Somerset House Summer Series gigs

Check out the full line-up for Somerset House's summer concerts, which offer top live music in a beautiful setting

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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 – Adele, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith have all graced the stage – and 2015 is no exception. Here’s a look at this year’s full line-up.

Somerset House Summer Series 2015 line-up

Chromeo

The series kicks off with some slinky sounds by the ’80s-tastic electro-funk duo, always a slick live act.

Thursday July 9

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Gary Clark Jr

After joining Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran at a Stevie Wonder tribute in February, the Texan singer and guitar guru plugs in for a lesson in soulful blues-rock. Go, Gary, go!

Friday July 10

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Passenger

Mike Rosenberg’s acoustic schmaltzfest ‘Let Her Go’ topped charts in 19 countries, and will spark a massive singalong during his Saturday night set.

Saturday July 11

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Chronixx

This headline show by the young Jamaican reggae star will be smooth and easy, with the occasional dancehall shakedown.

Sunday July 12

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George Ezra

One of the biggest in a recent crop of sensitive young Brits with the charts at their feet, G-Ezzy had the third best-selling album of 2014. This show will sell out in a flash.

Monday July 13

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Nick Mulvey

He may seem like another straight-up strummer, but Mulvey thoroughly deserved the Mercury nomination he got last year for his nicely eclectic debut ‘First Mind’.

Tuesday July 14

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James Bay

Ordained to be one of this year’s biggest stars, Bay says his ever-present hat introduces ‘an element of mystique’ to his Blunt-esque pop-rock package. Hmm…

Thursday July 16

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Kwabs

After four nights of acoustica, it’s time to go electric with south London synth-soul singer Kwabena Adjepong. His debut album is due on a major label in May and should send him supernova, so book for this gig before everyone cottons on.

Friday July 17

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Belle And Sebastian

Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance’, the latest album by Stuart Murdoch’s twee-pop titans, featured a couple of massive new songs with a lush synthpop edge. We can’t wait to hear them alongside the hits when they follow two sold-out London dates in May with a Somerset House show.

Saturday July 18

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Jessie J

Rounding off the series for this year, the hyper-energetic singer-songwriter from Essex wheels out her bombastic pop hits (and new stuff off her ‘Sweet Talker’ album) for another spin. ‘Bang Bang’ should provide a suitably spectacular finale.

Sunday July 19

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Somerset House Summer Series

Critics' choice

This fantastic series of open-air gigs in the courtyard of one of London’s most picturesque buildings is one of the highlights of summer in the city.

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Somerset House Thursday July 9 2015 - Sunday July 19 2015

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