After being dealt a series of blows, London’s clubbing scene has been given a fresh new impetus with the opening of a groundbreaking, multi-purpose venue located on the docklands. With a number of the capital’s best-loved clubs closing their doors for the final time, or facing licensing issues like Fabric, the city was in need of something new and exciting. The new 6,000 capacity venue Printworks, is certainly that. Likely to draw comparisons with Berlin’s mega club, Berghain due to its size, and judging by appearances alone, it certainly looks the business. The 16-acre printing factory, once used to print the Daily Mail, has found a much greater use. Already playing host to some of the capital’s biggest line-ups this year; with many more still to come. Spanning right across the electronic spectrum, events take place every weekend from now up until December, including the likes of Jamie Jones, Andy C, Richie Hawtin, Steve Angello and the Chemical Brothers. Here are five must see acts from the final few shows of the year…
Tale Of Us present Afterlife
Providing a soaring vocal for the latest Afterlife release from Tale of Us, ‘Monument’, Vaal has become one of the labels most dependable artists. Having only known the Italian for her off-kilter productions, it was somewhat of a surprise when the she produced one of the standout sets at Circoloco for me last summer. With a blend of hypnotic melodies and dark tech-house grooves to get lost in, her sets appear to perfectly encapsulate the essence of what the Afterlife label is all about.
Since bursting onto the scene back in 2011 with the chugging summer-house hit ‘Jo Johnson’, Waff has steadily risen through the ranks culminating with the release of the monstrous ‘VibrationZ’ on Adam Beyer’s esteemed techno label, Drumcode. This versatility in style serves why the Hull-native is one of the few British artists currently able to play Amnesia’s main room at Cocoon whilst remaining a regular fixture DC10’s infamous Circoloco parties. The enormous new venue and state of the art sound system may well see wAFF approach this with his heavier, albeit less familiar sound, which would not be one to miss. Whichever style he decides to deploy, it’s sure to go down a storm.
Printworks Presents In Association with Relentless
Hannah Alicia Smith aka Hannah Wants is at the top of her game right now. Originally making her name on the White Isle, the former professional footballer has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past few years, even being christened the new the queen of bass. Influenced heavily by UK Garage and DJ EZ compilations she grew up listening to, the Brum DJ’s distinctive style combines these old skool vibes with the sounds of contemporary bass-heavy house. Billed as the event’s ‘Special Guest’, her engaging stage presence and crowd-pleasing tune selection are likely to steal the show.
25 Years of RAM
As his name suggest, Chords was classically trained as a child, which certainly comes across in his productions. A man of many talents, the former semi-finalist of BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition is back after brief hiatus into the world of filmmaking. Celebrating 25 years in the game, the Drum n Bass institution that is RAM Records sees a number of the scenes biggest names take over the capitals biggest venue of its kind. However, hailed as one of the imprint’s most musically gifted artists, Chords may not be as well known as some other names on show here, but his ear for euphoric synths and piano chords could well make for a befitting set when laid down in the venue’s colossal main hall.
PLAYdifferently Presents the Closing Party
Sunday the 10th December sees Printworks close its first year in style, as Richie Hawtin curates a huge line up of ambassadors of his new PLAYdifferently MODEL1 mixer. Being joined by some of techno’s finest, including Chris Liebing and Luciano, there are a number of show stealers on offer here. However, with Carl Cox once labeling her “the most underrated DJ”, Nicole Moudaber has finally began getting the credit she deserves, becoming one of the most respected and sought after DJs on the circuit. With her style ranging from groove-laden tech-house to dark tribal-tech, she is one artist that is sure to deliver, and well worth missing your Sunday Roast for.
Photo courtesy of Printworks