SMOKED & UNCUT 2021 LINE UP

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

2021 Main Stage Line Up

Jools Holland OBE DL is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and broadcaster. He was an original member of the band Squeeze and his work has seen him involved with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Lulu, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, Kylie Minogue, Magazine, The Who and Bono.

In 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band with Gilson Lavis. This has gradually metamorphosed into the current 19-piece Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and three trombones. As well as formidable live performances, Jools has maintained a prolific recording career since signing to Warner Music in 1996.

Over nearly two decades Jools released many albums including the multimillion-selling series Jools Holland and Friends, Tom Jones & Jools Holland, Informer, The Golden Age Of Song, Jools & Ruby, Piano and As You See Me Now with Jose Feliciano.

As well as hosting the BBC TWO TV show “Later with…Jools Holland” Jools has also hosted for two decades his own BBC Radio 2 show: Jools Holland which won a Sony Radio Academy Silver Award.

Special Guests joining Jools and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be…

Ruby Turner

Ruby Turner, MBE, is a British Jamaican R&B and soul singer, songwriter and actor. Her music career spans more than 30 years from touring with Culture Club, working as a session backing vocalist for artists such as Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steve, Winwood, and Mick Jagger to touring and recording as a solo artist and her long-standing writing, recording and touring relationship with Jools Holland.

Gilson Lavis

Gilson was a member and original drummer in the hugely successful band Squeeze, along with founding member Jools Holland. He is one of Britain's most experienced and versatile drummers and in his 50-year career he has provided the beat for some of the biggest names in music, including Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Smokey Robinson and Amy Winehouse. He still performs and tours as the heartbeat of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. He is also a portrait artist and has displayed his work in quite a few exhibitions.

 

2021 LINE-UP

Jools Holland

Jools Holland

Jools Holland OBE DL is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and broadcaster. He was an original member of the band Squeeze and his work has seen him involved with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Lulu, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, Kylie Minogue, Magazine, The Who and Bono.

In 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band with Gilson Lavis. This has gradually metamorphosed into the current 19-piece Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and three trombones. As well as formidable live performances, Jools has maintained a prolific recording career since signing to Warner Music in 1996.

Over nearly two decades Jools released many albums including the multimillion-selling series Jools Holland and Friends, Tom Jones & Jools Holland, Informer, The Golden Age Of Song, Jools & Ruby, Piano, As You See Me Now with Jose Feliciano and A Lovely Life To Live with Marc Almond

As well as hosting the BBC TWO TV show “Later with…Jools Holland” Jools has also hosted for two decades his own BBC Radio 2 show: Jools Holland which won a Sony Radio Academy Silver Award.

Special Guests joining Jools and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be…

Marc Almond

Marc Almond, OBE, is an English singer-songwriter and musician, his career spans over four decades. Having sold over 30 million records worldwide he began his career performing and recording in the duo Soft Cell but has also had a diverse career as a solo artist.

Ruby Turner

Ruby Turner, MBE, is a British Jamaican R&B and soul singer, songwriter and actor. Her music career spans more than 30 years from touring with Culture Club, working as a session backing vocalist for artists such as Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steve, Winwood, and Mick Jagger to touring and recording as a solo artist and her long-standing writing, recording and touring relationship with Jools Holland.

Gilson Lavis

Gilson was a member and original drummer in the hugely successful band Squeeze, along with founding member Jools Holland. He is one of Britain's most experienced and versatile drummers and in his 50-year career he has provided the beat for some of the biggest names in music, including Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Smokey Robinson and Amy Winehouse. He still performs and tours as the heartbeat of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. He is also a portrait artist and has displayed his work in quite a few exhibitions.

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Jools Holland OBE DL is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and broadcaster. He was an original member of the band Squeeze and his work has seen him involved with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Lulu, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, Kylie Minogue, Magazine, The Who and Bono.

In 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band with Gilson Lavis. This has gradually metamorphosed into the current 19-piece Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and three trombones. As well as formidable live performances, Jools has maintained a prolific recording career since signing to Warner Music in 1996.

