Somerset House Summer Series: Arlo Parks

Arlo Parks Somerset House

The world of Arlo Parks is one in which candid words are as memorable as photographs, with luscious, expressive vignettes peppering her bittersweet indie pop songs. The 21-year-old from West London burst onto the scene with 2018’s Cola, using poetry as her songwriting compass to weave vivid imagery and sensory touches throughout the honest and compassionate stories that define her musical voice.

In 2017 Arlo took a chance and submitted her first home demos to BBC Introducing, which kickstarted a flurry of interviews, management interest and a recording contract, with EPs including 2019’s acclaimed Super Sad Generation and Sophie quickly generating hype.

Standout performances at Glastonbury and Latitude Festivals followed, with support slots on tour for Jordan Rakei and Loyle Carner. A place on the BBC Sound Poll, and inclusion in Dazed’s 100 List in 2020 then capped off a truly exceptional year. Arlo has been described as the 'voice of her generation'.

In January 2021 she released her critically acclaimed debut album Collapsed In Sunbeams and sold out headline tours across Europe, the UK and North America, including two nights at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire.

She’s subsequently been nominated for two Grammys, graced the covers of many international publications including NME, The Evening Standard and Vanity Fair, won a Brit Award, numerous AIM awards including 'Ones to Watch', and the BBC Introducing Artist of the Year Award.

She has also performed on Graham Norton, Later.... with Jools Holland and Jimmy Fallon, all whilst gaining the support of super powered champions like Phoebe Bridgers, Billie Eilish, Michaela Coel and Michelle Obama.

Summer Series has a track record of showcasing major new talents, and after beating the strongest shortlist in years to secure the Mercury Prize, Arlo Parks clearly merits her position amongst the very best of young British talent.

"Combines insight, compassion and melodies that get right under your skin." - The Sunday Times

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