The basement of a Croydon town centre car park is going to become a new pop-up venue which will play host to concerts, DJ sets and dance shows from February.
The new venue, called Underground 2018, will also have a bar serving beer, wine, cider and spirits once it opens in the basement of Q-Park, in Charles Street. Events company Cellar Door Promotions, which previously hosted the Croydon rooftop cinema, will be opening the venue next month following Croydon Council’s decision to grant a licencing application for the site. The application, which was first submitted on December 21, was approved by the council on Christmas Day – meaning the venue will be able to open any night of the week once it opens its doors. About three live events a month will be held at the new venue, according to an application submitted to the authority.
The application states: “The peak time use of the site will be in the evenings where events, which will eventually form part of Croydon’s bid for ‘Borough of Culture’, will take place once the sun has set and the utilisation of the car park is at its lowest. “The format will operate as a pop-up events space. The ambition is to also encourage social use of the site on weekends.” The live events at the venue will be held on an “ad-hoc” basis about three times a month, the form adds, while live sport screenings and performances involving recorded music may be held more regularly. According to the licence ll events will take place after 9pm and will be finished by 11pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2am on Thursdays, 4am on Fridays and Saturdays and midnight on Sundays.