Radiohead played at the club twice on their way to worldwide success, firstly promoting their ‘Drill E.P.’ on Sunday 31st May 1992 and then ‘Anyone Can Play Guitar’ on Thursday 25th February 1993. The rest, they say, is history… They later played at a special gig, promoted by Paul Jackson (The Adelphi), at the larger venue, The Tower, in Hull.
Radiohead have toured the world for the past two decades and have headlined Glastonbury three times, but guitarist Ed O’Brien (aka EOB) believes their success owes everything to independent venues.
“We wouldn’t be anywhere without them,” he states. “They are more important than any arena or stadium – they are the lifeblood of live music.” He cites the Adelphi in Hull amongst his favourite venues, alongside the Jericho Tavern in his hometown of Oxford. BBC Radio 6
Radiohead’s Philip Selway has became a Patron of The New Adelphi Club in February 2019.
“We supported Radiohead at the Adelphi. Talking to them in the front bar before the gig we found they were really polite, friendly and quietly-spoken. When they came on though they were so loud it was untrue. They were mesmerising. You could tell they were something special, but never expected them to be as big as they’ve become.” (Alan Jones, ex-Spacemaid)
“Radiohead played here twice and were like ‘best mates’ to work with. They told their agent Charlie Myatt that the Adelphi was the best show on the small gig circuit. I like to think that all this was because they were treated like human beings and were able to mix with music literate people like themselves. The shows worked on all levels. They also toured with Kingmaker, which must have left a ‘Hull in their hearts’. I regard Radiohead as one of the few genuinely great bands left on this planet, and among the all time top ten, while still retaining the potential to push boundaries still further. Have fully deserved everything they have got since.” (Paul Jackson)
“Radiohead had just released ‘Creep’ and they were on the brink of being enormous. I was completely blown away by the quality of their songs.” (Priya, Yo-Yo)
“I saw Radiohead just after ‘Creep’ was released as a single. A large group of people were sat cross-legged on the main part of the floor, preventing a huge queue of people from getting in. A message came up on the scrolling LED display saying something like: ‘This is not a student party. Get off the fucking floor’ – or words to that effect, and they promptly scattered. Once everyone stood up, I couldn’t actually see anything, but the music sounded great!” (Dr Ruth Graham)