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The Roots, Róisín Murphy, De La Soul and more are playing Somerset House Summer Series 2018

By Nick Levine

One of the hottest tickets in London's musical calendar is the annual series of outdoor gigs held in the grand, riverside courtyard of Somerset House. This year's line-up has just been announced – here's who's rocking the quad this year...

July 5th

Once a bedroom pop project, Metronomy grew into a five-piece whose live set incorporates light shows and wonky dance routines. Expect elegant yet eccentric indie drawn from five ace albums. 

Flight Facilities
July 6th

This Aussie DJ duo make electro-dance hits that shimmer with nostalgia. 

Don Letts Presents Bass Forward
July 7th

Letts curates a one-off musical spectacular that includes a Wiley live performance and DJ sets from Jazzie B and Norman Jay MBE. More special guests will be announced soon. 

Don Letts

David Rodigan and The Outlook Orchestra
July 8th

This 25-piece project isn’t to be trifled with. Live versions of bass classics – from reggae to jungle – make this a treat for the slightly older rudeboy and rudegirl. 

July 9th

The kooky psych duo behind ‘Time to Pretend’ and ‘Electric Feel’ are riding high again thanks to this year’s stunning comeback album ‘Little Dark Age’. 

July 10th
She started out writing hits for Rihanna and Rita Ora, but the music Laura ‘LP’ Pergolizzi makes now is sleek, spiky pop-rock.


July 11th
This Norwegian star won the BBC’s Sound of 2018 poll for good reason: she’s a fierce live performer whose impeccably crafted pop is both infectiously spunky (‘Don’t Kill My Vibe)’ and deliciously wistful (‘Strangers’).

The Roots
July 12th
When they’re not doing their day job as Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots are true festival crowd-pleasers. 

Jorja Smith
July 13th
Having won the Brit Critics’ Choice Award and collaborated with Drake and Stormzy, this Walsall-born singer-songwriter is one to watch. Catch her singing hits like gorgeous piano ballad ‘Let Me Down’ before she goes supernova. 

Jorja Smith © Olivia Rose

De La Soul
July 14th
Expect an incendiary set drawing liberally from 1989’s iconic debut ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ and 2016’s Grammy-nominated comeback ‘and the Anonymous Nobody...’ 

Róisín Murphy
July 15th
A fearlessly theatrical performer who loves diving into her dressing-up box onstage, while simultaneously mesmerising her audience with prog-disco heat. 

Tickets for the Somerset House Summer Series are available from Fri Mar 23.


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