20 Years of Vibe

20 Years of Vibe

In the winter of 1994 Vibe Promotions came to Brick Lane with a vision. Having put on Acid House Parties around the world and run events up and down the UK as well as managing artists – they were looking to find a place to create something special.

Vibe partnered with Ofer Zeloof and set about bringing together a whole troop of talented creative people who wanted to make a difference – through their work, passion and contribution to the world.

What a journey it has been.

We were often told in the early days by many in the industry that “no one is going to go to Brick Lane…”. Soho dominated events and Camden and Notting Hill were destinations…but the east was simply “unviable”. We shared our dreams and so many others got involved and made their dreams become a part of a much bigger aspiration.

The rest, as they say is history…

There are so many people we love and want to thank: but this is not goodbye. Indeed, it is a logical progression for who we are, what we believe in and what we think about experimentation, art, music, love and life.

Two decades is quite some achievement in a world where venues and promoters come and go. It has been so exciting to work with such an array of talent and passionate enthusiasts. So many highlights but to name a few:

DIESEL’s launch party for their Covent Garden store

Duffer of St George

Jockey Slut Magazine Party

Mixmag Party

FRIEZE first ever Art Fair
Irvine Welsh “Filth”

Tam Dean Burn

Claudine Spiteri – you’re a legend, Hungry ever after

Adelle Stripe

MTV Base One Year of broadcasting from Vibe Bar

The Guardian party

The Telegraph party

The Battle of Ideas Satellite Festival series of events

Worldwrite & Worldbytes Charity

War Child

Ted X
Pete Townsend playing acoustic set with VH1

Talvin Singh hanging out with Madonna

Goldie, Grooverider, Cleveland Watkiss, Ray Keith, Norris da Boss Windross, Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont, DJ Spoony,

Ray Shell performing from “Iced”

Lynne Page & dancers

Emily Sande

Jon Wright & Vee

UK Garage Awards & Clubavision

Chilli Crab Festival

When Worlds Collide

Burlesque & Cabaret Festivals

BBC East London Doc

MTV on Vibe

Newsnight Feature

Rinse FM

Get Darker

Gettin’ Hectic New Year’s Eve(s) several

Penge Party with Jason Lorimar

Sancho Panza New Year’s Eve


House Heads


Urban Nerds

This Feeling

Graduate Fashion Week

Smile & Wave

Cultural Virus

Brick Lane Festivals – with Pete Doherty, Norman Jay, David Rodigan & many more


Open Mic

Channel One Reggae Sound System

There of course are so very many more. We thank you all – and of course most importantly all of YOU. The public – the people, our friends that have over the years come and danced, listened, partied, met & married, split up, made up, created, innovated and generally made this part of London such a magical experiment and possibility.

You may well see some press about recent issues in Brick Lane, & Tower Hamlets licensing. Indeed, we think that there has been an overly narrow minded and petty attitude of licensing and police that have imposed a curfew on anything beyond 1am – preventing later night temporary extensions (TEN’s) for bars, clubs and even restaurants! This ultimately affects all of you, the public.

London is supposed to be an international city. Too many restrictions on what venues can do – and how they need to run and often provide policing services – are detrimental to UK business, creativity and recreation. There is a London-wide group of venue owners, restauranteurs and members of the public who are putting a statement together about UK night time economy and restrictions. If you do want to find out more, you can email alanvibe@aol.com

We do not, however, have any time for bitterness. Music & events have proven to be a catalyst for creativity in the whole post war period. From Carnaby Street in the Swinging Sixties, Kings Road in the Seventies, Camden in the Eighties and Brick Lane in the Nineties and Noughties…night time activity, brings together talent and youth from the worlds of fashion, art, business and technology all of course merging with the thing that touches our souls…music.

So – let the music play.

In these next few weeks, we invite you to come along and enjoy that unique and hybrid special experience that can only come about from the special blend of us all together.

Please come and join us to celebrate our 20th Anniversary Birthday weekend from Friday 7 Nov through to and including Monday 10th November –

Friday 7 : Vibe Residents with special twist

Sat 8 : Spread Love, DJ’s Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont, DJ Spoony, Norris Windross

Sun 9 : All day DJ event

Mon 10: Open Mic final showcase of young talent

Our aim has always to be a place for new up and coming talent. Fresh and young blood. New ways of trying out and doing things. When you walk in to The Vibe Bar, anything has been possible.

