Friday Night is Gig Night at Industri[us]

Following on from the success of last weeks amazing Communicators gig, we are staging another great line up of bands this weekend at Canning Town.

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We open Friday evening from 4pm with our fabulous ‘Upcyclers’ displaying and selling their beautiful products, our exhibition ‘Uplifting Choices’ showcasing the very best of upcycling and sustainable design, wonderful food stalls, the fab Dorset Cider House crew offering incredible British Ale and Cider, and not forgetting out headliner ‘The Kings of the City’ and support acts from 7.30pm.  Check out their music now on SoundCloud.

It will be free to enter the site before 7pm with a request you pay a nominal fee of £2 after this time to support our project. OAPs and children under 12 will be free at all times.

There will be more live music on Saturday evening also with gates opening at 1pm that day.

Hope to see you there!


East End Emporium TODAY – Saturday 4th August – from 12pm





We’ll be opening our doors again from 12pm tomorrow. Come along to Canning Town and check out all the fun things that will be happening on site, from: the Cockney Museum to Urban Feasts‘ dining delights; the Uplifting Choices exhibition (curated by Uncommonly Beautiful); designer-makers trading their upcycled wares; Harrison’s vintage fun fair …and those wonderful lads from the Dorset Cider House will be back with their real ales and ciders too. Cushty. See you soon!

The Communicators SKA Band – Friday night August 3rd

We are so proud to have our first major gig on the Industri[us] site be such a big one.  We are delighted to welcome one of Britain’s best SKA bands The Communicators to play on Friday night.

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Just imagine the legendary band playing with the background of our fantastic structure above, you sitting back drinking quality Real Ale and Real Cider from the Dorset Cider House, enjoying the fantastic street food on offer with the Urban Feasts street food, brushing up on the authentic East London history with the Cockney Museum and enjoying Pie&Mash whose recipe has been unaltered for over 100 years all whilst marvelling at the fact that everything on site is either on loan by one of our kind supporters, has been saved from the landfill or has gained a new lease of life due to the ingenuity of one of partners.


I know caps mean shouting, but that’s just what we are doing, we are shouting ‘YAY WE ARE OPEN’ and ‘THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU’ to all our wonderful supporters’ and ‘COME HAVE SOME FUN WITH US’ to you all.

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We have been so thrilled by the quality of our upcycler and food traders, the amazing set up and taste of the Cider House’s real ale and cider, and apple juice!  Not to mention the great acts and entertainment laid on by the Pearlies and the Cockney Museum.

We are all so proud of what has been achieved here and would love you to come along and have a look.  We are open each day from 12 to 9pm and look forward to welcoming you soon.

Longest Reigning Pearly King – Opening Ceremony tomorrow 12pm – Cushty!


Calling all Industri[us] friends and family! Come along tomorrow from 12pm to 10pm for fun and entertainment, beginning with our very own opening ceremony at midday.

We wish all of our upcyclers and collaborators the best of luck as we stage our very own opening ceremony tomorrow at midday – do come along and check out all the fun things that will be happening on site, from the Cockney Museum to Urban Feasts dining delights, Uplifting Choices exhibition opening, young craft traders, an installation by Knightsbridge School a fun fair and much more. Hope to see you all there!

Cockney Museum’s Great Schedule of Events

Not everyone has the honour to shake the hand of a Royal but that’s just what you can do down at the Industri[us] site this summer! Come meet the longest reigning Pearly KingGeorge Major!














Here are just some of the wonderful things on offer by the Cockney Museum when they take up residence on the Industri[us] site on Saturday July 28th at 12 pm!

  • Children’s fairground rides Chair O Plane & “Toyset”
  • Balloon Tony
  • Sean Savage – Caricature artist to the stars
  • Your chance to appear in The Cockney Museum documentary
  • Stills photographer Mobi – have your photo taken with the longest reining Pearly King
  • Original secret recipe from original Victoria era Pie n mash stall – cater to the stars backstage
  • On site pub and other refreshments
  • Rossi Ice cream – one of if not the longest established UK ice cream manufactures
  • Meet the Worlds only authentic Pearly Kings & Queens families – only four families left in the UK
  • A walk down memory lane – precious Cockney artefacts’ and photo gallery
  • Live music from The Cockney Museum Band

All lit up

Even though the last posting is far more informative, we had to upload the latest photos from last weekend to give a sneak peek of our wonderful scaffolding structure, all lit up.

The gang on site did a fantastic job cladding the structure with an assortment of discarded material before the shrink wrap and lighting crew worked there magic and created this:

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This is the structure empty can you imagine how great its going to look with all our wonderful upcyclers works in place.  Roll on Saturday 28th at 12pm!

Launch cancelled but Starting Point in Sight

I think all of us on site can empathise with our Olympic hopefuls!

Our starting point is just over a week away too – Saturday July 28th!  We are thrilled with the prospect of you all enjoying what has been many months in the planning.

Balfour Beatty have been running relays from our site opposite Canning Town Station to theirs next door, delivering pavers and plainings.

The Groundwork Team‘s muscles have been getting a consistent workout laying the pavers and plants in our wonderful front gardens, helped in no small way by the wonderful guidance and direction of the Landscape Group and coach Frank!

Urban Feast traders have been scoring highly in opening trials and we are delighted to have them take poll position on site, each day.

For those with a more competitive spirit we have the Ping Pong Pavilion where you can challenge a person or 12 for the crown of Ping Pong King or Queen.

Not to be confused with the Pearly King, who is much involved with the Cockney Museum which will take up residence or at least parking space on site, in its custom designed Bendy Bus from early August.

We are also delighted to showcase great energy efficient models on site such as Lumi-solar’s, hybrid solar and wind powered street lamp and Electric Pedal’s pedal powered cinema, phone charger and music player.

We are very fortunate to have local couture house Caramel Rock putting on a fantastic fashion show in August.

These are just some of the highlights this summer at the really exciting Industri[us] site this summer.  We hope to see you there to cheer us on!

Exciting times down at Canning Town

FORGET THE OLYMPICS… the real event in Newham this summer is Industri[us]

Industri[us] is a great example how people + hard work x enormous spirit and determination = amazing energy and change

With the help of our many, many wonderful supporters we are delighted to report that from July 20th we will be fully operational and looking amazing!


The brown site we were awarded in the Meanwhile London competition has been completely transformed.  Approaching Industri[us] from Canning Town Station or indeed from the Emirates Air Line Cable Car (just around the corner) you will be met with two beautifully landscaped open squares and the smell of delicious street food, courtesy of traders at Urban Feasts.

You can then marvel at the artistic talents of Rosetta Arts’ community art wall and the ROBOTS >>>> Canning Town Giant. You will be drawn to the beacon that is our Make/Shift Market and indulge in a little retail therapy, amazed at the alchemy some folks have to be able to make discarded material look so good. And all before you take the Ping Pong Challenge at our custom built pavilion.

There is something for everyone this summer at Industri[us]. Come and join in!