The May bank holiday is almost here, promising three days of sunshine – and plenty of parties and events to choose from.
Here are a few choice options you can still get tickets for, brought to you by Fever.
1) Be:Fit, Islington
Islington’s fitness-focussed festival for women runs across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so there’s ample opportunity to fit in a visit around the weekend’s more indulgent pursuits. When you’re there, you’ll be able to try unlimited free classes in fitness, yoga, cycling and cookery, take in inspiring talks and pick up some new swag from their shopping village. Get a pass here.
2) Grand Designs Live, ExCel
Taking place all weekend, this massive fair provides inspiration and know-how for anyone who’s been inspired by the Grand Designs show and fancies upgrading their pad. Get tickets here.
3) Purple Reign, Bethnal Green
On Friday night, Oval Space plays host to a club night dedicated entirely to Prince, soundtracked by both a bespoke 11-piece live-band and DJ sets from The Reflex and Good Life DJs. Whether as a genre-trangressing musician, figurehead for radical subcultures or global sex symbol, The Purple One lives on at this very special event – get tickets here.
4) Shit-Faced Shakespeare, Leicester Square
On Friday and Saturday nights, catch this highbrow fusion of an entirely serious Shakespeare play… with an outrageously drunk cast member. With one unlucky performer selected at random and given four hours to drink before every show, this is classical theatre as it was never meant to be seen. Grab tickets here.
5) Mix it up at Fabric, Farringdon
Superclub Fabric never lets a three-day weekend go to waste – and this one’s no exception.
It kicks off on Friday night with a night curated by Cocoon; Sven Väth, Tim Green, Dana Ruh, André Galluzzi, Einzelkind and Martyné are all set to get the place jumping. Get tickets here.
The massive Saturday night runs all the way ’til 8am, with sets from Craig Richards & Seth Troxler, Tristan da Cunha, Silent Servant, The Hacker presents Amato, and Jay Clarke. Tickets on sale here.
Finally, Sunday night is a raucous Arcadia after-party, hosting Bad Company UK, Calyx & Teebee, Rene LaVice, Culture Shock, A.M.C, Skankandbass B2B Deadline, Coki, Ed Solo (jungle set), Serial Killaz, Kade, Blazey Bodynod and Navigator. Get tickets here.
6) Arcadia Festival, Stratford
This two-day, one-of-a-kind event (over Saturday and Sunday) sees a giant fire-breathing spider, aerial performers and electrical shenanigans take over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – you might remember some of this from a fuzzy night at Glastonbury! Eye candy aside, there’ll be an impressive line-up of dance music including sets from X, Y and Z. Get tickets here.
7) UKG Brunch, Monument
This daytime UKG party kicks off on Saturday with bottomless chicken and cocktails, before the DJ turns up the volume – and the clock back to the heady days of UK’s garage scene. Note: the brunch for the bank holiday is edition is now sold out, but you can still join the after-party fun for an afternoon dance, or grab brunch tickets for a future date. Get tickets here.
8) Candlelight concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Charing Cross
If the above options sound far too hectic, find some inner peace with these beautiful concerts in a central London church. On Saturday, May 5, you can find the London Festive Orchestra performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, along with pieces from Bach, Pachabel and Mozart, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Get tickets here or find more candlelight concerts in London.
9) Queen’s Yard Summer Party, Hackney Wick
10) East London Funk & Soul Bank Holiday Special, Bethnal Green
Shabba Party are back for a spring gathering at their East London home Oval Space for a funk, soul and disco all-day party. Expect festival style production and mind-blowing performers in addition to world-class DJs and live acts. Get tickets here.
11) EVE Wrestling, Bethnal Green
12) Mayday Masquerade Glitterball, Covent Garden
If you’re maskin’, we’re dancin’. Confetti cannons, balloon drops, free glitter face paint and live performers all add some sparkly razzle-dazzle to this masquerade party on Sunday. Sequin and you shall find: get tickets here.
13) TURNT, Camden
This Sunday night special takes place at Camden’s all-new FEST venue, taking over the former Proud Camden site. Split over three main rooms, there’ll be hip-hop, trap, garage, R&B and club classics for one last weekend bop. Get tickets here.
14) Get stuck in (time) at All Star Lanes’ Groundhog Day party, Shepherd’s Bush
It’s the 25th anniversary of the cult classic Groundhog Day on Monday, and All Star Lanes are celebrating with a special event. They’ll be showing the film twice, back to back, in their very own screening room, and naturally, you’ll be able to grab dinner, cocktails and a couple of rounds of bowling while you’re there. I got you, babe: tickets here.