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Monday 02 January 2023.

Monday 02 January 2023. Congratulations to BRIAN MAY who has been knighted as a Sir. --------- PRINTWORKS NYEVE and NYDAY DANCE EVENTS, Canada Water, East London. PRINTWORKS and sister venue BEAMS are two of the two prime large dance venues in London. PRINTWORKS capacity is 6000....BEAMS capacity is 5000. Looks like PRINTWORKS will be closing for good around May Bank Holiday in 2023. PRINTWORKS gets its name as the Evening Standard used to be printed here. I ended up going to two PRINTWORKS events on the trot, spending a few hours at each. New Years Eve at PRINTWORKS was "Defected"....8pm to 4am...6000 sold out. Defected returns to Printworks for another unparalleled NYE takeover. What is already considered a cherished Printworks tradition, house music’s most in-demand label Defected takes over the Press Halls and Inkwells for another unparalleled NYE celebration. House heads can expect a mixture of forward-thinking sounds and all-time classics from the seminal imprint’s renowned roster of up-and-coming artists and dance music mainstays including special guest Nic Fanciulli alongside Ferreck Dawn, Mike Dunn, Paige Tomlinson and many more. Lots of security here, including drug sniffer dogs at the entrance. This was pretty much house music for the hardcore house crowd. At midnight the main room was packed solid for the countdown. Huge slogans around saying things like "Love Is The Message" on a double decker bus, and "In Our House, We Are All Equal"...which folks used for selfie opportunities. -------------- New Years Day at PRINTWORKS was "Glitterbox"....1pm to 11pm...6000 sold out. The legendary Glitterbox crew will light up the Press Halls and Inkwells for the ultimate NYD extravaganza with their iconic performers, disco anthems, non-stop party energy and, of course, no shortage of glitter. An unmatched party brand that champions the values of inclusivity and diversity at its core, Glitterbox’s NYD celebration has become a cherished Printworks tradition. Highlights from this year’s edition include a special b2b between Breakbot and Irfane, NYC legend Danny Tenaglia, Krystal Klear, DJ Holographic, Nightmares on Wax and many more. A dozen djs playing tunes over the large main press halls room and the smaller INKWELLS room. We ended up in Inkwells for the end part of the evening. Nightmares on Wax played around 90 mins and Melon Bomb played the same. Both had a dozen or so of their mates on the dance platform behind their DJ decks. A more LGBT+ crowd tonight, and much livelier overall. There is glitter face painting and lots of the crowd in their glittery dance outfits. There are dance podiums for their own dancers, and punters would get up as well. A very friendly crowd here, who openly chat when they dance near you...really nice vibes. Plenty of strobes and very loud, so not for the faint-hearted. Final track of the night was a great choice..."Insomnia" by Faithless.