The End London last parties.

Words by: I-Voice
Posted: 2/12/08 17:25

It was with great sadness that news of the imminent closure of one London's true hotbeds for electronic music was received in autumn this year.

After 13 years, The End will close on January 24th 2009 having inspired a generation and seen the just about every DJ worth seeing during that time.

The main reason for the closing of the club is twofold, "key people in the team were ready to move on, which coincided with us being made an offer on the building and we felt it time to pursue different roads" explained The End's directors Layo and Zoe Paskin.

"It's been a very tough decision, I can't yet really picture what it's going to be like to close the doors on the last day, it's an impossible emotion to try and reach... it wasn't a purely financial decision" continues Zoe. Layo further clarifies "We've had offers for the club before, and yes, this was the best one. But I wouldn't say that it's so good that it makes this a purely financial issue - it's a circumstantial issue, coupled with financial. If it was seven or eight years ago, an offer like this wouldn't have been accepted. It's a lot to do with the timing."

The timing referred to for the Paskins is that without some staff, who are basically like part of the furniture at the West Central Street club, then The End just wouldn't be The End anymore. Add in a chunky, hard to refuse offer and well we're left with under 2 months to enjoy a true champion of innovative and cutting edge dance music. Furthermore, it is a melancholy adieu to yet another of one of London's iconic clubspots. Naturally, there is going to be one of helluva send off, starting in style with a 13th Birthday bash with master of ceremonies Sven Vath, on Saturday 6th December.

The End is open every day of the week in December, but here are the standout final events:

Friday Dec 5th - DJ Marky & friends

  • Main Room: DJ Marky (all night long / last ever appearance at The End)
  • Lounge: Marcus Intalex & Doc Scott (techno set)
  • AKA: Warm feat. Jazzanova, Ali Tillett, Rob Summerhayes
Saturday Dec 6th  - The End's 13th Birthday
  • Main Room: Sven Vath, Layo & Bushwacka!, Mr C
  • Lounge: Masters From Work
  • AKA: Layo & Bushwacka! (alternative set), Pedro Galante (Brasil)
Sunday Dec 7th - Jaded (afterhours)
  • Every Sunday from 5.30am with Raymondo Rodriguez
Saturday Dec 13th - NEED2SOUL
  • Main Room: Joe 'Joaquin' Claussell, Jerome Sydenham, Rap Saunders
  • Lounge: Patrice Scott, Keith Worthy, Ben Chapman
  • AKA: Maurice Fulton, Faze Action, Andy Bird, Beccy Grierson
Saturday Dec 19th - RAM Records
  • Main Room: Andy C (3hrs), Ed Rush & Optical, Chase & Status, DJ Die b2b Fierce, Sub Focus, Red One, Culture Shock, Shimon, Moving Fusion, Xample
    MCs: MC GQ, Dynamite MC and guests
  • Lounge: Kenny Ken (Old Skool), IC3 (Electro Set), Ant Miles & Boneshaker (Ram Raiders Set), Jay Cunning, Neil Mitchell
  • AKA: Frequency Recordings - Lomax, Brookes Brothers, Sparfunk, Subterra, DC Breaks, Basher, Deep, Ray Rampage, Special A, Eddy Woo
Saturday Dec 20th - Buzzin' Fly
  • Main Room: Ben Watt, Justin Martin, Chris Woodward
  • Lounge: Kompakt feat. Justus Kohncke (live / DJ)
  • AKA: Bushwacka!, Movimento Samba Funk, Rodrigo Lunardelli
Saturday Dec 27th - M-nus
  • Main Room & Lounge: Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Marc Houle (live), Magda
  • AKA: Layo, Mr C
Wednesday Dec 31st - The End NYE
  • Main Room & Lounge: Laurent Garnier, Layo
  • AKA: Freerange feat. Jimpster, Milton Jackson, Pash Ostovar, Matt Masters
Thursday January 1st - Circo Loco New Year's Day
  • Main Room: Matthias Tanzmann, Cirillo, Clive Henry, Jamie Jones, Davide Squillace, Sossa and more
Saturday January 24th - The End closing.
  • Line up tbc You can read the full interview with Layo and Zoe Paskin here



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