As soon as you step out of Canada Water tube station it’s clear an event at London’s newest venue is no average night out. For one thing, it’s 3pm on a crisp Saturday afternoon. Another is the amount of ravers outside the Surrey Quays shopping centre.
This is the opening of Printworks, London’s new mega-venue. With a capacity of 2500 people it’s another step forward for a city that has felt a lot more open as of late. Located in the former Metro and Evening Standard printing facility, the surrounding area is populated by a Pizza Hut, an Odeon Theatre and endless carparks. Seemingly not the best place for a rave but once you catch a glimpse of the venue, all of that melts away.
It’s an impressive building from the outside, a relic of the past that towers over the strip mall below. Approaching the venue, the sense of something more than a regular club night is evident. We’re excited and it’s obvious the people around us want to get on it with Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers and Loco Dice b2b for a 10-hour tech-house marathon that will open the Printworks account.