The much anticipated third instalment of Printworks finally arrived on Saturday night and the 5,000 capacity, repurposed newspaper factory in Surrey Quays did not disappoint, well and truly living up the title ‘Club of the Year’ bestowed by Mixmag.

Here, we take a look at some of the highlights from the opening night hosted by The Hydra, featuring Kerri Chandler, John Talabot, Job Jobse and more.


This year, the venue has decided to upgrade the sound system, resulting in a noticeable improvement. Working closely with dbnAudile, Printworks have installed a D&B Audiotechnik J and V series PA with V-SUB and J-INFRA as well as enhancing the audio quality at balcony level which provided a clear and dynamic sound experience throughout the venue.

John Talabot

Spanish electronic music producer and DJ John Talobot’s set was simply unforgettable; building energy with his distinctive combination of obscure vocal samples and deep house-grooves while syncing effortlessly with the venues lighting created a rare audio-visual experience.


It’s a special moment when a venue as unique as Printworks in illuminated, highlighting all of its dark corners and visually stunning vintage print machines. The newly improved led fixtures and lighting rigs, also courtesy of dbnAudile, meant that the music was seamlessly accented by the lighting throughout the event.

Kerri Chandler

It would be impossible to talk about this event and not mention the headline set from deep house originator and MadTech label boss, Kerri Chandler. His inspired use of jazz samples mixed with the trademark deep Chicago house he is known for engaged the entire crowd, while finishing with the late Frankie Knuckle’s ‘The Whistle Song’ closed his set perfectly.

The Hydra Has Set The Bar High

The event as a whole was a great success, the venue looked and sounded amazing as well as cultivating a positive and inclusive atmosphere. The Hydra Opening Party has set the bar very high. This makes us very excited to see what the venue has in store over the coming months with promises of the world’s biggest electronic artists and parties, we are sure to see many more highlight sets and incredible event production.

10th March – Playaz
1st April – Photon x Klockworks
5th May – DJ Koze album launch
19th May – DJ Harvey’s Discotheque

You can find all Printworks event listings HERE