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Don’t just sit around this Easter bank holiday mindlessly stuffing Malteaser chocolate rabbits into your mouth. Get yourself down to a dance- floor and get out there! Whether you want to get your head down and get fully involved with acid purists Paranoid London (LIVE), catch some incredible live music (courtesy of United Vibrations and Werkha) or dance like you’re in an Italian discotheque with bona fide cosmic disco legend Daniele Baldelli at the controls, the venues below have some Easter dance floor gold dust to throw at you.

First World Records Showcase at The Book Club
Date: Thursday 24 March (8pm – 2am)
Address: The Book Club, 100 – 106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH
Nearest tube: Old Street / Liverpool Street / Shoreditch High Street
First World Records is synonymous with hip hop, soul and jazz and music that’s equally at home in the clubs as it is purring out of your headphones. For their second showcase at The Book Club First World Records are not messing around, with label boss DJ Gilla, Tall Black Guy, Children of Zeus (live PA) and Andy Lemay and David Martin (Dimension Sound system).  If you need reminding how smooth Tall Black Guy is, watch his Boiler Room from last year immediately, followed by his remix of Little Dragon and soak in a blissed out bath of smooth sounds.

‘Night Call’ at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Date: Friday 25 March  (8pm – 2am)
Address: Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London N1 6NU
Nearest tube: Old Street
Tickets: FREE with sign up throughout March (£5 after 9pm from April onwards)
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen’s new weekly Friday club night continues in their mission to resurrect your Friday nights as they welcome residents and guests to delve into alternative pop, post punk, new wave, classic hip hop, electro, contemporary band music, afro disco, psychedelic jamming and heavy funk.  A safe haven for your eardrums and a dedication to the nights where you can dance to all the things that make you smile. Make the most of FREE entry with sign up throughout March

‘Edits Presents Daniele Baldelli’ at Queen of Hoxton 
Date: Saturday 26 March (8pm – 2am)
Address: Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX
Nearest tube: Old Street / Liverpool Street / Shoreditch High Street
Easter Saturday sees a brand new heavy funk night ‘Edits’ coming to the Queen of Hoxton with an extremely special debut guest. Daniele Baldelli is the undisputed king of Cosmic Disco and an absolute veteran of his craft, starting out back in late 70’s Italy and putting his stamp on the aptly named Cosmic Club. His style came from playing a diverse range of records from african folk, krautrock, psychedelic rock and dub, often played at different speeds to create an entirely new track, a flourish now known as distinctly Baldelli.

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‘Bitesize Live’ with United Vibrations album launch and Werkha (+ full Live band) at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 
Date:
Saturday 26 March (8pm – 2am)
Address: Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London N1 6NU
Nearest tube: Old Street
United Vibrations are a four-piece band who’ve worked with the likes of Aloe Blacc and recorded at Maida Vale Studios with Gilles Peterson. Saturday 26th will see them celebrate the launch of their 2nd album 'The Myth of the Golden Ratio'. Fusing elements of jazz, afro, punk, this virtuoso South London four piece will take you on a transcendental journey of cosmic proportions.Manchester-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Werkha (championed by Bonobo, Radio 1’s Monki,  THUMP, Eton Messy, Gilles Peterson and Nemone) will also be bringing his infectious brand of afro beat, bass, house, jazz, funk and soul, complete with a full live band!

WORTH TRAVELLING TO BRIGHTON FOR ….

Paranoid London (LIVE) at Patterns, Brighton
Date:
Sunday 27 March (9pm – 3am)
Address: Patterns, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton and Hove BN2 1TL
Nearest tube: Old Street
With little marketing besides a simple mission statement ‘We Make Acid’ in their debut vinyl release, the analogue ensemble Paranoid London have coined a fresh yet discerningly ruthless style that dissociates them from the usual, tedious nostalgia. with past dates at Fabric, The Warehouse Project, Mint Warehouse, Dimensions Festival, Tobacco Dock and other sizeable spots behind them.  To have them unleash their live beast on Patterns’ 320 capacity basement this March, is no joke and safe in the knowledge of having bank holiday Monday off - well worth extending your weekend for.

 


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