Night life goes day life. Printworks are definitely onto something here. With early hours, they’re making it possible for ravers to experience a full nights worth of dancing and partying during the day, even in winter.
While this may be dictated more by licensing restrictions rather than as a feature of the events, the hours certainly do have an advantage. Showcasing top DJ’s, this cavernous space looks set to make music more accessible for those outside of London. With many punters travelling in from surrounding areas. The early hours make it possible to see your favorite DJ’s without committing to having to get the first Sunday train home at 5 or 6am. Many ravers were also happy to be able to go without writing off a whole Sunday (though many do keep going through the night).
The space is certainly impressive. Following a crowd of Claptone fans wearing his trademark golden mask, we were led up to the main space. A long dark cavernous hall with countless lasers and strobes firing overhead. Speakers placed all along its length meant you could enjoy the music no matter how far from the stage you were. The whole space felt like as if you took Ministry of Sounds main room but made it well over ten times bigger and cranked it up past 11.
At the head of this space presiding other an enthusiastic crowd was Claptone. Wearing a top hat, white gloves and mask beaked marks straight from a masquerade ball. He was almost certainly the most classily dressed man there. Playing his classic style of Ibiza house, he didn’t let the winter cold dampen his set’s summery feel. With a mixture of bouncy tracks mashed with soulful lyrics. The highlight being the closing of his set with a mash up of fan favorite track No Eyes and Florence and Machine’s, You’ve Got the Love.
The crowd were in high spirits and ready to welcome the special guest for the evening Hannah Wants. Kicking her set of with a big unreleased remix of dance floor classic Olive – You’re not Alone. That went into series of bass house heavy hitters, including Rhymes and material from UK House’s mist high profile new entrant Soldardo. While her set did fall somewhat flat at times, energy remained high. Climaxing her set with a La Roux Remix Skream – In for the Kill, that had the crowd singing along and waving their arms and phones in the air.
The stage was set for the Gorgon City. Promoting the second half of their double album release Kingdoms. Their set had their classic combination heavy beats with euphoric vocals that their fans have come to expect. Including tracks from Kingdoms, Four Walls and Zoom Zoom. With Fatima Yamaha What’s a girl to do making an appearance, a serene and slow building song which bizarrely never fails to get a crowd going more than any heavy bass house drop.
As Gorgon City wound down there set, the event had been a great exhibition of UK House. Printworks has also certainly made an impression on the London music scene. In the words of Gorgon City themselves “This is the best f**king venue in the world init”.
Full Recordings of many of the sets can be found at DJ Mag’s YouTube channel