Easter 2012 Clubbing Guide
In just a few weeks, the Easter-break will be upon us, which for many means one thing - it's time to party. All around the UK, international DJs and live-acts will be providing you with a memorable Easter experience, from Maundy Thursday [that's the day before Good Friday, fact fans - Ed] through to the early hours of Easter Monday. Here are just some of the highlights taking place from Thursday 5th through to Sunday 8th April 2012.
Brixton's Electric is hosting a triple back-to-back Carl Cox Revolution club-night from Thursday to Easter Saturday (with gaps in between to restock the bar!). Only the final night has any face-value tickets available, with prices starting at £20. The shows kick off at 11pm and end at 7am.
2 Many DJs
Liverpool's Chibuku club-night, based at the city's Camp and Furnace, will be hosting a truly massive night on Thursday featuring Belgian break-beats behemoths, 2 Many DJs. You will need to be quick to snap up Early Bird tickets priced at £16 - this will sell out fast.
Getting all Bugged Out! at Vauxhall's Fire venue on Thursday night will be award-winning Alkan playing, get this people, a NINE-hour set of full-on tech-house anthems. There are Early Bird admissions still available for £12 - the price rises to £13.50 as and when demand dictates.
Set to warm the cockles of many a Geordie clubber's hearts on Thursday is Hacienda legend, Graeme Park who will perform at his usual wizardry at Newcastle's World HQ. Want house-music all night long? You bet - £8 admission says you will.
Award-winning Italian techno-house DJ Benassi will be keeping busy throughout the Easter weekend - he has big shows in Manchester (Thurs at Sankeys - £12), Glasgow (Fri at Arches, £16) and London (Sat at Ministry of Sound, with Etienne De Crecy - £20).
Not so much a club-night as a full-on live event. You just cannot miss the Hartnoll brothers this time around as they head to Manchester on Thurs, Leeds on Fri, Glasgow on Sat, Liverpool on Sunday and Cambridge on Mon. Make yours a 'Wonky' Easter as they perform tracks from the new album - tickets are £24 for all shows. Tuesday's show at the Royal Albert Hall has sold out!
The Warehouse Project
Just when you thought it was all over for the iconic brand, up pops Manchester's The Warehouse Project with a new venue (to be confirmed). Axwell, Eric Prydz [who is playing Brighton's Digital the day before - Ed] and John Digweed feature on the bill on Friday's big night - tickets cost £29.50 and selling fast! There are some Premium tickets available for Saturday night's bash with Loco Dice, Carl Craig etc, from £36 upwards.
As well as appearing at the Warehouse Project on Friday (see above), the Swedish House Mafia producer will also be hitting up the Mint Warehouse in Leeds on Saturday (£18) and Glasgow's Academy on Sunday (£23.50 - with Thomas Gold). The Swede has also been confirmed for Creamfields 2012.
It's breakbeats a-go-go with Zabiela's trio of appearances over Easter. He is a performer at The Warehouse Project in Manchester (on Friday), before heading north to Dundee's Reading Rooms on Saturday night for a Spectrum Easter party (£12). Sunday sees him head south to Carlisle's Melting Pot for an Uber Bank Holiday special with Silicone Soul (£10).
If you are heading Coloursfest or Creamfields later in 2012, you'll catch tech-house maestro Luke. If not and you happen to be in London on Sunday night, you can head to Ministry of Sound in South London for a packed night featuring other guest DJs - all for £20.
The Frenchman will be pulling in the clubbing crowds at two big nights, the first being in Glasgow on Saturday night with Slam and Ben Klock as guests (£18). On Sunday, Garnier heads to Circus at Liverpool's Camp and Furnace with Claude VonStroke and Yousef in tow (£16).
Sander van Doorn
Gatecrasher in Birmingham is the hosting club for van Doorn's first Easter bash on Saturday night, along with Danny Howard and more. Tickets cost £10. His second and final slot is a monster - as support to Above & Beyond's Brixton Academy show on Sunday night - tickets are still available, priced at £20.
Somehow, a public holiday or celebration wouldn't be complete without some Good Times. Brixton's Club House will host this Easter Sunday event called Up On The Roof. Tickets cost £10, there will be many other DJs all playing classic tracks from the last 30 years - soul, disco, funk, electro, you name it.
After celebrating 15 years of his own Drumcode Records imprint with a club tour last year, Beyer has opted to go back to basics for this intimate and highly-anticipated warehouse set on Easter Sunday. The location is secret - however, we do know it's Shoreditch and we do know that Adam will be caning his record collection for SIX hours. Ticket-prices start at £15 (limited quantities, rising to £20 very soon) - don't miss this very special one-off!
For more Easter clubbing events, see our listings below including the very first Southampton visit for Metalheadz and headliner Goldie (Sunday - £8), Trevor Nelson at Birmingham's Gatecrasher on Sunday (£15), Loefah's Swamp 81/502 event at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff on Good Friday (£12) and loads more.