This year the King’s College London Arts and Humanities Festival is themed on the “underground,” a term Ananya Kabir explored in her fascinating Inaugural Lecture “A Secret History of the Dance Floor.” Tonight the party continues with an East London underground house and techno party curated by Modern Moves team member Madison Moore. In many ways this basement extravaganza borrows from the UK’s strong tradition of raving and illegal dance parties, and in others it taps into the history of the rent parties during the 1920s in New York and David Mancuso’s private loft parties in the 70s.
Tonight’s free event features the best in contemporary house and techno, with UK techno artist Ø [Phase} and Chicago house legend The Black Madonna. Edvardas Rut, of London’s long-running Jaded Afterhours, kicks the party with deep house grooves. There won’t be any alcohol onsite, so you should bring your own! Seriously, what’s more underground than a dance party in an East London basement?