January is the hardest month in the promoters calendar. Week in week out they are doing their best putting on parties. Trying to stand out from the crowd and give you something to enjoy. Come January though health kicks start, resolutions are made and clubs and promoters suffer the brunt. Dry January is an industry killer so we have put together our list of just some of the events we should be out supporting this Jan. Break those resolutions, drink those alcoholic units and just have a good time. Here is our essential UK parties.
Joris voorn Anja Schneider Terry Francis at Fabric, London.
There is a shroud of mystery surround the best club in the world, Fabric. In the last 24 hours its social media pages have been taken down. No one at the venue can be reached for contact and dance music is asking questions. We have it on good authority however we have nothing to fear and there Q1 schedule will continue as normal. This Saturday Dutch DJ and producer Joris Voorn is on headline duties. He shares the bill with Anja Schneider who has been providing minimal sounds at the highest level for the last decade. As with all Fabric parties one of its trusted residents completes the bill. The club wouldn’t be half what it is today with out the likes of Craig Richards and Terry Francis. It is the later who takes the controls on Saturday.
Joy Orbison All Night Long at Ape-X, Newcastle
11 years is a long time in and industry let alone dance music. The constant partying, lack of sleep and everything in between makes it a tough gig. However, the team at Ape-X seem unfazed as they celebrate 11 years. To celebrate they are throwing a two part party. Part one sees them return to Cobalt Studios on of their original haunts. Guest on the night is Joy Orbison playing all night long. The man is regarded as one of the most influential UK artists over the past decade. His record collection is second to none and you are guaranteed the perfect start to 2019.
Genesis presents Elliott Adamson and Mark Blair All Night Long
OCD and Genesis team up to bring Geordie boy Elliot Adamson to Belfast. The youngster is hot property in the UK and Europe at the moment. His blend of funky, techno, disco, house has one him endless support. The fact his production skills are the envy of many of the worlds best producers has only cemented his reputation. He will play alongside local Belfast DJ Mark Blair as part of an all night long set.
Aztek bring George Fitzgerald to The Arch, Brighton
January is not the easiest for promoter or punter. Punters are trying to ignore the temptation of drinking and the inevitable party. Promoters are trying their damdest to wreck everyones new years resolutions as quickly as they can. After seeing the Aztek boys latest party we know whose side we are on. They invite one of electronic music’s most preeminent figures. Owner of Man Make Music, George Fitzgerald. Off the recent release of his second album ‘All That Must Be’ he has announced a string of live shows. It’s sure to be one hell of a party and a welcome end to dry January for many.
Basic presents Jasper James, Oxford
The Bullingdon club is a notorious society where controversy and debauchery go hand in hand. This week we can guarantee more of the same with Jasper James. Emerging from Glasgow’s vibrant house scene Jasper James heads south to Oxford. He is a producer and DJ whose talent stretches beyond his years. Thanks to his dedication and symbiotic relationship with the music he plays. He has crafted his own brand of off-kilter house. Alongside a niche, highly energised version of techno. JJ will be accompanied by Ben Holt, and Groove DJs.
Dusky presents at Motion Bristol
Dusky return to Bristol for the first time since their recent 17 Steps label party. This time the duo bring a stellar line up to Motion. Matrixxman, regarded as a techno futurist is their first guest. His sound tends to be cold and mechanised. Whilst still maintaining an element of warmth, and soul. This combo has saw his music receive validation from some of the biggest names in techno. Also on the line up is Irish duo Brame & Hamo, Jess Farley and an all night set from Hammer. The piece de resistance is a special appearance from Detroit legend Robert Hood
Marcellus Pittman at Phonox, London
Phonox welcome Detroit legend. A don of disco and house, Marcellus Pittman. One of the four members of the legendary Detroit quartet Theo Parrish, Moodymann and Rick Wilhite. Marcellus is regarded as one of Motor City’s slickest selectors. Releasing records on Detroit’s most important labels. Expect to hear him, reach deep into his catalogue of insanely deep grooves, from this herculean selector.