Since May this year, the heart of East London has been host to special late-week and weekend beats and bars, and transformed itself into beach life in miniature – sadly all set to come to an end for the season on Saturday 16th September. If you’ve not been yet, make plans to do so.
Run by Old Street’s RED Gallery and Rob Star (of Eastern Electrics and Star Pubs fame), for the last few months Shoreditch has seen its Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays replete with global talent, craft beer, expert cocktails (and bubbles), and food stalls to quite simply salivate over – not to mention Ben Spalding and Puzzle Project’s mezzanine restaurant and terrace bar to enjoy.
But, of course, this hasn’t been dubbed a “Riviera” for nothing. A little urban beach has delighted many this summer, inclusive of palm trees and decking, with the hedonistic flair highlighted by a Lucky Voice-provided karaoke room. However, the sun will be setting after the next two Saturdays, 9th and 16th September, just in time for Oktoberfest at the end of the month.
The first weekend wind-down will have kids and parents – from 6 weeks of age to 60 years - catered to for the final time on 9th September, from 1pm to 4pm, with Russ Ryan’s Fun DMC: a mix of graffiti workshops, slides, breakdancing, and other general summer silliness. Then, the evening will see Ryan’s Hip-Hop vs RnB Rave take over until 11pm.
The Riviera’s official close on 16th September is the thing, though. Looking to the 313 and the impact Detroit has had on dance music for the last three decades, the day (and night) will be a celebration of some of the best in Techno, House, Electro, and more, running from 2pm until 4am on Sunday, with Detroiter Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May & Juan Atkins in attendance, among others. Just be sure to note that the venues for Day & Night are five minutes’ walking distance from each other, when you decide to head over to Village Underground’s Night at 9pm from RED Market’s Day.
RED Gallery is Shoreditch’s longest-standing regeneration enterprise, curators of the self-funded collective DIY Culture, which brings music, art, and other events to the community of East London. One of the last surviving Banksy’s is on site, as is the work of street artists Ben Eine, Phlegm, Roa, Stik, and L7.
Star Pubs, meanwhile, are well-loved for their diurnal watering hole vibe of quaintness and quietness, and contrasting renowned nocturnal party ethic (as well as being faves of Hollywood stars like Idris Elba and TV celebs such as Miquita Oliver). They’ve certainly stayed true to the founder’s vision of nurturing a “homegrown community, with a mischievous side”.
Advance tickets for Fun DMC are available here, while Rave tickets can be purchased here. Tickets for Feelings Summer Closing Detroit Special can be bought online here. Private rooms are also available for general hire, whether your party be 10 or 700 people (contact Last Days of Shoreditch direct).
Don’t fret if you can’t make it this year, though – now in its seventh year, Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera is sure to be back for Summer 2018.