Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Parties - XOYO 1st Birthday with Juan Atkins, Saturday 17 September
So it seems barely more than a blink of an eye ago that Boys Own hosted a construction party at XOYO, with Weatherall wowing people in the basement alongside Vera and Dorian, whilst Hippie Torales and Severino putting on a disco and house master class in the oh-so-hot and not yet complete bar room.
But it was a year ago, it must have been, because XOYO has reached the grand old age of 1 - and its having a massive party to celebrate!
Even in its semi-finished state it was clear XOYO was going to be quite a special venue. The bar room, which I am pleased report was fully functioning and beautifully air conditioned by the formal opening night, is cool and intimate, offering respite from the throngs downstairs. But downstairs is what XOYO is all about.
You descend down the stairwell onto the edge of a dancefloor that looks very much like someone has cut the end of a circa 1993 Sound Factory and transported to large Shoreditch basement. The iron pillars are there, the high ceilings, and even the herring bone struts (that one for the carpenters) between the beams in the ceiling above, all of which were present at the legendary New York venue, along with the other key feature the two venues share - a killer sound system.
Since that autumn opening night, XOYO has established itself not just as club but as a live music venue, hosting the likes of Mos Def, Jessie J, Friendly Fires, Gold Panda, Skepta, Zongamin, Egyptian Hip Hop, and Matthew Dear.
Club nights are its meat and drink thought and there’s been a few crackers - The R&S parties with James Blake and Hessle Audio, Bugged Out with Tiga and Erol Alkan , The FACT parties with Jamie XX and Joy Orbison, and the fast becoming legendary Boys Own party with Frankie Knuckles, which ended with Faith’s Dave Jarvis acting as cheerleader to the crowd, pumping a giant Frankie poster in the air, as the crowd chanting the Godfather of house’s name.
The 1st birthday on SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER looks sure to follow in the footsteps of these fantastic forerunners, pitching techno legend Juan Atkins into the mix with the up and coming XxXy, and the slightly mysterious Radionasty.
Atkins needs little introduction. Alongside Richard Davis as part of Cybertron, he pushed the boundaries of electro music in the early 80s before going onto create a range of bona fide techno classics, such as ‘Nightdrive’, ’No UFOs’ and ’The Chase’ amongst many others, as Model 500 and numerous other aliases.
It is almost impossible overstate his importance in the history of electronic music and it’s rare to get a chance to catch him play in London.
Joining him on the bill is XxXy, who is highly regarded and whose tracks overtly demonstrate some of his influences -‘Know U’ drawing on drum ‘n’ bass and ‘Ordinary Things’ on UK Garage. Kind of like post-dub step with a non-house twist.
Radionasty are also on the bill. Who, I hear you ask? Well it’s Keith Tenniswood (Radioactive Man and one half of Two Lone Swordsmen alongside Andrew Weatherall) has UK techno legend Billy Nasty. Which is some fairly hefty pedigree to with the rather nifty play on words they used for their name.
If you fancy it, advance tickets £8.00 or it’s £10 on the door
You can get them tickets right >>here<<
And here's to many more happy years - London needs special venues like XOYO.