Jessie Ware, Michael Kiwanuka & Floating Points confirmed for NOS Alive 2024

Jessie Ware plays NOS Alive 2024

MICHAEL KIWANUKA is the new confirmation for the Heineken Stage at the July 12th joining the already confirmed AURORA, DUA LIPA and LARKIN POE.

MICHAEL KIWANUKA is a pure British talent with Ugandan roots. The son of parents who fled Uganda because of the Idi Amin regime, Kiwanuka discovered his first musical passions in rock music, influenced by bands such as Radiohead and Nirvana.

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While studying jazz at the Royal Academy of Music and pop music at the University of Westminster, MICHAEL KIWANUKA formed a cover band. His talent caught the attention of Paul Butler (The Bees), who encouraged him to record his own songs, signing him to the Communion label, where he released the EPs Tell Me a Tale and I’m Getting Ready, culminating in the top spot on the BBC Sound Of 2012.

The debut album, Home Again (2012), became a commercial and artistic success and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. In 2016, he released “Love & Hate”, produced by Danger Mouse, further consolidating his position on the British music scene.

Kiwanuka incorporates influences from Van Morrison and Curtis Mayfield, developing a unique language that mixes folk, indie rock and r&b. The third album of the same name, KIWANUKA released in 2019 and again produced by Danger Mouse, was critically and publicly acclaimed and considered an instant classic. The biggest highlights are his “warm and sincere” voice and “timeless and contemporary” approach to what he creates and composes, and of course, the Mercury Prize for “Best Album of The Year”.

JESSIE WARE is up next and will play July 11th on the Heineken Stage, joining the already confirmed The SMASHING PUMPKINS, BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE, BLACK PUMAS, NOTHING BUT THIEVES and KENYA GRACE.

JESSIE WARE, a six-time Mercury Prize and BRIT Awards nominee, has consolidated her position as one of the most influential voices in British pop music. The album That! Feels Good! follows the successful What’s Your Pleasure from 2020. Live experiences, including opening for Harry Styles, have significantly influenced this fifth album.

That! Feels Good! embraces a fusion of funk, disco and soul, with tracks such as “Free Yourself” and “Pearls” standing out. Ware’s influence extends beyond music, with friends and family including Kylie and Benny Blanco. The album, born in the midst of periods of creative blockages, reflects optimism and autonomy. Jessie highlights the importance of live performances in her musical evolution, expressing her transition from singer to performer. It is in this new work that the page turns to a new era, described as an experience of freedom, reflecting a sound of release and encouragement for everyone to do the same.

“These Lips” closes the album with classic club energy. Jessie considers her fifth album a triumph, marking an effortless musical achievement. This fearless approach reflects a confidence and experience that expresses her desire to continue touring for years to come, emphasizing that, for Jessie, life is at the heart of her musical passion.

FLOATING POINTS, aka Samuel Sheperd, takes to the Heineken Stage on July 12th at the 16th edition of NOS Alive.

With new music released at the beginning of the last quarter of 2023, FLOATING POINTS have today shared a new single, ‘Birth4000’, released by Ninja Tune.

In September 2023, the Hollywood Bowl filled up to witness the Mercury Prize-nominated masterpiece Floating Points, Promises (2021). Shepherd has assembled an all-star cast, including Shabaka Hutchings, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), Dan Snaith (Caribou), Kara Lis Coverdale and Hinako Omori, with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson conducting.

The album, which features Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra, was the highest rated album of 2021 by Pitchfork, as well as being named “Album of the Year” by Mojo and Time Magazine, and being hailed as “one of the greatest modern jazz albums” by Resident Advisor.

Shepherd devoted much of 2023 to composing his first ballet for symphony orchestra and electronics. “Mere Mortals” will be presented by the San Francisco Ballet and will premiere in January 2024.

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