On Monday night I had the privilege of watching the Stereophonics play an intimate set at Under the Bridge, a fantastic music venue tucked away underneath Chelsea FC’s home turf Stamford Bridge in SW London.The gig was hosted by XFM (which I was fortunate enough to win tickets to!) in aid of War Child, a great cause that helps millions of children around the world.
The band seemed right at home and sounded fantastic in the intimate venue, where they played to less than 200 fans in possibly one of their smallest gigs in recent years. Their set didn’t leave us disappointed, as they belted out classic hits including ‘Bartender and the Thief’, ‘Mr Writer’, ‘Dakota’, ‘Have a Nice Day’, ‘Pick a Part That’s New’, and the haunting ‘A Thousand Trees’. The band also gave us all a little taster of their current release, ‘Graffiti on the Train’, which is the band’s eighth studio album and a brilliant return to form for the 4-piece.
After having the opportunity to watch a variety of talented artists play live over the last month (Lana del Rey, Molotov Jukebox, and Muse, to name but a few), I’m quite glad to have finally seen the Stereophonics play, especially in such a small venue – it just goes to show that regardless of where they are playing, they still know how to put on a great live show and are still sounding amazing after all these years (and without having to mime or rely on autotune like a certain act I saw last year at Under the Bridge – who shall remain nameless….!)