VENUE FOCUS: E1 LONDON

Metamorphosis and regeneration are recurring themes for artists within the electronic music sphere. But it’s not just DJs that undergo a change of direction - it can be venues too. Even clubs that already have a strong following are not adverse to an image rebrand, as was the case with E1.

About the venue

The former Studio Spaces on Pennington Street has regularly been the site of raucous club nights in the past. Who can forget the Drumcode Halloween afterhours or NYD carry-ons? However, since the venue came under new ownership and relaunched as E1 in late 2017, the now three-room 1,600 capacity club has excelled with some truly inspired bookings. Already it has seen the likes of Pan-Pot, Scuba and Joris Voorn’s Spectrum grace the warehouse and push its beefed-up Funktion One soundsystem to the limit. Christened the wall of sound, the tweaked audio experience has already won the approval of Sven Väth, Chris Liebing and Helena Hauff - quite the endorsement!

Whilst the venue slowly added more regular openings to their soft-start, the second phase of their refurb - which saw much-needed improvements to the toilet facilities and reception areas - raised the notch even higher by mid 2018, and things suddenly felt like they were falling into place. Londoners had a new favourite venue to get holed away in.

What to expect

Continuing with their impressive streak of programming, the venue has some really huge nights in the pipeline already confirmed. A few of the highlights that take our fancy include London’s premier bass promoters Hotbox bringing Brum’s Chris Lorenzo to the city as part of his UK tour on Saturday 23rd March. Meanwhile, acclaimed Icelandic electronic band GusGus arrive in Wapping on Thursday 28th February. Armed with fresh material from their new album Featherlight, the two-piece will be performing live on a rare-appearance on UK shores. Though, we’re they will reel through their back-catalogue, including hits Crossfade and Polydistortion. Plus they have the legendary and influential Detroit DJ Jeff Mills play an extended set in April, while wAFF, PAWSA and Cristian Varela are all scheduled for appearances over the course of the next few months.

Tickets for Hotbox and GusGus are both on sale now.



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