Later…with Jools Holland | Series 61 Preview (BBC Two)

Later…with Jools Holland returns with a brand new series and a very special birthday, marking 30 years of the show which broadcast its first episode on 8 October 1992.



Jools will be inviting a magical line up of weekly guests for this autumn series, filmed at the Alexandra Palace Theatre in North London.



In the first episode of this new series, Jools welcomes award-winning, festival-headlining, chart-topping band from Manchester The 1975, who make their debut on the show performing a couple of tracks from their upcoming fifth album Being Funny In A Foreign Language that sees them build on their witty lyricism and infectious synth-pop sound.


Returning to the show, following her debut last year, Rotherham’s powerhouse vocalist and new icon of female empowerment Self Esteem will perform songs from her Mercury Prize shortlisted album Prioritise Pleasure, having just completed a marathon of tour dates and festival appearances, as well as composing the soundtrack for Suzie Miller’s West End play Prima Facie earlier this year.




Completing the line up are three more debutants. Firstly, US soul group Ural Thomas & The Pain, whose frontman is one of the original singers of the 50s and 60s soul era, rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in music - from Etta James to Mick Jagger and Stevie Wonder.



They will be performing a new song from their recent third album Dancing Dimensions. Next, London collective The Comet Is Coming who consist of saxophone player Shabaka Hutchings, Dan Leavers on keys and drummer Max Hallett.



They will be tearing the roof off the theatre with a performance of their ‘intergalactic head-banger’ entitled Code, that explores hidden meaning in humans and technology.

Lastly, German-born Spanish-American pianist and singer-songwriter Victoria Canal performs her track Swan Song, which was recently highly praised by Chris Martin as “one of the best songs ever written”.



Other artists expected to feature include Burna Boy, Marcus Mumford, Phoenix, The Big Moon, Suede and Loyle Carner.



Later with Jools Holland returns Saturday 1st October at 9:30pm on BBC Two.