London new venue: It's a matter of fact.

Words by: Dave
Posted: 25/8/08 16:57

"September 19th sees London getting a much needed beat boost as the new venue matter opens its doors. A widespread rumour among the city's club gossips has finally come true; the crack team behind the much lauded Fabric have delivered what looks set to be another breathtaking next-level venue."  

matter (yes, it's spelt with a small m - very postmodern) is a state of the art, three floor, 2,600 capacity venue  housed within London's O2 dome. And, like its legendary forefather, is dedicated to the ultimate clubbing experience both sonically and visually. With live and club music in equally firm focus, the versatile venue, kitted with the latest in audio / visual technology, will cater for a wide wealth of contemporary flavours. Just like they do in today's shuffle culture, cutting edge club cuts from the world's most forward-thinking DJs will sit alongside the most exciting alternative genres, from indie to grime.  

Nothing could showcase this open-armed attitude more than their opening weekend on September 19-20. The live launch on September 19 sees James Lavell's UNKLE opening proceedings with their shimmering electronic grunge while hot hipsters Late At The Pier and Mercury-signed Iglu & Hartley provide strong armed support. Roll on to the 20th for the club launch and you'll find Carl Cox making a rare UK club appearance in 2008 as he puts the new system through the most gruelling of techno workouts. Joining Coxy will be Radio 1 star Kissy Sell Out, Circus head honcho Yousef, super slick technoid The Field, Soulwax's awe-inspiring Nightmoves live act and the ones to watch Skull Juice.  

As far as opening weekends go, it doesn't get much bigger. Following events include Mylo, Reverend & The Makers, Casino Royale and Freeform Five (September 26th), a Renaissance event where Sasha will launch his exhilarating new Invol2ver album alongside Scarlett Etienne, Mark Brown, Micky Slim and Steve Mac (September 27th), a Mousetrap party hosted by 2008's runaway star Deadmau5 (October 2nd), a Bedrock bash with John Digweed and Tom Middleton (October 10th) and the This Is Not London themed nights featuring Simian Mobile Disco (October 3rd), Armand Van Helden (October 17th), DFA's James Murphy (October 24th) and Justice (October 25th). 

With the closure of Turnmills, The Cross, Canvas and The Key, matter is breath of fresh air for London's club scene. A bespoke music policy, a unique space and a tailor made audio / visual set up; it's an electrifying jolt of nightlife inspiration for the big city. And that's a matter of fact. 

First 6 Weeks Music Programming

19th - Live Launch Night - UNKLE Live, Late Of The Pier Live , Iglu & Hartley Live, Huw Stephens (Radio 1) (£20)
20th - Club Launch Night - Carl Cox, Kissy Sell Out, Yousef & More TBA (£18)
26th - Mylo, Reverend and The Makers Live, Casino Royale Live, Riotous Rockers more TBA (£15)
27th - Renaissance - Sasha, Marcus James. Room 2: CR2 Live & Direct - Mark Brown, Micky Slim, Steve Mac, Arno Cost (£16)

2nd - Mousetrap Party: Deadmau5 Live, Chris Lake (£12.50)
3rd - This is Not London - Simian Mobile Disco (£15 Early Bird, £20 Door)
10th - BedRock 10th Anniversary - John Digweed (All night) (Limited £10 tickets)
17th - This Is Not London - Southern Fried Records, Armand Van Helden (£15 Early Bird,  £20 Door)
18th - This Is Not London - Moshi Moshi Records Label Party (£15 Early Bird,  £20 Door)
24th - This Is Not London - James Murphy (£15 Early Bird, £20 Door)
31st - This Is Not London - details TBA (£15 Early Bird, £20 Door)

Tickets for matter promoted events go on sale 14th August and are available from

Located at The O2 in North Greenwich, matter is easily accessible by boat, tube, bus and road. You can take a boat trip with Thames Clippers from any of six piers; Embankment, Waterloo, London Bridge, Blackfriars, Tower Pier and Canary Wharf. The service runs every 30 minutes and delivers you directly to The O2. In addition there will be a new all night boat service back into town every night we are open.
Three floor, 32,737 sq.ft, 2,600 capacity - Address: The O2 - Peninsula Square - London, SE10 ODY - Tel:  +44 (0)207 549 6686

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