Roll up, roll up. There’s a brand new club in town, more specifically Brixton town. Even though the capital city already has a plethora of music venues, in actual fact there are very few reliable, high-quality spaces that value the music and atmosphere inside more than the take at the bar. Needless to say we are excited by this new kid on the block…
Phonox has got our hopes high. Created by the peeps behind XOYO and The Nest, they have stressed the importance of curating a welcoming and friendly environment, with an open and interesting music policy, high-quality sound, well thought-out lighting and an actual space for people to talk and take a break from dancing. It sounds like Phonox’s founders have really thought through the space carefully and taken a fully holistic approach to the club. They’ve even created a pretty intriguing and abstract trailer, evocative of certain scenes from Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under The Skin’. You can already tell serious aesthetic thought has gone into this new space before having even stepped inside.
That’s all very well you say, but the music needs to live up to the hype. Fear not my friends, for already the opening programme is salivating and will surely warm your cockles as autumn sets in. There’s a pleasing mix as well, from Fatima Al Qadiri‘s weird and wonderful freaky-R&B collective Future Brown, to Bristol bass bosses Kowton & Peverelist, the sassy Horse Meat Disco, king of the drop Kenny Dope, the all-seeing all-conquering Gilles Peterson, and Texan native Matthew Dear. An eclectic creator and revered collaborator, his genius is a fitting choice to set Phonox’s tone in the opening weekend.
Matthew Dear plays b2b with a special guest on Friday night, while Jasper James begins his weekly residency on the Saturday. Advance tickets for both are a measly £5 and available from the Phonox website.