We are going to keep dreaming. Keep creating. Keep on moving on. We shall keep you all posted with any new plans. Thank you for making this journey so incredibly amazing. We love you.

Vibe Bar. Culture, Content, Love, Life.

21 Oct 2014

Maggio exhibits an exclusive collection at Vibe Bar!

Artist and Performer who creates artworks for live entertainment and collection.

Private View 8th Oct + Public View 9th Oct

Maggio is a multimedia artist who has travelled extensively throughout the world and translates her visions into live painting performances, as well as collectable artworks and fashion.

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She trained in Italy as a fine artist, but discovered muralism in Mexico and has made this art her signature for the last ten years. To deepen her vision as an artist and inspire people through her live murals she travelled exploring the jungle of South and Central America, living and working with indigenous communities. They initiated her into the mysteries of their mystical traditions and this has had a great impact on her life, proving to be a major inspiration for her art.
Still traveling South America in 2011, Maggio founded the Imaginary Beings art collective in Buenos Aires and it has since toured major museums of the Argentinian Capital. She then took The Imaginary Beings collective, which creates premium art events around the world, to New York, Lisbon, Milan and back to London where she is now based.

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Maggio is also a musician and performer and has collaborated with London’s Starfield Studios, composing and touring in UK throughout 2013. She also collaborated with former Massive Attack’s singer Shara Nelson who supported many of Maggio’s art exhibitions.

Maggio has also created her own fashion label, VISIONS, a wearable art brand based on the concept of turning art performances’ garments into fashion accessories with a history.

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Maggio travels now in between UK and USA, exhibiting her artworks, performing, producing new designs and creating live art events to inspire the world.

ARTIST WEBSITE: www.maggiostudio.com

VISIONS WEARABLE ART: www.visionswearableart.com

It’s almost here! Brick Lane Festival 2014

With an amazing line up of great musicians playing all over the East End, the Brick Lane Music Festival returns once more to give music lovers the ideal weekend of music with the eclectic mix of bands, the high quality of the performances and the general feeling of creativity which shows off perfectly the hub of creativity that is Shoreditch’sBrick Lane.
Vibe Bar being in the centre of it all with another great line-up
In the past, the Vibe Bar has played host to some brilliant live acts including Demolition Man, Ampasound, Mr Thing, Sleepy Time Ghost and Smash Hits. This years full line up is yet just as impressive with performances & DJ sets from the likes of FOXX, Normanton Street Band, Luna Twin and High Hazels on the Sunday. Saturday see’s a fantastic collaboration with Acoustic Live UK featuring some of their best artists.
Earlybird tickets have now sold out but there are still tickets available to buy via Vibe Bar and there are a few giveaways running on various Twitter accounts of people involved – so keep your eyes peeled: @vibebar


So as we all know- this weekend is Notting Hill Carnival. Such a feel good event for London and one of the most talked about and visited too. It’s one of the most beautful and colourful events of the year and we intend to party carnival style…


We are looking forward to a Carnival inspired weekend with Steve Taylor Kicking things off on Friday night playing pure party music including the likes of How Gee – Black Machine, Disclosure – RunningRoute 94 – Forget the Girl, Rudimental – Waiting for you and the old Justin Timberlake classic – Senorita.

Followed by a HUGE party thrown by Get Down Sounds – who will be infusing the carnival spirit into their usual party vibes- you can listen to their Mixcloud HERE


Hailing from South London, Get Down Sounds are a DJ collective specialising in classic hip hop, breaks, soul and all things funky. Monthly residencies include Market House in Brixton, Lost & Co in Putney and Cafe 1001 in Shoreditch as well as gigs in east (Bedroom Bar, Three Blind Mice), central (Bloomsbury Lanes) and south London (Candlemaker, Battersea). 

Above all, Get Down DJs are unmatched in their ability to dig out the most undiscovered remixes/re-edits across the globe and take pleasure in throwing these down during their club nights. These, added to classic party bangers, make Get Down nights unmissable. 

