We’re Recruiting: Editorial Intern Position at London Calling

Looking to kick-start your career in arts journalism? London Calling are looking  for an enthusiastic intern to support the running of our cultural recommendations website LondonCalling.com.

We operate a rolling three-month internship programme for graduates and those looking to move into arts journalism or publicity.


The role

The successful applicant will help to run the websites on a day-to-day basis, ensuring their look, feel and content are perfect for our readers. This will involve:
• Working extensively with the CMS system to create and manage online content.
• Writing and uploading articles, interviews and features.
• Interacting with PR agencies and in-house press departments to secure the best and most exciting opportunities available.
• Attending press events, visiting venues and conducting interviews to create great content for the website.
• Working on additional short-term projects as they arise.


The ideal candidate

Essential:
• Be fluent in English, both written and spoken
• Have an interest in the arts and cultural industries
• Have an interest in writing and journalism (to include editing, proofing and copy writing)
• Be confident with computers with the ability to learn new systems quickly

Desired:
• Have a good knowledge of London, Brighton, Bristol or Oxford
• Have a background in online journalism, whether this be on a blog or other cultural sites
• Have experience of content management systems
• Have experience of other forms of digital content creation, such as video or podcasts.


How to apply

Please apply by sending a CV and short cover letter along with a sample of your written work to Helen Dalton, Marketing Manager on Helen@LondonCalling.com.

The Editorial Internship lasts for three months. However we will be accepting applications continually and will keep your application on file until the next time we are recruiting.

This internship is paid at the London Living Wage.

London Calling Playlist: August

What we’re playing in the office this month…

Our August playlist is up and running and full of inspiring gigs, heartfelt jazz, classic albums and Mercury Prize-nominated masterpieces. The list comes from interviews we’ve held on both LondonCalling.com and CultureCalling.com, Spanish festivals and East London pub gigs, soundtracks from blockbuster exhibitions, new releases and unearthed gems. If you have anything you think we’d like to hear (our tastes are varied, so don’t be shy!) then please get in touch and let us know. Sharing is caring.

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free – Nina Simone

We paid a visit to the Tate Modern’s latest blockbuster exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power and were absolutely bowled over. Not only one of the best exhibitions of 2017, but one of the best we’ve ever seen. The Tate pulled together a playlist of music from the era to accompany the exhibition, and this iconic tune from Nina Simone is a particular highlight.

Bitter Winter – ALASKALASKA

Will went down to the Sebright Arms in Stoke Newington one Wednesday evening to see this band, recently signed to Marathon, and was completely won over by their mix of indie grooves, sultry vocals and jazzier elements from the piano, drums and tenor sax. Ones to watch for the future, that’s for sure.

Lost Kingdoms – Nubya Garcia

The sax flourishes on the last track lead us nicely onto Nubya Garcia. We spoke to the South London saxophonist ahead of her sell-out August date at Ronnie Scott’s, and thought it only fitting to include the opener from her debut EP of solo material Nubya’s 5ive. It’s easy to hear why she’s one of the most in-demand musicians in London right now, and we can’t wait to see her perform live.

Soleil Soleil – Ahmed Fakroun

Ahmed Fakroun, pioneer of modern Libyan music, may not be a household name over here but luckily for us, our new Culture Calling Editorial Assistant Gunseli introduced her to the office airwaves. Now it’s our turn to spread the word, as the multi-instrumentalist from Benghazi – who fuses traditional Libyan instruments with a more Western pop sensibility – introduces a Talking Heads-style funk element to this track.

Yes I’m Changing – Tame Impala

Culture Calling spoke to actor Oliver Johnstone about his role in Nina Raines’ award-winning play Tribes, which played at Sheffield Theatres last month. Amongst other things, we spoke about music and he confessed to being in love with Tame Impala’s 2016 album Currents. No shame there – we are too, and this groovy slow-burner is one of the album’s many highlights.

(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano – Sampha

Speaking of long musical relationships, our New Business Manager Simon is similarly besotted with Sampha. His release earlier this year, Process, is never far from Simon’s stereo and it appears he’s not alone – the album was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Music Prize. This beautiful piano ballad demonstrates why he’s up there with the front-runners for the gong.

Quiet Fire – Mammal Hands

If it’s powerful, emotive music you’re after, look no further than Mammal Hands. Will caught their closing Sunday set at this year’s Ealing Jazz Festival and felt the earth move. Ridiculously evocative, the soaring saxophone and glistening piano on this track – the opener to their most recent album Floa – will melt even the hardest heart.

