32-37 Cowper St
By Public Transport (Recommended)
XOYO is less than a minute walk from Old Street Tube station and Old Street Rail station. If you’re travelling by bus then any of these bus lines will get you to us: 21, 43 (24h), 55, 76, 135, 141, 205 (24h), 214 (24h), 243 (24h), 271 (24h), 394.
Review from DJ Mag - 2017 Top 100 Clubs
The secret to XOYO’s success is that it keeps things simple. A dark basement, big system, and concrete bookings put the East London institution at the top of every local’s list.
It’s obvious the team (also responsible for Phonox and Sunfall) know the market inside-out, and it’s this that has earned XOYO a water-tight reputation. Quarterly Friday night residencies are given over to a DJ at the top of their game, performing mammoth all-night sets and bringing in acts they’ve selected. This format gives the artists the freedom and flexibility to explore the roots of their sound, as well as its trajectory.
So far this year the two-floored club has boasted Andy C playing alongside some of his favourite drum & bass heavyweights, while past residents include Bicep, Heidi, and Jackmaster. From April, one of the most hyped DJs in the game right now — The Black Madonna — takes the reins. Saturday nights are given over to some of the biggest acts in house and techno, performing in this intimate sweatbox. As if that wasn’t enough, an eclectic calendar of leftfield artists keeps things exciting midweek. A club for clubbers; you don’t go to be seen here… it’s all about the music, maaan.
welovehardhouse.com's own Dave Curtis wrote this review the day we told him about moving to OXOY... he was there the previous evening as a clubber.
XOYO is right near Old Street station, just a stone's through from Shoreditch. Heading through the club entrance and into the foyer, you enter a pleasingly dark club, giving the impression of distinctly underground vibes just round the corner.
Upstairs is a really decent space, with some seating and more importantly, a well-crafted DJ booth which takes centre stage in a way that's reminiscent of the red room at Hidden - DJ very much connected with the crowd. But really the business end is downstairs. As you descend you can feel the energy coming from the room, the thump of the bass, the heat and humidity in the air from a group of like-minded individuals having a great time!
The room itself is well laid out - ample alcohol-purchasing real estate around the back of the room, podium areas on either side and a few spots around the pillars. The DJ booth sits in the corner of the rectangular space, raised above the dance floor in direct eye-line of the nearest podium and right over the front of the crowd - a great place to play from I can imagine... The sound system is fantastic delivering real welly along with awesome clarity which doesn't knacker your ears, there always seemed to be space in the toilets, the bottle and glass collector was absolutely militant resulting in a constantly rubbish-free dancefloor, and the security when they were around appeared to be responsible and authoritative without getting in the way of anyone.
All in all, a great club and looking forward to seeing Pure move there.
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