Following Fabric’s successful #saveourculture campaign which led to the club’s subsequent reopning, Londoners now have even more reason to celebrate as plans for a groundbreaking new multi-purpose venue have been revealed, and it looks spectacular. Situated in the Canada Water area of London, inside the former printing facility of the London newspapers Metro and Evening Standard, the new “experimental” venue, aptly named Printworks, will officially open its doors in January 2017.
Gareth Cooper, CEO of Broadwick Live, a self-described “Cultural Engagement Agency” that will be putting on music events at Printworks, explains: “Its sheer industrial scale and the myriad of walkways and off-rooms make it an ideal venue to host immersive and explorative music events. There is genuinely nothing else like it out there, and we’re confident it’s going to blow people away.”
LWE, another event organizer overseeing the music programming at Printworks, says that many original features of the Press Halls — exposed piping, chemical vats, towering printing presses — have been retained, resulting in an space best described as “Bladerunner on acid!” Check out the teaser video below to see why this description is right on the money.
According to Blank Canvas, the company managing the building, the new so-called “cultural destination” covers a whopping 15 acres and offers over 119,000 square feet of event space capable of holding up to 5,000 attendees at one time. The large industrial building will be separated out into six distinct event spaces, as can be seen in the floorplan below, and, as far as the events that will be held there, will be much more than just an immense nightclub.
Printworks, in partnership with LWE and Broadwick Live, will host an in-house series of music events consisting of everything from live gigs and daytime shows to multi-room raves. Additionally, as a multi-purpose venue, Printworks hopes to bring in events of every type, not just music: food and visual art festivals, theatre and ballet exhibitions, and orchestral performances, to name a few.
The first round of dance events will announced on December 1, with a 10-week series beginning in January.