Printworks announces it will return in 2026 following closing weekend parties

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 (Printworks / Luke Dyson)
(Printworks / Luke Dyson)

Iconic London venue Printworks, which held a series of closing parties over this bank holiday weekend following news it was to shut its doors permanently, has revealed it is set to return to the site in 2026.

The 6,000 capacity nightspot, which opened in 2017 in the former Evening Standard printing works, is closing as part of a £3.5 billion redevelopment of the site.

But Broadwick Live, which has run the venue for the past six years, says it will continue to work with the building’s owners British Land, and will launch Printworks 2.0 subject to planning permission. It hope to retain much of the original architecture and essence of the Press Halls.

Southwark Council previously approved plans to build 200,000 square metres of workspace on the industrial site which means it will close for several years.

Night Czar Amy Lamé, said she was delighted the venue would return, adding, “Printworks has played a dynamic role bringing together culture, music and entertainment and attracting artists and visitors from all over the world.”

Broadwick Live’s director of entertainment Matthew Johsnon had previously hinted at a potential return of the venue, as the events company continued talks about the future of the space with owners British Land.

The venue started hosting events back in 2017 and quickly became a hugely popular space in London, regularly featuring in Top 100 club rankings annually since.

 (Jake Davis / Printworks)
(Jake Davis / Printworks)

It attracted some of the biggest names in dance music and the venue’s closing weekend line-up included Grammy-award winning DJ Black Coffee and Grammy-nominated Liverpool duo CamelPhat among the many acts across the four-day farewell. Stars including Adam Beyer and Charlotte de Witte thanked the venue for serving as the backdrop of some of their favourite memories.

Belgian DJ and producer De Witte told the Standard: “I really consider myself to have a special relationship with Printworks. I was actually the opening act when they first opened their doors in 2017. I remember playing for an empty room at the start  because of delays at the entrance, but I also remember nearly missing my flight to Santiago de Chile later that night because it was so difficult to leave the venue.

“Safe to say, it has always been a venue that I loved spending time at. I feel honored to have hosted several KNTXT nights in such an iconic venue. It really was one of my favorite spaces  in the world; the sound, the vibe, the people front and backstage.. Just truly iconic. It’s amazing to have been a part of their story and I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for the team.”

Swedish DJ and producer Adam Beyer said: “From the unparalleled energy of Drumcode events, the honour to perform an extended set and the countless unforgettable moments shared with fellow artists and fans alike. This extraordinary venue fostered a unique connection within our community. To the incredible staff, fellow artists, and the passionate ravers - thank you for being part of this journey.”

As well as the regular club shows, Printworks has also hosted orchestra performances, BBC Proms, ballet, fashion shows, and film sets.

While the venue is scheduled to reopen in 2026, Broadwick Live continues its events elsewhere, with venue The Beams opening earlier this year, as well as Dockyards, a new open air space that will host a str parties this summer. The events company will also host Field Day festival on August 19 at Victoria Park, London.