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.
So, grab your bubble of 4 or 6, select your table type and RESERVE NOW!
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!
Donna Leake (Brilliant Corners)
The second Saturday of our relaunch sees 3 amazing selectors across the full day.
Warming things up from 2pm iss Brilliant Corners affiliate, Donna Leake, with a vinyl only set. Starting out behind the bar at infamous audiophile spot, Brilliant Corners, Donna quickly garnered a reputation for her eclectic knowledge and taste in music through her own sets at Brilliant Corners and her debut Boiler Room set. Her selections of unrecognisable psyche, jazz and world music on that appearance, led to club and festival bookings and two further Boiler Room appearances since.
Her sets spread far and wide, always depending on how she feels in the moment and for getting lost in the present. Music for open ears, open minds, open hearts and zero expectations. Donna’s love of music is undeniable and her enthusiasm for organic sound, non-formulaic track selection and dancey energy makes her somewhat of a music anomaly. Before seeing herself as a selector or DJ, she sees herself as a listener and a dancer and it’s this approach that makes her special.
Ray Mang B2B Kevin Macey
Ray Mang returns to HWK following his debut appearance at REVIVEHER last October.
Together with friend Kev Macey (one half of Amp + Deck), Mang + Macey bring an eclectic mix of music spanning the globe from Balearic, Disco-funk to house remixes/edits and more. Ray is DJ/producer/remixer who has been making a massive mark on the world of dance music since the mid-90s and plays at some of the world’s best festivals, clubs, bars, boats and beach parties. Kev is a household name in and around East London, playing at some of the top bars. For a number of years now Kev has been a regular guest at 'Pikes on Sundays', Ibiza's most iconic venue.
The first thing that strikes music aficionados about Raj Gupta, is his excessive back catalogue of productions. With 3 albums and over 30 original releases to his name, either under his “Ray Mang” alias, as “Raj Gupta”, “Laj”, “Mang Dynasty (his project with Bill Brewster); or in bands “Block 16” and “Motif” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBRd-pJNrb0), spanning 3 decades, then it’s fair to say Ray Mang is a prolific and well-respected producer, as well as musician and DJ.
He landed his first 12” ‘Number One’ in 1996 on Idjut Boys’ Noid Recordings, which gained widespread support in the clubs and on compilations. He has taken that wonky party sound and kept it moving on ever since, straddling the genres of disco, boogie, house, nu-disco and balearic to aplomb!
He launched his own label Mangled in ’98, which has since been a go to for his own output.
Well-known Mang hits include, DFA’s ‘Bullet Proof’ EP featuring Lady Miss Kier, a disco-house reimagining of a P-funk classic; and the blissed-out Balearic gem ‘Look Into My Eyes’ (sampling Tangerine Dream’s soundtrack for the film Risky Business), which instantly became a firm favourite for many. The latter was re-released with his first ever track (Number One), on Ray’s Mangled label in 2018 as one heavyweight 12”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZBhFVTAUPA
His recent remix for Phenomenal Handclap Band’s “Judge Not” in 2018 on label Toy Tonics, which was re-released with Special versions last year, has also received widespread radio and club support, finding its way straight into many great DJs bags: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDE_PdjrdJ8
In all his guises Ray Mang is one of the most prolific contributors to the UK disco/house canon. It’s no surprise then, that he has racked up countless relases and remixes on labels from iconic independents such as Nuphonic, R&S, Eskimo, Leng, Claremont 56, Is It Balearic, Toy Tonics, Nang, ESP Institute, DFA, Defected, XL to major players such as Virgin, EMI and Columbia.
As a remixer, his phone never stops ringing. He’s notched up over 100 credits for huge bands and artists such as Gorillaz, Shirley Bassey, Beck, Roxy Music / Bryan Ferry, Doves, Freddie Mercury, Calvin Harris, Bloc Party, Munk, Friendly Fires; to the more discerning likes of Jacques Renault, Classixx, Dmitri From Paris, Phenomenal Handclap Band; to reworking cult dance classics by the likes of S-Express, Daniel Grau & Los Amigos Invisibles, Arbeid Abelt and West Philips, to name just a few. Forthcoming remixes include Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry, Chris Coco, FSQ, Cho & Random Impetus, HMD, and many more.
His music receives regular radio and DJ support from lesser-known names such as Felix Dickinson, Tim Sweeney, Eric Duncan to well-established names like Francois Kevorkian, Gilles Peterson, DJ Harvey, Danny Krivit, Optimo, Horse Meat Disco and Radio stalwarts Trevor Nelson, Craig Charles and Lauren Lavern to name but a few.
Having built up such a reputation over the decades, Ray Mang is a globe-trotting DJ that plays overseas more than he does in his native UK and London, taking in sets at festivals, clubs, pools, boats, rooftops and beaches, in some of the most beautiful locations around the world. He’s most loved in Japan, where his career has been studied by disco fans and clubbers alike; he’s also a regular at Love International Festival and Mareh Festival in Brazil.
His incendiary sets blend house, disco, boogie, cosmic, balearic, latin, afro and his own edits and unreleased material all in one!
Mang & Macey play 6pm – 10pm! Don’t miss this one.
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@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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