More than a year has passed since a stop was put on socialising as we knew it! Following a series of on and off lockdowns, substantial meals, mixing in bubbles and generally having no idea of what is going or when we were going to return to normality, we are now definitively on the roadmap to recovery and just weeks away from socially distanced socials, and a mere few months from touching, hugging and dancing as we knew it!
Al fresco-sit-down partying is set to return from April 12th and that means last year's go to open air venue, HWK -- The Lot, is back, with a weekly programming of the best underground DJs London and the UK has to offer.
This Saturday, we have a full day takeover from legendary club night Jigsaw, with a jam packed schedule of amazing DJs throughout the whole day!
Grab your bubble of 4 or 6, select your table type and RESERVE!
Tables can be booked in 2 slots:
2pm -- 6pm (£25 - £35)
or 6:15 -- 10pm (£40 - £60)
If you want the table all day, simple book both time slots. Each booking comes with a complimentary bottle of prosecco!
Jigsawmusic was a club night in Birmingham that championed the underground, whilst running nights in dirty basements across the city.
DJ's who graced the decks included: 4 Hero, Atjazz, Benji B, Bill Brewster, Chicken Lips, Chris Duckenfield, Cosmo, Daniel Wang, Darshan Jesrani, Daz-I-Kue, DJ Spun, Greg Wilson, Idjut Boys, IG Culture, Jimpster, Luke Unabomber, Mark E, Maurice Fulton, Metro Area, Pepe Bradock, Rahaan, Sean P, Steve Kotey, Switch, The Nextmen, The Unabombers and many others.
The night launched the record label Jiscomusic which in turn released Mark E's first ever track as well as tracks by Rahaan, The Revenge and Eddie C.
Woody was the main driving force behind Jigsawmusic and this saw him DJ alongside artists such as Kenny Dope, Mr.Scruff, Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, Theo Parrish, Jamie Jones - whilst holding down his residency at the award winning Leftfoot night, as well as playing festivals across the world.
Chris Read (BBE)
Chris Read is a London based DJ, producer and lifelong collector of hip hop, funk, soul, boogie, jazz and related beats. A number of high profile residencies including a 2 year spell as mix DJ on BBC 1Xtra launched a DJ career that has seen Chris produce mixtapes for a variety of well known labels, brands and outlets including Adidas Originals, Mr Bongo and WhoSampled, amassing over 50 Mixcloud chart #1s and over 30,000 followers on the platform. The most played mix from his popular Wax Poetics series has seen more than a million streams.
Currently releasing music for BBE Records (some-time home to artists including Roy Ayers, Madlib and J Dilla), Chris' discography includes 4 studio albums, 10 compilation albums plus an extensive catalogue of singles and remixes for a list of imprints that includes two of the three major labels, Universal and Sony. Artists who Chris has produced and remixed include Grammy Award winning vocalists Bilal and Algebra Blessett, Juno Award winner Kardinal Offishall, Mercury Award nominee Mark Rae, BBC New Music Award winners Maylight and West Coast rap icons The Pharcyde.
A steady output of mixtapes, remixes and productions has afforded Chris the opportunity to DJ around the world.
Mr.Beatnick (NTS Radio)
A resident on NTS radio for a decade, producer and DJ Mr Beatnick has released on labels such as Aus Music, Far Out, Atjazz Recordings and is synonymous with cutting edge techno imprint Don't Be Afraid. His 'Synthetes Trilogy' of deep house releases won plaudits in the early 2010s and led to gigs across Europe at venues and festivals such as Panorama Bar, Rex Club, Dimensions, Found and Sonar Festival. Last years album 'Honeycomb' recorded in lockdown found him exploring subtler more personal textures, synth experiments and his love of library music, and was listed as one of Bandcamp's 'Best Electronic Albums 2020'. His sets vary across genres and tempos, old and new - expect the unexpected with this unique, holistic selector.
Drumskull is the current alias of London-based producer and DJ, Joel Harrison. Having released a number of broken beat and house 12's over the last twenty years, his debut album as Drumskull was launched to international acclaim and support on London's Seagrave label in summer of last year. Featuring harder breaks and bass vibes alongside elements of broken beat and deep house, the album was followed in spring of this year by a highly regarded remix 12', featuring interpretations of his work by such leading producers as ETCH, Benny ILL (of Horsepower Productions) and Coco Bryce.
Rich G (Jigsaw Music)
Rich G is one of the founders and residents of Jigsawmusic. Having DJ'd for 25 years across the country at parties such as the Electric Chair and Faith. His resident sets span a wide range of music but are always anchored in grooves to get the dancefloor moving.
Need to Know
. All reservations are for between 2 to 6 people max.
. Tickets are priced per table. Not per person.
. The equivalent cover per person is just £5 - £10 depending on your table type, booking slot and assuming your table is at capacity.
. Table bookings on Saturdays come with a complimentary bottle of prosecco for tables that sit up to 6 and a glass of prosecco tables that sit up to 2 or 4.
. You can add pre-paid drink and food add-ons with this table booking.
. Bookings are held for a max of up to 30 minutes for late arrivals. We may free up your table if you're any later and don't contact the venue.
About This Booking
. This reservation is for a table in The Lot, HWK's outdoor terrace area. It includes entry, live DJs, your reserved table for 4 hours, a welcome glass or bottle of prosecco (depending on your group size), and table service from our bar and kitchen. All food and drinks are ordered from your table.
