Welcome to the weekend once again, let’s have a little look at what’s on offer to feed your musical cravings until Monday rolls back around.
Friday has some UKG on offer at Birmingham’s Rainbow Venues.
NICE takes over the rooftop terrace with underground garage vibes. DJs include Sidewinder’s Trudos and Neksky from Garage Nation and a secret live PA that promises to be something special.
Lab 11 on the other hand is taking Digbeth back to a golden era of acid house with The Acid Experiment. A personal gig with a capacity of 300, it sees a Funktion One sound system providing the sound and an array of DJs at the helm including Billy Bayliss, Tomola and Karrem – as well as load of residents.
For those after an air of mystery this weekend, Abandoned is the event for you. Head over to Skiddle and search Abandoned Birmingham to grab yourselves a ticket, then wait for your text and email confirming the secret location. With it’s throwback to the free party vibes of the rave scenes heyday this is something pretty unique in this day and age and I’m certainly intrigued.
On Saturday, our first stop is Amusement 13 for Soiree. It’s yet another blip on the radar for the Brum house and techno scene which in this case comes loaded with firepower like Jimmy Switch, Karrem (with his second appearance this weekend) and Hot Like Detroit.
The venue has been freshly refurbished and is packed out with VOID acoustics in every room which are very nice indeed. The tech house scene also features elsewhere as The Rainbow continues it’s weekend with Soup’s continued summer residency with as this Saturday sees them employ the tune selection of Mark Radford and Jakkin Rabbit. Mark Radford’s signature is bassline driven underground sounds and his renown as a turntablist means he’s definitely got the technical ability to drive a dancefloor from start to finish.
The Hare & Hounds provides a much-needed injection of funk and soul into the weekend’s proceedings with Vice is Nice, a tasty £2 party powered by it’s veteran residents in the intimate upstairs space the venue is known for. This aesthetic is also echoed at Mama Roux with B35, who are onto their second summer party in Birmingham. Their residents and founders ARK will once again be at the controls as they move through funk and disco into acid house and Afrobeat.
Finally to finish off the weekend, Summer Convention. A partnership between Highgrade and Raveology it brings a mighty amount of drum and bass stars to the table. Spread across two arenas at the 02 Academy, this is not one to be missed.
Antony’s clubbing guide will return in August.