Reviewed: Lost in the Dock at Tobacco Dock
The perfect kind of Lost! in one of London’s blossoming heritage venues…
For some time now, London’s beloved Tobacco Dock has been considered one of the capital’s premiere multi-faceted venues. From gin festivals to barbering conventions, tattoo shows and weekend raves; it is way up on the list of consideration when it comes to picking a unique, immersive event space
Our delights came in the form of seeing the venue put through its paces, being used as a housing for some of the best festival-level production that you are likely to find at a 10,000 capacity indoor venue, anywhere, period.
London’s new kid on the block, ‘Hotbox’, seems to have come out of pretty much nowhere. Their ‘Lost! in the Dock’ event on Saturday 23rd March reared its head beyond the saturated pressure cooker of London club promotions and on paper, promised to be one of the standout parties of 2019… It didn’t disappoint.
A lineup sporting names such as MK, Lee Foss, Danny Howard, Waze & Odyssey, Max Chapman and more will always guarantee plenty of energy, feel good sonics and top-notch vibe inclusive of appeal for pretty much everyone. A blend of underground and commercial house and techno derivatives, funnelled through segmented club spaces that were almost accidentally made perfect upon their initial creation.
Throughout the day there were several key performances, all absorbed with the added bonus of their surroundings, something that was clearly well thought out from the very beginning. Take, for example, the intimacy of the tracks selected by Low Steppa. A combination of chunky swung rhythms and emotive melodic and vocal factors, combined with the dark and industrial setting of the carpark with its effectively minimal mood lighting.
Then you have the terrace, where the likes of GW Harrison, Franky Rizardo, Santé and more respectively channelled their renowned musical personas. A mix of uplifting and rolling tech house with hints of techno and grit. All of that, encompassed within the greenhouse-style skylight room that felt so perfectly fitting for its purpose.
Not forgetting the great gallery. A behemoth of vast open space, with lashings of robust, structural metalwork. A more than capable host for the likes of Claptone, Eli Brown and others that were hell-bent on leaving their mark with main stage performances to rival those of the UK’s biggest outdoor festivals.
A day that well and truly pushed the limits of one-day mass capacity events. Planned and carried out with military precision by a workforce that reminds those of us that work in the music industry just why they are the benchmark
📸 Shotaway, Luke Dyson and First Light Media