House of Vans

House of Vans Brooklyn closed with its final show on August 24th, 2018. House of Vans is located at 23 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, between Meserole Avenue and Quay Street,...
House of Vans R.I.P.

House of Vans R.I.P.

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House of Vans Brooklyn closed with its final show on August 24th, 2018.

House of Vans is located at 23 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, between Meserole Avenue and Quay Street, near the East River, north of McCarren Park, west of the late Europa.  It is a warehouse and outdoor skate park.  In 2011 Vans Shoes and the FYF Fest began using the space for free, RSVP parties, though other events are held there as well.

The entrance to House of Vans is unassuming enough, just a doorway identifiable only by the security outside checking IDs.  The actual ‘house’ is a large garage/warehouse, which is poorly lit, aside from the stage to your left as you enter (there is a photo pit) – if coming in after walking to the place during the day, the change in light can be disorienting (a-la the former Studio B, which was located nearby).  At the other end is a large garage door that opens onto the outdoor skate park.  At the far end of the outdoor space is the free beer tent/bar.  There is a separate VIP room (with separate entrance) to the back right of the stage, with little ability to see or even hear the stage.

Vans House Parties understandably tend towards punk, but thankfully not skate-punk – this is Brooklyn & FYF Fest, not north Florida or Vans’ Warped Tour.  The sound, lighting, and view is ‘DIY big’ – a big stage with big crowd, loud, lights on stage and nowhere else.  While one can’t see from the outdoor area (save right in front of the door), one can certainly hear.  Surprisingly not 21+, but all-ages, the crowd still has more than its fair share of kids & locals just there for the drinking (note: the beer can run out, usually by/during the main act, or even before) – just as well, since there’s always a major scrum in front of the beer table.  Still, it’s a pretty great setting for a punk show – big & spacious, free beer, loud, and free.



RSVP, all ages


23 Franklin St. (between Meserole Avenue and Quay Street)

By Subway:

G to Nassau Avenue – walk one-and-a-half blocks northwest on Lorimer Street, five blocks west on Meserole Avenue, turn right, cross Franklin Street
L to Bedford Avenue – walk three blocks northwest on N 7th Street, nine blocks north on Kent Avenue (which turns into Franklin Street)


QRO Coverage:

-Interpol, with Gang Gang Dance and Honduras, August 24th, 2018 (final show) – live review

-Against Me!, with Cherry Glazerr and Taking Meds, August 3rd, 2018 – Against Me! photos, Cherry Glazerr photos, Taking Meds photos

-Youth Code, with Q&A, July 28th, 2018 (Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax screening) – Youth Code photos, Q&A photos

-Blondie, with Liz Phair and SASAMI, July 20th, 2018 – live review, Blondie photos, Liz Phair photos, SASAMI photos

-Suicidal Tendencies, with Killing Time and CHUD, July 14th, 2018 – live review, Suicidal Tendencies photos, Killing Time photos, CHUD photos

-Slowdive, with Vorhees and Farrows, June 30th, 2018 – live review, Slowdive photos, Vorhees photos, Farrows photos

-Action Bronson, with Darnell Williams, June 14th, 2018 – live review, Action Bronson photos, Darnell Williams photos

-Skateboarding, May 30th, 2018 – photos

-The Kills, May 18th, 2018 – live review, photos

-A Tribe Called Quest, March 30th & 31st, 2018 (ATCQ/Vans pop-up) – night one photos, night two photos

-A-Trak, February 27th, 2018 – live review, photos

-Zola Jesus, February 23rd, 2018 – live review, photos

-Dave Chappelle, with Talib Kweli, DJ Stretch Armstrong, and DJ D-Nice & DJ Trauma, August 10th, 2017 – live review, Dave Chappelle photos, Talib Kweli photos, DJ Stretch Armstrong photos, DJ D-Nice & DJ Trauma photos

-Royal Headache, with Sheer Mag and Downtown Boys, July 7th, 2017 – live review, Royal Headache photos, Sheer Mag photos, Downtown Boys photos

-Battles, with Protomartyr, June 20th, 2017 – live review, Battles photos, Protomartyr photos

-The Drums, with Princess Nokia, June 6th, 2017 – live review, The Drums photos, Princess Nokia photos

-Charli XCX, June 2nd, 2017 (NYLON Music Issue release party) – photos

-Beach Fossils, with Saba and Nyck @ Knight, June 1st, 2017 – live review, Beach Fossils photos, Saba photos, Nyck @ Knight photos

-Digable Planets, with Joey Purp, May 18th, 2017 – live review, Digable Planets photos, Joey Purp photos

-HO99O9, with Todd Francis art exhibit, April 28th, 2017 – HO99O9 photos, Todd Francis exhibit photos

-Rise Against, with Dead Heavens, April 24th, 2017 – live review, Rise Against photos, Dead Heavens photos

-Little Simz, with Vans x Urban Outfitters panel, April 6th, 2017 – Little Simz photos, Vans x Urban Outfitters panel

-GWAR, with Darkest Hour and Mutoid Man, October 29th, 2016 – live review, GWAR photos, Darkest Hour photos, Mutoid Man photos

-Dinosaur Jr, with Screaming Females, July 12th, 2016 – Dinosaur Jr live review, Dinosaur Jr photos, Screaming Females photos

-Quicksand, with Converge, July 6th, 2016 – live review, Quicksand photos, Converge photos

-Rae Sremmurd, with Denzel Curry and Kamaiyah, June 16th, 2016 – live review, Rae Sremmurd photos, Denzel Curry photos, Kamaiyah photos

