If you're not going away for the weekend, and the Notting Hill Carnival just doesn't tickle your fancy, then there are two more big festivals going on in London town this weekend and it's tough to decide between the two. Fortunately you can buy day tickets, so be a daredevil and do both.
The Metro Weekender
Meanwhile over in South London, the Metro weekender will be taking up residence on Clapham Common. Saturday is a dance day presenting top name DJs such as Sasha, Paul Oakenfold and James Zabeila, alongside household names like Judge Jules. The Shapeshifters will put performing a PA and we can just imagine how nice it will be to dance to Lola's Theme in the sunshine. Officially this has sold out but check out the ticket sites below to find some.
Sunday isn't sold out though, but maybe that's because Babyshambles are headlining and people can't be bothered to pay for someone who won't show up. Organisers are claiming the band are 100% confirmed and Doherty himself says it's the gig he's looking forward to playing to prove the band are good. But if you're not going to see the most overrated man in the world then our recommendations include Lily Allen and The Young Knives on the main stage. Elsewhere European electro gods Vitalic and Tiga will start a riot in the dance tent, while Badly Drawn Boy will be headliner on the 2nd stage. Choice of the whole festival has to go to, more fun than they should be, Irish poppers The Chalets who make a, rarer than we want, date in the capital.
TDK Cross Central
Held in the confusing mass of clubs in the Kings Cross Depot Yard (go up York Way turn left after a bridge, feel like you've wandered into a wasteland) TDK returns for a third year. 7000 discerning clubbers will come together for one of the most forward thinking (and cheapest) music events of the season and tickets are still available on the door should you want to join them.
Where LCD Soundsystem and Goldfrapp have triumphed in the past, it's London's dance breakthrough act of the year Hot Chiptaking the headline spot on Saturday night with the forever brilliant Ladytron on support. Parisian technohead Ivan Smagghe will be heading it up on the DJ side of things alongside electic Glasgow DJ duo Optimo. But make sure you don't miss up and coming singer Jack Penate, who captured our ears when supporting Lily Allen at YoYo earlier in the year. He's the one who you'll be telling all your friends 'I saw him when no-one knew him.'
Sunday and fresh from his appearance at the Metro Weekender, Sasha, one of the world's biggest DJ's (and certainly the biggest ever Welsh DJ!) will be kicking up a storm. Over on the band stage we recommend the cute and quirky New Young Pony Club and Eastend pop-grime from Roll Deep.