Skiddle’s Guide to: Spring Bank Holiday

We look at some of the highlights for the forthcoming Spring Bank Holiday Weekend from all over the country, to help you decide how you are going to spend yours.

Mike Warburton

Date published: 15th May 2013

Photograph - The Happy Mondays

With the warm weather and long days in full effect now, Spring Bank holiday is just around the corner, the last break before the Summer gets into full swing and we start getting our camping gear out of the garage for the festival season.

We have selected some of our favourite events happening between 24th-26th of May. Use our unique Spring Bank Holiday Search Page to find out what is going on near you!

Love Saves Sunday - Bristol

First up we have Bristol’s Love Saves Sundayon Sunday May 26th. Borne out of popular demand, as a companion piece to the incredibly popular Love Saves The Day, Love Saves Sunday has secured for itself an astonishing lineup, including Chic & Nile RodgersJulio BashmoreMs DynamiteBen UFO,Trojan Sound System and Pearson Sound to name just a few. With such a varied lineup, Love Saves Sunday caters for fans of everything from underground dance to funk and soul. Located in the city itself, the one day festival is also easy to get to, and a chance to soak up some of the legendary Bristolian music culture. 

Alfresco - Blackpool

Another highlight for those who are after a fun family day out is Blackpool’s Alfresco, held on Sunday 26th May. Boasting a full day of activities for kids and parents alike, Alfresco also features a stunning lineup of DJs and live acts, including Stockport’s finest beat juggler Mr Scruff. Playing everything from electronica to house, hip hop to breakbeat, and jazz to downtempo, Mr Scruff always puts on an unforgettable live show, taking the listeners on an epic journey through the genres.

As One In The Park - London

As One In The Park is our highlight for London. Being the first large scale gay festival in the capital for an embarrassingly long 10 years, Sunday 26th Maywill see As One in the Park pulling out all the stops to be a gay event full of credibility, a fitting celebration of love, identity and of course music. Some of the headliners will include Rita OraHolly JohnsonConor Maynard and X Factor favourite Rylan and Union J. The festival will also feature sets fromKaty BRoger Sanchez and Skunk Anansie’s Skin. Not short of class, As One in the Park is looking like being an absolute belter.

Rong - Manchester & Middlesbrough

The guys behind popular trance night Rong are busy this bank holiday weekend with 2 huge events happening in both Middlesbrough and Manchester on Friday 24th May. The Middlesbrough leg will feature John O’Callaghan behind the decks, along with Sneijder and the oft talked about James DymondManchester’s event will have a likewise stellar lineup including Aly & Fila,Neelix and Jordan Suckley. For connoisseurs of trance, the Rong boys have got you covered!

Happy Mondays - Brighton

Brighton will play host to none other than Madchester icons The Happy Mondays on Sunday May 26th. One of the most notorious and yet well love bands Britain has ever producced have recently reformed with the original lineup, and begun touring the country with a mixture of new material and old favourites, starting in the seaside city. They will be joined by fellow Hacienda favourites 808 State for a night showcasing the finest in Manchester's musical heritage.

303 - Liverpool

Liverpool's Williamson Tunnels will host 303, a new night brought to you from the promoters behind Cream Reunion. Playing the very best in techno, acid and house and bridging the gap between the past and the present, Sunday 26th May will see the hugely influential Justin Robertson bring along his techno and acid house tinged dancefloor killers. He will be joined by German techno legend Oliver Lieb, whose longstanding adeptness at bringing an atmospheric and at times beautiful edge to pounding drum beats, is sure to go down a treat.

Face x Shadow - Birmingham

Birmingham's Face x Shadow City returns for its second daytime outing on Sunday 26th May, playing the finest in house, techno, and garage from 2pm until midnight. Situated on the Spotlight car park, and using the inside bar, the event will be soundtracked by the wickedly impressive Dark Sky, who regularly fuse techno with dubstep and a healthy dose of garage to create their multi textured masterpieces. Appearing with them will be Youandewan, playing his unique brand of washed out bass driven house bangers.

Have a look at what else is happening this Spring Bank Holiday near you by going to our Spring Bank Holiday search page.

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