03 July 2008
Following its hugely successful debut last year, we are pleased to announce the return of Live From Abbey Road to our screens. The first show aired in the UK on Channel 4 on the evening of Saturday 28 June, the show will run for twelve weeks and will also be shown on the digital station More 4.
Live From Abbey Road is a 12x60 minute music TV series independently produced for a worldwide audience with the highest quality of global talent. The first series, inspired by our 75th Anniversary was a worldwide success featuring artists including the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Paul Simon, Primal Scream, The Killers and David Gilmour. The show aired in in over 145 countries around the world as well as the UK, and highlights sold worldwide on DVD and iTunes Video Store download, making it unique in its global reach.
The incredible list of artists continues as the Live From Abbey Road producers showcase the cream of musical talent, whatever the genre, from around the world. This year's stars include the magnificent Gnarls Barkley (playing for the first time a stripped-down trio set), Diana Krall, MGMT, Suzanne Vega, Elbow, Herbie Hancock (in a unique performance from "The Joni Letters" with Corinne Bailey-Rae), Colbie Caillat, Kate Nash, Stereophonics, Joan Armatrading, Rascal Flatts, Hard Fi, Sheryl Crow, Kate Nash, Panic At The Disco, David Gray, Manu Chao, The Black Keys, Alanis Morrisette (playing an intimate solo acoustic set), The Kills, Def Leppard, The Hoosiers, Bryan Adams, and Mary J Blige, James Blunt and Dashboard Confessional who opened the series on Saturday 28 June - with further surprise guests still to be announced.
Live From Abbey Road is creatively ambitious, breaking new ground for music on television as it strives to sound like an album and look like a movie. Each 60 minute show has three artists, with no studio audience and no host, instead featuring each musician speaking about their work, and showing behind the scenes footage of the musicians working on their performance and leading to the performance. Shot with 35mm lenses in the intimacy of Studios One and Two, the recordings are designed to look like succinct music movies, giving a personal insight direct into the magical world of music and its makers; it is a vision of musicians being musicians as they are out of the public eye.
The series is produced by Michael Gleason and Peter Van Hooke, and is directed by Annabel Jankel.
A short film to introduce the programme is streamed from our live section on this website. Further information, footage and news can be found at www.livefromabbeyroad.com.