1 Jun 2012
It doesn’t seem all but a year away since we celebrated our last royal holiday. Well, that’s mainly because the last one was about a year ago, but if it means a 4-day weekend then we will celebrate any royal holiday going while still not understand what the royal family do exactly. Now we know that the Queen likes to portray herself as a well to do female in the public eye, however those cold, dead eyes of hers must have seen a few good parties in her time, and once I even saw Prince Harry getting a blowjob in the toilets at an 808 State gig, so they know as well as we do that the royal weekend is an excuse to rave.
To mark the occasion promoters and professional party persons up and down the country (but in these cases Manchester & Sheffield) have organised some of the best days and nights of the year so far. Here’s what you SHOULD be at this evening, not at your families street party drunkenly chatting up your nan.
Firstly, Sheffield. One of, if not THE biggest nights of the year this weekend comes in the form of Faction, a joint venture between Sheffield Techno & House organisations Drumro[ll], Collect! and Cargo. They’ve combined their joint wisdom to bring Deetron, Redshape, Move D, Tom Trago, Slam & Mike Dehnert to the city’s DLS warehouse to create a rave that will become Sheffield folklore from years to come. Were we there when the Berlin wall fell down? No of course not don’t be so fucking stupid, but we’ll be there for the first Faction, which is equally as important….kinda.
For those of you who like your Techno and House more Hip and Hop, Ugly will be throwing it down on the same night at The Great Gatsby. There will be meat and there will be Hip-Hop, so throw your burgers in the air, pay your respects to Biggie and get Fat Joe’d.
If you want to stretch the weekend then you can visit DQ on both Friday and Saturday nights where Wait vs Suckerpunch present Taxman (Friday), and It’s A Myth vs Vibes Alive welcome Ill Blu and Walter Ego (Saturday). Don’t worry, the ‘vs’ are only for effect, there will probably be little to no actual fighting, so go home middle-aged and overweight wrestling fans.
Onwards to Manchester where I imagine half of the city’s population will be at the Stevenson Square street party on the Monday. If you’re intending on powering through until then then the Sunday night throws up El Diablos Social Club’s 9th birthday featuring Eric Duncan at the newly formed 2022. Manchester Techno heavyweights Zutekh and Tpot present their 12 hour South King Street Courtyard party. Playing over the course of the day/night will be Phil Weeks, Terry Francis, Midland (playing at a Tramlines Festival near you soon for HuWho) and Oli Furness…not to be missed.
Failing that you can always go to a Howard Donald DJ set at Venus and be part of a crowd where 95% of people there are wearing pink bunny ears.
Zutekh are busy on the Friday night too with Bloody Mary, Adam Shelton and Samu.l at Soundcontrol.
Across the road and left a bit and then right and then up the road at Joshua Brooks, Positive Education welcome Terry Farley and Scope to the best venue in Manchester (voted…ahem). On the Saturday night Chow Down will be bringing some of their friends down to the basement for a night devoted to bass, grime, house, alcohol and cheapness. Just as the Queen does it.
Now to the Monday where the people at FAC251 want you to have a ‘right royal riot jazz’ with…erm, Riot Jazz, Hit & Run and Juicy. If you’re hanging around the northern quarter then Soup Kitchen is the place to be where the boys from Doodle are throwing a free party to celebrate house, disco and Princess Anne. Monday Murkage returns to Mint Lounge, and Sankey’s pay homage to the Hacienda with Kevin Saunderson, Graeme Park, Jon DeSilva, Dave Haslam and Peter Hook to name a few.
Whatever you do, enjoy.