raft of DJs repping everywhere from Rio De Janeiro to Stockholm in their setlists. Normally, the evening focuses on just one city: so far, they’ve sonically travelled to Honolulu, Port-au-Prince, Miami and Montego Bay but they’re pulling out all the global stops for this one-year anniversary. Upstairs, Readers Wifes will take you to Italo-tastic Milan while Louise Quatorze will show everyone the 60s retro space-age pop side of Paris. Downstairs, the main event is Panteros666 with Chicago acid sounds after Lou Madhu’s techno tour of Berlin.
Dalston Superstore, Kingsland High St, E8, Fri
Mono_cult Daytime Party, Leeds
They love their clubs in Leeds, and there are a lot of great ones to love. So strong is the scene in the city that of late it’s slipped off its Saturday night shackles and spilled into Sunday, as it will tomorrow with the added excuse of Monday’s bank holiday. As well as an extended Louche at Mint with Cassy and Dyed Soundorom, Mono_cult return to their original home, The Lounge, with guests The Revenge and Space Dimension Controller playing more than suitable midtempo and disco sounds for the early start. Things will move up a gear as the evening goes on, culminating in a Laloop crew afterparty at Wire.
The Lounge, Merrion Street, Sun
Electric Frog Easter Weekender 2011, Leeds
Pretty much living up to its billing as Scotland’s premier urban and electronic micro festival, the lineup of guests at this year’s bash – extended to two days over the Easter weekend – is nothing short of stunning. With a simple ethos of delivering a bill reflecting the very best in terms of both talent and reputation, headliners include the grandpapa of French house music François Kevorkian, playing his Deep Space set for the first and only time in the UK this year, alongside his longtime collaborator and sometime resident at legendary NYC fun factory Loft, Danny Krivit. Techno’s top man Dave Clarke and original turntablist J Rocc join local dubstep and grime pioneer Kode 9, while representatives of Glasgow clubbing institutions Slam, Optimo, Electric Eliminators, Animal Farm and Thunder Disco Club warm up for big guns Erol Alkan, Green Velvet and DJ Yoda.
SWG3, Eastvale Place, Sat, Sun
Kitsuné Maison Party Meets Ponystep, London
An Easter Sunday special shouldn’t be all about binge-eating Easter eggs while telling everyone you’re only doing it to up your collection of confectionery-based mugs. When you’re done with the chocolate-stuffing, hop over to Heaven for this meeting of beautiful, party-centric minds. French label Kitsuné and fash blog turned fash rag Ponystep come together under the Neon Noise Project banner for a bank holiday blowout with Dalston dudes’ hangout Hot Boy Dancing Spot. Is Tropical, Róisín Murphy, Housse De Racket and Logo will be providing the loud and raucous live entertainment, but the night is really all about the tip-top DJ roster they’ve pulled together. Sets from Aeroplane, Delphic, Punks Jump Up, Riotous Rockers, Princess Julia, Rory Phillips, Sasa (In Flagranti), The Lovely Jonjo and more will offer up a transmuting meld of chic synths, perfect pop and deformed disco sounds.
Heaven, Villiers Street, WC2, Sun
Kinky Malinki, Brighton
Visiting the seemingly incongruous clubbing destinations of London, Belfast, Brighton and Marbella in 2011, international house brand Kinky Malinki celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. A recent sell-out party at London’s 3,000-capacity Matter shows that this hardy survivor is still fighting fit and anything but flabby, so their Easter beano tonight on Brighton seafront looks the ideal place to enjoy this April’s seemingly endless holiday season. Headliner is DJ-producer Nelski, whose retro minimalist mini epic, Body Pop tops a 2011 which has already seen him support Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz. In room two, Pussycat’s James Brady, Carl from Floorplay and the trio of Dave King, Carl Mills and Joe Wilkes hold court. Kinky regulars Grant Richards and Danny Quattro will keep things moving in the main room.
Digital, King’s Road Arches, Sat