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Boiler Room, London’s seminal clubbing experience, is celebrating the first birthday of its groundbreaking website.
Starting life as a club night in a warehouse in Hackney, Boiler Room’s appeal is due to the simplicity of the concept: organisers place emphasis on showcasing a DJ’s talents by setting them up in front of a webcam. Meanwhile, a lucky few – who are present on an invite-only basis – stand behind, watching and stroking their chins in wonderment.
It’s thanks to the webcam that fans are treated to aural adventures in electronica from their armchair, with the website’s live stream broadcasting performer’s musical twists and turns to viewers around the globe.
It’s unbelievable to think that the seminal clubbing experience only launched its website a year ago – it now has a monthly audience of 1.2m people. But with previous performances from such revered artists as Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Jamie xx, James Blake and Four Tet in its already-packed archive, is it any wonder it’s picked up so many already?
Thankfully there are many more upcoming performances to mark in the diary, with the next seeing techno stalwarts Orbital and reformed punk rockers Public Image Ltd take to the virtual stage on Monday 19 March. Keep it quiet, though – this one is supposed to be a secret. We’ll see you there with our slippers on and a mug of cocoa in hand.
This feature was published in March 2012.