With the long, dry January (for those that actually achieved it) finally in the rear view mirror, it's time to let 2018 know you mean business. We select our top five UK events to get things really started.
The Lion & Lamb is one of the coolest small venues in London. It's still relatively unknown and on the outside looks like a normal, run of the mill, East End pub. Once you cross that threshold and hear the Martin Audio sound system (similar to fabric's infamous Room One) you'll realise it’s quite the opposite. Its 150 capacity venue provides an intimate but intense experience and is the usual after-party spot for Craig Richards and friends' post fabric carry on. This time around though, KBY hosts Octave and Steve Butcher.
KBY Invites, The Lion & Lamb. 46 Fanshaw St London, London. 1 February. For more info, click here.
Leeds' leading techno party System isn't holding back for their tenth birthday. Berlin's current hottest export Binh plays back to back with Onur Özer under the duo's Treatment alias. One of Romania's leading minimalists Praslea also guests alongside Fuse power trio Enzo Siragusa, Archie Hamilton and Rossko and longtime residents, Bobby O'Donnell and Annie Errez capably bring up the rear.
The Belfast born duo, Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson owned 2017, delivering one of the albums and tracks of the year and playing an insane number of worldwide gigs. The chance to catch them returning triumphantly to their hometown to play local techno institution Shine should not be missed. Daniel Avery, Moxie, Corman and the usual Bicep guest, Hammer join them at the newly opened club and former printworks, Telegaph Building.