After its relaunch in September 2012, XOYO is beyond any doubt one of the most innovative and influencial music hubs and clubs in London. With cutting edge live music on weekdays, top DJ names on Fridays/Saturdays and occasional after-parties on Sundays: XOYO never sleeps, keeping its events fresh and forward-thinking.
Phonica Records celebrated its 9th Birthday Party at XOYO.
Located right next to Old Street Station, XOYO is set over two floors; the top one consists of its sister venue Shoreditch Butchery, turning into the second room on weekends, while the basement functions as the main club room. Even with a capacity is 800 people, its weekend club events are usually sold out; but don't worry, it remains pretty pleasant even when fully packed. The queue outside is generally really long but pretty fast moving; it is highly recommended to get down there early, especially if you want to grab the last tickets on the door.
XOYO's basement starts raving from 10-ish and continues all night.
The top floor has a tiny dance floor, tables on the side and a bar in the corner: this room's line-ups can be as big as downstairs and sometimes the crowd are even wilder up there! The basement is much wider, darker with a long bar stretching down the right hand side. One of the best features of XOYO is the quick service which is much appreciated by the hordes of party goers, you will never wait more than 5-10 minutes for a drink and that's another big deal which makes it one of the best clubs in London.
Music and Atmosphere
Week after week, XOYO keeps shocking all the other top clubs in London adding big names to the already impressive roster: Rustie, Jamie XX, Digitalism, Simian Mobile Disco, Kink and Jimmy Edgar are just few names from the massive list of acts who have graced XOYO's stage recently. The dance floor is always packed, the average age tends to be from 20 to around 30 and atmosphere is in line with London's underground culture, bouncing from house to dance, to garage, trap and hip-hop.
It's All Gone party with Pete Tong.
Live gigs on weekdays have seen bands such as Foals, AlunaGeorge and Friendly Fires playing in a unique atmosphere: in fact, many 'big audience' bands are booked here and the result is an intimate show which most of the time aids in establishing a perfect link between the musicians and the crowd. Not your average gig by any means.
Whether you feel like raving with the best contemporary electronic music or want to enjoy a gig night with the coolest acts, XOYO is a guaranteed great night out amongst the sprawling mass of London nightclubs. Keep up with the event listings and get your ticket in advance if you don't want to miss your favourite artists grace the stage at XOYO!