Somerset House Summer Series returns to London from 5 to 15 July 2018. The bill for the eleven-night festival reflects Somerset House’s commitment to showcasing diverse and dazzling world-class talent, both home-grown and ‘just visiting’ with a line-up that includes acts from the UK, the US, Australia and Norway.
Summer Series 2018 celebrates the influence that music of black origin has had on this country’s culture with massive opening weekend parties thrown by David Rodigan and Don Letts.
The following week salutes the sound of the US scene as two of hip hop’s pioneering acts – The Roots and De La Soul – hit the stage for exclusive London performances.
Summer Series continues to champion new and emerging voices with award-winning artists too, as Jorja Smith and Sigrid join the bill to show the capital why the Brits and the BBC tipped them for greatness this year.
In addition to the live music line up, Somerset House will play host to The Influence Project – a new photographic exhibition that digs deep into the roots and influence of modern R&B, Funk, Soul and Afrobeat.
The opening night of the Somerset House Summer Series (Thursday 5) welcomes Metronomy. The following night sees Australia’s festival favourites Flight Facilities with their gorgeous run of irresistible hits that takes in ’70s soul, ’90s house and noughties electronica (Friday 6).
On Saturday 7, filmmaker, DJ and broadcaster Don Letts presents Bass Forward – a night celebrating the very best in British bass culture from carnival to grime. Joining Don on the decks will be Norman Jay MBE and Jazzie B; very special live performances come from Congo Natty and the Godfather of Grime himself, Wiley.
David Rodigan returns to Somerset House following a storming support set to Damian Marley last year, with a live show featuring The Outlook Orchestra and some very special guests (Sunday 8).
Hot on the heels of their massively acclaimed fourth album Little Dark Age, MGMT bring their inimitable mix of psychedelia and knock-out pop hooks to London on Monday 9, while the following night sees Laura Pergolizzi – aka LP – play songs from her swaggering, effortless, widely lauded debut Lost on You.
Norwegian singer/songwriter, winner of the BBC Sound of 2018 and (according to the Guardian) “the new Lorde” – Sigrid plays her only London festival date this year on Wednesday 11 July.
Praised by Stormzy and Skrillex and sharing vocals on a track with Drake, Jorja Smith has quickly become the UK R&B’s brightest star. She joins the bill to perform songs from her hugely anticipated forthcoming debut album on Friday 13.
Other headliners include De La Soul (Saturday 14), and Ireland’s Róisín Murphy (Sunday 15).