Luke-warm glühwein by the photocopying machine is no way to go
San Proper



Let’s face it. We all need a party. Superstition is going D-I-S-C-O this Saturday night in full glitter disco ball style as they launch Black Magic Disco Club. San Proper, one of techno’s most eccentric and enigmatic characters, will lead the festivities, fronting Proper’s Cult, his indie label championing dusky house and the rare gems of disco. He’ll be joined by long-time Berghain and Panorama Bar resident Prosumer, Rush Hour Record’s Antal and new Black Magic Disco Club resident Dorado. Spin your cares away on our dance floor for 4/4s.





Howling take their name from the first track Ry X and Frank Wiedemann made together. A sleeper hit that found cult status from being the ‘what the hell is that song’ at the end of Taken 3, the single paved the way for a collaboration that’s fuelled by difference. It’s a poignant footnote on 2016: Ry X is a singer and producer with a bohemian upbringing in remote Australia. Meanwhile, Frank grew up in Karlsruhe, a forward-thinking hub for science and technology in Southwest Germany.

As Thump points out of Howling’s debut: “The fact that everyone from Radiohead to Tale of Us could reasonably be name-checked as sonic counterparts indicates the album’s unique positioning”. By teaming up, Howling encapsulate a lot more than they could alone. It’s pop music, but not as we know it. Village Underground will be theirs on 15th April next year.


Red Snapper



In celebration and recognition of the 20th anniversary of the release of Prince Blimey on Warp Records, Red Snapper will be swinging down to Village Underground to perform the album live, in its entirety, on 8th March next year. The performances will be faithful to the sounds and aspirations of the album when it was first released in 1996 and it was acclaimed as a groundbreaking collection with its distinctive drive and darkness.

As many of the pieces have never been performed live, the show promises to be something exceptional, and also unlikely to be repeated. Red Snapper will be creating a snapshot of the world around the release of Prince Blimey, featuring the original compelling artwork and imagery as part of the experience; from a time when Red Snapper’s ‘Fuck-off jazz’ was railing across Europe.


Joris Voorn



Spectrum is a brand new series of events from Joris Voorn, delving into the broad scope of electronic music and celebrating the outer reaches of the genre. Launching in Amsterdam in January, Joris will be bringing the showcase to London on 4th February. He’ll be venturing into a vast array of music selections with support from Warm Up’s Aiden Doherty.


Tenants wanted


Going freelance in the new year? Or have a business that needs a change of scenery? You’ve come to the right place! We currently have two to four working spaces available in our rooftop train carriages. Our desk spaces are cheaper than you might think and open to emerging artists, creative professionals and businesses that will benefit from affordable rent and being part of our creative community. Have a read here and see if our working spaces could be just the fit.


Channel One photo by Rightreggaesound



If you’re not fleeing the confines of the M25 and happen to be in London this Boxing Day, there’s one place to head. We’ll be hosting vibes-a-plenty with Channel One, one of the world’s best-known roots, reggae and dub sound systems. Mikey Dread and MC Ras Kayleb will be serving up big bass lines, roots and culture reggae with special guests, setting up their custom built sound system and colossal speakers ready for an 8pm start. For anyone that’s never made it down to a Channel One, the atmosphere is second to none- check out this video from their night here last October to get a flavour. So skip the family rows and Boxing Day Sales, and come get cosy with us.


Emmy The Great by Chazz Adnitt


What do you think of our new outfit? None too shabby, right? 

After a good long run with our former incarnation, we’re finally ready to launch our brand new website. The old model served us well, but we’re hoping this look can do a lot more. 

The listings are easier to navigate, there are more photos of everyone, videos, social links, splashes of colour, short films, info and detail. What’s more, it should all feel like it’s within easy reach and provide you with everything you need to plan your next trip to Village Underground. Whether you’re here for life drawing or our first in-house produced play Cat and Mouse, Lee Scratch Perry or Simian Mobile Disco

If you have a few minutes, take a turn around our Art page or have a look at the newly incorporated news section of the site.

Do let us know what you think, and have one helluva weekend. 

Team VU x 
The Dears



The Dears are coming to see us in all their sweeping orchestral pop and rock glory on 28th February, making this the kinda perfect time to pick up tickets for a significant other that’s always wanted to catch them in London. They’ll be performing with their brand new album, Times Infinity Volume Two, due out in 2017. In-keeping with the creature theme, support comes from Montreal’s Plants and Animals.

To celebrate, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for the show. You just need to reply to this newsletter with the correct answer to the following question to be in with a chance of winning.

What was the name of The Deer’s 2015 album?

1. No Cities Left
2. Times Infinity Volume One
3. End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story
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