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These are the Top UK club events in December 2019

Half Baked 10th Birthday December 2019
Half Baked 10th Birthday December 2019

Half Baked 10th Birthday, On Rotation, Room 237 and plenty more parties to round off your 2019

Confusion seems omnipresent in Britain right now. Rest assured, though, we’re not in the business of misinformation, as the top UK events in December prove faster than you can say fact check. 

No duds or false flags in London and the South, then. Half Baked’s epic two-day birthday takes the lead, but you could do far worse than Tribes at The Cause, too. The not-for-profit venue had been preparing to move but can now thankfully stay put, meaning the minimal techno of Masda, UK rave of Pangaea and tough grooves from Hamish & Toby will be more celebratory than reflective. 

Manchester’s Marcus Intalex Music Foundation is in the capital — dnb dons doffing hats to a lost dnb legend and raising money for a new educational institution in the northInstra:mental, AKA Boddika and Damon Kirkham, play their first set together in the city for three years. Another exclusive is happening over at Printworks, too, as DJ Stingray and Marcel Dettmann step up for their debut b2b amid a day of techno titans.

Sexier still is the By-Night party at Oxford’s rightly revered Bullingdon. Less privileged political elite demanding champagne and expenses, more fine UKG flavours from man of the genre’s moment Dr Banana, with Desert Sound Colony and Soundbwoy Killah also inside. 

Heading North, we’re delighted to rank On Rotation as #1 for the month — the Leeds party always represents quality next-gen players and this party is no exception. Also in Yorkshire, Hope Works gets the tinsel out for its Christmas bash, the fact Batu is joining Objekt suggests something special for Sheffield that night, with Ifeoluwa and lord of the manor Lo Shea in support. Check the latter's DJ Mag Podcast from 2018. And in Manchester, Underworld are down for a live set at The Depot, which should be spectacular considering they have been releasing a track a week this year

Scotland’s Animal Farm remains one of the country’s prized techno institutions. For the 15th anniversary the crew get ghostly atmospheres and ferocious drums from Surgeon. EBM-tipped tones also confirmed from Berlin emergent Peryl. And in Northern Ireland 25-year-old Thompsons Garage, Belfast, has the honour of deep solids via Correspondent boss Jennifer Cardini. Homegrown talent Cyence, who just released on said label, gets involved, too.

Bristol is a hive of activity — Room 237 at Loco Klub boasts an exquisite line-up including Overmono. Elsewhere in town, Noods Radio turns four with eclectic resident Tilly keeping plates spinning ahead of equally eclectic Red Light Radio boss Orpheu The Wizard's four hour set.

Present Tense is back, bringing former-DJ Mag Best of British nominee Gwenan, one-to-watch Ellie StokesAmy Amor and Mikki James of Swansea’s Dogruff throwdown. Speaking of Swansea, don’t miss liquid d’n’b high-flyer Etherwood with MC Tempza for The Deep. Oh, and Birmingham sees London’s Art of Dark team up with Midlands daytime session Penda to host Greek-born techno type Alex Cellar, Seekers’ regular Desyn and house head Bunny

More complete listings are available in DJ Mag’s current print magazine, December 2019 Issue 600.  

LONDON / SOUTH

1. 10 YEARS OF HALF BAKED — BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION PART 1 & 2 
SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER & SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER
STUDIO 9294 & FOLD, LONDON
Plenty can change in a decade, but not when it comes to Half Baked. Consistently throwing top drawer parties for ten years, backing their well-deserved anniversary celebrations was always going to be compulsory. Especially when the gathering in question involves no less than 19 hours of quality action across two London venues. 

Kicking off at Studio 9294, the line-up breaks down like this— house stalwarts Move D and Guilhem Monin head up one room, with the second rig set to sound much techier by way of Voigt.Mas (Voigtmann b2b John Dimas), The Ghost and Robin Ordell. Those looking for tougher tones should concentrate on room three, where Sonja MoonearPrasleaDan Andrei and Greg Brockman lay down some pared-back chug. Come 6AM the action switches to the UK capital’s finest roll-through address, FOLD, where guests will be kept under wraps until doors open. How’s that for a birthday surprise? 
10PM - 6AM, 6AM - 5PM / £30 - £25, £10 

2. THE HYDRA PRESENTS
SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER 
PRINTWORKS, LONDON 
Marcel Dettmann b2b DJ Stingray, Robert Hood, Dave Clarke, Vitalic, DJ Bone, Alienata, Levon Vincent, Shed - EQD live, Laurel Halo, Skee Mask, Afrodeutsch. 
12PM - 11PM / £32.50 - £37.50 

