Vault Festival 2015 – Waterloo Tunnels:
Today is the first day of Vault Festival – a creative, multi-arts event happening in Waterloo Tunnels. If you’ve never been, Waterloo Tunnels is one of those venues that you SHOULD explore – a labyrinth of Victorian arches that spread over nearly 30,000 square feet under the Waterloo Station itself . And Vault Festival is the perfect opportunity to do so.
Heritage Arts are putting on an amazing programme over the next six weeks, with over 500 events featuring 80 artistic groups. There’s live music every Wednesday and Sunday, Comedy every Thursday and a late show on Friday and Saturday.
The Vaults are fully licenced so you can drink, eat and dance every night at the Vault Festival Bar, even if you are not staying to see a show.
This year’s highlights include the London premieres of radical theatre company Filter’s Macbeth as well as True Brits a brand new play from Rich Mason Productions and HighTide Festival Theatre. They are joined by magical multidisciplinary and interactive artists Artful Badger’s first ever narrative production, comedy monster Red Bastard’s longest ever run and the multifarious comedian and performance artist Yve Blake. VAULT will once again bring a programme of free live music every Wednesday and Sunday, this year curated by Mercury Prize nominee and contemporary folksong pioneer Sam Lee’s The Nest Collective, bringing beautiful acoustic breakthrough acts, showcasing exciting new artists, enticing foreign musicians and a smattering of old favourites, all of the highest musical order.
Last year’s Vault Festival raised over £100,000 to support participating artist – with 20,000 tickets sold. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better.
It’s somewhere to experience a whole range of different productions including caberet from texidermist Charlie Tuesday Gates, ensemble theatre from Dumbshow and Edinburgh sensations House of Blackwell. The Kansas Smitty’s House Band will be in the bar and the Vault Lates promise a debauched party extravaganza well into the early hours.
‘We programme for Lambeth, for London, for the UK and for everyone…. Our programming philosophy looks for passion and ability. VAULT’s learned that artistic groups grow in knowledge by observation and practice. It is now the longest, biggest, broadest-programme, most central performing arts Festival in London, all behind one magical door in Waterloo. It is a madness of superlatives. And you can drop by anytime and discover us, and surprise yourself, for free.’
VAULT Festival Director Tim Wilson
Full programme listing available at www.vaultfestival.com
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