September 16th: Later... with Jools Holland
BBC Two's Later... with Jools Holland is back, recording from London's iconic Television Centre. The ballot for tickets to be in the audience is now open and you can register at any time until 10.00pm on Thursday 19th September. Tickets will be allocated at random. To apply, click here.

July 25th: Concert Signers

Photo by Chris Forshaw.

Concert Signers joined Jools and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on stage at Walton Hall and Gardens on Saturday 20th July in their quest to raise deaf awareness. They signed to Sweet Country Love Song, written by Jools Holland and Gregory Porter, whilst Louise Marshall lent her beautiful vocals. For a peak into their rehearsal prior to the show, check out @jools.holland.official on Instagram.

Concert Signers are a group from Warrington who provide sign language interpretation to music in order to raise awareness for the deaf and reach deaf music fans. You can follow them on Instagram and Twitter @ConcertSigners.

July 15th: Ronnie Scott's Instrument Amnesty 2019 – Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, Saturday 20th July 2019, from 10am to 4pm
Join Jools Holland in supporting this wonderful initiative, run by the Ronnie Scott's Charitable Foundation Instrument Amnesty.

Pop into Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club on Saturday 20th July from 10am to 4pm and donate any unwanted (in good condition) music instruments. They will be donated to young people whose access to music education has been compromised due to their social situation or geographic locations.

For more information, click here.

July 11th: 'Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love' Documentary Premiere, 10th July 2019, BFI Southbank, London, UK

A wonderful insight and discussion with director Nick Broomfield, hosted by Jools Holland. Watch the Q&A at nationwide previews of the touching documentary on Tuesday 23rd July. A beautiful story by Nick on the romance between Leonard Cohen and his muse Marianne Ilhen. For tickets, click here.

April 29th: Sound Award for Later...
Most heartfelt congratulations to the sound team at Later Live... with Jools Holland for winning the award for Sound: Factual at the British Academy Television Craft Awards 2019. The ceremony was held at The Brewery in London last night. Click here to watch the acceptance speech.

February 21st: Learn to Play Day – free music lessons for all
Learn to Play Day is a free national event to introduce everyone in the UK to the magic of music-making, run by the charity Music for All of which Jools Holland is the patron. The event has been running for eight years and is hugely popular.

This year it will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March, and will see music shops, teachers, venues and schools throughout the country partner with leading musical instrument brands to offer thousands of FREE music lessons.

For more information and to find your closest FREE music lesson, visit

February 7th: Later... voted 'Best Music Programme'
After 25 years and more than 350 shows, Later... with Jools Holland headed to the Royal Albert Hall for a two-hour celebratory episode: Later 25, a production that took 18 months to plan and was recognised as the Best Music Programme at the Broadcast Awards 2019.

The judges described it as "authentic, entertaining and well-crafted music programming" and praised Jools as a host. The highly skilled production team had to adapt to working outside the historic London building with sound trucks and a scanner, and make use of both the stage and the floor of the auditorium for the 'in-the-round' set-up.

January 29th: Autumn/Winter Tour 2019
We are announcing the dates for the Autumn/Winter tour and tickets go on general sale this Friday, 1st February at 10.00am and can be bought on Ticketmaster, See Tickets, Ticketline, and Stargreen, as well as the direct venue websites.

Accompanying Jools and the distinguished Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on their annual excursion around the UK will be the supremely talented Ruby Turner, with her breathtaking gospel, soul and rhythm & blues vocals, Louise Marshall, with her beautiful soul and jazz tones, as well as original Squeeze member and powerhouse Gilson Lavis on drums.

Additional special guests will be BRIT Award winner Eddi Reader (24th October – 23rd November), as well as Pauline Black & Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson from the legendary ska band The Selecter (28th November – 22nd December). Eddi will join Pauline and Gaps as a special guest in her hometown of Glasgow for the SEC Armadillo shows (6th and 7th December).

For all tour dates, click here.

January 17th: Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2019

Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2019

The 12 winners of the new Music Moves Europe Awards were celebrated at the Award Ceremony, held last night in Groningen (NL), with the Public Choice Winners presented by Jools Holland.


POP: Bishop Briggs* (GB); Lxandra (FI)
ROCK: Pale Waves (GB); Pip Blom* (NL)
ELECTRONIC: Smerz (NO); Stelartronic* (AT)
R&B/URBAN: Aya Nakamura (FR); Rosalía* (ES)
HIPHOP/RAP: blackwave. (BE); Reykjavíkurdætur* (IS)

Succeeding the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), the annual Music Moves Europe Talent Awards are co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union – with the additional support of the Municipality of Groningen, Province of Groningen and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

The awards are presented by ESNS and the Reeperbahn Festival – in cooperation with Yourope, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA), International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), Liveurope, Live DMA, European Music Exporters Exchange (EMEE), and Digital Music Europe (DME).

The aim of the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards is to celebrate new and upcoming artists from Europe and support them in order to help them develop and accelerate their international careers. Winners of the prize will be rewarded with a chance to play live at ESNS, a tailor-made training programme and financial support specifically intended for touring and promotion and affirming the shared commitment to helping emerging artists break through in Europe and beyond.

For more information and videos click here and here.

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