The Roots

Sunday 08 July

The Roots
Main stage

Who? The legendary hip-hop group founded in 1987 by Tariq ‘Black Thought' Trotter and Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson from Philadelphia, USA.

Why? Because they worked together with legends such as Jay-Z and Beyonce, Prince and Elvis Costello. They’ve already garnered 3 Grammy's and according to Rolling Stone Magazine they are among the 20 best live acts in the world. Their strong instrumental game allows them to be as jazz as they can be hip-hop.

Where do you know them from? Their 2002 monster hit ‘The Seed’, that will get every party dance floor going. They’ve also been American TV host Jimmy Fallon’s house band since 2009, one of their most popular acts being them recreating the biggest radio hits with school instruments and the artist in question. 

Listen to some now! Ask yourself whether the singer in “The Seed” really did call his offspring rock ’n’ roll. Or rediscover just how phenomenal their collaboration with Erykah Badu was on “You Got Me”.