Despite a musical offering as strong as you would expect from the trio in the Press Hall, the lighting rig almost stole the show. An epic laser is made up of six smaller ones attached to beams that hang from the roof and move on chain pulleys while lights flash up and down the strip as if bringing in a plane to land. It makes for a great atmosphere perfect for blocking out whatever is outside and losing yourself in the dance. The much smaller Charge Bay (room two) should also be applauded. If the main floor does get too rammed, the wooden floors and four-point Void soundsystem of the second room showed it had huge potential as an alternative if the line-up is decent.
With Troxler finishing on The Streets’ warm piano groover ‘Weak Become Heroes’, an ode to euphoric clubbing experiences, it paid the night due tribute. This is a venue London deserves. It’s an inspired setting that isn’t dragged down by mundane issues like lines at the bar or a grim smoking area. Particularly pleasant is that a day schedule such as this could have easily devolved into a full on corporate wreck-head festival but it retained a warehouse spirit built on respect for the venue (the B-word was even thrown around in comparison). So help us all if it gets a late-night license in the future.
To round off, check out the 10 tracks that made the day/night special.
We will be back at Printworks livestreaming Adam Beyer All Day Long on February 25 which can be viewed on Mixmag's Facebook and YouTube channels.