The Hydra: 2014 Series
Studio Spaces E1
Until Sun Dec 14
Time Out says
Posted: Mon Aug 11 2014
It’s not easy running a club night in London, as Dolan Bergin and Ajay Jayaram – the minds behind The Hydra club nights – can testify. They’ve spent 18 months securing and rebuilding a new venue to house their latest run of 18 genre-straddling parties, soundtracked by scene-leading DJs. The result is Studio Spaces E1. Located on an industrial stretch between Shadwell and Wapping, the 1,300-capacity venue is a high-end photographic studio by day and a home for The Hydra’s low-frequency bliss by night: sketchy warehouse clubbing, this is not.
Bergin and Jayaram launched The Hydra in 2012, using their backgrounds in the nightlife industry to bring a formidable cast of DJs and producers to London’s clubs. Back then, the series roamed nomadically from venue to venue. ‘For a long time people thought that was part of our USP, but it wasn’t at all,’ says Jayaram. ‘Since we started we’ve been looking for a home.’
Now they’ve found one, and what a home it is. After extensive collaboration with the photographic studio and discussions with local authorities, police and residents, Bergin and Jayaram are finally moving their beast in. And like any new homeowners, they’re sprucing things up – rebuilding an attached warehouse unit into a second room for the upcoming Hydra calendar.
As well as having to meet strict soundproofing and safety regulations, sharing the space with a studio holds unique considerations: ‘We repaint the whole studio, up to a certain height on the walls, after each weekend. It’s costly and time-consuming, but definitely worth it’. explains Bergin. With the faultless DJ line-up they’ve secured (including countless huge, scene-leading names such as Carl Craig, Kerri Chandler, Gilles Peterson, Dusky, Prins Thomas, Perc and Moodymann – see below for full schedule), it’s hard to disagree. It seems that settling in one place comes with its advantages, as Bergin points out: ‘Hopefully we can provide a little bit of edge. Now that we’ve got a stable home we can push the boundaries a bit more.’