London has struggled over the past decade with its arts and nightlife venues taking one step forward and then sometimes two steps back. Rising rents, gentrification and developers who just want soulless glass condos everywhere have closed down venues across the city. Hackney also passed its own ordinance creating “core hours” for nightlife to end at 10pm on weekdays and 12am on weekends. A nightlife mayor was established, but we will see how much influence it holds. Now a audio-visual performance space and studio complex is opening up in an “industrial wasteland” in East London called FOLD that will be open for 24 hours.
The venue is situated above a print factory on an industrial estate between Canning Town and Star Lane. It is close to the Jubilee Line and London Overground. Since it isn’t in a residential neighborhood, it can pump out the noise, giving the custom soundsystem the ability to hit 110db and bottom end of 32hz. Wear earplugs. A second room will open up later this year.
FOLD will host a wide variety of collectives, party crews, DJs and electronic act such as Homodrop & Resis’dance, local techno DJs Make Me and many more.
Lasha Jorjoliani (Voicedrone), co-founder of FOLD says, "FOLD presents an uncompromising schedule of forward-thinking electronic music. Veering away from the regular 4 to the floor, we offer a smorgasbord of alien sounds from the unknown. 24 hour events generally take place on Saturdays, Fridays we go till late and mid week live events are till 3am. Our opening season includes label takeovers from Ilian Tape, Clone & Pinkman, with a carefully curated selection of headliners supported by FOLD crew. The 24hr programme gives us a unique opportunity to surprise, challenge and inspire. Expect extended set times, obscure b2bs and a generally more expansive pallet of sounds over the course of one event.”
The venue will accept all kinds of cryptocurrency for purchases on site. Attendees can become members and purchase lockers for easy access.
There will also be five music studios with 24 hour access.
The opening party will take place on August 18 and will go for at least 24 hours.