This year, the Red Bull Music Academy is taking place in Paris from the 25-27 October. However, before they reach the French capital, Red Bull Music Academy will be warming things up in Hackney, London. RBMA presents the 'Departure Lounge' - featuring French and UK DJs playing back-to-back.

The celebratory event intends to both farewell and inspire UK Academy participants before they set off to the Red Bull Music Academy in Paris. Performances include Illum Sphere and Onra, Alexander Nut B2B Jeremy Underground, Krystal Klear and Kool Clap. It’s UK vs. France in the friendliest of environments, of course.

The party takes place Thursday 22nd October at The Arch Gallery in Hackney. Entry is free but operates on a first come first served basis. You can sign up for tickets here.