Season 2 Episode 3 – Glass Animals

To avoid any accusations of favouritism, we’ve included another Mercury Prize nominee here. The Oxford quartet Glass Animals’ sophomore album, How to Be a Human Being, is a catchy, 8-bit indie record with thumping percussion and ear-pleasing melodies and guitar riffs. This track is the third single from the album.

You Never Knew – Haim

Another of Simon’s favourites, the LA trio released their second album Something to Tell You in late July, and this track sees the Haim sisters channelling Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac. If you ever get the chance to see them perform live, take it. Their gigs are a lot rockier than their more polished studio sound, and it certainly won Will over one Glastonbury a few years back.

Shoot the Runner (Live at King Power Stadium) – Kasabian

In terms of festival performances, there aren’t many mightier rock bands than Leicester’s Kasabian. Carolina saw them headline at this year’s Benicàssim festival in Valencia, and can attest to that. This track comes from a live recording at the King Power Stadium in the band’s hometown – a second disc on the Deluxe Edition of newest album For Crying Out Loud.


 

Life of a London Calling Distributor: Julian Beere

Our driver and distributor Julian provides an insight into the behind-the-scenes of a London Calling distributor. Here, he talks us through his passion for his allotment, beekeeping and how this has been reflected in his work with London Calling. 

When not distributing leaflets and posters for London Calling I’m likely to be found gardening on an allotment near Chingford, away from the metropolitan hustle and bustle of my workplace. I’ve worked for London Calling on and off since 2002 and full-time since 2010. Since then I’ve dedicated much more of my spare time to the allotment and it is essentially what I, personally, bring to work.

The whole allotment site is situated on a hillside at the edge of Epping Forest, close to the Lea Valley reservoirs. The site has a sense of a secret garden about it; surrounded and enclosed by houses with long back gardens, walls and fences amidst dense rambling hedges of trees and shrubs. It is a walled garden – a peaceful place that offers sanctuary from the grime and grind of Central London where I do most of my distribution work.

One of the edges of the allotment is a dense briar patch out of which we cut a niche 13 years ago, to be an apiary with, currently, 2 hives for honeybees. Our beekeeping is an important part of our practice and ethos of organic and sustainable gardening, cultivating diverse fruits, herbs and vegetables that we harvest for ourselves, our families, neighbours and friends including our workmates. The garden is a large and demanding project that requires a lot of work, commitment and energy and an essential motivation for me is having workmates who are interested in taking the produce as part of their groceries. The bags of fruit and veg I bring to work are, hopefully, part of the culture and fellowship of our workplace.

I trained as an artist-craftsperson and I have worked in this capacity in London, creating performative artworks for a broad range of events, including Notting Hill Carnival, Thames Festival, installations at the then Theatre Museum (Covent Garden) and many London parks and gardens. I think my background as an artist partly has been essential in my role as a  distributor for London Calling; I could imbue the work with some creative interest and so actually promote the culture. One of the first instances of these two careers crossing paths was in 2003 when distributing leaflets for, ‘Linked’, by Graeme Miller. The work alerted me to and involved me in a brilliant and inspiring installation situated close to where I lived in Leytonstone. I have also been fortunate to work for London Calling distributing for events I have participated in as an artist and a gardener – most prominent of these being the E17 Art Trail and Waltham Forest Cultivate Festival.

A more recent example of this sort of serendipity occurred when doing the distribution on behalf of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and their large-scale installation ‘The Hive’. The leaflet, a guide to, ‘The Hive’ and the surrounding gardens, invites visitors to ‘step inside and discover the secret life of bees’.

With 13 years of beekeeping experience I am familiar with, and as baffled as ever by, the lives of bees inside our hives and beyond. The diversity of forage can be seen by the many different colours of pollen that form an intricate patchwork pattern. How is this intricacy and order of the honeycomb created by and communicated about by the bees? Would I find out by visiting, ‘The Hive’?

I visited the installation on a blazing hot day in August 2016. It is a marvellous structure, a gleaming tessellation set upon a grassy mound in the magnificent grounds of Kew. The lattice work makes up a large cubic structure within which a dome-like (or skep-like space) is defined. Stepping inside involved a winding walk up through a meadow of native wild flowers before reaching a wondrous sky-lit vaulted ceiling over an elevated transparent hexagon panelled floor. The overall effect was arresting and absorbing, the ambience altering through subtle changes to the lighting and sound, the latter triggered by activity in beehives close by. We were part of a performance – a promenade and reverie. ‘The Hive’, is the centre-piece for a range of other attractions and activities aimed at creating insights into the lives of bees and other pollinators; for me it was more a spectacular homage, resonating as something quite different from objective understanding.