-Shannon & The Clams, with Bleached and Brainfreeze, June 14th, 2016 – Shannon & The Clams photos, Bleached photos, Brainfreeze photos

-DIIV, with BADBADNOTGOOD, Sunflower Bean, and The Paranoyds, June 9th, 2016 (Northside) – Northside coverage, DIIV photos, BADBADNOTGOOD photos, Sunflower Bean photos, The Paranoyds photos

-The Casualties, with South Central Riot Squad and Age of Fear, May 26th, 2016 (Los Punk film premiere) – The Casualties photos, South Central Riot Squad photos, Age of Fear photos

-Danny Brown, May 24th, 2016 (film screening, Q&A, and performance) – live review, photos

-Jon Hopkins, with The Black Madonna and The Field, May 19th, 2016 – live review, Jon Hopkins photos, The Black Madonna photos, The Field photos

-Nas, with Yeasayer and Vans owner Steve Van Doren, March 16th, 2016 (Vans 50th anniversary) – Nas photos, Yeasayer photos, Steve Van Doren photos

-Flipper with David Yow, with Big Business, October 31st, 2015 – live review, Flipper with David Yow photos, Big Business photos

-Television, with Viet Cong and Lower Dens, October 8th, 2015 – live review, Television photos, Viet Cong photos, Lower Dens photos

-Ghostface Killah & GZA, with Joey Bada$$, September 3rd, 2015 – live review, Ghostface Killah & GZA photos, Joey Bada$$ photos

-Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, with Cherry Glazerr, August 13th, 2015 – live review, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz photos, Cherry Glazerr photos

-Pusha T, with Vince Staples and DJ Envy, June 13th, 2015 (Northside) – Northside coverage, Pusha T photos, Vince Staples photos, DJ Envy photos

-Parquet Courts, with Radioactivity and Pill, May 23rd, 2015 – live review, Parquet Courts photos, Radioactivity photos, Pill photos

-The Julie Ruin, with Bleached, May 9th, 2015 – live review, The Julie Ruin photos, Bleached photos

-Holy Ghost!, with Kim Ann Foxman, August 14th, 2014 – live review, Holy Ghost! photos, Kim Ann Foxman photos

-Gorilla Biscuits, with The Bouncing Souls, July 10th, 2014 – live review, Gorilla Biscuits photos, The Bouncing Souls photos

-The Black Lips, with Night Beats and Night Birds, July 3rd, 2014 – The Black Lips live review, The Black Lips photos, Night Beats photos, Night Birds photos

-STRFKR, with Poolside and Chrome Sparks, June 19th, 2014 – STRFKR photos, Poolside photos, Chrome Sparks photos

-Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires, with Mac DeMarco and Benjamin Booker, June 12th, 2014 (Northside) – Northside recap, Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires photos, Mac DeMarco photos, Benjamin Booker photos

-The Horrors, with Spires and Dave Harrington, April 29th, 2014 – live review, The Horrors photos, Spires photos, Dave Harrington photos

-Les Savy Fav, with Delorean and Small Black, August 29th, 2013 – live review, Les Savy Fav photos, Delorean photos, Small Black photos

-Kid Dynamite, with Joyce Manor, Red Hare, and Swearin’, August 15th, 2013 – Kid Dynamite photos, Joyce Manor photos, Red Hare photos, Swearin’ photos

-Melvins, with Baroness and Honky, July 31st, 2013 – live review, Melvins photos, Baroness photos, Honky photos

-!!!, with Classixx, Jacques Renault, and The Rapture DJ set, July 18th, 2013 – !!! live review, !!! photos, Classixx photos, Jacques Renault photos, The Rapture DJ set photos

-Toro y Moi, with Shlohmo and Jon Wayne, July 11th, 2013 – Toro y Moi photos, Shlohmo photos, Jon Wayne photos

-Fucked Up, with Title Fight and Hop Along, June 27th, 2013 – live review, Fucked Up photos, Title Fight photos, Hop Along photos

-Band of Horses, with Tyler Ramsey, September 18th, 2012 – Band of Horses live review, Band of Horses photos, Tyler Ramsey photos

-Turbonegro, with Doomriders and Night Birds, August 29th, 2012 – Turbonegro photos, Doomriders photos, Night Birds photos

-Cursive, with Titus Andronicus, Love As Laughter, and Joyce Manor, August 16th, 2012 – live review, Cursive photos, Titus Andronicus photos, Love As Laughter photos, Joyce Manor photos

-King Khan & The Shrines, with Nicky da B and The Everymen, July 26th, 2012 – King Khan & The Shinres photos, Nicky da B photos, The Everymen photos

-Dum Dum Girls, with Widowspeak, July 21st, 2012 – Dum Dum Girls photos, Widowspeak photos

-H2O, with 7 Seconds, July 14th, 2012 – H2O photos, 7 Seconds photos

-The Rapture, with Tanlines, June 20th, 2012 – live review, The Rapture photos, Tanlines photos

-Toyota Antics Party (with Special Disco Version & The Juan MacLean DJ sets), November 1st, 2011 – photos

-Tokyo Police Club, with Against Me!, Big Freedia and Japanther, August 18th, 2011 – Tokyo Police Club live review, Tokyo Police Club photos, Against Me! photos, Big Freedia photos, Japanther photos

-Cro-Mags, Fucked Up, Screaming Females and Pissed Jeans, July 29th, 2011 – live review

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House of Vans

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