Weekend’s Best Parties – Fresher’s Week Special!

Steer clear of pub crawls and head to the best places your city has to offer


by Sian Rowe |

As Freshers weeks and fortnights take over the UK this month (and into next) going clubbing can be a fraught activity. If you’re a student and new to a location you’ve got to pick the best spots as an alternative to endless bar-crawls to places that will be so full and gross that you’ll never want to go to them ever again. If you are everyone else in the entire town or city, you’ll want to go somewhere that isn’t full of people enjoying their first sweet weeks of freedom. Here’s a mix of events that covers both bases.

La Cheetah Club x Offbeat present Levon Vincent @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow


Fri 12 Sept

Glasgow venue La Cheetah Club turns five this year and so are putting on a three party birthday series starting on Friday and running until the 14th of November. Billed as 'some of our favourite acts on the planet' the first features New York house DJ Levon Vincent - someone they’ve been wanting to get to the venue for a while. Worth a visit before Scotland (maybe) declares independence?


Stay Gold Freshers Party w Karma Kid @ The Liquid Room, Edinburgh


Sat 13 Sept

It’s been a while since I was at University but if the ‘official’ parties are still a mess that inexplicably involves a) some kind of beach theme b) a bucking bronco c) a local DJ playing the Baywatch theme at least once. stay away and head nights from local promoters like Stay Gold. The appropriately university aged Annie Mac favourite, Karma Kid DJs on Saturday with ‘friends’ Young Cardinals, LALA and Turkish along for the night.

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Eyes Down w Jon K @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester


Sat 13 Sept

If you’re new to Manchester, you’d do a lot worse than check out Eyes Down (which returns after hiatus). Local favourite Jon K (Hoya:Hoya, of mixes like this) is back on-board for a night that historically took in all sorts from 'Ethiopian and Jazz records, through to hip-hop, house, reggae, post-punk, disco and industrial'. Basically - no rules, no one tempo, plenty of surprises and (even when there are guests) a focus on the great residence DJs aka the best no-pressure nights out you’ll ever have.

Dancetripp Summer Closing feat Bodhi @ Tripp, Southampton


Sat 13 Sept

Cardiff based duo Bodhi travel to the south coast of England for Dancetripp’s summer closing party (only a couple of weeks after everywhere else - the weather must be nicer down there). Expect new bassy dancefloor-ready music from the pair, plus Moda Soul and Jay Ahmed, in room one. In room two things are looking backwards with <<Rewind playing R&B and house.

The best of the rest

Fri 12 Sept

Ubermax release party w Saytek @ Bar A Bar, London

Egg Presents Robin Schulz @ Egg, London

Superstition w Marcel Fengler @ Village Underground, London

Saints Don’t Sleep 2nd Birthday w/ Karizma, Daniel Wang @ Brixton Jamm

Aeroplan @ The Nest, London

Erol Alkan @ Fabric, London

Thunder 3rd Birthday w/ Marcellus Pittman @ Dance Tunnel, London

The Jungle Is Back w/ Monika Ross @ Crucifix Lane, London

Attack w/ Severino @ Disco, London

Feather w/ Piri Piri @ Bussey Building, London

Eric Lau @ Plastic People, London

Totem Bass @ Rhythm Factory, London

Word Of Mouth @ Stokey Stop, London

Universal Vibes @ Zigfrid Von Underbelly, London

Wild Life @ Queen Of Hoxton, London

Crucial & Fresh with Glowing Palms @ London Fields

LDN LVS with Champion @ Notting Hill Arts Club, London

The Zoo Project @ Donnington Park, Donnington

Shrewsbury Fields Forever @ Shropshire & West Midlands Showground

Rhythm Theory presents Slam @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester

The Martinez Brothers @ Sankeys, Manchester

Schwein & Badornament present Cottam & Perseus Traxx @ Wire Club, Leeds

Werkha, Danuyka @ Roadhouse, Manchester

The Little People @ 212 Bar, Leeds

Return To Mono with Floorplan @ Sub Club, Glasgow

La Cheetah Club x Offbeat present Levon Vincent @ La Cheetah Club, Glasgow

Mixmag present Finnebassen @ The Art School, Glasgow

Audio’s 10th Birthday w Ame @ Audio, Brighton

CLOSER w Machaon @ West Exit

Sat 13 Sept

Ceremony Festival @ Finsbury Park, London

Tale Of Us + Jackmaster @ XOYO, London

Ceremony: Later @ Egg, London

Sigma ‘Changing’ signal launch @ Ministry Of Sound, London

Visionquest, Laura Jones @ fabric, London

Twisted Audio Boat Party @ Golden Flame, London

Dysfunctional @ Lightbox, London

Drop @ Rhythm Factory, London

Brick Lane Festival @ Vibe Bar, London

Rhythm Section w Beautiful Swimmers @ Canavans Pool Club, London

Number 90 presents D’Julz @ Autumn Street Studios, London

Party & Bullshit @ Plan B, London

Thris Tian & Friends @ Oslo, London

Electric Social @ Electric Social, London

Deptford Does Disco VIII 1st Birthday special @ Bunker Club, London

Playhouse @ The Waiting Room, London

San Soda @ The Magnet, Leeds

Viva Warriors @ Sankeys, Manchester

Celesta @ Gorilla, Manchester

Eyes Down w Jon K @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Flava D @ Safe House, Huddersfield

Twish with Soundstream & Residents @ The Bunatee, Belfast

Subculture presents Slow To Speak w Harri & Domenic @ Sub Club, Glasgow

Stay Gold Freshers Party w Karma Kid @ The Liquid Room, Edinburgh

S L V R Freshers Week Party @ The Mash House

The Social Festival w Ame, Art Department @ Mote Park, Maidstone

Moody Disco w Seth Troxler @ The Brighton Coaliton, Brighton

Amplified Sessions w Dixon @ The Astoria, Portsmouth

Simian Mobile Disco @ Audio, Brighton

The Social official after party w/ Ame @ The Source, Brighton

Dancetripp Summer Closing feat Bodhi @ Tripp, Southampton

4 Seasons w Mella Dee, Facta @ TB2, Bristol

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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