Jools Holland’s Annual Hootenanny 2022: when is it on, how can I watch it - and who appears with George Ezra

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George Ezra will be joining Jools for the popular BBC event.

Jools Holland’s Annual Hootenanny will be returning to welcome in the new year.

The popular television event is back for its 29th edition, having made its debut in 1993. Anyone tuning in can expect a night of music with the host, his famous band and some famous faces.

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It comes as Later... with Jools Holland celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier in 2022 after first hitting the small screen in 1992. The popular BBC Two series has had over 60 series and more than 450 episodes since its launch.

After a full run of episodes throughout the autumn, Jools Holland is returning on Saturday (31 December) to once again help usher in the new year. The proramme will conclude with a rendition of Auld Lange Syne.

But who will be the guests in 2022, what time is it on and how can you watch it? Here is all you need to know:

What time is Jools’ Annual Hootenany?

The popular New Year’s Eve programme will once again air on BBC Two, the same channel that Later... with Jools Holland airs. It is scheduled to begin at 11.30pm on Saturday (31 December) and will run until 1.35am on Sunday (1 January).

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What channel is Jools’ Annual Hootenany on and is it on iPlayer?

Jools’ Annual Hootenany popular progamme has been a staple of BBC Two since it launched in December 1993. It will once again air on the channel, with BBC One featuring Sam Ryder as part of its new year programming.

It will begin at 11.30pm and will also be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Who are the guests for Jools’ Annual Hootenany in 2022?

The full-line up of stars joining Jools to ring in the new year have been announced by the BBC. It includes George Ezra, Self Esteem and Cat Burns.

All of the guests are:

  • George Ezra
  • Self Esteem
  • Cat Burns
  • Andy Fairweather Low - lead singer of Amen Corner
  • Fine Young Cannibals
  • Gabrielle
  • The Real Thing
  • Rachael & Vilray

Of course, no Hootenanny would be complete without the Boogie Woogie Queen, powerhouse vocalist Ruby Turner, and throw in the Pipes & Drums of the 1st Battalion Scot Guards at midnight and Jools getting a resolution or two from a famous face and you have the perfect party to enjoy at home and toast the start of a new year.

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Jools Holland is an ambassador of the Music for All charity. Picture: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images.Jools Holland is an ambassador of the Music for All charity. Picture: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images.
Jools Holland is an ambassador of the Music for All charity. Picture: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images.

What songs will the guests perform?

BBC has announced some of the tracks the guests will be performing during Jools’ Annual Hootenany. Here is what to expect:

George Ezra

The singer who released his third consecutive no.1 album Gold Rush Kid this year, will be performing Green Green Grass as well as a cover of a Van Morrison song.

Self Esteem

Rotherham’s Rebecca Lucy Taylor aka Self Esteem has had an incredible year with her shortlisted Mercury Prize album, Prioritise Pleasure. She’ll be joining Jools and his band to perform a track from her album plus a Diana Ross classic.


Singer-songwriter Gabrielle burst onto the scene in 1993 with her debut single, Dreams, which went onto become a hit around the world. She performs it on the show as it marks its 30th anniversary on the turn of midnight.

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The Real Thing

Original members Chris Amoo and Dave Smith and their band will perform a couple of their classic tunes including their massive No.1 single, You To Me Are Everything.

How did Jools Holland celebrate the 30th anniversay of his show?

Later… With Jools Holland marked 30 years on the air with a night of music at the Eventim Apollo in west London. It took place earlier this week on Wednesday (5 October) and 3,000 fans attended the show.

The BBC Two staple has seen 60 series and more than 450 episode since launching on 8 October 1992. The line-up remained secret until the night but organisers said it will feature “a typically exciting blend of artists from different eras and musical worlds”, many of whom will have appeared on the show over the years.

Later… With Jools Holland has played an important role in launching talent in the UK, with acts including Adele, Stormzy, Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys all featuring as guests.

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Holland, 64, said: “It’s unbelievable that this year sees my show reach its 30th birthday. It’s a testament to the great power of music that we are still going strong, and are now the longest-running international music show on earth.

“I’m delighted and honoured that we’re going to celebrate this monumental milestone with a special one-off event in the fabulous Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, the scene of so many legendary musical moments.”

Lorna Clarke, the BBC’s director of music, said: “The BBC’s commitment to live music remains strong and in a year which has seen the return of live music performance, I’m hugely proud that after 30 incredible years Later… With Jools Holland is still busy unearthing the superstars of tomorrow as well as featuring some of the world’s best-loved musicians, all to entertain the music-loving BBC viewers at home.”

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