Emerging from, ‘The Hive’, I made my way to the superb kitchen garden, to forage for inspiration and guidance for our allotment. Kew Kitchen Garden is managed by Joe Archer, who gardened with us, briefly, in 2013 before moving on to Chelsea Physic Garden and then Kew. It was a fitting way to complement my visit to, ‘The Hive’, and hopefully continue doing things that make a positive contribution to living and working in London.

London Calling Playlist: July

The music we can’t stop listening to here in the London Calling office.

Music is a big part of our lives here at London Calling. There’s rarely a moment when the office radio isn’t playing, and we all love to get out to gigs, discover new music and share our discoveries over a cuppa. We’d like to include you in all this, so as part of a new monthly feature, we’re pulling together a playlist of our current musical highlights, starting with July. Feel we missed something? Join the debate and let us know your favourite songs at the moment by tweeting us or messaging us.

Arcade Fire – Everything Now

The whole office were excited by the return of the genre-defying Canadian art rockers Arcade Fire, but a little dismayed about how quickly the four years since their last album, 2013’s Reflektor, have gone by. Everything Now, the first single from the new album of the same name, signals another turning point in their constantly evolving sound.

Young Fathers – Sister

The Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival, curated this year by M.I.A. featured a whole host of fantastic artists – something our Account Manager Willow took full advantage of. Young Fathers, the Mercury Prize-winning alternative hip hop trio from Edinburgh, performed a special gig at the Royal Festival Hall complete with special guests and a choir. Sisters is a track from their first EP, TAPE ONE.

Solange – Cranes in the Sky

When Will, our Editorial Assistant, returned from this year’s Glastonbury Festival he couldn’t stop talking about Solange. Her live performance was the complete package – light, set and movement combining with her soulful, groovy music to create an extraordinary gig. Cranes in the Sky is from her debut album A Seat at the Table, and he urges everyone out there to go watch her live.

Agnes Obel – Familiar

Sales and Partnerships Manager Simon went to see Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel at the Roundhouse last month and came back with heaps of praise for her spell-binding mix of rich, colourful melodies and string arrangements. Familiar is a single from her 2016 album Citizen of Glass.

Hercules and Love Affair – Blind

Simon also went to see the return of DJ Andy Butler’s powerful and uplifting dance project Hercules and Love Affair at Shoreditch’s Village Underground, and returned with aching limbs from all the shapes he threw. Blind is a party anthem from their self-titled debut album.

Yumi and the Weather – Not Again

Will went to watch the electronic three-piece Yumi and the Weather at Dalston’s Birthdays. Their hypnotic grooves, powerful vocals and catchy melodies are truly wonderful, and Not Again comes from their 2013 EP of the same name (full disclosure: vocalist Ruby Taylor is an old friend of Will’s – but that doesn’t make the music any less beautiful).

Radiohead – I Promise

Maddie, our Digital Officer, is a massive Radiohead fan, and has been listening to the 20th Anniversary Edition of their seminal third album, OK Computer, non-stop since it came out. I Promise is a stand out track from the selection of previously unreleased songs it contains.

Pete Tong with the Heritage Orchestra – Your Love

We recently interviewed Jules Buckley, the young composer and arranger making waves with his orchestral arrangements of contemporary music. Here, his Heritage Orchestra perform their version of the dance classic Your Love from the 2016 album Classic House, a collaboration with DJ Pete Tong which saw dance anthems translated into orchestral symphonies.

Elbow – Gentle Storm

Tanya Moodie, who is currently starring in Terror at the Lyric Hammersmith, is an actor with a fascinatingly varied career to date, and we spent a lovely afternoon interviewing her a few weeks back. She mentioned her fondness for northern alternative rock band Elbow’s latest album Little Fictions. We’re pretty fond of it here too, and Gentle Storm sees Guy Garvey at his lyrical best, underpinned by a foot-tapping rhythm and bursts of piano.

Alt-J – Dissolve Me

It turns out that Jules Buckley is a massive fan of Alt-J – the indie rockers from the University of Leeds whose 2012 debut album An Awesome Wave quickly propelled them to the higher echelons of the musical food chain. Another highlight from Glastonbury, Will spent a wonderful 4 minutes and 17 seconds dancing in pure joy to Dissolve Me, so we thought it only right to include the track here.

