Later… with Jools Holland returns for what is an incredible 50th series and 25th year on air with the launch of its 8 part spring series on April 11th at 10.00pm on BBC Two.
Joining him on the first show from Maidstone, Kent, are Leicester’s own rock ‘n’ roll troupe of merry men, Kasabian, who will be debuting songs from their upcoming LP For Crying Out Loud. It’s their sixth album in the 20 years they have been together and no doubt contains more rousing stompers that will be played in their many festival headline spots to come this summer.
Making their UK TV debut is West Coast-based Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals. Anderson is a singer, songwriter, producer and drummer and one-time protégé of Dr Dre. He will be running through a couple of tracks from his Malibu LP, which has been described as a “breezy blend of R&B, funk, soul and pop”.
Returning to the show are UK electro-duo Alison and Will aka Goldfrapp, who are back with songs from their recently released seventh album, Silver Eye, which sees them return to the deep and dark synthpop sound of some of their earlier work.
More debuts on the show come courtesy of Thundercat, the Los Angeles bass player and Kendrick Lamar collaborator, whose jazz infused hip-hop/soul vibe has been winning friends and reviews through thrilling his live shows and recent third album, Drunk.
From Austin, Texas come rock band Spoon who since forming in 1993 have been consistently releasing albums to critical success. They will finally be making their TV debut here with a song or two from their recently released ninth album, Hot Thoughts.
Completing the line-up is Phoenix-born singer songwriter, Courtney Marie Andrews, who topped the UK’s Official Americana chart back in January with her third album, Honest Life, which is a collection of songs of every-day, hard-working lives tinged with longing, regret and belief.
Other artists coming up on other shows in the series include Ed Sheeran, Valerie June, Future Islands, Royal Blood, Jamiroquai, Robert Cray, The xx, Lorde, Stormzy, and Blondie.
Director: Janet Fraser Crook
Series Producer: Alison Howe
Executive Producer: Mark Cooper
Later… LIVE With Jools Holland Episode 1 (of 8) airs on Tuesday 11 April 2017 from 10.00pm-10.30pm on BBC Two.