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Start Date: July 07, 2016
End Date: July 17, 2016
Summer Series at Somerset House with American Express
There’s no secret to the success of Somerset House’s annual gig series. Londoners love the venue for offering all the open-air excitement of a festival stage right in the centre of the capital, whilst artists enjoy playing to a captivated audience in a grand eighteenth-century courtyard by the Thames. The line-up is always great too – Adele, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith have all graced the stage – and 2016 is no exception.
James Morrison first came to prominence in 2006 with the platinum selling album Undiscovered, aged just 21. After a successful collaboration with Nelly Furtado, winning a BRIT Award and two further successful albums he made a welcome return to the charts in 2015 with his fourth Top 10 studio album Higher Than Here which he describes as his ‘best ever’.
Courtney Barnett’s debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, cements her standing as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock. These songs reveal not only an assured songwriter and guitar player, but also an artist who in just a few years has already proved highly influential.
Electro-pioneers Caravan Palace fuse hedonistic house and old school jazz to glorious effect. The musical virtuosity of the Parisian seven-piece band combined with their panache, flair and genuine joy in performing live guarantees a riotous good time.
Jack Savoretti’s gorgeous, soul-soaked vocals are championed by BBC Radio 2. He returns to music with an impressive new album Written In Scars. In Savoretti’s words “the heartbeat of the album is rhythm. It’s all about groove, drums and bass.”
An uncontested and respected figure in the world of electronic music for the past two decades, a pioneer of the ‘French Touch’ and a creator of intelligent, sensual and original deep house, St Germain has always stood out. His new eponymous album is a subtle mixture of machines and instruments, of authentic roots and modern influences.
James Lavelle presents a unique UNKLE:REDUX audio visual show with composer Philip Sheppard, a regular collaborator since UNKLE’s Never Never Land album in 2003. UNKLE have created some of the most interesting soundscapes in recent memory, with a host of international guest artists and producers.