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New Faces in the London Calling Office!

If you pop into our office in Islington this March, you’ll find that some new faces have recently joined the team… This year we’ve welcomed a new Head of Finance, two new Account Managers, and a New Business Executive to the London Calling office. And to help you put faces to their names (and to embarrass them just a little bit!) we thought we’d take a moment to introduce you to Sue, Carolina, Katherine and Willow…

 

 Sue James – Finance Director

  Dance and Finance might be a bit of an odd mix but Sue loves both! She has been in finance for over 40 years and has a wealth of experience in SMEs, from Research to Expert Witnesses. One of her absolute passions is music and dance – any music, any dance form! Part time Sue teaches both DANCEmandala and Biodanza at The Place in Euston, as well as teaching meditation, voice and percussion and shaking.

What’s your favourite cultural venue in London?
“One of my most loved places is The South Bank, including a bit of Borough Market, home to amazing artisan foods and the best coffee at Monmouth Coffee.  You will often find me meandering around the market or walking along the river, jumping on and off the river buses armed with a few grandchildren!”


 

Carolina Sansom – New Business Executive

Carolina is a recent Applied Theatre graduate and the most recent member to join the New Business team. Outside of work you can find her boogying to new bands in Camden Town, catching some fringe theatre, planning her next summer adventure or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

What’s your favourite cultural venue in London?

“I love Portobello Road Market on a Saturday. If you get there early enough you get to skip the crowds of tourists and see some of the market sellers setting up their stalls. It’s amazing for finding whatever you’re in the mood for; vintage trinkets and jewellery (perfect for gifts!), old records, flowers, fresh bread, amazing cheese and in-season veggies. It’s also a great spot for a cheeky bit of day drinking, if you head slightly off the main road you can find  Acklam Village Market- they do great craft beers and I could literally sit there all afternoon listening to the live bands play.”


 

Katherine Weekes – Account Manager

Katherine graduated with a BA Hons First Class in English Language and Literature from Jesus College, University of Oxford in 2014. She is a member of our Account Management team. A literary and Bruce Springsteen fanatic, she is also curator of a vast collection of lipsticks and is planning her great novel…

What’s your favourite cultural venue in London?

One of my favourite (there are too many to pick a winner) is Shakespeare’s Globe. There is genuinely something special about standing and watching a play at the Globe (especially if the weather holds out!) and taking in all the painstaking detail Sam Wanamaker and his team used when reconstructing the theatre. I’m a huge advocate of the standing ticket initiative – it’s a fantastic way for people like myself to stay engaged with the reception and interpretation of Shakespeare in modern times!


 

Willow Costello – Account Manager

The latest addition to the Client Services team, Willow has worked for both digital media and marketing agencies, giving her a broad understanding of the industry as a whole. In addition to this she has been involved with a range of community projects, including TEDx talks, Romani Cultural and Arts Company and Radio Cardiff. Willow is passionate about inclusive arts projects and how marketing can play a key role in their scope and development.

What’s your favourite cultural venue in London?

“A maze of underground tunnels and recycled decor, The Vaults really is an arts platform for performers and musicians from all walks. I’ve seen some of the best (and bravest!) comedy and experimental theatre pieces here and this dark and urban space is surprisingly cosy. Even if you haven’t got time to see a show, it’s always worth a trip through the graffiti covered tunnels and a quick pint to soak up the atmosphere.”

 


Editorial Intern Position at London Calling or Culture Calling

London Calling are looking for two enthusiastic graduates to support the running of our cultural recommendations websites LondonCalling.com and CultureCalling.com.

We operate a rolling three-month internship programme for graduates and those looking to move into arts journalism or publicity.

The role
The successful applicant will help to run the websites on a day-to-day basis, ensuring its look, feel and content are perfect for our readers. This will involve writing and uploading events, articles and interviews as well as attending press events and liaising with PR agencies.

Please see the full job description and person specification here.

How to apply
Please apply by sending a CV and short cover letter along with a sample of your written work to Helen Dalton, Online Brand Manager on Helen@LondonCalling.com. Please indicate whether you are interested in applying for the London Calling or Culture Calling internship in your application.

The Editorial Internship lasts for three months. However we will be accepting applications continually and will keep your application on file until the next time we are recruiting.

