September is upon us again, and with it comes the annual festival of forced hedonism that is Freshers week (or fortnight, as it seems to have morphed into?). And with the vast amount of of universities, clubs and clammy promoters in London comes a glut of freshers events. And let’s be honest- most of them look pretty shite.
Get a sinking feeling as you look over countless ‘FRAT Toga Party’ and ‘★★★cheap SHOTS all NIGHT ELECTRO/D’N’B/EDM★★★’ Facebook events? Fear not, as Nextup Throwback brings you the best London has to offer in events that coincide with the beginning of your largely pointless and humiliating tenure as a student.
ACTUAL FRESHERS EVENTS
Whether your prescribed ‘freshers wristband’ gets you into awkwardly self-deprecating ‘Champagne Socialism’ wine and cheese events à la Goldsmiths or dismal, monosyllabic SU nights, chances are you won’t be heading to them for reasons other than making new friends, pulling and getting cheap drinks. However, here’s a small slice worth checking out beyond that.
SNEAK RESIDENTS @ XOYO, SHOREDITCH
Depending on whom you ask, XOYO is either a great venue with an inclusive and forward looking vision or a sweaty box full of wankers. Regardless, you’re gonna end up there some point, might as well scope it out now.
GYM & TONIC @ BUSSEY BUILDING, PECKHAM
Want to have a night somewhat free of pretension but can’t quite bring yourself to attend an event with the word ‘cheese’ in the title? Don something comfortable and head down to Gym & Tonic for unreserved fun.
London has arguably one of the strongest gay scenes in Europe, so you’ll be spoiled for choice. Famously, Soho is the gay heart of the capital (check out the Admiral Duncan and G-A-Y Late) and while that’s likely still true areas such as Vauxhall and Dalston are worth perusing as newer hot spots.
Dalston Superstore, Dalston
A hugely popular institution that’s held host to a variety of nights and artists, head down here in the week for nights such as Clam Jam and White Leather Viper Club.
Although not as gay oriented as it once was, Fire has some reliably great nights and Beyond is one of its remaining LGBT-focused ones.
East Bloc, Islington
Semi- hidden intimate dance club with nights for a variety of tastes, just a hop from Shoreditch.
Oval Space, Hackney
RUSTIE ‘GREEN ALBUM’ LAUNCH PARTY
Purveyor of wonky, aquacrunk and all things brilliantly danceable Rustie releases his second album with the help of D Double E, grime DJ Logan Sama and soulful, occasionally SBTRKT associated singer Sampha.
Bussey Building, Peckham
Label and club night 1-800 Dinosaur returns to London, bringing their eclectic vision and impeccable taste. With Airhead, James Blake and Trim all showing face it’s hard to go wrong.
JAMZ CLUB ROLLER DISCO
Triumphantly riding the grime revival wave is label Butterz, home to a stable of artists and associates all on absolute top form. Expect grime, bassline, garage, R’n’B and hip hop of all flavours and conceivable combinations. Midday to Midnight, skate hire included.
The Nest, Dalston
The mystery behind the decks, the bellend in a mask, Zomby makes a somewhat rare appearance in London. Having released three cult hit albums and made a lot of enemies along the way, the real question is whether he’ll turn up and if he does, will Hudson Mohawke be there to bang him out after their infamous (and hilarious sounding) fight at XOYO?
Dance Tunnel, Dalston
RINSE 20 FWD>> SPECIAL SERIES (ONGOING)
To celebrate their 20th year of running, the seminal ex-pirate station is running a series of nights in conjunction with legendary night FWD>> focusing on genres they’ve pioneered and represented over the years, including house, garage, grime, dubstep and funky. Free if you play your cards right.
Rhythm Factory, Whitechapel
Numbers signee Deadboy bringing his melancholy and atmospheric take on UK Bass alongside Cabin Residents.
Village Underground, Shoreditch
Glaswegian legends Optimo bring the party down from the Sub Club they helped to make famous to London. Playing any genre to make you move from techno to dancehall, drink some Buckfast and head on down.
SASHA, CRAIG RICHARDS, BLAWAN, SURGEON + OTHERS
A roster of techno heavyweights bring the party from the nosebleed distorted kicks of Surgeon and Blawan to the legendary 4×4 wizardry of Craig Richards and Sasha.
LV+ JOSHUA IDEHEN
Spoken word poet Josh Idehen collaborates with LV to create dark yet humourous grime, funky and garage infused sounds with support from EDM flavoured grime producer Darq E Freaker and maximalist bootlegger Sega Bodega.
Laundry, Hackney – Trust
JOY ORBISON, EVAN BAGGS, LIGHT SOUNDS DARK
A newly beginning night for open-minded people wishing to ‘get together and feel at ease’, promising space to dance, a big sound system and a relaxed music policy. What more could you want really?
– Bert Coyle