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Live Music: Summer Series at Somerset House

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Somerset House have turned the summer music festival into a ludicrously classy affair with 10 days of intimate outdoor gigs in one of London’s most iconic architectural landmarks. On a summer’s evening with an ice cold beverage in your hand, I would argue there is no better place in the city to see a live show. Take in the breathtaking scenery and let the musical vibes flow through your body. Here are our top picks for the series:

Hiatus Kaiyote

They tout themselves as ‘multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangster shit’, and they’re not far from the mark. This Aussie quartet put on a hypnotising live show amalgamating funk, soul and jazz, producing beats that Dilla would be proud of. That Tribe Called Quest legend Q-Tip the Abstract hopped on one of these jams tells you all you need to know.

When: Thurs 7 July, 7.30pm
Tickets: £29.50, book here


Everything Everything

A band on the rise, Everything Everything will seldom play as intimate and lovely a venue as Somerset House. Their jittery indie rock has burrowed its way into the mainstream with their third studio album Get To Heaven without compromising on their sound and unconventional lyrical content like “soft-boiled eggs in shirts and ties”. Progressive Brit-rock at its best.

When: Mon 11 July, 7.30pm
Tickets: £29.50, book here

Courtney Barnett

Propelled to music-blog darling status with her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Barnett does grungey slacker-rock exceptionally well. There are shades of early Oasis, but her 90s sound somehow feels refreshingly new. One for the angsty teenager in you.

When: Wed 13 July, 7.30pm
Tickets: £29.50, book here

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