With New Year’s Day often being the party day of choice for discerning clubbers, this New Year’s Eve we had a plan — a quiet night in where stories would be shared, champagne would be popped and we would all head to bed at a respectable hour in preparation for day one of the New Year. This plan went straight out the window the minute the bottle of bubbly was opened. May as well start as we mean to go on, right?
A few hours behind schedule we made our way to Tobacco Dock for LWE’s mammoth New Year’s Day event. After hearing such good things about the venue the air of excitement was pervasive, even if we were all pained with regret and struggling to function, we were determined to power through and with the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Art Department, The Martinez Brothers, Guti, Kim Ann Foxman and special guest Anja Schneider on the line up we were somewhat spoilt for choice.
It’s well known in the clubbing fraternity that LWE (London Warehouse Events) know how to throw a party. With cobbled streets, exposed beams and a tangible sense of history, Tobacco Dock is a brilliantly unique venue that LWE have taken full advantage of with 3 unique spaces — a chill out area complete with some rather tasty food and a juice bar, the now customary ‘VIP’ areas and even fully working bumper cars.
On entering Once the four of us had patiently negotiated the filter that is the entrance to the main room we were met with an intense scene, the heat of an Ibizan apartment mid-August and a packed room, all lapping up the deep sounds of The Bronx duo The Martinez Brothers. Seeking more intimacy and less heat, we headed into the more intimate Room Three where we found a personal favourite Guti, who had the room bouncing raucously to his ‘Xu Xu Xa’ cut.
Unfortunately, Room 3 really does suffer from having a bar at the back, which can make it difficult to feel a strong connection with the music. Consequently, we weaved our way down into the long narrow ‘Car Park’ space where Kim Ann Foxman was dishing out hypnotic beats, settling the crowd into a steady groove. The room was genuinely as raw as it sounds — to each side thin tube lighting provided some minimal light, but other than that, it was darkness. A perfect clubbing space.
Tearing ourselves away and along more eery corridors (via the bar of course), we made it just in time for the beginning of headliner Maya Jane Coles’ set. Despite the wintry cold outside, the main room was sweaty and packed to the brim with joyous revellers. Maya’s set was high in energy, providing plenty of obligatory hands in the air moments, with Max Chapman and Kieran Andrew’s ‘Loving Arm’s going down particularly strongly, as did the superb Maceo Plex remix of Chelsea Wolfe - ‘The Warden’.
With so many events taking place across the capital, London Warehouse Events continued to show why they are at the forefront of London’s clubbing scene. Their organisation and ‘putting the clubbing experience’ ahead of profit stands them head and shoulders above many in the city. With LEAF (London Electric Arts Festival) already confirmed for March, Tobacco Dock brings something fresh to the city that has always found a way to stay ahead of the curve.