Global curators of experiences that represent the alternative, The Hydra’s reputation has spread far beyond its London home.
Founded by electric minds label boss and off-location event pioneer Dolan Bergin as well as Ajay Jayaram (previously Head of Programming for The End and Cable), the duo have grown to be synonymous with global electronic music.
Their early ascent saw their reputation spread with their ability to locate and transform obscure settings into fully functioning event spaces, catholic churches, dilapidated warehouses, loft spaces, theatres, pool halls, a former department store, a capsule on the London Eye and a decommissioned WWII Naval Frigate have all played a part in The Hydra’s formative years – each party capturing a nomadic spirit of adventure severely lacking across the capital.
The Hydra’s mobility eventually guided them to Wapping’s Studio Spaces in 2013. In an era of increasingly rigid and authoritarian controls they defiantly advanced Studio Spaces into a three-room club space.
Never ones to remain stagnant, their departure from Studio Spaces marks a bigger-picture approach to curating and producing the very best of underground music. Impressive new venue Printworks London, world-famous institution the Barbican and the legendary custom soundsystem of Ministry of Sound host The Hydra in 2017.