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Welcome Back Printworks: Cocoon’s Opening Party Sets the Course for A/W 18

One of our favourite London venues kept a low profile over the summer’s festival season, but now that cavorting in a field isn’t really an option, the A/W line up for Printworks is the perfect tonic for those of us looking for a bigger day party – and it all started with Cocoon.

This was our third outing to Printworks and the upbeat and painless service stood out again, meaning that catching some rays in the big outdoor area and loading up on Bird’s chicken and waffles was the ideal bridge before hours of techno in the press halls.

The unexpected sunshine and running order were the first surprises of the day, with Patrick Toppling taking on early afternoon duties before passing the controls to Sven Vath, for a vinyl set that demonstrated the man’s broad reaching taste and sense of humour.

As the diverse crowd dressed almost entirely in black enjoyed a cruise through melodic techno, big builds into darker stuff and even a closer with italo disco inspired neutron dance.

Dubfire played things closer to the advertised hour, as he gave the crowd the pounding techno and exaggerated drops they’d come to expect before Ilario Alicante closed the evening.

Special shout out for those on duty in the Dark Room as the sound issues have clearly been ironed out, and their focus on more melodic offerings meant that the second room had a distinctly different  offering.

With four Hydra parties (Ben UFO – at last, Roman Flugel, Moodyman) an all-female line up (Black MadonnaHAAi, Honey Dijon) and Bicep’s excellent live show, there’s plenty of reasons to return to Printworks before the end of the year.

Words: Pierce Calnan