Ben L’Oncle Soul offers a wild celebration of everything that’s thrilling about the classic soul revues, with all their great songs. He grew up listening to Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin, and combines Kanye West-style R&B and Motown groove with a great, way-over-the-top live show. He’s just made his first album for Blue Note, Under My Skin, which adds in his passion for Frank Sinatra – so expect a lot of songs London hasn’t heard Ben sing before, plus a few of his signature tunes.
Tipped by The Independent as ‘the best British vocalist to emerge in an age’, the arrival of Julia Biel’s stunning second album Love Letters and Other Missiles and a MOBO Award nomination have shifted this self-taught singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist out onto ever bigger stages worldwide. With a new album due out in February 2018, Julia will open this show, performing a rare stripped down set of some of her original songs alongside Rob Updegraff on guitar, effortlessly combining her love of old school jazz harmony and a fondness for pop structures with lyrics displaying a sharp perspective on life and love.