Location: London, England
It’s over a decade since there was a party called ‘Shoreditch is Shit’ and almost two since infamous fanzine ‘Shoreditch Twat’, but no amount of mockery has slowed the nightly influx to the East London triangle that peaks each weekend.
For many this is down to XOYO, a bastion of nightlife thanks to impeccable programming offering a beacon to dance music lovers amongst the novelty bars and hen parties. A two-room club with a sweaty basement vibe on its main floor, it has the requisite minimalist aesthetic and big names, but what’s made it stand out most is its quarterly residency series.
Allowing DJs the opportunity to spread their wings musically, The Black Madonna actually moved to London off her 13-week run last year, while also sealing her reputation as the world’s most in-demand DJ. Artwork, meanwhile, is currently showcasing his own multi-faceted career, on one hand playing as Grain alongside Derrick May, getting the Big Apple Records crew back together on the other.
Throw in the precision bookings of Saturday’s XOYO Loves, highlighting cutting-edge DJs from DJ Sotofett and MikeQ to Peggy Gou and Heidi, next to a daily program that includes everything from the Beyonce-inspired Yonce to student night Sneak, and there’s not a corner that XOYO doesn’t have covered.