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Could this be the end of dance music at Printworks?

Oliver Keens

Londoners simply cannot get enough of Printworks. It's the massive post-industrial building in Canada Water that opened less than a year ago, after being transformed into a lazer-strewn haven for the best dance music on the planet. Printworks has been rightly regarded as one of the UK's most exciting music venues, and though it tends to be an early-closer (most events wrap-up before midnight), it's still talked about in the same breath as great European clubs past and present such as Berghain, Trouw and De School. 

But worrying news has surfaced today: one of the co-runners of the venue, dance music promoters London Warehouse Events, are walking away from the venue in 2018. In a statement, LWE state that they 'will be moving onto new projects in 2018 and no longer involved with the venue'.

The promoters have a long list of big London projects for next year, such as the return of Elrow Town, the launch of fire-breathing festival-fixture Arcadia and what they float as a 'new outdoor event on the South Coast'. They will also continue to smash out parties at Wapping venue Tobacco Dock, which LWE have been heavily involved in turning into a destination for daytime clubbing in the city.

But with a party promoter walking away from Printworks, it does remind us (a) just how fragile London's nightlife scene still is (even after a more stable 2017) and (b) it raises the possibility that things may get a little less fun and ravey down the 'Works...

Watch this space. We'll keep you up to date with any news over the next weeks and months.

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