Later… with Jools Holland has been running for nearly 25 years and 49 series, and has become a highlight in a criminally shallow sea of music on British TV.
Thanks to its eclectic line-ups which can pair up acts you never thought you’d see rub shoulders in one studio, it’s the ideal way to catch bands you love while soaking up some new music, or even some genres from further afield you wouldn’t normally get to hear.
Last night saw the live edition of the current series’ third episode, and the running order was just as eclectic as ever.
Grime star Wiley was one of this week’s big names, and punk duo Slaves shared the studio with Barry Gibb. One can only imagine what the Bee Gee thought of the latter’s raucous performance of recent single ‘Spit It Out’.
Elsewhere in the half-hour show, East London’s Wiley proved why he’s been one of the leading lights of the grime scene for over a decade, with a live airing of ‘Can’t Go Wrong’ from his upcoming eleventh album Godfather.
For those with more easy listening inclinations, Barry Gibb was on hand to grace the studio with a rendition of Bee Gees classic ‘Jive Talkin’, and ‘In The Now’, taken from his upcoming solo record of the same name.
The show always packs a lot into its 30-minute live broadcasts, and this week was no different, with singer-songwriters Nora Jones and Lisa Hannigan also featured, as well as indie-rocker Declan McKenna, who won Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition last year.
Next week’s show features a typically varied line-up, with Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic, Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow and Keane frontman Tom Chaplin performing alongside the Americana of Blackberry Smoke and French-American chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux.