[A Love From Outer Space]
After much careful deliberation, Andrew’s nearest and dearest would like this Friday’s ALFOS to go ahead, in loving memory of Andrew. Going ahead with the party aligns with the sentiment that Andrew wouldn’t have wanted the dancing to stop. Sean will play all night long.
There will be no advance tickets available for Friday night. To those who have purchased tickets, your tickets are still valid. There will be a handful of tickets on the door.
There will also be an optional cash & cashless charity donation on the front door.
As chosen by Andrew’s family, all donations will go towards:
Multiple Sclerosis UK
We’d like to share some of our memories of the maverick himself…
Andrew was a fascinating human, with unrivalled artistic quality and the kindest of hearts. These traits were perfectly encapsulated across his residency with us in March 2018, which we were humbled to host. The residency saw Andrew designing a bespoke painting, which was raffled off after the last night of his Phonox take over, with all proceeds going towards Brixton Soup Kitchen.
We were also fortunate enough to welcome Andrew and his musical brother Sean Johnston to Phonox for multiple ALFOS sessions. A typical night with Andrew and Sean would draw in the whole Phonox team, with Jules and Paul AKA two superfans AKA our sound engineers jostling for the shift. Either way, both sound engineers would be at the party, one of them (always Paul) with one less days holiday to claim.
Always a full club, of more superfans and serious music lovers, old and young, that needed no interfering from venue management. Everyone would be locked in and dancing. Possibly one of the only dance floors where twenty-somethings and their parents could dance together in perfect unison. This is testament to Andrew’s musical genius and how his inspiration spanned generations.
Andrew’s ‘requirements’ on the nights he played were simple. For himself, simply water and some rollies, pre-rolled & ready to go, and some red wine for his friends and family. A small gesture such as throwing some Drumstick Squashies into his ‘rider’ would result in a barrage of sincere thanks, a small example of his humbleness. From 10pm on the dot, he and Sean would start the journey into the fabled ‘oasis of slowness in a world of increasing velocity, never exceeding 122bpm’. That was the manifesto. A mouth-watering 6 hour + set, steered by telepathy and a frequent nod of excitement from one DJ to the other.
We take a small amount of comfort that our special relationship can live on through special memories like the above (and in the comments), and also sonically, through his recent Facility 4 EP.
Our thoughts and love go out to all of Andrew’s friends, family and fans. Rest easy, Andrew.
Doors and Sean start at 9:30pm.