One of the most exciting things about clubland in 2016 is its ongoing state of flux; music, fashion and trends are constantly shifting. And for every famous clubbing institution – like Space Ibiza or London’s Ministry of Sound – there are dozens of new venues popping up, trying something new and helping to drive the scene forward. Like the three, alternative, new venues below...
PRINTWORKS, LONDON (UK)
The recent decline of London’s clubbing scene is well documented. However among the news of venue closures across the UK’s capital city, we found a good-news story, courtesy of a fresh 5,000 capacity venue due to open in 2017.
Named Printworks, the multi-room, multi-purpose space is housed in a disused industrial printing press in the docklands area of London. The venue has previously hosted the immersive cinema promoter, Secret Cinema, and is now set to open as a music and arts space with a series of events featuring Adam Beyer, Hot Since 82 and Luciano.
Across six areas — which include the 100-metre-long Press Halls — Printworks will host a variety of cultural events, covering music, fashion, film, food and more, while keeping many of the original industrial features intact to create a unique atmosphere.
Speaking to DJ Mag, Will Harlod of LWE (Tobacco Dock/Junction 2 organisers and co-promoters at Printworks explain the magic of the location; "You know it's a good space when you're in there and you're completely transported away from everyday life, and I really get that with the Printworks. You go up the steps into the Press Halls and it's like you've walked into another dimension."
LAROC, SAO PAULO (BR)
Brazil is already blessed with some of the world’s finest clubs. But the latest venue aiming for Latin American domination is Laroc, in Sao Paulo. The outdoor venue – which is comparable in structure to former Top 100 Clubs champion, Green Valley – only runs for 18 nights per year. Yet the seasonal venue manages to cater for lovers of big room sounds and slick underground techno alike by rotating their bookings to bring in different crowds.
DA SCHOOL, AMSTERDAM (NL)
When Amsterdam’s Trouw closed its doors for the last time in 2014, the Dutch city’s nightlife scene took a substantial hit. So rumours that the team behind Trouw were opening a new club were met with collective joy.
Just like it’s predecessor, the new venue, titled De School, will run for just five years under a temporary license. The club is located in a disused school and capacity is limited to 500. Their opening weekend featured performances from Prosumer and Tako, demonstrating that the discerning booking policy cultivated at Trouw is set to live on in Da School.
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