London's Printworks Set To Permanently Close Down

London's Printworks Set To Permanently Close Down

July 18, 2022

Back in October, it was announced that iconic music venue Printworks was facing closure due to a plan submitted to Southwark Council by property developers British Land. Despite fans rallying together and gathering a total of 10,000 signatures in protest against its closure, Printworks is officially set to be redeveloped into offices.

Located in Surrey Quays, South London, the multi-purpose venue first came to be in 2017 and has welcomed the likes of Aphex Twin, Peggy Gou, Goldie, Bonobo, and many others on its stage. The 6,000-capacity venue, once the former Evening Standard printing presses, is just one of the many spaces around London that faces closure due to the relentless tide of property developers. Aside from the news of Printworks' closure, Space 289 in Bethnal Green is also set to shut down due to rising rent prices.

Chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, Michael Kill, said: "Nightclubs throughout this pandemic have been disproportionately targeted as high-risk settings without substantive evidence, almost ostracised publicly. The government's lack of understanding of this sector has led to ill-informed decision-making and businesses being marginalised or lost forever."

Words: Blessing Borode
Photography: Jake Davis