If you need to reassure just check out their Twitter for a constant stream of amazing pics of music… @GetDownSounds

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We’d also like to give a massive shout out and congrats to Channel One Sound System who against adversity and got their license agreed and WILL be playing Notting Hill Carnival this year – here’s a great little article on their success: http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/reggae-sound-system-gets-notting-hill-carnival-go-ahead


Don’t forget we’re in the run up now to our infamous Brick Lane Festival – and will be giving away the first 100 tickets FREE via our Twitter account: @VibeBar – all you have to do is Tweet us telling us why you deserve the free ticket… and HASHTAG #BrickLaneFestival.. Easy!

Enjoy our carnival inspired weekend and if it’s your birthday be sure to give us a shout as we’ll give you and your friends free entry and a bottle of bubble to celebrate






Welcome to August!

We can’t believe we’ve hit August already – this year is flying by- thankfully we ‘ve filled it with nothing but the best mix of music, art and culture so far. Last week being no exception – with Laughta’s infamous showcase ‘Do Your Ting’ returning on Thursday evening in the Pavilion to fill the room with a whole host of talent including; DJ Darkozy , DJ Syndicate , DJ Chillz , Laughta , Kwest , Moy Moy, Clencha , Nyomi , Korus , Jason & Yellows. If you’ve never seen it before here’s a lil video from a past showcase:


We also had Vinylize It! return on Thursday in the Vibe bar with DJ Koichi Sakai and DJ Siclano Silva taking to the decks playing the best in Soul, Jazz, Reggae, Latin. They’ll be back so have a listen here to Koichi’s Ghetto Lounge mix here: http://www.mixcloud.com/ghettolounge/ghetto-lounge-mix-by-dj-koichi-sakai/


The biggest news this week was the announcement of our Brick Lane Festival line-up though….With an amazing line up of great musicians playing all over the East End, the Brick Lane Music Festival returns once more on September 13th & 14th to astound and astonish music lovers with the variety of bands, the quality of the performances and the general atmosphere of brilliance that pervades the hub of creativity that is Shoreditch’s Brick Lane. With Vibe bar being one of the main venue’s for the festival we are proud to announce this years line-up:

Saturday 13th:
Acoustic Live UK Presents:
Nick Brewer
Raheem Bakare
Ella Martini
Asia Love
Garry Caprani
Sunday 14th:
Luna Twin
HIgh Hazels
The Crookes
Pretty big ey?!
To give you just a lil idea this week we have  our popular Open Mic night tomorrow – so get down here if you think you’ve got what it takes to jump on the mic- it’s first come first served so don’t be late :) Acoustic Live returns on Wednesday with DJ Rob Swiff, Naomi Scott + support -which never fails to disappoint and our infamous Saturday night see’s ‘Last Night a DJ Saved my Life’ back for the perfect party atmosphere for your weekend!
Follow us on Twitter for more updates: @Vibebar and remember if it’s you or a friends birthday this week- celebrate it with us- with free entry for you and ten friends and a bottle of bubbly on us!


The Battle of Ideas

“The Vibe Bar has partnered with The Battle of Ideas for several years. As it hits it’s 10th year, it continues to engage with the most pressing issues of our day; and takes young people seriously knowing they can not only understand the world, but have the power to shape it.
The Vibe Bar is sponsoring The Battle of Ideas Satellite Festival, which for two months has events across the UK, Europe and the USA on a whole range of issues.
If you are passionate about ideas and the world we live in, you should get in touch with them:

Vibe Round-Up

Another amazing week at Vibe Bar on Brick Lane this past week


We had the most glorious weather meaning the famous Vibe Bar courtyard was put to maximum use from Sunday to Sunday- with the kind of atmosphere we have become known for these days. What with our outdoor bar serving Pimms, Coffee and freshly made juice there is something for everyone.

Acoustic Live last Wednesday really took the talent up a notch and we saw some seriously incredible talent hit the stage, with performers such as Naomi Scott! Our social media went beserk with interest as the list of people performing become more and more talked about in the Twittersphere! Don’t forget to get involved with our Twitter convo’s – @VibeBar

Sun, Fashion and Vibe Bar – the three go so well together- we threw a big party this weekend which was sponsored by Cobra! Nothing Without Attitude threw a huge party on Saturday night with not only Nok Nok Denim’s creator Angel DJ-ing a fantastic set but celebrity stylist Alexis Knox took to the decks for not one but TWO sets- keeping the dance floor absolutely pumped.


