Club Night Profile
Richie Hawtin's Minus parties have long been a favourite on The End's calendar. Whether it's DJ sets from Magda or Troy Pierce, live sets from Marc Houle or Gaiser, or just Richie himself playing all night long, there's always a roadblock crowd and roof-raising atmosphere.
RICHIE HAWTIN - TEN-HOUR SET
AUGUST 24, 2003
Richie Hawtin : "The End has always been a special place for Magda, John Aquaviva and myself. We first put on Plus 8 parties which then turned into Minus parties- and the people got crazier and crazier. We wanted to take the night to the next level so we booked a bank holiday and decided to have a 12-hour party. We knew people would go for it! Everyone, even the people on the bar, had an amazing energy that night. We hoped that it would happen, there was an anticipation that led to a feeling of release, that people would go for it - and they did. We played all our weird tracks as well as some early acid house classics. For me, it had the feeling of one of your first nights, when you think ‘This is why I play this music. ’ This night is in my top ten club experiences in London for sure. What I love about The End is that as a DJ you ’re in the middle of the dancefloor. It ’s hard to get acclimatised to the feeling of being in the round but once you ’re there with the people..... well, that ’s what makes The End so special. "
Liam O ’Hare (Operations Director for The End): "The intensity he managed to create was sensational. His control, concentration and mastery of the machinery was awesome. People get the impression he ’s a boffin, but not at all. He went through minimal, hard techno, dub - but always with plenty of funk. He created edits on the fly, on the spot. People were whooping and cheering all night long. The last hour-and-a-half were almost unmixed, playing classic after classic, vibing off the crowd. There are few DJs that can play at that level for that amount of time."