Over nearly two decades Jools released many albums including the multimillion-selling series Jools Holland and Friends, Tom Jones & Jools Holland, Informer, The Golden Age Of Song, Jools & Ruby, Piano, As You See Me Now with Jose Feliciano and A Lovely Life To Live with Marc Almond

As well as hosting the BBC TWO TV show “Later with…Jools Holland” Jools has also hosted for two decades his own BBC Radio 2 show: Jools Holland which won a Sony Radio Academy Silver Award.

Special Guests joining Jools and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be…

Marc Almond

Marc Almond, OBE, is an English singer-songwriter and musician, his career spans over four decades. Having sold over 30 million records worldwide he began his career performing and recording in the duo Soft Cell but has also had a diverse career as a solo artist.

Ruby Turner

Ruby Turner, MBE, is a British Jamaican R&B and soul singer, songwriter and actor. Her music career spans more than 30 years from touring with Culture Club, working as a session backing vocalist for artists such as Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steve, Winwood, and Mick Jagger to touring and recording as a solo artist and her long-standing writing, recording and touring relationship with Jools Holland.

Gilson Lavis

Gilson was a member and original drummer in the hugely successful band Squeeze, along with founding member Jools Holland. He is one of Britain's most experienced and versatile drummers and in his 50-year career he has provided the beat for some of the biggest names in music, including Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Smokey Robinson and Amy Winehouse. He still performs and tours as the heartbeat of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. He is also a portrait artist and has displayed his work in quite a few exhibitions.

Judi Jackson

Judi Jackson

There are singers. Then there is Judi Jackson. Hers are the qualities possessed by the greats. Astounding range. Immaculate pitch. That indefinable ‘thing’. A twenty-something from small-town Roanoke, Virginia, Jackson arrived in London in 2017. Her first national tour, and subsequent dates in Europe, sold out. Little wonder: Her songs sound like classics, many of them showcased on her self released EP, Blame It On My Youth: ‘Still’, a meditative ballad with mystical clout. ‘Worth It’, a silky ode to self-esteem racking up just under a million streams

“’Worth It’ is a reminder to stick to your story, stay on track,” says Jackson, who grew up singing in the church choir, performing in school musicals and attending Music Lab, the youth programme at Virginia’s famed Jefferson Centre. The only daughter of academic parents who separated when she was small, aged 12 she was adopted by her best friend’s family, who encouraged her love of the creative arts. She was attending Music Lab when she met renowned trumpeter and bandleader Wynton Marsalis, telling him she planned to become an artist of note. Marsalis duly sent her a box of recordings by the greatest divas ever.

“These women went to places in their music that most artists only dream about,” says Jackson, who has always dreamed big. At 16 she opened for Mavis Staples at the Jefferson Centre. Aged 18, at university on a scholarship, she teamed with Snarky Puppy to record her song, ‘Only Love', for their Grammy-winning 2013 album, Family Dinner: Volume One. Then came a job at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, and a residency in Doha, Qatar, where she met her British manager.

Having recently signed a record deal with Sony Music and a studio album in the works, the buzz is getting louder with the US and other major markets are taking notice.

Judi Jackson, then. Get used to her name. You’re going to be hearing it a lot.

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There are singers. Then there is Judi Jackson. Hers are the qualities possessed by the greats. Astounding range. Immaculate pitch. That indefinable ‘thing’. A twenty-something from small-town Roanoke, Virginia, Jackson arrived in London in 2017. Her first national tour, and subsequent dates in Europe, sold out. Little wonder: Her songs sound like classics, many of them showcased on her self released EP, Blame It On My Youth: ‘Still’, a meditative ballad with mystical clout. ‘Worth It’, a silky ode to self-esteem racking up just under a million streams

“’Worth It’ is a reminder to stick to your story, stay on track,” says Jackson, who grew up singing in the church choir, performing in school musicals and attending Music Lab, the youth programme at Virginia’s famed Jefferson Centre. The only daughter of academic parents who separated when she was small, aged 12 she was adopted by her best friend’s family, who encouraged her love of the creative arts. She was attending Music Lab when she met renowned trumpeter and bandleader Wynton Marsalis, telling him she planned to become an artist of note. Marsalis duly sent her a box of recordings by the greatest divas ever.

