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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

© James Bryant

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 too – Adele, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith have all graced the stage – and 2016 is no exception. Here’s a look at this year’s full line-up.

Somerset House Summer Series 2016 line-up

Hiatus Kaiyote

Critics' choice

The Melbourne-based psychedelic neo-soul four piece are London-bound. Their exotic garb and gargantuan stage presence has everyone from Gilles Peterson to Questlove and Erykah Badu under their spell. We suggest you warm up with their brilliant second album ‘Choose Your Weapons’ and work backwards.

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Paul Heaton/Jacqui Abbott

Critics' choice

After the break up of The Beautiful South, lead singer Paul Heaton spent years as a solo artist making sharp country-pop. Now he’s reunited with the South’s honey-voiced female vocalist Abbott for the first time since the group split up, so old classics such as ‘Perfect 10’ and ‘Rotterdam (Or Anywhere)’ are on the cards alongside material from the pair’s collaborative album ‘What Have We Become’.

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Benjamin Clementine

Critics' choice

The winner of last year’s Mercury Prize, charismatic young singing poet Benjamin Clementine hails from Edmonton Green but was discovered while singing on the Paris Metro, giving him a chance to spread his heartfelt blues and deep soul vocals further afield. A self-taught pianist and eccentric but deeply affecting singer-songwriter, he has something that’s often spoken of but rarely witnessed: raw talent.

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Laura Mvula

Critics' choice

This extremely talented Brummie soul singer broke out in 2013 with her debut album 'Sing to the Moon', and returns at last with a new album 'The Dreaming Room' that showcases her exquisite arrangements and biting voice, bridging the gap between Nina Simone and Feist.

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Everything Everything

Critics' choice

The Mercury-nominated Manchester band are back for more quirky art-pop, pushing a new record ‘Get to Heaven’ (partly recorded at Manchester Central Library). We’ll say it: we weren’t huge fans of their last album. But we can’t deny that their groovy synth lines, odd time signatures and careening, falsetto-fuelled harmonies make them really blow up on stage.

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James Morrison

Critics' choice

Throaty singer-songwriter Morrison goes for another comeback, a decade since his soul-pop number ‘You Give Me Something’ smashed charts across the world. Hear material from his new album ‘Higher Than Here’ at this London stop-off.

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Courtney Barnett

Critics' choice

Young Australian Barnett is one of the biggest songwriting talents around at the moment, crafting sharp, witty lyrics that tease out the hidden significances in everyday life. She and her powerful band combine those words with circling psych-rock melodies and touching, downbeat indie-pop, and play tonight from her excellent debut album ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’.

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Caravan Palace

Hailing from Paris, this chic outfit (who perform suited and booted) are pitching up to get things electro-swinging. The seven-strong troupe will be playing funky, bass-heavy nu-jazz from their first two records, as well as their cryptically-named forthcoming LP, '<|°_°|>', which dropped in October 2015.

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Jack Savoretti

This husky-voiced, guitar-and-harmonica-toting troubadour has earned favourable comparisons to the likes of Damien Rice and Ray LaMontagne. His easy-going but emotionally fraught acoustic pop has picked him up plenty of lucrative American TV syncs, and he's threatening to break properly into the mainstream. See him now or pay through the nose later.

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St Germain

Critics' choice

Apart from Air, nobody soundtracked ’90s Gallic cool like St Germain. His debut set him up as a master of deep and dubby nu-jazz, then his ‘Tourist’ album became de rigeur at every classy restaurant and after-club chill sesh in Europe. Now he’s back after a near-15-year absence with a new album influenced by the music of Mali.

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UNKLE:Redux

James Lavelle and his multifaceted UNKLE collective present an audiovisual and orchestral tour through their classy rock-meets-hip hop back catalogue, teaming up with singer-composer Mara Carlyle and more special guests.

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By: James Manning

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