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Somerset House Summer Series
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Somerset House
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Laura Mvula
Everything Everything
St Germain
Benjamin Clementine
Courtney Barnett
Caravan Palace
 

 

The hugely popular Summer Series outdoor concerts fill the beautiful neo-classical courtyard of Somerset House with music. 11 nights of pop, alt-rock and soul on a summer's evening, from 7th to 17th July.

 
 

Hiatus Kaiyote

The Melbourne quartet merge poetry and polyrhythms.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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Dates: 07th July 2016

 

2015 was a fantastic year for Australian four-piece Hiatus Kaiyote, receiving their second Grammy nomination and performing sell out shows across the world. And 2016 is turning out to be just as memorable as the Melbourne music makers merge poetry and polyrhythms in the courtyard of Somerset House. The group's sound, according to the Wall Street Journal, is "lithe, assured and drawn from a reservoir enriched by soul, jazz, flamenco, samba and West African music".

 
 
 

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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Dates: 08th July 2016

 

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, formerly of The Beautiful South, perform songs from What Have We Become, the album which saw them reunite for the first time since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South - when songs like Perfect 10 and Don't Marry Her helped the band sell more than 15 million records. Described by the BBC as "the Alan Bennett of pop", Heaton writes about gossiping men and lonesome millionaires. With their latest album, Wisdom, Laughter and Lines, the duo have "a timeless, catchy pop album shot through with Heaton's razor-sharp Northern wit", writes BBC music reporter Mark Savage.

 
 
 

Benjamin Clementine

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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Dates: 09th July 2016

 

The Mercury Prize-winning poet and musician from north London sings of love and loss, despair and hope, pride and self-belief in his haunting debut album At Least For Now. "There are echoes of French-language chansons - Eric Satie, Léo Ferré, recent collaborator Charles Aznavour," in Benjamin Clementine's music says The Guardian, as well as nods to his heroes: Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Nina Simone. Awarded the 2015 Mercury Music Prize for his searingly personal debut album, it's a "stunningly original and emotionally gripping album that offers endless and surprising delights", said the Mercury Prize judges.

 
 
 

Laura Mvula

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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Dates: 10th July 2016

 

She appeared at the Proms two years in a row in 2013 and 2014 and now Laura Mvula returns to London to headline a gig at Somerset House. Having sung in a church choir as a child, Mvula studied violin and piano and spent three years studying composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire. She has since performed at Glastonbury, in support of Prince, and her debut album Sing to the Moon was proclaimed, "one of the most striking and original debuts from any British artist in many a year," by Neil McCormick (Daily Telegraph). In July the soulful singer-songwriter from Birmingham performs material from her second album, The Dreaming Room, including Overcome, her collaboration with Nile Rodgers from Chic.

 
 
 

Everything Everything

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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Dates: 11th July 2016

 

The Manchester-formed quartet, fronted by the singer Jonathan Higgs, performs art-rock infused indie-pop from the third album Get To Heaven in the outdoor courtyard of Somerset House. "Confusing references to soft-boiled eggs and toad-in-the-hole are punctuated by the sinister clattering of a low-register piano that could have been flown in from an old Tears for Fears record" says The Observer of the British rock quartet's latest album, but don't let that put you off. Everything Everything's music is "frenetic pop genius" (The Guardian) with catchy choruses.

 
 
 

James Morrison

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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Dates: 12th July 2016

 

The Derbyshire-born soul and pop-rock singer-songwriter is a heavy smoker, likes to get into brawls, goes tombstoning in Cornwall to blow off steam, and has a sprinkling of scars across his meagre frame to betray his past misdemeanours. But what James Morrison also has is a great, melodic voice which, when accompanied by his guitar, creates a buzz and pulls on the heartstrings of his audience. His debut album, 2006's 'Undiscovered', sold more than 2m copies and won him the Best British Male Solo Artist award at the 2007 Brit Awards. The follow up, 2008's 'Songs For You, Truths For Me', won more rave reviews on the way to No.3 in the UK charts and saw him collaborate with Nelly Furtado. Catch the singer at Somerset House as he performs material from his album Higher Than Here as well as his biggest hits Wonderful World, Broken Strings and You Give Me Something.

 
 
 

Courtney Barnett

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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Dates: 13th July 2016

 

The Australian indie rock singer-songwriter and guitarist promotes the emotionally raw debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. "Before last year, Courtney Barnett was a relatively obscure Australian singer-songwriter," says Rolling Stone magazine. "But then she got nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy, and beat out Tame Impala and eight other acts for the prestigious Australian Music Prize." She'll be playing at Somerset House Summer Series this July with a set including catchy songs like new single 'Three Packs a Day', an ode to ramen noodles.

 
 
 

Caravan Palace

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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Dates: 14th July 2016

 

Parisian electro swing band, who energetically fuse hedonistic house and old school jazz. Caravan Palace is "an unlikely amalgamation of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Daft Punk," according to the Independent, "they're an irresistible (Christmas) party band, whose raison d'etre is to get people dancing." A big draw on the festival circuit, this is music that'll put a smile on your face and get you dancing.

 
 
 

Jack Savoretti

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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Dates: 15th July 2016

 

Following his critically acclaimed album Between the Minds, released in 2006, London-based Anglo-Italian singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti is back with a new album, Written In Scars, four years after he quit music. This time around Savoretti has "completely changed" the way he writes, "abandoning structure for a looser, loopier, almost circular approach". The result: an impressive blend of acoustic folk and pop including hits Tie Me Down, Home and The Other Side Of Love.

 
 
 

St Germain

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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Dates: 16th July 2016

 

The pioneer of French Touch, real name Ludovic Navarre, whose eclectic style melds house, acid jazz and nu-jazz, comes to Somerset House this July. After the success of his 2000 album Tourist, a hugely popular hybrid of dance music and jazz, it took Navarre five years of research and experimentation into the music of West Africa, spending time in the Malian communities of Paris, to create his eponymous new album. This Saturday night concert is a one-off chance to hear the beautiful sounds of St. Germain fill the Somerset House courtyard on a summer's evening.

 
 
 

Unkle:Redux

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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Dates: 17th July 2016

 

Founder of trip-hop label Mo'Wax, James Lavelle, presents a special UNKLE:REDUX audiovisual show with composer and electric cellist Philip Sheppard, a regular collaborator since UNKLE's Never Never Land album in 2003. If the set is anything like Lavelle's 2014 Meltdown opener of the same name, this Somerset House concert will include special guests like The London Contemporary Orchestra, ESKA, Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble, Mark Lanegan, DJ Shadow, Rosie Lowe, Liela Moss, Keaton Henson and Michele Lamy.

 
 
 
 
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