Essential UK Parties :: June 18 - June 25

Words by: I Voice
Posted: 18/6/18 13:09
The Legendary Octave One will be playing a rare live set at Sheaf Street, Leeds.


The World Cup is in full swing and as we write this England’s first match is just hours away. By the end of the weekend we could either be well on the way to the next round or already looking at cheap flights home. Either way it will be an excuse to get out and get loose, so without further ado, here come the best places to get freaky this weekend. 


Born Sleepy with Patrice Baumel at Foundry, Belfast
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Born Sleepy is a brand new party that kicks off with a tasteful headliner in Patrice Baumel. The notoriously rowdy, tops-off crowds in Belfast are sure to lap up the former Trouw resident’s tasteful house and techno, which comes on labels like Aferlife and Kompakt.  Support comes from Optmst and Orwell, meaning the famously atmospheric Foundry is sure to go off from start to finish. 


Social Hours: The Summer Day & Night Party at Studio 24, Leeds
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Social Hours is another new brand party that takes you from afternoon to evening at intimate Leeds space Studio 24. And it’s set to be a heady one, with cult electronic minimalist John Dimas—Elephant Moon label boss—playing with Imprints Records head Riccardo, who pumps out slick, high tempo house of the sort that has made his label one of the hottest out there. Curtea Veche, OGE & FA>IE label boss Haydn also joins the fun with locals Sam Evans and Luke XL.


Deetron at The Arch, Brighton
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Timeless house and techno selector Deetron hits Brighton as part of his DJ Kicks tour. The mix itself was a smooth and seductive trip through Chicago and Detroit sounds, as well as plenty of his own spine tingling tunes, and so expect more of the same at this one during an extended three hour set. Aus Music boss Will Saul brings his broad array of tricks to the party as do Sami Kubu, Rene Wise and Braxton. 


Picnic at 93 Feet East, London
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This Picnic Summer Special is one for the dancers: all three headliners deal in deep, driving, loopy sounds from the worlds of dub tech, house and techno and are masters at economical but efficient grooves that really get under your skin. They are Julian Perez, Fathers & Sons label boss, as well as Greek artist John Dimas and the slick Mandar trio of S.A.M., Malin Genie and Lazare Hoche, who have impressed at this party before. 


Goodness Day Party at The Isis Farmhouse, Oxford
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It’s rare that someone of the standing of Sadar Bahar comes to Oxford, so props to Goodness for making it happen on a Thursday night. The day party—on honour of the longest day of the year—will see Bahar serve up the colourful spectrum of house, disco, soul and funk that makes him one of Chicago’s most revered DJs. His love-fuelled sets are full of musical treasure and next to him, Soul in the Hole affiliate Lee Colins also plays for five hours. 


Berkeley Suite presents: Chez Damier, Glasgow
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No one does deep house like Chez Damier. The Chicago great runs the Balance label having also been involved with Ron Trent’s Prescription back in the day, and his spiritual sound is one to get the hands on your neck standing on end: it’s sensual, deriving and warm, and tonight the house hero plays an all night long set.


Octave One at Sheaf Street, Leeds
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Whenever the opportunity to catch Octave One play live comes up, you must take it. Detroit’s Burden Brothers are true innovators and improvisors who use 30 years of techno knowledge to inform their dizzying and electric sets. Often featuring material from they back catalogue as well as newer tracks, the amount of kit they set up alone will leave you in awe. 


And here's some music:



Politics Of Dancing
Ralph Lawson