Written by Carl Mumford
It’s safe to say that 2016 was not a good year for London’s nightlife. As quickly as we saw Fabric torn down, it made it’s recovery and another heavyweight in Printworks was born. Nestled in Canada Water, South East London, the 5,000 capacity venue has created some truly magical moments already. It has become a must visit with stunning reviews and line-ups to suit. Since the beginning of February the venue has seen various genres of music make the dance floors stomp. The 16-acre venue which is an ex-printing venue (hence the name) is completely sound proof so as you approach you have no idea of the sounds going on inside.
A spectacle to experience
Printworks is like no other venue I have visited before. It’s oblong shape focuses you forward to the DJs who are set just slightly above the crowd, but not against a wall which almost creates a void behind them. London Warehouse Events (responsible for Tobacco Dock) who run events at the venue installed L’ Acoustic K2 and SB28 loudspeakers, automated lighting truss system and over 100 lasers.
When you’re inside the venue and look around you’ll almost be mistaken for thinking that you are in a prison. The high walls and metal structure above you compliment the immense amount of lasers you will see. The whole setup is very symmetrical and the lasers pierce from back to front creating a mesmerising production. The lighting is a masterpiece in itself, you’ll see shapes, waves and adjustable equipment.
The venue runs flawlessly
From entry to finish my experience of the venue went without hiccup. The venue was within a short walking distance to the tube station and entrance to the venue was quick. The sign posting was clear, the drinks token system was fluid and crowd management was precise and safe. There was also ample locker space to allow you to store your belongings safely with plenty of staff to help as well. If you fancy a break from the action then the foyer of the venue is large and separate enough to make it easy to meet your friends. I had no problem with overcrowding during the opening as the capacity was limited to 2,500. The venue has had had some critically acclaimed reviews since it’s opening and the feedback they have received has been overall very positive.
What can we expect from Printworks?
As well as delivering top music productions, Printworks is also an exhibition venue. It holds events from theatre to food and more. It’s a very versatile venue and a stunning opportunity to showcase the best of what London has to offer. It has allowed the club scene to come to the forefront once again and continue the recovery. If you’re choosing somewhere to get your dancing fix then we firmly believe that Printworks should be at the top of that list.
— Uneek Ibiza (@uneekibiza) March 9, 2017
In the next few months you can catch the following artists headlining the venue:
18th Mar Chris Liebing
25th Mar Nina Kraviz
1st April Hot Since 82
If you want a full event listing then check out their site.