The tunnels beneath London Waterloo station will soon be reverberating to something other than the commuter trains trundling in and out of the platforms above. Adding to the rumble of several tons of steel on rail track will be the crash of skateboard against concrete ramp, and the thunder of live music echoing through dimly-lit brick caverns. 

House Of Vans, a new performance space, skate park and art gallery created by the eponymous sneaker brand, opened to the public this weekend. Press and invited guests got their first experience of the new venue on Thursday night with a preview event that boasted a closely-guarded secret line-up of musical heavy hitters, including Toddla T, Dinosaur Jr and Public Enemy.