Afterlife, London

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Printworks – 24th November 2018


Printworks London was originally a newspaper printing factory which has now been transformed into an event space with a capacity of up to 6,000 people, situated in South East London and easily located 5 minutes from a train & tube station, Canada Water.

I was excited to be invited down to Printworks to cover the Tale Of Us party – Afterlife and I couldn’t wait to check the place out and see the guys in action plus Recondite, Agents Of Time, Adriatique, Fideles, Woo York, Vaal, Sigha, Antigone, Amandra and CSGRV.

Jumping out the Uber, I proceeded towards the venue to be met with a very long queue which for a moment I thought was going to ruin my mood (I hate long queues) but the queue moved very quickly and once inside the ticket & guestlist queues were very short and well organised.

The parties held at Printworks are usually day events starting around 12pm and go on until 11pm with the average ticket price around £40. Initially this may seem expensive however you can always expect great artists along with a fantastic club/warehouse atmosphere like no other. Since the venue opened in 2017, it has hosted brands such as Cocoon, Klockworks, PLAYdifferently and Melt Festival.

Entering the venue you will see signs advising where the toilets, bars, lockers, smoking and first aid areas are located (which is very handy as the venue is humongous) Once you past the locker area, you are met with the first bar – each bar also had free tap water which clubbers can take as and when needed.

Now it was up the stairs and into the main hall for the music and wow it was intense, with the party in full swing at 2pm with Woo York coming through the speakers. The sound system has been built by dbnAudile with 6 full rigs stacked on both sides going from the front to the back of the hall, so wherever you stand you get the full force of the music which for me is the main thing – there is nothing worse then a poor sound system.

 Afterlife always know how to mesmerise us ravers with their special lighting shows (especially in Ibiza), I was worried that it wouldn’t be recreated anywhere near as good but oh how wrong was I. The industrial layout gave the main hall the warehouse feel then add all the strobes, lasers and colours – it was trippy and all timed perfectly with the build ups, the drops and from the opening to the closing of the sets.

The line-up was as usual on point with Tale Of Us destroying the hall as they closed the night. They gave the ravers sexy vocals in darkness as the lights went out, I closed my eyes and danced along with everyone else waiting for the drop and the lasers to kick in, I felt like I was in a whirlwind as I just let the music take control and was in another dimension.

The staff were polite and courteous, I never queued longer than 5 minutes for a drink (drink prices reasonable), the toilets were always clean and the smoking area had plenty of seating plus a few different food outlets.

Printworks – well worth a visit and the money, lots of different events happening so pick your favourite, it is a must visit! I will be back soon without a doubt 🙂

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