It's quotation time - firstly the famous line from Alexander Graham Bell, "when one door closes, another door opens". This is certainly true, given the news about the Barfly in Cardiff yesterday, because a few hundred miles east in Shoreditch, XOYO will open its doors for the first time in September (the 15th, in fact). Now for a second quote - "if music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it". Now, there's a reason for lifting that famous line from Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" - it also appeared as an intro to a song by 80s electro-pop outfit, The Passage. That song is called "XOYO" - it just seems to fit with the subject matter - bear with me, I'm being a geek.
London will witness a new addition to the clubbing and live-music scene with XOYO's impending launch night and follow-up 'live' roster. Situated near Old Street, the venue has been devised by a joint venture between various persons behind Vinyl Factory, FACT magazine, Bugged Out! and the founder of Boys Own label. The live dates and DJ slots look pretty tasty - here are a few highlights. (Prices quoted are exclusive of fees).
The new venue kicks off with a launch featuring soon-to-be-number-one outfit, Everything Everything on 15th September. The Manchester band's new "Man Alive" album (review coming to this site soon) [you can also win a copy here until 12th September: www.allgigs.co.uk/Competitions.php - Ed] has been quick out of the traps, reaching number11 already on the 'midweeks'. Therefore, expect tickets for this hot opening night to fly out, especially at £10 a pop and with an 800-capacity. Support on the night comes from live act Visions of Trees, with DJ action being provided by Andrew Weatherall, Dan Beaumont, Casper C, FACT DJs, Eat Your Own Ears and thisain'tnodisco.
British Sea Power
17th September sees a massive double-bill from two stunning live bands, headlined by British Sea Power who just seem to get better and better. It's been a while since their last 'rock' album, although last year's "Man Of Aran" soundtrack did them no harm. Fresh from their recent Reading appearance, the Sussex twitchers will be all fired up for this one, especially knowing that Welsh alt-rockers Future Of The Left will be supporting them. £14 admission.
Simian Mobile Disco
Bugged Out themselves have gathered up two key acts for the 18th, featuring DJ-sets from Simian Mobile Disco and Friendly Fires. Simian has recently launched a new label, Delicacies which will no doubt get showcased on the night. Tickets are just £12.50, with other DJs due to be announced.
Other nights worth remembering include up-and-coming dubstep duo Mount Kimbie on 21st Sep, a special 'Eat Your Own Ears' evening featuring the always-excellent minimal-dubtronica throb of Ramadanman plus more on the 25th and heavyweights Crystal Fighters on the 30th. Most nights are around £10.
Oh and if you want something totally 'out there', check out Japanese noise-architect Merzbow who appears at XOYO on 27th October. Forging his own left-field path by creating over 200 albums of concrete, glitch, noise-rock, electronic and pure avant-garde, this man has to be a must at £12.50. Keep 'em peeled for further additions, meanwhile check out the line-up below.