We followed up with a chilled Sunday with brands such as Bambi and Manson (as seen on the likes of Kendall and Kylie Jenner) London Loves L.A – (who has even been worn by Mr Styles himself to name but one celeb fan) The cute SkinnieBelle, My Flash Trash and Absolute Vintage popping up all over the courtyard giving a fantastic eclectic fashion feel to the day.

We threw in a Photo-Booth and free candy-floss for good measure. The courtyard was filled with a great crowd including MTV presenter Laura Whitmore who we spotted trying on garments from the various brands and making the most of the Photo-Booth


We even laid on a silent disco so while ppl were sipping their Pimms they could flick between the two DJ’s who were at war on the decks! La Shark played an awesome set and Mem from Shorebitch finished off the night with the best of the nineties and noughties.  All in all a great & different weekend filled with a lovely crowd

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This week we see Feed Your Head back with a DJ set from Chris Turner tonight running into Thursday where  Dj Darkozy , Dj Syndicate , Dj Chillz , Laughta , Kwest , Moy Moy, Clencha , Nyomi , Korus , Jason , Yellows perfrom for ‘Do Your Ting’  Free entry or Ticketed (ticket price): £8 entry , guest list £6

Don’t forget – if it’s you or a friend’s birthday – celebrate it with us with free entry for 10 people and a bottle of bubbly on us- we also have some pretty unreal packages which you can buy- email belle@vibebar.com to enquire


What a week!

What an amazing week we’ve had- not only has the weather been glorious but we’ve had some incredible events going on.

We began this week with our resident Open Mic night and yet again saw some super talent through the doors! Remember – if you yourself fancy it then come and air your skills in Brick Lane’s hottest open mic night- every Monday from 7pm! We’ve even seen the likes of Emeli Sande perform-so you just never know who might turn up!

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Tuesday we had the much talked about Anna Laurini showing her latest work We/Me 2nd Edition – and it was buzzing- if you don’t already know of Anna’s work- check it out- this is a lady highly rated by Saatchi (as well as us of course)


Magners UK joined us on Saturday for the most amazing day- it was a real festival vibe and the courtyard was filled with music, laughter and a great crowd. We had Gourmet Hog Roast to fill our bellies- and wow did they fill em’  SWAYZE & DANA, LONGY and MARIO BARBAROSSA performed outside too creating a fantastic festival atmosphere…there was hula hooping…dancing…drinking…basically a whole lorra fun! Thanks Magners – come back soon!





 That brought us nicely into Saturday night – East Project London filled the room with the perfect soundtrack to your Saturday night with DJ set’s from Yam Who and Disko Trooper – we love having these guys in- it’s a guaranteed great party night!

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  Channel One Sound - one of the world’s greatest and best known dub reggae sound systems, run by legendary selector Mikey Dread and featuring MC Ras Kayleb returned yesterday for their infamous monthly Vibe Bar residency – bringing with them their fantastic eclectic crowd. The speakers were stacked high and the atmosphere had the typical Channel One Sound’s carnival feel – an all time favourite of ours and yet again they did not disappoint!



Don’t forget – if it’s you or a friend’s birthday – celebrate it with us with free entry for 10 people and a bottle of bubbly on us- we also have some pretty unreal packages which you can buy- email belle@vibebar.com to enquire!


Have a great week and we hope you come join us for some fun in (and out) of the sun…




The Vibes from the last 6 months!

2014 so far….

It’s been a crazy six months at Vibe Bar so much has been going on, including our new swanky website- in honor of this we thought we’d give you a round up of all the other awesome things that have happened over over the last 6 months…

We ended 2013 with This Feeling and a top way to say hello to the New Year with a completely packed out venue and Carl Barat performing in our newly refurbished Pavilion – the room was buzzing with Carl performing not only his own material but also some classic Libertine’s tracks

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In an attempt to beat the January blues we launched the brand new Cocktail menu leaving us with a sticky bar and a fuzzy head- but it seemed to work and January only got better.  We started focusing on live events and sessions in the Pavilion linking up with Gigwise for exclusive acoustic sessions from the likes of Oh Boy!  & The Orwells (April) and a regular selection of bands with Symptomatic throughout the week.


