When you’ve found a winning formula it makes sense to stick to it, and XOYO have done just that with the addition of new live music shows throughout this summer. Reaching again for the classics, the London club has added to a run of shows that includes reworks of Dr Dre, Outkast, Nirvana and more by pencilling in nights paying ode to Arthur Russell, Nicky Siano and the seminal hip hop album Black Star.
As you might expect, the chance to see the works of experimental disco artist Arthur Russell being played by a full band looks likely to attract a hefty crowd. Taking place on Wednesday 7th June, the night will see a performance of Russell’s posthumous album Calling out of Context, a magnificent collection of unreleased tracks that were gathered together after his death. Now 25 years on from its release, the album will be brought to life again for a special midweek performance. In similar fashion, Tuesday 20th June will see Mos Def and Talib Kweli collaborative album Black Star played as instrumentals by the Unknown Orchestra, a beatmaking ensemble comprised of 21 of London’s best musical performers and hip-hop specialists.
Choir and orchestral re-imaginations have proven popular this year, and so a 15 piece choral performance of disco classics also ticks all the boxes as Studio 54’s Nicky Siano leads an unforgettable night of disco. Backed up by the full gospel choir on Thursday 6th July, Nicky will make use of the immersive production and a record bag full of golden oldies to ensure that the disco classics of yesteryear have never sounded as fresh.
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