On November the 2nd, 3rd and 4th, we are throwing an incredible festival at The Vaults celebrating the dead and the living, indulgence and debauchery, loud music, fine food and immersive madness, surrounded by beautiful art. You should come.
Our celebration of Day of the Dead comes to life in the incredible labyrinth of underground tunnels below Waterloo, with a main live music stage, a Mayan jungle and more, all set in the vibrant setting of this most life affirming of festivities.
From melodic mashups of Mexico and the UK’s finest bands and DJs hand-picked by Movimientos, to a Cantina belonging to the one and only Weeping Lady, you’re going to want to get down here early to explore everything that’s going on.
Get your tickets before it’s too late.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND AT THE VAULTS
Deadly good bands & Dj’s to shake your bones to: From Mexican-amazonic cumbia maestros Sonido Gallo Negro to the deep funky sounds of Family Atlantica to brass-sensations The Voodoo Love Orchestra, as well as mind-blowing DJ’s from our friends Movimientos will keep you on your toes all night long.
Grab a bite in our street-food market. Tuck into delicious tacos from the Wahaca taco-van, lick your fingers having nachos from our little brother DF/Mexico and bite into an awesome burger from no less than Patty & Bun or a hotdog from street-food champs Bubbledogs. Open from 6pm Thursday & Friday and from 11am Saturday, Festivals don’t get much tastier.
Sip don’t shoot! Sip delicious Olmeca Altos tequila at our Weeping Lady Bar, while she sings and tells tales of her loss. Or try one of our mezcales at the Mezcal Cinema, where Mexican short films from the Guadalajara Film Festival & mezcal meet.
Immersive yourself: Join the brass-thumping central procession into a recreation of Oaxaca’s Panteon General Cemetery to pay respect to the lost souls you are remembering, expect poetry and troubadours with a majestic ofrenda backdrop. Discover the Mayan Dia de Muertos, Hanal Pixan, in a fluorescent jungle, where you’ll be able to experience rituals with the mayans themselves. Enter the Resurrection Room & explore the emotional imprints left behind in our lives by loved ones when they’ve gone. You’ll get the chance to celebrate and mourn those you’ve loved and lost, and reflect on how do their memories live on.
Top Grub: If you were lucky enough to grab one of the 50 tickets to attend Thomasina Miers‘ Banquet at Hourse of Vans, expect the finest contemporary Mexican experience. The supper club is now SOLD OUT, but don’t miss out on our incredible selection of Street Food on Leake Street.
A feast for the eyes: Street artist Marc Craig will take over the main space and transform it into instragramable heaven! #NoFilter
Dress up! Dress as the person who’s life you’re celebrating or dust off your Mexican inspired outfit and hunt out one of our face-painting stations courtesy of the Mexican Embassy & Visit Mexico.
Bring the kids! Don’t forget we have a family day on Saturday 4th, so no-one misses out. Bring the little ones to discover the true spirit of Day of the Dead through storytelling & performance, join in the hands-on workshops, get dancing with Big Fish Little Fish on the main stage, and follow the Voodoo Love Orchestra‘s procession to the grand finale with a screening of Book Of Life.
All for a good cause: All of Wahaca’s profits from the event will go to support families who have been affected by the recent earthquakes in Mexico, through donations to Ednica and other charities in the area.
At the heart of Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival is a lofty ambition. We aim to bring Mexico’s most vibrant celebration to life on the biggest scale the UK has ever seen. We’ll raise a glass to that.