For 19 years and counting Later…With Jools Holland has been a British TV institution. The format of the show is simple. Each week Jools Holland (a pianist and a bandleader) invites five bands and/or artists to his studio. They all perform in the round, the five bands literally forming a circle on the studio floor with audience members filling in the gaps between. The show kicks off with a jam session with all the artists involved, then moves on to individual performances. And did I mention it is all broadcast live. With real instruments. There are no backing tapes, no lip synching, no auto-tune to hide behind in. Even more exposed part of the show is ‘the spotlight’, where an invited artist takes the middle of the floor, performing literally in a single spotlight. A few weeks ago into this solo spot stepped a relatively unknown 22-year-old Londoner with a guitar and a voice like liquid gold. Lianne La Havas writes delicately intimate songs, accompanied by a few rudimentary guitar chords, but when combined, they just make the music dance. It’s like a beautiful waltz between the sung melody and the simple arrangements. Her mother is Jamaican, her father is Greek and she was born in London. Sometimes I think it’s this crazy boiling pot of a town that somehow creates these perfect storms of talent, like diamonds forming under pressure or stars colliding in a vast random universe producing awe-inspiring beauty.