Royal Docks will host a new outdoor events venue

4:59 PM March 16, 2022

09:23 March 17, 2022

A new outdoor events venue is set to open at the Royal Docks later this year.

Dockyards, a 400,000 square foot location in Silvertown Quays, was announced by Broadwick Live, the group behind other sites including Printworks London in Surrey Quays.

It will launch in September and will host a variety of events throughout the year, including concerts, film productions and corporate events.

Broadwick Live said the venue will be transformed for each event it hosts, with the choice of backdrop in the hands of the organisers.

“In terms of infrastructure, we’re just planning to secure the site,” Broadwick Live chief strategy officer Simeon Aldred said.

“No permanent buildings will be built because we don’t want to just start building things on the site assuming it will work.”

The new venue will host international stars and local talent.

Broadwick Live has already announced two festival events, with Defected London scheduled for September 3-4 and Above & Beyond Group Therapy Weekender confirmed for September 10-11.

“People can see that we plan for a wide range of cultures and we talk to dance companies, orchestras and opera companies,” Simeon added.

Bradley Thompson, group chief executive of Broadwick Live, said he hopes the Dockyards can be a “new cultural center of gravity for London” while “having a meaningful impact on local communities”.

But Simeon was keen to allay any fears residents might have about the venue.

“It’s definitely not Printworks,” he said. “There will be around 10 to 20 medium-scale events a year, so it won’t be a busy cultural venue.

“We actually started our whole business in Newham, so we’re not just hipsters coming in to do shows to annoy everyone.

“We’ve only run four medium-sized events and we’re also including plenty of free tickets for the local community.”

He said the project aimed to create employment and training opportunities for people in the area, but it was important to be “respectful”.

“I think it’s very condescending when organizations come in and say they’re going to do things in exchange for creating jobs.”

Simeon also pointed out that Broadwick Live was keen to listen to feedback from locals.

“We are booking rooms for community events where people can tell us their concerns and we can tell them our truth.”

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