It’s October 1992. R.E.M. were soundtracking break-ups with Everybody Hurts, an unpronounceable symbol was declaring My Name is Prince, The Shamen topped the charts with their naughty Ebeneezer Goode, and BBC Two launched a new music show fronted by the 34-year-old former Squeeze pianist Jools Holland.
The very fist Later… with Jools Holland featured The Neville Brothers (no, not those ones), The Christians, D’Influence and Nu Colours, and few could have expected this genre-hopping show featuring artists performing to each other would go on to become one of the most important and recognisable music shows on television.
Over the years that followed, Later became an institution; a place for David Gilmour fans to discover Mike Skinner, or for Mastadon fans to watch Lianne La Havas. You’d tune in to watch Björk and end up ordering the new Afro Celt Sound System album.
In an ever-shrinking world of echo chambers and Spotify recommendations, Later remains a haven for those wanting to hear something new, and so to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary, Jools and his team decided to put on a special issue of Later… at the Royal Albert Hall.
With Jools as ringmaster, a packed auditorium were treated to a bumper programme of performances from Foo Fighters, Paul Weller, Van Morrison, Dizzee Rascal, KT Tunstall, Gregory Porter, Kali Uchis, Camille, Songhoy Blues and Jorja Smith.
We won’t spoil what happened too much because the whole thing is set to go out on BBC Two, but our photographer, Christie Goodwin, was there to give you a flavour of the action inside the Hall:
Happy 25th anniversary, Jools. Here’s to 25 more!
You can watch 25 Years of Later… with Jools Holland on BBC Two at 9pm on Saturday 23 September 2017, and after on iPlayer.
All photos © Christie Goodwin
(Apologies to anyone who now, like me, has Ebeneezer Goode stuck in their head.)