Having lived in Manchester for three years and now residing down South, the introduction of a Sankeys to London is something I have dreamt about. Well the Sankeys London opening party took place on Saturday and I was there to see how Sankeys would take on the London club scene…
Tickets sold out in no time with Sankeys even releasing more and extending the party time making this a hefty 4pm – 7am shift at new London venue Studio 338. The main room, a large open space covered by a glass rooftop, provided the perfect atmosphere for some day time dancing. The room extended back to offer an additional dance floor and plenty of room for everyone to get down and dirty. The decor had more of an Ibiza vibe than that of the previously renowned Manchester club with inflatables, umbrellas and palm trees all making an appearance.
Now usually on a night you come away with a favourite set. Not this one – they were all awesome! Sidney Charles really raised the roof; hair in full swing and waving his arms almost as if he were orchestrating the crowd. The Sankeys regular Jozef K followed on with another inspiring set before the Israeli and Be As One man Shlomi Aber took to the stage. His two hour set saw the dance floor fill with deep, slightly more minimal sounds. Shlomi’s remix of Erykah Badu’s On and On was an unexpected delight. He seemed to enjoy his set playing to the crowd, even offering me a vinyl as he finished, only to snatch it back laughing in my face…
Just Be/Bushwacka of duo Layo and Bushwaka continued the party deep into the night with yet another memorable set. He was followed by Sankeys regular big boy DJ Sneak. As the sun began to rise word to started to spread about the final unannounced performance of the evening. As many had hoped and anticipated, the Sankeys Warrior, Darius Syrossian popped in from Circus, London where he had previously been playing. Even Darius commented on how full the club had remained for the night. You really felt like Sankeys London was in Ibiza not in the UK!
Although the main room had the better atmosphere and better sound system, Room 2 still brought a wicked vibe to the night and was just as good for those looking for a less busy space. With it being the thru-route to the two open terrace smoking areas, everyone there passed through at some point.
With little queueing, a brilliant crowd and top notch production of the night, Sankeys did themselves proud. I’m sure many people were initialy skeptical of the Greenwich location, however for those who know Sankeys well enough, they never disappoint. Hats off to all involved and I am very excited for their next monthly residency at one of the best London venues I have been to.
words | Max