Previous years have seen a carefully curated mix
of balladry, soul and even a dash of house. This year's programme is similarly
eclectic, ranging from the spaced-out art-rock harmonics of LA band Warpaint to the often anti-establishment
anthems of Lebanese indie rock quintet Mashrou' Leila .
Norah Jones, 6 July
Opening this year's Summer Series is the
nine-time Grammy Award-winning American singer who bridges and brings together
the genres of jazz, soul, rock, country and pop. Her distinctive style and
incredible versatility has resulted in
collaboration with a diverse range of artists including Herbie Hancock, Outkast
and Foo Fighters. For this exclusive UK performance she will be
performing some of her best loved tracks as well as some new and original
Damian Marley, 7 July
The youngest son of Bob Marley, Damian 'Junior
Gong' Marley has been performing since the age of 13. He blends dancehall,
reggae and hip-hop styles while also providing a provocative
commentary on poverty, politics, crime and prejudice in Jamaica. His individualistic approach has made him the
only Jamaican reggae artist in history to win two Grammy Awards on the
same night, as well as the only reggae artist ever to win in the Best
Urban/Alternative Performance category.
The Cinematic Orchestra,
Created in 1999 by Jason Swinscoe, this
contemporary electronic music group is one of the most respected British
acts of the past 20 years. Renowned for their
electrifying improvisations and revelatory collaborations, they will be
making their debut at Summer Series with an exclusive set featuring timeless
classics, brand new material from their forthcoming album, and a
special group of guests and collaborators.
Goldfrapp, 9 July
Consisting of singer Alison Goldfrapp and keyboardist,
producer and composer Will Gregory, English electronic synthpop duo Goldfrapp has experimented with various
genres of music, creatively evolving with each album release. Their discotronic
soundscapes are best experienced live, so it’s a special treat that they are
back after the highlight of their performance for the 2013 Summer Series.
Warpaint, 10 July
indie rock quartet, formed by childhood friends Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman,
have been creating beguiling art-rock music underpinned by the group’s
captivating live chemistry. Four albums on from their inception in 2004,
they’ve sealed a reputation for spaced-out harmonics, thrilling rhythmic
shifts and utterly ecstatic gigs.
The Robert Glasper Experiment, 11 July
Glasper is no one-trick pony: he has dominated the jazz charts, won two Grammys,
scored a Miles Davis film, played keys on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, and collaborated with many celebrated
musicians including Norah Jones, Anderson .Paak and Kanye West. Part of two
bands, The Robert Glasper Trio and The Robert Glasper Experiment, he is
loosely defined as an electronic act that defies genre norms from any single
discipline, throwing together unexpected moments of funk, soul, rock, hip-hop,
blues, disco, electronic and pop.
Birdy, 12 July
being only 20 years old, Jasmine van den Bogaerde has performed at the London
2012 Paralympics, been nominated for a Brit Award for British Female Solo
Artist, and written songs for hit movies including The Hunger Games and The
Fault in Our Stars. The indie-folk/pop/rock singer-songwriter has already released
three albums, and is undoubtedly a rapidly rising star.
Foster the People, 13
in 2009, American indie pop band Foster the People quickly rose to fame after the viral success of their song Pumped Up Kicks in 2010. Two albums and
two Grammy Award nominations later – as well as becoming a well-known and loved
household name – this exclusive UK date will bring epic feel-good singalongs to
Tom Misch and special guests, 14 July
last year has seen 21-year-old producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tom
Misch amass more than 50 million streams on Spotify as well as a reputation as
one of the UK’s best new producers. With a number of major supporters (including
Jaden Smith, teen rapper son of actor Will) proclaiming him as an essential emerging musical talent, Misch has
now put together a live band and will be making his Summer Series debut
following sold out autumn festival dates across Europe.
Mashrou' Leila, 15 July
out of a jam session of the early hours in Beirut, Mashrou' Leila roughly translates as Overnight Project, and is a
five-member alternative rock band who often lyricise about political freedoms,
LGBT rights, race, religion and modern Arabic identity – challenging the status
quo of the Middle Eastern pop industry.
Songhoy Blues, 16 July
Desert punk/blues music trio Songhoy Blues is from Mali; the band originated in Timbuktu and formed in Bamako
after they were forced to leave their homes during the civil conflict and
imposition of Sharia Law. Their remarkable story underpins the band’s
propulsive, gritty grooves, and after their well-received performance as a
support act at the 2015 Summer Series, they are avidly anticipated as
headliners this year.
Tickets go on
general sale on 24 March at 9am.
|What||Summer Series 2017, Somerset House|
Strand, London, WC2R 1LA | MAP
|Nearest tube||Temple (underground)|
06 Jul 17 – 16 Jul 17, Doors open at 7:30pm
|Price||£29.50 - £40 + booking fees|
|Website||Click here for more information|