It was with great pleasure, and a whole lot of excitement, that I accompanied the gorgeous brains behind Music Travels to one of the Somerset House Summer Series gigs last night featuring the always gorgeous SaintSaviour and Hurts.
There is something extra amazing about seeing live music outside in the elements. And that is notched up even more when it is in the setting of a place like Somerset House (or Kenwood House, which you can read about here). Sitting right on the Thames, this imposing residence dating back as far as 1552 is immaculate and boasts a central courtyard, where the music takes place, that leaves you in awe. Old building, new music. It's a pretty cool set-up :)
Now I have raved about SaintSaviour before (read it here) and I will continue to do so. This lady is beyond amazing. And boy oh boy does she put on one hell of a show. It's theatrical, it's beautiful, it's haunting, it's energizing. She always looks badass and sounds even better...if I didn't love her so damn much, I might hate her (that's not true, she's just totally lovely and I can be difficult, haha).
Hurts put on quite a show, as well. There is something so effortlessly cool (though I am sure there is a boatload of effort happening under the surface) about the way these guys carry themselves and, damn, does their lead singer Theo know how to wail. What a voice.
My recommendations would be this...go see SaintSaviour. There is a good chance that where she goes, Hurts follow, so stick around for them as well. And though the Summer Series at Somerset House is mostly at an end, make sure to keep an eye out for announcements about next summer's line-ups. They are always amazing and almost always sell-out fast.
And go check out Music Travels. They'll teach you all you need to know about what you should be listening to (if you aren't already, of course).