Posts Tagged ‘Shoreditch’

Girls and guys! If you long for the romanticism of wartime Britain; women donning vintage tea dresses, red lippy and hair curlers, and dashing men in slick military uniform or a braces and flat cap combo, swinging the night away with cocktails, yam and scotch eggs on tap – then you need to book a ticket for the next Blitz party; a fancy dress club night like no other in London. Set under the brick arches of an old underground bunker on Holywell Lane in Shoreditch, this venue is spot on in creating the perfect wartime ambience.

We headed to the Blitz Party last Saturday and had a truly spiffing evening! The entertainment was excellent, as was the authenticity of the glamorous revellers dancing; with any couple who could find room on the heaving dance floor attempting a charming mélange of swing, jive and the Charleston – myself included.  The queues for the bar were long and the cocktails were pricey, but frankly when one is surrounded with such novel jovial wartime spirit, complaints were few and far between. The flash of cameras were constant as groups of friends reveled in the success of their own outfits; heed this warning – you really will look like an oddball if you do not put a touching amount of work into looking like you were born ninety years ago. Everything about the evening was bona fide Blitz! My only complaint was that just as my swinging was really beginning to take hold across the full breadth of the dance floor, our wartime knees up came to an early end at 2:00am. Alas! You are in Shoreditch, so there is no end to the number of hotspots to visit after the french gin is well and truly flowing… and there is nothing like heading to a hipster East London bar swanked up in 40s clobber – take that scenesters!

The Blitz Party is back on May 5th, so get your tickets sharpish as this really has become the biggest thing since Vera Lyn. Tickets cost £20 – follow link to purchase tickets.

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Situated on a side street close to Old Street Station, XOYO is an 800-capacity live music venue attracting an eclectic crowd. 
An industrial space donning concrete floors and white columns, XOYO has two rooms including an intimate upstairs bar area, and the main basement space with two bars and a stage for  live events.   

We attended the XOYO vs Ingredients club night a few weeks ago and had a brilliant night. The venue and the event attracted two very different crowds; Shoreditch hipsters in the intimate bar, and hard-core bass heads in the basement-this may sound random, but actually made for an even more pleasant evening given we could shift between different crowds and music genres.  

The line up for XOYO vs Ingredients was awesome and included: dBridge + Total Science + Dub Phizix & Skeptical ft Strategy + Jubei. All of the acts went down a storm, but Dub Phizik & Skeptical ft Strategy has to be the highlight of our night [see video below]. Given many of the events end at 3:00am, we recommend XOYO as the perfect starter venue for revellers intending on heading down to Fabric.

There are a range of new bars and venues in and around Shoreditch, but XOYO offers an array of different club nights and attracts an assortment of crowds, which ultimately makes for a venue that should stand the test of time. XOYO plays host to some of the best upcoming and cutting edge artists on the scene with a mixture of live performances and DJs. We would certainly recommend XOYO for a good night out. Entrance fees vary according to the night…we paid £6.oo for the early bird ticket to this event, which we thought was excellent for an East London club and drink prices are typical averaging £3.80 for a bottle of beer with a range of spirits and cocktails on offer.  

There are some excellent nights come up at XOYO that are definitely worth checking out. Plastician, Joker and Stinkhabell will be playing next Friday, followed by Jackmaster, Ben UFO and Oneman next Saturday; next weekend alone demonstrates the calibre of acts that are playing at this club. See the website for full club listings and information:

Get ready for a heavy earbleeding night of bass at the unique XOYO art and club space in Shoreditch. Not one to miss fellow bass cravers! XOYO Versus Ingredients presents: dBridge + Total Science + Dub Phizix & Skeptical ft Strategy + Jubei. Oh yes! All equally amazing… but the Raiders are particularly excited about seeing Dub Phizix & Skeptical ft Strategy… Bring it on! 

Early Bird Tickets cost £6:00 – buy tickets here:

32-37 Cowper Street London EC2A 4AP

XOYO website:
I give to you an assortment of tracks for your listening pleasures!

Head on down to The Shoreditch on Thursday 1st December for the Damn That Dutch Club Night Launch party. DJ Darren C will be playing the very best in Dutch House and Electro from 9pm-2am and entrance is free-what a way to kick start the weekend!

Check out the following link for a little taster of what to expect.

The Damn That Dutch Music Show with Darren C Show No.5: 23rd November 2011

Raiders will be heading on down…review pending.  

145 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE