The Best Early May Bank Holiday Events & Festivals

Still not decided on plans for the upcoming Bank Holduiay? Well, check out these May bank holiday events and May bank holiday festivals with tickets still available on Skiddle now!

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 16th Apr 2024

The first bank holiday in May is just a few weeks away (yeah that's right we get TWO), but, if you're anything like us, you probably still haven't decided what you're doing. Well, do not fear, as Skiddle is here to quell all your woes, and get you and your pals boogying this Bank Hol!

Whether you're after May bank holiday festivals, where you can make the most of having the Monday off to rest up; outdoor day parties, where you can (hopefully) groove under the first of the spring sun; or just some wicked local raves, that don't require a full day out or much planning. Whatever your vibe this Early May Bank Holiday, we've got you covered.

So scroll down and check out all the very best May bank holiday events on sale on Skiddle now!



Land Beyond Festival

When: Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th May 2024

Where: Waterhall in Brighton

One of the South East's premium electronic music festivals, Land Beyond, is returning to Brighton to deliver a groove-laden rave to the Southern lovers of the session this Spring bank holiday at Waterhall. 

With liquid DnB icons, Hybrid Minds, and other headliners like the Selecta himself, Craig David, bringing his iconic TS5 show; as well as the genre-bending electronic dance icons Rudimental; alongside a whole host of insane spinners, Land Beyond is going to be one of the best events you can get to this Bank Holiday; grab last minute tickets below!


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Pavilion Festival

When: Saturday 4 May, 2024

Where: Low Green in Ayr

Pavilion Festival, brought to you by Colours and Ewan McVicar is ready to make waves in Ayr yet again in 2024. With a line-up which features Patrick Topping, Optimo, Special Request, Jerome Hill, David Morales, 808 State and plenty more; the ravers from the local area, and all around are gonna be in for a serious treat.

Plus, on the Sunday, STREETrave will be taking place, paying homage to a cultural phenomenon between 1989-1993 when STREETrave brought some of the biggest DJs in the world to West Scotland. Grab tickets below!


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FAC51 The Hacienda Open Air

When: Sunday 5th May 2024

Where: Canvas Yard in Leeds

Despite the fact The Hacienda closed its doors for good almost 26 years ago, the legacy of the iconic club and the music that made it lives on, and is returning to the Canvas Yard in Leeds for its second year!

This party boasts many of those who were at the forefront of The Hacienda in its heyday including K-Klass, Graeme Park, DJ Paulette, David Morales, Jon DaSilva, Tom Wainwright, and Ralph Lawson as well as other legendary names on the house scene like Todd Terry, Louie Vega, and Dave Lee JN.

Whether you're after nostalgia or looking to experience what it was like back then, it's going to be a stomper, grab your tickets below!


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Rudimental DJ in Brighton

When: Saturday 4th May 2024

Where: Waterhall in Brighton

Dance and drum and bass producers, Rudimental, come to Brighton’s Waterhall for a live show that’ll surely be unreal. 

With countless bangers, many of which dominated the charts for weeks, like These Days, Dancing Is Healing, Feel The Love with John Newman, These Days with Jess Glynne, Macklemore, and Dan Caplen, Break My Heart, Waiting All Night with Ella Eyre, and many more, you’ll have a night with back to back songs you know the lyrics to. Which you’ll no doubt sing at the top of your lungs.  


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The Balearic Garden

When: Sunday 5th May 2024

Where: Progress in Manchester

Prepare for an immersive journey into the heart of electronic music as Balearic Garden takes over Progress this Bank Holiday Sunday courtesy of JBM Music, for a party that promises to celebrate progressive house, techno, and house music, featuring a world-class lineup of renowned artists across three stages.

Headlining the main stage are the dynamic duo Sasha B2B John Digweed, supported by Franky WAHCristoph, and ITMS76 & Stuart Hodson. Elsewhere the Soundgarden stage hosts Nick Warren, Jeremy Olander, Miss Melera & Gustin. Whereas the Free From Sleep also hosts a stage at The Balearic Garden with a heavyweight lineup including Patrice Bäumel, Sébastien Léger, Tim Green, Roy Rosenfeld & more!

With this impressive roster, Balearic Garden guarantees an unparalleled musical experience that transcends boundaries and genres. 


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Mint Festival

When: Saturday 4th May 2024

Where: Newsam Green Farm in Leeds

Mint Festival is back on 4th & 5th May Bank Holiday weekend: 10 Intimate stages across 2 days of uninterrupted house, techno, drum and bass and everything in between!

The North’s most tasteful gathering plays out at the lush Newsam Green Farm on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May with brand new hosts: ATW, History of Rave, You&Me and much more!

Special guests this year include PAWSA, Seth Troxler, Eliza Rose, Eats Everything, Girls Don't Sync, Interplanetary Criminal, Joseph Capriati, K Motionz and much more! As May bank holiday festivals go, it's among the best, grab tickets below!


