London clubbing isn't in a great spot right now. Clubs are closing on a monthly basis, driven out by high rents and purchase orders to make way for expensive apartments. As such, booking policies become safe and predictable.
Phonox is a new London nightclub launching in September, and while it's unlikely to solve the many problems facing the city's nightlife, it's still an interesting new experiment.
Taking over the space formerly occupied by Brixton's Plan B, Phonox has the utopian aim of creating a community of likeminded clubbers who care about the idea of a nightclub almost as much as they care about actually dancing in one.
There will be one dancefloor, a sound system, and one DJ all night. Fridays will see a rotating schedule of DJs playing all-night sets, while Saturdays will be held down by a single resident – a relatively new name to the circuit, apparently, set to be announced on August 3rd.
Phonox will be helmed by Andy Peyton, director of XOYO and The Nest. “We've got a very specific plan and set rules for ourselves to make the club into the place we want it to be: a dance floor full of people with smiles on their faces, not facing the DJ with camera phones at the ready, but enjoying the music for it's own sake,” says Peyton in a press release.
The club will also open as a bar from 6pm every day.