Episode 1

Jools Holland returns for the 50th series of the BBC's flagship live music show. Joining him on the first show from Kent are Leicester's own rock 'n' roll troupe of merry men, Kasabian, who debut songs from their upcoming LP For Crying Out Loud. It is their sixth album 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 protege of Dr Dre - he runs through a couple of tracks from his Malibu LP, a 'breezy blend of R&B, funk, soul and pop'.

UK electro-duo Alison and Will, aka Goldfrapp, are back with songs from their seventh album Silver Eye, which sees them return to the deep and dark synth-pop 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 third album Drunk. From Austin, Texas come rock band Spoon, who since forming in 1993 have been consistently releasing albums to critical success. They finally make 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, a collection of songs of everyday, hard-working lives tinged with longing, regret and belief.

Other artists coming up in the series include Ed Sheeran, Valerie June, Future Islands, Royal Blood, Jamiroquai, Robert Cray, The xx, Lorde, Stormzy, Blondie and more.

Release date:

17 days left to watch

30 minutes

Last on

Tue 11 Apr 2017 23:15
BBC Two Northern Ireland


Role Contributor
PresenterJools Holland
DirectorJanet Fraser Crook
Series ProducerAlison Howe
Executive ProducerMark Cooper
PerformerAnderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
PerformerCourtney Marie Andrews

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