Fancy a fun-filled bank holiday weekend, but not quite sure what's on? Take a look at our guide for the low down on what's happening in the North - there's guaranteed to be something for everyone!
24th May - RAM Birmingham Warehouse Party @ Pop Up Warehouse
Andy C’s drum & bass label RAM on the takeover at the amazing pop up warehouse only 100 yards from Rainbow Warehouse. DJs playing include Calyx & Teebee, Andy C, Delta Heavy & Wilkinson. Doors 9pm-6am, student ticket £16.
24th May – Birmingham’s Affordable Vintage Fair @ Digbeth
Founded in 2005 and shopped by the likes of Pixie Lott, Florence and the Machine and Chloe Sevigny the mantra of providing unique, affordable vintage has taken us to over 30 cities across the land and now arrives in Birmingham in collaboration with The Custard Factory. Open 11am-4pm, entry £2.
24th May – Psychic Fair, Zen Moseley
Whether you’re a sceptic or not, get your palm read from £5. What’s your fate to be? Open 11am-5pm, entry FREE. Proceeds go to Save The Children.
25th May – Felix Martin (Hot Chip) all day & night @ The Oobleck
Felix Martin, DJ and member of British indie electronica stalwarks, Hot Chip, takes on mixing duties for this special all day Sunday bank holiday extravaganza. Doors 3pm-3am, tickets £10.
25th May – Gatecrasher present Duke Dumont @ Gatecrasher
House heads get down to see British DJ, Duke Dumont, best known for his tune ‘Need U (100%)’. Doors 10pm-6am, student tickets £8.
26th May – Quizbox @ The Actress and Bishop
A quiz night like no other, Quizbox is a room of gaming antics from a 10 round quiz and card games to giant Jenga to retro video consoles. And you could come away with a fat pot of cash! Time 9pm-2am, entry £2 per head.
23rd-25th May – Off the Tracks Spring Festival, Donington Park
This relaxing independent festival is the perfect opportunity to escape following deadlines and exams. Indulge in live music, yoga, meditation at dusk, reflexology and you can even rent a tepee. Time all weekend, tickets weekend £75, day/evening tickets from £25.
24th May - Galleries of Justice Paranormal Experience Ghost Hunt
Voted number 1 most haunted place in historic Nottingham and a spot where many have died, the Galleries of Justice open up to anyone who isn’t afraid of the dark to experience the poltergeist and paranormal activity. Doors 9pm-3am, entry £40.
24th May – Comedy with Steve Williams and John Ryan @ Jongleurs Comedy Club
Welsh comedian Steve Williams has done the rounds on the UK comedy circuit and now comes to Nottingham joined by Essex’s most witty stand-up lad, John Ryan. Time 6:30pm-2am.
25th May – Dot to Dot Festival,
Winner of the best metropolitan festival, Dot to Dot has brought hot new talent to Nottingham since its inception in 2005 and has since spread to Manchester and Bristol. Past acts include Annie Mac, The XX and Jake Bugg. With 14 hours of live music, 2014’s headliners include Drenge, Peace and The Midnight Beast. Doors 1pm-5am, tickets £20.
23rd May – Miles James @ Fez Club
From Ibiza to... Sheffield! Deep house guru, Miles James, welcomes in the bank holiday weekend at Fez Club. Check out his new bootleg of Fatboy Slim’s track Star 69. Doors 11pm-6am, tickets £7.
24th May – Farm Yard @ Bird Yard
Regional food stalls, live folk music and local acts come together for a laid-back Saturday afternoon. Time midday-4pm, entry FREE.
24th May – We Have Been Oliver Manning @ The Lescar
Sheffield born and bred, busker Oliver Manning launches his Don Draper EP in his usual red wine rock ‘n’ roll style. Doors 8pm-12am, entry FREE.
22nd-27th May – Vintage & Fashion Market @ St. Ann’s Square
As part of the Spring Festival of Markets, retro attire and contemporary fashion collide alongside live entertainment in this quirky and alternative market. What better spot to buy your one-off garms for the summer festival season?! Time 10am-5:30pm, entry FREE.
23rd-25th May – Far Out Fest @ Islington Mill
Salford’s creative Mecca, Islington Mill – a hipster converted cotton mill – throws a weekend-long festival to celebrate the arts. Enjoy the work independent musicians, performers, artists and film producers across three stages and an installation space. Weekend ticket £30.
23rd May – Hot 8 Brass Band @ Band on the Wall
Something a little different from your average student club night, Manchester’s king of a venue, Band on the Wall, welcomes world-renowned New Orleans-based brass troupe, Hot 8 Brass Band. Shake a tail feather to a fusion of marching music, jazz, funk and hip hop in a truly original show. “Get your dancing shoes ready" (The Independent). Doors 8-11pm, tickets £15.
24th May – Relapse019 presents Enei @ Sound Control
Any discerning drum and bass fan should get down to this very special night with Russia’s best dnb export, Enei (Critical Music), taking to the turntables for a 2 hour set. Doors 11pm-4am, tickets £8.50.
24th May – Pressure Drop presents Iration Steppas & Adam Prescott @ The Zoo
Two of the biggest names in dub reggae will shake the floor in Zoo with a special bank holiday instalment of bassy delights. Doors 11pm-4am, tickets £3-6.
25th May – Storytime Festival vol 4 @ Antwerp Mansion
Liverpool-based 13 piece band The Fire Beneath the Sea headline this afternoon of sunshine, creativity and colour, dressed in fancy dress! Doors 4pm-12am, tickets £3-7.
24th-25th May – Leeds International Tattoo Expedition @ New Dock Hall
Get down to New Dock Hall to see an array of inspirational international tattoo artists. Or if ink isn’t your thing, there’s an alternative market and a party with bands and DJs. Doors 10am-10pm, entry £17-30.
25th May – The Garden Party pt. 2 @ Faversham
Round 2 of 3 of The Garden Party brings in bank holiday Monday with a bang. Acts include the BNOCs (big names on the circuit!) Maxxi Soundsystem, MK and Ralph Lawson. Doors 2pm-4am, tickets £20.
24th May – Jackhammer @ The Liquid Rooms
A techno night with a difference, Jackhammer deck out one of Edinburgh’s best clubs, Liquid Rooms, with a Moroccan BBQ and silent disco on the terrace. Doors 10pm-3am, tickets £10/12.
25th May – Ghost Hunt @ Edinburgh Vaults
Step back in time to the 1800s and investigate the sketchy Niddry Street Vaults with compass paranormal. Doors 11:45pm-6am, tickets £39.
24th May – Alabama 3 acoustic @ The Classic Grand
Armed only with an acoustic guitar, this unique British band fuses rock and electronic blues with country, gospel and spoken word. You may have heard their track ‘Woke Up this Morning’ in the opening credits of hit series The Sopranos. Doors 7-11pm, tickets £13.
24th-25th May – Radio 1’s Big Weekend @ Glasgow Green
Unfortunately tickets cannot be bought for this event but must be won via Radio 1. If you’re one of the lucky ones to have got your hands on some though – or if you can hear the music from offsite – expect the dulcet tones of Paolo Nutini as well as Rita Ora in Europe’s biggest free ticketed event.
Written by Veronica Stratford-Tuke
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