On 5 May 2017, soul sensation Michael Kiwanuka made his headline debut at the Royal Albert Hall as a Albert Session concert, supported by Clean Cut Kid.

Michael Kiwanuka at the Royal Albert Hall, 5 May 2017. Photo: Andy Paradise

Michael Kiwanuka at the Royal Albert Hall, 5 May 2017. Photo: Andy Paradise
Michael Kiwanuka at the Royal Albert Hall, 5 May 2017. Photo: Andy Paradise

Since topping the BBC Sound Of list in 2012, Kiwanuka has garnered huge critical acclaim and picked up two Mercury Prize nominations for his debut album Home Again (2012), and its follow-up album Love & Hate, which topped the charts in July 2016.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at this landmark night:

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Michael joins Foals, The 1975, Jake Bugg, Lianne La Havas and Chvrches as artists who have made their Royal Albert Hall headline debut as part of the Albert Sessions, an education project which enables young, world-class artists who haven’t headlined at the Hall before to showcase their talent on the main stage.

Michael Kiwanuka at the Royal Albert Hall, 5 May 2017. Photo: Andy Paradise
Michael Kiwanuka at the Royal Albert Hall, 5 May 2017. Photo: Andy Paradise
Michael Kiwanuka at the Royal Albert Hall, 5 May 2017. Photo: Andy Paradise
Michael Kiwanuka at the Royal Albert Hall, 5 May 2017. Photo: Andy Paradise
Michael Kiwanuka at the Royal Albert Hall, 5 May 2017. Photo: Andy Paradise

Supporting this evening were feel-good four-piece from Liverpool, Clean Cut Kid.

Clean Cut Kid at the Royal Albert Hall, 5 May 2017. Photo: Andy Paradise

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