Whilst London’s biggest, boldest and bravest arts and entertainment festival is well known for presenting over 400 theatre, comedy and cabaret experiences from more than 2,000 artists, this year the late night party scene at VAULT festival is turning things up a notch.
Every Saturday throughout the festival (incorporating Valentine’s Day, St Patricks Day and the end of University Reading Week) brings a late night explosion of kitsch, quirky and downright ridiculous. Starting at 10.30pm and going on into the early hours, the LATES events include drag queens, silent discos, fake weddings, other worldly landscapes, carnival carnage, subterranean funk and punk celidihs.
Fun and affordable, these blowout parties offer a night of adventure for those wanting to shake off the January blues and start 2019 with a bang.
But the late night entertainment isn’t limited to the weekend…Running from 10pm every Thursday and Friday, the 2019 Twilight programme brings together the best cabaret, live podcasts and comedy to keep guests entertained all (school) night long.
Below is a round up of ten great late night events to keep you away from that winter box set bingeing…
10. Bar Wotever Bonanza (22 Feb to 15 Mar) A high energy show full of performance, power, and pride! With acts and performances from some of the London cabaret’s best artists, you will be left entertained, educated, and empowered!
9. Eat Your Heart Out (16th Feb) A Valentine’s Riot Party! With live music from punk-witch, riot gurrl band Dream Nails and DJ sets from Anna Prior (Metronomy) this is a night of exquisite entertainment dripping with sass and celebrating all forms of love from saccharine sweet nothings to filthy love bites. Join Shotgun Carousel (one of London’s leading immersive events creators) underground for a night of multi-coloured, bio-glittered chaos.
8. Cabaret Sauvignon and a Single VAULT Whiskey (24 Jan to 8 Mar) What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done whilst drunk? These guys can beat it. Grab a drink and join hosts Stiff and Kitsch for a mixed bill of stories and songs featuring some of London’s top musical comedy acts.
7. Brainchild Takeover (23rd Feb) The Brainchild team are commissioning one of their favourite musicians and illustrators Jacob Read (Jeckcurb /Horsey) to transform the main bar for one epic party. The art will conjure landscapes of another world and will set the scene for an epic night of live bands, DJs, dancing, interactive games, projections & performance from some of the Brainchild Festival family including DIY cabaret collective Piñata.
6. Olga Koch: Button (6 and 7 Mar) The Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and self-proclaimed Taylor Swift of the London comedy scene, Olga Koch is back! This time she’s getting more intimate, more experimental and more heartbroken.
5. Brazilian Wax XXL (2nd Mar) The rainforest has escaped and hidden underground for protection. Gather, diamonds and dirtbags, for mystic-disco-soul-seance-carnival-carnage. This is a filthy, bombastic, elastic, Queer Latin dance party and a cult event. By attending you acknowledge that by doing so you may change for ever.
4. Desiree Burch: Work In Progress (3 Feb)
As seen on ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC), ‘Qi’ (BBC), ‘Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy’ (BBC) and ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), the breakout star of Netflix’s ‘Flinch’ and BBC’s ‘The Mash Report'” and ‘Live At The Apollo’ brings a new hour of authentic and acerbic comedy.
3. The South London Soul Train Vault Festival (9th Mar)
All carriages, locked, loaded and ready to take you on a soul fulfilling journey ‘across the tracks’ and beneath Waterloo Station for a 3 room subterranean dance off of Epic proportions. Featuring Afro Cluster, Scratch Peverts and Wah Wah 45, the explosive and infectious sounds of heavyweight funk, soul, disco, brass, breaks, jazz and hip hop will be left, right and centre.
2. Hypnagogue (7th & 8th Feb) Bringing together the work of three leading practitioners, Hypnagogue uses hypnotherapy, storytelling and gong-healing, woven together with a live, improvised soundtrack, to take audience members on an unforgettable, transformative journey.
1.Ruckus (16th Mar) Dive into a world of old school mob bosses, music and mayhem; it’s Peaky Blinders but with twice the craic and a totally different accent. There’ll be punk celidihs, DJs, walkabout entertainment by some of London’s finest immersive theatre talent, a den of disrepute, and the sort of fun that can only happen deep, deep underground. Ruckus presents the ultimate St Patrick’s Day Party (without all the shamrocks).