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Venue Guide: Village Underground

Village Underground is a renovated turn-of-the-century warehouse ready for everything from concerts and club nights to exhibitions, theatre, live art and other performances.

Address:

Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ

Telephone Number: +44 (0) 20 7422 7505

Brief History

Village Underground started in 2006, with the aim of building affordable studios for creative people who were struggling to get a foothold in London. 

Four tube carriages and two shipping containers were converted into co-working spaces and hoisted to the top of an old railway viaduct in the middle of Shoreditch, East London.

Next to the viaduct was an old Victorian warehouse which had been a coalstore for the railway but had fallen into disrepair. They put a roof on it, cleared out the rubbish, sandblasted the walls and laid down a floor to transform it into the venue that it is now. 

How many people does it hold?

700

Who has played there?

Village Underground has an amazing sound system and it’s set up in a way that Rap, Electronic, Rock & Indie gigs all look and sound brilliant in the huge warehouse.

Big name DJ’s such as Kaytranada & Daniel Avery have played here as well as Royal Blood, Ray BLK, Stormzy, Father John Misty, Foals, Pussy Riot & loads more.

Have there been any “I was there” moments? 

Section Boys brought Drake and Skepta out on stage to do a few tunes in February 2016 completely unannounced, tickets were 15 quid! 

On a personal note, I’ve been to the venue over ten times but the standout gig for me was when Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins came to town. He was supported by Noname and it was her first time outside the US, the gig was amazing – read about & watch what went down here.

 

How do I get there?

By train; Village Underground is in walking distance from Shoreditch High Street station, Old Street station as well as Liverpool Street station. There’s also a gazillion bus routes servicing the area. 

Where should I eat?

Tough to go wrong in the area around Village Underground, there’s a bit of everything you could possibly want. I feel pizza is the perfect pre gig/night out meal. There are the amazing Homeslice and Pizza East restaurants right around the corner and a new arrival…

Pizza Pilgrims has opened recently on Shoreditch High Street, it’s a great spot to grab a tasty affordable pizza before the gig AND you can bring your own booze! Ideal.

Where can I stay?

There’s a Holiday Inn just a stones throw away from the venue. Of course, Air BnB will sort you crazy kids out too.

Ticketweb Tip:

If you find yourself on a night out in Shoreditch not sure where to go, hit up Village Underground – there’s usually an event or gig of some sort on and you may be able to buy tickets on the door. It’s also one of the funkiest looking venues in the city and the graffiti all around it is incredible.

Once inside: stock up on cans from the bar and stand/dance on the viewing ledge at the left-hand side of the venue.

Where can you carry on the party?

The venue itself usually has bangin’ late night events you can stick around for. Failing that; hit up a late night boozer in the Shoreditch/Hackney vicinity. sorted.

Check out the list of upcoming gigs in and get tickets to Village Underground right here: ticketweb.co.uk/villageunderground

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