Some dates are so iconic, you can know exactly where you’ll be. Christmas Day - at your parents, FA Cup Final day - in your local, August Bank Holiday weekend - in a tent in a field or Notting Hill carnival. And the Saturday that falls over Halloween - chances are, you’ll be at Tobacco Dock. In the course of eight years, Drumcode Halloween has turned into essential attendance. It’s London premier Halloween party that selling out weeks - sometimes even months - in advance and is heavily attended in those in fancy dress. While the party is today synonymous with Tobacco Dock, it wasn’t always the case. The party’s roots can be traced back to Great Suffolk’s Ewer Street car park. After humble beginnings, the party outgrew its original venue. The event’s rise in popularity coincided with LWE’s discovery of Tobacco Dock - and the rest is history. Although 2019 marks the eighth Drumcode Halloween London overall, this year’s edition signals 5 years at the Wapping conference centre. Quite the landmark.
Down the years, the event has witnessed some pretty remarkable dance floor moments - not to mention immersive theatrical themes and plenty of elaborate fancy dress ideas that wouldn’t be out of place on the set of a Hollywood horror film.
Just picking out a few personal highlights, the first outing at Tobacco Dock co-produced by Dutch party-starters Awakenings, saw Nina Kraviz, Len Faki, Joris Voorn and Joseph Capriati drop by with further support by Agoria and Harvey McKay. 2015’s party witnessed Maceo Plex perform under his darker Maetrik alias as well as LWE favourites Pan-Pot. Arguably it will be best remembered as featuring the late, great Trevino. The following year there were stand-out sets from Stacey Pullen, Sam Paganini and Monika Kruse.
2017 saw label cohorts Ilario Alicante, Enrico Sangiuliano and Layton Giordani all stake their claim, before last year’s screamfest heralded the likes of Paco Osuna and Slam. The most recent editions also saw an exciting raft of talent make their debut, including Julia Govor (2016), Amelie Lens (2017) and Charlotte de Witte (2018). All have subsequently gone on to release music on the label.
We couldn’t talk about Drumcode Halloween, without the notorious after hours either. Both E1 and FOLD last year have been utilised to carry-on the party into the night. Of course, Adam Beyer and a core of Drumcode regulars including Ida Engberg, Alan Fitzpatrick and Dense & Pika have been staples of the run - each playing a massive role in the party’s history as they continue to leading into the present day. The event is also notable for being amongst Drumcode Code Radio’s most streamed episodes of any given year - great for reliving those moments in the Great Gallery.
While the line-up for 2019’s party remains underwraps, we can make assumptions that Beyer will again be leading the frontline, joining by many listed above - including a healthy presence from the label itself.
Tickets for this event always get swiped up rapidly, owing to how popular it has become. Therefore, we recommend signing-up to be the first in the know about ticket releases.
Where will you be on Saturday 26th October? At Drumcode Halloween, of course. We’ll see you down at the front. In full fancy dress, natch!