Sited where once used to be a Tudor Palace, the Somerset House is a neo-classical building from the 18th century that is today a stylish Mecca for contemporary arts, exhibitions, concerts and films. A place full of personality and history where old meets new and as a result, you have a perfect location for all kinds of art cool expressions. During the winter you can ice skate in the open-air court, but summer is here and to celebrate the warm evenings nothing better than music to cool down and chill out.
The Somerset Summer Series happens every year in July, bringing to this idyllic location a series of concerts by some of the most innovative and influential artists; like the classic and hype Blondie, Ellie Goulding, a royal favorite that played at the infamous Kate and Will’s wedding, Imelda May, an Irish vocalist that is the pin up of the rockabilly movement, and the new musical project from the rebel Mr. Liam Gallagher, former Oasis, Beady Eye.
As part of this exciting and talented group of artists and the one that I had the pleasure to see was HURTS, a British synthpop duo from Manchester, who released their first album Happiness in 2010. They performed an unforgettable concert and proved that their career will reach the stars. During the almost two hours that they dominated the stage, Theo Hutchcraft (the handsome vocalist) and Adam Anderson (the enigmatic synth and guitar player), went through all their repertoire including the hits Wonderful Life and Better than Love. The crowd couldn’t believe the jaw-dropping show the guys had just put on.
Owners of a melancholic/romantic aesthetic that fits with their music, good looks and charisma it seems that HURTS are here to stay.