London’s vibrant techno scene is not to be missed, with new nights springing up every week, there’s always something different to try at the weekend. If you’re looking for a warehouse party or a more intimate boiler room-style event, here are some of the best nights and clubs for techno music in the city.
Located between the railway arches, Elephant and Castle’s well-loved Corsica Studios (previously known as the Corsica Arts Club) is quite literally the definition of “underground techno.” The late-night music venue is reminiscent of Berlin techno nightclubs Tresor and Club der Visionäre. Corsica Studios books top DJs from around the world and makes it the perfect spot for a late-night session. Corsica Studios is every techno-lover’s dream, with a heavy-duty sound system and creative video installations and projections to enhance the experience.
A newcomer to the London techno scene is Printworks, a supersize venue with a staggering 6,000-person capacity. It consists of over 15 acres of private gated land, with six main event spaces spread over multiple floors. There’s even original industrial printing press machinery dotted around the club, which adds something special to the unique space. Printworks offers outstanding techno nights such as The Hydra and popular DJs like Steve Angello to bring in the crowds to fill out the enormous space.
Union club hosts WRONG! every Saturday from 1 a.m., an underground after-hours party specialising in all things techno; with local DJs and tech house DJs taking up the decks. WRONG! prefers showcasing top new talent rather than booking well-established artists to guarantee fresh new music to clubbers. The venue offers an all-night and all-day party with some of the longest opening hours in London, perfect for techno fanatics. Hardcore fans will certainly love Union’s all-night parties located in the heart of Vauxhall.
Bethnal Green’s Oval Space has become famous within the London music scene due to its exciting programme of alternative techno music and popular DJ sets, including its “Oval Space Music Presents…” series. Oval Space offers collaborative nights with the likes of Tresor club in Berlin, to provide the ultimate clubbing experience for techno fans. The venue is a warehouse-style loft with glass windows to capture the breathtaking sunrise over the industrial East London landscape in the early hours. It also boasts one of the best club terrace spaces in the city.
Brixton’s Club 414 is every techno-lover’s dream, with two intimate rooms, a colourful dance area and a roof terrace to cool off on after a session on the dancefloor. With doors that are open until 7am and a variety of techno DJs performing every weekend, the club is an absolute must for any techno fan looking for an all-night party. Sadly, the much-loved Brixton club has been threatened with closure on numerous occasions due to planning permission proposals, but community petitions have kept the doors open and the loyal clubbers returning every weekend.