VAULT 2016 Comes To An End

V16_8_WH_336March arrives, another VAULT Festival comes to an end with a celebration.

After six weeks of eclectic performances, VAULT Festival 2016 closed on Sunday 6th March, after our most successful year yet with 45,000 in attendance over the six weeks. Highlights were celebrated with VAULT Festival Awards for shows such as ‘Skin A Cat’, ‘The Vanishing Man’, ‘Orator’ and many others.

The past six weeks have thoroughly satisfied the intellects, funny bones, dancing feet, hunger and thirst of VAULT Festival’s 45,000 visitors.  204 groups of artists presented performances, film screenings, parties, workshops and more, from 27th January until 6th March in the arches beneath Waterloo Station. Furthermore this year’s new addition of a pop-up restaurant, The Suffolk Punch, served over 5000 diners and received rave reviews.

Tim had this to say:

‘VAULT 2016 aimed to bring people together to see wild and adventurous performances underground, and we’re proud that so many people came along for the ride.

The sense of adventure that London’s audiences bring to VAULT is what keeps it going, and as plans are made about the future, the Festival is fiercely guarding its authenticity and reputation as a place for artists and audiences to take risks and share in success.

On behalf of everyone who came to the Festival, thanks to the artists who trusted that our labyrinth in Waterloo was the right place to take a leap into the unknown.’

As many as 28 shows show saw sell out performance including ‘Das Spiel: Are You Part Of The Game?’, ‘The Misfit Analysis’ and ‘Squidboy’. Praise came from many sources with four stars from The Guardian for ‘The Vanishing Man’, from Evening Standard for ‘Echoes’, and from The Stage for ‘Stay Awake Jake’. The last weekend of VAULT Festival also heralded the annual awards presentation at which Isley Lynn’s ‘Skin A Cat’, Simon Evan’s ‘The Vanishing Man’ and Far From the Norm’s ‘Orator’ scooped prizes.  

“London’s answer to Edinburgh’s Fringe”

Time Out


“In these dree and dreary days of January, London needs something to cheer itself up and the answer might very well be VAULT Festival.”

London Evening Standard


“Extravaganza of theatre, comedy, club nights, workshops, and more”

The Independent On Sunday


“For more uplift in the dark days before spring, get yourself down to VAULT Festival for its wild and whirling programme”



One of Stylist’s “Best things to do out and about in the January around the UK”


“Labyrinthine underworld, boasting a throng of performers and shows”

Evening Standard Magazine


“Something for everyone”

The Guardian


“VAULT Festival is like a hyperactive real-life Netflix”

Mr Hyde


Check out our VAULT Festival 2016 Awards Winners at