XOYO

Art Gallery / Bar / Live Music Venue
XOYO Decked out with an exhibit space, bar, and graffiti-covered smoking balcony encircling the main performance hall, XOYO is a one-stop shop for concert junkies looking for a cultural fix. London England 51.5254667167401 -0.0857609510421753
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XOYO - Art Gallery | Bar | Live Music Venue in London.
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Party Earth Review Decked out with an exhibit space, bar, and graffiti-covered smoking balcony encircling the main performance hall, XOYO is a one-stop shop for concert junkies looking for a cultural fix. The die-hard fans lining up every... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 8pm–midnight, F–Sa 9pm–3am
    Gallery: daily 10am–6pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth XOYO Review

The Scene

Decked out with an exhibit space, bar, and graffiti-covered smoking balcony encircling the main performance hall, XOYO is a one-stop shop for concert junkies looking for a cultural fix.

Decked out with an exhibit space, bar, and graffiti-covered smoking balcony encircling the main performance hall, XOYO is a one-stop shop for concert junkies looking for a cultural fix.

The die-hard fans lining up every night don’t seem to notice the cold as they wait for the doors to open, distracted by the outgoing camaraderie of the other music lovers gearing up for the mad rush to the standing room spots in front of the elevated stage.

This den of rock attracts a diverse clientele, from excitable mosh-pitters to hypnotized body swayers flocking in to witness both live acts and high-energy DJ sets.

Once squeezed inside the intimate concert hall, the passionate crowd of grungy long-hairs and indie scenesters stares wide-eyed as their heroic band of choice performs, the sounds of unabashed sing-alongs rising above the head-bopping musos.

Those who need a break from the sweaty throws of musical elation can step out from the pandemonium and head upstairs to the low-key bar to down a few cheap beers and check out the action from the balcony.

Featuring everyone from international headliners to unearthed local discoveries, XOYO taps into the pulsating vein of the London live scene, making it a regular haunt for those who live and breathe music.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you’re beating yourself up over sold out tickets, join XOYO’s Facebook page – you can sometimes score last-minute freebies.

  • Crowd

    Passionate music elitists, die-hard fans, and grungy rockers, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music Sundays through Thursdays. DJs spin Fridays and Saturdays. Other events include dance nights and rotating art exhibits.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Cover £6+ for live music. Beer £2–£3.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Rocker casual: hoodies, sneakers, jeans, concert t-shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for energetic DJ sets, special drink promotions, and a big crowd.

  • Close By

    For more live rock and roll tunes, Road Trip Bar (243 Old Street) is just down the street.

XOYO User Reviews

Average rating:
FADED
Muktari R. Jun 28, 2013
There's a night that happens every last Thursday of the month called 'Faded' hosted by @TazerBlack and @MattBridgemanUK The vibe is insane, CJ Beatz is always the resident Dj and know's how to work the one's and two's. The females that are in attendance are beautiful and are surprisingly very friendly! Drinks are quite expensive, averaging £8, but if you just want to shake a leg to Rap, Trap, Old Skool and House music - XOYO is a chilled, initiate, friendly atmosphere attending one of the FADED nights.
Great Night.
Brian H. Apr 28, 2013
XOYO is the perfect club, seriously... Mega clubs suck because the DJ doesn't have a feel for the room, can't anticipate what the crowd wants. XOYO is small and cosy with big DJs playing there. The top floor is a bar / chill out area with lots of seating and the main room in the basement is where the bass is pumping and the music is cranked to full. The only down side about the club is they don't seem to make use of ability of the lighting system. I have been there a few times and the lighting guys only really get creative at the end of the night.
A+ MUSIC
Sridevi R. Mar 12, 2013
My take Overshadowed by places like Ministry of Sound and Cable, XOYO is probably one of my favorite places here. They bring in amazing artists (I saw Bondax and Baauer here) and tickets are quite cheap. I didn't see any of the graffiti either times I went (sad), but I still thought the venue was really cool/hip. The scene I absolutely love the vibe of XOYO. It's kind of grungey meets hipster meets punk... and I mean that in the most not-stereotypical way possible. As it is a small basement venue, you can imagine how intimate XOYO is. There are two stories featuring the house DJs on one and whomever the main attraction is on the other floor. However, despite the small size, there is a good amount of room to dance like a mad man. For the most part, the crowd isn't crazy aggressive/creepy either, which is always nice. Cocktails/cuisine + prices I haven't gotten a cocktail here and am not sure if they serve them, but the beer and red bulls are decently priced (around £2-3). Both of the times I've been here were for events and I bought advanced tickets online for around £13 (including all the fees); tickets at the door are around £15. Coat check is £2 per item. What to wear It gets EXTREMELY hot inside (pretty sure there is no ventilation...), so I would highly recommend just throwing a coat over something light and then doing coat check. While there is no dress code, I saw a lot of disco pants, ripped tights, mesh tanks, combat boots, and beanies. When to go Definitely check the venue's website to see what's on and who is performing (if it's a special event night). Depending on your music taste, I'm sure most of the nights would be fun! Also, if you do end up going for a specific DJ/band gig, I would recommend buying tickets online - it's cheaper and you don't have to wait in line at the door.
A small club with a big atmosphere
Rory C. Feb 28, 2013
Don’t be fooled by the office-like exterior: behind the heavy doors and sparse frontage lies one of London’s fastest rising live music locations. XOYO has quickly established itself as the go-to venue for everything from album launches and live shows, to club nights hosted by hip Parisian record labels and some of the world’s biggest DJs. This hasn’t happened by accident either. Ample bars, a spacious dance area and a sound system that kicks like a mule all combine to offer the full night-out package. Take a chance on XOYO and you’ll be rewarded with a venue that boasts the intimacy of a hole-in-the-wall club, but the atmosphere of somewhere ten times the size.
Hipster Paradise
Helena S. Jan 4, 2013
if you love ironic tshirts, skinny jeans and the latest, coolest music that you probably haven't heard of yet. XOYO is for you.
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