Events at E4 Udderbelly At Southbank Centre

After the 2009 season, E4 Udderbelly at Southbank Centre is back for its second year to graze on the banks of the Thames this summer from 13th May to 18th July 2010. In partnership with Southbank Centre, the hugely popular, giant inflatable 410-capacity cow, which established itself as one of the Edinburgh Festival’s most exciting and unique venues in 2006, will return this year with an even bigger and better lineup, nestled comfortably between the famous London Eye and Royal Festival Hall.

Dubbed one of the best programmes of live entertainment in London last year, over 100,000 visitors flocked to the purple cow to see top acts including Joan Rivers, Reginald D Hunter, Tom Tom Crew and Rhona Cameron. This year’s programme is even bigger and better. Highlights include rare appearances by Alexei Sayle, Sandi Toksvig, Ben Fogle and Irish legend Tommy Tiernan. US comedians Michael Winslow (Sergeant Jones from the Police Academy films) and Rob Schneider, Ardal O Hanlon, Arthur Smith and Milton Jones are all set to perform in Udderbelly’s comedy programme alongside Andrew Lawrence, David O’Doherty, Gina Yashere and Dan Clark. Some of the hottest new acts
include Tom Wrigglesworth, Pete Johansson, Carl Donnelly and Jack Whitehall (all Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees 2009).

The headline show is the fantastic Brazil! Brazil!, which opens on 15th June. In World Cup Year, and part of Southbank Centre’s Festival Brazil, sponsored by HSBC, this is 70 minutes of capoeira, street football, acrobatics and live music to entertain all ages. There’s circus from Controlled Falling Project, beat-boxing from Beardyman and Shlomo (BOXED) and cabaret from rising stars Frisky & Mannish. There are over 60 shows to choose from with family shows to suit all ages (including Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, the author of the Gruffalo) and almost all tickets are £20 and under.

But it’s not just the shows this year that will attract thousands of visitors; the Pasture around the Cow is a great place to relax with a jug of Pimms, an ice-cold beer, or a glass of wine and enjoy London’s South Bank. There will be Giant Connect 4 or Jenga games and a selection of the Wimbledon and World Cup matches will be screened live in the Pasture outside the Cow. No wonder that last year it proved to be one of London’s coolest spots to meet friends.

Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood opened the Underbelly doors in Edinburgh in 2000 with two performance spaces and four shows. Last year, Underbelly celebrated its 10th anniversary as one of the UK’s leading entertainment specialists and has hosted some of the most prestigious names in comedy, from Joan Rivers to Bill Bailey, Ross Noble to Flight of the Conchords and Russell Brand to Jimmy Carr, to name but a few. This year will be NO exception…

Jane Beese, Senior Music Programmer (Contemporary) at Southbank Centre said: “We are udderly delighted to be welcoming the Cow back to Southbank Centre for summer 2010. Last year brought a wealth of laughter and pleasure to the thousands of Udderbelly and Southbank Centre visitors who enjoyed the wonderful and varied programme and the delights of the Pasture. This year promises to build on the success of this much-loved and unique venue, adding to the vibrancy across the site”.

Summer 2010 at Southbank Centre:
E4 Udderbelly at Southbank Centre kicks off a full season of major events and festivals this summer including the Meltdown Festival, directed by Richard Thompson (11th – 20th June), a Festival of Arts + Science to celebrate the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary (25th June – 4th July), the London Literature Festival (1st – 18th July), the culmination of The Bernstein Project (10th and 11th July) and Festival Brazil. Festival Brazil is a major summer festival of music, visual arts, dance literature, debates and free performances, across the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hayward Gallery, E4 Udderbelly and on the riverfront, celebrating the dynamic culture of today’s Brazil, from 19 June to 5 September 2010, presented by Southbank Centre and sponsored by HSBC.

“The capital’s funniest and funkiest live venue” EVENING STANDARD

“Some of the most innovative, inventive comedy shows you’ll see in the capital this summer… With ticket prices mainly in the crowd pleasing £10-£15 range, the cow is the only thing that is inflated. Being part of the herd has never been so much fun” EVENING STANDARD

“Complete and udder genius” LONDON PAPER

“The Udderbelly is surely a portal through which an entire generation can gain access to the arts – on its own terms” SUNDAY HERALD

“The success of the giant, purple, inflatable upside-down cow is testified by the large crowd daily milling around its rubbery teats” THE LIST

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