The unparalleled competition expertise within the coronary heart of London, Somerset Home Summer season Sequence, returns this July with eleven nights of electrifying gigs, this 12 months that includes rising stars similar to Greentea Peng and Beabadoobee.
The sequence, which started in 2003 and celebrates its twentieth anniversary this 12 months, presents music followers the possibility to expertise a trailblazing line-up of breakthrough music artists and established acts from throughout the globe within the intimate and immersive setting of Somerset Home’s spectacular courtyard. Over the previous 20 years, Summer season Sequence has regularly celebrated a variety of numerous and eclectic genres, offering a platform for a number of the most influential artists in at this time’s trade, while supporting the breakthroughs of many others.
This 12 months, superchic French rockers La Femme kick off the twentieth anniversary celebrations. The psych-punk band – shaped in Biarritz by keyboard participant Marlon Magnée and guitarist Sasha Received – shot to acclaim after they booked a US tour regardless of solely having one EP. Tight and achieved, La Femme open the sequence with an evening of psychedelia, surf rock, electronica, and loads of sass.
Brit Award nominees for Finest Worldwide Group, LA-based trio Gabriels be part of the invoice on Friday 7 July with their dazzling imaginative and prescient of non secular soul-pop. Their single ‘Love and Hate in a Completely different Time’ scored them an enormous fan base; with Elton John calling the work “one of the crucial seminal information I’ve heard previously 10 years”. One of many hottest tickets on the stay circuit, Gabriels are right here to hypnotize with their spine-tingling soul, authentic jazz, basic R&B, all smoldering with the timeless gospel vocals of singer and choir director Jacob Lusk.
The opening weekend introduces Greentea Peng. Born and raised in South East London, ‘Psychedelic R&B’ protagonist Greentea Peng offers in blissed out dub-flected neo-soul which speaks of renouncing ego and bringing down Babylon. Positioned fourth within the 21 BBC’s ‘Sound Of’ checklist, and with a critically acclaimed 18-track debut album underneath her belt, this efficiency is ready to ship good vibrations all through the gang, weaving magic together with her relaxed voice.
Finest generally known as one half of multi award-winning synth-pop duo Goldfrapp, vocalist, songwriter and producer Alison Goldfrapp, returns to carry out her personal new solo materials. Constructing on her forward-thinking but timeless discography, Alison’s hypnotic new single “So Exhausting So Scorching” from the hotly-anticipated inaugural solo album The Love Invention, out through Skint on 12 Could, presents an intoxicating showcase of the digital and home influences on the coronary heart of her musical DNA, adorned with shiny synths and a blissfully contorting bassline. Along with her reawakening as a dancefloor priestess, this rhythm-inducing Summer season Sequence efficiency is assured to get folks transferring within the courtyard.
New York titans Interpol have rightfully cemented their place as one of many important indie mainstays of the twenty first century. Interpol be part of the Summer season Sequence line-up as a part of the world tour for his or her newest studio album The Different Aspect of Make Consider, out on Matador in July, with what is ready to be a mesmerizing present, drawing on a raft of hits from their seven albums.
Olivia Dean takes to the stage on Tuesday 11 July. With an attractive soulful voice, feel-good performances and down-earth-lyrics talking to issues of the center, Olivia is a fast-rising UK pop expertise, who started touring with Rudimental when she was simply out of faculty. Now a longtime act in her personal proper, with a sold-out UK tour in March, in addition to assist slots with Kojey Radical and Loyle Carner, Summer season Sequence presents the right setting to catch one the UK’s brightest younger stars on the rise.
Beatrice Laus is Beabadoobee – creator of flawless, shimmering, star-gaze pop which displays the lives and loves of her big fanbase. Her output has been completely self-released and her final three EPs on indie London label Soiled Hit – and has amassed tens of millions of streams. Count on a stunning confessional of a present with, her now trademark, sweetly cinematic, starry-eyed pop.
