Top live music in a beautiful Georgian courtyard in the middle of London: it can only be the Summer Series. In a Time Out exclusive, James Manning has the line-up highlights
Since their debut album ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ last year, the Scottish synthpop trio have been unstoppable. They’ll bring their fresh, stirring songs to Somerset House on July 17 after a string of hugely oversubscribed London shows: if you want a ticket, you’ll have to be quick about it.
Still listening to ‘Milkshake’? Get with the groove: Kelis moved on long ago, first from jerky R&B to allout Guetta-powered dance-pop, and now, with her new album ‘Food’, to a funky, brassy stew of nostalgic but forward-thinking soul music. Don’t miss her serving up a big helping at Somerset House on July 14.
Sharp riffs, sharp togs and some of the sharpest lyrics around: Glasgow’s funkiest indie band have still got the goods. They played two storming, sold-out Roundhouse gigs last week – if you couldn’t make it, a Somerset House set on July 16 is your next chance to catch Kapranos and company rocking the capital.
Getting classical violins into a Number One single isn’t easy to do. Getting them into the biggest song of the year so far is even more impressive. Clean Bandit’s massive hit ‘Rather Be’ will make Somerset House erupt on July 19 – and there’s plenty more strings-heavy housepop where that came from.
They’ve worked with DJ Shadow, Sbtrkt, Damon Albarn and Big Boi, but Little Dragon’s enormous new album ‘Nabuma Rubberband’ might finally be the cue for these Swedish electronicists to take the spotlight in their own right. They’ll close Summer Series on July 20 in spectacular fashion.
Daughter: Bewitching indie. Jul 10.
Kodaline: Irish pop-rockers. Jul 11.
Agnes Obel: Innovative Danish folk-pop pianist and singer. Jul 12.
The Cat Empire: The return of the ska-funk combo. Jul 13.
Bastille: Another mega-gig for the biggest new British band. Jul 15.
Sam Smith: ‘La La La’ singer. Jul 18.
Summer Series is at Somerset House, Jul 10 20. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Fri Mar 21. Get full details and book at timeout.com/summerseries
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