The 2018 Summer Series event makes its grand return to Somerset House, and one thing is certain: it’s set to be one of the highlights of this year’s UK festival season. The line-up for Summer Series, which takes place from July 5 – July 15, will feature a slew of acts ranging from Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid to MOBO Award nominated R&B artist Jorja Smith. Reflecting a mix of both international and homegrown artists, it's hard for us at MOBO to not be thrilled about just about everyone who will be there.
In looking at the roster, though, there are a few names that stand out as artists we really can't wait to see, whether it's because they're legendary, they have new music to perform, or they're promising up-and-comers. Take a look at who we're most looking forward to seeing across the eleven-night series.
Don Letts presents Bass Forward
Filmmaker, DJ, musician and broadcaster Don Letts curates a Summer Series special that charts the impact of bass culture in British music, from reggae to Grime. With live sets from MOBO Award-winner Wiley and Congo Natty and DJ sets from Jazzie B, Norman Jay MBE and Don Letts himself, this will be an EPIC celebration of the evolution of bass culture from the 1960s to the present day and its role in transforming the UK’s musical landscape.
When they’re playing: Saturday, July 7 (Doors open 4pm)
David Rodigan & The Outlook Orchestra
For 40 years David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan has been celebrated as the top dog in the promotion and celebration of reggae in Britain. Bringing together his extensive knowledge of reggae music, classic dubplates, along with live music from The Outlook Orchestra, and some very special guests, this 40th anniversary tour of a true legend and British music icon will be one for the history books.
When they’re playing: Sunday, July 8 (Doors open 7:30pm)
The Roots & Little Simz
Packed into a hectic touring schedule which includes a regular nightly slot as the house band on the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, legendary collective The Roots, who will be joined by MOBO Award-nominated artist Little Simz, will be hitting the Summer Series stage this year. Having gained a reputation as one of the best live acts around, The Roots will surely deliver what is set to be one of the best gigs of Summer Series.
When they’re playing: Thursday, July 12 (Doors open 7:30pm)
Jorja Smith & Ezra Collective
With a MOBO Award-nomination, BRITs Critic’s Choice Award and a stellar debut album under her belt, Jorja Smith has risen as one of the biggest breakout stars in British music. Get ready for an amazing set filled with countless soulful tunes and a very special performance from Ezra Collective.
When they’re playing: Friday, July 13 (Doors open at 7:30pm)
De La Soul + DJ Premier
If you’re a Hip-Hop fan, this Summer Series gig is the one for you. Nearly 30 years deep and still hip-hop royalty, the Long Island legends De La Soul will close this year’s Summer Series with an exclusive gig. Set to be filled classic hip-hop beats and a stellar set list, mixed in with contributions from the world-renowned DJ Premier, this gig is something you won’t wanna miss.
When they’re playing: Saturday, July 14 (Doors open at 7:30pm)