With the dawn of a new site, BOXPARK Croydon welcomed seminal grime night, Eskimo Dance to play the first ever live show at the venue as part of the opening festival weekend. From midday, through to 11pm, the biggest names in Grime flooded through the doors and lit up the stage with their electric performances. JME, Section Boyz, Ghetts, Rude Kid, Mistajam, Sian Anderson, Merky Ace, Elf Kid, Preditah, Jammer, President T, Mollie Collins and many, many more graced the Boxpark Croydon stage for what proved to be a stomper of an opening. Some said we couldn't hold a Grime rave in Croydon but they were wrong and that was just the beginning for BOXPARK Croydon.
10 years of BOXPARK – 10 best events
— 2 Dec 2021, 12:00 by Tashia Cameron
We can’t believe that the time has finally come to celebrate 10 years of BOXPARK as a brand and London venue. It’s been 10 years since we opened the doors to our BOXPARK Shoreditch site, and little did we know how the brand would grow and evolve into what it is today. Beginning with the humble ethos of bringing shipping containers to East London, BOXPARK transformed the space into the world’s first pop-up dining and shopping destination in 2011.
Fast-forward a decade with three venues at iconic locations in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley, BOXPARK has become the biggest food, culture and social hub in London with local communities at its heart. Since their openings, all sites have made significant impacts on their respective local communities; creating new local landmarks, and bringing people together to EAT.DRINK.PLAY.
To mark turning 10, BOXPARK is hosting an exclusive line-up of music-led events, featuring a curated selection of its favourite events, people and moments over the past decade, including Hip Hop vs RnB Karaoke, Fight Klub, Garage Supper Club, RCRD Shop and plenty of parties with special guest headliners.
We decided to take a step down memory lane to reflect on some of the best and biggest events that have taken place across our three venues. Here's to many more years!
1. Croydon Opening Festival (Eskimo Dance) - October 2016
2. Stormzy Album Launch & Redbull Secret Gig - February 2017
Stormzy played to his home crowd at BOXPARK Croydon, on the same day that his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, launched. Stormzy announced the free gig at 5pm on the day on social media and it blew up. When Stormzy took to the stage Boxpark Croydon lit up and so did he. One of the most endearing things about Stormzy is how incredibly humble he is and it was only a matter of seconds before he was telling the crowd how important and personal this show was for him. 'This is one of the most special shows of my life! This is my hometown!'
3. Beatbox Shoreditch Opening - February 2018
In 2018, we proudly opened the doors to Beatbox, our new bar and events space at BOXPARK Shoreditch, a 100 capacity room fully soundproofed for the best audio quality. The space is versatile and can be used for a range of events from seminars to live music, workshops to club nights. At the time it served up Small Batch Coffee and Pieminister pies by day, and a whole host of events by night. For the launch night we teamed up with Rinse FM, who delivered a stellar line up and had special guests come down.
4. 2018 World Cup - June 2018
BOXPARK Croydon was fully put on the map during the World Cup 2018! Throughout the tournament, we experienced our four highest trading weeks on record at that time, with over 100,000 pints sold across the business. BOXPARK went viral across the media and on social media for the crazy goal celebrations and pint throwing. Tickets for the England games all sold out within minutes and BOXPARK became known as one of the iconic UK venues of the World Cup 2018.
5. MixMag lab Session Series w/ Solardo, Joe Goddard + More - November 2018
Mixmag took over Beatbox for a special Lab LDN with Solardo featuring VOID sound system. The second takeover with Mixmag & Coors Light presented The Lab LDN direct from Beatbox. Joe Goddard and legendary London club night Savage took control.
6. Wembley Opening Party (Rinse FM) - December 2018
To mark the opening of BOXPARK Wembley, we joined forces with master of the airwaves Rinse FM to showcase some of the UK's finest bass music talent, inside London's newest and boldest space. All profits from this event went to our chosen charity Onsite, whose vision is to give all young people somewhere safe and inspiring to go in their leisure time.
7. Matchroom Official Screening: AJ V Ruiz II - December 2019
Anthony Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz Jr by a unanimous points verdict in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Back home, fans were with him every step of the way at BOXPARK hosted official live screening events in association with Matchroom Boxing and JD Sports. Sell-out crowds at both BOXPARK Wembley and BOXPARK Croydon got behind the Olympic gold medalist to roar him to victory and become a two-time heavyweight champion of the world. As the ringwalk drew closer, it didn't take long for the crowd to start singing 'Sweet Caroline'.
8. DLT Anti New Years with So Solid Crew - December 2019
We held a huge anti New Years Party with DLT, who are pushing the culture and breaking doors with their black events as well as embracing and nurturing upcoming talents. Celebrity guests in attendance included Stormzy and Zeze Mills. Our highlight was Stormzy singing along to So Solid tracks in the audience!
9. EURO 2020 - June/July 2021
Following the success of the World Cup screenings in 2018, BOXPARK was already renowned for the wild goal celebrations but we went bigger and better for Euro 2020. During the tournament we achieved over 1,110 pieces of content coverage across print, online and broadcast, with a combined reach of 18.4 billion. Also achieved screening ticket sales of £190k and bar sales reaching £1.2million across the period.
10. Recess with special Guest Davido - August 2021
The Recess weekender touched down in BOXPARK Wembley for a massive day party with a special guest appearance by Davido. Also on the line up AAA, RBC, Donch, Super Midz, Tayo Iku & Emz.
CELEBRATE #WEARE10 THIS WEEKEND AT BOXPARK
To mark turning 10, BOXPARK presents a three-day festival, featuring a special selection of our favourite events, people and moments over the past decade including Flight Klub, Garage Supper Club, RCRD Shop and plenty of parties.
Tickets are still available for some events...