Feel like dancing? Remember when a bit of running man to I’ve Got the Power with friends was all you needed to shrug off heartbreak/bad day at work/row with family? We danced though everything. Now? Not so much. Everything starts so late, is so far away, so crowded. But we still want to dance our trainer socks off until like 10pm.
Well look no further than grown-up parties. They are mushrooming all over London and beyond. Hell if there’s not one in your area start your own – and let us know…
1. Over 40s Disco
There’s only one rule for this now cult night – No One Under 40. You have to bring ID. Co-founder Lucy Temple tells us, “I was having dinner with a couple of girlfriends and we all wanted to go out and dance… but WHERE? We didn’t particularly want to dress up or wear heels – so we all said, let’s organise something ourselves.”
There’s an irresistible playlist of funky soul, disco, hip hop plus a sprinkling of the 80s – Madonna etc – and some other moves. Temple says, “So far, we know of one successful match make – and of a married couple going home and having sex for the first time in years.”
The next one: 16th June
The venue: Maxilla Working Men’s Club, W10 6SW, £5 cash on the door
The time: 8pm-1am
2. The Sheen Resistance
The marvellous Jason Regan has been putting on parties with The Sheen Resistance (“I don’t really like the phrase club nights” *sighs with relief*) since 2009. “Our music policy is mainly disco, funk & soul from the 70s & 80s, and we’ve been getting sell-out crowds originally near Richmond, then Hammersmith, and now Bush Hall.” So if you want to get Lost in Disco (sheen-resistance.com, facebook.com/TheSheenResistance)…
The next one: The 17th June event is sold out, book now for the 14th October
The venue: Bush Hall, W12, early bird tickets £12
The time: 8:30pm-1am
3. Abigail’s Party
If it’s classic house that gets you on the dance floor then look no further than Abigail’s Party (www.abigailsparty.co.uk). Abi Hall has been hosting club nights and parties since the noughties (for a time with the Growing Old Disgracefully Society) and has been flying solo with Abigail’s Party since 2013. Yes she is called Abigail and her twitter handle is @funky_mothers.
The next one: 1st July
The venue: Broadway House Members Club, W6, £15 in advance, £20 on the door
The time: 8pm-3am
4. The Coffin Dodger Disco
If you fancy going to the actual West End (gulp) there’s Don and Reg’s Coffin Dodger Disco (www.coffindodgersdisco.com). Think pop and indie in a pub every first Friday of the month. They say, “No dubstep, no processed beats and remember, house is something you live in!” Strictly no under 28s – you will be asked for ID, which is, let’s face it, eternally gratifying.
The next one: 2nd June
The venue: The Phoenix Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP, tickets £7 in advance
The time: Doors open at 10pm…
5. Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet
Nikki Spencer decided to start Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet (haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk) after “a disappointing attempt to go dancing with friends. After queueing in the rain for one West End club we decided to call it a night before even getting through the door.” So here’s to being able to dance to Aretha Franklin like you just don’t care. But you do care, so are incredibly relieved that you can wear trainers and book in advance. Here’s also to the unbelievably civilised timings: 7:30pm to midnight.
The next one: 17th June
The venue: Islington Assembly Hall, N1 2UD, tickets £15 in advance, £18 on the door
The time: as above, 7:30pm to midnight