Review of Half Baked presents Lola Ed

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Half Baked put on an amazing warehouse rave on Friday night with Lola Ed. They kept everyone dancing till dawn with some of the finest French house sounds around!* Hearn Street Car Park is one of the original east London rave spots. Located just inches from the perimeter of the Shoreditch triangle, this car park has been an epi-centre of party in the area over the years, hosting a plethora of proper-good warehouse raves.  Mulletover, Soulclap and Redbull have been amongst those to have it large within these 4 walls. For this one, its infamous Sunday disco crew Half Baked - taking the reigns for a one off Friday night do with French house connoisseurs, Lola Ed. Once past the heavy queue, stressed out bouncers and coat check, we were ready for some serious raving.  The space is separated into 4 tonight – smoking area, coat check and loos, then its room 1 and the bar, then through a big black curtain to room 2 (which feels like the main party spot).

Around the walls were loads of really cool comic book prints – images of batman and his friends are all around. There was also the signature half baked bicycle, lit up with fairy lights. Very pretty!

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As we came in the residents were warming up, and the music was already deep and full of fuel.  Seuil played some old tunes, Mathew Jonson’s Folding spaces got hands in the air early on as did Tejada Mono on Mono when he dropped that later on. Anthony Collins set later on was warm and infusing, a tech house legend whose French heritage shines through with playful, infectious beats.  Dan Ghenacia never ceases to please with his deep tech beats, and played a crowd pleasing set with warm ripples of bouncy house thrown in.

The space here is huge, so even though there was a good turn out for this event, there was still plenty of room to cut some nice shapes and really get your groove on.

As with all Half Baked events, the international, fashion conscious crowd were friendly, fun and up for it. It was a slightly different vibe to their usual Sunday slot, I must say, may be less relaxed somehow. But there was definitely no shortage of energy here - The party was still going strong when I left at 5am!!

Hats off to the half baked crew for another top party - I know I'll be heading down to their next Sunday do!

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