The Hydra

The Hydra 2015


Created in 2012 – the brainchild of former Head of Programming at The End, Ajay Jayaram, and off-location event pioneer Dolan Bergin – The Hydra has built up an inimitable reputation. The Hydra’s uncompromising mission is to collaborate with the finest artists, record labels and collectives from around the world, presenting them against a backdrop of superlative sound; bringing the very best underground electronic music to London’s doorstep.

The main Hydra series runs throughout Autumn, covering an undefined spectrum from the ever-evolving landscape of electronic music. Hence the name from Greek mythology, meaning a ‘beast with many heads’. The Hydra also rears its head at other events across the year in London and further afield…

The Hydra team were the first to truly break in the likes of now established ‘warehouse’ venues such as ICAN Studios, Peckham Palais and the much- missed Hackney Downs Studios, proving their ability to create excellent nightclub environments out of spaces where the natural logistical challenges would be otherwise prohibitive.

From 2014 The Hydra is permanently based in Studio Spaces E1.

After two years of searching, 2014 sees The Hydra set up home permanently at Studio Spaces E1: a newly fully-licensed venue in the heart of East London (a few minutes’ walk from Shadwell or Wapping stations). Currently operating as a state-of-the-art photographic studio during the day, for each night of the series it will be transformed into a unique event space with bespoke Funktion One installations provided by local legends Sound Services. The brand new second room provides a raw warehouse space with increased capacity across two equal-sized rooms: the answer to London’s electronic music venue concerns.

Studio Spaces E1
Unit 2
110 Pennington Street
London E1W 2BB
United Kingdom

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Nearest Tube Tower Hill 15 min. walk

Nearest Overground
Shadwell 5 min. walk
Wapping 10 min. walk

Nearest Buses
Wapping Lane 100, D3
The Highway (A1203) N551
Vaughn Way 100

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Two bespoke sound systems are set up for every Hydra club night, specifically tailored to suit whatever genre or configuration is required. Both rooms use Funktion-One systems exclusively - designed, set up, tuned and engineered by Sound Services.

The Black Studio

A four-point Resolution 4 with F121 bass set up gives even levels across the dancefloor with superb stereo imaging wherever you’re dancing. Extra low end is provided by Funktion-One’s recent bass reflex loudspeakers. A BR221 is placed directly in front of the DJ. This is carefully tuned to reproduce ‘infra bass’ frequencies between 20 and 40hz, the advantage of this is to provide immediate bass directly in the heart of the dancefloor increasing in intensity as you move closer to the DJ or source.

In the words of Funktion-One themselves BR bass is most effective in terms of "extending Funktion-One systems by delivering plush elastic bass with plenty of low frequency extension." The system has played host to the likes of Dixon, Marcel Dettmann, Kerri Chandler and many more masters of the craft, with devastating results...

Unit 1 Warehouse

Using the same principle on a larger scale the Warehouse system is a four-point configuration again but using two Resolution 4 mid highs and three F121 bass units per stack, offering the benefit of greater horizontal dispersion and effortless bass with the three F121s. To provide low end extension, an unprecedented two infra horns and four IB218's are employed for incredible infra bass that can truly be felt. Both systems are enhanced by front fills using F101s and F88s to give dancers directly in front of the DJ improved detail and clarity.

DJ Monitoring in both rooms is from PSM18 tri concentric monitors with additional bass from BR18s that gives power and clarity similar to the much lauded new PSM318s used in Space Ibiza and Output NYC, as endorsed by Richie Hawtin, Sven Vath and Carl Cox alike.


Where are you?

Unit 1 & 2, 110 Pennington Street, E1W 2BB (click for a Google Map) equidistant from Shadwell and Wapping train stations

What do you do with lost property?

If you lose something report it at the cloakroom. Lost property remains at the venue for 3 weeks after the event. After that, clothing is given to charity and phones are sent back to the manufacturer. Email with the details of your item and if we have it, you can come and collect at a pre-arranged time. Emails will be responded in the week following the event. Please do not call the Studio as they do not have the person power to deal with enquires over the phone. Thanks for your help/patience and rest assured that many items are reunited with their rightful owners each week. X

Do you take cards?

Yes at the bar only, minimum spend £10 - bring ID if look U25. You must have cash to pay on the door.

What are your conditions of entry?

You must be over 18 with ID. You will be subject to a search and we reserve the right of refusal.

Be Nice.

Do you use strobe lighting?

We use strobe lights for the majority of our nights, as well as smoke machines. Music is played at a pleasing level. Ear plugs are available at the bar.


We advise you check your valuable items into the cloakroom, which is open all night long.


We advise you to travel by public transport, parking is extremely limited and not permitted on Pennington Street if you wish to enter Studio Spaces E1.

When can we find out set times?

Set times are posted on Twitter and Facebook on the night of the show.


Look after yourselves and those around you. Contact a member of staff you feel unwell. Free water is available at the bar. Rave safe. x

Why do you confiscate chewing gum?

Studio Spaces E1 a state-of-the-art photographic studio by day, which we transform into a music venue for each night. We are doing our best to keep it this way!