Since its renovation, Basing House (formerly Shoreditch based venue On The Rocks) has become a breath of fresh air, in an area known for either it’s torrid city boy drinking bars and ‘secret venue’ warehouse parties (the secret is that none of them are secret as your chosen rave will be in one of five or six regularly used spaces). Basing House is a public house – public in the sense of a space for London’s clubbing fraternity. The music is underground, the space is virtually underground – and all are welcome to enter this house of music, a space that thrives on word of mouth recommendation and its faithful, savvy patrons.
With its open minded music policy based around house, techno and disco, this specialist venue has gained a well-deserved reputation as an intimate spot for beautifully dirty parties that attract musically savvy, passionate party-goers. An extra, renovated roof-garden also means that at there is no vibe-killing, street-crowding for those wanting to smoke or simply get a little break from the (often rammed) dancefloor. On top of this, for all the discerning heads out there that demand their sound to be at an optimum, Basing House sports a custom built Funktion 1 sound-system. Basing House’s ethos is all about music, and ith its state of the art light and sound setups, DJs. promoters and punters alike will always hear the music the way it was made to be heard.
A small and exclusive space that barely reaches a capacity of 300, Basing House has played host to such top draw artists and labels as Hypercolour (Jamie Russell, Ste Roberts and Alex James), Lee Foss, Maya Jane Coles, Krankbrother, Trevor Jackson, T Williams, Get Don Good and Will Saul to name but a couple (even bringing in the likes of heavyweight names such as Sasha recently for an impromptu party).
With few venues left in the area that have a true passion for constantly providing great electronic music (sometimes 7 days a week) without the concerns of trends and hipster mentalities, Basing House truly is a jewel in the crown of East London, reminding of a time when the area was truly underground.