The new basement venue launches this weekend with DFA's Juan Maclean.
The Nest was conceived by Fabric founder Steve Ball and Riz Shaikh, the man behind Islington indie haunt The Old Queens Head. It sits in the former site of the Bardens Boudoir, though the interior has reportedly been renovated, now sporting a rough-edged industrial feel complete with concrete surfaces, neon lights and a selection of "intimate cubby holes and caged alcoves." The underground spot has a capacity of up to 350 people and is equipped with a Martin Audio sound system.
In terms of programming, the The Nest considers itself a "response to mainstream generic commercial clubbing" and strives to "showcase the very best in new, fresh, cutting edge talent," a criteria that includes both DJs and live acts. The opening weekend looks to be a disco-heavy affair, with DFA mainstay Juan Maclean on Friday and Australian duo Flight Facilities on Saturday. Next weekend, the venue will host French electro duo Black Strobe and UK jock Adam Freeland.