PJ Harvey says fans will see "energy and flow" as album sessions sell out at Somerset House

By Culture24 Reporter | 06 January 2015

Fans snap up tickets in minutes as singer prepares to create ninth album in London installation

A photo of a woman playing a clarinet within the setting of a historic house or gallery
PJ Harvey will be letting Somerset House shake later this month© Seamus Murphy
PJ Harvey says she wants “to operate as if we’re an exhibition in a gallery” and hopes visitors will witness the “energy and flow” of her art when the multi-instrumentalist and singer begins recording her ninth album at Somerset House later this month.

A former gymnasium and rifle range for Inland Revenue staff will be turned into a box studio for the double Mercury Prize winner, her band and long-term producers Flood and John Parish. Tickets have already sold out.

“The working process of a project has always been as important to us as its public presentation,” say James Lingwood and Michael Morris, of organisers Artangel, who say they are “honoured” to be working on the “unprecedented experiment”. The group have previous with artists enamoured by music, including Jeremy Deller and Susan Philipsz.

“Here, both can be fully explored and revealed at the same time.”

Demand for tickets to the installation, which cost £15 for a 45-minute slot, slowed Somerset House’s website when they went on sale last Friday.

“Getting tickets for PJ Harvey at Somerset House was slightly traumatic, but now the countdown can commence,” tweeted one fan, announcing his intention to celebrate with a pint. Another praised the venue’s avoidance of booking fees.

The sessions will take place between Tuesdays and Saturdays from January 16 – February 14. Follow Somerset House and PJ Harvey News on Twitter.

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