After announcing a two-day takeover of one of London’s most in demand venues for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Defected and Glitterbox now reveal the star-studded line-ups for their celebrations to bring in 2022 at Printworks. With both brands maintaining hugely successful partnerships with the mammoth London venue, partygoers can expect an epic double header with exceptional house and disco, world class production and unbeatable atmosphere to see out a year that started in particularly challenging circumstances.
A physical statement of Defected and Glitterbox’s successful navigation back to ‘in real life’ parties after dominating the virtual world, celebrations will kick off with Defected taking over the Press Halls on New Year’s Eve. Welcoming genuine UKG legend DJ EZ as headliner, this party will mark the garage pioneer’s debut set at a Defected party after collaborating on a 24-hour live stream at the very start of 2021, raising over £89k for Mind. A musical force of nature for over two decades, DJ EZ’s notoriety as a creative mixer with unparalleled instinct and technical prowess makes him one of the best loved acts in dance. Also joining the line-up is BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard, plus returning favourites Darius Syrossian, Riva Starr, Melé and Catz ‘N Dogz, as well as beloved residents like Defected founder Simon Dunmore, Sam Divine and Monki.
For those looking to start 2022 with a bang, Glitterbox will then host an all-day affair the following day to keep the party going. Bringing its unique blend of uplifting, soulful and joyous house and disco to the Press Halls, the New Year’s Day event will welcome fresh faces of the brand to mark a new era of Glitterbox parties. Among those joining the international line-up is Kiddy Smile, with his Paris ballroom entourage the House of Gorgeous Gucci descending on London for the party. More talent from across the Channel comes in the form of Ed Banger mainstays Breakbot & Irfane, while dynamic duo Dirty Channels and house legend Spiller represent Italy. In-the-know NTS presenter Tarzsa makes her Glitterbox debut, with face and voice of the brand Melvo Baptiste closing out the party. No Glitterbox event is complete without some incredible vocal talent, this time coming in the form of ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ singer Jocelyn Brown doing a live PA. As always, Glitterbox’s band of performers, drags and club kids will fire things up, and help deliver the inclusive and unifying atmosphere the party is known and loved for.
Both events will take full advantage of Printworks’ recently launched Inkwells space, the venue’s new second room with low ceilings, colonnades of beaten concrete pillars and a stripped-back, industrial aesthetic. With a raw, warehouse feel perfectly matched for the underground sounds of Luke Solomon’s Classic Music Company, who take over the space on NYD, original label co-founder Derrick Carter will grace the Inkwells and techno pioneer Robert Hood and daughter Lyric will play together as Floorplan, following two stellar EPs on the label. Honey Dijon collaborator and assured member of London’s club scene Josh Caffé and Homoelectric resident Gina Breeze also join the line-up, as well as Classic founder Luke Solomon and rising star Sophie Lloyd, whose breakout record ‘Calling Out’ has become one of Classic’s catalogue staples.
The ultimate destination to bring in 2022, Defected and Glitterbox keep up their ambitions to deliver the very best in dance talent, be it fresh faces of the scene or long-established acts, while continuing to innovate and push the boundaries with world-class production that delivers a visual spectacle every time. A formidable combination of one of the capital’s most dedicated events teams and a venue ranked one of the best clubs in the world, there is no doubt this will be an epic celebration to remember, as unifying moments on the dancefloor are cherished more than ever.
Limited tickets for Defected New Year’s Eve available here. Glitterbox New Year’s Day tickets available here.
SURREY QUAYS ROAD, LONDON SE16 7PJ
DEFECTED NEW YEAR’S EVE | FRIDAY 31ST DECEMBER (7PM – 4AM)
SPECIAL GUEST: DJ EZ
CATZ ‘N DOGZ / DARIUS SYROSSIAN / DANNY HOWARD
DUNMORE BROTHERS / MELÉ / MONKI / RIVA STARR
SAM DIVINE / SIMON DUNMORE / THE DUKE
GLITTERBOX NEW YEAR’S DAY | SATURDAY 1ST JANUARY (12-11PM)
BREAKBOT & IRFANE / DIRTY CHANNELS / JOCELYN BROWN LIVE PA
KIDDY SMILE / MELVO BAPTISTE / SPILLER / TARZSA
INKWELLS: CLASSIC MUSIC COMPANY
DERRICK CARTER / FLOORPLAN / GINA BREEZE / JOSH CAFFÉ
LUKE SOLOMON / SOPHIE LLOYD