BBC Two’s iconic music show is back, returning to its spiritual home of Television Centre in White City, West London (otherwise known as W12 8QT) where the show began broadcasting from 27 years ago. In that time, the show has given television debuts to many artists, including Adele, Stormzy, Sam Fender, Arctic Monkeys and Amy Winehouse.
After a year away (not including the treasured HOOTENNANY!) the show returns with a new set and a new suit for Jools, but will stay true to its long-held tradition of bringing together a cast of talented artists from all genres of music.
Joining Jools on the 54th series are Mark Ronson and five female artists all making their debut on the show. They are YEBBA, who will also perform with Sampa the Great, Cate Le Bon, Georgia and P.P. Arnold.
Modern day music Midas, Mark Ronson, the award-winning producer will be performing a “sad banger”, to use his self-coined term, from fifth album Late Night Feelings, alongside current protégé and much talked about Arkansas singer YEBBA. She will also make her solo debut performing her breakthrough track Where Do You Go.
Next, a new star of the global hip-hop scene, Sampa The Great. Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana, now based in Australia, the compelling rapper draws influence from all these experiences to create the unique sound that transcends genres and makes up her latest album, The Return.
Welsh singer, producer and recent Mercury Prize nominee Cate Le Bon joins the debut crowd in the studio to play tunes from her fifth critically acclaimed album, Reward. The long player was born out of the solitude she found living in a cottage in the Lake District for a year, writing on the piano instead of her trusty guitar.
Among the emerging talent is highly regarded soul singer P.P. Arnold, who rose to fame with 1967 hit The First Cut Is The Deepest. Her illustrious career has seen her work with everyone from The Small Faces to Mick Jagger. She will be bringing us a taste of The New Adventures of… P.P. Arnold, her first album of new material in over 50 years, which was put together with friends and fans like Steve Craddock and Paul Weller, plus her son Kodzo.
Rounding off this week’s musical offerings is Georgia, a producer, songwriter, drummer, vocalist, and all-round one-woman band. Having grown up all over London, surrounded by music, she cut her teeth drumming for the likes of Kate Tempest before penning her own pop hits, tinged with a nostalgic-nod to 80s dance music.
Later … With Jools Holland – Thursday at 10.00pm.