London's clubbing community will get a new place to show off their dance moves this month, with the launch of Cable.
Based on Bermondsey Street in South East London, Cable is being run by James Baillie, whose impeccable credentials gives us high hopes for the 1200 capacity venue. Having previously lent his skills to such clubbing institutions as Venus, The Bomb, Stealth, Fabric and matter, he's now secured the Bermondsey Street railway arches for his own pet project, which has been programmed to cater to a wide range of electronic music fans. In addition to selecting the nights to occupy the club, Baillie has placed equal importance on the layout and feel of Cable, making sure that the place has bars by each of the two dance floors as well as an additional bar in the main room to avoid the problem of heavy queues. Add to that an easy-to-reach undercover smoking area and some offbeat alcoves in which to rest your weary legs, and pretty much everything is in place for a hassle free clubbing experience.
And the music? Well, after opening its doors for a press launch on Thursday 21st May, Friday's public opening will be taken care of by Magick Bus, with a focus on disco, psychedelia and other retro sounds. Norwegian beanpole Todd Terje will headline, accompanied by Riton, Nathan Gregory Wilkins and Beyond The Wizards Sleeve member Richard Norris. Saturday sees the launch of Baillie's own Future Flash party, which as well as boasting a cherry picked crew of Will Saul, Repeat Repeat's Dave Congreve, Matt Waites (Nightmoves) and Sean Johnston (Hardway Bros/Beard Science) as its resident DJs, will also host sets from DJ Rolando, Château Flight, Rub N Tug and Bodycode.
The opening weekend doesn't end there, however, as the Bank Holiday will pave the way for the first ever Platonic party. There aren't many events of this size in London that blur the lines between techno, dubstep and drum&bass with big bookings, but Platonic are attempting to do just that with a line-up that includes live sets from techno dons Redshape and Claro Intelecto, as well as some heavy low frequencies from Ramadanman, Rustie, 2562, Marcus Intalex, Lynx, and Digital Mystikz's Mala.
The final weekend of May also sees two new nights unveil themselves at Cable, with the Split, Base and Wang promoters uniting for the Balance party on Friday 29th, and another in house night in the form of Dark Star on the Saturday. Balance is geared towards fans of harder techno and electro sounds, with Surgeon, Ben Sims, Luke Slater and A Guy Called Gerald all taking to the decks, whilst electro legends Aux 88 will play live. As seems to be the pattern with his own promotions, Baillie has enlisted the skills of even more top DJs to take resident spots at Dark Star, with Freaks (AKA Justin Harris, Jonny Rock and Luke Solomon), Cosmo and Ashley Beedle all becoming regular fixtures on Cable's ones and twos. Their first event will see West Coast house legend Doc Martin headline, with Rob Mello, Yam Who? and Horse Meat Disco's Severino on supporting duties.