Bugged Out!

Bugging out with London hero Erol Alkan and Chicago techno legend Green Velvet.

In 1994, the creators of club culture magazine Jockey Slut teamed up with Sankeys Soap to run a weekly Friday with a party mission to champion the best left field dance music. Their first event in Manchester was a Warp Records party featuring LFO and Autechre. But it’s London’s The End that became the night’s regular home, as it welcomed the likes of Daft Punk and Squarepusher, while also giving Erol Alkan the top billing he deserved. An acid house mentality and the spirit of rave still fires up Bugged Out! nineteen years later, when they’re running their own annual Weekender alongside their usual cutting-edge club events. As a reviewer noted a decade ago, “at Bugged Out! parties the artists seem to genuinely enjoy themselves as much as the clubbers.”