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.
Grab your bubble of 4 or 6, select your table type and RESERVE!
Tables are just £5- £10 to reserve for your whole group at this relaunch party. Grab them whilst you still can.
To kick off our relaunch, we have invited DJs from Phonica Records to catapult us on the road to recovery. Phonica is London's leading independent record shop and one of the world’s most formidable dance music retailers, stocking the latest releases, spanning house, techno, electro, broken beat, nu jazz, disco, dub, reggae and many more.
In addition to that, they run their own labels: Phonica Records, Phonica White, Phonica Records Special Editions and Karakul, featuring artists such as Midland, Four Tet, Peggy Gou, Iori, Secret Sundaze, Al Zanders, Roman Flügel and many more
Based inPoland St, Soho, the store opened in 2003 and quickly became an institution in London. Phonica is one of the few record shops that has not only weathered the changing seasons of music and vinyl in particular but has continued to grow stronger. Dig deeper below the surface and you’ll find that Phonica manages a variety of in-house record labels and hosts numerous in-store events ultimately hinting at their larger cultural influence across the capital.
Founded by Simon Rigg, Heidi Van Den Amstel and Tom Relleen, Phonica it entered an environment of decline when it opened. Record shops in Soho were closing, vinyl sales were at an all-time low and Dido’sLife For Rent was the year’s best selling album. How times have changed with vinyl sales at an all-time high for the first time in 20+ years.A lot has changed in the intervening years in the shop too.
Heidi went on to BBC Radio 1 before building her profile as a versatile selector who later carved a lucrative career as one of the world’s most in-demand DJ’s; one the of the many success stories to stem from behind Phonica’s counter. The likes of Will Saul, Palms Trax, James Priestley, Anthea and Hector are just a handful of the previous talents the store has also nurtured. While Simon Rigg still heads up the team, managing everything from creative control, record stock and overseeing the store’s label.
Aside from being an independent record shop, Phonica has proved intrinsic to London’s electronic music community, affirming itself as a hub for burgeoning artists, dedicated music lovers and internationally acclaimed artists that counts a who’s who of international DJs as shop regulars (Four Tet, Ben UFO, Floating Points, Caribou, Jamie Jones and Dixon to name a few). Phonica has been instrumental in bringing a new type of record shop to the fore. Where shops previously limited themselves to specific genres, manager Simon Rigg encourages a “broad church” approach to dance music, offering everything from rare soul 7″s to library soundtracks to big room house and techno 12″s.
Hosting regular in-stores, legendary Record Store Day parties and live streams, it has cemented a reputation at the heart of London’s international club scene. Phonica has hosted an impressive mix of over 300 in-store sets with reputable artists like Peggy Gou, Leon Vynehall, Four Tet, 2 Many DJs, Ron Trent, Louie Vega, Blessed Madonna, Ge-OlogyDaniel Avery, KiNK and lots more. It now also boasts an overseas outpost atThe Storein Berlin.
And where other “one-stop-shops” can lack the breadth of knowledge to match the variety on offer, Phonica’s prowess lies behind the counter, in its staff and the grand wall of vinyl that looms over them.
In theirown words: “Fads come and go but we still always sell good dance music, that’s basically it.”
With an enviable wall of the newest 12″s from across the spectrum, the digging is real at Phonica. Staff recommendations are key to some of the best music finds, and who’s more qualified than the experts at a London vinyl institution?
Which leads us on to who’s repping this almight vinyl emporium at The Lot for our relaunch!
Nick Williams (Meda Fury / Phonica)
Nick is Assistant Manager at Phonica Records in Soho London and for over 10 years has been serving up new releases to some of the busiest working DJ's, everyone from Seth Troxler to Andrew Weatherall, Erol Alkan to Josey Rebelle, Floating Points, Honey Dijon, Four Tet and Moodymann.
In the past, he put on his own club nights (on his own and with collaborators) providing UK debut performances for Ron Morelli, Maxmillion Dunbar, Beautiful Swimmers, Vakula, and Ital. These parties also saw him booking Paul White, Bullion, Magic Mountain High, Kyle Hall, Maurice Fulton, DMX Krew, Funkineven and Computer Jay and many more.
In 2013, Nick started working in A&R, and founded the label: Meda Fury. Now 30 releases deep - Meda Fury caters to exotic strains of house music from all over the globe. Releases so far include: DJ Seinfeld, Hazylujah, Takuya Matsumoto, Damon Bell, OL, D-Ribeiro, Pearl River Sound, Ryota OPP, Lady Blacktronika, Rimbaudian, Sad City, Pletnev, Alleged Witches, Eliphino, Bruise and Silvestre. In 2020 Meda Fury released an immense charity compilation containing 42 exclusive tracks called The Many. Work for the compilation began in June, in reaction to the murder of George Floyd. 100% of proceeds went to 4 different anti-racism charities.
Nick’s DJ career began after attending the first outdoor incarnations of Tribal Gathering festival, as well as illegal parties in London, he played one of his first sets at the infamous Manumission Motel in Ibiza in 1997. Nick has supported some of the biggest headliners in the game: in the last 10 years he can boast warm up sets for the likes of Moodymann, Omar S, Squarepusher, Juan Atkins, Joy O, Four Tet, Shackleton, Carl Craig, Midland, Kassem Mosse, DJ Seinfeld, Nina Kraviz, Jon Hopkins, Josey Rebelle, Rick Wilhite, Dego, Terrence Parker and Derrick Carter. He’s gone B2B with Axel Boman in Bilbao, Space Dimension Controller in Antwerp, Dauwd in Berlin and James Priestley at Pikes in Ibiza.
Having played at all the London staple venues such as Corsica Studios, Plastic People, Village Underground, Great Suffolk St, Ministry Of Sound, Fire and Fabric, as well as audiophile hot spot Spiritland. Nick has been throwing his own Meda Fury parties and been touring the world these last 5 years including regular stints in Berlin as well as cities such as Munich, Paris, Venice, Milan, Puglia, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Bilbao. He’s completed two tours of Japan and made festival appearances at Farr, Al Fresco and All Points East in the UK, as well as Odyysia (Greece), Locus and Sparks (Italy) and Dimensions in Croatia.
Oscar Abduallah (Phonica)
Joining Nick will be Phonica’s post-master general Oscar Abdullah, who has built up his dancefloor knowledge over ten years playing across the world on festival stages, dingy basements and everything in between. Whether it’s a rare 80s proto house gem, a brand new disco weapon or his own special edits and remixes, he prides himself on variety while keeping bodies moving and faces smiling. Through his monthly Balamii Radio show Evening Mass with Tia Cousins, Oscar explores all genres from jazz to jungle with no preconceptions and judgements. The only important thing is good music.
Need to Know
. All reservations are for between 2 to 6 people max.
. Tickets are priced per table. Not per person. The cost for a whole table is just £5 or £10.
. You can also 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 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 (6pm – 10pm)
. 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@example.com 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.
We are located next to Hackney Wick station.
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!
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