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DJ Pete Tong will be a headline act and the musical director of an upcoming immersive adaptation of cult 90s rave movie Human Traffic.

The BBC Radio 1 DJ said the show, which will take place over 18 nights at Printworks in south east London, will give partygoers a “nostalgic” trip back through the “soundtrack of their youth.”

A “celebration of British 90s culture,” Human Traffic.Live will be a four-part immersive event comprising of a 50-minute theatrical performance of the 1999 movie, starring Danny Dyer, about a group of young people who live for the weekend.

Organisers say the performance will feature some of the film’s best-known scenes and has been created by Kim Gavin who worked on the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Joe Crossley, who has worked on creating areas of Burning Man festival and Glastonbury, will be Digital Art Director of the show.

Meet me at the club: Printworks in Rotherhithe will host the event (Jake Davis/Hungry visuals)

Once the 50-minute performance is over, Londoners will be able to enjoy a post-show rave – with Tong, 59, headlining the first night on May 22. He is also musical director of the experience, as he was for the original film.

Before the show, guests will be able to browse a cultural exhibition dedicated to the 90s and enjoy an indoor street food market and bar produced by Kerb.

Speaking to the Standard about the experience, Tong said: “This film and this music is the soundtrack of [many people’s] youth. It is the music of their life and it has survived the test of time. It is going to be a unique party. It is immersive rave theatre and the audience aren’t the cast. The show is very honourable to the movie, but maybe just enhanced.”

He said the show would appeal to a variety of audiences.

“The fact it is in Printworks, which is one of the hottest venues in London, means the crowd will be younger. But a lot of people nowadays still love the music but they don’t want to be out in a club until 4 or 5am. They want to party at something that takes place well before midnight.”

Printworks has a capacity of 5,000 and first opened in January 2017. It was once the largest printing factory in Western Europe and was where the Evening Standard used to be printed.

Human Traffic.Live will run at Printworks, London from May 22 to June 13.

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