Whether you promised yourself a dry January or your first PT session sketched in, the chances are that when you discovered LWE were taking over the uniquely authentic Tobacco Dock on New Year’s Day, these plans were most likely scratched.
We don’t blame you either! London Warehouse Events have a blessed habit of constructing prodigious meccas for electronic music continuing to push the envelope with forward-thinking production, operations and programming. Equipped with a proficient taste for unearthing extraordinary locations, LWE proves that diversity is their stand-out strength through slick transformation and sharp attention to detail.
Glued together by functional brilliance and demiurgic approach, the versatility of LWE shone brightly through the dark rain clouds that smothered the English capital. Once again showcasing the most exceptional sounds in all of electronic music, LWE had taken complete advantage of the three unique spaces of Tobacco Dock with rooms hosted by Carl Cox & Friends, Knee Deep In Sound and Superfriends.
Upon arrival for our first ever taste of Tobacco Dock transcendence, we had high expectations for the mammoth all-day demonstration that awaited us. Despite the typical British downpour from the grey skies above, loyal members of the U.K. clubbing faithful had travelled from far and wide remaining unfazed as they queued up outside.
Surrounded by wet cobbled streets and stunning timber beams, we decided to explore the undeniable sense of history that the venue possessed as we clambered into the Great Gallery upstairs catching the final part of Solardo’s high-energy set.
Having taken 2016 by storm and being awarded ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ at the DJ Mag Best of British Awards last month, the Manchester-born duo proved worthy of such a title as they carved out their unique warm sound. With inclusions such as M Squared’s ‘Puffy’ and their uplifting Hot Creations’ release, ‘Tribesmen’, atmosphere levels were exploding through the roof.
Changing up the scenery something slightly deeper and more intimate, we ventured on from the central quadrant through an arched brick tunnel eventually reaching the inviting darkness of the Car Park. Magnetised towards the front, we were immediately lured in by a tidal wave of heavy-hitting seductive techno. Looking after late afternoon proceedings was none other than ANNA. Working in techno bangers including her very own ‘Face Your Fears’, the Brazilian-born Producer absorbed and ignited the atmosphere downstairs further validating her credibility. She then stabbed to crescendo into a late night imagination with Pig & Dan’s Drumcode release, ‘Chemistry’.
Energetic, creative and always entertaining, andhim had the entirety of the Little Gallery getting down to their individual sound of ‘Super House’. The Superfriends-chiefs illustrated their charm and ebullience through inclusions like their remix of Elderbrook’s ‘How Many Times’ and diversified, unforced melodies including ‘German Winter’, a release of their latest EP, ‘Tosch’.
Space Ibiza favourite and undisputed king of dance music, Carl Cox, was next on the agenda. Having not seen the acid house godfather since the Space Closing Party, anticipation levels for most were scintillatingly high when it came to getting a taste of this techno champion over in the Great Gallery.
Igniting the crowd with such classics as Oxia’s ‘Domino’ and ‘Rez’ by Underworld, Coxy took everyone on a timeless journey of only the highest order. Bringing smiles to those in attendance, he sported a rumour-raising tee with the words ‘PURE CARL COX IBIZA 2017’… if you know, you know.
Closing out the Car Park with a rip-roaring performance, Knee Deep In Sound boss, Hot Since 82 delivered an eclectic and diverse display sending many onlookers into overdrive. Complimented by a few flickers of light and an immense sound system, Daley slotted in right at home chiming out tracks including the Emanuel Satie rework of Late Nite Tuff Guy’s remix of ‘I Get Deep’ by DJ Le Roi featuring Roland Clark.
Whilst several events occurred across London, LWE underlined exactly why they are at the very summit of the capital’s clubbing scene. Through their distinctive taste and persistence to push beyond their limits, they continue to work alongside the globe’s most influential names and stand tall. With the excitement growing, it’s now time to wet your taste buds for their forthcoming collaboration with Printworks.