As 2013 draws to a close, we look back on what was undoubtedly one of our most successful, creatively diverse years to date.
Despite our relatively small capacity, an incredible array of international superstars graced the Under the Bridge stage over the last 12 months. We welcomed the likes of Jason Derulo, who launched his new album Tattoos back in September, and fresh from selling out 2 nights at Wembley Stadium this summer, Robbie Williams performed an incredible show in November to coincide with the release of his chart-topping new album Swings Both Ways (photos). Other highlights included Welsh rockers Stereophonics, who performed an exclusive show for XFM; Lulu’s first London show in 10 years (photos); two sold out shows from legendary US boy band Backstreet Boys; a Greatest Hits set by multi-million-selling Keane for Absolute Radio (video); a special one-off concert by Texas for Smooth Radio, a phenomenal show from Laura Mvula in association with Samsung (photos); and Mastercard Priceless shows from rising stars Conor Maynard and Delilah.
We had a blast hosting BAFTA-winning E4 show Made in Chelsea launch a new series of live music nights at Under the Bridge in November. Played In Chelsea celebrated the show’s ‘new music’ ethos and showcased some of the cutting-edge bands whose music has been featured on the show. Performers included Chelsea favourites Young Kato, singer-songwriter Lewis Watson, indie rockers Dutch Uncles and German-based indietronica outfit I Heart Sharks. The gigs coincided with the release of the Made in Chelsea Volume 1 soundtrack.
We also diversified our events portfolio and formed new partnerships with Talksport and the Absolute Radio comedy team. Talksport’s Breakfast show, hosted by Alan Brazil and Ray Parlour, and Absolute Radio’s new comedy panel show The Manuscript, hosted by Nick Hancock, were both recorded at Under the Bridge.
Under the Bridge also added to its haul of awards this year as it picked up Live UK’s “Best Venue” award and was placed at number 10 in Event magazine’s Top 20 Venues of 2013. The Fatback Band’s awesome gig in May was chosen as Soul Survivor magazine’s Best Soul Concert of 2013. Support from the industry also came in the form of Radar Showcase, an event organised by Music Week magazine which aims to present the best unsigned and newly-signed talent to the UK music industry. Following the success of the first event, which featured performances from hotly-tipped acts Izzy Bizu and Nick Brewer, there are three more lined up for 2014.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s supported us over the last 12 months and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2014!!