New On Skiddle: Jika Jika, Dysfunctional Rave, Billy Gillies & more

Check out what’s on near you with these incredible new events including festivals, hard dance raves, ABBA singalongs, throwback pop gigs, and more.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 15th Apr 2024

Happy Monday! Whether you’re excited about the week or not, we like to keep things on the positive side. So even if you really cannot be bothered, there’s at least one good thing this morning brings: new events! 

Wondering “what’s on near me?” Well, this week’s new events include ARRIVAL playing ABBA’s hits, Dysfunctional Rave, Billy Gillies, the latest addition to Cardiff's Bay Series: McFly, Liverpool Disco Festival In The Park, Kamaal Williams, and more.

Check out what’s new below and book your tickets right here!


Billy Gillies


When: Friday 24th May 2024

Where: Platform 11 in Pontypridd

If you’re in Pontypridd and looking to kick off the bank holiday weekend with a bang, here’s what you’ve been looking for! 

Trance star Billy Gillies from Northern Ireland comes to Pontypridd’s best and coolest venue at the end of May to show the town’s biggest music fans a proper night out. Warming up the crowd with guests and residents before Gillies takes to the decks, this one starts at 8pm and continues well into the night before coming to a close at 5am. 

Secure your tickets for this one below as they won’t last long! 


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When: Friday 17th May 2024

Where: Room 2 in Glasgow

Dysfunctional Rave is back with another gift for lovers of hard and fast music.

With hard dance, hard trance, and hardstyle, Dysfunctional brings international acts to tear Room 2 to the ground this May. The Netherlands’ Winson makes his UK debut, joined by fellow Netherlands native NYCO, and finally, Glasgow’s TLØ completes the bill. 

The second edition of Riot Room, this series is not for the faint-hearted, going full-throttle from the second the doors open.

Reminder that Dysfunctional Raves have a preference for black dress codes and that they have banned flash photography on the dancefloor to keep the experience immersive. 


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Arrival - The hits of ABBA - Waterloo 50th Anniversary tour


When: Friday 23rd August 2024

Where: Binks Yard in Nottingham

The world’s best and most authentic ABBA tribute, according to the BBC, The Stage, and others, brings the music we all know and love to Nottingham’s Binks Yard for an outdoor show on the terrace at the peak of summer.

Celebrating 50 years of ‘Waterloo’, the group’s second album, they’ll be performing all the massive tracks we know and love like the album’s title track, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’, and so many more. 

Whether you’re a die-hard ABBA fan or just fancy a summer’s evening out in the sun with catchy tunes, Arrival can sort you out. 


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Cardiff Bay Series x Escape presents: McFly


When: Wednesday 21st August 2024

Where: Alexandra Head At Cardiff Bay in Cardiff

Cardiff’s Bay Series returns this summer, this time with McFly, as well as previously confirmed artists including New Order, Tiesto, and Becky Hill throughout the series. 

The pop group, which formed in 2004, is known for a slew of catchy tracks including ‘All About You’, ‘Five Colours In Her Hair’, ‘Obviously’, and ‘Star Girl’. 

The award-winning band, with plenty of number ones and top-ten albums, will be joined by Sam Ryder to warm up the crowd before they launch into those 00s British pop classics. 


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Jika Jika Festival


When: Saturday 29th June 2024

Where: Ebrington Square in Derry

This June, Derry will be treated to another edition of Jika Jika Festival with a cracking lineup of dance music talent. 

Scottish soon-to-be-legend Ewan McVicar tops the bill at this one where he’ll be joined by the massive Special Request (Paul Woodford’s alias which sees him cover all sorts from disco to hardcore), the beloved “genre-agnostic” Eclair FiFi, and CAOIMHE, who won AVA’s Emerging DJ and Mixmag x Coors Light’s DJ Academy Winner awards in 2019.

A seriously skilled lineup of DJ, ravers are in safe hands with this lot. Tied together with incredible production and incredible people, Jika Jika is set to, once again, be a knockout. 


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Thornton Rocks Festival


When: Saturday 7th September 2024

Where: Thornton Hall Country Park in Thornton In Craven

Thornton Rocks brings live music and DJs spread across two stages to Thornton Hall Country Park in September.

Former BBC Radio 1 host Jordan North headlines with a DJ set but before that, Tinchy Stryder, Ultrabeat, and Kelly Llorenna. There'll also be sets from SIX 15, playing classic dance with live saxophone for that Ibiza vibe, DFO, Richard Osadzenko, and RETRO featuring Paul Taylor over at the main stage for an afterparty that goes until 2am.

If you want to get into the proper festival spirit, feel free to bring your tent with you and camp over!


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Sefton Park Social pres. Liverpool Disco Festival In The Park


When: Sunday 5th May 2024

Where: Sefton Park in Liverpool

Selling out rapidly, Liverpool Disco Festival heads up the opening weekend of Sefton Park Social, a new boutique festival experience with a series of genre-led music events.

Coming to Liverpool’s stunning Victorian park will be some huge names including many known for their releases on labels such as Glitterbox and Defected. There’s Dave Lee (JN) FKA Joey Negro, Pal Joey, Giles Smith, Lev, Moplen, Morgan, and Dharma Collective.

The sunny bank holiday party kicks off at 1pm and finishes at 10pm, giving you plenty of time to get your beauty sleep or find an afterparty.

Student tickets and group discount tickets are available to help you save some cash, so grab yours now below! 


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Kamaal Williams: Bad News Tour + Support - Bristol


When: Friday 7th June 2024

Where: Central Warehouse in Bristol

Coming through for his first Bristol show in five years, Kamaal Williams brings his Most Wanted tour to the new and fantastic Central Warehouse in June.

The young star plays a key role in the UK’s current jazz resurgence, earning worldwide acclaim for his music, including his 2016 project Yussef Kamaal, which saw him collaborate with Yussef Dayes.

Support for the gig includes Bristol’s experimental seven-piece Snazzback featuring vocals from Bristol’s Rider Shafique and nu-jazz rapper Madly. DJs John Stapleton, Nathan Worm, and More Soup DJs complete a stunning lineup for an evening of incredible musicianship. 


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MAD4IT Manchester Night - Room@The Top *Bathgate* 


When: Saturday 27th July 2024


Celebrating 30 years of Oasis and the newly reopened Room At The Top in Bathgate, this Manchester music night brings the best tributes to some of the city’s most important bands/

Bringing five hours of live music, the UK’s top tributes to Oasis, The Stone Roses, James, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be playing hit after hit. Hosted by Manchester’s award-winning DJ Dave Sweetmore, they’ve managed to pack in plenty of music to celebrate in style. 

Tickets are super affordable, so cop yours now below. 


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Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.








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