“These women went to places in their music that most artists only dream about,” says Jackson, who has always dreamed big. At 16 she opened for Mavis Staples at the Jefferson Centre. Aged 18, at university on a scholarship, she teamed with Snarky Puppy to record her song, ‘Only Love', for their Grammy-winning 2013 album, Family Dinner: Volume One. Then came a job at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, and a residency in Doha, Qatar, where she met her British manager.

Having recently signed a record deal with Sony Music and a studio album in the works, the buzz is getting louder with the US and other major markets are taking notice.

Judi Jackson, then. Get used to her name. You’re going to be hearing it a lot.

Hardwicke Circus

Hardwicke Circus

Hardwicke Circus are thrilled to announce the release of their brand new single “No Surrender” on 9th July, to coincide with their debut album release “The Borderland”. “No Surrender” is the fourth single taken the forthcoming record and follows a string of successful tracks warmly welcomed by the media, including GQ, 6 Music, BBC Introducing and a share from Huey Lewis!

Hardwicke Circus are set to release an extraordinary debut album - full of melody, beautifully crafted songs and clever lyrics. “No Surrender” further shows the band’s crafty writing and incredible musicianship; a track that flawlessly intertwines alt-pop vibes with rock sensibilities.

Hardwicke Circus aren’t your average guitar band - a six-piece collective from the wilds of Carlisle, a band who value the song above the single, a group who have a sound soaked with the classic sounds of rock ‘n’ roll history but still sound completely of the moment, individuals channelling their differences into a similarity to become more than themselves.


The forthcoming album “The Borderland” is a collection of songs about growing up in the in-between. From a town you only end up in by accident. The band have honed their craft on the road. With over 700 gigs under their belt, including supports to Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Alabama 3, they had 165 shows lined up for 2020 including SXSW. When the touring was cancelled the band ended up writing and recording their debut album in a remote farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales on a hill above the river Swale (a la Withnail And I}. 

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Hardwicke Circus are thrilled to announce the release of their brand new single “No Surrender” on 9th July, to coincide with their debut album release “The Borderland”. “No Surrender” is the fourth single taken the forthcoming record and follows a string of successful tracks warmly welcomed by the media, including GQ, 6 Music, BBC Introducing and a share from Huey Lewis!

Hardwicke Circus are set to release an extraordinary debut album - full of melody, beautifully crafted songs and clever lyrics. “No Surrender” further shows the band’s crafty writing and incredible musicianship; a track that flawlessly intertwines alt-pop vibes with rock sensibilities.

Hardwicke Circus aren’t your average guitar band - a six-piece collective from the wilds of Carlisle, a band who value the song above the single, a group who have a sound soaked with the classic sounds of rock ‘n’ roll history but still sound completely of the moment, individuals channelling their differences into a similarity to become more than themselves.


The forthcoming album “The Borderland” is a collection of songs about growing up in the in-between. From a town you only end up in by accident. The band have honed their craft on the road. With over 700 gigs under their belt, including supports to Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Alabama 3, they had 165 shows lined up for 2020 including SXSW. When the touring was cancelled the band ended up writing and recording their debut album in a remote farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales on a hill above the river Swale (a la Withnail And I}. 

Coco & The Butterfields

Coco & The Butterfields

Ever wondered what happens when a group of street performers decide to embark upon a full throttle and no holes barred musical journey? No? Well neither had anyone else until CoCo and the Butterfields showed up and proved that it was something worth thinking about!

With quite possibly the humblest of origins and an unlikely springboard from which to end up performing at some of the nation’s most prestigious venues, from Manchester’s O2 Ritz and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, to festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight and Bestival. All of this seems a long way from the street corners and shop doorways that moulded the group’s past, and that, is perhaps what best sums up this British Indie-Pop outfit – their journey.

Few bands have a simple story and CoCo are no different. Established by best friends Tomas and Dulcima back in 2011, they’ve gone on to perform literally thousands of gigs, developing an enviable reputation for their exhilarating sell-out live shows as their rich and unique sound has grown and matured. A career that has seen them perform alongside artists such as Bastille,The Fratellis, Scouting for Girls and Blue October, to BBC Radio play and their track ‘Old Ground’ landing a Hollywood movie sync! Establishing their own record label, fashion brand and music festival, to breaking a busking world record in conjunction with Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank and somehow, amongst all that, finding the time to self-produce their own high quality and ever ambitious music videos.

