Plastic People is a small basement club on Curtain Road in the heart of east London’s Shoreditch. With a world famous sound system and infamously dim lighting, the experience is all about loud music in a dark room. In addition to the bass-oriented FWD night, Plastic People regularly features techno, house, hip-hop, and other more experimental nights and shows. Old Street staple Plastic People is all about the music and sound system is unbeatable is many ways.
The décor of the club is stripped-back and simple – a few pieces of pine furniture, grey and red-painted walls and square light fittings. Most of the space is emptied for dancers and minglers, and extras are kept to a minimum. There is a cloakroom, bar chill out area and separate dance floor, but in general the plain industrial interior declares that this is a no-frills kind of establishment.
Though the venue has its roots in disco, funk and soul, there can be no doubt that Plastic People is predominantly an underground house and techno club. Home to a scene and epoch-defining dubstep night FWD>> on Sundays, now the venue has turned its attention to its Friday and Saturday night slots. The club is particularly famous for its Funktion One rig, which fills the dance floor with a reservoir of raw, bassy sound.
The club’s progressive programme of music is diverse, experimental and genre-bending. Big guest names include Floating Points and Horse Meat Disco, house favourites include the likes of DJ Theo Parrish and house promoters Warm Residents. The legacy of the Sunday night is kept alive by the monthly event CDR, ‘a night of ideas and tracks in the making’, hosted by Tony Nwachukwu. Many of the tickets for the biggest names sell out, so buy advance tickets online.
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