Renowned nightlife duo, Alex Neuhausen and Lilly Wolfson, famous for their underground party series ‘Secret Loft,’ is swapping the auto garage for a converted hangar this February!
The ‘Secret Loft’ House Party Promoters originally got their start with hosting unforgettable experiences in a refurbished Brooklyn auto garage, but in 2023, they have much bigger plans. This year’s hottest new nightclub will be inside of a converted hangar in East Williamsburg! And last weekend we actually got a preview of the awesome space.
The duo has been planning and fundraising for their newest venture, better known as SILO, for the past three years. The club’s name “captures the industrial feel of the space and the neighborhood, like a military missile silo. It also feels like a grain silo (big vertical cylinder) turned on its side,” explains the founders.
Partygoers will officially be able to explore what they have dreamed up on February 10th, 2023—and let’s just say, you should definitely be excited!
SILO seeks to be an “open-minded exploration of sound” that promotes gender equality. “If you know your history, you know that dance music is queer, that it was invented by marginalized people seeking community, and that it’s inspired by and calls for a free and equal society.” Neuhausen adds, “If we have a direction in our booking, you could actually call us traditionalists. We’re looking to elevate the same underground communities and artists who have always broken new ground in dance music,” said Wolfson.
The nightclub will invite a rotating spectrum of DJs and producers, in addition to ‘vinyl only’ nights. “We want to be a home for a scene. We want to be the spot that 20 years from now, people say ‘I was there and saw so and so spin their first set in the front room of SILO,” said Neuhausen.
The converted hangar can host up to 500 guests and feature a custom 40,000 watt Danley sound system, eight high-contrast projectors, a 16′ tall mezzanine and a fabulous dance floor you won’t be able to pull yourself away from.
SILO goes beyond just a nightclub, but rather “a dream in a tunnel, a place for people to experience a temporary suspension of reality.” Neuhausen and Wolfson ensure the space will be a transformative environment that’s able to take any form imaginable, from a snowy winter to a desert.
The interior design comes from Wolfson herself. “I wanted the space to have an elevated, polished look while still keeping the industrial aura. It’s very structured and clean, but I don’t want it to feel like a club. I want people to forget where they are. I intentionally left the graffiti on the exterior to keep it nondescript. I want people walking by to think, what is this place?!,” she shared.
The design of SILO encourages visitors to look up and admire the sky-like ceiling. Each element of SILO was created with intention, including a massive floor-to-ceiling mural by artist Yoshi that decorates the venue.
As for the club’s ethos of making nightlife and the music scene more of a space for women, SILO will collaborate with numerous talented women, including Hannah Wernher, their female sound and lighting tech.
For libations, a menu of classic cocktails with a twist will be available, on top of event specific-themed drinks. For instance, CIRCE, a deep house party with mythical Greek vibes and an all-female lineup coming up on February 11th will be paired with the “Immortal Potion” that’s a take on a spicy margarita topped with strawberries and champagne. A variety of finger food will be offered as well.
Here’s a look at the first few events for 2023:
2/10: STUNTSZ Presents: Mike Servito, Kia, + Special Guest
2/11: CIRCE: Cassy, Tara Brooks
2/18: Francois K, Toribio – Tickets on sale Here
2/24: Nervous Records Birthday Party: Josh Wink, Sasha Carassi
2/25: Eli Escobar All Night
3/3: TNL VZN: Hiroko Yamamura, Justin Cudmore, Wtchcrft
3/10 Bespoke Musik: Kollektiv Turmstrasse