We’re almost into the last week of February, which means that Spring is just around the corner. To keep you going for these last days of winter, we have picked out five of the best parties round the UK. From tech house titans to eclectic selectors via meditative piano pieces, there is plenty to get excited about.
Nick Curly presents Trust at Mint Club, Leeds
This weekend, Nick Curly’s popular Trust rolls back into Leeds, which has previously been the scene of some of the brand’s wildest parties. Expect more of the same on Saturday when the 8bit label boss is joined by fast-rising Liverpudlian, Lauren Lo Sung, at Mint Club. Famous for its LED ceding and crisp, punchy Funktion One sound system, it is an intense club that quickly turns into a writhing sweat box and stays that way till well into Sunday.
Nils Frahm at The Barbican, London
Nils Frahm has almost singlehandedly made the piano cool again. The Berlin composer and Erased Tapes artist plays with palpable emotion and is happy to break all the rules when doing so. Often playing on instruments he has tweaked and modified, he returns in 2018 with an all-new live show that takes influence from things as diverse as techno, ambient and post-rock.
Much like his most recent album 'All Melody', or 'Late Night Tales' mix from 2015, this is not to be missed.
Melting Pot with Young Marco
At 17 years old, Melting Pot is one of the longest running nights in the UK. They celebrate their latest birthday by returning to their spiritual home with Young Marco.
The Dutchman is a key part of the Amsterdam scene who is a Dekmantel regular and has put out one of their excellent 'Selectors' compilations which proved he digs deeper than most and highlighted untold gems from the worlds of house, disco and electro. Expect more of the same on the night.
MODU:LAR 4th Birthday with Francesco Del Garda
The last four years have seen MODU:LAR bring over 50 artists to more than 14 venues round Liverpool. To mark their latest anniversary, they try out a new venue in WaV—which has a powerful VOID sound system—and invite back one of their favourites in the form of Francesco Del Garda, who mixes up UK garage, classic house, weird techno and slippery electro when in the booth. He is playing an extended set so will no doubt dig extra deep, with residents Nerram and uzi also in on the action.
Perpetual with Daniel Avery at The Marble Factory, Bristol.
Daniel Avery is in Bristol this Saturday to do what he does best: deliver an all night set that allows him to show off every aspect of his musical personality, from ambient and drone to dark techno via rock and psychedelia. A master of building atmospheres over long periods of time, his latest album 'Song For Alpha' is due in April and is bleak yet beautiful in its gentle acid modulations and desolate sonic landscapes.