 


 

Three Unique, Quirky and Cultural London Calling Venues

Constantly on the hunt for fantastic new venues to host our client’s leaflets and brochures, London Calling’s Business Development Officer Alice is an expert in the city’s quirkiest venues, from vinyl shops to art schools and coffee shops to climbing walls…

London is a busy, chaotic city, but nestled in its streets are venues where you can be entertained, escape, or even learn a new skill. When finding great locations for London Calling print racks, I come across beautiful venues every week. Here are three of the most interesting and idiosyncratic venues that host our racks:

 

Cable Café Bar

Cable Café Bar in Oval sits on a busy street behind a bus stop. Inside however is a beautiful wood panelled space, with an eclectic mix of furniture, dripping candles and old pictures on the walls. During the day the friendly staff make coffee with an ancient hand-pulled espresso machine and in the evening they serve beers, wines and spirits. The cosy atmosphere is intensified every Tuesday evening when the bar hosts live Jazz music.

 

Travelling Through

Travelling Through is a bookshop with a difference. Specialising in travel they sell fiction, non-fiction, memoirs and biographies categorised by continent, country and place. Potential explorers can discover new and classic works from around the world and enjoy a coffee in its downstairs cafe. The shop also hosts events and workshops, such as philosophy meetups and mindfulness classes, and has a monthly book club. If you ever want to escape from London for a while, you can just pick up a travel guide and see what the world has to offer.

 

The National Centre for Circus Arts

Exercise doesn’t have to be humdrum. The National Centre for Circus Arts teaches thousands of people circus techniques from the flying trapeze to acrobatic balancing. Located in a Victorian power station near Hoxton Square, the centre offers workshops and recreational classes to established performers and newcomers alike; they also teach a BA degree in Circus Arts!

 


 

We’re recruiting: Accounts Management and Sales Posts

** THESE POSITIONS HAVE NOW BEEN FILLED **

 

We are looking for three new candidates to join our team at our offices in Islington, London.

London Calling (London focussed) and Culture Calling (covering cultural hotspots outside London) are a leading arts, culture and leisure marketing company operating across the UK. This is your opportunity to play your part in the growth of our dynamic company. Following a hugely successful year, we are looking for three ambitious people to join our accounts management and sales teams.

We are looking for individuals who have flair, energy, are confident when dealing with people and who are focused and tenacious. While the three posts are different (but related), and with varying levels of experience/knowledge required, we are looking for account management, sales and marketing experience in all the roles. This can be from any sector.

What is important is the ability to learn quickly about the sectors we are engaged with and to have a flexible and innovative approach to work. We also strongly encourage new ideas and perspectives as we work to further grow and expand our business.

There are three jobs available: Please see below a brief resume of each one with a link to obtain more detailed information.

 

Account Manager:

This post is ideal for someone already working within account management and sales, who has a track record of success, and who is looking to forge a career for themselves in the arts/leisure sector. This post is concerned with managing and growing the business with an existing portfolio of established clients as well as with sourcing new business. The salary range is £26,000 to £30,000 (dependent on experience) with a commission available related to meeting targets. Find out more.

Culture Calling Sales/New Business manager

The role is focused on sales and bringing in new business for the company building on our well established, existing client base. It will concentrate on primarily developing new business outside London as well as some limited account management. This would suit someone who has some good sales experience in any sector and who wants to learn more and contribute to growing work in our sector. The salary range is £22,000 to £27,000 (dependent on experience) with a commission being paid for meeting agreed targets: the more new business that is generated the higher the commission. Find out more.

New Business Executive.

This role is focused on sales and bringing in new business for the company building on our well established, existing client base. It is a ‘junior’ role to start with and would ideally suit a recent graduate or someone who has had some job experience and who wants to build on this in a new role. The salary range is £20,000 to £24,000 (dependent on experience) with a commission being paid related to meeting targets. Find out more.

 

If you are interested please provide a short CV that summarises your background and experience, along with a brief note (maximum 350 words) on what makes you a strong candidate for the individual posts. Applications should be e-mailed to tbutler@londoncalling.com.

Closing date 27th November with interviews being held in early December.

 


 

Office manager and marketing support – POSITION FILLED

We are looking for a driven, friendly individual to join our team based in Islington in North London.

** This position has now been filled **

 

This is a new and exciting opportunity to play your part in the growth of our dynamic arts and leisure marketing company. The role is helping to manage our busy office and ensuring that the key policies, processes and duties in the office flow efficiently. Part of the role is also helping to supporting our marketing team, providing an opportunity to gain experience in this area.

