‘Bad Neighbours 2’: 5 Artists Who Played Intimate Gigs At House Parties

With the wild and hilarious house parties of Bad Neighbours 2 hitting cinema screens on May 6, we look at the music artists who’ve thrilled fans by playing special house party sets.

Calvin Harris


To promote his 2007 single ‘Merrymaking At My Place’, the producer asked fans to hold simultaneous house parties all over the country – with the most “creative and inspired” party winning a special acoustic performance from Harris himself. He now charges a rumoured $350,000 per DJ set.

Palma Violets

The London band made their name with raucous live shows at the tiny Studio 180 in Lambeth, so when they toured the US in 2013, they wanted to recreate this rough ‘n’ ready house party vibe. “We need people infected with the spirit of 180,” they wrote on Facebook. “If we’re in your city on this tour, you give us a house to play and we’ll sort you out a proper party. Assist our aesthetic assault.”



The Purple One regularly threw dance parties at his Paisley Park complex in Minneapolis. Among the most unique was 2013’s “Breakfast Experience Pajama Dance Party”: for a $50 donation, fans got to party in their nightwear to live music from Prince and his band, then feasted on pancakes the morning after.


The Oxford band packed out arenas on their last tour, but early in their career they often played afterparty sets at fans’ houses. One of these guerrilla gigs in Cambridge in 2007 was so full-on that guitarist Jimmy Smith ended up chipping a tooth.

Taylor Swift

Shortly before she released her blockbuster album ‘1989’, Swift invited a select group of fans to her L.A. mansion for a secret listening party. It was such an intimate affair that some fans even got to pose for photos holding the singer’s Grammy awards.

Bad Neighbours 2 opens in UK cinemas on May 6. Book tickets here from May 4 onwards: www.BadNeighbours2Tickets.co.uk

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