London’s dance music community truly had a moment back in February, when Printworks launched the first in a series of daytime parties. The sprawling, former industrial venue in Canada Water had been converted into a cultural venue with a DJ focus, right at time when London was reeling from the closure of Fabric and other key music institutions. It meant, come that opening weekend, people were gushing with praise for this radical and bold new London venue.
A quick glance at these pics helps explain why. The Press Halls – where all the daytime DJ activity has been taking place – is an intense laserdome of almost sci-fi proportions. A long room ensconced in thick concrete and adorned with original bits of print machinery, it gives London a space to dance in that’s at once massive and intimate.
Since the first run of day parties began in February, around 35,000 people have passed through the hall for a dance. That first run ends this weekend – with Paul Kalkbrenner leading out techno icons like DJ Pierre and Derrick May on Saturday, and then Ben Klock closing things off on Sunday with his Klockworks party on Sunday.
While other bits of the enormous venue will be used for one-offs, clubbing won’t resume in the Press Hall until autumn. So, for now, make an effort to say ciao to this hall of dreams while you can.
Read more about The Printworks and the parties taking place there this weekend, Back to the Future, on Sat April 29, and Klockworks Presents Photon, on Sun Apr 30.
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