Nextmen, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Whitey...

A Clash/Oakley Presentation
Queen Of Hoxton, London

Clash and Oakley joined forces one weekend in late July to create a night of high fashion, groundbreaking music, beautiful people and colourful accessories

The evening’s theme, Sunglasses At Night, was devised by the party partners in tribute to the ’80s Corey Hart US chart classic, which was made famous on these shores and East London’s floors by don of dance Tiga.

Those who turned up early got to enjoy an evening of sophistication BBQing on the roof of London’s most vibrant new bar, The Queen Of Hoxton. As the drinks began to flow, the atmosphere tangibly built into a party that the roof alone could not host. By ten o’clock, the DJs started and the lower floors were packed with punters pumped up to enjoy the eclectic line-up.

Nuneaton locals Youvves started the party with their brand of math-rock, echoing Foals in style but progressing more towards the dramatic hardcore of the genre. And after a nice little taster of electro soul with Coco Elektrik showcasing some new tunes, the party came to full foot-to-the-floor effect as local London scenesters Whitey, Hannah Holland and the Greco Roman Sound System played various niches of electro goodness to transform the atmosphere from ‘sophisticated urban chic’ to ‘East London knees-up rave-up’.

When The Phenomenal Handclap Band came to the stage the bottom floor felt like one of the many Williamsburg underground clubs that reel out cult heroes time after time. Six guys plus two of the most beautiful girls in New York plus lots of tambourines equals a big sound and a lot of fun. Nextmen finished off proceedings absolutely perfectly with a spring in their step, taking an exaltant floor through a journey of dance, from old school d‘n’b to new style jacking hip-hop.

On club nights like this, sunglasses are often marginalized by the A-list or the mildly pretentious. With Oakley’s theme however, and free luminous glasses being sported by almost every attendee, this club was an ocean of united glamour - not least when the lights came on and squinting eyes could be hidden. The exodus from the venue was probably the prettiest The Queen Of Hoxton has so far seen. A triumphant mixture of the darkest shades and brightest tunes in London.

Clash & Oakley would like to thank Smirnoff, Tuborg, Nandos and Red Bull for their support and input into the night.


View a photo gallery from the night HERE.

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