Arriving full steam ahead into 2021, it’s been 10 years since CoCo’s inception, and the perfect time to release a debut album! A decade can mean different things to different people; an amount of time long enough to observe a movement, a shift in culture, the passing of global events, or even define an era of human history. It’s also a period over which we can measure growth and change – something to which CoCo and the Butterfields are no strangers.

Over the past few years, between a string of successful tours and a year of locked down live streaming, the band have been working solidly in the studio, honing their recorded sound into something they at last feel is a true testament to the experiences they’ve been through together and their life changing journey as friends. Spanning a myriad of genres and styles, yet fusing themselves together into the very fabric that makes the band what, and who, they are today.

Much has changed in the past decade, yet CoCo’s passion to perform, create and entertain remains as steadfast as the day they first made music together all those years ago. CoCo and the Butterfields are beyond excited to release their brand-new album and take it on the road for a very special 10 year anniversary UK tour this autumn. Hold tight, because the journey isn’t over just yet…

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Ever wondered what happens when a group of street performers decide to embark upon a full throttle and no holes barred musical journey? No? Well neither had anyone else until CoCo and the Butterfields showed up and proved that it was something worth thinking about!

With quite possibly the humblest of origins and an unlikely springboard from which to end up performing at some of the nation’s most prestigious venues, from Manchester’s O2 Ritz and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, to festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight and Bestival. All of this seems a long way from the street corners and shop doorways that moulded the group’s past, and that, is perhaps what best sums up this British Indie-Pop outfit – their journey.

Few bands have a simple story and CoCo are no different. Established by best friends Tomas and Dulcima back in 2011, they’ve gone on to perform literally thousands of gigs, developing an enviable reputation for their exhilarating sell-out live shows as their rich and unique sound has grown and matured. A career that has seen them perform alongside artists such as Bastille,The Fratellis, Scouting for Girls and Blue October, to BBC Radio play and their track ‘Old Ground’ landing a Hollywood movie sync! Establishing their own record label, fashion brand and music festival, to breaking a busking world record in conjunction with Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank and somehow, amongst all that, finding the time to self-produce their own high quality and ever ambitious music videos.

Arriving full steam ahead into 2021, it’s been 10 years since CoCo’s inception, and the perfect time to release a debut album! A decade can mean different things to different people; an amount of time long enough to observe a movement, a shift in culture, the passing of global events, or even define an era of human history. It’s also a period over which we can measure growth and change – something to which CoCo and the Butterfields are no strangers.

Over the past few years, between a string of successful tours and a year of locked down live streaming, the band have been working solidly in the studio, honing their recorded sound into something they at last feel is a true testament to the experiences they’ve been through together and their life changing journey as friends. Spanning a myriad of genres and styles, yet fusing themselves together into the very fabric that makes the band what, and who, they are today.

Much has changed in the past decade, yet CoCo’s passion to perform, create and entertain remains as steadfast as the day they first made music together all those years ago. CoCo and the Butterfields are beyond excited to release their brand-new album and take it on the road for a very special 10 year anniversary UK tour this autumn. Hold tight, because the journey isn’t over just yet…

The Wax Preachers

The Wax Preachers

A hard-hitting, horn-led, instrumental funk band from London. The Wax Preachers are new to the scene and feature members from London's finest Soul Grenades and Smith and The Honey Badgers.


These guys are known for their gritty up-tempo grooves and energetic, wah-wah drenched live shows. With two sell-out vinyl releases with independent Detroit label Funk Night Records, get ready for raw vintage funk at its finest.

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A hard-hitting, horn-led, instrumental funk band from London. The Wax Preachers are new to the scene and feature members from London's finest Soul Grenades and Smith and The Honey Badgers.


These guys are known for their gritty up-tempo grooves and energetic, wah-wah drenched live shows. With two sell-out vinyl releases with independent Detroit label Funk Night Records, get ready for raw vintage funk at its finest.