3. BY-NIGHT AT THE BULLY
SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER 
THE BULLINGDON, OXFORD 
Dr Banana, Desert Sound Colony, Soundbwoy Killah. 
11PM - 4AM / £12.50 - £15

4. TRIBES 
SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER
THE CAUSE & GROW, LONDON 
Pangaea, Steffi & Virginia, Roger Sanchez, Kim Ann Foxman, DJ Masda, Ceephax Acid Crew, Hamish & Toby
1PM - 5AM / £15 - £30

5. MARCUS INTALEX MUSIC FOUNDATION
FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER
PHONOX, LONDON
Instra:mental, Doc Scott, ST Files, Sense MC, Nick Sinna. 
10.00PM - 5AM / £10 - £20 

NORTH / SCOTLAND / NORTHERN IRELAND

1. ON ROTATION 
FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER
WIRE CLUB, LEEDS 
The crew behind On Rotation have made a lot of noise throwing anything they can behind the brightest and best from the UK underground since 2014. Plenty of parties on their books, with this edition easily one of the stand out instalments from that storied history, with three exceptionally talented names drafted for what should be a compelling night of electronic beats. 

Forest Drive West can do little wrong in our eyes, affiliations with Livity Sound and Whities only telling half the story about a guy who can seamlessly flow from techno to jungle before diving down avenues we can barely describe. re:ni is also here, one of London’s brightest emergents. Finally, no stranger to the Leeds crew, Chekov holds it down for the local scene, a DJ and producer who spans broken glitchy steppers, warm ambience and punchy futurism. Full marks to say the least. 
11PM - 6AM / £6 - £10 

2. ANIMAL FARM 15TH BIRTHDAY 
FRIDAY 27TH DECEMBER 
SUB CLUB, GLASGOW  
Surgeon, Peryl. 
11PM - 5AM / £15

3. HOPE WORKS X NO BOUNDS CHRISTMAS PARTY 
FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER 
HOPE WORKS, SHEFFIELD 
Objekt, Batu, Ifeoluwa, Lo Shea. 
12PM - 6.30AM / £12 - £15 

4. UNDERWORLD LIVE AT THE DEPOT 
THURSDAY 5TH DECEMBER
DEPOT AT MAYFIELD, MANCHESTER 
Underworld. 
7PM - 11PM / £32.50

5. MISFIT 
FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER
THOMPSONS GARAGE, BELFAST 
Jennifer Cardini, Cyence, Moodtrax, Schmutz. 
9PM - 3AM / £8 - £10 

 

MIDLANDS / WEST & WALES

1. ROOM 237 
FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER 
THE LOCO KLUB, BRISTOL 
Bristol’s Room 237 clearly know exactly what time it is with this showcase of wildly varied sounds. From smile-inducing rave-y mayhem to intelligent electro and slamming techno, by way of jungle-infused rollers, tonight’s line-up pretty much defines where the UK scene is right now. As such we implore you to get involved. 

If you’ve still not seen Truss & Tessela’s incredible Overmono live project then there will be few better opportunities to catch them doing what they do best—sending a multitude of rhythms careering into one another without sacrificing flow. Claro Intelecto should need no introduction, with his back catalogue stretching back from this year’s ‘In Vitro’ all the way to 2003, releasing for the likes of Delsin and Modern Love along the way. Fresher than fresh, IMOGEN is now firmly established as a go-to name in modern, forward techno, while residents White Peak make new moments of genius from old school roots, so don’t miss early doors.  
10PM - 4AM / £8 - £15 

2. NOODS 4TH BIRTHDAY
SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER
THE BLACK SWAN, BRISTOL 
Tilly, Orpheu The Wizard.. 
11PM - 6AM / £12 

3. PRESENT TENSE 2ND BIRTHDAY
FRIDAY 13TH DECEMBER 
THE LOVE INN, BRISTOL
Gwenan, Mikki James, Ellie Stokes, Amy Amor. 
10PM - 4AM / £TBC 

4. PENDA x ART OF DARK 
SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER 
SECRET LOCATION, BIRMINGHAM 
Alex Celler, Desyn, Colin Chiddle, Bunny.
4PM - 12AM / £10 

5. THE DEEP 
SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER 
THE ATTIC, SWANSEA
Etherwood, MC Tempza. 
10PM - 3AM / £6 

Martin Guttridge-Hewitt is DJ Mag's Clubs Listings Editor — track him on Twitter.

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