London Warehouse Events, or LWE as it’s more commonly known, is one of the most expansive party outfits in the whole of the capital, which has given this group of promoters the utensils to put on many of the best parties that can be seen around London.
Most recently LWE threw their Drumcode Halloween Party, which returned to their most regularly used spot of Tobacco Dock on the 31st October, joined by some of the best artists from Drumcode’s extensive label roster. Before here, LWE have welcomed a huge number of labels, club brands and artists including Elrow, 20/20 Vision, Seth Troxler’s Acid Future, Cocoon, Richie Hawtin’s Enter and Dystopian to host parties with, more often than not, unbelievable line ups that last through the night and occasionally far into the following day.
On New Years Day, LWE will be mirroring their efforts over the past few years as they return to Tobacco Dock’s huge blank canvas space to welcome in 2016 with an almighty bang. For this they have called upon a number of their favourite guests as well as Maceo Plex’s imprint, Dream Don’t Sleep, which will be hosting room one at this giant celebratory extravaganza. The likes of Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex, Bicep, Âme, B.Traits and Huxley are all on the line up and here we have given you a run down 5 of the reasons why this particular party is where you should be heading to usher in the New Year.
Dream Don’t Sleep’s Versatile Roster
Dream Don’t Sleep is the brainchild of Maceo Plex, the super versatile American DJ and producer also known as Maetrik. Known for his spaced out, filthy deep house and techno, he is a regular spinner at Ibiza’s leading lights when it comes to parties, those including both Circo Loco and Enter. Dream Don’t Sleep is the project Maetrik started a just a couple of years ago, with the intention of bringing his sound to the best parties around the world.
As a touring brand, Dream Don’t Sleep parties see Maceo Plex joined by a selection of artists taken from his effervescent record label Ellum. The roster includes the likes of Catz N’ Dogz, and Danny Daze, not to mention Gardens Of God, Odd Parents and Dino Lenny, all three of whom will be playing at Dream Don’t Sleep when it takes over room 1 at LWE NYD. In the past year Dream Don’t Sleep has hosted stages, rooms and parties at South West Four, ADE and The Warehouse Project amongst a number of others.
Capable of firing out a vastly varied selection of artillery, Maceo Plex and his Dream Don’t Sleep DJs can warm up with sun kissed house or close with fiery techno, usually accompanied by sexy vocals that are given treatment that defines the sound that encompasses the Dream Don’t Sleep artists and especially Maceo Plex himself.
Tobacco Dock’s Adaptable Surroundings
Tobacco Dock has been one of LWE’s favourite places to throw their inimitable larger parties for months, most recently for their Drumcode Halloween soiree and Seth Troxler’s Acid Future. With a number of rooms this is a venue that is hugely adaptable for whatever LWE might throw at it.
Holding history as the spot where Tobacco would be imported to and exported from in the capital, Tobacco Dock is a listed building that is immensely beautiful on the inside. With over 6 large rooms within the main building and a number of other areas dotted around the site, there are so many ways that LWE can create a fresh environment for the party people of London to have fun in.
Having used the underground car park as raw warehouse style room, the roof as a garden terrace and the walkways as areas for guests to relax between dances, Tobacco Dock can be explored to an unimaginable extent. The great gallery usually acts as the main room at LWE parties, with beams that cover the whole of the ceiling. A further four rooms, all again with wonderful wooden beams and vaults located at each end of the building, the possibilities are endless.
Adam Beyer’s Earth Shattering Sound
As the boss man of Drumcode Records, the label that LWE had over to host their Halloween Party at Tobacco Dock last month, Adam Beyer is one of the most prolific techno DJs around. Label bosses are always the ones who are the most on top when it comes to track selection, and seeing as Drumcode compromises artists like Alan Fitzpatrick, wAFF, Ida Engberg and Joseph Capriati, Adam Beyer’s performance will be no different.
As one on the more well known Garman labels from the countries thriving techno background, Drumcode has a rich history of releases and parties. LWE have had Drumcode over a number of times to soundtrack their parties, with Adam returning on New Years Day to bring back the Drumcode vibe that has made Tobacco dock erupt on Halloween and on a number of other occasions over the past 2 years.
Âme’s Live Show
Innervisions is one of the most sought after labels on the planet. Headed up by Âme and Dixon, the labels melodic, musical take on house and techno has risen to being one of the most recognisable sounds the world over.
Âme is the duo consisting of Frank Wiedemann and Kristian Beyer, who both hail from Karlsruhe in Germany. Inspired by a vast array of music, including everything from classic artists like Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock to some the most influential techno records ever on Detroit label Transmat, it is clear to see where the two worlds of electronic music and outer influences collide.
Âme’s live show has long been regarded as one of the greatest one can see, as they have come in RA’s Top 5 live acts for the past 3 years. Whereas Kristian performs DJ sets, Âme Live is handled by Frank, who uses a small setup of computer manipulation tools to build, bend and break genres boundaries.
You can expect dreamy synths and tripped out vocals in the build up that will no doubt end in an all out muster of ride cymbals and techno fury, however the presence of melody and softness will remain in a rather spellbinding way.
Bicep’s Shirt Swinging Sets
Bicep have been at the forefront of the house music scene since they unleashed a swarm of heavy-duty weapons like Stripper and Vision Of Love just a few years ago their. In the years that followed they have tweaked their garage-influenced house music into their own defining sound that is now synonymous with the triple bicep stickers that adorn the artwork of all the music made by the British born duo.
Their label Feel My Bicep, which is now reaching its 10th release, has put out collaborative music between Bicep and other artists such as Midland, John Talabot and Hammer, with a number of solo productions also having been released since the label was incepted in 2012.
The thudding kick drums, rattling hi hats and hands in the air chords that Bicep engineer into their music has created 2 different energies of music that we are likely to hear at LWE NYE. With breaks becoming more popular in many different styles of house and techno, Bicep have made their it their own in a number of their tracks that act at builders and those tracks that take the vibe down. Then we have tracks like Circles that propel forward and provide peaks to go with the troughs. If there’s one thing Bicep will definitely do, it’s take you on a journey.
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of LWE & Dream Dont Sleep