In the new year, the promoters who brought us Junction 2, Drumcode Halloween and closer are back with a brand new party concept: Sphere. A 25-second teaser video featuring a giant floating bubble and the promise of 4 walls and a soundsystem posted at the start of the month was enough to hook us in.
Knowing LWE’s pedigree, that’s all we needed to raise goosebumps and set our pulses races. Fortunately, we didn’t have long to wait until some tangible information dropped. Sphere will compromise of five events, each taking place at the new 3,000 capacity Magazine venue located in Greenwich. Operated by the Broadwick Live team behind Printworks and The Drumsheds, Magazine only opened in October, when it hosted Michael Bibi’s Isolate. The venue - a state-of-the-art blank canvas warehouse space - has been designed with the modular user in mind.
Musically, Sphere will traverse house and techno, with a huge onus placed on exceptional sound quality, as supplied by L’Acoustic Audio. On top of that, you can expect bespoke production that will blow your mind.
A star-studded line-up has been booked to launch the series on Saturday 15th February - a Valentines gift for lovers of house and techno. 001 will feature longterm LWE collaborator Hot Since 82 and everybody’s favourite Bristolian DJ Eats Everything. Quite a pair of headliners, being two of the biggest DJs the UK has to offer right now. It doesn’t stop there, as they’re joined by special guest Maya Jane Coles.
MJC is still riding high after her latest Nocturnal Sunshine album was received to critical praise. The free-spirited artist always brings her A-game when she plays in her hometown. We last saw her hosting her own party at Halloween. By the time mid-February rolls around, we’ll be needed our fill once more.
Next on the bill is Swedish talent La Fleur. HS82 has worked with her in the past with KDIS and she’s increasing involved with the Drumcode set-up, but away from production she is a DJ who always brings it when we’ve seen her play. Finally, Manchester-based Effy adds further female presence and complete a well-rounded line-up of current and future stars.
This is only the beginning. We know that across the four remaining shows in the series, ANNA, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Patrick Topping and Skream are all confirmed to be involved. Plus there are returns to London for Mr. Drumcode Adam Beyer and Plus8 record boss Richie Hawtin. These events always proved immensely popular, so signing-up to receive news of ticket sales is highly recommended.
General release tickets for The Launch are on sale now. News of ticket releases for the subsequent shows will follow in due course.
Heading into the new decade, this is the party series that London craves and underline why it’s the clubbing destination of Europe.