Block9 and NYC Downlow hosted a rare London party on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December, with an all-star cast of selectors including Prosumer, The Black Madonna, Honey Dijon, Gideön, Jason Kendig, Dungeon Meat and Hannah Holland.
Taking place at Block9’s new HQ at The Silver Building, which lies between the Royal Docks and Silvertown, the party brought the energy and return to house music roots ethos the collective takes to Glastonbury every summer, but tailored it perfectly to an industrial environment.
Open for a whopping 26 hours in total, the fact that everyone on the line-up played for free is a true testament to the spirit of family, solidarity and political alignment that exists between the international network of underground DJ’s surrounding the NYC Downlow and Block9 as a whole.
As well as the DJs on show, Jonny Woo brought his drag troupe to the party, as with NYC Downlow’s annual Glastonbury shindig, with performances from Maude Adams and All Those Children, Meth-K-Tears, A Man To Pet, Freeda and many more.
The event was a fundraiser for thenycdownlow.com, the online portal for The Downlow's charitable donations and music archive. It also raised over £2500 for AllOut – an International LGBT Human Rights Charity in association with The Kaleidoscope Trust who are jointly working to uphold the human rights of LGBT people internationally – and DEC's East Africa Appeal, who provide aid to an area where 19million people remain on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment.
Over the last 10 years Block9 & NYC Downlow have raised over £63,000 for similar good causes.
Check out the best 18 (slightly NSFW) images from the event below.
(Photos: Manu Valarce and Egle Trezzi)