George Ezra set to play Jools’ Annual Hootenanny this New Year’s Eve - how to watch and full line-up of guests

George Ezra will join the star studded line-up of musical guests on Jools Holland’s Annual Hootenanny this New Year’s Eve

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George Ezra (Getty)George Ezra (Getty)
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After a stellar year in 2022, George Ezra will take to the stage Jools’ Annual Hootenanny this New Year’s Eve to help thousands of BBC Two viewers bring in the New Year.

Ezra released his third album this summer, which earned him a third consecutive number one album, and a chart topping lead single with Green Green Grass that became one of the song’s of the summer. Ezra will be performing the catchy tune on the show, alongside a Van Morrison cover.

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This will be the first time in two years the Hootenanny is back to full capacity just in time to celebrate its 30th year on the air. For the past two years the show has opted for a more intimate setting due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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So when can fans catch George Ezra’s performance this New Year’s Eve? Here’s everything you need to know including who the star will be joined by.

You can join Jools and his special guests on TV from 11.30pm on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer on Saturday (December 31).

As mentioned George Ezra will take to the stage after securing his third consecutive number one album, Gold Rush Kid, in 2022. And of course, Hootenanny regular Ruby Turner. The Boogie Woogie Queen, powerhouse vocalist Ruby Turner who will perform alongside Jools and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

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Also featuring is Rotherham’s Rebecca Lucy Taylor, aka Self Esteem, who has had an incredible year with her shortlisted Mercury Prize album, Prioritise Pleasure. Joining Jools and his band, she will perform a track from her album plus a Diana Ross classic.

Cat Burns, whose hit song Go, is one of the best selling songs of the year, will also make an appearance on the show.  Four artists whose songs have stood the test of time with fame throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s will also contribute to  the festivities. First up, Welsh guitarist and singer Andy Fairweather Low who was a founding member and lead singer of 60s pop band Amen Corner.

Birmingham’s Fine Young Cannibals had huge chart success in the 1980s and lead singer Roland Gift will be reprising a couple of their hits with Jools, including their second Billboard No.1, Good Thing. 50 years after they first formed, soul group The Real Thing will be representing the 70s with original members Chris Amoo and Dave Smith and their band performing a couple of their classic tunes including massive No.1 single, You To Me Are Everything.

Singer-songwriter Gabrielle, who burst onto the scene in 1993, will perform hit single Dreams to mark the show’s 30th anniversary at the turn of midnight. Completing the line-up are US duo Rachael & Vilray, a singer-songwriter combo who take the jazz pop standard sound of the 30s and 40s and create something new.

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