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Let The People In! 2024

When: Saturday 4th May 2024

Where: The Yard in Manchester 

Let The People In! Is one of Manchester's very best hidden gems, and one of its best May bank holiday events. A night that came about through the collaboration of record label and promoter Sprechen and Sticky Heat, which made its debut last year, Let The People In! is a community-focused street party found at The Yard, an awesome industrial space in Cheetham Hill. 

Conjured up by Marco Giannini (Sticky Heat), Chris Massey (Sprechen), and Sticky Heat resident Muddy Feet, it's gonna be a belter, grab your tickets below now!


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Craig David presents TS5 in the Park

When: Friday 3rd May 2024

Where: Waterhall in Brighton

There are few names in the UK Garage scene as iconic as Craig David, especially when he brings his legendary TS5 show to the party! Having soundtracked nights all over the globe, from Miami to Ibiza, the lucky punters at this huge outdoor showing Brightons Waterhall are in for an epic night locked in the boogie. 

These shows are globally renowned for a reason, so secure your ticket below and ensure a night full of groove-laden garage and all of Craigs classics you know and love!  


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Disco P*ssy

When: Sunday 5th May 2024

Where: Hare And Hounds Kings Heath in Birmingham

Whenever Disco Pussy is in town, you have pure bait camp fun all night long! So this bank holiday, you simply have to get down to the Hare and Hounds, pop on some sequins, and have a carefree boogie!

Disco Pussy is a feel-good night of Disco Classics welcoming anyone and everyone, regardless of age, race, sexuality or gender. So grab your tickets now and Choose Disco xoxo


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XOYO Presents: Divine By Day w/ Sam Divine

When: Saturday 4th May 2024

Where: XOYO Birmingham in Birmingham

'Queen of Defected Records' Sam Divine, joins in the Bank Holiday fun in Brum by supplying all of her Soulful House sounds to the XOYO Roof Garden! Get to get locked into a dance, all while enjoying the sunset across the incredible city skyline views from the XOYO Rooftop. 

With local support and a two-hour set of her own, Sam Divine's visit to Birmingham this bank holiday, courtesy of Weird Science, is going to be a special one, grab tickets below! 


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Solardo (Day Sessions)

When: Sunday 5th May 2024

Where: Kasbah in Coventry

The iconic Mancunian duo Solardo return to Kasbah in Cov this Bank Holiday Sunday for what hopes to be yet another sell-out party for the ages at the venue.

Currently one of the most hotly tipped DJ/productions duos in the tech house scene, Solardo will be bringing their electric sound for an all-day rave that those in the area this Bank Holiday simply cannot miss. Boogie the day away this Bank Holiday Sunday and use your Monday to recover; Thats what it's all about, isn't it? Tickets below!


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Jika Jika Presents Kerri Chandler & X Club

When: Saturday 4th May 2024

Where: Unit 8 Warehouse in Derry City

Jika Jika are making their much-anticipated debut of their Block Party in Derry this May Day weekend. The Party will showcase an incredible lineup, including the long-awaited Derry debut of US House legend Kerri Chandler, as well as the Jika Jika debut of one of the world's hottest new techno acts, X Club.

Not only that, but attendees can look forward to a dynamic experience with two stages - a Warehouse and an outdoor stage - featuring performances by The Jedi, Tom Middleton, One Half Of Bent, and an array of talented local artists. Plus, a variety of food and drink options from local vendors! Grab those tickets, we know you want to!


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Dundee Dance Event Festival

When: Sunday 5th May 2024

Where: Aura Nightclub in Dundee

Dundee Dance Event - the UK’s biggest multi-venue dance music event - is coming once again this Bank Holiday Weekend,  and there are more DJs than we could possibly count playing, so we'll leave it to you to scan the lineup. One thing is for sure though, you'll be grooving all day long!

Last year was a sell-out event, so make sure you book your place at one of Scotland's best may bank holiday festivals' finale and join almost 4,000 partygoers seeing DDE 2024 out in style!  


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Groovebox in the Church | Roger Sanchez

When: Sunday 5th May 2024

Where: Pitcher and Piano in Nottingham

After a SOLD OUT winter show at Pitcher and Piano the awesome team at Groovebox are getting continually holy with their nights, bringing you DJ Roger Sanchez headlining in the converted Church alongside Groovebox Residents! 

It's going to be an incredible day of dancing courtesy of a true legend of the game, this one's close to selling out, so make this your chosen one of the May bank holiday events in Notts now before it's too late!


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Stereofunk Festival

When: Saturday 4th May 2024

Where: Chatelherault Country Park in Hamilton

A unique boutique music festival which has firmly established itself in the Scottish clubbing calendar as The First Festival Of The Summer, Stereofunk is bringing you a lineup with the perfect mix of groove and nostalgia so you can bring in the festival season alongside epic acts like Vengaboys, Snap!, Wanda Dee, Urban Cookie Collective, Flip N Fill, Dave Pearce and many more. 

Plus, with it taking place at the idyllic location of Chatelherault Country Park in Hamilton, you'll struggle to find a prettier setting for a festival in the whole of Scotland. Grab tickets below now!


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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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