This Saturday (February 4th) London’s electronic music community gets a second boost of the year when new venue Printworks opens in Canada Water. Set in a former printing facility for the Metro and Evening Standard newspapers, the first acts to headline the fresh event space will be Loco Dice, Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers in a sell out show.
Operated by The Vibration Group, Printworks will be working with Broadwick Live and LWE (the latter famed for their club shows at nearby Tobacco Dock) with shows to take in arts, culture, fashion, music, film, food, immersive theatre and dance. First up is an in-house music series to be played to a 2,500 capacity from 12noon to 10.30pm every Saturday until the end of April, plus a Booka Shade live in concert performance.
On the eve of the doors opening, we pick out 10 reasons to get excited about London’s newest music venue.
1) Daytime raving is socially acceptable
The proliferation of day music festivals in London parks every summer and the rise of LWE’s intermittent day raves at Tobacco Dock proves there’s an appetite in the city to party while the sun is shining, leaving time for a sensible bedtime or perhaps an afterparty at a club by night. With London’s club culture having faced recent challenges, it’s refreshing to see a venue of the scale of Printworks able to stride confidently into the scene without directly competing with smaller venues who open their doors as it is just closing.
2) A unique industrial setting
Printworks will be largely untouched from its days as a working printing facility, meaning you’ll be able to marvel at the vast printing machines and explore its event spaces over multiple levels via a labyrinth of interconnecting corridors and rooms surrounded by original factory features - including real toilets (no portaloos!). Be sure to check out the nooks and crannies too.
3) It’s fully soundproofed
Printworks will be loud. Thanks to the need for the press halls to be fully soundproofed while the presses were running to avoid complaints from nearby residents, there will be no restrictions when the music starts playing.
4) The soundsystems are top notch
Speaking of loud noises, the main room in Printworks will have fully-fitted L’Acoustic and SB28 loudspeakers while room two’s sound will be provided by Void.
5) The main space lighting will be unique
Built on a crane that used to bring big machines in and out of the press halls, the main space will have a custom-designed automated lighting truss that makes the most of the vast height. There will also be more than over 100 lasers and spotlights used to illuminate the dramatic industrial features.
6) You’ll be able to enjoy a wide variety of bars
To fuel you through a Printworks party, there will be a variety of bars to chose from including dedicated craft beer and cocktail bars as well as a ‘quick service’ bars selling cans of beer and cider only.
7) There will be serious food options
If you get peckish at Printworks, street food vendors will be on hand to satisfy the appetites of hungry ravers.
8) No more queuing for coats and bags
That end of an event queue just to get your old jacket back can be avoided at Printworks - they’ll have secure lockers to keep your bags and coats safe. Even better is you can go back to them as often as you like, and its perfect for those wanting to take a change of clothes for when the show is over to head off to the next party, or travel home in comfort.
9) Seating and chill out areas
If all this exploring around a new setting gets tiring, you won’t be left to sit on a grimy floor at the back of a warehouse. Printworks will be offering up seating and chill out areas for when its needed.
10) The venue’s potential
Some have taken one look at the internal pictures of Printworks and got excited this could be London’s answer to Berghain. While we’re far from the kind of all night parties the Berlin behemoth offers, the setting is remarkably similar and the full capacity of Printworks is 5,000. Let’s all treat this new place with respect so it might hope to emulate some of the world’s finest.
For tickets and details go to printworkslondon.co.uk.
Printworks event listing
Saturday, February 4th
R1: Seth Troxler B2b Loco Dice B2b The Martinez Brothers, William Djoko R2: Krankbrother, Geddes, G. Walker
Saturday, February 11th
R1: Sub Focus (DJ set) & ID, Friction, Netsky (DJ set), Dimension, Taiki Nulight, 1991, Mollie Collins, Holy Goof, special guest: Feed Me
R2: Shogun Audio: Alix Perez, Phace, Technimatic, Fourward, Prolix, Ulterior Motive, Joe Ford, Ed:It, Pola & Bryson, Deadline, hosted by SP:MC, Linguistics, Mc Ad
Saturday, February 18th
Maya Jane Coles & Friends
Alan Fitzpatrick, Daniel Avery, Kim Ann Foxman, Maribou State (DJ set), Maya Jane Coles, Max Cooper (live), Wax Wings b2b Alinka Ratner
Saturday, February 25th
Junction 2 presents
R1: Adam Beyer All Day Long
R2: Truesoul: Joel Mull, Kevin Over, Reset Robot
in association with relentless & mixmag
Saturday, March 4th
The Hydra Presents
Daphni, Floating Points (DJ Set), Joy Orbison, Gold Panda, Dolan Bergin
Saturday, March 18th
Melt Festival Presents
R1: Chris Liebing, Julia Govor, Kiasmos (DJ Set), Mind Against, Recondite (live), more TBA
R2: Superstition: Tommy Four Seven, Inigo Kennedy, Tijana T, Pathworks, Tapefeed vs Pleiades, Flaminia (live), Ossa Di Mare (live)
Saturday, March 25th
Nina Kraviz Presents Galaxiid
Nina Kraviz, 808 State (Live), Aleksi Perela, Bjarki, Dopplereffekt (Live), Luke Vibert, Ptu
Saturday, April 1st
Knee Deep In London
R1: Hot Since 82, Matthias Tanzmann, Butch, Mathias Kaden
Friday, April 7th
Booka Shade Galvany Street tour Booka Shade live with Craig Walker
Saturday, April 8th
Luciano & Friends
R1: Luciano, Guti (live), Adam Shelton
R2: Into The Woods: Alex Celler, Scott Kemp, Kolo & Dyze, Terek Charbonnier, G. Walker
Saturday, April 22nd The Hydra Presents DJ Koze, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jeremy Underground, Antal, Dolan Bergin
Saturday, April 29th
Sunday, April 30th
For tickets and details go to printworkslondon.co.uk.