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Back in 2010, just days before opening the doors of then-new nightclub on U Street, Will Eastman told BYT that he was “feeling giddy and after testing out the sound system, literally in tears of joy.” Those tears are decidedly different today after the venue announced in a heartfelt post that the venue would be closing.

It’s had an incredible run, and we’ve had the pleasure of experiencing it all in real time from the night it all started. We’re not ready to say goodbye, but while we process the deeply sad news today, we want to celebrate some of the amazing moments we were able to capture throughout the years. This smattering certainly doesn’t encapsulate all of our fond memories (some of those will just have to stay burning in our hearts forever), but it’s certainly a small testament to the magic and the might of U Street Music Hall:

Grimes, October 1st 2012

The Hold Steady, October 19th 2012

Charli XCX November 18th 2013

HAIM, February 18th 2013

Albert Hammond Jr., November 6th 2013

Bright Light Bright Light, January 13th 2014

Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ Showcase, March 10th 2014

Sam Smith, March 24th 2014

Broods, May 6th 2014

Mø, May 28th 2014

Simian Mobile Disco, September 16th 2014

Tei Shi, November 17 2014

Little Boots, July 28th 2015

YACHT, November 10th 2015

Ladyhawke, June 29th 2016

James Murphy, January 29th 2020

What was your favorite U Hall show and/or moment? Share w/ us on socials (@BYT Twitter, @brightestyoungthings IG) or email [email protected]

Featured header images shot by Katherine Gaines, Farrah Skeiky and Clarissa Villondo