XOYO is a subterranean london venue in Shoreditch, It is fairly new but already has seen some very cool acts. It is also perfectly situated for a visit to the new Lomo East london Store! Perfect for gig goers, clubbers and gallery visitors. 32-37 Cowper St, Islington, Greater London EC2A 4AW, UK 020 7490 1198
I first came across XOYO when I got tickets for “Erland and the Carnival” way back last November, the evening of the gig actually coincided with the opening of the New East London Lomography Store, so because it was close by we managed to do both, though it was of course hard leaving such a great party!
Heading back north up Commercial St. and then Great Eastern Street we headed for Cowper Street which lies just behind Old Street tube, the distance isn’t that far and there is plenty to do in the area anyway. The venue looks like it is down a back alley that you would generally not want to go down in the dark but when you see the queues for the door you know you are in the right place. The doors are very unassuming, once in you go up a few stairs to get your tickets ripped and in you go. After going down more stairs you are in a very ordinary basement, a stage to the left with amps and enough room for I believe 800 standing. Along the back wall is a bar and over to the right is another, great not far to go for a drink!
Depending on what type of event you are at obviously depends on the way it is set up for the night. Once the evening got warmed up it was a great atmosphere in there, at first it had been a little quiet but then we were there strangely early! Four bands played that night but we were really waiting for Erland and the Carnival, The wait was interesting with a varied line up consisting of, ‘Boat to Row’ a young band with a sound in keeping with last summers folky reinventions, then ‘The Maladies of Bellafontaine" fantastic! ’Anna Calvi’ followed and played some great guitar. Erland and the Carnival were amazing and gave a fantastic performance that electrified the audience, certainly enough room to jump around and the intimate feel of the venue is perfect for this level of gig. The stage is almost level with the floor and you get a real sense of connection with the band.
If you are interested in the people who brought this new venue to london, they are John Burgess who runs bugged out and Acid house innovator Cymon Eckel, Field day founder Marcus Weedon and Eat Your own Ears Head Tom Baker. There are many ways to get to this place, Shoreditch rail and tube are not too far but Old Street. is the nearest and there are loads of bus options or if you have lots of dosh taxis!
32-37 Cowper St, Islington, Greater London EC2A 4AW, UK
020 7490 1198
written by kylewis on 2011-03-12 in #world #locations #32-37-cowper-st-islington-greater-london-ec2a-4aw-uk #old-st-tube-and-rail #xoyo #bands #lcg #club #music #london-city-guide #venue #gallery-boat-to-row-the-maladies-of-bellafontaine-anna-calvi-erland-and-the-carnival