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Damian Marley and more to headline Summer Series

ANTICIPATED: Summer Series at Somerset House

WIDELY KNOWN for bringing music fans established and critically acclaimed headliners, Summer Series at Somerset House is committed to championing world class emerging artists.

This year’s diverse headline and support acts range from UK talent, Laura Mvula, Omar, Sloes, YAK and Submotion Orchestra to Amsterdam-based Klangstof, Robert Glasper from the US, and Lebanese Mashrou’ Leila, introducing audiences to distinctive new talent as well as showcasing well-known favourites from across the world.

Emerging talent at Summer Series is always carefully matched to each of the eleven headliners to create a distinctly memorable experience for audiences. Many support acts from Summer Series have even gone on to perform headline shows in the unique Somerset House courtyard, including this year’s closing night headliner Songhoy Blues, who will bring their infectious, joyful grooves on 16 July, following their supporting slot in 2015.

For the inaugural show of Summer Series on 6 July, New York City-based rootsy rockers The Candles will open the series for Norah Jones. With over forty years’ experience of championing reggae and dancehall, audiences can expect classic cuts, rare dubplates and cutting edge tracks from legendary English DJ, David Rodigan, before Damian “Jr Gong” Marley takes the stage.

The following evening, the courtyard will welcome Moses Sumney, supporting The Cinematic Orchestra. Gifted with an effortlessly intimate voice, LA native singer/songwriter Sumney’s shimmering and ghostly vocals have won him plaudits and fans including Sufjan Stevens, Solange and Grizzly Bear.

Five-piece London band Sloes will open for decadent synth-pop duo Goldfrapp. Their string laden indie-pop with soaring vocal melodies has earned Sloes praise from a varied following of supporters.

Home-grown rockers YAK will support Warpaint on 10 July. Pegged as one of Britain’s most exciting new bands by NME, trio YAK have a reputation for fuzzy, scuzzy anthems and full-throttle gigs.

Fresh from his sold out show at the Jazz Cafe and latest album Jardin released by legendary LA based record label Stonesthrow, Gabriel Garzon-Montano has won legions of fans and critical acclaim thanks to his delicate compositions and multi-instrumental talent. Montano will support The Robert Glasper Experiment on 11 July, bringing together unexpected moments of rock, hip-hop, disco, electronic and pop.

Robert Glasper and his band will be joined by some exceptional guest vocalists for this exclusive London gig. Birmingham-born soul sensation Laura Mvula joins us once again following her captivating headline performance last year. British soul pioneer Omar gives us a taste of his latest tunes, featuring Robert Glasper on keys, and there’s glorious harmonies and uplifting soul from LaSharVu - LaDonna Harley Peters, Sharlene Hector and Vula Malinga - three of the country's most respected vocalists and the go-to vocal powerhouse trio for artists including Basement Jaxx, Sam Smith, Mary J Blige, Lalah Hathaway, Gregory Porter and Emeli Sandé.


Laura Mvula

Other highlights include intimate song-writing duo Little Hours who will be opening for Birdy and Andreya Triana, who has provided vocals for many including Flying Lotus, Mr Scruff and Bonobo joins the line-up opening for Tom Misch’s headline set.

Songhoy Blues will headline the final night, supported by Submotion Orchestra, a Leeds seven-piece producing kaleidoscopic, bass heavy bangers that draw on jazz, dub and ambient textures to create a lush backdrop for Ruby Wood’s classy vocals.

See the line up below:

6 July NORAH JONES + THE CANDLES – SOLD OUT
7 July DAMIAN “JR . GONG” MARLEY + DAVID RODIGAN – SOLD OUT
8 July THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA + MOSES SUMNEY – SOLD OUT
9 July GOLDFRAPP + SLOES – SOLD OUT
10 July WARPAINT + YAK
11 July THE ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT + GABRIEL GARZON-MONTANO
FT. LAURA MVULA, OMAR & LASHARVU
12 July BIRDY + LITTLE HOURS – SOLD OUT
13 July FOSTER THE PEOPLE + KLANGSTOF – SOLD OUT
14 July TOM MISCH (LIVE) + CARMODY plus SPECIAL GUESTS + ANDREYA TRIANA – SOLD OUT
15 July MASHROU’ LEILA
16 July SONGHOY BLUES + SUBMOTION ORCHESTRA

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