Your essential clubbing guide to the Bank Holiday weekend

ONE of the busiest and best clubbing weekends is fast approaching – August Bank Holiday. For me, the most comprehensive clubbing weekend of the year, largely because it s Notting Hill Carnival time, so that means dancing in the streets, with the likes of

ONE of the busiest and best clubbing weekends is fast approaching - August Bank Holiday.

For me, the most comprehensive clubbing weekend of the year, largely because it's Notting Hill Carnival time, so that means dancing in the streets, with the likes of Norman Jay's Good Times Sound System on West Row and Sancho Panza just around the corner on Middle Row - the highlights for house fans on Sunday and Monday (August 30 and 31).

Meanwhile, the massive South West Four festivals at Clapham Common (on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 respectively) have now also cemented themselves where this clubbing fest of a weekend is concerned after dominating there for most of the noughties.

But there's loads of other great parties and events going on all over east London and beyond. Here, as well as those carnival highlights, we pick out 10 essential parties for next weekend.


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FRIDAY AUGUST 28

FABRIC LIVE @ Fabric, 77a Charterhouse Street, Farringdon. If drum and bass is your thing then look no further than to Fabric to get your Bank Holiday weekend started. D and B heavyweights DJ Hype, Pascal, Grooverider, Hazard and Lynx play drum and bass, jungle and electronica to a loyal, faithful crowd. 10pm-6am. �13 on the door and �6 after 3am.

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WHY NOT @ Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross. This really is a dubstep-fest, with more than 30 of the scene's leading jocks and producers on show. Benga headlines with Caspa, N-Type, Youngsta and Plastician, all some of the other highlights. A must for all dubstep kids. �12 in advance, more on the door. 10pm-6am.

SATURDAY AUGUST 29

DISFUNKTIONAL @ The Opium Lounge, 38 North Street, Romford. London house veteran Raymundo Rodriguez is at the helm for this lively Saturdaynighter. 10pm-4am. �10 on the door.

SOUTH WEST FOUR @ Clapham Common. Legendary Romford DJ/producer Darren Emerson has just been added to the line-up for this one. Progressive house overlords Sasha & John Digweed headline, with man-of-the moment David Guetta, tech house star Danny Howells, techno god Richie Hawtin and modern day house headliner Nic Fanciulli all in support. www.southwestfour.com. Noon to 9pm. �45.

WONDERLAND @ Ministry Of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, Elephant & Castle. Pete Tong, Dirty South, Rob Marmot, Nufrequency, AFFKT and Nico De Ceglia spin funky, electro and dirty house. 11pm-7am. �12 in advance, �20 on the door or �6 after 4am. www.ministryofsound.com.

SUNDAY AUGUST 30

CANAL PARTY @ Grand Junction Arms, Acton Lane, Park Royal. Faith's Stuart Patterson has been throwing some amazing20parties in the huge garden of this pub by the canal - a rare chance for outdoor clubbing, and when, on this occasion, you can carry on the street party vibe from the nearby Notting Hill Carnival (barely 15 minutes down the road). DC10 star Clive Henry returns to his London roots for this one, with Patterson also joined by Crazy P (DJ set) and Dave Jarvis. �10 on the door. 6pm-4am.

DELICIOUS @ Henry's, Romford Road, Aveley. Essex born and bred disco king Joey Negro (aka Dave Lee) is joined by American heavyweight DJ Spen (of the Basement Boys) for a rare line-up of this quality in sleepy Aveley, and it's the first time the pair have played together in the UK too! Expect a night of essential soulful house. Tickets are �10 in advance, and well worth it. Available from Crazy Beat in Upminster on 01708 228678, or more on the door. 8pm-late.

FRANTIC'S 12TH BIRTHDAY @ Koko, 1a Camden High Street. More hard house and dance than you can shake a glow stick at as Andy Whitby, Cally Gage, Lisa Pin-Up and Rob Tissera all play tunes from throughout the last 12 years. 9pm-6am. �8 in advance, �10 on the door.

GET LOADED IN THE PARK @ Clapham Common. Orbital headline here, with techno-king Carl Craig, drum and bass hero Roni Size, Aussie electronic stars Pendulum, US electro jock Felix Da Housecat, plus Essex singer Esser, east London duo Count & Sinden and Ram Records stars Chase & Status (all interviewed in Review this summer) also on the bill. Noon to 9pm. �45.

PROMISED LAND @ 02 Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green. A massive old school rave with Arkoss, Marky Mark, Huckleberry Finn, DJ lj, Nick Power, Philgood & Ram, Mix Master Max and Craig H all on the bill. 10pm to late. �20 on the door.

- MATT TROLLOPE

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