Psychedelic Funhouse | Sat 3 Mar | Boxxed | from £18.99
Most raves just play at the whole ‘psychedelic’ thing – not Psychedelic Funhouse. With the tripped-out sounds of psytrance, drum & bass and jungle looping around your brain, step through the door of the funhouse and descend into a surreal subterranean rabbit warren of kaleidoscopic weirdness, populated by its many eccentric inhabitants. Dive through the wormhole into an exciting altered reality and allow yourself to be swept along in the storyline for four hours of hypnagogic illusions and dazzling projection rooms, culminating in a full-on rave scenario ripped straight out of the early ‘90s. See our feature here.

The Steering Wheel | Sat 3 Mar | Nightingale | £15.10
On the dawn of the millennium, the sound of so-called ‘handbag house’ breached the mainstream – a bombastic brand of house music with piano stabs and anthemic female vocals as its USP. Handbag house first rose to popularity in the UK’s gay club scene, where it attracted its initially derogatory name, referring to the joke that female clubbers listened to this music while dancing around a pile of their handbags. Casual misogyny aside, the Nightingale is bringing handbag house back for one night only, along with the classic speed garage sound that dominated the late 90s.

Time Tunnel: Disco, Funk & Soul | Fri 2 Mar | Amusement 13 | Free
Not many events in Birmingham (or the universe, for that matter) can claim to own their very own time machine, but Time Tunnel is not just any other event. Time Tunnel is a groovy trip through glitter balls and slap bass to the heyday of disco, funk and soul. Upon entrance to this retro rave, clubbers can enjoy set upon set of virtuoso selection from Milo Sadler, Andrew Gibbins and Laurents. And what’s more, this feat of faster-than-light travel is completely free, so snap up your ticket now while they last.

Liquescent | Sat 3 Mar | Lab11 | £16.58
The liquid drum and bass brand Birmingham deserves is back for its third jazz-infused offering, promising more laidback breakbeats and warming melodies to thaw you as we transition into spring. The headline act of the night is Icicle, liquid d’n’b selector with a penchant for big basslines and a propensity for genre-hopping – from dubstep and techno to halftime R&B and melancholy pop. GLXY, Utah Jazz and Riya join Icicle for a night of crisp d’n’b rollers. 

Fri 2 Mar - Sat 3 Feb
Greg Woodin
Published on:
Thu 1 Feb 2018