Here’s How To Spend Your First May Bank Holiday

Posted: Monday 30 April 2018

There aren’t many things better than having a three-day weekend, and with the first May Bank Holiday upon us, we thought we’d give you some ideas of how to spend your extra free time.



That’s right, German techno icons, Scooter, are partying the Bank Holiday weekend away with two headline shows in Glasgow and London. Celebrating 25 years of success, they’ll be raving their way through their 19-album strong catalogue with more energy than an aerobics class. Are you ready?

O2 Academy Glasgow: Saturday 5 May - SOLD OUT

O2 Academy Brixton: Sunday 6 May - Buy Tickets


The UK’s current favourite indie band, Blossoms, recently dropped their epic new album, Cool Like You and if anything, it proves why they deserve a place at the top, (more on that, here). After a handful of celebratory shows in their hometown, they’ll be hitting the rest of the country, so come along and watch a band making their own history.

O2 Academy Leeds: Monday 7 May - SOLD OUT

Heather Small

As one of the most distinctive voices of the 90s, Heather Small achieved huge success with her band, M People. Setting out on a headline tour, she’ll perform fan favourites such as ‘Moving On Up’ and ‘One Night In Heaven,’ as well as showcasing her talents as a solo artist.

O2 ABC Glasgow: Saturday 5 May - Buy Tickets


Riding the almighty wave caused by second album, Knowing What You Know, the fierce fivesome known as Marmozets are spending their long weekend getting up in the faces of fans in the north, with both a headline show and a slot at Hit The North (more on that, below). If you like your music with a whole lot of grit and attitude, spend your Bank Holiday with Marmozets.

O2 Academy Liverpool: Saturday 5 May - Buy Tickets

The Smyths

Love the work of both The Smiths and leading man, Morrissey? Then you need to go and see The Smyths. Marking the 30th anniversary of Morrissey’s first solo single and album, the band will be performing a two hour, two set show, flaunting the best of both The Smith’s and Morrissey’s work over the years.

O2 ABC Glasgow: Saturday 5 May - Buy Tickets

Mallory Knox

Having absolutely smashed their first headline run since the departure of vocalist Mikey Chapman, Mallory Knox are feeling more alive than ever. Things may have changed, but with their new music they’re treading a new and exciting path. Ahead of their performance this Bank Holiday weekend, take a peek at our interview with bassist, (and now frontman) Sam Douglas.

O2 Academy Oxford: Sunday 6 May - Buy Tickets

Brothers Osborne

Bringing a little country soul to your Bank Holiday weekend is the sibling duo, Brothers Osborne. New album, Port Saint Joe is awash with bluesy guitar licks and poignant lyrics and has received praise across the board. But if you don’t believe us, come and see it for yourself.  

O2 Academy Bristol: Monday 7 May - Buy Tickets

The Bluetones

Performing their hits from the first decade as a band are Britpop heroes, The Bluetones. Making a welcome return to the stage, if nostalgia is what you’re after then their show will have it by the bucket load. Don’t miss the chance to hear all your favourites again.

O2 Academy Oxford: Monday 7 May - Buy Tickets



What’s better than spending your Bank Holiday weekend watching loads of really great bands with your mates? Not a lot. Taking over Leicester on Saturday is Handmade Festival, and with a line-up that includes: Circa Waves, Idles, Little Comets, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and loads more, it’s the perfect treat for your afternoon.

O2 Academy Leicester: Saturday 5 May - Buy Tickets

Live At Leeds

If you’re thinking of heading to Leeds for anything other than watching music this weekend, you should probably change your plans. Live At Leeds is taking over venues across the city, with the likes of The Vaccines, Peace, The Horrors and British Sea Power playing in intimate settings.

O2 Academy Leeds: Saturday 5 May - Buy Tickets

Hit The North

Similarly, Hit The North will see the streets of Newcastle taken over by music lovers desperate to see the likes of Ratboy, Marmozets, Tom Grennan, Pale Waves and a whole lot more. Access to each venue is on a first come, first serve basis, so plan your day and get down early!

O2 Academy Newcastle: Sunday 6 May - Buy Tickets


Club De Fromage – Mayday Bank Holiday Special

The best thing about Bank Holiday weekends is that you have an extra day to recover from all your activities. So, if partying is on your agenda, then look no further than the ultimate pop and fancy dress party at Club De Fromage. Sing-a-long to all the classics and expect a night full of mayhem and silliness. 10:30pm - 3:30am. Over 18s only.

O2 Academy Islington: Saturday 5 May - Buy Tickets

Bashment V RnB Bank Holiday Sunday Special

Old Skool meets New Skool in Manchester this weekend. Paying tribute to 40 incredible years of the Megatone Sound Foundation, The Promo Tours are throwing a supercharged party, with live performances and some of the best DJs around. It’s going to be a hot one! 10:30pm - 3am. Over 18s only.

O2 Ritz Manchester: Sunday 6 May - Buy Tickets

More Life

UK reggae and dancehall radio brand, More Life, are celebrating their 10th anniversary with an all-night party and a killer line-up. Hosted by the queen of Caribbean media, Nikki Z, the night will celebrate everything about the music’s culture and see legendary DJs grace the stage to keep you grooving into the early hours. 9pm - 4am. Over 18s only.

O2 Academy Brixton: Saturday 5 May - Buy Tickets

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