Well that was a long haul wasn’t it? The new decade may have ushered in hope for a fresh start, but this winter feels like it’s raged on for a least 12 years. Thankfully our converted warehouse has been packed out with incredible artists providing a wealth of inspiration and that just-went-to-a-great-show feeling. Here are our highlights from the past three months… remember to tell us YOURS on social too.
SUPERSTITION X DVS1 / SAT 14 DEC
Photos by Hungry Visuals
He’s a global techno legend, so we were very proud to welcome Zak Khutoretsky aka DVS1 back to Village Underground for a huge sold out all night long session which was a mind blowing set to see out an incredible 2019
See our full album by Hungry Visuals via Superstition’s Facebook here.
SKREAM / FRI 20 DEC
Long-time VU friend of the family Skream played a sold out show to take us all into the holidays. Check the video below to see how reluctant he was to finish his set.
— Oliver Jones (@I_Skream) December 31, 2019
— Raees Mahmood (@RaeesVentura) December 21, 2019
RECESS / SUN 22 DEC
Three years and over 50 parties later, Recess celebrated their third birthday back in Shoreditch, taking a moment to reflect on all their achievements of black British excellence from the past three years. With a slogan that simply says “For Us, By Us”, Recess covered one of our warehouse walls in photos from the nights of past parties. A simple move that brought it all home, reflecting how many familiar faces are part of the parties and what a community they’ve created.
If you made it or not, watch this awe-inspiring video below for a feel of the night – that feeling is infectious.
Welcome to RECESS.
— RECESS (@REC_ESS) December 26, 2019
HAPPY NEW YEAR! SEE YOU ON THE 31st 🕊 pic.twitter.com/0GgJl2i3S7
— RECESS (@REC_ESS) January 1, 2020
FOR US, BY US. pic.twitter.com/oe8P2wdtcx
— RECESS (@REC_ESS) January 5, 2020
070 SHAKE / MON 20 JAN
Photos by Jozef Garcala
New Jersey hip hop artist 070 Shake garnered plenty of hype for her VU headline show, and why not. Danielle Balbuena, who takes her moniker from the area code for her native state of New Jersey, was signed to Kanye West’s label after racking up hundreds of thousands of streams on her Soundcloud page. The sold out night here saw her showcasing tracks from her debut release, Modus Vivendi.
See our full album by Jozef Garcala via VU’s Facebook, here.
About last night… Emerging New Jersey artist @070shake didn't disappoint with her highly anticipated sold out show where she showcased tracks from her debut release, Modus Vivendi. 💯
Full gallery: https://t.co/oKOTjsYHWW pic.twitter.com/eG0742Bgzz
— Village Underground (@villunderlondon) January 21, 2020
the energy 070 shake exuded at her london show tonight… pure passion for love and positivity and i ascended to her voice like it took me to higher dimensions bro i love u dani
— fitz xcx (@RAYMARGIELA) January 21, 2020
MTV X YUNGBLUD / TUE 28 JAN
Late January our corporate team worked with MTV to deliver one of their MTV Push episodes, showcasing the platform’s one to watch artists. Doncaster up-and-comer Yungblud won this year’s MTV Push vote with an astounding 67,000 votes on Instagram, seeing off formidable competition from the likes of Aitch, Deno and Joy Crookes. Yungblud, aka Dominic Harrison, had fans waiting from 7am outside VU at his show on Tuesday 28th January. Which is hardly a surprise, as he now joins the ranks of previous Ones To Watch winners including Mabel, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, and last year’s champion Lewis Capaldi, who have all gone on to absolutely smash it in recent years.
Find out more here.
TIFFANY CALVER AND FRIENDS / FRI 31 JAN
Photos by Wyatt Dixon
You just know it’s going to be a good night when Tiffany Calver comes to play. Giggs, Maya Jama, Octavian, PA Salieu and Young MA all joined the cult DJ on stage, which was live streamed on YouTube. We especially loved one Twitter comment that came through about the subconscious /cosmic timing of her sold out show…
avoiding brexit with tiffany calver & friends was the best subconscious idea EVER
— elli brazzill (@cometobrazzill) February 1, 2020
— Tiffany Calver (@tiffanycalver) February 1, 2020
Oi @tiffanycalver you did that👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 Yesterday was too lit, when’s the next one because I’m ready!😩😭
— JENNI. 🇨🇩 (@MmeJKola_) February 1, 2020
See our full album by Wyatt Dixon via VU’s Facebook, here.
SUPERSTITION X I HATE MODELS / SAT 01 FEB
Photos by Sin Lam
I Hate Models finally returned to VU with this sold out Superstition show, joining Ida and Broken English Club on stage. Everyone was on fire for the night, with resident DJs Tapefeed performing an incredible set.
Catch this video by Jo Mov for a feel of the night.
See our full album by Sin Lam via Superstition’s Facebook, here.
BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD / TUE 04 FEB
Photos by Eleonora Collini
We love an underdog, and Black Country, New Road has got to be one of our highlight live music shows for winter. BC,NR had only released two songs available to stream prior to their headline show here at VU on Tuesday 4th February, but that didn’t stop this from being one of the most talked-about gigs of our year so far. DIY Magazine sum it up well in their review, and Eleonora Collini caught some great shots.
POLIÇA / TUE 11 FEB
Photos by Ondre Roach
Poliça treated us to a sold out show on the back of their latest release, When We Stay Alive. We’re liking this review of Polica’s show by The Up Coming and fittingly moody photos by Ondre Roach.
— DJ Cull (@TheDJCull) February 11, 2020
See our full album by Ondre Roach via VU’s Facebook, here.
NOVELIST / SUN 16 FEB
Photos by Abbey Kenny
Sundays might usually be a day of rest, but not for Novelist, who treated us to a sold out show with surprise appearances from JME and Big Zuu.
Thankfully Abbey Kenny and Wyatt Dixon were there to capture grime royalty.
See our full album by Abbey Kenny via VU’s Facebook, here.
GLASS ANIMALS / MON 17 FEB
There’s more? Yes indeed. Glass Animals put on a super intimate sold out show to mark their comeback since drummer Joe Seaward’s accident in 2018. Thankfully the band were on as playful form as ever, with gigantic palm trees installed in the venue and singer Dave Bayley popping up at the lighting desk at the back of the venue for Gooey.
DIY Mag have a great review below for the lowdown.
NÉRIJA / TUE 18 FEB
Photos by Kate Vice
And finally, Nérija brought us an evening of vibrant, engaging and infectious new era jazz with performances from Nubya Garcia on saxophone, Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet, Cassie Kinoshi on alto saxophone, Rosie Turton on trombone, Shirley Tetteh on guitar, Lizy Exell on drums and Rio Kai on bass.
See our full album by Kate Vice via VU’s Facebook, here.