On Saturday 7th October we stepped through the doors of one of London’s newest & biggest clubs as Printworks re-opened for its second musical session.
As we approached the venue we began to question whether we were at the right location as we were ushered past a disbanded security checkpoint, down a private road and into a large industrial estate. The scale of the club only became apparent as the building came into view and we headed inside through a giant loading bay. It was about this time that everyone in our party was grinning, excited to get inside, explore and enjoy some seriously amazing techno in what was clearly going to be an incredible and unique space.
Security was a breeze; we were welcomed with friendly faces and were inside with a drink in hand, dancing to Mind Against in less than 10 minutes. The scale of Room One is incomprehensible when you are stood in the crowd. The long narrow expanse of the main room, with its overlooking mezzanine balconies supporting an extensive and jaw-dropping array of lights and lasers, is breathtaking. The gritty, industrial feel of this ex-newspaper printing factory is the perfect place for a party.
Located just at the rear of the expanse of Room One, clubbers will find the slightly more intimate Room Two. It was in here that we caught energetic sets from Fort Romeau and Architectural and it’s where you’ll want to head if the scale of Room One triggers your agoraphobia.
Daniel Avery delivered a monstrous set in the main room, drawing in the crowds and shaking the fabric of the building, setting things up for techno heavyweight Rødhåd to take over. Having missed various opportunities to catch this infamous Berliner play, we embedded ourselves deep within the crowd and soaked up the raw, industrial sounds that were so, so apt for this venue and reminded us of our time partying in the depths of Berlin’s Berghain. Not many DJ’s could successfully follow up and maintain the crowd’s focus, but then not every DJ is Maceo Plex. Plex took the helm for the last two hours and took us on a musical journey with a beautifully curated set of warm, ethereal and melancholic sounds, complemented with energetic and euphoric techno cuts. It was perfect and the crowd went wild.
With LWE at the helm, it’s no surprise that the events lined up for Issue 002 are some of the hottest on the London clubbing calendar. The rest of the season will host revered nights such as The Hydra, Afterlife, Paradise and Bugged Out and the likes of Richie Hawtin, Chris Liebing, Âme, Bicep and Tale of Us will bring the 6,000 capacity venue to life
The opening of Issue 002 certainly set the bar high for the rest of the season and we’ve no doubt that Printworks will deliver another stunning series of events and once again cement itself as London’s hottest new venue.
Get your tickets for the rest of Issue 002 HERE.