. All online reservations are in blocks of 4 hours. If you would like to keep the table for longer (all day on a Saturday for example), then please make two separate reservations (for 2pm -- 6pm and 6:15 -- 10:15pm).
. You can make reservations for groups of 2, 4 or 6 with a single transaction covering the cost of the table. So, grab your crew in advance and buy a ticket for your appropriate group size and ensure you pick the appropriate table type. Your group must be from a maximum of two households.
. There are 6 table types that cater for groups of 2, 4 and 6 and are in three distinctive areas of the space: covered (on the dancefloor area, more in the thick of things and heated); in a gazebo (a bit quieter, more private and heated) and uncovered tables (open air).
. COVID rules mean that capacity is limited. So, we advise that you reserve a table in advance to guarantee your desired table for a guarantee of 4 hours. Walk-ins are accepted during these slots if tables are free and come without welcome drinks.
. All guests must arrive together with the ticket buyers, where that person will have their tickets scanned and escorted to their seat for their 4-hour slot.
❤️ADDITIONAL INFO & SAFETY ❤️
This venue has committed to taking certain safety measures to provide a safe, comfortable experience during these times.
It’s important for us all to follow government guidelines and to minimise transmission of COVID-19. The local licensing authority have made it clear that they will be closing down venues that ignore government guidelines. Getting closed down is no good to us, you, the artists, our staff or the music community. This is a unique opportunity to socialise and see DJs that we love, in an intimate, friendly and safe setting.
In line with UK Government guidance — there will be a number of measures in place to keep everyone safe. Please read below:
. We kindly ask you not to shout, run or dance whilst at the venue.
. Please do not attend if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been asked to self-isolate.
. Please wear a mask when travelling to, from and queuing for the venue or toilet.
. All guests will be asked to sign into the Government Track & Trace app.
. Hand washing facilities are in all toilets and there are several sanitiser stations set up around the venue please make use of them!
. All food and drink will be ordered at your table via our floor staff and delivered to you. There will be no service at bars.
. Payments will be card and contactless only.
. There are several table types. Some are covered and some uncovered. We might not be able to move tables in the event of adverse weather. So, if you wanted a covered table, please assemble your group of 4 or 6, and book one in advance for a time slot of your choice. Booking slots are in blocks of 4 hours only..
. Tables have been separated by at least 1m back to back and 2m side to side for your safety and to comply with Government guidance.
. Please don’t arrange to meet in larger groups than your table allows. Keep to your own table area. We cannot allow tables to join together.
. We are unable to offer refunds or transfers of bookings less than 24 hours before your booking starts.
. There is also a grace period for your table reservation. You must arrive no later than 30 minutes after the start of your booking. We will free the table if you are any later. Please contact the venue [email protected] if you think that you are going to be any later and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please try and work with us on this. Whilst we would like to be as flexible as possible, we are working with a limited capacity and rely on the bar sales from tables we have to stay afloat. Due to high staffing costs, no-shows are extremely costly for an operation like this.
. Please be aware of others and conform with our social distancing guidelines when at the venue.
★ Location ★
We are located next to Hackney Wick station.
★ The Venue ★
There are two distinct spaces within HWK: 'HWK Bar and Restaurant' and 'The Lot'. Both are suitable for mixed households. HWK was originally a small cocktail and DJ bar that launched in Summer 2019 with an intimate interior courtyard that serves as an oasis in the industrial landscape of Hackney Wick.
As the bar itself was too small to comply to social distancing measures post lockdown, we initially focused on the interior courtyard and converted it into a restaurant and drinks area with seating. Professional sound was installed, providing drinks and diners with surround sound from the DJs in the bar.
The Lot is the space next door. A small parking lot that we converted over Summer 2020 to Hackney Wick's best outdoor venue, which has hosted plenty of DJs and parties, including REVIVEHER, Nick The Record, James Priestley, Red Rack'em, Kiwi, Ray Many, Grace Sands, Kristy Harper and Eliza Rose. Expect the best underground DJs from talented upcoming producers to legendary selectors, encompassing all manner of genres.
Last Autumn, a roof was added over half of the space with heating below. We also installed a brand-new, custom built, high fidelity sound system from East London Audio.
The Lot is fully COVID compliant, with plenty of seating all around, from the dance floor, to the front terrace and gazebos. There is table service for drinks and food from our outdoor kitchen.
Both spaces have their own unique atmosphere and DJs. If you prefer intimacy and the music a little quieter, book a table for free in HWK Bar & Restaurant for when we reopen via https://resy.com/cities/ldn/hwk , where you can enjoy flavours from So Cal and Baha Mexico, alongside some seriously excellent music selected by a varied roster of acclaimed record collectors.
And If you want the next best thing to a proper party in these strange times, book a table in The Lot!
WHAT TO EXPECT
An open-air venue in the heart of Hackney Wick, serving a wide selection of drinks and delicious street food every Thursday -- Sunday.
When arriving at HWK -- The Lot, you and your 'Bubble' will be seated on a table for just you and your group to enjoy for the afternoon or evening at a safe distance!
We have DJs every Friday evening and all-day Saturday. Expect the best underground DJs from talented upcoming producers to legendary selectors, encompassing all manner of genres. Check the listings on our website and Skiddle, for special events, as well as for when we have DJs on Thursdays and Sundays.
Oh... and if it rains, we will have you covered... Literally! We have a covered area and dancefloor with tables too!
Music Genres: Afrobeat, Disco, Hip Hop, House, Nu Disco