Reviewed: Printworks vs Melt Festival
While most were lounging in bed recovering from the effects of Friday night, a discerning few were gearing up to spend their Saturday raving at Printworks. This week it was the turn of iconic Germany music festival Melt to take over the venue. As Melt prepares to celebrate its 20 year anniversary what better way to pay homage to its legendary run, than by linking forces with London’s newest and most talked about underground venues.
For those unaware, Melt is one of Europe’s most prolific electronic music festivals. This year taking place Ferropolis near Dessau in Germany’s East, the festival will welcome the likes of Dixon, Bonobo, Richie Hawtin, Recondite, Marcel Dettman and more . Resident Advisor have also recently been announced as hosts of the infamous “sleepless floor stage” and will take-over for 12 hours during the festival.
A line-up fit for any Berlin super club last Saturday at Printworks took you on a journey of completely raw, unrestricted Techno. Kicking things off we had an impressive live set from Recondite, which saw the German techno producer put together a performance that was ambient and bass heavy, a style that he has become known for. This was followed by Italian-duo Mind Against who engaged with the crowd by producing a set that was high octane and darker in nature.
One of the standout acts of the day Ellen Allien certainly didn’t hold back and gave a performance that was bold, rough and energetic. As a headline act, Chris Liebing came prepared for the occasion and as usual delivered on all counts. Making use of the vast space that is Printworks, incredible sound and amazing production, the German techno veteran proved his status by playing a set that was original, powerful and constantly evolving, leaving you wanting more. Over in Room 2, revellers were treated to sets from Tommy Four Seven, Alex Do, Ingio Kennedy, Tapefeed to name a few.
It’s been an incredible run for London newcomer Printworks who have cemented their place in the London scene in a very short space of time. There’s something special about the converted Print factory, which when the lights come on it truly comes alive. With Nina Kraviz up next and future shows on the horizon including Luciano and the highly anticipated Klockworks on Easter weekend, Printworks sends the right kind of message, London nightlife is very much alive.