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Preview: August 2012 Bank Holiday Weekend

Wednesday 15 August 2012
Words Spindle

2012 has been one of Britain’s best years yet, and what better way to celebrate its last Bank Holiday than by partying the night away at one of the biggest and best festivals in London? There is something going on for everyone, from reggae and drum and bass Carnival fusions at the annual Urban Nerds Notting Hill warm up, to silent discos and speakeasies at the Bookstore Street Festival. Secretsundaze’s two locations are host to an amazing line up, mixing house and technobeats with more dance beats and drum and bass. You’re spoilt for choice, so take your pick, grab your tickets and see the last Bank Holiday of the year out in style!

Urban Nerds Carnival Special

August 25th- 26th 2012

Scala, King’s Cross

This August 25th, Urban Nerds return with their biggest line up to date. The annual ‘warm- up’ for London’s infamous Notting Hill Carnival this year promises three rooms filled with their trademark fusion of  drum and bass, dubstep and garage with tropical infused reggae and dancehall beats. With the likes of Breakage & MC Wrec, Mala & Coki, and True Tiger to name a few, this year’s event is set to be the biggest prequel to the Notting Hill Carnival yet. Both the first and second ticket releases sold out fast, marking the Carnival Special as the place to be for London’s party crowd on the eve of Notting Hill. The current ticket price is £12-£15 with more available on the door.

secretsundaze Go Bang!

August 26th 2012

Roundhouse and Proud Gallery, Camden

After leaving everyone wondering whether this year’s secretsundaze Go Bang! Would even take place this year as the festival’s location announced that it was going in to administration, the secretsundaze team have moved on to bigger and better things. After all, why have one location when you can have two? This year’s festival is set to take place in Camden’s Roundhouse during the day and then to move to the Proud Gallery for the night party. And with a set up this impressive, the line up has got to be even better: expect electrobeats and dance as well as their classic house and techno, provided by talent such as Matthew Herbert, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Youandewan, Photomachine and The Secret Agency’s Arkist.

Bookstock Street Festival

August 26th 2012

Shoreditch

Following in the theme of Britain’s most patriotic year yet, the Bookstock Street Festival, held by The Book Club, is in the form of a massive street party in Shoreditch. This year’s event boasts stalls, food, fancy dress competitions and a line up including The Bikini Beach Band, Fleetmac Wood, We Were Evergreen and Emily Rawson. If they’re not enough for you, you can do even more star- spotting through the Super Collider 90mm telescopes available.  A Silent Disco provides another option, as does a ’90’s neon glow-in-the-dark ping-pong rave’. Going back in time even further than the 90’s, The Four Roses Speakeasy is yet another choice available, and Bukowski Grill burger bars and facepainting stalls mean that you can do it all with a burger in hand and glitter on your face. Perfect.

Words: Caitlin Jones