The location of the venue is strategic. East London – traditionally the nexus of London’s nightlife – is rapidly losing this status. In July, Hackney council approved a curfew for all new venues of 11pm on weekdays and midnight at the weekend, and in August, two Dalston institutions The Alibi and Visions Bar closed their doors for good. Luckily, Fold founders Lasha Jorjiolani and Seb Glover sought to turn this problem into an opportunity.‘It's sad that Hackney is being slowly wound up,’ said Glover in an interview with Vice. ‘For many years it has been the epicentre of vibrancy in the capital, thanks to its diversity and affordability. But saying that, London's boundaries will continue growing, and new epicentres will be created. It feels that London is in a new paradigm and is transitioning into a 24-hour city. Indeed, the venue is a 15-minute walk from Canning Town tube station, but is actually in an industrial wasteland – presumably the reason it was allowed to evade tight licensing laws and stay open for hours on end. However, the 24-hour parties will only take place on Saturdays, with Fridays going on ‘til late’ and mid-week raves finishing at 3am.
The club’s no-photo policy, and the locker room where you can store your jeans and change into an ensemble of leather strips, invites obvious parallels with the mighty Berghain in Berlin. So too does the club’s inclusive ethos, designed to be a safe space for the LGBTQ community, in attempts to parallel the rave culture in continental Europe. It’s early days, but Fold could just be what London’s electronic music scene has been waiting for.
|What||24-hour nightclub Fold, east London|
|Where||Fold Nightclub , Gillian House, Stephenson Street, London , E16 4SA | MAP|
|Website||Book tickets for nights here|