|Credit: Stephen Kazumi (Instagram)|
Of all the shows I've been to at The Hoxton, it's always No Neon that best illustrates what the 69 Bathurst venue had to offer. I'll always remember it for its tight, community feel as well as the unmistakable, rachet/lit party nature. What separates The Hoxton from the other venues I've been to is the closeness of the crowd and DJ; the connection and reciprocal energy sharing from DJ to crowd and back again is unparalleled. The stage was always packed with not only that night's DJs, there to support their peers, but others not playing that night, who couldn't help but take in the atmosphere.
This was only amplified when, after last call, The Hoxton's staff would join the hype crew on stage, giving back to the crowd, not just with their injection of energy but often pouring alcohol into their mouths. Ever since the party ended after 40+ minutes of encores, I've had perhaps the most iconic image of The Hoxton burnt into my head (the photo above): an overcrowded stage with Hunter in the middle commanding the decks, book-ended by Stephen Kazumi and two girls on either end of the yellow DJ table. Below I'll dive further into the night itself, with a chronological breakdown of events.
|Credit: Hunter Siegel via (Stephen Kazumi)|