At the timing of writing, it doesn’t look like we’ve getting an early spring. On the bright side, Easter is coming early this year, which can only mean an epic weekend marathon of parties you can rave to. But before we reach the end of the month there’s still plenty in March to make you go mad – not all necessarily immediately on your Hackney doorstep, but you’ll thank yourself for making the extra trek.
There’s a long-awaited album getting the party it deserves, the greatest live band in the world with their own heavily-anticipated debut to come, the best kind of tribute disco party for one of the biggest bands in the world finally back on tour and the best DJ ever set to take the crowd on one last amazing musical journey. And if you think there’s been a severe breach of abusing hyperbole just now, then read on and find out for yourself.
You can also listen to the Dancing Misanthrope chart mix for March, featuring new exciting sounds from The Asphodells, Kavinsky and The Knife as well some fantastic remixes from Factory Floor and Lindstrom, as well as a couple other surprises.
March 2, Netil House
The only album hailing from France that electro nuts have been anticipating, other than Daft Punk, that is, Kavinsky’s ‘Outrun’, produced by Ed Banger’s prince of darkness SebastiAn, has finally reached the end of its journey. The only thing to do apart from playing this audio equivalent of pulp 80s noir cinema in your ears on repeat is to get down to the launch party in Hackney. Also featuring Riton and brilliant Belgian duo Mumbai Science (who also remixed the track ‘Protovision’) to keep the party going all night long, it’s certainly the first of several more unmissable French electronica rave-outs to expect in coming months.
March 14, ICA
Kraftwerk aren’t the only band to play in an art gallery space, though if you’re familiar with the workings of post-industrial trio Factory Floor, it wouldn’t be crazy to put them in the same lineage. Admittedly, the ICA does put on standard gigs too, but then Factory Floor don’t do ‘standard’. As part of their one-year Associate Artist residency, they will be creating a unique sonic experience unlike any other, collaborating with avant-garde soundscaper, Simon Fisher Turner, who will be reworking the band’s sounds with his own for a special live performance. As the first Factory Floor gig of the year, it’ll also be your first opportunity to listen to much of their material from their long-awaited debut album, which we can only expect to be every bit as astounding as the mind-throbbing ecstasy of new single ‘Fall Back’.
£7/8; doors 8pm.
March 20, Electrowerkz
We first became friends with Icona Pop when they were DJing and singing all around the London scene. But since their riotous anthem ‘I Love It’ exploded onto dancefloors, Caroline and Aino have only seen their profile grow, especially after relocating to New York and getting a little help from HBO hit show ‘Girls’. Yet, outrageously, ‘I Love It’ never actually saw an official release in the UK. However, that will finally be rectified when the single is released along with a handful of remixes on the 17th March. To coincide with that, they’ll also be coming back to London for this one-off gig at the intimate Electrowerkz. Get ready to stomp and shout with joy: “I DON’T CARE, I LOVE IT!!!”
£8.50; doors 7pm.
March 23, Queen of Hoxton
Everyone likes a birthday party and, to be honest, it’s a whole lot easier when the birthday belongs to a venue it means you’ll know where to end up and it’s guaranteed good dance music! So to celebrate its fourth birthday, Queen of Hoxton’s not only decking out the party confetti, mirror balls and cake, but behind their literal decks will also be a banging supply of DJs, with special guests Roberts Owens and Alan Braxe set to bring their respective legendary Chicago house and French Touch style onto the dancefloor. Keeping it real with the London talent will also be regular party-starters Orlando Boom, Amp & Deck, Slothboogie and Capita!, to name just name a few. Lots of DJs, lots of space to dance, and lots of cake: the perfect ingredients for any birthday bash.
March 23, The New Empowering Church
In case you weren’t so lucky to get your ticket for Fleetwood Mac’s reunion tour in the autumn (or just weeped at the ticket prices), then there is an alternative. And we don’t mean tribute bands. Started last year by our DJ friend Roxanne Roll (also Smooth Sailing with Mr Sushi), Fleetmac Wood is dedicated to purely playing Fleetwood Mac songs re-fitted for the dancefloor (excluding covers, be grateful for that), and there’s no shortage of quality from their producer fans – just check out the most recent mix for a taster.
Featuring a line-up of Fleetwood fanatic DJs, including Pete Wheeler (Buttoned Down Disco, Dance London Dance and Reading’s Skint Mondays), whether you’ve missed out on the real gigs or paid up top dollar, this remains an unmissable event in a big year for the Mac. And before we forget, the party theme is White Winged Love theme, so find something white or winged or both and go dance!
£8; 9pm – 3am
March 28, Fire
Since 2008, and increasing by one hour each year, Easter Thursday has been about the all-round influential, versatile and downright legendary Erol Alkan’s marathon challenge, which comes to its natural conclusion at double figures. A true one-man show taking in all sounds across the spectrum, which really means the dedicated should ensure that you arrive right at the start of the journey, from chilled psychaedlia to electro curveballs, special extended edits and reworks, effortlesslyt cutting and mixing bangers that have made his name across genres and dancefloors from Bugged Out parties to epic festival tents to opening for Daft Punk, right back to Trash-era anthems, obscurities and beyond. When you think of all that, 10 hours isn’t really enough. But we’re sure Erol will make this finale the best he can, and you’ll want to be there down the front for it.
March 28, Village Underground
If you prefer keeping your Easter shenanigans East, then there’s plenty of delicious electro disco to be had from French music and fashion label Kitsuné, who always throw some fantastic seasonal parties. For this one at Village Underground, they have an international flavour of DJs to create as good as any of their French electro brethren can muster, with Brazil’s answer to Daft Punk, The Twelves, Minneapolis-based underground disco producer Gigamesh and, back to the Continent, Aeroplane representing the Eurocrats in the best way. Also expect a showcase of the label’s own bands performing live including Berlin-based D E N A, bringing pop, house and R&B vibes rolled into one, and London dance-punks Is Tropical, who are due back with a stomping new album soon. All guaranteed to keep you going right til a very Good Friday!
March 30, South Palace Hotel + XOYO
Already having some of the most enviable programming on the London scene, or anywhere, the crew behind XOYO and The Nest continues to go another level to the parties they can do, which brings us to XOYO LOVES, a new series of bespoke events designed to push their favourite artists and DJs into as creative and exciting ways as possible. As to what that entails, their first event probably says it best with Skream, a man who came to prominence in dubstep but has since opened up a whole diverse range of sounds and history to his crowds hungering for more than just the ‘drop’. This Skreamizm party, happening both in the daytime at Shoreditch’s South Palace Hotel as well as XOYO at nite (and also a luxury hotel room package if you fancy living it up), features Loefah’s new disco-led outfit Norwood Soul Patrol, Krystal Klear, Route 94, Copy Paste Soul and hype man Sgt Pokes. Certainly expect nothing less than an Epic Easter!
£12.50/£25/£225. Day: 2–9pm, Nite: 9pm – 3am.