The excitement surrounding Fold’s opening late last summer was palpable. Finally, London was going to get the 24-hour venue it had been crying out for in the midst of a stagnating, sterile club culture plagued by out of touch licensing policy and “pressures of gentrification.” With carefully-considered programming, top-shelf sound specification and a safe space policy, it was primed to change the landscape of London’s club scene, and for the better.
Situated within the industrial wasteland that is East London’s Canning Town, Fold has gone from strength-to-strength in recent months. Being well off the beaten track, a slow-ish start was to be expected, but the likes of Ilian Tape, Northern Electronics and Dance For Refuge have been drawing the crowds of late.
The venue, in essence, is a blank canvas for creative expression – of course much of this centres around nightlife and dancing, but as a recent Inverted Audio-produced film directed by Rebecca Salvadori shows, there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye.