De La Soul

Somerset House Summer Series with American Express®

Sat 14 Jul 2018
Doors 19.30
£48.75 (includes £3.75 booking fee)

For telephone bookings call 0333 320 2836.

The Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

Nearly 30 years deep and still hip hop royalty, the Long Island legends De La Soul play out this year’s Summer Series with an exclusive gig.

Approximate timings

Doors: 19.30
DJ Premier 20.00
De La Soul: 21.00

It’s hard to overstate the impact of De La Soul’s landmark 1989 debut 3 Feet High and Rising, but its potency and influence remains undiminished after three decades. Hip hop is one of the most unforgiving places when it comes to growing old, but these three friends were never content to sit back after making a record that changed the possibilities of what rap could do.

Their most recent albums are bursting at the seams with high profile fans (Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, 2 Chainz, Usher to name but a few) and the trio may be older and wiser, but they’re clearly just as prone to maverick tendencies.

That remarkable kaleidoscopic blend of old school samples from the early days and issues over copyright clearance looks set to keep their first few masterpieces locked just out of reach in a digital limbo, so all the more reason to celebrate the final night of Summer Series and experience Da Inner Sound Y’all.


+ DJ Premier


one of hip-hop’s most revered groups


storming hip hop past, present and future

De La Soul - Royalty Capes

DJ Premier

For 25 years, DJ Premier has been defining hip hop’s sound. One half of the gold-selling duo Gang Starr, the three-time Grammy Award winner is the go-to figure for the biggest names in hip hop, arranging and producing classic cuts for an unsurpassed list of collaborators that includes The Notorious B.I.G., Rakim, KRS-One, Nas, Jay-Z and Kanye West to name but a few.

DJ Premier changed how we listen to New York City itself

DJ Premier, Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been feat. Rakim, Nas & Krs One)

Enhanced Tickets

A select number of Enhanced tickets are available for an additional £25.00. Ticket holders will be given access to the private East Wing Bar with a free drink on arrival and exclusive entry to The Influence Project, a photography exhibition featuring portraits of the pioneers of R&B, Funk, Soul, Afrobeat and Hip Hop. Please note the East Wing Bar sits alongside the courtyard but does not offer a clear view of the main stage. The bar is open throughout the concert and your drinks can be taken into the main courtyard.

American Express is the headline sponsor of Somerset House Summer Series

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