Benji B presents Deviation
We’re proud to announce from Saturday 4th April to Saturday 27th June, Benji B will present Deviation for 13 weeks back to back as XOYO’s second quarter resident.
It’s been two years since Deviation made XOYO their home and we’ve thrown some legendary parties together so it felt a natural step to invite Benji to take part in our residency series.
A long time in the making, it feels good to finally be able to reveal the full billings for Benji B’s 3-month run. Centered around carefully thought-out concepts, Benji’s programming is some of the strongest we’ve seen.
With highlights including Four Tet, Floating Points and Abdul Forsyth (founder and owner of the legendary Plastic People) on Saturday 11th April, a triple-headline billing of Zomby, Wiley and Kode9 on the 25th April and man-of-they-year Mark Ronson appearing on Saturday 16th May – it’s safe to say we’re beyond excited for what’s to come.
Benji’s billings pay homage to Deviation’s rich past, with nods to club family and favourites… Watch out for Zinc’s old school set where he plays alongside Todd Edwards (Saturday 18th April), Hudson Mohawke in June and a Detroit Legend who’s been playing for Deviation since 2007, Moodymann on Saturday 13th June.
Room 2 has been paid special attention with Benji B’s clubs classics series… Fabio’s readying an extended ‘speed’ era set while Leon Vynehall and Maurice Fulton are in the basement, Seb Chew and Leo Greenslade bring back West London’s Yo-Yo for one night only with Balance and Rotation also down for room 2 sessions. The series culminates with Goldie and Metalheadz as they present Blue Note (a party that’s gone down in history as one of drum & bass’ most important) – please note, this closing night will be invite only (hold tight for more details).
Let’s not forget the opening party, one of ours and Benji’s favourite MCs Skepta is set to shut down the dance (as he’s been doing for the last decade). Stay close for the announcement of the secret special guest on Saturday 21 March – he’s a producer that Benji and crew have supported from the beginning, very excited for this.
Find full listings here…
Benji B presents Deviation for XOYO’s Residency
Saturday 4 April
BENJI B + SPECIAL GUEST (ANNOUNCED 21ST MARCH) + SKEPTA
UPSTAIRS: VIRGIL ABLOH + SPECIAL GUEST
Saturday 11 April
BENJI B + FLOATING POINTS + FOUR TET + ABDUL FORSYTH
Saturday 18 April
BENJI B + TODD EDWARDS + ZINC (OLD SCHOOL SET)
UPSTAIRS: ARTWORK ALL NIGHT LONG
Saturday 25 April
BENJI B + ZOMBY + WILEY + KODE9
UPSTAIRS: YO-YO (SEB CHEW + LEO GREENSLADE)
Saturday 2 May
BENJI B + SAMPHA + LIL SILVA
UPSTAIRS: GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS
Saturday 9 May
BENJI B + GILLES PETERSON + PEPE BRADOCK
UPSTAIRS: JON K
Saturday 16 May
BENJI B + MARK RONSON
UPSTAIRS: ROTATION (FEMI FEM + MATT WHITE)
Saturday 23 May
BENJI B + LEON VYNEHALL + MAURICE FULTON
UPSTAIRS: FABIO (3 HOUR SPEED ERA SET)
Saturday 30 May
DEVIATION: A RETROSPECTIVE
Saturday 6 June
BENJI B + HUDSON MOHAWKE
UPSTAIRS: WORK IT FEAT RADI DADI + MARTELO
Saturday 13 June
BENJI B + MOODYMANN
Saturday 20 June
BENJI B + KENNY DOPE
UPSTAIRS: SOUNDS FAMILIAR (SASSY J, DEGO + MR PEDRO)
Saturday 27 June – invite only
BENJI B ALL NIGHT LONG
UPSTAIRS: GOLDIE & METALHEADZ PRESENTS BLUE NOTE
“It’s important to me that the residency is a true reflection of me, my taste, my influences, my history and my future. The curation will be a statement: acknowledging the DJs, producers and club nights who have influenced me, as well as supporting brand new artists who I believe in, which has always been a central part of the Deviation concept…” says Benji.
“The fundamentals of the night will never change. It’s going to be Deviation for 13 weeks and if you’ve ever been to one of our nights you know what to expect – and if you haven’t, there’s no better time to come and find out why we love it so much.”
Benji B presents Deviation will be an apex for an incredible 2015. So far this year, Benji’s released a dub mix of Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk, his second major producer credit following his work on Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ album last year.
“When I was growing up it was always the DJs with residencies that impressed and influenced me the most. Its one of the reasons I started Deviation in the first place. The investment of time and dedication that a residency requires as a DJ and curator is one of the only ways that scenes, communities and sometimes-even genres themselves can be created within club culture. To the modern DJ in 2015 the idea of a weekly residency is a challenge. To the DJs that laid the foundation for what we do, playing in the same place every week was their normal job. I am looking forward to presenting 13 Deviations in a row”.
XOYO residency series: BENJI B PRESENTS DEVIATION
Dates: Saturday 4th April – Saturday 27th June
Address: 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP
Time: 9pm – 4am
Tickets by DICE: https://dice.fm/