Nightlife
Best Budapest parties for the winter season
Photo : Gábor Szabó / We Love Budapest
Akvárium

As life moves indoors for the colder months, globally acclaimed DJs are coming to Budapest to shake up the city’s top clubs for the winter. Cult music mistress Nina Kraviz, Berghain-regular Dr. Rubinstein and deep-house master Pablo Bolívar are just few of the names to look forward to. And the locations? Akvárium Klub downtown, Buda’s A38 Ship, Lärm in party central and even the spacious halls of the Hungexpo trade fair host party nights.

The Glitch Mob Shall Not Fade Bónusz Electronic Music Festival Dr. Rubinstein Chase & Status Pablo Bolívar Manni Dee Kollektiv Turmstrasse

The Glitch Mob

The Los Angeles stars of rock-star electronica return to the Hungarian capital for an arresting extravaganza fusing EDM anthems with impressive stage visuals, sophisticated choreography and the trio’s characteristic glitch hop. The show, taking place at the focal Akvárium Klub, should heat up the Budapest dance scene even on a cold November night.

 

When? 24 November

Where? Akvárium Klub

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Shall Not Fade

Emerging imprint Shall Not Fade only dates back a couple of years, but it is already considered one of the most exciting sources for lo-fi house and dance music. Releasing only vinyl, the Bristol-based brand now hits Budapest with founder Kieran Williams (aka KGW) and Deejay Astral to show how high-spirited grooves and percussive jazz mix so well in a set.

 

When? 30 November

Where? Toldi Club

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Bónusz Electronic Music Festival

Central Europe’s biggest one-day indoor festival deploys a line-up of the greatest masters of electronica. Detroit techno star Robert Hood comes to Budapest under the alias Floorplan, and Techno Goddess Nina Kraviz will also play the Hungexpo trade fair. Iconic duo of progressive house Sasha and John Digweed share the decks for what should turn into an unforgettable four-hour set. Among the performers are also Sam Paganini, Philipp Straub, Andrey Pushkarev and Marco Bailey.

 

When? 8 December

Where? Hungexpo

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Dr. Rubinstein

Self-declared ‘true raver’ Marina Rubinstein is known for her wild, hypnotic and acid-laden sets. As a regular in cult Berlin club Berghain and at Boiler Room events, this rising talent is already among the most sought-after music wizards. For her Budapest appearance, she plays Lärm, part of the biggest club complex in the party district.

 

When? 8 December

Where? Lärm

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Chase & Status

Hitmakers in the current drum ‘n’ bass/dubstep scene, the English duo seamlessly shift from garage to liquid funk or from breakbeat to neo funk. With past collaborations including Rihanna and Slaves, Chase & Status were also lauded by Pharrell Williams, as well. Catch them at the Akvárium Klub in Budapest.

 

When? 15 December

Where? Akvárium Klub

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Pablo Bolívar

With more than a decade of experience in releasing music, this master of minimal techno confidently moves between ambient sections and club-driven moments. On the Budapest leg of his international tour, the Spaniard takes revellers on an intriguing excursion aboard the A38 Ship anchored on the Danube.

 

When? 15 December

Where? A38 Ship

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Manni Dee

Constantly pushing boundaries in his sets, London-based Manni Dee flawlessly combines pulsating mechanical tunes with abstract noise and traditional club music. This virtuoso goes home when he plays Berlin’s Tresor or Berghain. His powerful industrial sounds will be presented in Budapest in the run-up to Christmas.

 

When? 22 December

Where? Lärm

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Kollektiv Turmstrasse

The night before New Year’s Eve brings Christian Hilscher and Nico Plagemann into the limelight. Kollektiv Turmstrasse are all about emotional-yet-functional techno house tunes, often on the set list of the likes of DJ Solomun and Sven Väth. Central Budapest is the scene.

 

When? 30 December

Where? Akvárium Klub

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