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Christian Eede
26 August 2022, 15:00

LWE reveals next season of events will be last at Tobacco Dock

After almost nine years of events at the venue, LWE's "last dance" at Tobacco Dock will take place in October

LWE reveals next season of events will be last at Tobacco Dock

LWE has announced that it will no longer be throwing parties at London's Tobacco Dock, bringing a nine-year partnership between the promoter and the Wapping venue to a close.

In a statement announcing the termination of the two brands' partnership, LWE said that all planned events scheduled to take place at Tobacco Dock will still go ahead. LWE's "last dance" weekend at Tobacco Dock will begin on 29th October with Claptone billed to headline The Masquerade. The following night, FUSE will take over for the final LWE-promoted party at the venue.

LWE has brought more than 2000 acts to Tobacco Dock since its first event at the venue in January 2014, with the likes of Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex and Amelie Lens having played multiple LWE events there over the years.

The venue will also this weekend host Junction 2's Inner City festival, featuring the likes of Karenn and Helena Hauff, among many others.

Will Harold, founder of LWE, said in a statement: "As the spiritual home of LWE, Tobacco Dock has long been an important part of our story, an incredible journey and something we'll always look at with a real sense of achievement.

"It's rare for a party to continue for so long in a city that is densely populated and rife with development; after nearly nine years and over 50 major events in the venue, it's time for this particular party to come to an end. Halloween weekend 2022 will represent the final LWE events to take place at Tobacco Dock.

"Changes to the landscape for promoters in recent years, the worsening cost of living crisis and so much more, mean it's becoming harder and harder to promote events in a venue of this size and layout, not least in terms of calls from local residents for a change of pace in the area. Leaving isn't a decision we've taken lightly."

Tobacco Dock, a Grade I listed former tobacco storehouse in East London, has hosted over 300,000 ravers since it first opened nine years ago. LWE is one of the UK's leading club and festival promoters, regularly putting on parties with Drumcode, FUSE and others, as well as festivals like Junction 2 and ION.

Earlier this year, LWE announced that it was teaming up with promoter Broadwick Live to open a new venue in London later this year, called The Beams.