A 24-hour music venue with a capacity for 600 will open in East London later this month. FOLD between Canning Town and Star Lane has been founded by eclectic artists, DJs and party people to evokes a rave renaissance. It will focus on inclusivity, togetherness and dancing, demonstrated in the clubs code on respect - there will be a no photo policy and the music programme will reflect progressive electronic sounds from the UK and beyond.
Billed as an organically-built venue and creative space, the music collective is situated above a print factory on an industrial estate with a second room opening later this year. Served by 24 hour access to the Jubilee line and London Overground, the space sits within a non-residential location, giving the tailored soundsystem (un)limited at 110DB and a bottom end of 32hz.
FOLD will launch on Saturday, August 18th with a party that will run for at least 24 hours celebrating London’s most progressive party crews and DJ collectives. Homodrop, Resis’dance, Andy Blake’s World Unknown, Make Me, Test Pressing, Body Hammer, Dimensions, UNITI, Goldsnap, SIREN, !HTBX, Opulence, Possession, Reviveher, Left Alone, KAOS, Body Motion, Gdanse, Structure, Global Roots (Worldwide FM) and SC&P will all be involved.
Lasha Jorjoliani (Voicedrone), co-founder of FOLD, said: “FOLD presents an uncompromising schedule of forward-thinking electronic music. Veering away from the regular 4 to the floor, we offer a smorgasbord of alien sounds from the unknown. 24 hour events generally take place on Saturdays, Fridays we go till late and mid week live events are till 3am.
“Our opening season includes label takeovers from Ilian Tape, Clone & Pinkman, with a carefully curated selection of headliners supported by FOLD crew. The 24hr programme gives us a unique opportunity to surprise, challenge and inspire. Expect extended set times, obscure b2bs and a generally more expansive pallet of sounds over the course of one event.”
Fellow FOLD co-founder Seb Glover added: “London, unlike other leading European cities such as Berlin or Amsterdam, has struggled in recent times. Gentrifying forces has put huge pressures on artists and musicians, with many leaving as a result. Licensed venues, which is where artists and DJs are predominantly able to earn their living have come under attack. What we have created at FOLD is a new home, tucked away from the pressures of the city, a place where you can listen to extended sets on a tuned soundsystem tailored to the specifications of the room to maximise the experience of the space.
“We strive to do things differently in London, cultivating a more continental approach, creating a place where you can spend extended periods or coming and going as you please. We welcome All Races. All Religions. All Genders. All Countries of Origin. All Sexual Orientations.. Our focus is creating a safe space that is disconnected from the intense pressures of London life, that allows freedom of expression, positivity and inspiration to take form.”
FOLD will pioneer a new membership scheme with access to larger community events, intimate special events plus benefits to other Shapes Collective sites. The key fob membership card will enable attendees to scan for entry, at the bar and for lockers. Details to follow.
To ensure speedy entrance and getaway personal possessions are stowed in lockers located around the space. For regular visitors padlocks can be purchased and a personal locker reserved. FOLD will accept all kinds of cryptocurrency in exchange for any purchases on site.
Off the main room there are five purpose built music studios with 24 hour access, acoustic treatment, air conditioning and access to the main room sound system. These are available for hire to applicable artists by appointment of the FOLD crew.
For tickets to the launch party and details go here.