VAULT Festival, the UK’s leading festival of live performance, has been informed by its venue landlord, The Vaults, that it must find a new home for future festivals. Despite repeated efforts to seek a long-term commitment from The Vaults, the venue is exploring other commercial projects.
Having been held in Waterloo’s derelict tunnels since 2012, the event has established itself as an important event for the live performance industry in the UK.
The response to the return of VAULT Festival in 2023 has been incredible. Over the past three years, as we’ve battled to survive through cancellations, postponements and a pandemic, it’s become extremely clear that the creative industry needs the Festival to thrive and the artists we champion need the event to springboard their careers. This devastating blow comes after three of the harshest and hardest years of the festival’s life; but we’re determined to make sure this isn’t the end. We can only survive if we receive support, and I’m asking for your help. Help us make this the end of a chapter, not the end of VAULT Festival. Help us save VAULT!Director and Co-Founder Andy George
The festival has launched a #SaveVAULT fundraising campaign to raise £150,000 by the end of the 2023 event. Donations will help secure a new home for the festival in 2024 and beyond. VAULT Festival is asking individuals or organizations with large spaces in the wider London area to come forward.
Donations can be contributed via vaultfestival.com/save-vault. All financial support offered will be invested into doing everything the festival organisers can to make the spirit and mission of VAULT Festival continue.
The 2023 Festival currently taking place in venues across Waterloo and South Bank until 19th March won’t be affected by today’s announcement and all shows in 2023’s festival will be completed as planned.
Despite the significant blow to the future of the Festival, the organizers are urging audiences and artists to attend the ongoing 2023 festival until its end on March 19th. By seeing shows, purchasing drinks, merchandise, and becoming members, people can support VAULT Festival and its artists. Over 4,000 independent artists are showcasing their work in the festival. With no certainty of what the future holds, the festival encourages people to celebrate the joy of over a decade of amazing live performance and join in the mission to #SaveVAULT.