Blondie, Ellie Goulding, Imelda May headline Somerset House July gigs
Saturday, July 02 2011 @ 08:36 PM UTC
Contributed by: RussB
If you're looking for an open-air live music experience in London this month, take a look at the line-up set for the Summer Series in Somerset House's 18th century courtyard from 7-17 July.
There's a strong mix of established names and high level new acts, with Blondie, Ellie Goulding, Eels and Imelda May among the highlights at the historic venue on The Strand on the Victoria Embankment.
Here's the full listing:
Thursday 7 July: Eels – the top notch indie rock outfit fronted by singer-songwriter Mark Oliver Everett kicks things off. Expect a mix of rock and chamber pop from this critically acclaimed band, known for mixing sharp humour and confessional, life-affirming lyrics.
Friday 8 July: Brit rapper Professor Green (right) brings his trademark wit, honest and sharp pop culture references in what is sure to be a high energy set.
Saturday 9 July: Oxford four-piece Stornoway (left) delivered one of 2010's must-have debut albums with Beachcomber's Windowsill, and their indie folk style teaming rootsy harmonies with big hooks and passionate lyrics has already gained them a big following. Definitely ones to watch.
Sunday 10 July: US-born multi-instrumentalist rapper and vocalist Aloe Blacc has been recording for more than 15 years and his music pulls in R&B, Latin and hip-hop. Material from latest album Good Times is expected to feature – and keep an eye out for support from Amy Winehouse teenage protege Dionne Bromfield
Monday 11 July: The party's sure to rock with the very contemporary blend of rockabilly, blues and surf guitar that has brought Imelda May (right) lots of success in the past year or two. Dublin-born Imelda's second album Mayhem has had heavy airplay and she's already shared a stage with Eric Clapton and Van Morrison.
Tuesday 12 July: It's never a dull moment when Liam Gallagher's in town, and his new band Beady Eye – essentially the 1999-2009 line-up of Oasis, minus Noel – does what it says on the tin: no nonsense Brit rock with debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding delivering the goods
Wednesday 13 July: Perfect new wave pop icons Blondie (left) need little introduction – expect all the hits plus some quality new material from their planned autumn 2011 release Panic of Girls album
Thursday 14 July: Electro duo Hurts burst onto the scene last year, and fans of Eighties synth pop will not want to miss Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson's reinvigoration of the genre, based on their highly claimed debut album Happiness
Friday 15 July: Singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has been making a name for herself following a number 1 debut album in Lights, and 2010 Brit award. Expect a beguiling mix of passion, memorable pop and cool beats from an act really getting into her stride.
Saturday 16 July: Cult drum 'n' bass duo Lamb - producer Andrew Barlow and singer Louise Rhodes – have been captivating a chillout audience over the last 10-15 years with a musical style that has never stopped exploring, while still producing some great tunes.
Sunday 17 July: Alt country and rock outfit My Morning Jacket close the Summer Series, and will pack out a crowd anticipating a genre-busting set that is never afraid to take risks. Tracks from their new album Circuital are likely to feature strongly.
- Tickets are from £20 available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk
- Doors open 7.30pm, support acts are on at 8pm and headliners by 9.15pm
- For more gig information go to http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/music/summer-series-2011/
The Somerset House Summer Series is sponsored by American Express.