Printworks, Canada Water

The opening weekend
Printworks is a new 5,000-capacity music and arts venue on the site of the old Associated Newspaper printing presses in Canada Water. Following an opening party this month, its line-up in March includes events hosted by Melt Festival, Nina Kravitz and The Hydra.

Printworks has doubled as a Death Star and a zombie rat run in recent Secret Cinema productions and anyone who experienced it in either of those incarnations will attest to its versatility. It's a huge campus and a massive asset for South East London, which is not over-blessed with major venues.

Hit The Floor writes:

"The venue will undoubtedly put London nightlife firmly back on the worldwide map... Was this the best time to open such an establishment when the whole night-time community was being scrutinised and pulled apart? The answer is yes. Yes, this is a perfect time.

"The opening of Printworks has not only solidified the idea that not only is London club culture going anywhere, but we now finally have a venue to rival our European counterparts."

"Printworks comes to us from the team behind LWE, Junction 2 and the now infamous daytime raves at Tobacco Dock... LWE is currently unrivalled and are consistently raising the bar and expectations for what it means to host a successful rave."

For full details, click here.

Station approach

JPM has spotted this sign on his travels and wonders whether Brockley residents would like something similar on the approach to Brockley or Crofton Park stations.

What say you?

Brockley's Crossrail connection completed

Whitechapel station, which will provide an interchange between the East London Line and the Elizabeth Line, is now ready to take five-car ELL trains.

Gary Stevens, Operational Task Manager, Whitechapel said: "Customers using Whitechapel station via London Overground will now be able to use full lengths of platforms 5 & 6 as there is no need for customers to walk through car 5 to car 4 of the train to depart the train. This should ease congestion on the platforms."

The Shenfield to Liverpool Street service opens in May using existing rail lines, and the new route comes online in a phased roll-out from 2018. Thanks to Monkeyboy for the update.

Brockley's official Big Issue seller

Coming soon: Saka Maka Cafe

Essence of India (171 Brockley Road) has closed and will be replaced by Saka Maka Cafe.

The old restaurant improved its offer a year or so ago, but its brand was too tarnished and it never pulled in the punters. Its successor is opening soon and its online menu looks considerably nicer than its website.

The concept seems to be an Indian cafe that blends classic Indian dishes with coffees and juices to pull in the daytime punters.

SMASHfest Supervolcano

It's SMASHfestUK week!

The pop-science and theatre festival aimed at kids of all ages has taken over the Deptford Lounge and The Albany during half term and is staging a range of free Supervolcano-themed events.

The 2017 centrepiece is a five metre-high cryovolcano that will erupt, shooting 1500 ping pong balls high into the sky above the Albany Theatre as part of a world record attempt. They say:

"Using liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees we’ll be setting off a massive explosion that will rock the festival. Be part of history by helping us build this behemoth. Then when it goes off you’ll be a world record holder. Make sure you’re there! Ear Pugs will be provided - It's Going to Be Loud!"

For the full list of events, click here.

Ladywell to become Lewisham tennis hub

I ain't got time to bleed: A predator-eye view of the floodlit courts
Ed writes:

The three tarmac and two grass tennis courts in Ladywell Fields are being replaced by five tarmac courts. Four of them will be floodlit. Having read through the planning docs, here are some of the main points:

- 18 seven-metre high LED floodlights are being installed. They will surround four of the tennis courts.
- The floodlights don’t mean all-night play. They, ’shall not operate after 9.30pm on weekdays, and 8.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays’.
- The frogs and fishes have been thought about. Planners have done light surveys, and the courts ‘must be managed’ so that one of the courts (court 3) is always the last to have its lights switched on. This is to ‘reduce impact from light spillage on the secondary river channel’.
- It’s all part of a strategy… The redevelopment of the courts is part of a borough-wide scheme to encourage us all to play more tennis. Research by the Lawn Tennis Association says that 3,888 Lewisham residents play tennis – and a further 4,940 ‘would like to play in the future’.
 He didn't kill you because you weren't armed - No sport: Work in progress
- Borough-wide, there are nine parks with 26 tennis courts in Lewisham. They are all free to use at the moment. However, say the council, ’usage is restricted to summer because of the condition of the courts and the fact that none have floodlights’. (You can’t play in the dark).
- The developments will allow Ladywell Fields to become the HUB site for the borough that connects all the other park tennis facilities in the Borough.
- Lots more people will end up playing tennis at Ladywell Fields. Planners expect: ’12,450 hours of play’ to result because of the upgrade.
- Players will have to pay (the courts are free to use now). Instead of ‘turn-up-and-play’ a ‘pay-and-play’ system will come into use.
- According to the Ladywell Village Improvement Group website: ‘Access to the tennis courts will require a digital fob (that will cost £30-50 p.a. per individual or family). An online booking system will enable fob access for pre-booked, one hour time slots.’

The work on the tennis courts is scheduled to finish by end of March, with the floodlights going up in ‘stage 2’ sometime later this year. You can register your interest here.

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