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Wedding? What Wedding? Huge Bank Holiday Events for a Royal-free weekend

If you're looking for a Widdleton free event, here's our pick of some of the best non-wedding related parties happening across the country this weekend.

Jayne Robinson

Date published: 27th Apr 2011

The more observant amongst you may have noticed that there's some sort of weddingy event happening this weekend.

While half of the country is digging out their Union Jack bunting and preparing to party like it's 1981, many amongst us would rather avoid any references to the wedding altogether, and enjoy the extended Bank Holiday weekend in our own way.

So if you're looking for a Widdleton free event, here's our pick of some of the best non-wedding related parties happening across the country this weekend.

Sankeys Weekender, Manchester
Sankeys celebrates another lovely long bank holiday weekend with three huge events headlined by Calvin Harris, Laidback Luke and Jamie Jones. Kicking things off on Thursday night, electro-pop prince and remixer extraordinaire Calvin Harris will be rocking the dancefloor of Sankeys hallowed basement with support from Ellesse. The fun continues on the Friday night with Laidbcak Luke and Bora Bora's Oliver lang, while rounding things off in style on Sunday will be Jamie Jones, Lee Foss and Richie Ahmed in a Hot Natured showcase. Tickets for all three events are available below.

Tickets for Calvin Harris at Sankeys

Tickets for Laidback Luke at Sankeys

Tickets for Jamie Jones at Sankeys

Laidback Luke @ Club Mission, Leeds
As part of string of UK dates this month, Luke will appear at Leeds’ Club Mission this Thursday, with support from Josh Demello, Jamie Hartley and more. The Dutch DJ, producer and all round wunderkid has risen to the highs of international superstar status over the past few years, with production highlights including collaborating with Steve Angello on club tracks like 'Be' to commercial tracks like the massive Robin S vocalled 'Show Me Love', teaming up with the Swedish House Mafia on the Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso & Steve Angello club anthem 'Leave The World Behind' and, more recently, working with Robyn on the single 'Indestructible'. Tickets are £15, available below.

Tickets for Laidback Luke at Mission

Content presents Andrew Weatherall, Manchester
on Friday 29th April Content welcomes dance music royalty Andrew Weatherall to its intimate bricked basement home at Manchester’s Joshua Brooks. Despite being known as one of the most eclectic DJs around, it's his genre defining techno sets that are arguably the most famous. As a producer and DJ he maintained a prolific career spanning 20+ years, taking in sets at the world’s greatest clubs and knocking out some mind bending music. His sound is perfectly suited to Content, and he is sure to destroy the intimate basement. This event is strictly limited to 200, and tickets are selling fast. There are just a few left, so if you want to secure your place get yours now!

Tickets for Content with Andrew Weatherall

Sounds from the Other City, Salford
Salford's only new music festival has expanded this year, with 78 acts taking over 13 stages in Salford for one day of bands, DJs, art, spoken word and good times. Acts this year includes the NME’s favourite trancers D/R/U/G/S, indie Darren Hayman, Swedish popstrelles Those Dancing Days as well as The Wave Pictures, the Twilight Sad, Rainbow Arabia, spoken word from Aidan Moffat and 70 more acts! Find out more here and get your tickets below.

Tickets for Sounds from the Other City

Problem Child, Manchester
After an amazing first event, Problem Child returns to The Ritz with a formidable line up headlined by quite possibly the hottest artist in the world right now, Mr James Blake. He has plenty of new dancefloor material in the works so expect to hear it here first. As this is also the OutLook Festival Launch party, Problem Child have also lined-up one of the world's premier soundsystems, the legendary MUNGO's Hi-Fi; veterans of countless DMZ's, SUB:DUBs, Festivals and more. Their last few Manchester shows have been a madness so expect more of the same. Add to that KROMESTAR on his album tour alongside Grime-god D DOUBLE E, as well as the very best talent that Manchester has to offer you can guarantee that this will be the perfect taster of the ensuing madness this summer in Croatia.

Tickets for Problem Child with James Blake

2manyDJs @ The Custard Factory, Birmingham
Fresh from a sell out show at The Warehouse Project last weekend, masters of the mash-up 2manyDJS continue their string of UK dates with a huge headline show at Birmingham's custard factory. Support comes from Paul Chambers and Ko-Jack, while Room 2 will be left in the capable hands of Marco Loco.

Tickets for 2manyDJs at The Custard Factory

The Masque 10th Birthday, Liverpool
Iconic Liverpool club The Masque celebrates 10 years at the forefront of the city’s clubbing community on May 1st, with a huge 10th anniversary celebration headlined by Calvin Harris. Miamian Steve Aoki also stars, famed for his jacking, high-voltage and dance-floor electrifying sounds. Tickets for this huge event are just £16, available below.

Tickets for The Masque 10th Birthday