With two bank holidays this month, there's plenty of party ammunition to load those gun fingers...
1. PANORAMIC, NETIL360, LONDON, SUNDAY 26TH MAY,
Ejeca, AZ&Tor, Regulate DJs
Now the never-ending Siberian winter recently gripping the UK has finally slungs its proverbial hook, May should throw up a few interesting opportunities for an outdoor stomp, especially in The Big Smoke.
The one that's caught our eye most is this naughty rooftop rave-up. Re-opening on Sunday 5th May with a Tsuba takeover featuring Milton Jackson, Panoramic has snagged Kerri Chandler's edgy Mad House spin off, Madtech, for the next of its open-air club events on the summit of Hackney's Netil House.
Entitled Panoramic for obvious reasons, the events, which also ran last summer, boast 360 degree views of the east London skyline, plus some of the most on-point bookings the capital has to offer. Pets Recordings (23rd June), Flux (13th Flux), Troupe & Yogurt Warrior (10th August) and a subsequent Madtech with Waze & Odyssey (14th September) are all planned for the rest of the series, but for this daytime May Bank Holiday Event, boy about town Ejeca will take to Netil360's decks in the sky alongside AZ&Tor.
Breaking through with releases on Aus, Needwant and W&O Street Tracks last year, he's gone from undiscovered treasure to one of the most bookable there is, his ability to successfully rattle out timeless tunes in quick succession with an air of sophistication to rival the most experienced in the game making him one of house music's hottest property today.
In the unlikely event it doesn't pelt it down with glacial hail stones the size of Pluto, Ejeca's sun-kissed US garage grooves will go down a treat on a balmy spring day in London (yeah, right!).
2pm – 10pm | £10 - £20 |TICKETS
2. SHINDIG 21ST ANNIVERSARY, W34, Hoults Yard, Newcastle Sunday 5th May
Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles, Kerri Chandler, Guy Gerber, Davide Squillace, John Digweed, Joris Voorn
As old as the average age of those who attend, Newcastle's Shindig celebrates 21 years this month, making it the city's most heritable club night still going.
Taking place over a day and a night at Hoults Yard, there's nothing jaded or dated about this worldly beast, taking its pick from the freshest and biggest top-tier underground talent there is, with a couple of seminal house/techno players thrown in for good measure.
By day, Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles, Kerri Chandler, Guy Gerber and Davide Squillace will service the afternoon/early evening airwaves of this industrial park on the outskirts of the city centre, before Digweed and Joris Voorn take the action inside into W34, the derelict old building its occupied since 2011.
Undoubtedly the most monolithic line-up dedicated to house and techno to be unveiled in Newcastle to date, Geordie Shore this is not.
1.30pm – 4am | £21 |TICKETS
3. LOUCHE & SYSTEM TERRACE PARTY, MINT WAREHOUSE, LEEDS, SUNDAY 5TH MAY
Ben Klock, Cassy, Andrés, DJ Qu
Once again, Mint Club's finest are teaming up once again for what's become accepted by many in Leeds as the most prestigious date on the local clubbing calendar. Returning to the club they've stormed pretty much every Bank Holiday since 2012, the next Terrace Party will take place at the warehouse-shaped brother of the club responsible for growing these two exceptionally on-point promotions.
Mixing up a line-up that's one part techno/one part vintage deep house, Berlin residents Ben Klock and Cassy to bring a touch of Berghain/Panorama Bar to the city that gave birth to Back to Basics, while Detroit head Andrés and NY's DJ Qu will deliver some breezy house grooves to warm this (hopefully) sunny Mayday party.
Support in The Loft and The Boiler Room will come from Teknicolor and Flux, while the big names dominate the main room.
3pm – 6am | £15/£18/£20 |TICKETS
4. HARD TIMES, MINISTRY OF SOUND, LONDON, SATURDAY 4TH MAY
Todd Terry, Terry Hunt, Norman Jay, Joey Negro, CJ Mackintosh
Following its return to London for 3 Kings of House featuring David Morales, Louie Vega and Tony Humphries earlier this year, West Yorkshire's original house promotion Hard Times is back in the capital, hitting up Ministry of Sound (moved from Cable) this month.
After vanishing in '96, Hard Times, which dates back to an old cinema in the tiny mill town of Mirfields in '93, returned to Leeds' The Warehouse last June, celebrating 19 years in the game last August Bank Holiday at the club. Today, it's still doing its thing, booking the most influential in the game, no doubt relishing the current US garage/'90s house revival. With Todd Terry, Terry Hunter and CJ Mackintosh on the bill alongside disco heads Norman Jay and Joey Negro, it's perfect place for the new generation to get up to speed with house history.
10pm – 6am | £15/£18 |TICKETS
5. FACELESS RECORDINGS, RHYTHM FACTORY, LONDON, SATURDAY 11TH MAY
JOHNNY CRUZ, SILKY, BARBER, ADAM SAVILLE, MATT HARDINGE
Undergoing somewhat of a renaissance, East London's grimy pair of back rooms Rhythm Factory has spent the past sixth months reinventing itself. Previously a haven for d&b and breaks, these days primarily choice sound is house and techno, shaping itself up as the perfect alternative to the now defunct 93 Feet East.
Coming to the club this month is new regular promotion Faceless, spinning off the back of the label of the same name launched by Climbers (Culprit) and Silky (My Favorite Robot) also this month. Opening their account with 'Left Your Love', a golden slice of classic house featuring Yasmine Asaiez on vocals and remixes from Frankie Knuckles and Barber as well as the label heads, they've welcomed US-bred tech house talent Jonny Cruz to cut the ribbon.
Freshly relocated to London, the buzz is still palpable following his blinding set at BPM Mexico at the beginning of the year, so his appearance here is likely to catch the eye of East London's most switched on beat thirsty lot.
10pm – 6am | £5/£8 |TICKETS