Throughout February and March we welcomed in some amazing new promoters bringing a mixture of disco-infused, rare groove, funk, Hip Hop and R n B vibes with NWA, Get Down Sounds, London Disco Society as well as our now legendary Monday evening Open Mic night with the best and brightest of new up and coming UK talent and of course our regular promoters continued to provide some absolute bangers every weekend.

As the sun came out  in April everyone cheered and the Vibe courtyard has been a firm favourite – we had yummy Street Food Pop stalls throughout the winter keeping us satisfied, with Mamas Jerk Chicken, Bish Bash Bangers, Sudanese Falafel’s, Hog Roasts and Burgers. Basically the courtyard is one of London’s great outdoor entertainment pleasures filled with the buzz of after work, girls looking for a delicious cocktail, tourists exploring Brick Lane  and more.

Indeed, the Bank Holidays have proven especially fun, hosting “Someday” with a host of DJ including The Krank Brothers and DJ Joey Negro performing for a festival type vibe to host the launch of Kopparberg’s latest contribution – getting covered in all the national news..


May was soon here and we introduced a host of brand new food pop-ups, including Grill My Cheese and Great Balls of Fire. Then came our summer resident Viet Vibe providing a modern twist on traditional good quality Vietnamese food at amazing prices! Along with Viet Vibe we’ve also seen resident food pop-ups Mamma’s Jerk Chicken and Bish Bash Bangers serve up some seriously good eats! Basically what we’re saying is…hungry? We’ve got it all!


May also saw Graduate Fashion Week hit Brick Lane and where else to throw the official after-party…but of course The Vibe Bar. The fashionista’s and flourishing designers of the future descended onto Brick Lane and partied hard with us to celebrate the end of their studies and the start of what’s to come! It was a seriously well dressed affair and we even had fashion student Nicole Gray hitting us with a ‘takeover’ for the duration!

Throughout June we launched our amazing fresh fruit bar- giving an extra health kick to everyone- with flavours like mint, cucumber and apple! Yup… a whole glass full of vitamins.


Of course The World Cup began- so we got out our big screens, struck up the BBQ and got seriously ‘footbally’ seeing hundreds of you through the doors from all over the world to come and support your teams. An amazing atmosphere and an eclectic crowd meant that it was our best World Cup yet (forget about the England games!)

Here we are now in July with a whole host of events lined up including the infamous Brick Lane Festival, Nothing Without Attitude, Pop-Up Fashion and more. Only just this weekend we had an incredible inspiring event hosted by Girl Effect which ran from 2pm until 8pm with a whole host of fun things- including WAH Nails and Tatty Devine. They followed the day by heading over to the Village Underground where Jessie J played an amazing set!

During this six months we’ve moved away towards a more contemporary sound of the East End paying homage to the origins of house music by rediscovering our love for funk, soul and disco- so enjoy our new journey into an amazing genre!

We have gone back to our roots therefore by ensuring we combine Art, Fashion, Design with fantastic Music and Entertainment. Anna Laurini hosted her show with Saatchi Gallery in Pavilion and very kindly produced her GIRL and BOY portraits for the Vibe Bar wall

Stay tuned to our blog each week to find out what’s on and what we’ve been up to! Make sure you stay in touch by tweeting and sending in your pictures when you come and visit too! There’s still a few months left of summer and we intend on using them well! Here’s a link to the what’s going in during the last few days of July: http://www.vibe-bar.co.uk/events/july/

Don’t forget that if you want to book a table with us for ten people or more to celebrate…a birthday… a new job… or even quitting a job! We’ll give you guys free entry and a bottle of Prosecco to boot! We love having you and want to make your celebration as memorable as possible!


Email: belle@vibebar.co.uk to book!


Vibe Kitchen has been taken over by various pop ups over the last few months with delights such as Fundi Pizza, Great Balls of Fire, Grill my Cheese and many more..

This month we go all Vietnamese on you, as HOI AN brings authentic dishes, both old school and contemporary to the Vibe Kitchen. We are excited to share their love of good food and fine ingredients with the Vibe collective.

Come and check them out  - Lunch times from 11am – 4pm and Dinner from 6pm

Starting Friday 5th June

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