Events: Festival

Bike Shed 2017

Bike Shed 2017: The sky’s the limit

"This year's show will be bigger, better, bolder"

This year’s Bike Shed Show at London’s Tobacco Dock comes with a warning from founder Dutch van Someren.

“We might be even bigger, better and bolder than ever with more curated exhibitors and more entertainment, but we’re remaining true to our roots,” he insists.

“We’ve been at our new home in Shoreditch growing our physical and online presence but have been careful to keep the heart of the brand, which is to stay 100% curated and focused on the quality of experience.”

Bike Shed 2016, Motorcycle gear, Clothing, Stalls
A look back at Bike Shed 2016

Europe’s best-loved independent motorcycle show on the last weekend in May and now in its eighth year, is once again being sponsored by Triumph.

The guys at Bike Shed are putting all their efforts into making this one the best yet after pulling the plug on a Paris show due to the French capital’s stance on motorcycles.

The bikes on show in east London will be ‘Invitational” and selected from the best bike builders in the UK & Europe, plus special guests from the US,

Dutch said: “We’ve taken on much more space and intend to be even more picky about the quality of the exhibitors, retailers and hospitality. Even more of the crew are volunteers, paid staff are hand-picked, and we will keep our home-grown feel throughout the event.”

Down and Out Customs, Triumph Street Twin, Bike Shed 2016
Down and Out’s custom Triumph Street Twin, revealed at last year’s show

This year will see a greater emphasis on more food and drink, more space for kids, more music and entertainment, with every single bike having earned its place on its Bike Shed Plinth.

“We enjoyed running our show in Paris in 2016 but the current climate there isn’t motorcycle friendly and we felt our efforts weren’t being rewarded,” said Dutch: “Now without a Paris show in April to distract us, we’ve applied all our time and resources into making London our European show, and we know that most of the visitors and exhibitors from previous Paris events will now come to London.”

The Show, on Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May, celebrates the creativity of the new-wave and cafe-racer custom motorcycle culture, with more than 150 curated custom motorcycles, live art, photography and hand-made accessories, alongside selected brands, retailers and exhibitors.

Other highlights will include:

  • High quality, healthy street food
  • Barista coffee
  • Several proper bars
  • Cigar and whiskey lounges
  • Live music
  • Tattoo artists and a multi-chair traditional barbershop.
Bike Shed 2016, Clothing, Motorcycle Gear
Expect to see an even greater choice of retailers and exhibitors.

Dutch said: “Every element of this unique event, which is definitely not a trade show, is hand-chosen by us. Every barista, bartender, burger and coffee bean is tried and tested. It will be family friendly, safe for kids, and enjoyable for non-bike-riders, as well as custom aficionados.”

Keep an eye on www.fortheride for updates on exhibitors and pro-builders in the build-up to the event, which the Bike Shed organisers hope will attract 15,000 visitors this year.