You’re right. It does look like the way your Aunty Barb would sign off at the bottom of a Christmas E-card- bit merry and sloppy on the keyboard. But XOYO is in fact Shoreditch’s very own warehouse nightclub and rave retreat. Opening in 2010 and restored in 2012, it now offers its guests one of the best sound systems in London. Expect a young and energetic East London crowd and some of the hottest new DJs and well-known names on the House music circuit. XOY-O-Y- would you go anywhere else?
XOYO is only a stone's throw from Old Street tube station. From the outside, the first impression you might get is that it looks a little innocent as all you can see is a brick building with small black doors. Subtle, like Clark Kent concealing his Superman alter ego. Inside, XOYO is smaller than you might expect but it can actually hold a whopping 800 people at max capacity, spread over 2 floors. It’s East London, so we’re taking sparse warehouse vibes, industrial overhead piping and dark neutral tones, so the lighting displays look even more trippy by comparison. It’s extremely simple décor [or actually lack thereof] give the place that edgy, understated cool that always goes down a treat. The top floor holds XOYO’s sister bar "The Shoreditch Butchery" complete with a kooky outside smoking terrace but it’s the Basement where it all goes down. Get it? ‘Down’, because it’s a basement.. Nevermind.
Music: House, Electro, EDM, Trance, Hip Hop, DnB
Dress Code: None
Train Station: Old Street
Address: XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London, EC2A 4AP
XOYO is arguably the best London venue for House music, with Tiga as their resident Disc Jockey. Here, some of the most renowned DJs will blow your ears clean off your body. XOYO is very picky about who they let behind their decks so you can trust that the lineup will always be supremely impressive. They also take the opportunity to introduce some up-and-coming talents to the crowd. So far the club has hosted performances from Mark Ronson, Wiley, Simian Mobile Disco and The Streets’ very own Mike Skinner. The bar is pretty basic- it’s a no frills, no faff kind of selection that you could expect to see at a festival or rugby game- you know the deal. Still- more than enough wet the whistle, that's for sure.
Much like any other club with a Shoreditch postcode, XOYO definitely has an alternative vibe, with a reputation for booking only the coolest of DJs. Every now and then XOYO will host special events such as the "Urban Nerds’ Halloween party, Rockfeedback’s 10th anniversary and Lovebox festival’s reunion", although that generally means that entry is within the region of £20-25. If you’re a clubbing virgin, XOYO would be a pretty intense first choice as it’s without doubt more of a playground for the professionals - it would be a bit like hitting the formula one racetrack with only bumper car experience. Sure, you might be all ‘I got this,’ but half way in, you’d definitely establish that you do not ‘got this’.
XOYO is the perfect location for a heavy, late-night adventure because these guys go haaard- going home is just not an option. You’re gonna need some serious stamina to keep up with this lot. It’s also pretty savvy at nabbing amazing artists for the best live gigs and sets in town, so is definitely one for the more musically-inclined. XOYO has an amazing vastness to it, albeit a little bit on the sweaty side. If you're sick of places chocka with people sipping on their cocktails in ‘heels so high they can’t even have a good time’, as Jessie J would say, XOYO has your name all over it.