The new South London club will focus on building a “community”.
The owners of Phonox, formerly Plan B, have promised to focus on under-the-radar talent when the club reopens in September.
Rather than fetishizing ‘golden eras’ by “booking a heritage act alongside three pop-house DJs,” Peyton told RA that the team has decided “to take a chance on a relatively unknown DJ to play every Saturday, indefinitely, with no guests announced ever,” mirroring XOYO’s recent focus on DJ residencies.
An email from Phonox confirms the DJ is a “relatively new name to the circuit,” who has been given “a weekly platform to build something truly organic.” Friday nights will largely see other DJs given all-night and extended sets.
There will also be significant layout changes when the club opens, including the removal of the downstairs DJ booth to create “somewhere where people can come out of the intensity of the dance floor and socialise,” as well as improvements in lighting, sound and “friendly faces on the front door.” The club will also open as a bar from 6pm every day.
“I wanted to build a club which rallies against some of the things that come as a result of dance music’s current popularity, in a way that isn’t dictating how people should behave,” Peyton explained to RA. “The aim is to create a welcoming environment for like-minded people, focusing on every aspect of the club from the musical policy to artwork, layout and staff.”
“We want to build a community of regulars, a place where people really feel they’re part of something and belong—and this is a step towards that,” Peyton continued.
News of Phonox first emerged when it was reported that Brixton nightclub Plan B had closed. The space was acquired by a team including Andy Peyton, owner and head booker at London venues XOYO and The Nest, and the new name revealed via the club’s website last week.
Line-ups for September and the identity of the resident DJ will be revealed on August 3 – you can watch a video teaser for the club below.