Four Underground Clubs In London Making Major Waves

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London is a hive of activity for dance music clubs. Forget the big dogs like Ministry of Sound and Fabric, hidden up side streets and down darkened staircases there are some absolute gems.

Generally the DJs dictate my choice of club and this selection of grimey basements and warehouse spaces really do have the best ears. It has to be said when it comes to a night of electronic persuasion, us Brits do favour a dark, gritty and sodden exposed brick joint - it’s all part of the vibe, nobody wants to be shacking out on a sparkling revolving dancefloor.

Corsica Studios

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Credit: Tessellate - Jake Davis (Hungry Visuals)

One of my favourite spaces in London, mainly because their bookings are consistently on point. Comprised of three rooms varying in size and offering different musical selections, Corsica is a place to get lost in. A whole host of different labels and promoters put their nights on here hence the selections always deliver the goods, regardless of genre. Buried underneath the arches behind Elephant & Castle tube station, the space boasts a pretty powerful sound system for a smaller club and a dark foggy dance floor to get down on. It always attracts a good crowd who are fully dedicated to partying until the 6am shutdown.

Corsica Studios

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Credit: Tessellate - Jake Davis (Hungry Visuals)

Oval Space

Oval Space

This is THE spot for day and night parties. A multi-use arts space set against the disused Bethnal Green gasholders, with a huge 5000 square foot space bordered by floor to ceiling windows - behold the view of East London as the sun sets. As well as the indoor space, the two terraces make for a perfect place to drink, eat, and bust a move. Oval Space is recognised as the spot for official festival after parties - always an abundance of incredible acts on the bill. Lovebox festival have taken over the space for their night-time antics, inviting Groove Armada, Jimmy Edgar and Max Graef to bring the noise. It’s the place to be during summer, just BBQs, good vibes and dusk till dawn fun.

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Bussey Building

Bussey Building

Man, Bussey is the place. Set over four floors, this warehouse space puts on dance nights, soul nights, theatre, art and so much more - it really does rule the roost. One of it’s most well known nights is the bi-weekly South London Soul Train, a gift of rare soul, funk and motown. And you can see how popular it is with revellers; advance tickets always sell out and the queue, if you weren't lucky enough to cop one ahead of time, stretches about a mile! But trust me on this one, it’s worth it - I saw Kit Harrington there once having a ciggy. Get down during summer, they open up the roof and throw some insane alfresco parties.

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XOYO

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One of the more well known London night spots. This past year has seen a huge roster of incredible DJs, with Benji B’s residency giving him the chance to invite artists to join him on a 12 week stint. From Skepta to Four Tet and even Mark Ronson thrown in, XOYO are constantly hosting some memorable parties. Now Bicep have taken over residency for 13 weeks and will be shaking things up with the likes of Jacques Greene and Late Nite Tuff Guy. It’s a place to get down and get sweaty - you’ll go in looking pristine, you’ll come out looking like you've been in the shower. It's cool, vibe it.

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RIP Plastic People. Gone but not forgotten.