We are looking for someone who has flair, energy, is confident when dealing with people, and who is focused, well organised and tenacious. Ideally we would like you to have assisted in or managed an office before. However, what is as important is that you have the ability to learn quickly, and have a flexible and innovative approach to work.

The basic wage starts at around £25000, dependent on experience.

 

Find out more and read the full job description.

 

To apply : please provide a short CV along with a covering letter (maximum 700 words) on what makes you a good candidate for this post, and e-mail as soon as you can to: elaine@londoncalling.com. The closing date is 10th October 2016.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 


 

The Vaults: An Interview with Director Kieron Vanstone

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In just a few short years The Vaults, nestled under Waterloo station, has become one of London’s most exciting art spaces. It all started with The Vaults Festival which has rapidly become one of the capital’s largest Fringe theatre events, and have recently staged productions ranging from Goosebumps Live to a musical about mod icons The Small Faces. We chatted to founder and director Kieron Vanstone about the venue, its history and his dreams for the future.

 

London Calling: Can you tell us about the history of the venue?

Kieron Vanstone: It opened in April 2013. I originally worked at the Old Vic Tunnels which was another series of arches supported by the Old Vic Theatre. When that place closed I picked up where we left off and opened up another series of arches and carried on from there.

 

LC: What is it about the underground that appeals to people?

KV: Interestingly at The Vaults, technically, you actually don’t go underground at all. It was built in 1848 and the Victorians wondered how to keep the train running when there were floods, so they lifted it all up. You never actually go down at all. You get this real loss of inhibition and exploration when you go underground.

 

LC: Were there any issues setting up in such an unusual location?

KV: I started without anybody else and I just had to do it all myself really. I had to clean everything, do all the production, finance, marketing. There were no particularly big hurdles, it was just all of the hurdles. The building was used to store paper for a long time so there was just one toilet in the whole building and a series of offices. All of our toilets are now weirdly kitted out like old school offices.

 

LC: What’s most exciting in your current season?

KV: Goosebumps is exciting because we’ve completely split audiences. I’ve never seen a show that some people absolutely detest while others adore it and come back three or four times.

 

LC: Why do you think that’s happened?

KV: If I knew why, I would definitely be a billionaire. A lot of people like it, a lot of people don’t. Goosebumps is the second best selling book series of all time after Harry Potter. We’ve also got ‘All or Nothing’ our mod musical inspired by the music of the Small Faces. It’s written by a lady called Carol Harrison and that’s been unbelievably popular. It sold out every night for eight weeks which is impressive for a new musical. I think it’s a testament to the music of the Small Faces and how popular it was.

We’ve also had a brand new audience come to the place. We pitch ourselves all the time for twenty to thirty year-olds but with this show you’ve got a range from forty to seventy. It’s cool to not be elitist, we do shows for everybody. It’s the same doing our separate Goosebumps kids show, they come in and are amazed, they can hear the trains, they go mental. Just like a 57-year-old who has never been under Waterloo station but they’ve walked past it every day.

 

LC: What about the Vaults Festival?

KV: We have a six week festival in March where there are about 20 shows a day. We turn most spaces into theatres ranging from 100 seats to 176 seats. It’s fringe theatre of very high quality. It’s about supporting the artists and making sure they don’t lose out, that they cover themselves. It accounted for something like 30% of all fringe ticket sales in London last year. The first was in 2012, before the venue opened. The Vaults Festival came first, when I was working at the Old Vic Tunnels. We opened up this space for the Vaults festival first for six weeks then we closed it down again. That was why we called the space The Vaults because the festival had already spread the name.

 

LC: A lot of venues are threatened by council restrictions and new construction at the moment. Are you worried about that?

KV: I’ve got a really good relationship with the council. I’ve been really careful and clear – I won’t just do a party or a dirty rave, it has to have some theatre and drama to it. That supports the community so they support us. If you don’t have the support of the surrounding businesses and neighbours then you’re in trouble. They’re the people you’re there to serve so if you stick out like a sore thumb then it’s going to go badly.

Saying that, some other venues were doing the best they could – like Shunt got closed because the Shard was built on top of it. No doubt the same will happen for Waterloo. There are masterplans for Waterloo up until 2050 so we won’t be around forever. In terms of footfall Waterloo is the biggest station in Europe, there’s an extra million people every year. We’ll survive as long as we possibly can and do as much cool stuff as we can in the time we’ve got.

 

The Vaults is currently showing Goosebumps Alive and Ministry of Masks. For information on upcoming events see their website.