f the summer frenzy is all about making the most of outdoor parties and festivals, then the colder months are dedicated to the great indoors. As the temperature drops in London, things heat up on the dancefloors, whether in a sweaty basement, cavernous warehouse or somewhere else entirely.
There are some great club nights to enjoy over the next few months. Blockbuster sets from internationally recognized icons, intimate parties hosted by underground heroes; big birthday parties and bittersweet goodbyes; everything is on the calendar from now until the end of the year.
Friday nights are always good at Phonox. The Brixton club have a knack for choosing wisely when it comes to who takes up the reins of their month-long residency, and the latest incumbent remains true to form. Derry-born DJ Or:la dips into his eclectic record bag for four nights this month (the first was last weekend) and invites guests like Adonis’ Shay Malt to south London favorite OK Williams.
14, 21, 28 October, from £5, Phonox, SW9, phonox.co.uk
Fabric’s 23rd Birthday
Fabric doesn’t do half measures when it comes to birthday parties. To celebrate its 23rd (that old classic), Farringdon is playing 30 hours of non-stop music from Saturday night to Monday morning. The three DJs synonymous with the club – Ricardo Villalobos, Terry Francis and Craig Richards – will lead the festivities along with 20 other record players.
15-17 October, from £15, Fabric, EC1, fabriclondon.com
We’ve been promised huge shows in the opening weeks of The Beams – the new venue from the people who brought us Printworks – and we’ve been good to go. Big hitters Skream, Maceo Plex, Jamie Jones and Stephan Bodzin are all being lined up for the big spot in the coming months, but our pick tonight is headlined by house titan Honey Dijon. Pxssy Palace, who run some of London’s most inclusive nights, rule the ranks in the venue’s second room.
15 October, from £29.50, The Beams, E16, thebeamslondon.com
The electronic music giant takes to the decks at the 12,500-capacity OVO Arena. Cox will debut Electronic Generations, the house and techno legend’s first new album in more than 10 years, on the night. It was a show that was supposed to take place last month but was postponed due to the period of national mourning – all tickets sold for that date remain valid for the new one.
15 October, from £45.25, OVO Arena Wembley, HA9, ovoarena.co.uk
Beirut Groove Collective
Dalston’s The Jago is a gem of a venue – its live program is as varied as its surroundings and it even runs a community food bank – and it’s a club night at what it does best. Beirut Groove Collective, known for their raucous rooftop parties in the Lebanese capital, visit to tour their rich vintage records, from Armenian psych-rock to Ethiopian jazz.
21 October, £10, The Jago, E8, thejagodalston.com
30 years of RAM records
Printworks has announced it will close for “a few years” while the site is redeveloped in 2023, and while it hopes to return in some form, nothing’s certain – all the more reason to get down and dance on the 6000. capacity this fall. The all-night bash will celebrate the 30th anniversary of legendary drum ‘n’ bass label RAM Records and will be headlined by Austrian heavyweights Camo & Crooked with a 15-piece line-up.
22 October, from £27.50, Printworks, SE16, printworkslondon.co.uk
Halloween weekend is always a big night in London, but if you want to get an aptly-named rave as scary as you want, head to the Elephant and Castle for it. Small Talk (or rather, Ghoul Talk… geddit?) is a relatively new night at the always excellent Corsica Studios, and tonight is hosted by Fafi Abdel Nour, head honcho of HOMOOST, an LGBTQ+ night in Groningen, Netherlands.
28 October, from £6, Corsica Studios, SE17, corsicastudios.com
Spanish techno veteran Oscar Mulero is tonight’s main attraction. It’s hosted by the Fold, a Canning Town club, and could easily be described as no-frills (it looks like a neglected office building from the outside and is next to some rubbish skips). Inside, everything is exciting: a muscular sound system, a loose-legged but definitely there-for-the-music crowd and a 24-hour license make it a must-visit venue.
From 4 November, from £17.20, Fold, E16, floor.london
You can forget about a drink or a nice meal at the local pub while celebrating Moxie’s birthday. The London-based DJ is celebrating the occasion by booking two London venues – Village Underground in Shoreditch and Corsica Studios south of the river – for a weekend shindig. He’ll go through a seven-hour set on Friday before inviting friends like Ruby Savage and K-Lone on Saturday.
11-12 November, from £15 per night, Village Underground, EC2A, villageunderground.co.uk / Corsica Studios, SE17, corsicastudios.com
As part of the London edition of Pitchfork Music Festival – a multi-venue affair that counts the likes of Animal Collective, Kae Tempest and Courtney Barnett – tonight will host Doncaster-bred I. Jordan. They’ll be joined by east London genre-hopper LCY, who’ve made a name for themselves with a slew of crazy bangers in recent years.
12 November, £11.45, 60 Dock Road, E16, pitchforkmusicfestival.co.uk
Since Koko re-opened its glittering and glittering doors earlier this year following a major renovation, the iconic Camden venue has been putting a lot of energy into the better side of its programming, welcoming Jayda G, Mike Skinner, Madlib and more. Blessed Madonna (who recently appeared on a Dua Lipa remix album) joins Amsterdam DJ Young Marco for the night here.
18 November, from £14.75, Coco, NW1, koko.co.uk
Even if you don’t know Fatima Yamaha’s name, there’s a good chance you’ve heard her most famous song, the ridiculously catchy What’s A Girl To Do, which was absolutely ubiquitous a few years ago. The Dutch DJ brings his live show HERE to a new club venue four floors below the streets.
26 November, £17.50, HERE, WC2, hereldn.com
Deborah De Luca
Italian DJ, label head and producer Deborah De Luca brings her dark, dynamic brand of techno to Wapping’s E1 for this eight-hour party. It will all take place in the venue’s Warehouse area – perfect for the body-shaking sounds of De Luca – and there will be two names to watch in support: Kaori and Mila Ravnbø. See them before they explode.
2 Dec, £15, E1, E1W, e1ldn.co
Come back to Printworks for what could be one of their last big parties before their planned shutdown with one of electronic music’s most recognizable names, the Chemical Brothers. It’s going to be a friendly affair – the duo’s former mentor Justin Robertson is on the bill, as is friend of the band Erol Alkan – with Rinse FM resident Jossy Mitsu the rest of the line-up.
12 December, from £22.50, Printworks, SE16, printworkslondon.co.uk