Warehouse parties have been synonymous with rave culture since the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when house music and its many subgenres brought punters together in various locations around London and Berlin. And it is the raw essence of some of these venues that created much of the spirit of electronic music culture to this day.
And with high rents and club closures across London, music lovers are forced to create their own spaces and go back into the warehouses and derelict buildings to keep the music and the culture alive.
Some say there’s a warehouse revival happening in Cape Town too, where only a handful of venues cater to house and techno fans. And with the famous Long Street no longer as appealing as it was a few years ago—mostly due to the increasing crime rate on the busy party strip—dance music fans and promoters are looking for alternate spaces to get their kicks in the Mother City.
The recent news of ERA nightclub closing was also a sign of an imminent evolution of the city’s nightlife scene, and now, there’s an opportunity for new venues to take the limelight with the next generation of parties, punters and DJs. And the soon to be opened Grandville is taking its first step this weekend.
Situated in Epping Industria, 20 minutes from the city centre, Grandville is completely surrounded by large factories and businesses in the largest and most centrally situated industrial area of greater Cape Town. While it’s the only fully fledged nightclub within a 5KM radius, it brings a fresh new platform for club culture to flourish within.
Launching on July 1st, the Grandville hosts two dancefloors, each catering to its own identity. The Main Floor with see DIY, Jazzuelle, Native Sound and Richard Marshall hit the decks, with Loyd, TP Nala Pisce, Aux Gawd and Siya Maestro & Mowie taking care of things in the Courtyard.
Grandville will also have a Sunday shindig with DJs like Pierre Estienne, Mr Jay, Kenlow and Sir Vincent finishing off the opening weekend.
As the vision of one of Cape Town’s better known venue owners, Grandville will no doubt be a unique experience for punters and it has the potential to become home to one of the city’s most diverse crowds of electronic music lovers.