Every BBC local and regional station will adopt one of 42 music festivals this summer, under the BBC Music umbrella.
Coverage will be collated into a digital collection on BBC Music alongside coverage of events such as the Glastonbury Festival, T in the Park, and Radio 1’s Big Weekend.
Each year, the BBC broadcasts from many festivals and, last year, BBC Local Radio and the Nations collectively broadcast in some way from 120, but this year will be the first time the coverage will be curated in one place online.
Each station will feature a highlights package from the festivals – including behind-the-scenes insights, interviews with acts and festival goers, and original stories – as well as social media content and a gallery of photos.
The 42 festivals include Manchester’s celebration of indie music, Parklife; Frome Festival – a small community festival in Somerset town Frome; the largest free music event in the UK – Coventry’s Godiva Festival and Newcastle’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival; in Northern Ireland the Stendhal Festival in Limavady and Sunflowerfest in Hillsborough; in Scotland there’s the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire; and in Wales, Festival Number 6, demonstrating the BBC’s unique and unrivalled commitment to covering live music and smaller music festivals.
David Holdsworth, Controller of BBC English Regions, says: “Local Radio has a history of covering and championing local events that are important to communities across the country. Partnering with BBC Music on this project is incredibly exciting and means that audiences all over the country can enjoy the best bits of a diverse range of festivals that they would have been able to do before.”
Director of BBC Music, Bob Shennan, comments: “BBC Music is committed to supporting music at a grass roots level, with initiatives ranging from BBC Introducing to global stages such as our extensive coverage of Glastonbury. This summer, we will be bringing an eclectic selection of festivals straight to our audiences via BBC Local Radio. Listeners will be able to experience the diversity of the UK festival experience like never before, in this celebration of live music.”