When: 28th January – 8th March 2015
Where: The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, London SE1 7NN
£: Ticket prices vary depending on the event
What is it?
VAULT is a six-week cultural festival in the labyrinthine tunnel network under Waterloo, running from 28th January 2015. It will bring live music, performance and 15 late night events to London, including a brand new dining experience, three new special late night parties and innovative theatre.
With at least 16 shows every night, plus comedy, debate, free live music and the Lates, no two days at VAULT will be the same.
Communal dining company Forza Win have transformed part of the tunnels into Marco’s, a blue collar Italian restaurant reminiscent of backstreet Bermondsey in days gone by. Audiences are asked to step back twenty years to Marco’s time, when brawling over breadsticks was rife and Sicilian start-ups were VIP clubs. Second generation Sicilians will meet old school South Londoners for a spaghetti supper with a murderous twist. As well as creating communal feasts and festivities, Forza Win pride themselves on wasting nothing, sourcing all ingredients from the UK and cooking everything over wood.
Also joining the line-up for this year’s festival are three new late night parties. At 10.30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the festival, the atmospheric caverns will become an underground nightclub, featuring one-off parties and extravaganzas.
VAULT’s notoriously wild Opening Night Party will take place this year on Thursday 29th January. The programme includes live music from The Instant Regrets, The Near Death Experience, Fatal Justice and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The Late will also feature DJs from the B-Movie Ball, Man Like Me and Wussah. There will also be magicians, visual surprises, special guests, prizes and fancy dress.
The same super party shaman will be back on Thursday 19th February to deliver Pitch Black, a night party of concerts in pitch black darkness. The night will feature a heady mix of Mercury Award nominated musicians, classical virtuosos, avant-garde sounds, poetry, theatrical performances and sensory surprises. Afterwards the lights will go up for drinks, dancing and debauchery, and the performers will reveal themselves.
On Friday 27th February Introducing will recreate Daft Punk’s Discovery, live at VAULT. The six piece band, stage whole albums previously thought unperformable. The band will play Daft Punk’s 2001 album from start-to-finish and they have done their research on every last robotic detail of the French duo’s album. Introducing comprises of a range of world-class sessions musicians, sound engineers and actors who spend months perfecting the sounds. Introducing will be supported by special guests and DJ sets from the likes of The Self Help Credit Union and Swinging Tungsten.
Theatre Ad Infinitum will bring their sell-out show Odyssey to the festival from 18th February to 1st March for its London Premiere. In an hour of highly physical and poignant storytelling, Odyssey follows one man’s epic quest to reunite with his family and seek bloody revenge. On a bare stage, George Mann gives a tour de force performance, shifting and changing from gods into servants, nymphs to Cyclops as he brings to life all the characters in Homer’s classic adventure. Since their debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 2008, Theatre Ad Infinitum has consistently won awards and garnered acclaim for their original, innovative and explosive work.
The VAULT Festival’s bar will be open to the public until 10.30pm every night. Explorers can warm themselves with Adnams cask ale, a Meantime lager or Bermondsey gin. On Wednesdays and Sundays, Mercury Award Nominee Sam Lee & his Nest Collective present a programme of the very best of London’s folk music scene (free admission).
More info: www.vaultfestival.com