VAULT FESTIVAL 2015: LONDON’S BIGGEST MIXED-ARTS FESTIVAL
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VAULT FESTIVAL 2015: LONDON’S BIGGEST MIXED-ARTS FESTIVAL

6 weeks. 30,000 tickets. 500 individual events. 80 artistic groups. VAULT Festival is certainly going big for 2015. London’s biggest mixed-arts festival is back for a third year in the tunnels of The Vaults at Waterloo from the 28th January with its usual mix of theatre, music, performance, dance, comedy, discussions, debates and late night events.

Despite the very loose theme of “inequality in politics, gender and income”, the programme couldn’t be more eclectic, and with tickets starting at just a fiver, there really is something for everyone. For the first time, there is even a whole series of events specifically for kids and families. Mini VAULT (running over the weekends of 7/8th, 21/22nd February and 7/8th March) will create a magical world for under 11s as the tunnels are taken over by interactive installations, dancing lights, craft activities and live music.

The VAULT bar will also be open to the public until 10.30pm every night offering up Adnams cask ale, Meantime lager and Bermondsey gin. Plus on Wednesdays and Sundays there will be free music from Mercury Award Nominee Sam Lee and his Nest Collective who will present the very best of London’s folk music scene.

To give you can idea of the sort of things going on at VAULT, we’ve gathered together a few of our favourites that we are most looking forward to.

Marco’s Restaurant (28th Jan – 8th Mar, £15)

Experimental dining company Forza Win have created a restaurant like no other. The diners/audience will step back in time 20 years to a blue collar Italian restaurant typical of the backstreets of Bermondsey, where fights can break out at any moment and Sicilian VIPs are regulars. There will be the normal top notch food expected from Forza Wood and maybe even a murderous twist…

VAULT Lates (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout, from £5)

At 10.30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the tunnels will be transformed into an underground nightclub with live music, DJs, visuals surprises, special guests and fancy dress. Highlights include the legendary opening party (28th January), a whole night of performances in the pitch black darkness (19th February) and a live performance of Daft Punk’s Discovery album by the unique Introducing Live (27th February).

Odyssey (18th Feb – 1st Mar, £13.50)

A London premiere from a multi-award winning international ensemble fresh from rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe. Intrigued? You should be. Theatre Ad Infinitum reinvent the epic quest of Odysseus with a single man on a bare stage playing every character of Homer’s classic, from gods, to servants, to nymphs.

Wild Worlds: Dark Side (28th Jan – 14th Feb, £16.50)

After smashing it at last year’s festival The Artful Badger are back with a series of acts “exploring the animal instinct of the human condition”. Curating a collection of bizarre and breath-taking acts, you know a show will be interesting when this is the disclaimer:

“There may be nudity, strong language and performances of a strong sexual nature. Strobe lighting will be in use and there will be some periods of blackout. You may be touched by the performers. There may be fire and smoke.”

Femme Fierce Reloaded (6th-8th March, Free)

To celebrate International Women’s Day, over 150 female street artists will cover Leake Street tunnel in graffiti as part of the UK’s largest all female Street art and graffiti festival. Alongside will be a range of talks and interactive workshops.

Over the course of the festival we will be covering loads of events, so keep an eye on our blog and Twitter. You can find complete listings and buy tickets for VAULT at VaultFestival.com.

Andy Burrows is LDN Card Editor – read more posts by him here or follow him on twitter @aburrows78

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