If you have paid attention to London’s music scene at all over the past few years, Printworks would be on your radar. There are few places that have generated the buzz with its bookings, production and atmosphere. Now the venue is getting ready for a big new shift, opening a 3,000-person capacity space within Printworks. It will focus on live music (as opposed to the DJ spaces that many have come to know), and art.
The space will be separate from the DJ and club focused rooms, Press Halls and Charge Bay. The still unnamed space will have high ceilings and the venue’s old printing presses as a backdrop. Live music will take place during the week, while Friday nights there will be a mix of live and electronic. It will be run by events and festival company, Broadwick Live. Tamsin Ace, a curator at the Southbank Centre will program arts and culture events in the space.
To make things even better, Broadwick Live is collaborating with a production team who have worked on Manchester’s Warehouse Project and Haçienda.
"Production-wise, this puts us at the forefront in terms of UK music venues," Broadwick Live's managing director Bradley Thompson told Time Out. "We want to position ourselves as another key venue for London that can hold 3,000 people. I feel that the city is lacking at that kind of level—if you go to certain venues, the diaries are quite full and bands don't necessarily get the capacities they want."
As the owners continue to build out the cavernous former printing factory, it is good to see them diversify the music and arts offering. The new season for music kicks off in March.