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24 hour audiovisual performance space opens in East London

Launch weekend on 18–19 August features Homodrop & Resis’dance, World Unknown, Body Hammer, Dimensions and Siren

A new events space has opened in an East London industrial estate near Canning Town. Called FOLD, the audiovisual performance space and studio complex is collectively run and features a 24 hour dancefloor, while a second room is said to be opening later in the year. Also noteworthy is the venue's non-residential location, meaning FOLD's 110 decibel sound system with a bottom end of 32 hertz gets freedom to flex its muscles.

Crews set to appear at the 18 August launch party are Homodrop & Resis’dance, World Unknown, Make Me, Test Pressing, Body Hammer, Dimensions, UNITI, Goldsnap, SIREN, !HTBX, Opulence, Possession, Reviveher, Left Alone, KAOS, Body Motion, Gdanse, Structure, Global Roots, Homodrop, SC&P and FOLD themselves.

Co-founder Lasha Jorjoliani says “[FOLD] offer a smorgasbord of alien sounds from the unknown,” with Seb Glover adding: “Gentrifying forces have put huge pressures on artists and musicians, with many leaving as a result,” adding that they plan to create a space “where you can spend extended periods of coming and going as you please. We welcome All races. All religions. All genders. All countries of origin. All sexual orientations.”

The news comes in the wake of Hackney Council's recent announcement of controversial plans to restrict late licenses for new venues opening in the East London borough, and imposing an 11pm curfew on weekdays and midnight on weekends.

FOLD is part of Shapes Collective, with other projects including Many Hands in Bermondsey and The Glove That Fits in Hackney. The opening season at the new venue will include label takeovers from Ilian Tape, Clone & Pinkman. The venue also features lockers to store personal items, music studios with 24 hour access, acoustic treatment, air conditioning, and they accept cryptocurrency.