Since 2011 The Underdog has been an independently run arts and music bar located under one of the remaining original arches in London Bridge. The Underdog is host to some of the most exciting art and music events in London in a section of the railway viaduct that used to be home to several music clubs with huge significance to the capital’s dance music culture. The grade II listed polychromatic brick arches date from 1864-6 and were designed by Charles Henry Driver for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. It is believed that the carvings seen above the arch columns on Crucifix Lane and St Thomas Street are unmatched by any other railway viaduct in the UK. Events, live gigs and monthly exhibitions curated by the Underdog team capture the zeitgeist of nearby Bermondsey Street, while the continuous rumble of the railway above embodies the industrial heritage of this neighbourhood.
Hailing from the archipelago of Orkney, composer and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper explores the natural world of landscape, memory, people and place. Cooper believes music often reflects the landscape a musician is surrounded with, be it rural, urban, real or imagined.
His second solo album, Sule Skerry, was released in May this year as the second in a triptych shaped by Orkney’s air, sea and land, as it was celebrated by Orcadian poet George Mackay Brown.
Originally part of acclaimed bands The Magnetic North and Erland & The Carnival, Cooper has a diverse musical history. Last year’s debut solo album Solan Goose was an Album of the Year at BBC Radio 6 Music, the Quietus, and more.
Cooper recently scored NEST, a giant kinetic sound and light installation. It was collaboration with the groundbreaking Marshmallow Laser Feast to open London’s first Borough of Culture celebrations.