Having undergone a £400,000 investment over the summer, The Bridge is once again open and ready to host some excellent events. The Bridge will also be a core part of the new Live Music Mondays entertainment programme which is being put on the Union, as well as a whole variety of other events.
The Bridge now features a dedicated stage area which is opposite the new bar and can be retracted and replaced with seating when not in use during the day, a development which is planned to make performers central to the evening, as opposed to the previous set-up which saw a small stage in the corner. Fitted with a brand new light system, a series of projection systems and a technical booth, the changes are planned to make events easier to manage and more effective with a new capacity of 250 people.
The introduction of new nights is also planned to draw in a greater mix of students. As already mentioned, Live Music Mondays will be one of the centrepieces of the calendar. Additionally a new night called ‘Culture Club’ will be introduced to alternate every Thursday with the Postgraduate Quiz, showcasing international dishes, dancing and music. There will also be a monthly event termed the ‘Wonder Emporium‘ which will present a more alternative angle, with performances by circus acts and hypnotists planned.
The Laughter Lounge has also been transformed with the Union securing a link with Comedy Central Live. The new night – now called ‘Comedy Central’ – will be able to present a greater range of artists and is one that Union President Sam Ling describes as “the one to watch”. On Sundays, the Quiz and Curry will still be running.
As well as being a new, more mature social space with a strongly commended menu, The Bridge will play a central role in entertainment with some unique events already planned for the year ahead.