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Later... with Jools Holland | Series 63 Preview (BBC Two)

Later…with Jools Holland returns to Alexandra Palace Theatre in North London with a brand new series, packed full of live music and chat.

First up is vocal powerhouse Jorja Smith. Born, raised and currently residing in the West Midlands, she returns to the show to perform a couple of numbers from her much anticipated second LP ‘falling or flying’. It’s a record that follows her 2018 Mercury Prize shortlisted debut album, ‘Lost and Found’.

Returning for the first time since 2017, US stadium rockers The National are currently in the middle of a UK and European tour but will swing by Alexandra Palace to perform a couple of brand new songs from their recently announced tenth album, ‘Laugh Track’. The album is a companion to the band’s ninth LP ‘First Two Pages of Frankenstein’, making it their second album to be released this year.

There are three very different debuts making up the rest of the bill. First is the Brooklyn based ‘discodelica’ three-piece girl group, Say She She, who met in the downtown dancefloors of the Lower East Side in NYC.

They perform a couple of tracks from their second album entitled ‘Silver’. The album is built on ‘flexing rhythms’ and ‘honeyed vocal harmonies’ and was written and recorded live to tape in North Hollywood earlier this year.

The second debut this week is Manchester born wordsmith Antony Szmierek, who started out as a novelist but soon turned his pen to writing lyrics, with his work garnering him comparisons as lauded as ‘Mike Skinner spliced with Simon Armitage’. He performs his latest single ‘The Words To Auld Lang Syne.’

Completing the line-up and trio of debutants is cult singer and punk legend Wreckless Eric, who is best known for his first ever single ‘Whole Wide World’, released in 1977. It’s a track that has been covered by everyone from The Monkees, to the Proclaimers, to Green Day and has appeared in multiple film soundtracks and TV adverts over the years.

Wreckless Eric will be chatting to Jools about sharing a bill back in 1980 and performing a track taken from his latest and nineteenth album Leisureland – a record described as a “distorted, psychedelic collection of songs about faded English seaside towns” and which depicts his rollercoaster career to date.

Other artists featuring this series include: Allison Russell, BC Camplight, Cat Power, CMAT, Corinne Bailey Rae, Frankie Archer, Izo FitzRoy, METTE, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), Róisín Murphy, Romy, Sampha, Skindred.

Plus The Last Dinner Party, The Streets and Yussef Dayes. The previous series of Later…, in spring 2023, featured performances from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Jessie Ware, Gaz Coombes, Alison Goldfrapp and Gabriels.

Later...with Jools Holland returns Saturday 14th October on BBC Two.


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