10 Essential DnB raves this Christmas

The days are getting colder, but the nights are only getting stronger. We’ve compiled a list of essential drum and bass events in London this Christmas, each providing a slightly different flavour. The events range from relatively small nights ran by newer labels in the scene, to some of the biggest labels throwing down huge celebrations. I think we can all agree that 2018 has been a mighty year for drum and bass, so we may as well see it out in style…

1.12: 20 Years of Virus - Pt. 2 at The Steel Yard

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Photo credit: AppsPhotography

Often seen as the label that started neurofunk, Virus Recordings have been smashing it out for a solid 20 years now. Founded by Ed Rush in 1998, the label has continually pushed boundaries in the darker side of drum and bass, and it only seems right to celebrate this with a huge rave at The Steel Yard. February saw the first installment of this celebration, with huge sets from the likes of Ed Rush & Optical, Audio, and a room 2 takeover from Soul In Motion. Virus are set to send ravers back into the wormhole in December, with a lineup including Mefjus, The Upbeats, a Trendkill Records takeover, and a few super secret special guests. The Steel Yard Nightclub, Allhallows Ln, London EC4R 3UE. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1132450

2.12: Soul In Motion - Sunday Series

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Soul In Motion has made a name for itself as one of London’s top drum and bass night for the true heads. Ran by Need For Mirrors and Bailey, the night itself was named after one of Krust’s tracks, due to  the former’s love for the iconic producer. They consistently put out cleverly thought out lineups every week or two, utilising some of the most unique club spaces in London. Alongside the two residents, you can expect sets from Jubei, JJ Frost, Voltage, Flight, Phil Tangent and Itoa. Oh… and this is all happening early on a Sunday evening, so you can be back at home wrapped up in bed by 11pm. 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Ln, Shoreditch, London E1 6QL. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1185093

7.12: Technicality: International Edition at The Cause

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Technicality is a night that focuses on lineups representing a more niche, underground vision of both D&B and jungle. Ran by the head of Inperspective Records, the lineup consists of himself (Chris Inperspective), alongside less represented artists from around the globe including Profane, Lynch Kingsley, Phuture-t and more. This night is taking place at The Cause, one of the most exciting club spaces of late that sees the DJ play within a cage in the centre of the room. The Cause, Ashley House, Ashley Rd, Tottenham Hale, London N17 9LZ. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1145075

8.12: Critical Music Presents: Critical Sound x 1985 Music - London at E1

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Taking place at one of London’s newest and most exciting rave spaces, Critical Sound are teaming up with Alix Perez’s 1985 Music to put on an unforgettable night. Hardly in need of an introduction, Critical Music have been one of the biggest driving forces in drum and bass since 2002, and their club nights are no different. The lineup is pure weight, with too many names to mention in this short summary. Expect a huge variety of drum and bass, with room 1 acts including label owner Kasra b2b with Enei, Serum, Benny L b2b T>I, DJ Hazard, and many more. Meanwhile, the 1985 takeover in room 2 will see Perez himself alongside Chimpo, Monty and Tim Parker, all hosted by the mighty SP:MC. E1 London, Unit 2, 110 Pennington St, St Katharine's & Wapping, London, E1W 2BB. Tickets: https://www.tickettannoy.com/event/0YVNrS49hkepPGBXpvtXsQ?u=Jp7gr0PjnkW5WqhNxpHREg

14.12: Metalheadz Christmas Special at Fabric

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Fabriclive is one of the most renowned drum and bass nights out there, and their lineup for this Christmas is one of the most jam-packed we’ve seen in a while. With Fabric’s room 3 recently opening again, it has allowed for these lineups to grow ever-more diverse and impactful, with this Christmas special seeing room takeovers from Metalheadz, Dispatch and Flexout. With names such as Randall, Ant TC1, and QZB, as well as some intriguing pairings such as Om Unit b2b Doc Scott and DLR b2b Black Barrell, this is seriously one not to be missed. Fabric, 77A Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6HJ. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1134992

15.12: Hospitality London: Christmas Special! at Studio 338

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Photo credit: Gary Jones

Running from 6pm to 6am, London’s latest fix of Hospitality’s positive vibe-filled club night is going to be a special one. With this being the first night event in London they have held in over two years, Hospitality have wisely chosen the stunning Studio 338 to hold this Christmas special. They are even equipping it with an outdoor Christmas market where you can grab gifts, festive food and some ‘mulled Whiney’ (let’s hope this is just a play on words). Room one will see sets from label owner London Elektricity, S.P.Y, Fabio, LSB and many more, whilst their sister label Med School will be taking over room 2. Make sure to catch our resident Sweetpea at this one! Studio 338, 338 Boord St, London SE10 0PF. Tickets: SOLD OUT

22.12: Boomerang presents: Ice Cold Sounds at Corsica Studios

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Whilst on a smaller scale than some of the other nights on this list, it will by no means be lacking in quality. To the more intimate Corsica Studios, liquid D&B label Boomerang Records will be bringing with them Need For Mirrors, The Vanguard Project (Bcee & Villem) and Satl. All three of these artists will be playing 90 minute sets, something often amiss at many nights nowadays. Expect plenty of warming liquid vibes during this one. Corsica Studios, 4/5 Elephant Rd, London SE17 1LB. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1184791

26.12: Hot Cakes presents: Dubshotta at Brixton Jamm

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If you are in need of your D&B fix after a cosy Christmas and Boxing Day, then this may well be for you. Hot Cakes team up with Benny Page’s label and club night Dubshotta to create a ragga D&B and jungle fueled lineup of General Levy, Benny Page & Sweetie Irie, Ed Solo, Nicky Blackmarket b2b Aries, Ragga Twins and more. Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6LH. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1187341

28.12: RAM Xmas at E1

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Photo credit: Gobinder Jhitta

RAM Records have been known to put on some huge Christmas parties over the years, having hosting weighty lineups at clubs such as Fabric, Matter and The End. This one, taking place at the exciting new E1, boasts a lineup of names such as Camo & Krooked, Calyx & TeeBee b2b Circuits (Kasra & InsideInfo), and a UK debut from the mysterious newcomer Raiser. On top of this, there will be a room 2 takeover from the liquid label High Tea Music, with sets from the likes of T & Sugah and Monrroe. E1 London, Unit 2, 110 Pennington St, St Katharine's & Wapping, London, E1W 2BB. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1170138

31.12: Breakin Science NYE at Great Suffolk Street Warehouse

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Expect an all out D&B and jungle showdown as Breaking Science team up with Moondance and Epidemik for their New Year’s Eve party. Breakin Science are well known for fast-paced rave atmospheres and consistently huge lineups, with this night being one of their biggest yet. Expect everything from jump-up, to rollers, to jungle with acts such as Serum, Shadow Demon Coalition, Benny L, Fabio & Grooverider, Randall, and… well the list goes on. Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, 29 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0NS. Tickets: https://www.deftickets.co.uk/events/breakin-science-moondance-epidemik-present-nye-2018-31-12-2018

Essential Christmas Rave Gear

To keep you warm during this icy rave season, we have recently released our SINE Christmas jumpers. As warm as they are festive, they are perfect for going out to raves or as Christmas presents for your mates (or maybe even yourself). They are currently available in all sizes in either Red/Green or Black/Gold for the price of £35. Grab them HERE while you can and be the talk of the rave this Winter.

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