What would you do with an extra hour in your day? If the answer is “dance,” then you should end daylight savings time at Metro and Smartbar.
On Saturday, November 2, Metro and Smartbar will “fall back” with a 23-hour event called 23 Hour Party People. The party kicks off bright and early at 7 a.m. and continues all day and night until 5 a.m. on Sunday, November 3.
The idea was inspired by Metro media director Brett Crawford, who wanted to leverage the extra hour of DST ending. “We looked at what would be the earliest time we could open the doors. After we realized it would equate to 23 hours, we decided to nod to the film 24 Hour Party People and do ours up as 23 Hour Party People,” says Crawford.
An impressive roster of local and international DJs will keep the dance floor bumping for an entire day. Don’t miss LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy performing an extended set and German composer Anthony Rother commanding the deck with his pioneering electro. Versatile Miami producer Danny Daze will offer bangers like “Your Everything.” And you can groove to Smartbar regulars Michael Serafini, Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, and Olin, and take in a sunrise set with Jason Kendig.
Rounding out the lineup are Abigail & Zooey Glass, Ariel Zetina, Garrett David, Harry Cross, Hijo Pródigo, Jeff Derringer, Justin Aulis Long, La Spacer (LIVE), Nishkosheh, Phillip Stone, Sassmouth, Sevron, Sold, and T. Mixwell.
“I tried to vary the lineup as far as headliners so that most of the house/techno/disco/electro spectrum was covered,” says Smartbar talent buyer Jason Garden. “I also always book most of our residents and then other local ‘friends’ of the club.”
23 Hour Party People recalls old underground raves and the daylong (or more) parties thrown by European dance clubs. “We just wanted to bring that vibe to Chicago on the day where we can go the longest,” says Garden. “It’s a different feeling when you know you have another 18 hours of party left, versus two or three.”
The cover charge ranges from $20 to $50, depending on when you arrive. Entry is based on club capacity, so make sure to get there early if there are specific artists you want to see. Reentry is allowed if you need to take a break and return. Set times will be announced the week of the event.
You have all winter to catch up on your sleep, so bust out your dancing shoes and go all night!
Metro and Smartbar
23 Hour Party People
Saturday, November 2, 7 a.m.–Sunday, November 3, 5 a.m.