Where? Somerset House, Strand
What? This brilliant series of outdoor gigs in the beautiful setting of Somerset House courtyard is the perfect alternative to muddy fields and cold showers. In association with American Express, the eleven-night series will take over one of central London’s most spectacular gig locations this July. World-class talent will be showcased through a smashing line-up featuring both established and emerging artists.
Expect to hear performances from De La Soul (14 July), The Roots (12 July) and Sigrid (11 July) in the courtyard of the iconic building. Jorja Smith & Ezra Collective will also be making an appearance (13 July), as well as LP & Kolars (10 July). MGMT & Cola Boy are back in London for a Summer Series exclusive (9 July), and Flight Facilities & Bondax will be playing their most irresistible feel-good dancefloor hits (6 July). Don Letts will be presenting Bass Forward with live sets from Wiley, Congo Natty and more to celebrate the evolution of bass culture from the 1960’s (7 July). David Rodigan will bring some very special guests to the stage on the 8th July to celebrate all things reggae in Britain. Great British pop band Metronomy will be kick-starting the event on the 5th July and finishing will be Ireland’s avant-garde queen, Róisín Murphy along with International Teachers of Pop (15 July).
Also catch photography exhibition, The Influence Project, unseen portraits of the heroes of R&B, Funk and Hip Hop.
Ticket prices range from £31.25 – £48.75.
Where to stay? Hazlitt’s, Soho, London. Hazlitt’s is the real deal: as genuine, amusing and revealing a hotel as you could hope for, especially in seething Soho. It’s named after the radical essayist and master of English prose, William Hazlitt. As befits an establishment with such literary connections, the hotel is popular with authors, who leave signed copies of their works when they depart. The sloping, creaking floorboards have been retained and the rooms, decorated with antiques, busts and prints, are individually furnished, with splendid bathtubs and Victorian fittings in the bathrooms. Doubles from £269.
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