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Summer Series 2007: Kasabian and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on bill


Story by Jack Foley

KASABIAN, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Amy Winehouse are among the acts playing this year’s Summer Series (2007) at London’s Somerset House from Thursday, July 12 to Saturday, July 21.

The spectacular Edmond J Safra Fountain Court of Somerset House, one of London’s most impressive buildings, has played host to an inspirational line-up for the past few years, including Bloc Party, PJ Harvey, Lemon Jelly and Doves.

It offers a chance for everyone to see exciting, innovative artists in an utterly unique location.

This year’s programme has been selected by Alex Poots, Tom Baker and Raye Cosbert of Metropolis and features Mogwai, Kasabian, Bert Jansch with Beth Orton and Bernard Butler, Guillemots, Lily Allen, Mika, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Roots, Amy Winehouse and Hot Chip.

Mogwai open the programme with their first ever performance in Surround Sound – which promises to be very special indeed.

The Summer Series also welcomes home four young artists from London that have been making shockwaves around the world; Mika, Amy Winehouse, Hot Chip and Lily Allen.

Guillemots, The Roots and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are all incendiary live acts, while one of the godfathers of modern music, legendary guitarist and songwriter Bert Jansch performs a special evening of old and new songs with guests Beth Orton and Bernard Butler.

The full line-up of headline acts is (all July)...

12 – Mogwai [in surround sound]
13 – Kasabian
14 – Bert Jansch with Beth Orton and Bernard Butler
15 – Guillemots
16 – Lily Allen
17 – Mika
18 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
19 – The Roots
20 – Amy Winehouse
21 – Hot Chip

Ticket cost $£25 for Guillemots, The Roots and Kasabian £25, £23.50 for Mika and £22.50 for all other shows. Booking fees apply.

Commenting on this year’s programme, Raye Cosbert, Summer Series programmer, said: “The courtyard at Somerset House has shown itself to be one of the best venues in the country for live music of all persuasions. It seems to bring out the best in every artist that plays there. This year’s promises to be very special.”

Support acts will be announced in the coming weeks.