Summer Series at Somerset Housewith American Express®
The highlight of our music programme is the open-air Summer Series with American Express™, when The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court plays host to exciting and innovative artists in a spectacular location; previous acts have included Basement Jaxx, Amy Winehouse and Jessie Ware. 2014's series included Bastille, Clean Bandit and Sam Smith.
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with support from D.D. Dumbo
For London-based trio Daughter, 2013 marked the release of their debut album, If You Leave, via legendary independent label 4AD. A record that left fans and critics alike spellbound, "Word-in-the-ear intimate and mountain-range massive" The Fly. Their self-released debut EP gained them a huge loyal fan base, heightened by stunning live shows.
with support from Sons & Lovers
The lads in this Irish four-piece have been playing together since they were 15, building strong musical bonds, creating an album of honest, melodic and romantic songs. Kodaline have had an explosive start off the blocks with their debut track All I Want selling over 100,000 copies in the UK.
with support from Laura Doggett
The Danish singer/songwriter’s debut album Philharmonics became a phenomenom, selling almost half a million copies and winning 5 Danish Music Awards including Best Album, Best Debut Artist and Best Female Artist Of The Year. Agnes Obel’s new release Aventine is a beautiful record, intriguingly unhurried; her voice and music would be at home in any era.
with support from Lucinda Belle
Renowned all around the globe as one of the world’s best festival bands, The Cat Empire have carved themselves a unique place in the musical firmament. Known to jump from one genre to the next, many times within a single song, their rhythm is front and centre, with a global beat that has fans all over the world dancing.
with support from Jess Glynne
Kelis first came to prominence singing the hook of ODB’s hit Got Your Money. Years of chart dominating songs and thrilling, boundary-pushing music followed. Her new album Food, made with a live band and horn section, creates a sound that is rootsy, raw and soulful without ever being retro.
with support from Kyla La Grange
Formed by Dan Smith, Bastille have their first BRIT Award under their belt, sold out London’s Alexandra Palace and seen their anthemic single Pompeii become the second most streamed track of 2013. It was no surprise that they drew the largest recorded crowd in history to the John Peel Stage at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival.
with support from Francois & The Atlas Mountains
The sonic, daring and exuberant eclecticism of Franz Ferdinand has long been their calling card. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is their first album since 2009 and once again cements their status as a unique and adventurous British band. There’s still no one like them.
with support from Emilie Nicolas
In little more than twelve months, Chvrches have come out of nowhere to everywhere. Known for their analogue sound recalling their '80s heroes, their euphoric, expertly-crafted piece of synthpop The Mother We Share captured the imagination of millions as did their self-produced Top 10 debut The Bones Of What You Believe.
with support from MNEK
Sam Smith came to the fore featuring on Disclosure’s huge hit Latch and Naughty Boy’s MOBO winning, number one single La La La. Laced with his melancholic lyrics and unforgettable vocal, Sam has just released his much-awaited debut single Money On My Mind following a BRITS Critics Choice win.
with support from Rae Morris
Formed with four core members, Clean Bandit call on an array of vocal collaborators to create their unique sound. With a number one single under their belts, the culture clash of bass, beats and soaring strings evokes Massive Attack while their live shows call on classic Basement Jaxx, all done with a brand new twist.
with special guest Sébastien Tellier
Little Dragon make a constantly evolving melange of R&B, electro, pop and dance, anchored by the otherworldly vocals of their incomparable front woman Yukimi Nagano. Over three critically-lauded albums, they have established themselves as a band keen to push the boundaries of their own sound while collaborating with the likes of Gorillaz and SBTRKT.