2012 Grammy-award winners of Finest World Music Album, Tinariwen are the pioneers of mesmerizing desert-blues grooves. Hailing from the Sahara Desert area of Northern Mali, the group’s guitar-driven fashion combines conventional Tuareg and African music with Western rock. The band’s rhythms and musical prowess have been main audiences to undulate with pleasure for over 4 a long time now, and they’re going to mild up the Summer season Sequence stage with their commanding stage presence, shrouded in conventional robes with a fluid line-up of musicians.
Cosmic jazz trio The Comet is Coming (Shabaka, Danalogue and Betamax) can be presenting a particular one-off present for the sequence with particular friends and beautiful visuals. Channelling the spirit of Solar Ra, The Comet is Coming play with the freshness of the improvised, wielding their interstellar rhythms and legendary imagery to create a mind-blowing collective euphoria. The place their Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, Channel the Spirits set the star-gazing tone and comply with up Belief in The Lifeforce of Deep Thriller dialed up the tripped-out avant-jazz additional nonetheless, the most recent launch Hyper-Dimensional Enlargement Beam ideas firmly into membership territory.
The trio are joined on this unmissable efficiency – their final in London earlier than the band return to near-Earth orbit for a break from touring – by ground-breaking visible artist and filmmaker Daisy Dickinson. Collectively they’ll current a novel audio-visual collaboration impressed by the band’s newest album. With Shabaka Hutchings returning to the stage following an electrifying 2019 Summer season Sequence efficiency with Sons of Kemet, this revelatory stay expertise is ready to move the gang to new worlds and different dimensions.
Younger Fathers, the multi-award successful group, proceed to smash expectations and following a sell-out UK tour, we welcome them to Somerset Home. The brand new album Heavy Heavy has acquired a large number of nice critiques and is a feast of joyous noise launched by long-term specialists of the choice Ninja Tune. Taking part in the penultimate present within the sequence, the infectious and melodic cross-genre hits that gained them the Mercury Prize in 2014 have gone from energy to energy throughout 4 albums, turning into extra infectiously optimistic with every launch. This efficiency can be a vital deal with and isn’t to be missed.
Afro-fusion R&B star Gabzy closes the sequence on Sunday 16 July. The South London-based artist is a pacesetter within the Alté Afrobeats scene, and has a raft of underground, important and business assist, promoting out his first headline present at Koko in underneath a minute. The singer labored with US producer Melvitto on the ‘Summers’ EP – a punchy backing to his easy vocals. After the discharge of ‘Summers’, Gabzy’s following has flourished: from college students, younger adults and artists to trade recognition from the likes of Masego, Saweetie, Darkoo, Chip, Tion Wayne to call just a few. Gabzy has earned the status of promoting out each present in file time – tickets for this spectacular closing night time to the sequence are to not be slept on.
Over the past twenty years, Somerset Home Summer season Sequence has championed essentially the most thrilling musical expertise, from The Prodigy, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Underworld, The XX, Florence and The Machine, Soul2Soul through Gil Scott Heron to Kelis, Cat Empire, Blondie, Jill Scott, Jorja Smith and extra.
The forward-thinking curation of Summer season Sequence line-ups over the past twenty years displays Somerset Home’s dedication to championing and nurturing thrilling inventive expertise throughout its cultural programme, and its institution as a revered house for stay music experiences. Earlier collaborators on exhibitions, installations and modern occasions embody Björk, PJ Harvey, Neneh Cherry, Gaika, Beatrice Dillon and Anna Meredith.
SOMERSET HOUSE 2023 LINEUP:
THURSDAY 6 JULY: LA FEMME
FRIDAY 7 JULY: GABRIELS
SATURDAY 8 JULY: GREENTEA PENG
SUNDAY 9 JULY: ALISON GOLDFRAPP
MONDAY 10 JULY: INTERPOL
TUESDAY 11 JULY: OLIVIA DEAN
WEDNESDAY 12 JULY: BEABADOOBEE
THURSDAY 13 JULY: TINARIWEN
FRIDAY 14 JULY: THE COMET IS COMING
SATURDAY 15 JULY: YOUNG FATHERS
SUNDAY 16 JULY: GABZY