With so many clubs being shut down amongst England’s party capital, Printworks has a done a fine job of putting London back on the map. Since opening its doors just last year, Printworks London has made a name for itself as the go to venue for electronic dance music. This historical space formerly housed the giant printing presses that once delivered the Metro and Evening Standard newspapers to London. Today, the Press Halls provide a fully soundproofed event canvas designed to contain what was once Western Europe’s largest printing facility.
Printworks’ notorious day parties that run from 12:00-22:00 have gained a massive popularity in the electronic music industry and is ready to make history once more. So, for their Issue 002 event series, following another hugely successful Ibiza season, head-honcho Jamie Jones brought his iconic Paradise concept to the ground breaking multi-purpose event space for the first time. Seeing as the event sold-out in a blink of an eye, we knew this one was going to be a Saturday to remember.
Now celebrating their 6th year in Ibiza, Paradise has earned its stripes as Ibiza’s ultimate hedonistic experience curated by none of than Jamie Jones, which has enjoyed a typically strong season in 2017 at its cherished home of DC-10. Paradise is more than an event, it’s an unrivaled party utopia, fusing an array of club visuals with the best underground DJs in the world. This year has seen a focus on the all new immersive theme, Electric Jungle. Check out our event review we did for Paradise at Printworks London below!
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It was a much colder day in London during that late November Saturday afternoon as I hopped on the train heading towards Canada Waters station for Paradise at Printworks. Paradise is a concept by Jamie Jones with a well-lit reputation for colourful techno in all its glory, and because this event sold-out in minutes, I was well aware this one would be one for the books. After a healthy portion of fish and chips and a white wine next door to the train station at Leadbellys with fellow MCOT writer Daniel G Hammond, we were finally off to the venue.
Walking towards the notorious old printing factory around the Canada Waters bay, we made our way together with the herd of fellow ravers dressed from head to toe in all shades of the rainbow to melancholic black. You could feel the anticipation and excitement in the air as we reached our destination.
Paradise is more than an event, it’s an unrivaled party utopia, fusing an array of club visuals with the best underground DJs in the world.
After stepping foot into the Printworks venue I was greeted by security who directed us inside through the venue into where the locker rooms and another open area. The old factory had an industrial look and feel to it – the perfect location for any techno party – giving off the ultimate warehouse vibes. Amongst the mammoth venue rested a chill that was seeping in from outside, therefore, we headed straight towards the main room to dance and get warmed up for the anticipated day ahead.
Upon entering the long, iconic Press Halls, Latmun had just stepped down from the decks. Up next was wAFF to said the mood with his captivating house grooves as he played about three meters on a platform above the floor that gleamed the words Paradise in neon red. The hall stretched from the front where the DJ booth was situated, all the way to the back, encompassing thousands of fellow ravers that swarmed from side to side. Streams of multi-faceted coloured spotlights shone in on the crowds and all crevices of the hall, almost like an alien abduction in place.
Wanting to explore the rest of the erstwhile printing factory, we made our way through the crowd and into another hall that looked similar to the main room but more narrow. This area seemed like the chill out with a bar and people sitting and standing around chatting and enjoying themselves. As we walked towards the back of the hall, we stumbled upon the Charge Bay
room. Behind the decks was Mark Jenkyns twisting knobs and taking the crowd on a journey. Streams of blue lights radiated from the front to the back of the room and then flickered to the beat of the music. The atmosphere was warm an inviting and the sound was superb with speakers located in all four corners of the room.
The details of the venue is what really caught my attention: barbed wire, metal, industrial bars and cages, all these are what contributed and made the experience very unique.
The details of the venue is what really caught my attention: barbed wire, metal, industrial bars and cages, all these are what contributed and made the experience very unique. Even off the dance floor, the organizers still make sure you have the same look and feel wherever you are at Printworks.
Little to our surprise did we expect what would happen next. To get some air, we headed to the smoking area and after stepping foot onto the concrete terrace, we randomly started talking to a group of three sound guys. After chatting for a few minutes, we explained what we were doing there and we asked them if it was there first time at Printworks to see if we could get some sight into what the rest of the crowd thought also. To our surprise, one of the guys said he had opened up the main room and introduced himself, it was Latmun!
With our wristbands we were able to access the top level of the venue. To reach the upper balcony, we had to go through the stairwell and up a few flights of stairs where we reached our destination. The balcony wrapped around the entire main dance floor offering an unrivaled view of 6,000 ravers dancing to the sounds of Richey Ahmed. Towards the back of the upper main hall was a flight of stairs leading into an unknown territory, and to our discover, it was a secluded VIP bar and lounge area offering a unique escape from the capacity flooded event. Not wanting to miss a thing, and my favourite artist of the night, we headed back down to the Press Halls where the night was about to hit its peak.
When Loco Dice stepped on stage, the party was in an indefinite full swing. The lights that were once raised lowered down and then back up as if they were bowing to welcome the legend to the stage. The entire room was a kaleidoscope of colours and sound. And when Jamie Jones entered the booth, it was on! Closing out the evening in style, the man of the night kept the party going right until the very end with his tantalizing turntable skills and infectious energy.
In conclusion, Printworks London is the perfect backdrop for any techno, house, or tech-house party. With its industrial look and feel and rich history that is recognized in every crevice and beam, this venue has earned a spot in our top venues within Europe. The sound quality was spot on in both rooms. The only negative thing I noticed throughout the night was the sound balance in the Press halls on the main dance floor; the farther back you were from the speakers at the front, the more the sound subsided. This wasn’t a deal breaker though considering the easy navigation through the venue thanks to logical signage and not to mention the price points on drinks which didn’t break the bank.
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