Jools Holland returns with a special celebration episode at London's Royal Albert Hall. With a variety of acts on the bill representing long-time show favourites alongside a handful of debuts - the very mix that has made Later's reputation for a quarter of a century - there is something for everyone.
They made their Later debut in 1997 and 20 years later, fresh from a sold-out O2 show, Foo Fighters combine songs from their ninth studio album Concrete and Gold with career classics. Paul Weller has seen his solo career go almost hand in hand with Later since his debut on the show in 1993 and performs acoustically with his band with songs ranging across his solo career, from Wild Wood to now. The original Celtic soul brother Van Morrison is on hand with numbers from his new Roll with the Punches long-player, and is joined by Chris Farlowe.
Dizzee Rascal has evolved from the grime underground into one of the UK's national treasures since debuting on Later in 2003, and plays one of his career bangers along with a track from his acclaimed comeback album Raskit. Twenty-year-old Brummie-cum-Londoner Jorja Smith makes her debut with a wise-beyond-her-years mix of hip hop and soul that has wooed the likes of Skepta and Drake. Gregory Porter is no stranger to the show, and performs with Jools, taking in the Nat King Cole songbook.
Fresh from collaborating with Gorillaz, the American-Colombian R'n'B bombshell Kali Uchis makes her Later debut, with songs from her eagerly anticipated second album. Previous Later performances from Camille have seen the French chanteuse scribble across her face and perform while lying on a rug, so anything is possible as she returns with songs from her latest album OUI.
Mali's Songhoy Blues will get everyone on their feet with funky choice cuts from their recent Resistance album. She famously made her TV debut on the show in 2004, and KT Tunstall reprises her Black Horse and the Cherry Tree at the Royal Albert Hall.
Since 1992, Later has hosted both legends and debutants, as well as bringing a whole range of music acts and performers to a wider audience, and after over 350 shows, it still continues to be the best showcase of live music on TV.
|Executive Producer||Mark Cooper|
|Director||Janet Fraser Crook|