Junction 2 at Printworks London Review

Adam Beyer produced a rapturously-received, eight-hour set on our second visit to Printworks London on Saturday, February 25th. Headlining the Press Halls and representing the forthcoming West London Junction 2 Festival in June, Beyer’s mix of house and techno littered with Drumcode favourites, plus off-piste curveballs, was a firm favourite among his sometimes fanatical supporters cheering the bass drops while keeping the dancefloor full up to the finish of the marathon set.

Printworks is quickly earning a reputation for its electronic music events only four shows into its debut in-house music series “Issue 001”. For this edition, we spied tweaks to the venue such as an extra speaker stack in the main room to erase the drop in sound half way down the hall, speakers relaying the Press Halls music into the entrance hall to keep the crowd more engaged with the main room while away from the dancefloor, as well as additional queuing control for a better flow to the lockers and toilets. All gave the effect of production partners LWE and Broadwick Live putting the effort in to ensure Printworks evolves as they seek to get the layout perfect.

The lighting in the Press Halls, already the talking point for all who have attended a show there, was as impressive as the launch night depsite now being a known partypiece for Printworks London, thanks largely to Beyer being a far more engaging DJ than the combined forces of Seth Troxler Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers in a back-to-back set which seemed more for them than the crowd. Beyer was tuned in to his audience from 2pm as he took over from William Djoko on warm-up duties, dropping Bart Skils’ remix of Moby’s ‘Go’ on his Drumcode label hardly 15 minutes in. Whoops and cheers would follow drops with his first couple of hours building up a head of steam with tunes such as Mat Joe’s ‘Nonstop Nonsense’, Harvey McKay’s ‘Lost’ and the Tiger Stripes remix of Beyer’s ‘Time Flies’.

We ducked outside to visit the food court to find Smokey Tails, an Espresso Martini bar and jerk barbecue where we opted to get a helping of jerk fries. However, the wind and rain meant this was not the easiest of tasks - during downpours smokers huddled under what little shelter was available in the doorways to the surrounding warehouses, while eaters scuttled inside after getting their fuel. Better shelter to the elements in the courtyard is perhaps the next tweak for the Printworks.

Beyer’s curveballs of ‘Out of Space’ and ‘Pump Up The Jam’ caught everyone off guard.

Back inside, we had a break from the Press Halls to head to the Charge Bay where Drumcode’s sister label Truesoul was hosting Joel Mull, Kevin Over and Reset Robot. Away from the glitz of the moving lights in the Press Halls, there’s a focus on the music in the low ceiling space that’s a fraction of the size. Joel Mull’s dark techno set was ideal for those who love their dirty industrial 4/4, and the Void soundsystem was well set up to get our bones feeling the bass. A small but discerning crowd were more than happy to remain until the end for Mull, however we headed back to the Press Halls for Beyer’s finale where a packed in crowd extended all the way back to the sounddesk up to the final beats.

Seven hours in Beyer opted to throw in his curveballs of The Prodigy’s ‘Out of Space’ and Technotronic’s ‘Pump Up The Jam’ which caught everyone off-guard, then, soon after, he was ploughing into the tough techno of Boxia’s ‘Colour Sequence Black’ and the A. Mochi re-edit of Dave Clarke’s ‘Wisdom to the Wise’. His own production ‘Teach Me’ and Matador’s remix of Oxia’s ‘Domino’ would set up the final tune which would be another curveball - ‘Fools Gold’, a classic by The Stone Roses that you wouldn’t expect to close a major techno party, yet its roots in the Manchester warehouse rave era made it an inspired choice for a space that’s making waves into becoming a major cultural destination via its current underground music series. Beyer showed his talents for keeping a eight-hour set fresh and fun while the Printworks continues to provide evidence of being a slick operation and deserving of its emerging reputation as an exciting space for London.

For events and tickets to the Printworks go to printworks.london.

Junction 2 Festival announces stage split

LWE and Adam Beyer presents Junction 2 Festival at Boston Manor Park will run from 12noon to 10.30pm on Saturday, June 10th. Featuring five stages hosted by Drumcode, Sonus, The Hydra, LWE and Into The Woods, the stage split has been announced:

Drumcode: Adam Beyer, Ben Klock, Ida Engberg, Reset Robot, Tale Of Us
Sonus: Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex, Recondite (live), Sam Paganini, DJ Tennis, Eagles & Butterflies
The Hydra: Daphni, DJ Koze, Andrew Weatherall, Willow, Dolan Bergin LWE Warehouse in association with Relentless: Chris Liebing, Alan Fitzpatrick, Charlotte De Witte, Daniel Avery, Planetary Assault Systems (live), Rødhåd
Into The Woods in association with Frontier: Praslea, Jane Fitz, Janeret, Kolo & Dyze, Tarek Charbonnier, G. Walker

For Junction 2 tickets priced from £45 and news go to www.junction2.london. For events at the Printworks go to printworkslondon.co.uk.

Images by Max Meichowski // Fanatic Creative.

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