To celebrate Laura Doggett's support slot with Agnes Obel this Saturday for Summer Series at Somerset House, we asked the rising star to pick a few artists she's looking forward to seeing over the course of the season. Check that out below, along with a handy playlist.

For more information on the series, and to buy tickets, head here.


1. Agnes Obel: Saturday, 12th July 2014

Haunting and gorgeous vocals. I am fairly new to Agnes Obel and am so thankful to have been introduced to her music. I faintly remember watching a brilliant iTunes performance of her about 2 years ago, and I couldn't remember her name. Her new album is hypnotic and creates a still, chilling atmosphere. It's a breath of fresh air - raw and organic productions, it doesn't sound like a computer was in sight during the making of this album. ​A ​fan's comment on ​her​ Soundcloud​ page​ sums it up beautifully: ​​"Very haunting... takes me to my thoughts"


2. Rae Morris: Saturday, 19th July 2014

Someone mentioned to check Rae out last year and I instantly fell in love with her EP Grow. I just love that song, it's a masterpiece. She always keeps you captivated; she's got something unique. I am definitely a big fan.


3. Sam Smith: Friday, 18th July 2014

Sam Smith sings from the soul, and it connects with people in a beautiful way. When you've got a voice like that, and you can sing what your heart tells you to sing, you're winning. Sam Smith is winning at life, and bringing everybody else up with him.​


4. Kodaline: Friday, 11th July 2014

Label buddies but first and foremost a band that never fails to bring emotive vocals and beautiful harmonies. A modern band I could definitely cry to. The 'All I Want' videos are just incredible; gets me every time.


5. Francois & The Atlas Mountains: Wednesday, 16th July 2014

Again, I'm new to this band but I love playing them at dinner parties... It makes me feel very cultured and cool and reminds me to keep brushing up on my French like I'm always meaning to! I've always love European sounds and music and it's a taste of something new on my palette.

It reminds me that music is a universal language; there's a whole world out there listening - and it can speak to any one of those people. Language isn't a barrier when it comes to music - it's the ultimate communication tool. It's beautiful. The whole reason I do music is to have a voice, and make people feel.

It's a humbling thought to think that even if I couldn't speak to someone in a language we both could understand, I could play them my music and they'd understand.

Anyway, I listen to these guys when I want to feel cultured and cool and occasionally imagine in my head what I want the song to mean before Googling to find out what the lyrics actually mean.


Check out the official Somerset House playlist, featuring some of Laura Doggett's picks: